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CHEM 421 Clean Coal Technology
This course introduces undergraduate students to coal science and clean coal technology. Topics include the occurrence and nature of coal, its chemical and physical characteristics, methods of cleaning and preparing coal, and processes for converting coal into clean solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels and gaseous fuels and combustion technologies. Coal-based power plants generate over 42% of global electricity supply and unfortunately account for over 28% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Therefore, with no doubts coal-based energy production needs a tremendous change, needs clean-coal technologies. The main task of this course will be teaching the new methods of cleaner energy production from already existing solid fuel sources, and the acquisition of new renewable energy sources. For this purpose clean coal technologies and carbon emission management will be emphasized. The course primarily will focus on technologies that lead to efficient thermal and chemical conversion of coal with reduced pollutant emissions to air, water and land at all levels and stages of the operation. Additionally, strong emphasis in the scope of the course is put on the understanding, application and integration of solid fossil fuels and renewables so that the power system is eco-friendly, sustainable and of high efficiency. <br/> Topics that will be covered:<br/> • Formation, structure and petrography of coal<br/> • Coal analyses, chemical and physical characteristics, classification of coal<br/> • Clean coal technologies<br/> • Carbonization, liquefaction and gasification processes<br/> • Mass and energy balances in combustion processes<br/> • Combustion process and coal power plants<br/> • Co-combustion of coals with renewable fuels<br/> • Atmospheric Pollution<br/> • Carbon capture and sequestration<br/>
SU Credits : 3.000
ECTS Credit : 6.000
Prerequisite : -
Corequisite : -