Coal Energy Systems

Bruce Miller 
Academic Press  November 2004  

Hardback  544 pp  ISBN 9780124974517      £64.00
  • Presents coal's increasing role in providing energy independence to nations
  • Covers current energy usage, environmental issues , and coal energy technologies
  • Provides a comprehensive discussion of technical and policy issues regarding the use of coal
Coal is currently a major energy source in the United States as well as throughout the world, especially among many developing countries, and will continue to be so for many years. Fossil fuels will continue to be the dominant energy source for fueling the United States economy, with coal playing a major role for decades.

Coal provides stability in price and availability, will continue to be a major source of electricity generation, will be the major source of hydrogen for the coming hydrogen economy, and has the potential to become an important source of liquid fuels. Conservation and renewable/sustainable energy are important in the overall energy picture, but will play a lesser role in helping us satisfy our energy demands.

This book is a single source covering many coal-related subjects of interest ranging from explaining what coal is, where it is distributed and quantities it can be found in throughout the world, technical and policy issues regarding the use of coal, technologies used and under development for utilizing coal to produce heat, electricity, and chemicals with low environmental impact, vision for untilizing coal well into the 21st century, and the security coal presents.

Readership: Professional personnel in the coal industry including managers, directors, project monitors, engineers, policy makers, and regulators. A secondary market would be undergraduate and graduate environmental engineering students.



1. Introduction to Coal
What is Coal?
Origin of Coal
Classification of Coal
Coal Distribution and Resources

2. Past, Present, and Future Role of Coal
The Use of Coal in the Pre-Industrial Revolution Era
The Use of Coal during the Industrial Revolution
Post-Industrial Revolution Use of Coal
Overview of Energy in the United States
Coal Production in the United States
Coal Consumption in the United States
U.S. Coal Exports and Imports
World Primary Energy Production and Consumption
Future Projections of Energy Use and Coal's
Role of Cole in the United States' 2001 Energy Policy

3. The Effect of Coal Usage on Human Health and the Environment
Coal Mining
Coal Preparation
Coal Transportation
Coal Combustion By-Products (CCB)
Emissions from Coal Combustion

4. Coal-Fired Emissions and Legislative Action in the United States
Major Coal-Related Health Episodes
History of Legislative Action for Coal-Fired Power Plants
Emissions Legislation in other Countries
Air Quality and Coal-Fired Emissions

5. Technologies for Coal Utilization
Coal Combustion

6. Emissions Control Strategies for Power Plants
Currently Regulated Emissions
Pollutants with Pending Compliance Regulation
Potential Future Regulated Emissions
Multipollutant Control

7. Future Power Generation (Near Zero Emissions During Electricity Generation)
Clean Coal Technology Demonstration Program
Power Plant Improvement Initiative
Clean Coal Power Initiative
Vision 21
Benefits of the DOE€s Clean Coal Power

8. Coal€s Role in Providing United States Energy Security
Overview of U.S. Energy Security Issues
National Energy Plan and Coal Utilization
Energy and the Economy
Natural Gas Use in Power Generation
The Potential of Coal to Reduce U.S. Dependency on Imported Crude Oil
The Resurgence of Coal in Electric Power Generation
Production of Hydrogen from Coal
The Role of Coal in Providing Security to the U.S. Food Supply
Coal€s Role in International Energy Security and Sustainable Development
Concluding Statements

Appendix A. Coal-Fired Emission Factors
Appendix B. Original List of Hazardous Air Pollutants
Appendix C. Initial 263 Units Identified in Phase I of the Acid Rain Program
Appendix D. Commercial Gasification Facilities Worldwide


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