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EERC advances in coal research

The University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center has announced major advancements towards developing a zero-emission coal-fired power plant.

The University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center has announced major advancements towards developing a zero-emission coal-fired power plant.

"This has been a goal of the EERC's for the past 10 years. We believe a zero-emission system is the future for energy," said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold.

"The technical hurdles are behind us, and it's just a matter of time before the system economically becomes a reality," he said.

The EERC is advancing several clean coal technologies including oxygen-blown combustion and gasification systems. By retrofitting power plants with its trademarked Advanced Hybrid, more than 99.99 percent of fine particles can be captured, resulting in cleaner gas coming out of the facility than the air that went in, the EERC says.

The technology is being demonstrated at Otter Tail Power Co.'s Big Stone Plant in Milbank, S.D. and the Sacci Cement Co. in Cagnano, Italy.

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House profits to help HBA and Habitat

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead has launched the Homebuilders Care for Habitat Project.

Proceeds from a single-family home being built by Terry Becker Construction will benefit the Home Builders Care Foundation and Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity.

Home Builders Care funds are earmarked for skills training, education and projects related to the housing industry. So far, more than $60,000 in scholarships have been provided to area university, technical school and high school students over the past several years.

If you are interested in making a donation of labor, materials or funds, contact Lorelei Anderson at (701) 232-5846.

Atlas Business Solutions in Top 500

For the second year running, Fargo-based Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., has been named to Software Magazine's list of the world's 500 foremost software and service providers.

In 2004, Atlas Business Solutions was ranked 488th with sales of $1.8 million. This year the company moved up to 485th with sales of $2.1 million.

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"Really, for us, it kind of legitimizes our operation," said Jon Forknell, Atlas Business Solutions vice president and general manager.

The company, founded in 1991, has its headquarters at 3330 Fiechtner Drive S., Fargo, and an office in Gainesville, Fla. It produces software for business applications, Forknell said.

"We're already on track to move up again in rankings based on performance this year," he said.

Allegiant adding flights in March

Allegiant Air, which begins air service from Fargo to Las Vegas on Monday, has announced additional flights in March.

The airline is adding Wednesday and Saturday flights from March 1 to March 31, making travel to Las Vegas available four days a week including Monday and Thursday.

The upgrade during that month is to accommodate three major events being held in Las Vegas: NASCAR weekend March 10-12, March Madness, March 14 to April 3 and spring break vacations.

Readers can reach Business Editor Craig McEwen at (701) 241-5502 and business reporter Teri Finneman at (701) 241-5560

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