Other chapters in this volume deal with potential future supplies of “natural” gas — i.e. methane recoverable from conventional and unconventional natural reservoirs. Regardless of how such supplies develop, there is an alternative route to methane through conversion of coal. This chapter presents data regarding the long-term economic availability of coal, brief descriptions of current technology for methane synthesis, and a speculative analysis of where large scale coal-to-methane plants are likely to be installed.
KeywordsCoal Reserve Coal Conversion Conversion Plant Recoverable Reserve Natural Methane
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