This technology is a method for converting coal to biogenic methane. The method comprises providing a solid coal matrix into soluble, coal-derived constituents, introducing indigenous microorganisms into the soluble, coal-derived constituents, and biologically converting the soluble, coal-derived constituents into methane.
In-situ coal depolymerization and solubilization technologies can be used to transform a fraction of the solid coal matrix into soluble constituents that are more readily bio-available, thereby enhancing the production of secondary biogenic coal bed methane (CBM).
The Method for Converting Coal to Biogenic Methane can benefit existing coal operations by greatly enhancing methane production. As an example, if only 0.1% of the available coal with the Powder River Basin were biogenically transformed into CBM, the estimated producible methane reserves with the basin would nearly double.
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