The Coal Handbook

The Coal Handbook

Volume 1: Towards Cleaner Coal Supply Chains

2nd Edition - January 1, 2023

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  • Editor: Dave Osborne
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128243282

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The Coal Handbook: Towards Cleaner Coal Supply Chains, Volume One, Second Edition presents a comprehensive analysis of the latest technology and practices. The book provides authoritative insights into a variety of case studies to help readers identify the most appropriate technologies to take coal, and its associated by-products, into an essential cleaner environment that includes integrated energy systems. The book's expertise highlights the future direction of coal use towards more efficient and clean usage. Key emerging topics such as hybrid technologies, integrated power and chemical processes, and advanced CO2 abatement strategies are explored, with a focus on economic and sustainable values.In addition, the book includes two brand new chapters on the optimization of mine development and the impacts of tailings treatment. With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, the book is a comprehensive and invaluable resource for professionals in the coal mining, preparation and utilization industry, those in the power sector, including plant operators and engineers, and researchers and academics interested in this field.

Key Features

  • Reflects the latest knowledge on coal production supply chains, from analysis to extraction and distribution
  • Explores sustainable coal characterization, formation, petrography, reserves, sampling and analysis
  • Examines coal extraction and preparation and highlights advances in coal mining technology, underground coal gas extraction, coal sizing, comminution and cleaning, and solid-liquid separation technologies
  • Includes two brand new chapters on Optimization and Strategies in Mine Development and The Impacts of Tailings Treatment Obligations


Energy experts, engineers, planners, researchers in the coal industry; decision makers in energy resource, supply, technology and policy; students of clean coal technologies. Professionals in mining and metallurgy industries

Table of Contents

  • Part I
    1. Coal formation
    2. Coal petrography
    3. Coal resources and reserves
    4. Coal sampling
    5. Coal analysis
    6. Aspects of surface chemistry of coal and its characterization in fine coal processing
    7. Overview of Industrial Utilization of coal

    Part II
    8. Advances in coal mining technology
    9. Underground coal gasification
    10. Coal Preparation fundamentals
    11. Coal comminution and sizing
    12. Cleaning of coarse and small coal
    13. Cleaning of fine and ultrafine coal
    14. Solid-liquid separation technologies for coal
    15. Treatment of coal tailings
    16. Economic factors affecting coal preparation plant design worldwide

    Part III
    17. Optimization, simulation and control of coal preparation plants
    18. Supply chain management for bulk materials in the coal industry
    19. Coal conveying
    20. Coal handling aling the supply chain
    21. Transportation by rail and sea in the coal industry

Product details

  • No. of pages: 800
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2023
  • Published: January 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128243282

About the Editor

Dave Osborne

Dave Osborne is a coal technology specialist with global experience in coal preparation, quality assurance and technical marketing through direct involvement in all facets of the subject area. He is internationally renowned and actively involved in international professional institutions and organisations. Dave’s experience includes Head of Coal Technology for Anglo American Coal and Group Manager of Coal Technology for Xstrata Coal. Dave has a Bachelor of Mining Engineering and PhD in Applied Science from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Dave also earned a postgraduate certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the Pennsylvania State University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Industry Advisor, Somerset International Australia Pty Ltd, Brisbane Qld, Australia

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