Wyoming and Japan Collaborate on Carbon Solutions

Osamu Tsukamoto - President JCOAL, Rick Gordon - Chairman Tri-State Generation, Paul Sukut - CEO Basin Electric, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, Marcius Extavour - Senior Director NRG Cosia Carbon EXPRIZE, ???, Jim Spiers - Senior VP NRECA, Yoshihiro Mizutani - Director Japan Ministry of the Environment

Then Gov. Matt Mead poses with ITC partners at the Grand Opening Ceremony in May 2018. 

The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA) is once again partnering with Japan to further advance carbon technology.

“Global challenges require global solutions,” said Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon in a press release. “Ensuring we advance and perfect technologies that can make our energy resources more efficient, cheaper, and cleaner will require bringing together partners from across the country and around the world. I’m pleased Wyoming can continue to collaborate with Japan in bringing another promising testing project to the Cowboy State.”

The latest memorandum of understanding (MOU) includes the WIA, Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL), GreenOre Clean Tech LLC, and Columbia University to bring a new research project to the Integrated Test Center (ITC) north of Gillette.

GreenOre Clean Tech will utilize testing space at the ITC working on carbon utilization and carbon recycling technology. The ITC allows scientists and researchers to test their technologies using carbon emissions from Dry Fork Station, an active coal-fired power plant.

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“The Wyoming ITC is a first-class facility that continues to draw interest from researchers working to advance carbon management solutions,” said Jason Begger, WIA’s Executive Director in the same release. “We are excited to expand our partnership with Japan and bring an additional tenant to the ITC.”

The first MOU between the State of Wyoming and JCOAL was signed in 2016 by former Gov. Matt Mead committing to cooperation in coal research. As a result of that initial MOU, Kawasaki Heavy Industries is slated to begin testing their solid sorbent capture technology at the ITC in 2021.