Lecture 5 covers material from Chapter 5 of Energy Systems & Sustainability, 2/e (2012) and introduces and discusses coal, the fossil fuel that powered the industrial revolution and still produces much of our electricity. Coal has become the most controversial fossil fuel as it produces the most carbon dioxide, significant pollution and health hazards, and serious environmental degradation. Yet, much of the world is very dependent on coal, and some hope we can find ways to use coal to produce cleaner power.
America's coal industry and coal economy has become a touchstone for the political, philosophical, economic and cultural divide that has dominated our national consciousness for the past year.
5.1: Coal: an introduction
5.2: Fuel of the industrial revolution
5.3: Formation & composition
5.4: Modern extraction & current use
5.5: Coal deposits, reserves & production
5.6: Global coal resources & reserves
5.7: Coal combustion & emissions
5.8: Alternative uses of coal
5.9: Carbon sequestration & clean coal
What is the Global CCS Institute?
Monday 25 September:
Research paper outline DUE
Tuesday 26 September:
DUE: discussion of *videos about the environmental & social effects of coal mining.
[Videos marked * below.)
Thursday 28 September: Research paper draft DUE
Links & items of interest:
More than 4,000 MW of Coal power slated for closure in texas. But why? (Geuss, Ars Technica, 16 Oct 2017)
Carbon capture & sequestration (storage):