Chapter 1

An Introduction to Coal-Fired Power Generation

Coal accounts for around 40% of electricity production globally making it the most important means of power generation in the world and is a major source of carbon dioxide emissions. It has achieved its pre-eminence as a power station fuel because it is cheap and widely available. The fuel has been used as a source of energy for over 4000 years but electricity production from coal only began at the end of the nineteenth century. Initially it was based on steam engines but it advanced with the development of the steam turbine to become the major means of generating electricity during the twentieth century. Many nations have built their prosperity on coal. The largest national users of coal ...

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