Coal is a non-renewable fossil fuel and source of energy which means that whilst it is in abundance now, some time in the future our sources will run out and we will be forced to find other means of sustaining our way of life. Here at Pearson Fuels, we’re going to delve into the wonders of what the future might hold once coal runs out…

Renewable Energy

The secret to sustaining our energy will be finding a source that is renewable. This simply means that it will never run out and will always be readily available. In fact, countries such as India and Brazil have already begun looking into renewable sources of energy. The UK should start following in their footsteps in order to join the rapidly expanding renewable movements.

Energy Island

A two day workshop was held in 2015 that explored the concept known as ‘energy island’ which is a key tool in the shift towards a globally sustainable energy system. The dynamics of the UK were downgraded to small areas in order to try and develop how energy can be supplied. Through the metaphor ‘energy island’ it was discovered that places like the peninsula of Cornwall can improve their economies by becoming self-sufficient in energy and suggests that this may be possible for the whole of the UK at some point in the future.

Thankfully our current supplies of coal suggest that we won’t run out for another 200 years which means that we don’t have to start panicking yet- however it is always a good idea to be prepared. As the best coal merchants around, the team here at Pearson Fuels found it very exciting to look into what the future without coal might hold whilst also making us thankful that we have access to it now! Get in contact with a member of the team to find out more information today!

Just when you thought there weren’t enough types of coal in the world, you learn about the existence of smokeless coal! But what is so good about it? Smokeless coal is in fact a type of manmade coal that doesn’t produce any smoke when it is burning. The team here at Pearson Fuels sell smokeless coal as part of our services and we’re here to tell you what advantages can be gained from smokeless coal….

  • Compared to normal house coal, smokeless coal is able to burn for much longer and much hotter which means that it is far more cost efficient than regular house coal. As a result of this, you will also find that you refuel your heating appliance less often and thus, save money in the long term.


  • Some people live in areas known as ‘smokeless fuel zones’ which means that the use of house coals that produce smoke is forbidden by law. There are a few of these zones in the UK and those residing there must obey by the laws. These rules are in place to ensure the atmosphere is clear and state that the use of unauthorised fuels is illegal. On the other hand, using smokeless fuels in these locations means that you don’t have to follow the restrictions.

Now you know why smokeless coal is so good, it’s time to get in contact with the experts here at Pearson Fuels and order some! Speak to a member of the team and ensure you purchase your smokeless fuel from the best coal merchants around today!

It is quite shocking to know that some people think coal comes from the fossils of dinosaurs, who walked the earth just shy of 65 million years ago. In fact, coal is formed during a process known as coalification, which began millions of years before dinosaurs stepped foot on the planet’s surface. Here is the  lowdown on coalification…

Millions of years ago, a staggering amount of the earth was covered with swamp land. When vegetation such as trees, plants and flowers came to the end of their life, they would fall into the water of the  swamps. Many years passed, and this continuous falling of vegetation formed layers of material that were several meters in thickness. Deep below the swamps, the oxygen supply became scarce and since decay requires oxygen, the vegetation eventually stopped decaying.

Due to the pressure from the continuing build-up of vegetation matter, a chemical and physical change took place and the swamps became buried and turned into a material known as peat. Due to the addition of more pressure and heat, this peat would eventually become lignite, a softer composite coal that is brown in colour. Over many more continuous years, lignite eventually emerges as the black coal we use and recognise today. It’s creation stems from millions of years’ worth of pressure and heat upon vegetation and eventually, this coal makes it way to your doorstep… it only took a few million years!

The team here at Pearson Fuels finds it interesting that the coal we deliver to you was created such a long time ago, which is why we dedicated a blog to the process of coalification! Now you’re up to date on how coal is made, its times to get your hands on some! Get in contact with the best coal merchants around today!

Each job role comes with its own set of health and safety risks that all employees must abide by- however it is no secret that the mining industry has a reputation for being an all-round risky choice of employment. Despite this, mining doesn’t have to be completely unsafe as newly introduced technology allows us to reduce the risk of health issues later in life. Here are a few health risks associated with coal mining…

  • Inhaling coal dust is one of the most common aspects of the coal mining industry and it is certainly no laughing matter. Frequent inhalation of dust causes a condition which is colloquially known as ‘miners lung’, a form of lung disease. In order to tackle coal dust inhalation, companies must work in order to achieve a dust control plan and make sure that adequate respiratory equipment is provided for all miners.


  • Mining no longer relies on manpower and wooden tools as with new modern interventions, we have access to a whole range of exciting machinery that helps get the job done. However, with new things there always comes a drawback. Noise is a very serious issue in a coal mine and unfortunately not many miners realise the damage until it is too late. Issues include tinnitus sleep disturbance and even inability to concentrate. Miners should always be provide with the correct ear protection every time they enter a mine.

If you’re looking for a coal merchants who puts both their staff and their customers first then Pearson Fuels is the company for you! Not only do we take the wellbeing of those who source the coal we provide very seriously, we also strive to ensure every single client is satisfied with their service. Get in contact with a member of the team to find out more today!