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New Trends in Coal Conversion - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081022016, 9780081022023

New Trends in Coal Conversion

1st Edition

Combustion, Gasification, Emissions, and Coking

Editors: Isabel Suarez-Ruiz Fernando Rubiera Maria Antonia Diez
Paperback ISBN: 9780081022016
eBook ISBN: 9780081022023
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 30th August 2018
Page Count: 542
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New Trends in Coal Conversion: Combustion, Gasification, Emissions, and Coking covers the latest advancements in coal utilization, including coal conversion processes and mitigation of environmental impacts, providing an up-to-date source of information for a cleaner and more environmentally friendly use of coal, with a particular emphasis on the two biggest users of coal—utilities and the steel industry. Coverage includes recent advances in combustion co-firing, gasification, and on the minimization of trace element and CO2 emissions that is ideal for plant engineers, researchers, and quality control engineers in electric utilities and steelmaking.

Other sections cover new advances in clean coal technologies for the steel industry, technological advances in conventional by-products, the heat-recovery/non-recovering cokemaking process, and the increasing use of low-quality coals in coking blends. Readers will learn how to make more effective use of coal resources, deliver higher productivity, save energy and reduce the environmental impact of their coal utilization.

Key Features

  • Provides the current state-of-the-art and ongoing activities within coal conversion processes, with an emphasis on emerging technologies for the reduction of CO2 and trace elements
  • Discusses innovations in cokemaking for improved efficiency, energy savings and reduced environmental impact
  • Include case studies and examples throughout the book


Researchers in coal/clean coal technology, plant engineers in coal-fired utilities and power plants and steel industries, quality control engineers working with coal and coal blends

Table of Contents

1. Coal
2. Coal Combustion: New Trends and Co-firing
3. Coal Gasification: Advances
4. Emissions from Coal Combustion and Gasification: Trace Elements
5. Current Status of CO2 Capture from Coal Utilities
6. Coal Quality for the Iron and Steel Industry
7. Metallurgical Coke Production and Coal Chemicals Recovery
8. Metallurgical Coke Quality for Blast Furnace
9. Cokemaking and the Environment
10. New Perspectives: Future Coal Markets


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About the Editors

Isabel Suarez-Ruiz

Isabel Suárez-Ruiz is a Tenured Scientist at the Instituto Nacional del Carbon (INCAR-CSIC, Spain) working in the field of applied Organic Petrology on coal and coal-by products. She received her PhD in 1988 from the University of Oviedo (Spain) for her Doctoral Thesis on oil shales and source rocks. She has spent extensive periods of time carrying out research in Petrology and Organic Geochemistry in well known laboratories in France (Orléans) and the US (SIU, Carbondale, and CAER, Lexington). Dr. Suárez-Ruiz has published extensively on topics of organic petrology related to fundamental and applied aspects of this science, recently receiving the 2006 Organic Petrology Award from the International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP).

Affiliations and Expertise

Instituto Nacional del Carbon (INCAR-CSIC), Oviedo, Spain

Fernando Rubiera

Fernando Rubiera is a scientific researcher at the INCAR-CSIC where he currently acts as the Director. He is also vicepresident of the Spanish Platform of CO2, where he is in charge of the groups of CO2 Capture and CO2 Utilisation. Between 1992 and 1995 he was seconded to British Coal (TSRE, Bretby) and to the University of Nottingham to conduct investigations into the optimisation of fine coal cleaning processes. He is an expert on fuel science and technology and his research lines are also directed towards the valorisation of biomass for the production of energy, including co-combustion and co-gasification with coal. Likewise, his research activities embrace the preparation, modification and textural characterisation of carbon materials with a high specificity, in terms of porous development and surface chemistry, for different applications mainly on CO2 capture from postcombustion flue gases. He has been the PI of 6 International (4 European) funded projects and several national projects, raising more than 4 M€. He is member of the Editorial Board of Biomass & Bioenergy, and the Editorial Advisory Board of Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology

Affiliations and Expertise

Scientific Researcher and Director, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), National Coal Institute (INCAR)

Maria Antonia Diez

María Antonia Diez is a research scientist of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the National Coal Institute (INCAR) in Oviedo, Spain. She received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from Oviedo University. She undertook postdoctoral training at the Northern Carbon Research Laboratories (NCRL) in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) and has had short-stays at the Wrocław University of Technology (Poland) and the CNRS of the Université d’Aix-Marseille III (France). Her research activity ranges from the characterization of coals for cokemaking and various aspects of the process to the structure and properties of the metallurgical coke as well as the composition and thermal behaviour of tar and pitch. Her interests expand to the environment protection mainly to the thermochemical feedstock recycling of organic wastes. This research is carried out within the framework of national and international projects and industrial contracts. She is author of over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in books and encyclopedias. She has been Vice-director of INCAR and head of the Science and Technology of Coal and Coal Products Department. She was a member of R&D Committees on a National and European level (European Coke Committee, Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the CSIC Commission, Coal Advisory Group of the RFCS-EU).

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Scientist, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), National Coal Institute (INCAR)

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