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ESTIMATION OF COAL CONSUMPTION IN THERMAL POWER PLANT

Quality of generation of steam in a towards the selection of composition of coal that

coal plays very important role for the thermal power plant. The basic factors type/grade of coal are the chemical is to be fed to the boiler.

The common coals used in Indian industry are bituminous and sub-bituminous coal. The gradation of Indian coal based on its calorific value is as follows:

Grade of Coal A B C D E F G

Calorific Value Range ( in Kcal/kg) Exceeding 6200 5600 6200 4940 5600 4200 4940 3360 4200 2400 3360 1300 2400

Normally D, E and F coal grades are available to Indian Industry. The chemical composition of coal has a strong influence on its combustibility. For the estimation of feed rate of coal with grade F (i.e. avg. CV = 2800 Kcal/Kgs.)

Plant Capacity = 27 MW, Capacity of Steam Boiler = 120 T Total energy required =

The calorific value of a fuel is the quantity of heat produced by its combustion - at constant pressure and under "normal" ("standard") conditions (i.e. to 0oC and under a pressure of 1,013 mbar). The combustion process generates water vapor and certain techniques may be used to recover the quantity of heat contained in this water vapor by condensing it.

Higher Calorific Value (or Gross Calorific Value - GCV, or Higher Heating Value - HHV) - the water of combustion is entirely condensed and that the heat contained in the water vapor is recovered Lower Calorific Value (or Net Calorific Value - NCV, or Lower Heating Value - LHV) - the products of combustion contains the water vapor and that the heat in the water vapor is not recovered

USE OF COAL OF GCV 2700 KCAL/KG. FOR BOILER

ASSUMPTIONS:1. Capacity of plant = 27.00 MW 2. Thermal Efficiency = 3. GCV of Coal to be used = 2,700.00 Kcal/Kg. 4.

Coal is a fossil fuel like oil and gas. Fossil fuels are all formed out of organic matter deposited, decomposed and compressed, storing all the carbon involved under the earth's surface for millions of years. Some advantages of coal are -

Easily combustible, and burns at low temperatures, making coal-fired boilers cheaper and simpler than many others Widely and easily distributed all over the world; Comparatively inexpensive to buy on the open market due to large reserves and easy accessibility Good availability for much of the world (i.e. coal is found many more places than other fossil fuels) Most coal is rather simple to mine, making it by far the least expensive fossil fuel to actually obtain Coal-powered generation scales well, making it economically possible to build a wide variety of sizes of generation plants. A fossil-fuelled power station can be built almost anywhere, so long as you can get large quantities of fuel to it. Most coal fired power stations have dedicated rail links to supply the coal.

However, the important issue as of now is whether there are more advantages than disadvantages of fossil fuels like coal! Some disadvantages of coal are:

it is Non-renewable and fast depleting; Coal has the lowest energy density of any fossil fuel - that is, it produces the least energy per ton of fuel It also has the lowest energy density per unit volume, meaning that the amount of energy generated per cubic meter is lower than any other fossil fuel high coal transportation costs due to the bulk of coal (as a result of the preceding two low energy density problems), especially for countries with no coal resources and hence will require special harbours for coal import and storage. Coal dust is an extreme explosion hazzard, so transportation and storage must take special precautions to mitigate this danger Coal storage cost is high especially if required to have enough stock for few years to assure power production availability. burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide, a powerful greenhouse gas, that had been stored in the earth for millions of years, contributing to global warming. it leaves behind harmful by-products upon combustion (both airborne and in solid-waste form), thereby causing a lot of pollution. In particular, air polution due to burning coal is much worse than any other form of power generation, and very expensive "scrubbers" must be installed to remove a significant amount of it; even then, a non-trivial amount escapes into the air. mining of coal leads to irreversible damage to the adjoining environment; It will eventually run out. It cannot be recycled.

Prices for all fossil fuels are rising, especially if the real cost of their carbon is included.

Environmental Impact of Coal: An average of 170 pounds of mercury is made by one coal plant every year. When 1/70 of a teaspoon of mercury is put in to a 50-acre lake it can make the fish unsafe to eat. Coal power puts the lives of the people who dig the coal in danger, and it gives them poor lung quality. Also, it ruins the natural habitats of animals. See link below. A coal plant generates about 3,700,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year; this is one of the main causes of global warming. A single coal plant creates 10,000 tons of sulfur dioxide, which causes acid rain that damages forests, lakes, and buildings. When people dig for coal, they cut down many trees. A coal plant also creates 720 tons of carbon monoxide; which causes headaches and place additional stress on people with heart disease. See link below. A 500-megawatt coal- fired plant draws about 2.2 billion gallons of water from near by bodies of water. This is enough water to support approximately 250,000 people. Some people have said that coal power is good, because coal power is reliable and affordable. It may be reliable and affordable, but in the future the damage that coal power would cause, would be much more expressive. see link below. Coal slurry (a mix of rock and coal products left over after the mined coal has been treated for use as a fuel) is a severe environmental problem around coal mines. The slurry itself is a semi-liquid, and is generally stored in a pond or small lake near the mine exit. The slurry contains a whole host of nasty chemicals, mostly benzene relatives and derivatives, and is categorized as low-level toxic waste. Storing is a significant problem, as it has a tendency to leech into the local environment, contaminating groundwater and nearby croplands. The major problem is that the volume of coal slurry is quite high, relative to the amount of usable coal produced.