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Center for Economic Geology Research

Energy Innovation Center (EIC

Dept. 4902

1000 E. University Avenue

Physical Location:

1020 E. Lewis St.

Shipping & Receiving:

16th & Gibbon

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: 307 766-6811

Email: scottyq@uwyo.edu

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Our Research

Center for Economic Geology Research

Carbon Capture, Utilization & Sequestration


Simplified model of the subsurface of the study areaCarbonSAFE - Phase II: Dry Fork Power Station

 The Center for Economic Geology Research (CEGR) prefeasibility study in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming was selected by the DOE’s Carbon Storage Assurance and Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) program to continue to Phase II of the CarbonSAFE project. Phase II is focused on investigating the feasibility of practical, secure, permanent, geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-based electricity generation facilities near Gillette, Wyoming

 


3D salinity imageCarbonSAFE - Phase I: Dry Fork Power Station

The Center for Economic Geology Research (CEGR) is in the final stages of a one year prefeasibility study in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming funded by the DOE’s Carbon Storage Assurance and Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) program. The ultimate goal of the CarbonSAFE program is to safely store 50+ million metric tons of CO2 into a saline geologic storage complex. Click above to learn more about the project and the discoveries made possible by this research. 


 RSU Nugget Madison imageCarbonSAFE - Phase I: Rock Springs Uplift

 The Center for Economic Geology Research (CEGR) is in the final stages of a one year prefeasibility study surrounding the Rock Springs Uplift in southwestern Wyoming. The project is funded by the DOE’s Carbon Storage Assurance and Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) program. The ultimate goal of the CarbonSAFE program is to safely store 50+ million metric tons of CO2 into a saline geologic storage complex. Click above to learn more about the project and the discoveries made possible by this research.


RSU-1 in progressUS-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC)

The Center for Economic Geology Research (CEGR) is a founding partner of the US-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC), a U.S. Department of Energy effort to foster collaborative research and development of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technology between the U.S. and China. This partnership will accelerate the rapid development of clean coal technology in both countries while forging meaningful relationships between American and Chinese researchers and advancing U.S. and Chinese leadership in energy technology and innovation.

 

 


Drilling RSU-1Wyoming Carbon Underground Storage Project (WY-CUSP)

The Center for Economic Geology Research (CEGR) currently leads the Wyoming Carbon Underground Storage Project (WY-CUSP), a pioneering three-year research project designed to characterize two potential carbon storage reservoirs (the Weber Sandstone and Madison Limestone, both deep saline aquifers) on the Rock Springs Uplift in southwestern Wyoming. Preliminary estimates suggest that together, these reservoirs could safely store 26 billion tons of CO2 thousands of feet below the closest drinking water aquifers.

 


Critical Materials & Rare Earth Elements


 Produced water sample going through filterTreatment of Produced Water and Rare Earth Element Resource Cost-offsets, Wyoming

CEGR and a CEPWM student are studying ways to put produced water in Wyoming to better use. This investigation will attempt to split produced water into critical materials, excess materials, and clean water. These samples came from basins across the United States, and included hydrocarbon-bearing basins that had elevated temperatures. 


 Map of the United States showing where rare earth elements were sampledAssessing REE Concentrations in Geothermal and Oil and Gas Produced Waters: A Potential Domestic Source of Strategic Mineral Commodities

CEGR led an investigation of the critical materials and REEs in geothermal water samples. These samples came from basins across the United States, and included hydrocarbon-bearing basins that had elevated temperatures.

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Center for Economic Geology Research

Energy Innovation Center (EIC

Dept. 4902

1000 E. University Avenue

Physical Location:

1020 E. Lewis St.

Shipping & Receiving:

16th & Gibbon

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: 307 766-6811

Email: scottyq@uwyo.edu

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1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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