The Central Mining Institute (Główny Instytut Górnictwa, GIG) is currently preparing to launch a pilot research of gasifying coal underground in one of its mines. The attempt is planned for March. As a result, the extracted gas will allow for energy or hydrogen production in the future. This is a part of the HUGE Programme (Hydrogen Oriented Underground Coal Gasification for Europe) started two years ago. The HUGE project aims to help experts design a model mine of the future.
A project of the Clean Coal Technologies Center (CCTW) was launched last year. This is a joint venture investment of the Central Mining Institute (GIG) from Katowice and the Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal (IChPW) from Zabrze. The task of the Center will be a creation of the leading scientifical site for promotion and industrial implementation of clean coal technologies. The investment valued EUR 45 million will be considerably financed by European Regional Funds.
An inception of creating the Clean Coal Technologies Center (CCTW) has taken place today.
The Center is a common venture of Central Mining Institute from Katowice and Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal (Zabrze). A total cost of the investment is EUR 45 million (EUR 38 m is granted from EU). Within the framework of the project, testing and research labolatories will be developed in Katowice and is also contracted a cooperation between Polish, European and US scientists to improve coal technologies.