The Environment

Clean energy

In people’s imagination coal is still often associated with emissions, acid rain, light ash and grey, ravaged landscapes. However, the reality has been different for a long time. To a significant extent, present-day power plants produce neither light ash nor sulphur oxides, which were the cause of acid rain in the past.

On the contrary, coal and its exploitation are becoming the source of clean energy. For example fire-damp, which is a by-product of mining in the Ostrava region, has a virtually identical composition to natural gas, the demand for which is still growing.

Primarily, it is the new technologies of coal processing and utilization that are being developped:

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