It is no secret that the use of coal is a wildly debated topic and the ways that burning it for power affects our environment is known by many. Despite this, the fossil fuel has been used for hundreds of years in the UK alone, particularly after the industrial revolution. Although our sources and coal mines will leave us with over 200 years’ worth of the material, there has been a lot of speculation on the different ways that we can help to reduce emissions and in this blog, the team here at Pearson Fuels are going to go over a few of them…

Fuel Switching

Although it isn’t a widely used process as of yet, the governments have been looking into using other types of fuel as a means to generate the power we require and since our supply of coal is non-renewable, the need for alternatives increases every single year. Other types of fuels we can use in order to reduce the emissions of coal that are releases into our atmosphere include natural gas. These, however, require coal boilers to undergo certain modifications in order for them to operate on natural gas rather than coal.

Improving Efficiency

We can also work to improve how well our coal plants work in order to ensure that fewer carbon dioxide outputs are released without sacrificing the output of power we receive. We can do this in many different ways, such as rebuilding steam turbines and electric generators, improve their controls and upgrading the actual coal quality itself by reducing the ash content so that we less heat would be lost within the ash.

Carbon Capture

By configuring coal plants with certain advanced technology, we can actually capture the carbon dioxide that is let off as a by-product before it reaches the atmosphere. This is known as post-combustion capture. It involves using chilled ammonia or firing the coal boilers with pure oxygen instead of air to make the process of capture carbon dioxide cheaper. Although neither of these have been implemented commercially, research suggests they could be very beneficial in the race to reduce coal emissions.

Although there is nothing wrong with using coal in small amounts in order to heat a fire, it is our responsibility to ensure that we are doing everything we can to protect and preserve our planet as the current generation on earth. After all, implementing the measures above is the first step in the bid to reduce global warming and other problems. For more information, get in contact with the best coal merchants around today!

We often look at coal from the perspective of its uses. After all, as long as the most powerful countries in the world keep supplying it, what else could we possible need to know? Here at Pearson Fuels, we want to change the way people view coal since there is a lot more to it than the United States mining in over 50 states. Here is the production of coal by country…

China

As the biggest producer of coal for the past three decades, China sits comfortably at the top of our list. In 2013 they produced over 3.7 billion tons worth of the fossil fuel, representing around 47% of the world’s total yield.

America

With around 922 million tons of goal being produced by the United States of America in 2013, the country represents around 13th of the world’s production, which is considerably lower than China. The US is one of the most powerful countries in the world, and also the second biggest consumer of the fossil fuel.

India

Many are shocked to find out that India generates a lot of the coal that is used within the world. In fact, in 2013, they produced around 605 million tons, beating many high contenders. In fact, India import stand at around 160 million tons, ranking number three in our list and globally.

Australia

It’s no surprise that Australia is a big place however the coal output there only reached 413 million in 2013, making it fourth on our list and in the world. Interestingly, the supersized country exports about 90% of coal that it produces, with almost 400 million tons being exported in 2012.

Here at Pearson Fuels, we like to think that we are the best coal merchants around. Whether you’ve got a problem with choosing the correct fire fuel or are looking into seasoning some firewood, we’re the people to call! For more information, speak to a member of the team today!

Seasoning your firewood is not as difficult as it sounds as long as you follow the basic guidelines. After all, firewood is an excellent way to lower your heating bill every month. However, before you run outside and start chopping down trees to burn, you have to know the facts when it comes to seasoning firewood…

Planning

The process of seasoning firewood is lengthy and takes a lot of time, which means that it is vital you plan ahead. Ideally, your firewood should be cut in the early spring if you are looking to use it during autumn however some prefer to season their wood a whole year before they use it.

Away From the Ground

The idea of seasoning is to remove the moisture from the wood and keeping your firewood elevated and away from the ground is important when it comes to reducing the amount of moisture it is able to absorb from the earth. Plus, it also reduced the amount of bugs and fungus that are able to get in contact with your firewood.

Take Advantage of the Sun

The sun is a natural kiln that we can use which means that leaving your stacked firewood under the heat of the sun will allow it to evaporate the moisture much quicker compared to leaving it in a cool area with lots of shade.

Here at Pearson Fuels, we are the experts when it comes to all things coal related which is why we are the best coal merchants around however we also have an excellent supply of imported firewood and logs too! For more information, speak to a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!