The Advanced Coal Technology Center (ACTC) is a progressive research center focusing on the development of coal conversion technologies that produce cleaner, more flexible fuels. The School of Energy Resources, in partnership with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, oversees the ACTC and has developed a broad research program focusing on coal conversion technologies such as coal gasification, coal methanation, and carbon sequestration.
The Carbon Management Institute (CMI) promotes research and development of advanced carbon capture and storage technologies. The efforts of CMI are critical to the success of sustaining Wyoming's energy economy and instrumental in reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. CMI focuses on applied technological research and extensive outreach to industry and government entities. CMI's site characterization, data management 3-D seismology, and electromagnetic surveying of the sequestration potential in the Rock Springs Uplift could be Wyoming's first successful carbon capture and storage project and position the state as a global leader in the sustainable energy movement.
Advancing extraction techniques is the primary focus of the Coal Bed Natural Gas Center (CBNG). Developing new CBNG technologies to maximize efficiency and preserve environmental quality is central to UW's goal of achieving a more sustainable energy platform. Research is currently underway focusing on identifying pretreatment processes to enhance in situ solubilization of coal, identifying constituents being released during pretreatment, evaluating the interaction of coal concentration and pH on microbial degradation of coal, and examining isotropic fractionation of carbon in relation to microbial processes. The CBNG center has purchased two highly technical instruments, a total organic carbon analyzer and a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer, that will allow the center to conduct nationally competitive research.
The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) conducts technological research to advance the techniques used to recover stranded oil from conventional oil reservoirs.
The Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy (CEEPP) examines the economic impacts of energy policies through the development of empirically-based energy economic models. CEEPP exists to provide objective economic analysis of energy policymaking at the state, national, and international level. Focusing on econometric modeling of energy markets and energy and environmental policy initiatives, CEEPP seeks to address key questions regarding the future of global energy production and provide useful outreach materials to educate stakeholders. Natural gas pricing, economies of carbon capture and storage, and wind energy development are among the research topics being investigated at present.
The mission of the Fundamentals of Subsurface Flow (CFSF) is to conduct and integrate advanced experimentation and modeling of multiphase flow in porous media to ensure future access to subsurface energy resources and carbon storage resources. Research is focused on understanding the complex multiphase and multi-component transport phenomena in porous media and the reactive transport models necessary for carbon dioxide injections. CFSF is at the forefront of porous media transport research as it relates to subsurface hydrocarbon resource production and carbon sequestration.
The Center for Photoconversion and Catalysis (CPAC) examines new opportunities for energy generation and conversion. Emphasizing electrical and chemical conversions of light in both new and conventional energy forms, CPAC is a progressive research center seeking to improve efficiency in energy production and use. Research areas include the conversion of sunlight to stored energy such as hydrogen from water, fuel cell technology advancement, and the production of photogenerated fuels. CPAC's research and outreach missions position UW as a leader in sustainable energy development.
In collaboration with the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Energy Resources, the Wind Energy Research Center (WERC) focuses its research efforts on optimal conversion technologies and transmission grid impacts. Through theoretical, computational, and experimental processes, WERC concentrates on wind turbine performance and the modeling of the geophysical and turbulent wind flows on turbines.
The Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center(WRRC) is a collaborative research center operating within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the School of Energy Resources. WRRC, with the support of the Abandoned Mine Lands Research Program, conducts research on a wide range of energy-related land disturbance issues focusing on restoration, reclamation, and rehabilitation of disturbed ecosystems. Outreach efforts of WRRC include a series of Best Management Practices Bulletinsprovided to the reclamation industry in Wyoming. WRRC serves industry and government to ensure reclamation projects in Wyoming have access to the most advanced reclamation research and techniques available with the goal of sustaining Wyoming's natural resources and landscape.