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Testbed for sustainable coal products opens in Wyoming

Testbed for sustainable coal products opens in Wyoming
WYOMING INNOVATION CENTER — The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Wyoming Innovation Center took place on June 14. The 10-acre, 5,500-square-foot facility, located in the state’s northeast, coal-rich “Carbon Valley” region in Campbell County, will be home to companies and researchers developing products using coal and coal byproducts.

GILLETTE, WYO. — The Wyoming Innovation Center (WyIC), a 5,500-square-foot facility that will be home to companies and researchers developing commodities using coal and coal byproducts, recently opened its doors in Campbell County. 

Tenants at WyIC will focus on evaluating the commercial viability of high-value nonfuel, low- or zero-emissions products made from coal and extracting pivotal rare earth elements found in the fly ash of coal burned at local power plants, indicates a release.

The U.S. currently depends on China for as much as 97 per cent of its rare earth element sources. WyIC’s first tenant, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, will focus on applied research for the production and use of clean energy resources. 

The new centre is part of a broader effort to spur innovation in Carbon Valley, which has 165 billion tons of recoverable coal, utilizing its natural resources and mines to grow and sustain jobs and advance beneficial environmental studies. The WyIC is one of several projects exploring new options to address the entire life cycle of carbon including the Wyoming Integrated Test Center and the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources’ CarbonSAFE project, adds the release.

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