Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., announced the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $249,886 to Microbeam Technologies Incorporated (MTI) in Grand Forks.
MTI, which is in its 30th year of business, provides advanced fuel-quality analysis and determining the impacts of fuel on power-system performance.
According to MTI, its primary area of operation lies is “The use of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques to determine mechanisms of ash-deposit formation and to predict ash-related problems in coal-utilization systems.” It uses computer-controlled scanning electron microscopy to provide information and solutions based on the effects ash has on “combustion and environmental-system performance.”
MTI provides fuel analysis, metals analysis, slag and refractory characterization, fireside deposit analysis and many other industrial services.
Cramer thanked the energy department for its investment in Grand Forks in a statement.
“I am grateful to the energy department for making yet another investment in support of North Dakota research and development potential,” Cramer said. “These funds, which are part of a nationwide investment in small business energy projects, will help Grand Forks’ Microbeam Technologies learn how to better utilize coal to support our need for critical mineral resources.”