– Randall Atkins, CEO
The iCAM (or Carbon Advanced Materials Center) will host professionals from national laboratories, universities, private research groups and workforce development organizations in both temporary and permanent facilities. The iCAM will also provide facilities to strategic manufacturing partners, who will conduct applied research and development with one goal: To turn carbon from coal into finished products.
The Wyoming iPark will be a next generation “coal to products” manufacturing facility, with zero net emissions and a location directly next to the Brook Mine. It will utilize coal from the mine as the feedstock to create high-value carbon products: carbon fiber, graphene, graphite, carbon nano tubes, carbon dots, carbon based resins, carbon based building products and activated carbon.
The Brook Mine is a 15,000 acre site with significant coal resources, to be mined under strict environmental protocols and safeguards.
Marrying advanced materials with advanced manufacturing.
Coal seeks new life in high tech
August 13, 2018
Randy Atkins’ company, Ramaco Carbon, is working to open what would be Wyoming’s first coal mine devoted not to electricity, but to high-tech products like carbon fiber or 3D printing material. Atkins 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 types of products that coal could be refined into seems limitless, Atkins said, and could replace other hydrocarbons — namely oil and natural gas. Cost is the main challenge, with no existing manufacturing base to refine coal like there is for oil and gas.
Report: Carbon technology 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. From feedstocks to carbon capture, fossil fuels can be used in a growing sector of carbon technology, the report finds. Randall Atkins, CEO of Ramaco Carbon, said the potential to create a carbon valley reminiscent of California’s Silicon Valley is locked in Wyoming’s black rock.