Microwave treatment of Morwell brown coal to determine the viability of microwave coal drying as an industrial concern

Eleanor R. Binner, Ed Lester, Alan Chaffee, Sam Kingman

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This paper investigates microwave drying of Morwell brown coal in a single mode microwave cavity. The effects of treatment time, power input and energy input on the degree of drying are reported. Drying efficiency was found to increase with energy input, and be independent of input power and treatment time for the experimental conditions investigated. Energy requirements of around 900 kWh/tonne of water removed are comparable with conventional drying techniques but significantly higher than state of the art steam drying processes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th International Conference on Microwave and High Frequency Heating, AMPERE 2013
PublisherUniversity of Nottingham
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational Conference on Microwave and High-Frequency Applications 2023 - Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Sept 202314 Sept 2023
Conference number: 19th


ConferenceInternational Conference on Microwave and High-Frequency Applications 2023
Abbreviated titleAMPERE 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Bound water
  • Brown coal
  • Drying
  • Microwave

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