Dr. Michael Urynowicz
Center for Biogenic Natural Gas Research
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
June 8, 2012 — Experts from across the globe will gather at the University of Wyoming later this month to share their expertise and knowledge of biogenic natural gas at the Secondary Biogenic Natural Gas International Conference.
The conference is sponsored by the UW School of Energy Resources' Center for Biogenic Natural Gas Research.
Coal-bed methane, a type of natural gas, can be produced two ways: thermogenically (with pressure and heat) and biogenically (using microbes). Some coal seams in the Powder River Basin in northeast Wyoming contain primarily biogenic gas. Read more
May 14, 2012 — Rocky Mountain Power, in partnership with the University of Wyoming, recognized two current UW faculty members with the UW Faculty Service Award for Economic Development.
Andy Hansen, associate provost and professor of mechanical engineering, and Mike Urynowicz, associate professor in the department of civil and architectural engineering, were honored. Read more
May 1, 2012 — Enwyo LLC recently finalized a spin-out agreement with the University of Wyoming, a deal that could add value to the state's natural resources by reviving dormant economically-depleted coal-bed methane wells in the Powder River Basin. Read more
February 27, 2012 — For years, extraction of coal bed methane (CBM) was a one-and-done proposition: Extract the natural gas from the coal and move on to the next bed. Now, technologies are being developed that may allow for the continued production of CBM through the stimulation of microorganisms living in the coal bed.
The biogenic process, referred to as "methane farming," will be one of the subjects discussed during the Secondary Biogenic Coal Bed Natural Gas International Conference, which will be hosted by the University of Wyoming June 20-21, at the UW Conference Center and Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie. The conference begins at 8 a.m. June 20 and concludes at 3 p.m. June 21. Conference registration is under way. Read more