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2007 | 9 | 3 | 29-32

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Catalysts for the utilization of methane from the coal mine ventilation air


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The paper indicates coal mines as the source of permanent emission of low-concentrated gases, which have increased the greenhouse effect. This paper proposes the catalytic oxidation of methane as the solution to the problem of methane utilization when its concentration in the air is insufficient for flame combustion. The studies which have been conducted for many years enabled finding the active oxide and metallic catalytic systems for the reaction of methane oxidation. For the utilization of gases with low-concentrated methane, using the low-temperature catalysts, especially palladium catalysts, seems to be economically well-justified. Depending on technological solutions it can be considered as the method for methane utilization or as an environmentally friendly way for the generation of electric and thermal energy.









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1 - 1 - 2007
6 - 11 - 2007


  • Faculty of Chemistry, Department of Chemical Technology, University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska, 3 Maria Curie-Sklodowska Square, 20-031 Lublin, Poland
  • Faculty of Chemistry, Department of Chemical Technology, University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska, 3 Maria Curie-Sklodowska Square, 20-031 Lublin, Poland


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  • Nawrat S., Szlązak N., Jakubow A.: Klimatyzacja centralna w KWK "Pniówek" Jastrzębskiej Spółki Węglowej S.A. - pierwsza w Polsce, Proccedings of the 7th International Mine Ventilation Congress, June 17 - 22.
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  • Skorek J., Kalina J., Backhaus C., Mroz A.: Możliwości wykorzystania metanu z pokładów węgla w niemieckich i polskich kopalniach
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  • Machocki A., Stasińska B., Gac W.: Alumina supported palladium catalysts with varied metal dispersion for complete oxidation of methane, Catalytic Combustion, P. Forzatti, G. Groppi, P. Ciambelli, D. Sannino (Eds.), Polipress, Milano, 2005, vol. 2, 155 - 160.
  • Machocki A., Stasińska B., Gac W.: Why does the activity of Pd/Al2O3 catalysts depend on the dispersion of palladium phase?, Polish Journal of Chemical Technology, 8 (2006) 93 - 96.
  • Stasińska B., Machocki A.: Influence of carbon dioxide on catalytic combustion of methane derived from domestic waste disposals and underground coal mine ventilation air, The 1th International Seminar on Application of Catalysis in Environmental Protection (11th International Seminar on Catalytic DeNOx), Lublin, 31.08. - 2.09.2006, 62 - 66.

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