Competitive adsorption of CO2/CH4 mixture on dry and wet coal from subcritical to supercritical conditions

Hyeon Hui Lee, Hae Jung Kim, Yao Shi, David Keffer, Chang Ha Lee

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Enhanced coal bed methane (ECBM) recovery enables captured CO2 to be stored while increasing the recovery of CH4. Competitive adsorption of a CO2/CH4 mixture on dry and wet anthracite coal was studied at 318 and 338K and pressures up to 13MPa and was compared with the adsorption behavior of pure CO2 and CH4. The negative excess adsorbed amounts of CH4 in the CO2/CH4 mixture were observed in both dry and wet coal due to the high selectivity of CO2 on coal. Therefore, the total excess adsorbed amount and isotherm shape of mixture on dry and wet coal were similar to the results of pure CO2. The moisture of the coal reduced the sorption amount compared to dry coal in the mixture system, showing a similar moisture effect on the isotherm of pure CO2 in the same range of fluid density. Above the critical point of CO2, the sorption difference between dry and wet coal decreased with an increase in pressure. The fluid density of a mixture in free volume was an important variable to estimate the ECBM recovery efficiently because the sorption behavior of the CO2/CH4 mixture was similar to that of pure CO2 based on the same density condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-101
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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