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Studies on the quality of bituminous coal are mainly focused on physico-chemical analysis, examining the ash content, sulphur content, volatile matter content, moisture content, and the Net Calorific Value of coal. Until now, the above mentioned parameters form the basis of the Polish Standard PN-82/87002, on the basis of which individual types of bituminous coal are determined. In addition, an elemental analysis, providing information about the content of primary elements in the organic matter of solids, i.e. coal, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulphur, is carried out for the selected samples. This issue has been studied by many authors, which undoubtedly provide invaluable knowledge due to the huge amount of data, but, as the authors themselves indicate, the knowledge of the petrography of coal, coking properties (Probierz et al. 2012) and finally the coke obtained from individual coal types (based on tests carried out using the Karbotest installation or the so-called „box tests” performed in the coke oven battery) is still very limited. The article discusses the impact of petrographic composition on the quality of metallurgical coke. The analysis was performed using samples of coking coal from the following mines: Pniówek, Zofiówka, Borynia, and Krupiński. The mentioned coal types are used to produce coke mixtures used for the production of coke in the Przyjaźń and Radlin coking plants. Based on the rank of coal and physicochemical parameters, the mentioned coal types were classified according to the Polish classification and the UN/ECE International Classification of In-Seam Coals (UN/ECE 1995). The prediction of thermomechanical properties of coke (CSR and CRI) performed according to the original CCP method were compared with the results obtained using the classical method of Nippon Steel Corporation.
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Wood pellets are classified as a solid biomass type. They are one of the most popular bio-heating fuels used in Europe, especially in the small heating sector, where pellets are burned in low-power domestic boilers. The pellets and automatic pellet-fired heating devices gained popularity due to the increasing air pollution (smog) problem and the low emission limiting campaigns associated with it. Wood pellets are formed as a result of small forestry particles mechanical compression (mainly conifers originated) and they are listed among renewable energy sources. The purpose of the presented studies was to compare the quality of wood pellets used for pellet-fired boilers and to identify, qualitatively and quantitatively, impurities marked in the samples obtained from the domestic market. The application of petrographic analyses, applied so far in relation to fossil fuels, is a presented work innovation for wood pellets. The microscopic analyses were performed on both certified (ENplus/DINplus) and uncertified wood pellets available on the market. Unfortunately, the analysis revealed that the quality requirements were not met, because of the unacceptable contamination presence. The unacceptable organic inclusions in the analyzed samples are fossil coals and their derivatives, coke, and polymeric materials of natural origin. Unacceptable inorganic inclusions determined in the analyzed samples were: glass, slag, rust, pieces of metal, stone powder, plastic, and polymeric materials of inorganic origin.
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Petrographic and physico-chemical analyses of ashes are carried out on a large scale and presented in numerous scientific papers. The mentioned ashes are obtained from filters and electrostatic precipitators mounted in large industrial installations. The large-scale analysis of the ashes obtained directly from grate furnaces or blast furnaces mounted in low-power boilers started with combating smog and low-stack emissions. The collection of ash samples from household furnaces usually involves the analysis of the combustion of waste in low-power boilers. This is justified in the case of old type boilers, which were designed to use virtually any fuel. Currently, new types of boilers, designed to burn dedicated fuels, are offered on the market. The aim is to use only renewable fuels (biomass) or fossil fuels with high quality parameters, which are more environment-friendly, e.g. eco-pea coal, lignite briquettes, or peat briquettes. The authors of the study focused on examining the ash obtained from boilers for burning wood pellets by performing microscopic analysis of residues after biomass combustion. The above mentioned analysis provides a comprehensive information on the efficiency of the combustion process, the content of contaminants remaining in the ash, and the suitability of ash for other applications. The entire process, from the moment of collecting the samples to the execution of the analysis takes up to 12 hours, which ensures a quick decision on furnace adjustment or fuel change. The ash components were determined based on the results obtained by the Fly-Ash Working Group of the International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP). The mentioned classification has been supplemented with new key elements occurring in ashes resulting from the combustion of wood pellets in household boilers. This allowed determining the percentage content of characteristic components in the tested material, which can be used as a specific benchmark when issuing opinions on the quality and efficiency of the boiler and the combusted pellets.
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Spalanie odpadów komunalnych w domowych piecach to problem, z którym boryka się wiele polskich samorządów. Zarządzanie procesami zwalczania i zapobiegania tym zjawiskom jest niezwykle trudne, ponieważ przepisy prawne oraz wymagania jednostek samorządu terytorialnego są niejednoznaczne. Kolejnym istotnym problemem jest stosowanie różnego rodzaju dodatków do paliw stałych. Często dodatki te, pomimo wysokich walorów energetycznych, nie powinny zostać poddane procesowi spalania przez indywidualnych użytkowników z powodu warunków technicznych procesu spalania w indywidualnych urządzeniach grzewczych. Z punktu widzenia użytkownika przy obowiązujących uwarunkowaniach prawnych nie ma możliwość zweryfikowania składu paliwa na etapie zakupu. Podjęta w artykule tematyka wskazuje na przyczyny zjawiska i podkreśla potrzeby wdrożenia modelu identyfikacji. W pracy szczegółowo omówiono diagnozę aktualnej sytuacji w zakresie interesariuszy przedsięwzięcia z uwzględnieniem ich potrzeb, oczekiwań przy uwzględnieniu obowiązujących przepisów prawnych. W artykule wskazano możliwości w zakresie potencjalnych technik identyfikacji domieszek w materiałach opałowych, co pozwoli uzyskać skuteczne narzędzie jednoznacznie określające skład i czystość materiału opałowego oraz co istotniejsze produkty ich spalania. Ponadto przeanalizowano techniki umożliwiające weryfikację spalania i/lub współspalania odpadów komunalnych przez indywidualne urządzenia grzewcze, podkreślając wybrane modele koncepcji. W pracy wskazano na istotny element wdrożenia, którym jest ocena skuteczności. Zakłada się, iż z punktu widzenia założonego celu i przeprowadzonej analizy otoczenia wdrożenia zarówno po stronie interesariuszy, jak i wymagań prawnych, zaproponowany model koncepcji będzie skutecznym elementem poprawy jakości powietrza w zakresie eliminacji procederu nielegalnego spalania, termicznego przekształcania odpadów komunalnych przez użytkowników palenisk domowych oraz wskazania, czy paliwo stałe stosowane do spalania nie stanowi mieszaniny paliwa legalnego z dodatkami nieznanego pochodzenia.
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