European inter-laboratory comparison of high pressure CO2 sorption isotherms II: Natural coals

Y. Gensterblum*, P. van Hemert, P. Billemont, E. Battistutta, Andreas Busch, B. M. Krooss, G. de Weireld, K. H. A. A. Wolf

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In order to assess and improve the quality of high-pressure sorption isotherms of carbon dioxide (CO2) on coals, an inter-laboratory study (Round Robin) has been conducted among three European research laboratories. Excess sorption isotherms, determined in a first round of measurements, on Filtrasorb 400 (F400) activated carbon showed excellent agreement. In the second round of this study, excess sorption isotherms were determined on three coals at 318K using the manometric (TU Delft, Netherlands and RWTH Aachen University, Germany) and the gravimetric (University Mons, Belgium) methods up to 16MPa. The CO2 excess sorption isotherms for the three coal samples, a lignite, a bituminous coal and a semi-anthracite, exhibited maximum values of 1.77±0.07, 1.37±0.01 and 1.37±0.05molkg-1 respectively. The pressure ranges for the observed maximum excess sorption capacities decreased with increasing maturities from 6.89±0.5MPa for the lignite, to 6.68±0.4MPa for the bituminous coal and to 5.89±0.6MPa for the semi-anthracite. The results show that high-pressure CO2 excess sorption isotherms on natural coals in the supercritical range can be determined accurately with both gravimetric and manometric equipment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-124
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Coal Geology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010


  • Bituminous coal
  • CO sorption
  • Coals
  • High pressure
  • Inter-laboratory comparison
  • Lignite
  • Semi-anthracite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economic Geology
  • Geology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Fuel Technology


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