Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC) participates in a €2.9 million research project funded by the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) with an objective to evaluate the use of deep lying methane rich coal deposits through combined coal bed methane (CBM) and underground coal gasification (UCG) technologies. By undertaking the beyond state-of-the-art high pressure gasification tests, advanced numerical simulations and comprehensive techno-economic assessments, site-specific CBM-UCG implementations will be investigated. As a result of the project findings, best practice guidelines will be prepared to inform the potential stakeholders in Europe and world-wide on the application of CBM-UCG technology in deep coal deposits. GRC is delivering the project jointly with the Central Mining Institute from Katowice, TATA Steel UK, Imperial College London, German Research Centre for Geosciences, French National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks, Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals from Prague and Polska Grupa Gornicza. Within the project, the GRC team is leading on coupled numerical modelling, small-scale experimental investigations and the preparation of best practice guidelines.

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