Types and Uses of Coal

Coal is a fossil fuel that was created as a result of pressure over millions of years during a process known as coalification. It is important to recognise that since coal takes such a long time to create, it is a non-renewable source of fuel and we will eventually run out. It’s not all doom and gloom however because experts have predicted there we have enough coal to last us for around another century as current rates, In this blog, we’re going to go over some of the uses of coal in the industry…

Coal is formed in hundreds of variations and it is possible for layers to be found if the process was repeated all those years ago in a single area. On the other hand, some coal is found deep within the ground in streams. The exact nature of coal depends on how the matter was compressed thousands of years ago during coalification. For example the hardest type of coal is known as anthracite and is around 94% carbon whilst bituminous coal is on average 88% coal.

Two are two main types of coal, with the first being sub-bituminous coal. It has a lower calorific value and is generally not mined within the UK however it accounts for the most of the UK’s coal output. The other type of coal is known as hard coal and it can be sub divided itself into two different types known as steam coal and coking coal.

Steam coal is found within power stations and mined hard coal of this division generally goes directly to the industry for use. Coking coal on the other hand is used in order to make a material known as coke, an essential raw material that is used in the steel making industry.

Here at Quality Coal, we are the best coal merchants in Manchester which means that we are experts when it comes to all things coal related, including its types and uses. For more information or to order your own fuel, get in contact with a member of the team today!

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