Hydrogen from Katowice

The Central Mining Institute (Główny Instytut Górnictwa, GIG) is currently preparing to launch a pilot research of gasifying coal underground in one of its mines. The attempt is planned for March. As a result, the extracted gas will allow for energy or hydrogen production in the future. This is a part of the HUGE Programme (Hydrogen Oriented Underground Coal Gasification for Europe) started two years ago. The HUGE project aims to help experts design a model mine of the future. In the mine, the coal gasification process would be conducted underground, but hydrogen-rich gas would be obtained on the surface. The project is co-ordinated by GIG, other organizations involved are:

  • Delft University (The Netherlands)
    Stuttgart University (Germany)
    Institute of Chemical Processing (Czech Republic)
    ISSP (Belgium)
    National Mining University of Ukraine
    Underground Coal Gasification Partnership (England)
    JRC Institute for Energy (The Netherlands)
    Silesian University of Technology (Poland)
    Poltegor Institute (Poland)
    BOT Górnictwo i Energetyka S.A. (Poland)

With relation to the HUGE project’s aim, a development of the Clean Coal Technology Center (CCTW) launched by GIG and the Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal seems very important. Construction works on the Center are to start this year. The building will be equipped with modern laboratories and installations creating the CCTW one of the leading research units in the area of clean coal technologies. Additionally, above and underground coal gasification attempts will be conducting in Mikołów and Zabrze within the framework of the project.

The Central Mining Institute was established in 1945 and is a scientific and development organization working in many fields including a mining safety, geoengineering, environmental enginnering and sustsainable environmental resources management. GIG is a multi-awarded institute involved in international projects in the United States, Europe and Asia. It is subordinated to the Minister of Economy.