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Energies 2018, 11(12), 3419; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11123419

Laboratory Study on Changes in the Pore Structures and Gas Desorption Properties of Intact and Tectonic Coals after Supercritical CO2 Treatment: Implications for Coalbed Methane Recovery

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State Key Laboratory of Coal Mine Disaster Dynamics and Control, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China
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State Key Laboratory of Gas Disaster Monitoring and Emergency Technology, Chongqing 400037, China
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China Coal Technology and Engineering Group Chongqing Research Institute, Chongqing 400037, China
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Zhengzhou Engineering Co., Ltd. of China Railway Seventh Group, Zhengzhou 450052, China
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Received: 31 October 2018 / Revised: 26 November 2018 / Accepted: 3 December 2018 / Published: 6 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability of Fossil Fuels)
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Abstract

Tectonic coals in coal seams may affect the process of enhanced coalbed methane recovery with CO2 sequestration (CO2-ECBM). The main objective of this study was to investigate the differences between supercritical CO2 (ScCO2) and intact and tectonic coals to determine how the ScCO2 changes the coal’s properties. More specifically, the changes in the tectonic coal’s pore structures and its gas desorption behavior were of particular interest. In this work, mercury intrusion porosimetry, N2 (77 K) adsorption, and methane desorption experiments were used to identify the difference in pore structures and gas desorption properties between and intact and tectonic coals after ScCO2 treatment. The experimental results indicate that the total pore volume, specific surface area, and pore connectivity of tectonic coal increased more than intact coal after ScCO2 treatment, indicating that ScCO2 had the greatest influence on the pore structure of the tectonic coal. Additionally, ScCO2 treatment enhanced the diffusivity of tectonic coal more than that of intact coal. This verified the pore structure experimental results. A simplified illustration of the methane migration before and after ScCO2 treatment was proposed to analyze the influence of ScCO2 on the tectonic coal reservoir’s CBM. Hence, the results of this study may provide new insights into CO2-ECBM in tectonic coal reservoirs. View Full-Text
Keywords: supercritical CO2; tectonic coal; pore structure; methane desorption supercritical CO2; tectonic coal; pore structure; methane desorption
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Su, E.; Liang, Y.; Li, L.; Zou, Q.; Niu, F. Laboratory Study on Changes in the Pore Structures and Gas Desorption Properties of Intact and Tectonic Coals after Supercritical CO2 Treatment: Implications for Coalbed Methane Recovery. Energies 2018, 11, 3419.

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