CMI Affiliate National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) geologist Scott Montross presented at one of the world’s leading research conferences focused on carbon and coal-to-products research where he joined leading carbon and material scientists and two U.S. senators from the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for discussions on coal’s future role in energy transition and the processes for discovering rare earth elements (REEs) and critical minerals (CMs) in carbon ore deposits.
The Ramaco Research Rodeo v3.0 (R3) was hosted by Sheridan-based carbon technology and critical minerals company Ramaco Carbon with the International Centre for Sustainable Carbon, a technology collaboration program sponsored by the Paris-based International Energy Agency.
The keynote speaker for R3 was Grant Bromhal, acting director of the Mineral Sustainability Division of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management and a former NETL researcher. He talked about DOE’s carbon ore processing program that works to develop technologies that can lead to production of valuable products from coal.
Other session presenters and panel members were researchers from CMI Team members Colorado School of Mines, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Idaho National Lab, and Ames National Lab.
Ramaco Resources Inc. is an operator and developer of high-quality, low-cost metallurgical coal in southern West Virginia, southwestern Virginia, and southwestern Pennsylvania. The company operates a research and pilot facility called the iCAM related to the production of advanced carbon products and materials from coal.
NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory that drives innovation and delivers technological solutions for an environmentally sustainable and prosperous energy future. By using its world-class talent and research facilities, NETL is ensuring affordable, abundant, and reliable energy that drives a robust economy and national security, while developing technologies to manage carbon across the full life cycle, enabling environmental sustainability for all Americans.