Should We Be Mining And Processing As Much Coal?

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Thermal Coal Energy synthesis Imagine your daily life and how much technology is integrated into it, now, even if you don’t think that you use a lot of technology, remember that most of what we use today in our daily lives, need some sort of electricity to make it, or run it. We live in a world that is almost dependent upon electricity, modern life is unimaginable without electricity. Coal produces almost half of the electricity we use. There is much controversy about coal and why we rely on it so heavily. The question that emerges from this controversy is “should we be mining and processing as much coal as we do on a daily basis, and should we downscale, or find alternatives?” Before looking into the views of the question at hand, it…show more content…
After it is brought out of the ground, the coal is then transported by either a train or a barge to refineries. Upon arriving at the refineries, the coal is either washed by water, or put through a chemical bath to remove some impurities. At the power plant, the coal is then pulverized to a powder just before being burned. The coal powder is then pushed into a furnace where it ignites while still airborne. This fuels the fire which heats up pipes with water running through them. The water begins to boil, and under pressure, the water evaporates and becomes steam, this steam rises and goes through turbines which rotates a generator, and creates electricity. Part or the water is then condensed and put back into the pipes to repeat the process, although much water is lost in the process. During the burning process, the coal powder under goes a chemical reaction that releases its chemical properties into the air. Some of these elements that can be released are sulfur, nitrogen, carbon, arsenic, lead, cadmium, mercury, and some traces of uranium. After the coal has been burned, the emissions are then pumped through filters and scrubbers. Scrubbers use limestone to catch and filter out as much sulfur as possible. After the power has been made in the power plant and the coal has been used, it is then
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