MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown is backing a project to help Virginia Tech researchers and CONSOL Energy study the prospect of storing carbon dioxide in thinner, less valuable coal seams.
Pennsylvania-based CONSOL will try to sequester as much as 20,000 tons of the greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.
Vice president of research Steve Winberg says CONSOL is donating three coalbed methane wells near Buchanan, Va., for the pilot project. The State Journal (http://bit.ly/WMtGj1) says the year-long experiment is set to begin this fall.
Michael Karmis of Virginia Tech's Center for Coal and Energy Research says teams will test both the ability to inject CO2 and whether it can help recover coalbed methane.
They expect the CO2 to be absorbed and say it might stimulate methane release.