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Pore-scale modelling of biofilm activity in the underground storage of hydrogen

Ebigbo, Anozie and Golfier, Fabrice and Quintard, Michel Pore-scale modelling of biofilm activity in the underground storage of hydrogen. (2012) In: Interpore 2012, 14-16 May, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA . (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The storage of hydrogen in the subsurface to compensate fluctuations in energy demand and supply is considered an important part of future energy strategies. It has been observed that, within the period of storage, there is a partial conversion of hydrogen in the presence of carbon dioxide to methane. This has been attributed to the activity of microorganisms (archaea and bacteria) indigenous to the storage site. The talk will look at pore-scale phenomena including the interplay of different microbes (methanogens, acetogens, and acetotrophs) within a biofilm at the gas—water interface, the growth and decay of the multi-species biofilm, and the diffusion, consumption, and production of the dissolved gases. A numerical model with interface tracking, based on a volume-of-fluid method, is proposed for investigating these effects. The aim of the study is the description and quantification of the dominant processes which determine the amount of biomass such a reservoir can support and the rate at which the microorganisms produce methane as a contribution to explaining the observed field-scale phenomenon.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy - ENSMN (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut National de l'Environnement Industriel et des Risques - INERIS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine - INPL (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UPS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Lorraine (FRANCE)
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Deposited By: Michel QUINTARD
Deposited On:24 May 2013 11:52

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