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January 6, 2013


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Crown Eco Management Why is natural gas better than coal boilers?

jacintojackim2012 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
The economic development of one country is dependent upon the ability of the authorities to set up a highly suitable, competitive and reliable electricity sector. Why is natural gas better than coal boilers?

Only when there is extreme environmental pressure or substantial reduction in loads that conversion from coal to 100% natural gas is possible.

Not until the 20th century until natural gas was used for production of energy, it was dismissed as a useless byproduct of crude oil production until then. But now natural gas accounts for 23 percent of the world’s energy consumption and still growing. The International Energy Agency predicts that the demand for natural gas will grow by approximately 44 percent through 2035.

Natural gas is the cleanest-burning conventional fuel not to mention it has been one of the most economical energy sources. It is an environmentally friendly and efficient source of energy. It produces lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions than heavier hydrocarbon fuels such as coal and oil. Natural gas fuels electric power generators, heats buildings and is used as a raw material in many consumer products, such as those made of traditional plastics. However, natural gas has never been a cheaper fuel than coal.

Coal is one of the longest-used and is considered as the most abundant fossil fuels on Earth. Coal mining has been going on since then 17th century. Coal burning boilers have also been around for a long time, and while they may not always be popular, these machines have some definite advantages in terms of costs and simplicity.

Because it is the most abundant it is the cheapest form of fossil fuel to burn. But coal boilers on the other hand have harmful effects on the environment and human health. Its emissions contain sulfur combines with air to create the poison gas sulfur oxide. When this gas releases into the atmosphere, it causes polluting rain. Extracting coal from mines further damages soil and water resources, adding to the disadvantages of using coal burning boilers.

While coal prices are expected to remain stable natural gas prices are expected to increase as higher cost natural gas reserves need to be developed to meet growing demand and offset losses from depleting gas wells. On the other hand, natural gas based technologies have a capital cost advantage.

Whatever the costs may be, don’t you think it is better to use natural gas rather than the coal boilers? Even though natural gas is more costly than coal boilers it is less harmful to the environment and to human health. It is always better to take into considerations the things that are more important than money. It is not wise to be thrifty over something that in a long run would back fire on you and worst your kids. Long term effects of coal boilers are scarier than the costs in terms of money that it will bring us today. Environmental effects and health issues will sure be more costly in the future.

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Krylanna Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Burning natural gas is less harmful than burning coal, sure. Some of the methods used to extract the "new vast deposits" of natural gas (which we've known about for decades, they're only just now economical to collect) are iffy, however. Fracking basically involves sandblasting the shale bedrock and dissolving it with harsh chemicals to release the natural gas trapped underneath. The gas will rise to the surface for collection, however it's not the only thing in the ground. Other, heavier materials are also trapped in the shale and will seep into the groundwater when released.

We don't know the long term effects fracking will have as it releases unknown levels of toxins like lead and arsenic into rural wells, not to mention the chemicals introduced by the process itself. We can't expect the companies mining the gas to finance the cleanup, either... not because they shouldn't have to, but because they won't. Already the EPA is being cockblocked in its efforts to institute water testing. [link]
Unvalanced Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"Cockblocked"? The companies aren't volunteering to do something that would open them up to lawsuits even if the tests are favorable. (And I don't mean the companies in general, I mean the specific company that cooperated; other companies could delay action until legislation or the EPA forced it.) They'd be morons to volunteer.
wquon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
what about hydrogen, HHO gas or permanent magnetic generators?
Unvalanced Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Permanent magnetic generators? You mean the kind of generator almost every power plant in the country is already using?
wquon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
no, to name 1 style is the adams motor/generator, hummingbird/sundance generator, there r a few more but i am currently away from my references. the key point in most of them is they run so efficiently that they only use a fraction of the energy they produce once they get up to speed.
Unvalanced Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nevermind, apparently electromagnetic generators are in common use now, on account of that they're less maintenance-intensive. Learn something new everyday.
kitsumekat Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Not going to stop coal from being used. If anything, coal is more valuable.
CammieObscura Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
They said they have found new vast deposits of natural gas and the car makers are rushing to get Natural Gas powered autos out. They say use gas, it's cheaper but our gas bills are more than our electric bills. If they put a drain on Natural Gas the prices will not be cheaper coal which is unfortunate seeing as how dirty coal is.
Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Gas only has a few decades left, coal has centuries. That's the long term.
ScottaHemi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
for now, the EPA has this current war on coal power. that'll for sure bring about a natural gas revolution as prices for coal fueled equipment go up making the gas more economical to run.

one other plus you didn't mention was that Gas is much easier to transport then coal.
Endeavor-To-Freefall Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Money, simple. When your entire business is about making it, you don't go the expensive route. Unless it becomes mandatory, those who do choose to do so, without an effective way to get that money back, will just lose out to those who don't. Very few people care enough about the future to bother changing it, nearly all generations act with selfish interests until it's ever so slightly too late.
Pakaku Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
"natural gas is more costly than coal boilers"

That's why
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