New energy ventures, specifically hydrogen and carbon capture, are being explored in Wyoming, US, as part of a new collaboration that wants to revolutionise the state’s energy sector.
The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) and The Williams Cos are behind the effort, having already met to discuss initiatives, development opportunities and energy infrastructure to help decarbonise Wyoming.
Hydrogen production is a key aspect of the collaboration – and SER is already working on this aspect. In a statement released on Thursday (September 9), university representatives said it has formed a partnership to evaluate water access and compatibility needed for hydrogen production in the region.
With the partnership now formalised, those involved can’t wait to get the ball rolling. On this, Holly Krutka, SER Executive Director, said, “We are excited to see our goals align. The collaborative relationship that has emerged between SER and Williams will lead to novel applied research tied to a commercial partner that can translate research results into commercial investment.
“This type of collaboration has the potential to transform and revolutionise the energy sector so it can continue to serve as the foundation of the Wyoming economy.”
Brian Hlavinka, Williams’ New Energy Ventures Director, added, “We are proud to collaborate with the impressive team at the School of Energy Resources on this shared vision as we look at opportunities to leverage our existing pipeline network to bring clean hydrogen to market as well as implement carbon capture solutions.
“The ability to produce clean hydrogen and blend into our large existing system in southwest Wyoming is a significant advantage and has the potential to accelerate the use of hydrogen in reducing carbon emissions.”