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Old 30th Jul 2013, 23:04
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G&T ice n slice
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Cumbria
Posts: 170
I bet if you dug that coal up then baked it in large ovens you could persuade said coal to produce gas
Somewhere in the back of whatever is left of my memory I think someone wanted to drill lots of holes into the coal beds and then get them to burn (or at least char) which since it would happen in a very oxygen-poor environment would result in an output of a mix of released coal-gas and carbon monoxide, which could be drawn off and the CO separated out and converted into something-or-other via some magical chemical transformation using a catalyst- the something-or-other (methanol? ethanol?) could then be used as a fuel.

I think it got nowhere because even us dumb British sheep might go "nay" instead of "baa" when the idea of lots of underground burning coal was suggested to us.
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