At present, 41% of electricity worldwide (and 31% of the UK’s) is generated using coal-fired power plants. Coal demand is expected to increase in the foreseeable future with plans to install an additional 1832 coal-fired power stations (27 in the EU, 1171 in China, 446 in India, 93 in Turkey, 45 in Japan, 26 in South Korea and 24 in South Africa) worldwide by 2030[i].
Where global coal demand is high, availability of high-ranked coal is declining hence users are forced to use low rank coals (LRC) instead. Exploitation of cheap LRC is limited due to its problematic high internal and external moisture contents (>50%) causing increased transportation costs, reactivity during transportation, higher fuel consumption per unit of output and inefficient burning causing increased CO2, SOx and NOx emissions.
Globally, new coal plants will continue to be built over the next 35 years to meet the energy needs of the world’s growing population. Planned coal plants will be responsible for a total of ~22 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2050 in the absence of carbon-capturing technologies.
Coomtech Ltd specialises in cost-effective drying technologies for organic and inorganic materials.
If you’re involved in the power generation industry in general and, using low rank coals and biomass fuels in particular, you should find Coomtech’s patentable, inherent and surface moisture removal technology will have a significant impact on your operational efficiency.
SMR (surface moisture removal) and IMR (inherent moisture removal) from coals and biomass are based upon established science. Coomtech is unique and more economical because we’ve integrated several, tried and tested technologies with new processes (which are patented) and uniquely low in energy requirements.
See the technology working at Coomtech’s purpose-built laboratory and testing sites at in the UK.
The first Coomtech commercial plants will be operational in 2018.
[i] Coal Scenario Royal Society of Biological Sciences