Program Areas in the Center for Carbon Capture and Conversion



As part of the Carbon Engineering Initiative (CEI), the CCCC has developed coal-derived building and construction materials, including char bricks, to create new markets for Wyoming coal.

The coal-derived bricks are made using low-energy, eco-friendly process technologies developed in the CCCC.

In addition to the char bricks, researchers at UW have developed a multitude of coal-derived building materials, including mortar, plaster, flooring materials, roofing materials, insulation materials and structural units to supplement concrete, timber and steel.


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porous and lightweight

Porous and Lightweight

The char bricks are very porous and lightweight - much lighter than their clay counterparts. The porous nature of the bricks provides better insulation and has the ability to regulate the moisture content in the building.

strong and fire resistant

Strong and Fire Resistant

In an ASTM E 84 test -- the standard test method for surface burning characteristics of of building materials -- The char bricks were classified as a "Class A" which indicates superior fire protection. 

sustainable and recyclable

Sustainable and Recyclable 

The bricks were produced using a zero-waste construction method in which they can be manufactured, transformed and recycled in a comprehensive life cycle, minimizing residual materials.


Economical and Competative

The bricks utilize low-energy construction techniques significantly lowering the cost of production in comparison to clay bricks. Due to the lightweight of the bricks, shipping costs are also significantly lower.