Coal Can Have Purpose in New Fuel Future

Coal Can Have Purpose in New Fuel Future
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As coal production has waned in the past decade, thanks in part to the rise of natural gas as an energy source, at least one industry expert is looking at some alternative uses for the fossil fuel.

Eric Eddings, associate dean of research in the College of Engineering at the University of Utah has conducted research on how coal might be a fit for some alternative uses rather than simply burning it for fuel.

"We need to shift our perspective on coal and think of other uses," Eddings said Wednesday at the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce's energy briefing.

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