Ramaco Proposal: 'It's About Time'

The day's first panel of speakers Thursday. Collins is on the right. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The day's first panel of speakers Thursday. Collins is on the right. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Asked what he thinks about Ramaco Carbon's proposal to convert coal into products, Don Collins said it's about time.

Collins, who's CEO of the Western Research Institute in Laramie, was among the industry and university professionals who attended Ramaco's three-day Research Rodeo this week in Sheridan.

He elaborated on his comment.

The Research Rodeo brought together representatives from more than a dozen industries and universities to hear about Ramaco Carbon's plans to develop a research and development facility, industrial park and, the company hopes, a coal mine to convert coal into carbon that can be used in manufacturing.

Randall Atkins, chairman and CEO of Ramaco Carbon, said coal can be used to manufacture materials that are stronger, lighter and cheaper than existing materials. In an interview with Sheridan Media, Collins talked about the coal-carbon connection.

He said coal provides more carbon than the other substances for the money that's spent on extraction. As with carbon derived from other products, such as petroleum, carbon fiber derived from coal can be used to manufacture a host of products including cars, trucks and airplanes, and carbon additives for cements and structural materials.

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Don Collins at speaker's podium. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Don Collins at speaker's podium. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Collins points out a feature in his slide presentation. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Collins points out a feature in his slide presentation. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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