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Controls on coalbed methane potential and gas sorption characteristics of high volatile bituminous coals in Indiana

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dc.contributor.advisor Schimmelmann, Arndt en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Mastalerz, Maria en_US
dc.contributor.author Solano-Acosta, Wilfrido en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-01T21:59:34Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-14T01:48:34Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06-01T21:59:34Z
dc.date.submitted 2007 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2022/7481
dc.description Thesis (PhD) - Indiana University, Geological Sciences, 2007 en_US
dc.description.abstract The increasing demand for energy and a growing concern for global warming, owing in part to the steep rise in anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, have sparked worldwide interest in clean coal technologies. Although the energy potential of coal is large, there are many environmental concerns associated with its large-scale utilization. An alternative solution to increasing demand for energy is the recovery of coalbed methane (CBM), an efficient and clean fossil fuel associated with extensive coal deposits. CBM today represents nearly 10 percent of the energy consumed in the United States. From an environmental perspective, coal beds that are too deep or that contain low-quality coal are being investigated as potential sites for permanently sequestering carbon dioxide emissions (CO2 sequestration). Methane has been documented in coals of various ranks. The occurrence and distribution of economically recoverable quantities of CBM result from the interplay between stratigraphy, tectonics, and hydrology. This study evaluates geologic factors that control the occurrence of CBM in Indiana coals, ranging from large-scale processes (i.e., burial and fracturing) to molecular interactions between CBM and the physical structure of coal (i.e., gas adsorption). This study investigates the role of tectonics and burial in the formation of coal fracture sets (cleats) that are critical for CBM extraction. Based on field data, I investigate the role of fracturing with regard to gas occurrence and CBM producibility. The timing of cleat formation is evaluated via carbon and oxygen isotopic signatures of cleat-filling minerals. In addition to field-scale observations, this study includes an experimental component that, based on a multitude of laboratory data, constrains optimum conditions for coal-sample preservation prior to laboratory analyses for exploration. Chemical analyses, petrography, grain-size distributions, Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) spectroscopy, pore distribution, and adsorption experiments at high and low gas pressures are employed to estimate reservoir gas capacity and to characterize high volatile bituminous coals of Indiana for potential future CO2 sequestration. Understanding the mechanisms and geologic conditions that control the occurrence of gas in coal allows us to better characterize: (1) CBM reservoirs for their potential economic use, and (2) coal seams as future receptacles of anthropogenic carbon dioxide. en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher [Bloomington, Ind.] : Indiana University en_US
dc.subject Coalbed Methane (CBM) en_US
dc.subject CO2 sequestration en_US
dc.subject Illinois Basin, USA en_US
dc.subject Coal en_US
dc.subject Cleats en_US
dc.subject Pennsylvanian en_US
dc.subject.classification Geology en_US
dc.subject.classification Energy en_US
dc.subject.classification Geochemistry en_US
dc.title Controls on coalbed methane potential and gas sorption characteristics of high volatile bituminous coals in Indiana en_US
dc.type Doctoral Dissertation en_US


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