Professional Analytical and Consulting Services

A Primer on Coal: Energy and Environment

PACS Course Number 3010

9 AM to 5 PM

The course leader is Dr. Maurice Deul, Professor of Geology & Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He is recognized as a world-class expert. He has conducted and managed research on fuels -- coal, uranium, carbonaceous shales and natural gas. He conducted original research on the origin of uranium in coal and in the Chattanooga shale, trace and minor elements in coal, the mineralogy and genesis of coal, coal chemistries, sulfur reduction in steam coals, acid mine water abatement and methane control during mining. Dr. Deul pioneered in the development of automated microscopy, the recovery and utilization of coalbed methane and in novel methods of mined land reclamation. He has been chairman of the Coal Group of the Geological Society of America, chairman of the Coal Technology Group of the ACS and Chairman of the Society of Mining Engineers.

The purpose of this one-day course is to provide the participant a broad base of knowledge about coal. If coal is important to your firm, this course is for you. The course will, as far as possible, be tailored to the special interests that you express on the registration form. A course outline is below.

This one-day course is held twice a year close to Pittsburgh International Airport; also it is scheduled monthly in major cities. Call for upcoming dates. This course can be provided at the client's time and place. The course includes a course notebook, notes, and refreshments. PACS provides other courses on activated carbon and allied topics.

PACS courses related to activated carbon are titled:

Register by mailing a copy of the REGISTRATION FORM. Send it with a payment of $995 to secure your attendance. Hotel information and a map will be sent to confirm your registration. Please list your special interest(s) on the registration form. Enrollment is limited to assure your maximum course benefits. On-site PACS courses are available (most PACS courses can be provided at your time and place). Telephone Henry Nowicki or Barb Sherman at 1.724.457.6576 if you need further information. PACS also provides laboratory testing and consulting services.



A Primer on Coal: Energy and Environment

Course Instructor: Dr. Maurice Deul under the auspices of PACS

This course is designed for those interested in coal applications and a basic understanding of how coal works.
INTRODUCTION
What is coal? and
What it is not
COAL GENESIS
Progenitors-land plants
Environments of deposition
Biogeochemistry
Various carbon cycles
Minerals & mineral matter
A definition of coal
CHEMISTRY OF COAL
Chemical analysis
- proximate
- ultimate
Chemical composition
Hetero-atoms
Minor & trace elements
Sulfur in coal
Ash
Concept of impurities
Variability
CONCEPT OF RANK
Thermal maturation
Metamorphic changes
Classification
ASTM
International
GROSS PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
Banding-bedding
Fractures-cleat
- face & butt
- importance in mining
- importance in gas drainage
Permeability
Density
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
Fine structure
X-ray structure
Optical properties
Sorption
Solubility
COALBED GASES
Origin
Methane
Other Hydrocarbons
Carbon Dioxide
COAL MINING
Surface - area
- contour
- highwall
Sub-surface - drift
- slope
- shaft
OCCURRANCE
Geologic
Geographic
RESERVES & RESOURCES
United States, World
COAL BENEFICIATION
Screening
Crushing
Removal of pyrite & other minerals
COAL UTILIZATION
Fuel and Non-fuel
CONVERSION COAL TO OTHER FUELS
To gas - syngas
To liquid - synthoil
PROSPECTS FOR COAL
Short term problems
- environmental
- regulatory
- competition from natural gas, petroleum
Long term problems
- "greenhouse" scare
- an uninformed public
The bright side
- abundance of coal
- low cost

BRING YOUR CALCULATOR or LAPTOP!

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Course participants are encouraged to e-mail questions to Dr. Henry Nowicki at

Please NOTE: List your special interest on the registration form. We will try to accommodate your interest. PACS also provides internet consulting information at http://pacslabs.com

Training is an Investment in employee employer Future!

For more information please contact:

Henry Nowicki, Ph.D. / M.B.A
PACS Testing, Consulting and Training
409 Meade Drive, Coraopolis, PA 15108
Phone: 1. 724. 457. 6576 or 1. 800. 367. 2587
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