Aspects in Mining & Mineral Science

Microbial Communities Involved in Methane roduction from Coal Treated by Potassium Permanganate

  • Open or Close Hongguang Guo1, Qiurong Wang2, Michael A Urynowicz3,4, Paul Fallgren5, Song Jin3,5, Rizwan Haider3 and Zaixing Huang4,6*

    1College of Mining Technology, Taiyuan University of Technology, China

    2Department of Animal Science, University of Wyoming, Laramie, USA

    3Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, University of Wyoming, USA

    4Center for Biogenic Natural Gas Research, University of Wyoming, USA

    5Advanced Environmental Technologies LLC, Fort Collins, USA

    6Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming, USA

    *Corresponding author: Zaixing Huang, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming 82071, USA, Tel: +1 307 2203014; Fax: +1 307 7662221; Email: zhuang@uwyo.edu

Submission: February 15, 2018; Published: March 09, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/AMMS.2018.01.000512

ISSN: 2578-0255
Volume1 Issue3


Coal bed natural gas (CBNG) or coal bed methane (CBM) is considered as an untapped energy resource and accounts for over 3% of total natural gas produced in the US in 2016. Nature gas burns cleaner than coal and has been suggested as a “bridging fuel” to transition away from coal. In recent decades, scientific discoveries have demonstrated that in many of the world’s CBNG plays, the gas is biogenic in origin. The fact that coal is rich in organic carbon is found attractive, and recent studies suggest that biogenic coal bed natural gas can be enhanced through methods including bio-stimulation, bio-augmentation, chemical pre-treatment and supplement of external carbon sources. One of the key elements for coal-based methane production is the microbial populations that are capable of decomposing and transforming coal-derived organic compounds to methane. In this study, we first reported the identification of microbial communities of coal treated by permanganate for enhanced methane production. The results demonstrate that microbial communities involved in the bio-transformation of coal-derived carbon to methane are highly diverse. In addition, hydrogenotrophic methanogenesis appears to be the dominant pathway in producing biogenic natural gas in the samples used for this study. These findings may not only increase the understanding of operative mechanisms behind these complex transformations but also help in exploitation and optimization of field scale production of CBNG.

Keywords: Biogenic Methane, Coal bed Methane (CBM), Coal bed Natural Gas (CBNG), Microbial Communities In Coal, Permanganate

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