(157a) Utilization of Carbon Dioxide Towards Control/Suppression of Underground Coal Fires

Authors: 
Rangwala, A. S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Granite, E. J., National Energy Technology Laboratory


Underground coal fires represent a substantial nuisance in terms of property damage, public safety, greenhouse gas generation, and coal resource destruction. Some of the techniques employed to combat these fires will be illustrated. The magnitude of greenhouse gas generation and coal consumption will be estimated. Future research areas into this important issue such as improved fire fighting, detection, and prevention will be discussed. The possible utilization of carbon dioxide towards control and suppression of underground coal fires will be examined.

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