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What are coals and how are they used?
Coals of varying composition are used as a combustible fossil fuel for generating electricity and producing steel around the world. It has been the fastest growing energy source worldwide in the 21st century, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA)
How is CO2 coal used to generate electricity?
Coal is primarily used as fuel to generate electric power in the United States. In coal-fired power plants, bituminous coal, subbituminous coal, or lignite is burned. The heat produced by the combustion of the coal is used to convert water into high-pressure steam, which drives a turbine, which produces electricity.
What are the main components of coal?
It is composed mostly of carbon and hydrocarbon s, which contain energy that can be released through combust ion (burning). Coal is the largest source of energy for generating electricity in the world, and the most abundant fossil fuel in the United States.
Is coal still used to generate electricity in the United States?
By 1961, coal had become the major fuel used to generate electricity in the United States. Long after homes were being lighted by electricity produced by coal, many of them continued to have furnaces for heating and some had stoves for cooking that were fueled by coal.