Drying Technologies of Lignite Coals Jul20

Drying Technologies of Lignite Coals...

Drying Technologies of Lignite Coals Coals are generally ranked as anthracite, bituminous, sub-bituminous, and lignite, with anthracite being the oldest and lignite the youngest in the age. As coal ages, its moisture content decreases and heating value increases. The lignite coal is often being referred to as brown coal. It is considered to have the lowest rank, lowest carbon (C) content and highest moisture content. Moisture content in lignite coals can be even 60 % or more. Lignite coals are usually shallow buried facilitating its easy open mining. These coals besides high moisture content also have high volatile content and low calorific value (CV) with easy spontaneous ignition. High moisture content is the main restraint for the application of lignite coals. Moisture content of coal causes many difficulties during processing, storage, transport, grinding, and combustion. The high moisture content considerably reduces the CV and combustion efficiency of the coal. It also results into higher heat loss in the exhaust gas. In the combustion of lignite coals, the important part of the energy is consumed to evaporate the moisture inside the coal. The combustion of the high moisture content coal creates several problems such as the additional energy consumption for the moisture evaporation, the insufficient combustion and the additional exhaust discharge etc. Moisture content of the lignite coals can be classified into the following three types. Surface moisture – It is also known as external moisture. The moisture adheres to the surface of coal particulates or in the bigger capillary cavities. It is the moisture, which can be removed by the coal drying in air at ambient temperature (around 25 deg C). It depends on water conditions in deposit. Inherent moisture – It is a naturally combined part of the coal deposit. It is also...