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The Future of Coal

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Miscellaneous Topics in Energy Education

Tagged Division

Energy Conversion and Conservation

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24.1219.1 - 24.1219.14



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Chris Foreman Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Chris Foreman (Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering, University of Louisville, 2008) is a Senior Member of IEEE, the Power and Energy Society, and holds both B.S. (1990) and M.Eng. (1996) degrees in Electrical Engineering, also from the University of Louisville. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Purdue University. He teaches and performs research in renewable energy systems, smart power grids, industrial control systems, and cyber-security. He has over 15 years of power industry experience with companies such as Westinghouse Process Control Division (now Emerson Process Management), Cinergy (now Duke Energy), and Alcoa Inc.

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Karina Clarissa Halim Purdue University

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Karina Halim is a senior undergraduate student majoring in chemical engineering at Purdue University. She is set to graduate on December 2014 with a minor in management. She likes to learn about energy and environment, in terms of future challenges. She has done some energy and environment related research during her college life with faculties in technology department. The most recent research is on coal and nuclear energy with Professor Raji Sundararajan of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology department.

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Rajeswari Sundararajan Purdue University, West Lafayette

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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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