Yanche wrote:What's needed to promote use of Anthracite coal is more public education. . . . 2/3 of the BTU content in coal is lost when it is used for producing electricity. . . . burning the coal in homes directly for heat uses much less coal that using the coal to make electricity. That translates into up to 2/3 less CO2 production. Good for everyone, less global warming, less cost to the homeowner, less spent on foreign oil, etc. It's a no-brainer. But it's not being told. The Anthracite coal producers and the Anthracite stove, boiler and furnace builders need to form a trade association and tell the story. They need a lobbyist in Washington, DC.
Why not give people credits for switching to coal?
The only people credits needed are credits for using their brain cells. Like I said it's a no-brainer. If the government gets involved it will be in a negative way, the existing oil and coal lobbies will find a way to outlaw residential burning of coal. Smoke pollution, ash disposal, etc. The Anthracite coal industry, miners and equipment producers need a trade group and lobbyists. Unfortunately, that's the way the system works.
What I don't especially understand is why the PA politicians haven't jumped on this. PA is strategically located close to millions of potential customers. The PA coal regions have been economically depressed for decades and given only political promises seldom filled. It's believed by some that the A-A boiler design was designed by Penn State University in the late 40's. An attempt by PA government to reverse the decline of the residential coal industry as oil took over. Technology has come a long way in the last 50 years. It is possible to burn Anthracite coal cleanly. Get Penn State or Lehigh University to design an boiler based on the A-A heat exchanger principle with modern electronic feedback controls. Adapt the wideband oxygen sensors used on gasoline engines to measure coal flue exhaust and in a feedback system adjust combustion air. Lots of potential to develop an excellent low CO2 footprint boiler that uses domestic fuel
Come on guys just do it. Stockingfull use your lawyering skills to create the trade association. Coaltrol, EFM, AHS, A-A get together and produce something new, not the same 50 year old designs. Get busy America needs it. I'll be your technical adviser for free!