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Coal

Coal currently provides 40% of the world’s electricity needs. It is the second source of primary energy in the world after oil, and the first source of electricity generation. Since the beginning of the 21st century, it has been the fastest-growing global energy source. The last decade’s growth in coal use has been driven by the economic growth of developing economies.

Coal is a variety of solid, combustible, sedimentary, organic rocks that are composed mainly of carbon and varying amounts of other components such as hydrogen, oxygen, sulphur and moisture. Coal is formed from vegetation that has been consolidated between other rock strata and altered by the combined effects of pressure and heat over millions of years. Many different classifications of coal are used around the world, reflecting a broad range of ages, compositions and properties.

Coal combustion releases CO2 and to minimize the impact on environment, IM Power is working on innovative solutions for thermal power plants.

As part of the environmental solution for the disposal of the ash, IM Power is investing in the construction of an ash block plant to use ash to manufacture building products.

Fast facts

60% growth

Global coal consumption grew from 4,762 million tonnes in 2000 up to 7,697 million tonnes in 2012. This is 60% growth, or 4% average growth per year.

+150 MW/day in the period from 2005 to 2012, China installed more than 150 MW of coal power generation capacity every day.

Src. International Energy Agency 2012