Underground coal gasification (UCG) is the in-situ gasification of coal in the seam. It is achieved by injecting oxidants, gasifying the coal and bringing the product gas to surface through boreholes drilled from the surface. The gas is used for power generation, industrial heating or as chemical feedstock.UCG Engineering Ltd has recently undertaken reviews of the technilogy and provided designs of underground configurations for demnonstration and commercial applications. UCG was first developed as a large-scale gas production process in the 1960's and recently trial schemes have been evaluated in many other countries including China, India Australia, South Africa, the USA and the UK. The revival of interest in UCG is a direct result of improved technology, security of supply and a realisation that gas from underground coal gasification offers substantial cost reductions for production and CO2 capture. Reviews of the technology, field trials and assessments of the potential resources for UCG have been undertaken in most coal producing countries. At least half a dozen coal fields and basins around the world are the subject of studies, pre-commercial trials and it is known that project expenditure on UCG has increased markedly in 2007.
Latest News date 01-04-2016
Webinar on UCG by M Green to be given via IMEchE Power Division in 2016 date to be advised.
UCG Advisor to Cluff Natural Resources, plc, January 2014 to present.
IChemE Special Interest Group on Clean Energy, and Leadership Forum to Energy Centre (2012 to present)
Reviewer to Elsevior Publishing on UCG publications 2001 to present.
Articles on UCG published in Modern Energy Systems (May2014), (TCE Feb 2014), Science in Parliament, (Summer 2013)
Recent presentations have included Institute Midland Mining, Apr 2016, the ESGOS Conference Manchester Oct 2015, Coal Research Forum, Leeds 2015, and many commercially protected presentations.
UCGE Partner and Steering Group Chairman, HUGE2, EU RFCS Project extending original HUGE project (to Mar 2015)
Subcontractor to the EU RFCS Project UCG-CCS investigating CO2 storage in UCG cavities (Jul10 to Jun13)
UCG Engineering is in contact with development projects in Eastern Europe, UK, and India, S America and S Africa.
Board Director of Clean Global Energy for two years (Oct09 - Nov11)
Chapter on UCG in Advance Power Plant & Materials, Woodhead Publishing, Mar 2009