The global growth in energy requirements
for both power generation and steelmaking has lead to an increase
in demand for coal in these market sectors. The
ever-increasing concerns of the community about the impact of coal
use on the environment have lead to the adoption of more efficient
and cleaner technologies for the use of coal.
As coal consumers strive for increased efficiency
and better controls of gaseous and particle emissions a better
understanding of how the properties of a coal impacts on its
performance in a particular end use is required.
The world's vast resources of coal vary in both
coal type and quality. While many end use technologies can be
adapted to suit a particular coal, the international trade of coal
does allow coal consumers to evaluate many potential coal supplies
to minimise their coal use and therefore their operating
The aim of this document is to give an overview
of end use technologies, the selection of coals for those
technologies and how coal performance is influence by both the
physical process environment and the properties of the coal.
It is a work in progress and CoalTech welcomes feedback or
suggestions on how this site can be improved.