Low-rank Coals for Power Generation, Fuel and Chemical Production

Low-rank Coals for Power Generation, Fuel and Chemical Production

1st Edition - June 21, 2017

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  • Editors: Zhongyang Luo, Michalis Agraniotis
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081008959
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081009291

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Low-Rank Coals for Power Generation, Fuel and Chemical Production provides a thorough introduction to lignite (brown coal) and subbituminous coals and explores how they can be used efficiently and economically in place of hard coal. The book examines the undesirable characteristics of low-quality coals, such as high moisture content, low calorific value, and aggressive ash characteristics, and the resulting refinements to standard technologies and practices required for successful combustion, gasification, and pyrolysis.The first part of this book provides a comprehensive and systematic review of the properties of low-rank coals and corresponding preparation methods, such as drying, cleaning, and upgrading. Power generation from low-rank coals is the focus of Part 2, with chapter topics ranging from high efficiency pulverized coal combustion and circulatingfluidized bed combustion to emerging areas such as chemical looping and oxyfuel combustion. The final contributions address the important subjects of coal-to-liquids,polygeneration and coke production using low-rank coals, as well as the critical issue of carbon capture and storage.This book is a valuable resource for power generation engineers and researchers seeking to maximize the opportunities provided by these cheaper coal feedstocks for efficient and environmentally compatible power generation.

Key Features

  • Presents the most in-depth treatment of low-rank coals available
  • Addresses both power generation and fuel production
  • Includes coverage that spans pulverized coal combustion and emerging technologies, such as CFBC, UCG, CLC, and oxyfuel combustion


Engineers, managers and researchers in the coal industry; researchers in academia at post-graduate level upwards with an interest in low-rank coals

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to low rank coals: Types, resources and current utilization
    2. Properties of low rank coals and resulting challenges in their utilization
    3. Drying technologies for low rank coals
    4. Stabilisation, cleaning and upgrading technologies for low rank coals
    5. High efficiency PCC power generation using low rank coals
    6. Co-combustion of low-rank coals with biomass
    7. CFBC and BFBC of low rank coals
    8. Underground gasification of low rank coals
    9. DICE, Direct Carbon Fuel Cells, and other advanced methods for power and chemicals production from low rank coals
    10. Coal-to-liquids  and polygeneration  using low rank coals 
    11. Coke production from low-rank coals
    12. Production of activated carbon and other carbon products from low-rank coals
    13. Role of oxycombustion in utilisation of low rank coals

Product details

  • No. of pages: 366
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2017
  • Published: June 21, 2017
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081008959
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081009291

About the Editors

Zhongyang Luo

Zhongyang Luo is a Professor in the Department of Energy Engineering, Dean of the Department of Energy Engineering and Director of the State Key Laboratory of Clean Energy Utilization at Zhejiang University, China. He was chair of the APEC Symposium on Energy Efficiency of Low Rank Coal in 2012 and has participated in numerous other international projects, including the Sino-Canada Clean Coal Technology demonstration Center and the KTH-China Energy Center. He produced over 700 academic papers and published four books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Energy Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Michalis Agraniotis

Michalis Agraniotis is an expert in engineering and consultancy services for new energy projects on biomass and waste recovered fuels

Affiliations and Expertise

Process Engineer, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe, Duisburg, Germany

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