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Chinese Scientists Visit UW to Collaborate on Coal Research

July 17, 2012

A delegation of scientists from China’s Shaanxi Province will visit Wyoming this month as part of a joint U.S.-China clean-coal research project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and its Chinese counterpart.

Invited by the University of Wyoming Carbon Management Institute, the delegation consists of researchers from the ShaanGu Group and the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Energy Resources and Chemical Engineering (SPIERCE). It will arrive in the United States July 19 and stay through July 23.

In addition to meeting with Gov. Matt Mead and representatives of NERD Gas Co. to discuss geological carbon dioxide storage, the Chinese scientists will visit natural gas fields and coal facilities in the state to gain a better understanding of clean-coal technology and energy economics in Wyoming. Geological CO2 (carbon dioxide) storage is the process by which highly pressurized CO2 is injected into geologic formations deep underground and permanently stored.

Focusing on CO2 storage and enhanced oil recovery, the Carbon Management Institute team at UW is part of a larger U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center consisting of scientists from several other universities, state geological surveys, non-governmental organizations and industry partners, in addition to numerous Chinese collaborators.

Shaanxi, China’s largest coal-producing province, shares many interesting similarities with Wyoming -- from economics to natural resources and geology. Scientists from both places are working together to advance the science of CO2 storage and utilization in the U.S. and China.

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