Coal has many industrial uses, being primarily used to produce electricity through combustion. The consumption of coal is expected to increase rapidly in the future, as countries worldwide continue to rely on it as the main source of energy for generating electrical power. Coal also poses a fire risk, with auto-ignition of coal particles in closed storage silos a particular challenge due to reduced access, in comparison with open coal storage. The Salmisaari CHP power plant in Finland has a unique system of deep underground coal silos, and has experienced an underground fire that lasted four months. These incidents present a clear risk to workers and plant operation, necessitating prevention or control measures to predict and detect ignition, along with inert gas systems to extinguish coal storage fires.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Fire Risk Management|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|MoE publication type||D1 Article in a trade journal|