Use of Coal – Power Generation and More

  • Lars Schernikau


The chapter examines how coal is used in the modern world and speculates on a greater role for coal in the medium-term future. The growing energy demands of emerging economies in particular will lead to a ‘renaissance’ of coal-based energy generation. The author examines the role of governments and international institutions in the coal and energy markets. He identifies efficiency and the application of new technologies such as IGCC as crucial in the ‘rehabilitation’ of coal as an energy fuel. He goes on to compare coal with other energy sources, concluding that due to the relative scarcity of oil and gas, the risks associated with nuclear energy, and the infancy of alternative energy sources, coal is the best candidate to fill the gap until alternative energy technologies reach maturity.


Power Plant Nuclear Power Plant Integrate Gasification Combine Cycle Coal Power Plant Coal Price 
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  • Lars Schernikau
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  1. 1.HMS Bergbau AGBerlinGermany

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