Friday, October 26, 2012

Finally a Good Use for Coal

Recent technological advances are making it commercially possible to stimulate coal-eating microbes to create natural gas.  The microbes eat coal and excrete methane, the largest component of natural gas.  A couple of companies have developed techniques to stimulate the microbes to produce more gas and introduce microbes to coal deposits where they don't currently reside.

The practice is far from a done deal, but it looks promising for enhancing current coal bed methane wells and monetizing coal seams that are too expensive to drill.  But in my mind, any opportunity to turn coal into something other than coal is a good thing.

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