BMBF-DFG-Project: Numerical Modeling of CO2 Sequestration in unmineable Coalbeds - CO2-TRAP

Department of Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 1st November 2005 until 30th April 2007


Greenhouse-gases are one of the biggest environmental problems. One possibility of minimizing the greenhouse effect isthe storage and long time trapping of CO2 in geological formations. The unminable coal-seams in closed coal-mines arethe attractive geological formations for the sequestration of CO2. The CO2-Adsorption into coal seams results insimultaneous desorption of methane ( Enhanced Coalbed Methane - ECBM ). By utilizing methane the cost ofCO2-Sequestration can be reduced.

The objective of the research project :
Development of physical-mathematical model approaches for the CO2-Adsorption into coal seams and simultaneous desorptionof methane (CH4) .
Implementation of these approaches into the numerical multi-phase simulator MUFTE-UG
Validation of the models by comparing it with the laboratory experiments, which are carried by LEK (Lehrstuhl für Geologie, Geochemieund Lagerstätten des Erdöls und der Kohle ) RWTH Aachen

Project manager

Helmig, Rainer

Research assistants

Dogan, Mehmet Onur
Bielinski, Andreas




11/2005 - 04/2007


Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) und Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)


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Lehrstuhl für Hydromechanik und Hydrosystem-modellierung



Pfaffenwaldring 61, 70569 Stuttgart

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