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Program Areas in the Center for Carbon Capture and Conversion

Center for Carbon Capture and Conversion

 

 

Program Areas & Research Projects


CARBON ENGINEERING INITIATIVE

The Carbon Engineering Initiative (CEI) focuses on supporting existing markets and creating new markets for Wyoming coal by growing the demand for coal as a feedstock that can be converted into chemical and high-performance engineered products that have greater value than that of the Btu component of the coal itself.

It primarily seeks to develop original patentable intellectual property to process and make value added, novel products that can be deployed as standalone solutions or used to augment technology developed by others.


 

carbon engineering process

THERMO-CHEMICAL PROCESS TECHNOLOGY

Thermal coal solvent extraction is a versatile conversion process that yields high volumes of liquids and extracts which are the building-blocks to make a wide range of engineered molecules. The solvent used can be rejuvenated and recycled, making the process low cost to operate and therefore highly competitive.

Fast pyrolysis processing consists of rapidly subjecting coal to extremely high temperatures for very short periods of time, in an inert or hydrogen rich environment. While liquids are produced, control of the process produces ultra-high purity coal chars suited to make agricultural products, building materials, electrical devices, health-care products and reinforcements and fillers for composite material solutions.

Dry methane reforming technology takes the carbon dioxide liberated from the flash pyrolysis processing platform, and when mixed with methane, produces a one-to-one ratio of high-quality synthesis gas (CO+H2). The gas is then used to manufacture the high-demand solvents and chemicals used in making coal-derived engineered products on-site, or it is sold as a commodity product.

 

 


Coal to product Field Demonstrations

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BULDING AND CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

The CCCC has completed a design for a building, that will demonstrate the performance of various coal derived construction products including char-bricks, dry wall boarding, plaster, structural members, roofing and waterproofing materials. The building will be constructed on the UW campus in fall 2021.

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ASPHALT, PAVING, AND ROOFING MATERIALS

A baseline formulation of coal-derived asphalt has been produced, using the extract intermediate that is yielded from solvent extraction of raw PRB coal.  These formulations can be customized to suit the properties required for either whole paving or roofing applications.

soil amendments

AGRICULTURAL SOIL AMENDMENT PRODUCTS

Two soil amendment field trials are underway. Crops under evaluation include sweet corn and silage at the UW Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center at Lingle WY, (SAREC) and silage and sugar beat at the UW Powel Research and Extension Center (PREC).


CLEAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS INITIATIVE

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CLEAN COMBUSTION WITH INTEGRATED CARBON CAPTURE

The CCCC seeks to create a sustainable demand for coal as an energy fuel by developing and supporting technologies that permit clean, high efficiency combustion with integrated CO2 capture that are technically and economically viable.The Center is working with the Wyoming oil and gas industry to host a pre-commercial demonstration of flameless pressurized (FPO) oxy-fuel combustion, incorporating CO2 utilization.

UPGRADE WYOMING COAL FOR ENERGY USE

The CCCC seeks to improve the efficient and effective clean burning characteristics of Wyoming Powder River Basin (PRB) coal, and is collaborating with technology companies to bring their solutions to the state.

 


 

News

solvent extraction technology

Solvent Extraction Pilot Plant Moves Off-Campus as Project Continues to Advance

June 10, 2021 ‖ The Carbon Capture and Conversion Center of Excellence (CCCC) at the School of Energy Resources (SER) recently migrated the coal solvent extraction pilot plant from the Energy Innovation Center (EIC) laboratory site where it was commissioned, to a new dedicated off-campus location.

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