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RESEARCH OF DEVELOPING COAL INTO LOW-COST CARBON FIBER ADVANCES

April 2, 2019

A research project led by Western Research Institute, aimed at lowering the cost of carbon fiber for use in the automotive industry, has been approved by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to proceed into the second year of a three-year program. Ramaco Carbon is an industry partner in the project, and part of a coalition that  includes University of Wyoming’s Mechanical Engineering Department, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. The project was selected under a competitive funding opportunity with the final negotiated project valued at $5.2 million. 

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RAMACO CARBON TALKS 3D PRINTING AT LOCAL TECH MEETUP

March 25, 2019

3D printing, also called additive printing, is a big part of the future of manufacturing. Jared Koenig, the 3-D production and design manager for Ramaco Carbon in Sheridan, talked made a short presentation on the subject at a tech meet-up sponsored by Wyoming Technology Business Center and Phorge, a non-profit makerspace organization in Sheridan.

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REINVENTING COAL: R&D MAGAZINE FEATURES REVOLUTIONARY COAL-TO-PRODUCTS RESEARCH BY RAMACO PARTNERS

January 25, 2019

What do carbon fiber, steel, textiles, shampoo, and laundry detergent have in common? They can all be made directly from coal or have their cost and performance improved with additives derived from coal. Innovative work at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) — a Ramaco Carbon partner — is attempting to expand that list to many other consumer products that are in demand in the global marketplace.

As NETL’s Chris Matranga explains: “We started with a coal feedstock costing about one penny. With just a few hours of processing we converted this penny’s worth of coal into 1 liter of graphene quantum dots in water, which has a current market value of approximately $50,000. The work shows how dramatically coal-based feedstocks will reduce manufacturing costs.”

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STANDARD PROCESS REVIEW CONTINUES FOR PROPOSED MINE

January 18, 2019

Standard to all Wyoming state mining permits, and part of the formal review process, is a series of requests by regulators for additional information from the applicant. As part of Brook Mine’s permit application for a small mining operation outside Sheridan, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) has requested additional technical information. The DEQ request focuses on the same environmental safeguards that Ramaco is equally committed to as well. 

Read coverage: Sheridan Media, Sheridan Press 

Read more on our Environment page

RAMACO’S PROJECT TEAM DETAILS ITS JOB CREATION IN SHERIDAN AREA 

December 20, 2018

In an op-ed for the Sheridan Press, Jeff Barron of WWC Engineering — a lead on Ramaco Carbon’s facility project — details the 59-69 direct jobs Ramaco is creating in the Sheridan area as part of the facility’s construction, not including indirect job creation and employment after the facility opens. 

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INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY (IEA) CLEAN COAL CENTRE RECOGNIZES RAMACO EFFORTS IN LATEST REPORT 

December 10, 2018

In a report on the non-energy uses of coal, the UK-based IEA Clean Coal Centre flags Ramaco Carbon’s project as a promising development. The report notes Ramaco’s facility would produce carbon fibre and activated carbon initially but has plans to add to the product range as new products emerge, providing a degree of product flexibility to respond to the future demands on the coal industry.

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RAMACO TESTIFIES BEFORE WYOMING LEGISLATURE 

November 29, 2018

Ramaco’s Director of Operations Ken Woodring testified before the Wyoming Legislative Joint Committee on the company’s strategy and forward progress on its facility construction. He is followed by Don Collins of Western Research Instutute, a Ramaco Carbon partner on coal-to-products research.

Watch a video of the presentation here, or read the presentation here

Q&A: RAMACO REASSESSES THE VALUE OF COAL

November 19, 2018

In this interview with Argus Media, Ramaco Carbon CEO Randy Atkins discusses the potential for alternative uses for coal as a feedstock that could lower the cost of products like carbon fiber and resin and the macroeconomic benefits to the coal industry of diversifying coal’s uses.

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AMERICAN COAL MAGAZINE FEATURES RAMACO CARBON ON FUTURE OF INDUSTRY

November 1, 2018

Ramaco Carbon CEO Randy Atkins was invited to publish a column in American Coal Magazine. The column discusses the future of the industry, the economic potential of coal-to-products, and the implications of the company’s Sheridan project. 

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RAMACO SUBMITS REVISED MINE APPLICATION

October 19, 2018

Carbon tech company Ramaco Carbon submitted a revised permit application for the Brook Mine, on mineral reserves and land it owns and controls in Sheridan County. The application revises and improves the requested permit with comprehensive environmental and quality of life protections.

Read coverage: Sheridan PressCasper Star-TribuneWyoming Public Media

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COUNTY APPROVES ICAM RESEARCH CENTER FOR CONSTRUCTION

October 12, 2018

Wyoming carbon tech company Ramaco Carbon announced today that construction of the first phase of its campus, named iCAM (Carbon Advanced Materials), has been green-lighted by county officials. Site work is scheduled to begin immediately.

Read coverage: Sheridan PressSheridan MediaBuckrail

RAMACO 3D OPENS FOR BUSINESS

September 25, 2018

With three 3-D printers onsite at a facility on Val Vista in Sheridan, Ramaco Carbon is up and running, turning out creations ranging from a model of the Eiffel Tower to breakaway hondos and prototype resin chips.

Read coverage: Sheridan Media

TEAM RAMACO WINS CHARITY FLY FISHING COMPETITION

September 21, 2018

Local youth angler Brayden Brastrup, his adult angler partner Ken Woodring, and guide Sean Santa took home first prize for the Ramaco Carbon team in Joey’s Fall Fly, a charity fly-fishing tournament held in the Big Horn Mountains. The annual competition is organized by Joey’s Foundation, a Sheridan-based nonprofit that pairs young people with mentors and introduces them to fishing and the outdoors.

Read coverage: Sheridan Media

REPORT: CARBON TECH COULD SUPPORT 2600 JOBS IN WYOMING

August 13, 2018

Using coal to make graphene, carbon fiber and other products could support 2,600 Wyoming jobs annually, according to a new report from the American Jobs Project. The U.C. Berkeley-based group is a nonpartisan think tank studying job potential in energy transition.

Read coverage: Casper Star-Tribune

AXIOS PROFILES RAMACO CARBON AS ‘LEADING EDGE’ OF NEW COAL INNOVATION

August 13, 2018

Influential DC-based publication Axios profiles Ramaco Carbon, noting that the company “represents the leading edge of what could be a new, high-value market for coal after decades of being America’s cheapest power source.” The article follows testimony by Randy Atkins before a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as a report noting coal-to-products could create thousands of jobs. 

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RAMACO, OTHERS MOVE FORWARD WITH EXPANDED RIVER ACCESS ON KLEENBURN

August 17, 2018

Canoes, small drift boats and kayaks will soon have an easier entry point into the Tongue River north of Sheridan. Ramaco Carbon is sponsoring the construction of a new boat ramp at the Kleenburn Recreation Area. Ramaco looked at its property along the Tongue River, talked to adjacent landowners, consulted with a hydrological engineer, applied for its Army Corps of Engineers permit and talked to the Sheridan Community Land Trust before settling on the location for the boat ramp.

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RAMACO CEO TESTIFIES BEFORE U.S. CONGRESS ON FUTURE OF COAL

July 25, 2018

Ramaco Carbon CEO Randy Atkins spoke before the the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources as part of a hearing titled “Assessing Innovative and Alternative Uses of Coal.” Atkins said Ramaco’s aim is to use the carbon from coal to create various products. Those efforts are focused in four areas: coal to carbon fiber; coal to resins, which will be used in 3-D manufacturing; coal to building products; and coal to medical technology, which will use carbon to create medical sensors.

Watch the appearance here

Read coverage: Wyoming Business ReportSheridan Press

RAMACO ORGANIZES FIRST “COAL-TO-PRODUCTS” RESEARCH CONFERENCE

July 10-13, 2018

Ramaco Carbon organized three days of meetings and exchange of ideas aimed at promoting the use of coal to create products. The event brought together scientists from around the country to talk about what they’re working on, and how their work might come into play with Ramaco Carbon’s efforts in Sheridan. 

Those attending the event include representatives of facilities such as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Energy Technology Laboratory, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Kentucky, Ohio University, the University of Illinois in Chicago, Spruceworks LLC, the University of Wisconsin, the Western Research Institute, Southern Research and Terrapower.

More information and videos here

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RAMACO FORMS UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP WITH NATIONAL LABORATORY

June 7, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has joined forces with Wyoming-based Ramaco Carbon to develop what could become a new coal-based feed stock for valuable consumer products. The organizations have signed a umbrella cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), allowing them to work together on specific projects. 

Read coverage: WV State Journal

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COUNTY APPROVES REZONE OF RAMACO PROPERTY

March 6, 2018

Sheridan County commissioners voted to approve the rezone of about 114 acres of Ramaco’s privately-owned lands north of Sheridan from agricultural to industrial, allowing the company to move forward with its plan to build manufacturing and research facilities on the land. In a statement, CEO Randy Atkins said, “We humbly extend our sincere thanks to the Sheridan community. … We look forward to rapidly moving ahead with iPark and iCam as positive additions to the community and to Wyoming overall.”

Read our statement here

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RAMACO ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION PARTNERSHIP WITH CARBON3D, INC.

November 8, 2017

Ramaco Carbon announced a production partnership agreement with Carbon, a Silicon Valley-based 3D manufacturing company. Under the agreement, Ramaco Carbon will produce a variety of products and component parts for third parties using Carbon’s 3D printers. These components will be manufactured at Ramaco’s Wyoming iPark industrial facility outside of Sheridan.

Read coverage: Sheridan PressSheridan MediaWyoming Business Report3Ders

BLOOMBERG PROFILES RAMACO CARBON, RESEARCH PARTNERS ON FUTURE OF COAL

September 13, 2017

National outlet Bloomberg profiles the novel research being conducted to turn coal into valuable products, such as carbon fiber and electrical conduits. The article features Ramaco research partners at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and more, and notes the company’s facility will facilitate the creation of new research and intellectual property. 

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