June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Energy Conversion and Conservation
24.1219.1 - 24.1219.14
The Future of Coal Abstract Coal is the most abundant and widely available fossil fuels in the world. The total world coal reserves is about 860,938 million tonnes and is spread all over the world. Coal is currently used to generate about 40 % of the world electricity and this amount is increasing due to the increasing demand of electricity from developing countries like China which is expected to be fulfilled using coal power plant. Given the global energy challenge that we face today, it is increasingly important to find ways to maintain and improve the supply of energy while maintaining balance with the environment in the future. In this paper, we will focus on the opportunities that coal may provide for future energy supply. To begin with, we discuss about past and present role of coal as energy source, mainly electricity generation. We then introduce the current and latest update on the available technologies for coal, including the Clean Coal technology. From these, we develop analysis and comparison studies on the future of coal. The purpose of this paper is to provide information about the current improvement in coal technology which may contribute to the world energy future. In this case, we analyze and evaluate the new technology in terms of its viability, how it helps to solve the environmental and energy problems we face today, as well as comparing it to other energy sources.
Foreman, C., & Halim, K. C., & Sundararajan, R. (2014, June), The Future of Coal Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23152
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