of coal to methane
research is aimed at identifying microbial consortia that utilize coal as
an organic substrate, producing methane in the process. Methane burns cleaner than coal, and is
readily transported and distributed via pipeline. PhD candidate Sam Papendick is using
anaerobic culturing techniques to enrich for methanogens from Australian
gas wells. MS candidate Sam Lane
is evaluating above ground bioreactors that can utilize coal wastes.
Papendick, S.L., K.R. Downs, K.D. Vo, S.K.
Hamilton, G.K.W. Dawson, S.D. Golding, and P.C. Gilcrease (2011). Biogenic methane potential for Surat
Basin, Queensland coal seams. International
Journal of Coal Geology, 88:123-134.
Green, M.S., K.C. Flanegan, and P.C. Gilcrease
(2008). Characterization of a methanogenic
consortium enriched from a coalbed methane well
in the Powder River Basin, U.S.A. International
Journal of Coal Geology, 76:34-45.
Gilcrease, P.C. and G.W. Shurr (2007). Making microbial methane work: The potential for new
biogenic gas. World Oil, Vol. 228 No. 11 p. 37