The Coal Handbook Volume 1
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Coal is an essential fossil fuel resource for many nations due to its large remaining resources, relatively low production and processing cost and potential high energy intensity. Its utilisation is surrounded by certain issues that include emissions of pollutants and growing concern about climate change. The coal handbook: Towards cleaner production Volume 1 provides an overview of the coal production supply chain from analysis to extraction and distribution. Part one explores coal characterisation and introduces the industrial use of coal as well as coal formation, petrography, reserves, sampling and analysis. Part two moves on to review coal extraction and preparation. Chapters highlight advances in coal mining technology, underground coal gasification, coal sizing, comminution and cleaning, and solid-liquid separation technologies for coal. Further chapters focus on economic factors affecting coal preparation, post-treatment of coal, coal tailings treatment, and the optimization, simulation and control of coal preparation plants. Finally, part three considers the coal supply chain including supply chain management and coal conveying and handling along the supply chain.