GIG starts HUGE2

This month, the Central Mining Institute (GIG) from Katowice officially inaugurated a follow-up of HUGE project – HUGE2 Hydrogen Oriented Underground Coal Gasification for Europe – Environmental Aspects. The first meeting was organized in the “Barbara” experimental mine in Mikołów near Katowice.

The project is a response for a need of development of highly energy and economically efficient, safe and environmentally friendly methods for utilization of the energy potential of coal resources, especially in use of coal as raw material for strategically important production of hydrogen for energy, transport and chemical applications.

The objective of the HUGE2 project is to demonstrate in Process Development Unit scale the possibility of performing of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) oriented on hydrogen production in safe and environmental friendly way. The HUGE2 is a follow-up of HUGE project had started in 2007 and finished 2010 when a successful pilot test of underground coal gasification took place.

  • This project should answer the following questions:
    – how to perform the UCG trials in a safer way?
    – how to control possible water contaminants by use of reactive barriers?
    – how to produce high amount of hydrogen in the UCG?

The Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) is a gasification process applied to non-mined coal seams, using injection and production wells drilled from the surface or galleries, which enables the coal to be converted in situ into product gas. The process has produced commercial quantities of gas for both chemical processes and power generation.

The project is coordinated by GIG. The co-participants of HUGE2 consortium are as follows: Silesian University of Technology (Poland), Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals AS CR (the Czech Republic), INERIS Institute (France), Underground Coal Gasification Partnership (England), Lubelski Węgiel “Bogdanka” S.A. and Kompania Węglowa S.A. (both from Poland).

The project will be finalized on 30th of June 2014. The HUGE2 was awarded by the EU Research Fund for Coal and Steel.

based on GIG materials