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coal gasification


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The conversion, by heating and partial combustion, of coal into gases such as methane and carbon monoxide. It is an efficient fuel that produces less air pollution than burning unmodified coal. Coal gasification was a major energy source in the 19th and early 20th centuries but production declined after the availability of natural gas increased in the 1970s. Coal tar was a byproduct.

Subjects: Environmental Science.


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