Ramaco Carbon has entered into a partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the nation’s largest U.S. Department of Energy science and energy laboratory to explore innovations for the conversion of coal to high-value advanced carbon products and materials.
According to an announcement released Tuesday, the five-year cooperative research and development agreement will allow Ramaco and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to work together on new projects that use coal as a manufacturing feedstock for carbon fibers, building products and composites. The partnership will also allow exploration of coal for development of electrodes for energy storage devices and new materials for additive manufacturing, including large-scale 3D printing.
The research will be funded by Ramaco Carbon and the Energy Department’s Office of Fossil Energy.
The agreement combines Oak Ridge’s chemical and materials science and engineering, computational science and advanced manufacturing expertise with Ramaco Carbon’s coal-based research, manufacturing and 3D printing facilities being developed near Sheridan.
Randal Atkins, Ramaco’s chairman and CEO, said Ramaco is deeply honored to be partnered with the Department of Energy’s leading innovator in advanced carbon materials and additive manufacturing.
Ramaco Carbon entered into a similar agreement in 2018 with the National Energy Technology Laboratory, a partnership that has involved the use of coal to make graphene and carbon nanotubes and to recover rare earth minerals. Ramaco Carbon is also a party to five Energy Department grants in the coal-to-products field.
Based in Sheridan, Ramaco has operations in both Wyoming and West Virginia. The company focuses on the use of coal to create advanced carbon products and materials and is currently building the nation’s first vertically integrated carbon tech platform.