2007 Unconventional Resources

Enhancing Appalachian Coalbed Methane Extraction by Microwave-Induced Fractures

Subcontractor: The Pennsylvania State University

Principal Investigator: Jonathon Mathews
Project Number Project Status
07122-27 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: Kent Perry
Participants
Nottingham University
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
November 21, 2008 May 31, 2010
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$87,255.00 $50,699.00 $36,556.00
Project Objectives

The project objective is to determine the ability of microwave energy to create micro fractures in coal samples under simulated down hole conditions of pressure and temperature. This technique has been used successfully by the coal industry for pre-treating coal prior to pulverization at atmospheric conditions.

Reports
File Type Date
Enhancing Appalachian Coalbed Methane Extraction by Microwave-Induced Fractures ( 202.8 KB ) Project Management Plan 12/08
Enhancing Appalachian Coalbed Methane Extraction by Microwave-Induced Fractures ( 2.0 MB ) Final Report 08/10
Enhancing Appalachian Coalbed Methane Extraction by Microwave-Induced Fractures ( 202.8 KB ) Technology Status Assessment 12/08
Presentations
Title: Microwave Induced Fractures - Jonathan P. Mathews, Pennsylvania State University - 04/09 ( 1.1 MB )