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From seam to stack: coal chemistry explained.
From seam to stack: coal chemistry explained.

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While some countries are looking at gasification of coal as an option to meet their energy needs, it may not be the best choice for coal.

"Indeed a study by Duke University in the US suggests synthetic natural gas emits seven times more greenhouse gases than natural gas, and almost twice as much carbon as a coal plant."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26921145

Congratulations to all of the students that participated in the CEDAR Inc.
2014 Coal Fair!  Amanda Arts from Pike Co. Central, won first place in the high school science category for her experiment.

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Another informative coal class.
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Rod will be speaking at the 43rd Annual Eastern Fuel Buyers Conference.  His talk, "Changing Basins, Changing Expectations" will focus on how the changes in location can  impact coal chemistry.
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As times change, slag is becoming a growing problem.  More rock can equal more slag.

"In eastern Kentucky, coal mining has been the lifeblood of the economy for well over a century. Now it's facing what might be termed a “low coal” future. Much of the easy-to-get coal has already been mined out. What’s left is harder to get, so production costs are higher. “The coal seams, they’re getting smaller,” says 30-year-old Ryan Trent, a laid-off miner who started at age 19. “You’ve got strata in between it, which is not full coal. So the more rock you cut,  the less coal you’re getting.”" -http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/coal-play/coal-country-starts-ask-what-comes-after-coal

The CCI April 22-23 Fuel Flexibility class is designed to help plant managers, strategic engineers, risk management personnel, fuel buyers, and operators understand the chemistry involved when changing fuels.  These changes can cause multiple issues.  Better understanding helps to minimize the risk. This includes the necessity to have a better understanding of the areas that are effected. You need to anticipate the changes on the Unit when you change the fuel to lower your risk.  

From seam to stack:  Coal Chemistry explained.
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