The U.S. Hub for Coal-to-Product and Carbon Capture Research

Carbon Valley, located in northeast Wyoming, is the ultimate destination for discovering cleaner, alternative uses for coal and other fossil fuels. Home to leading projects from the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources, as well as proximity to some of the nation’s cleanest power plants, the region is fostering innovation in carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS) technologies, as well as coal-to-product and rare earth element research and development.

Carbon Valley invites the best of the best to work, study, research and learn within a forward-thinking community. Here’s more about our three main pillars of research:

Wyoming Innovation Center (WyIC)

The nearly 10-acre site includes test, lab and office spaces and will be home to multiple companies and researchers developing products like asphalt, graphene, graphite, agricultural char, carbon fiber and more – using coal, coal byproducts and rare earth elements. The Carbon Valley region holds 165 billion tons of recoverable coal, making it a desirable testbed for new and proven products made from coal.

 

Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC)

Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC)

The ITC can host multiple research teams at once and was designed to accommodate projects of varying sizes and power needs. Along with testing capture technologies, researchers have tested utilization technologies by taking flue gas and turning it into marketable products. Research conducted at the ITC has advanced new opportunities in petrochemicals as well as other commercial uses of carbon dioxide.

Wyoming CarbonSAFE

Spearheaded by the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER), a driving force for clean energy research, Wyoming CarbonSAFE investigates the feasibility of the practical, secure and permanent geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Wyoming CarbonSAFE tests this by utilizing CO2 emissions coming from coal-based electricity generation facilities, like the ITC.

Wyoming

Why Wyoming?

Campbell County and Gillette, located in northeastern Wyoming, are home to a community of hard-working individuals, industry leaders and optimal conditions to transform coal into greener energy. Carbon Valley is the driving force behind carbon studies, bringing the broader concept of “Silicon Valley” innovation to Wyoming.