The Coal Handbook: Towards Cleaner Production

1st Edition

Volume 2: Coal Utilisation

Editors: Dave Osborne
Hardcover ISBN: 9781782421160
eBook ISBN: 9781782421177
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 31st October 2013
Page Count: 576
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Professor Peter Fečko

Part I: Introduction

Chapter 1: Social and economic value of coal


1.1 Introduction

1.2 The importance of electricity and low cost power

1.3 The role of coal in meeting growing energy demand

1.4 Clean coal technologies

1.5 Conclusion

Chapter 2: Environmental issues: emissions, pollution control, assessment and management


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Emissions of acid gases

2.3 Fine particles

2.4 Trace elements

2.5 Environmental issues in iron making and advanced coal processing technologies

2.6 Control of emissions

2.7 Future trends

2.8 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 3: Coal waste: handling, pollution impacts and utilization


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Potential uses of recoverable materials

3.3 Size enlargement, dewatering and drying of coal waste

3.4 Waste storage

3.5 Coal recovery from colliery waste dumps in the United Kingdom

Chapter 4: Future industrial coal utilization: forecasts and emerging technological and regulatory issues


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Forecasts for worldwide energy consumption

4.3 Major technology and regulatory issues for coal-fired power plants

4.4 Major technological issues for the production of metallurgical quality coke

Part II: Global coal production

Chapter 5: Coal resources, production and use in established markets


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Australia

5.3 Canada

5.4 Germany

5.5 Hungary

5.6 Poland

5.7 South Africa

5.8 Turkey

5.9 UK

5.10 Ukraine

5.11 USA

Chapter 6: Coal resources, production


Coal remains an important fossil fuel resource for many nations due to its large remaining resources, relatively low production and processing cost and potential high energy intensity. Certain issues surround its utilisation, however, including emissions of pollutants and growing concern about climate change. The coal handbook: Towards cleaner production Volume 2 explores global coal use in industry.

Part one is an introductory section which reviews the social and economic value of coal, emissions from coal utilisation, the handling, impact and utilisation of coal waste, and an exploration of emerging and future issues around industrial coal utilization. Chapters in part two highlight coal resources, production and use in established markets as well as the emerging markets of Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, Indonesia, and China. Part three focuses specifically on coal utilisation in industry. Chapters consider thermal coal utilisation, coal use in iron and steel metallurgy, advances in pulverised fuel technology, and the evaluation of coal for thermal and metallurgical applications. Further chapters explore coal utilisation in the cement and concrete industries, coal gasification and conversion, and value-in-use assessment for thermal and metallurgical coal. A final chapter summarises the anticipated future pathway towards sustainable, long-term coal use, suggesting transitions that will be needed to ensure cleaner utilisation for many decades to come.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, The coal handbook Volumes 1 and 2 is a comprehensive and invaluable resource for professionals in the coal mining, preparation, and utilisation industry, those in the power sector, including plant operators and engineers, and researchers and academics interested in this field.

Key Features

  • Reviews the social and economic value of coal, emissions from coal utilisation, and the handling, impact and utilisation of coal waste
  • Explores emerging and future issues around industrial coal utilization
  • Highlights coal resources, production and use in established markets, as well as emerging markets such as Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, Indonesia, and China


Experts, engineers and managers in research institutes for mining, metallurgy and materials science, steel industry, mining companies and steel plant building companies; University students and academics in the fields of metallurgy and materials engineering, mining, and environmental management and recycling


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"Scientists and engineers specializing in coal, some in academia but most with energy companies, survey the production and use of coal around the world. One chapter covers all the established markets, then chapters focus in turn on Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, Indonesia, and China.", January 2014

About the Editors

Dave Osborne Editor

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Xstrata Technology Pty Ltd, Australia