When people think of coal, the first thing that springs to mind is either old fashioned chimney sweeps covered head to toe in soot, or an open fire and marshmallows. Despite these somewhat scenic and aesthetic views of the coal we know today, this fossil fuel has many uses. Here are five…

  1. Coal power generates around 40% of the world’s electricity. The process of making electricity takes place with the heat from burning coal to boil water. This boiling water lets off steam which in turn, spins a propeller and thus, generates electricity.
  1. Interestingly, 70% of steel is formed by using coke. This is a high carbon fuel which is made from coal. This fuel is melted and its impurities are removed during the production of steel and iron.
  1. Did you know that the dandruff and head-lice killing characteristics of a few shampoos is the result of coal tar? This substance is a thick and dark coloured liquid which is made when coal is turned into coke or a gas fuel.
  1. Coal can be turned into an ammonia fertiliser. This is done by breaking it down into carbon monoxide and hydrogen gas in which the hydrogen mixes with nitrogen to form the gas, ammonia. This can be used as a plant fertiliser.
  1. Concrete is a material used in building work. Coal is burned in order to make the heat necessary for concrete production. In addition to this, the waste ash is also able to replace the cement used in concrete.

Although we don’t expect you to start making concrete or bringing out your own coal shampoo brand; here at Pearson Fuels, we think that coal has many more uses than people are aware of, including the general heating of the home and aesthetic properties you it for! That’s why we’re the best coal merchants around – get in contact with us today for all your coal needs!