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The carbon conundrum: Campbell County at center of push for coal innovation

What a difference a decade makes.

In the electricity production industry, coal was not only king 10 short years ago, it was the conquering emperor, and the Powder River Basin was its seat of power.

The PRB saw a record year of production in 2008 when it mined and shipped more than 446 million tons of coal and supplied about 50 percent of all the coal burned to produce electricity in the United States.

And as with any empire, the focus of the local energy industry was holding and increasing that power and not so much on the future line of succession. To that end, the nation’s largest coal producers assumed billions of dollars of debt in acquisitions. Continue reading “The carbon conundrum: Campbell County at center of push for coal innovation” »

Could technology open doors to a cleaner-burning future for coal?

Clean Coal Technologies and the University of Wyoming are collaborating on a cleaner, more efficient way for the US and the world to produce and consume coal The term ‘clean coal’ has taken on various definitions over the years and has grown to encapsulate several ideas to better coal’s environmental impact. At the heart of all of these solutions is the desire to reduce coal pollution, typically by recapturing carbon released as the product is utilised, or similar. For many, the idea of coal as a dirty word is changing.

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The Future of Technologically Enhanced Coal

Conservative estimates suggest that over 1 billion people globally do not have access to electricity. And one thing that can be said with virtual certainty about those invisible townspeople is that not one person reading this article is one of them.

It is time to face facts on coal and recognise the continued benefits it provides across the globe. Coal is the oldest and most reliable source of energy in the world, with the rst US coal power plant built in the 1880s. It has been the driver behind industrial revolutions and has provided energy to billions of people and, as a result, improved the quality of life across the world. Throughout the Western world, access to electricity is not only expected, it is demanded and viewed upon as a right. However, that is not the case across most of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, in many of those regions, it is a scarce luxury.

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Clean Coal to put test plant at former Fort Union site

Jonathan Gallardo Clean Coal Technologies, Inc. has a permanent location for its test facility in Campbell County.

Sean Mahoney, the company’s press officer, said the University of Wyoming is working with the company to get the test plant up and running at the former Fort Union mine site as soon as possible. The site is northeast of Gillette off Garner Lake Road.

“We had a lot of boxes to check in order to ensure maximum return,” said Aiden Neary, the company’s COO and CFO. “This particular location, we filled each box.” Continue reading “Clean Coal to put test plant at former Fort Union site” »