Industries & Application
Energy and Chemical
Coal-Fired Power Utilities
Coal is a fossil fuel produced from decayed vegetation that has been buried in the earth for millions of years, eventually forming carbonized black or brownish-black, combustible rock.
- Reported to be present in abundance
- A very economical source of energy from exploration to production
- Used to produce approximately one-quarter of the world’s generated energy
Mercury in Coal
Along with other naturally occurring minerals, mercury can be found in coal in varying concentrations, depending on the source. When combusting coal for energy, mercury is emitted with the flue gas into the atmosphere via its chimney or stack. Per the UNEP global mercury assessment report, coal combustion emission is the largest anthropogenic (human-related) source responsible for mercury emission into our atmosphere.