Analyzing process cost effectiveness is an important component of applied research activities, since costs have a significant impact on the viability of research ideas.
Current modeling activities concern coupled Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) processes, aiming an electrification of UCG synthesis gas. Providing a zero-emission alternative of energy production from fossil fuels, produced CO2 is separated and stored in-situ in the previously built UCG voids. In order to allow for a holistic approach with a particular focus on the economics and sustainability of appropriate processes, specifically conceived calculation models consider detailed economic basic data, as well as topographical (e.g. existing infrastructure, resource availability) and geological characteristics.
Another important aim of current modeling activities is elaborating commercial-scale scenarios for selected target areas in order to perform cost-effective and energy-efficient prospects of process implementation.