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GreatPoint Energy To Further Green Energy Research at U Mass Dartmouth Campus

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has signed a deal with GreatPoint Energy to allow the company to use the campus' 60,000-square foot Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River to continue development of its technology. The partnership will initially create 20 internship positions for UMass Dartmouth engineering students. GreatPoint Energy is the developer of hydromethanation, a process that converts coal, petroleum coke, and biomass into clean natural gas--methane--while capturing CO2 and making it available for sequestration or storage in a solid matter.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to join forces with one of Massachusetts' leading clean energy technology companies and provide the opportunity for our students to learn from GreatPoint Energy's technical and scientific team," said Chancellor Jean MacCormack.

"We are extremely proud and excited to contribute to the education of UMass Dartmouth students who will get first-hand experience working with our engineering team to develop cleaner, more efficient methods for producing energy," said Daniel Goldman, executive VP and CFO at GreatPoint Energy. "This partnership is intended to foster the next generation of clean energy innovators, and we are pleased to play a role that leverages our Mayflower project for the betterment of the Commonwealth."

The Mayflower project is a gasification demonstration plant in Somerset, MA, which was announced by the company in 2007 and recently opened.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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