Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 370–377 | Cite as

Thermal and chemical desulfurization of low sulfur coals

  • Young-Woo Nam
  • Kye-Sung Park


This paper describes desulfurization characteristics of low sulfur coals prior to combustion and optimum conditions of three different desulfurization processes. These processes include two thermal treatment processes (mild pyrolysis and air oxidation) and an H2O2 leaching process. Dual processes composed of thermal and leaching processes were also evaluated. Low sulfur coals employed were two imported bituminous coals and two domestic anthracite coals. The optimum reaction temperatures and times of the thermal processes were 500–550 °C and 15–20 minutes, respectively. The optimum condition for the leaching process was obtained when the experiment carried out for 60 min at 90 °C using 30% H2O2. The dual process showed the best sulfur removal efficiency as expected among the evaluated processes.

Key words

Desulfurization Low Sulfur Coal Mild Pyrolysis Air Oxidation Leaching 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Envionmental EngineeringSoongsil UniversitySeoulKorea

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