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RESEARCH FUND FOR COAL & STEEL PROJECT:
HYDROGEN ORIENTED UNDERGROUND COAL GASIFICATION FOR EUROPE (HUGE)






PERIOD: 2007-2010

COORDINATOR:
Central Mining Institute, Katowice, Poland

PARTNERS:
12 higher educational, research and industrial institutions from 7 countries

GOAL
An analysis of various options of coal gasification technologies with different gasification media, mathematical and thermodynamic modelling of the planned trials, a pseudo-homogeneous mathematical model for the adsorption of CO2 on the CaO-rich minerals, on created ex situ reactor (gassgen) for the simulation of this process for real underground condition.

SHORT PROJECT DISCRIPTION
An analysis of various options of coal gasification technologies with different gasification media, process parameters and coal types, as well as mathematical and thermodynamic modelling of the planned trials, a pseudo-homogeneous mathematical model for the adsorption of CO2 on the CaO-rich minerals was developed. For the purpose of the experiments an ex situ reactor was constructed. The reactor was used for the simulation of real underground conditions in respect to both the coal seamsand the surrounding rock layers. Large blocks of coal were prepared for the reactor by the industrial partner of the project. In total, six experiments were performed. The experiments demonstrated the possibility of coal gasification in hard coal block and lignite, and tested the methodology of the experiment. Tests with smaller coal blocks in a pressurised reactor were also performed. Moreover, tests on the migration of heavy metals to water during the gasification process, as well as tests of the behavior of the strata, have been conducted. The concept of the underground georeactor at a process development unit scale was elaborated. The location of the georeactor was chosen and an analysis of the surrounding space was carried out. The process design, together with the technical design of the generator and the monitoring system, has been carried out. After all the necessary infrastructure had been built, an underground trial in the in situ reactor in the experimental mine was conducted. The trial lasted 16 days. The underground experiment enabled the identification of potential problems related to the operation of the UCG process. After the in situ trial, the impact of the UCG process on the natural environment was analysed, as well as the impact of the UCG process on life standards, and the implementation criteria for the selected UCG technological option were elaborated. The results of the project were presented during 17 international conferences, in 15 publications in journals and one patent application.






Head of the Project at NMU
Prof. Volodymyr Bondarenko v_domna@yahoo.com

Executive Coordinator
Prof. Roman Dychkovkyi dichre@yahoo.com

Project Team
Mykola Tabachenko, Prof.
Volodymyr Falshtynskyi, PhD
Vasyl Lozynkyi, PhD
Pavlo Saik, PhD

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