Comparing Thermal Coal and Anthracite: Distinctions and Industrial Applications
The Difference Between Thermal Coal and Anthracite: Introduction and ExplanationsThermal coal and anthracite are both materials that are extracted and utilized as energy resources in various parts of the world. Although they may appear somewhat similar in appearance, they have key differences.
Thermal coal, also known as “coke,” is a specialized type of coal used for generating heat in industries such as power generation, central heating, and industrial processes. Thermal coal has a high carbon content and usually contains a higher net heating value compared to anthracite. These characteristics make thermal coal highly suitable for heat energy production.
On the other hand, anthracite is a type of coal that has been traditionally used in industries such as steelmaking. Anthracite has a high carbon content and a shiny black appearance. However, the net heating value present in anthracite is lower than that of thermal coal. As a result, anthracite is primarily used for industrial processes that require more iron and steel.
The main difference between thermal coal and anthracite lies in their net heating values and the specific industrial applications they serve. While thermal coal is favored for heat energy production, anthracite is preferred in industries that require higher amounts of iron and steel.
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