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SER in the News

State, national and international media frequently feature the University of Wyoming and members of its community in stories. Here is a summary of some of the recent articles where the School of Energy Resources or its scholars are making the news.



Wyoming Public Radio noted that the new Wyoming Innovation Center, a facility that aims to research the different uses of coal, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony. UW’s School of Energy Resources is among those conducting studies at the facility, located in Campbell County. Building Design + Construction published a similar article.

Wyoming Public Media talked with Richard Horner, director of UW’s Center for Carbon Capture and Conversion, about the construction of two demonstration houses on campus. One was made using bricks that were derived from Wyoming coal. UW researchers hope to show that building materials made from coal are just as good, if not better, than traditional bricks and mortar.

County 17 reported that the Wyoming Innovation Center, which will explore options for using the region’s natural resources to grow and sustain jobs, will have a grand opening this week. UW School of Energy Resources (SER) Executive Director Holly Krutka is among the speakers for the event.

Gov. Mark Gordon mentioned UW’s SER in a column that focused on Wyoming’s energy efforts. Cowboy State Daily published the column that noted SER is studying the potential of rare earth elements found in coal ash from the Powder River Basin.


K2 Radio noted that the Wyoming Energy Authority signed an MOU with Battelle Energy Alliance, the operating contractor of Idaho National Laboratory (INL), to collaborate on advanced energy technologies. The MOU listed coordination and engagement between INL and UW as a possible element of cooperation.

Scott Quillinan, senior director of research for UW’s School of Energy Resources, was a guest on “The POWER Podcast.” He discussed work that UW is doing to help the coal industry become more sustainable in the episode titled “Keeping Coal Relevant: University of Wyoming Leads the Way.”

The Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Conference for Wyoming students returns for an in-person event next week on the UW campus. The Pinedale Roundup and WyoToday Media published UW’s release.


UW Associate Professor Haibo Zhai, the Roy and Caryl Cline Chair of Engineering, Environment and Natural Resources, has four research papers referenced in the latest international climate reportWyoming News Now published UW’s release.

Laramie Live published UW’s release noting that ground was broken on a demonstration house made of coal-derived building materials and char bricks. The project is part of the Carbon Engineering Initiative in the UW School of Energy Resources’ Center for Carbon Capture and Conversion. Similar posts were share in Wyoming News Now, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, and Wyo Today Media.

Your Wyoming Link KLWY FOX 27 interviewed SER Executive Director Holly Krutka, and the Center for Carbon Capture and Conversion director, Richard Horner in a segment on the evening news regarding the demonstration house made of coal-derived building materials and char bricks. 

Hardwood Paroxysm, a news website, noted that UW Associate Professor Dario Grana is a recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Current and former students and colleagues from the Pizzighettone area in the Italian region of Lombardy nominated Grana for the award. Grana maintains a residence in Italy.

UW soil science researchers are conducting preliminary tests of a coal-derived soil amendment that so far is producing results similar to another popular soil amendment, biochar. Wyoming News Now and The Gillette News Record published UW’s release on their websites.


UW College of Law Professor Tara Righetti was quoted during a meeting of interested residents in North Dakota that focused on issues surrounding how the energy industry uses rock cavities -- known as “pore space” -- to store substances. Pore space is a growing issue for North Dakota’s energy industry and landowners, according to The Bismarck Tribune.

Laramie Live published UW’s release announcing that the Nuclear Energy Research Center in UW’s SER is seeking proposals from UW faculty members currently receiving or pursuing sponsored research for nuclear-related projects.


A new study from UW’s School of Energy Resources (SER) revealed Wyoming residents’ views on achieving a net-zero carbon energy economy. The survey also examined the opportunities and technologies that stakeholders feel will be more effective in meeting that goal in Wyoming. KGAB Radio published UW’s release on the study.

UW’s SER, Baker Hughes and the Wyoming Energy Authority are collaborating to offer UW students an opportunity to introduce novel solutions in the decarbonization space through a $5,000 ideation innovation contest. Sheridan Media published UW’s release.

WyoFile reported that Brian Anderson, executive director of the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization, said the agency will match previously denied Wyoming coal community grant proposals with other granting opportunities. Holly Krutka, UW School of Energy Resources (SER) executive director, was interviewed for the article.

Global Mining Review published UW’s release noting that student Nadia Dworian will work with U.S. Gold Corp. on the Copper King Gold Project, located near Curt Gowdy State Park. She will collect geological data.

UW’s SER received a $500,000 commitment from energy company Williams to help develop a Hydrogen Energy Research Center. H2 View and Hydrogen Central both published UW’s announcement. Williams published its own release announcing the donation.


The Wyoming Tribune Eagle published UW’s release noting that UW student Nadia Dworian, from Anchorage, Alaska, will work with U.S. Gold Corp. on the Copper King Gold Project, located near Curt Gowdy State Park. She will collect geological data.

CBS News profiled the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) carbon-capture technologies efforts and how some of those projects have yet to come to fruition. UW School of Energy Resources Executive Director Holly Krutka was interviewed, saying that part of the DOE's job is to develop new technology -- not to create functional commercial projects. She also defended carbon capture and storage technology.

County 10 reported that geologists with the UW School of Energy Resources (SER), the UW Department of Geology and Geophysics, Wyoming State Geological Survey and U.S. Geological Survey are working to research, locate, quantify and map geology in Wyoming that may contain critical minerals.

Mining Engineering and Coal Age published UW’s release noting that the SER-led Wyoming CarbonSAFE Project recently began drilling a second deep test well for site characterization. The project is at the Dry Fork Station near Gillette.

A second well has been drilled in the Wyoming CarbonSAFE Project, led by the UW School of Energy Resources. The Gillette News Record covered a media event last week at the Dry Fork Station near Gillette. Carbon Capture Journal published UW’s release on the announcement.

UW Professor Tim Considine is conducting a study for the Garfield County (Colo.) commissioners that details the impacts of recent new state oil and gas regulations on the local economy. The Post Independent, in Glenwood Springs, Colo., reported on the details.

UW Professor Tim Considine’s report on job losses was cited in Casper Star-Tribune and WyoFile articles focusing on Gov. Mark Gordon signing a temporary emergency suspension order that allows Unit 2 of the Jim Bridger Power Plant to continue operating for at least four months, averting a shutdown of the unit this week.

UW’s School of Energy Resources received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to assess the economic impacts of fossil energy production in Wyoming and evaluate opportunities and research needs to deploy clean hydrogen technologies. SweetwaterNow published UW’s announcement.

The Wyoming Energy Authority and UW’s School of Energy Resources recently presented an “Advanced Nuclear 101” webinar to provide expert information and to answer questions involving the proposed Natrium nuclear plant to be built near Kemmerer. The article originally appeared in The Kemmerer Gazette and was published in The Laramie Boomerang.

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