The technology of the underground coal gasification (UCG), as a potential method of energy resources supply diversification, gains increasing attention in the EU and worldwide. There is also a need for the development of safe, environmental friendly and highly efficient methods of coal utilization, in particularly methods of coal-based hydrogen production for energy, transport and chemical synthesis sectors.
Hydrogen Oriented Underground Coal Gasification for Europe - Environmental and Safety Aspects - HUGE2 is a R&D project (2011-2014) co-financed by the EU within the Research Fund for Coal and Steel. It is a follow-up of the project Hydrogen Oriented Underground Coal Gasification for Europe - HUGE, completed in 2010.
HUGE2 project focuses on environmental and safety aspects related to the process of the UCG. The research works include the essential environmental issues of the UCG process, such as underground water contamination and potential leakages of explosive and toxic gases to the rock formations in the vicinity of the georeactor. technical and ecological risks analyses will also be performed within the project.
Gas flare - the UCG experiment at the EM "Barbara", Mikołów performed within the HUGE project (2010).
The in-situ UCG trial was started on August 1, 2013 in the coal seam 310 of the Experimental Mine „Barbara" in Mikolów. The pilot scale UCG trial is the essential part of the experimental activities planned to be performed within the project. The technological and environmental aspects related to the UCG process will be tested during the experiment.more