GILLETTE, Wyo. — Wyoming U.S. House Republican candidate Harriet Hageman toured coal technology research and manufacturing hub Ramaco Carbon in Sheridan Oct. 21.
Ramaco Carbon is the U.S.’ first fully integrated mine resource, research and manufacturing coal-to-carbon technology platform focused on creating coal-to-products, a Ramaco news release said. Ramaco’s Innovating Carbon Advanced Material research park staff partner with researchers from national labs and universities to create high-value uses for coal, instead of petroleum, as a building block for advanced carbon-based products and materials.
Ramaco researchers showed Hageman products including graphene for conductive inks, paints, and building materials like concrete; carbon fibers for materials such as cars, infrastructure and other equipment; and porous and activated carbons for gas absorption, the release said.
“Research is the core building block, not only for the development of next-generation of advanced products in this country, but for coal’s transition from an energy resource to what we call ‘carbon ore,’ or an inexpensive feedstock for advanced carbon products and materials,” Ramaco Resources Chairman and CEO Randall Atkins said in the release. “It’s an honor to host Hageman at our facilities to demonstrate these applications and to expand public understanding of what coal can do. The use of ‘carbon ore’ can power a wave of American innovation, and with political support from key partners like Hageman, we believe there’s an exciting future for Wyoming and the local coal industry to create a new ‘Carbon Valley’ here in Sheridan.”
Ramaco develops metallurgical coal in West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania.