Anthracite Applications in Today's World
When looking through the type of coals you can use, you will be presented with options. Amongst those, anthracite coal is the type that has the highest quality because of its increased carbon content. Due to the fact that it has spent over 350 million years underground in the midst of intense heat and pressure, it is the purest form of coal that you can get. As such, it also has the highest capacity to produce energy for an extended period of time.
There is no denying the importance and relevance of coal to this day. As one of the major sources of carbon, it is used in all types of industries ranging from power, construction, furnace, farming and more.
Another reason why anthracite is preferred over all other types of coal is because it is considered to be the cleanest. You can use as little as possible to generate extensive amounts of heat without having to pollute the environment with the release of smoke.
In recognition of the vast utility that anthracite coal extends, many industries prefer its use over all others. As such, there has been a steady rise in the development of technology that allows for companies to properly harness the power of the coal so that it can be put to great use.
What are some of the uses of anthracite coal?
Anthracite can be used for a variety of purposes in all fields and industries. Some of the common uses of are as follows:
• Heating Systems
As one of the most brittle kinds of coal, anthracite is the perfect resource to use for the generation of heat for an extended amount of time. As the coal is burnt, it produces a hot blue flame that can enough heat to power the heating systems of entire buildings, homes and offices. Considering even the smallest amount of anthracite will last longer than wood, it is considered to be the economical and efficient.
With a high carbon content, anthracite is perfect for use in steel-making industries. It is always ready for use in its natural form and does not need to go through the process of coking as other types of coal have to go through. Its long lasting nature makes it perfect for smelting, fabrication, furnace companies, briquetting charcoal, the production of iron ore pellets and so much more in the metal industry.
Anthracite was also called ‘Hard Coal’ because of its tough nature. It was considered to be the perfect source of fuel for trains by locomotive engineers. While not many trains are powered by coal anymore, there are still some out there that utilize anthracite.
While these are small scale uses of anthracite on a regular basis, there are also other systems that support their use tremendously. Here, at African Pegmatite, we utilize high quality anthracite in a more productive manner.
• Anthracite Water Filtration Systems
Anthracite has a specific density and unique shape that is perfect for use in water filtration systems. When used with sand as a filter, anthracite water filtration is considered to be one of the most efficient ways to clean industrial, processed, pool, waste and municipal water and restore it for the purposes of drinking and using.
Most anthracite that is extracted often has the lowest moisture, this means that when used for water filtration, it has the ability to deflect water absorption and facilitate nano-filtration. Additionally, their irregular shape ensures their efficacy as it does not pack down into the sand causing a free flow of water without any backwashing –due to the pre-filtration layer formed.
The sheer size of the anthracite coal is convenient for use in water filtration systems because they can be removed from the water system just as easily as they are put in.
• Anthracite Solvent Extraction
Besides anthracite water filtration systems, anthracite solvent extraction is also quite the rage these days. It is considered to be one of the most efficient ways to clean the flow of electrolytes in solvent extraction and electro-winning during the production of copper. When using dual media filters, the anthracite solvent extraction system will improve the quality of cathodes all the while minimizing costs as much as possible.
The reason why anthracite is the perfect type of coal for such a system is because it is highly stable, a natural filtration tool, prevents overrun and is highly consistent in regards to results. Additionally, when using anthracite, there is not much else that you need for the process of solvent extraction.
• Redox Glass Carbon
By combining anthracite with Sulphur and Iron salts, a new compound is produced that can allow for yellow or amber colored glass and darker shades. Additionally, these compounds can also improve the strength of the glass all the while removing all its venerable qualities.
The reason why anthracite is the perfect material to use for redox glass carbon is because it will reduce the prospects of molten glass formation. This is done through improving the chemistry and make of the glass and transforming it into a higher quality end product. Similarly, the addition of carbon also reduces the gaseous imperfections induced when sodium sulphate in added to the mix.
• Black Oxide
Our carbon based black oxide is used to incorporate pigment into ceramic glazes, polishing compounds, filler, construction material and even inks. Due to the fact that anthracite is one of the best sources of pure carbon and supports high temperatures for a longer period of time, it is the perfect material for the process of black oxide. The carbon based black oxide layering will provide a strong and stable layer of coloring and that resists corrosion as well.
Why is anthracite used so widely?
The sheer amount of utility that anthracite provides to its users is one of the major reasons why it is widely used in so many industries across the board. Anthracite is also one of the most efficient types of coal. This is because you only need to burn a small amount to generate massive heat energy that can be used for a variety of different purposes. This not only makes it cost efficient but also highly productive.