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Large-scale experimental investigations to evaluate the feasibility of producing methane rich gas (SNG) through underground coal gasification process. Effect of coal rank and gasification pressure

Kapusta, Krzysztof, Wiatowski, Marian, Stańczyk, Krzysztof, Zagorscak, Renato and Thomas, Hywel Rhys 2020. Large-scale experimental investigations to evaluate the feasibility of producing methane rich gas (SNG) through underground coal gasification process. Effect of coal rank and gasification pressure. Energies 13 (6) , 1334. 10.3390/en13061334

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Abstract

An experimental campaign on the methane-oriented underground coal gasification (UCG) process was carried out in a large-scale laboratory installation. Two different types of coal were used for the oxygen/steam blown experiments, i.e., “Six Feet” semi-anthracite (Wales) and “Wesoła” hard coal (Poland). Four multi-day gasification tests (96 h continuous processes) were conducted in artificially created coal seams under two distinct pressure regimes-20 and 40 bar. The experiments demonstrated that the methane yields are significantly dependent on both the properties of coal (coal rank) and the pressure regime. The average CH4 concentration for “Six Feet” semi-anthracite was 15.8%vol. at 20 bar and 19.1%vol. at 40 bar. During the gasification of “Wesoła” coal, the methane concentrations were 10.9%vol. and 14.8%vol. at 20 and 40 bar, respectively. The “Six Feet” coal gasificationwascharacterizedbymuchhigherenergyefficiencythangasificationofthe“Wesoła”coal and for both tested coals, the efficiency increased with gasification pressure. The maximum energy efficiency of 71.6% was obtained for “Six Feet” coal at 40 bar. A positive effect of the increase in gasification pressure on the stabilization of the quantitative parameters of UCG gas was demonstrated

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 1996-1073
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 March 2020
Date of Acceptance: 10 March 2020
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2020 16:43
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/130533

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