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Methane Adsorption on Shale under Simulated Geological Temperature and Pressure Conditions

Lookup NU author(s): Thomas Rexer, Professor Andrew Aplin, Emeritus Professor Mark ThomasORCiD


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Shale gas is becoming an increasingly important energy resource. In this study, the adsorption of methane on adry, organic-rich Alum shale sample was studied at pressures up to ∼14 MPa and temperatures in the range 300−473 K, which are relevant to gas storage under geological conditions. Maximum methane excess uptake was 0.176−0.042 mmol g−1 (125−30 scf t−1) for the temperature range of 300−473 K. The decrease in maximum methane surface excess with increasing temperature can be described with a linear model. An isosteric enthalpy of adsorption 19.2 ± 0.1 kJ mol−1 was determined at 0.025 mmol g−1 using the van’t Hoff equation. Supercritical adsorption was modeled using the modified Dubinin−Radushkevich and theLangmuir equations. The results are compared with absolute isotherms calculated from surface excess and the pore volumes obtained from subcritical gas adsorption (nitrogen (78 K), carbon dioxide (273 and 195 K), and CH4 (112 K)). The subcritical adsorption and the surface excess results allow an upper limit to be put on the amount of gas that can be retained by adsorptionduring gas generation from petroleum source rocks.

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Author(s): Rexer TFT, Benham MJ, Apliin AC, Thomas KM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Energy & Fuels

Year: 2013

Volume: 27

Issue: 6

Pages: 3099-3109

Print publication date: 13/05/2013

ISSN (print): 0887-0624

ISSN (electronic): 1520-5029

Publisher: American Chemical Society


DOI: 10.1021/ef400381v


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