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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2016, Article ID 9575736, 6 pages
Research Article

CH4 Separation from Coal Bed Methane by Hydrate in the SDS and THF Solution

1Mining Technology Institute, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024, China
2Key Lab of In-Situ Property-Improving Mining of Ministry of Education, Taiyuan 030024, China
3College of Mining Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024, China

Received 20 November 2015; Revised 18 January 2016; Accepted 18 January 2016

Academic Editor: Christophe Coquelet

Copyright © 2016 Jianzhong Zhao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Hydrate-based separation experiments on simulate coal bed methane gas have been conducted in THF solution and SDS solution. In this work, a novel hydrate-based gas separation process was used to enhance CH4 separation from a 65.7% CH4/20.2% N2/O2 gas mixture in the presence of 300 ppm SDS and 19% THF solution. The characteristics of the CH4 separation efficiency, fluctuation of temperature, and pressure were studied at different promoter solution. It was found that hydrate formation was induced by promoter in the solution and occurred immediately as the experiments were started. THF performed better than SDS for CH4 separation from the CH4/N2/O2 gas mixture. In particular, the separation coefficients of CH4 and N2 were compared in two solutions. The gas mixture S.Fr. or CH4 recovery is increased from 1.056 to 1.259 while SF of N2 is decreased from 1.183 to 0.634 in THF solution.