What’s Happening in the Carbon Valley?

Over the last few months, much innovation has taken place within the coal-rich region of northeastern Wyoming. Read more for updates!

University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources and Partners Break Ground on Field Demonstration Project

The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER), in partnership with Wood and Atlas Carbon, broke ground on a coal refinery field demonstration project. The site, located near Gillette, Wyoming, will ideally showcase – at a pre-commercial scale – a sustainable coal refinery process, as well as production technologies using Wyoming Powder River Basin (PRB) coal.

New Wyoming Facility to Boost Extraction of REEs From Coal

Rare Earth Elements

Companies and researchers developing asphalt, graphene, graphite, agricultural char, and carbon fibre, and extracting rare earths from coal and coal byproducts, now have a 9.5-acre site to work on their innovations: The Wyoming Innovation Center (WyIC). The 5,500-square-foot coal commercialization facility is home to tenants focused on evaluating the commercial viability of high-value nonfuel, low-or zero-emissions products made from coal and extracting REEs found in coal fly ash.

Faces of Carbon Valley

Kipp Coddington, senior advisor at the University of Wyoming – School of Energy Resources, serves as the co-principal investigator for the Wyoming CarbonSAFE project in Gillette. The project investigates the feasibility of practical, secure, permanent and geologic storage of carbon dioxide emissions from coal-based electricity generation facilities. Read more about how Coddington’s role at the Wyoming CarbonSAFE project helps resolve policy, economic and regulatory issues.