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In the process of extraction and enrichment of coal waste, considerable quantities of waste material are produced, mainly the gangue and coal sludge, considered as waste or raw material. The main directions of the management development of the waste rock are the production of aggregates, the production of energy products and the liquidation works in hard coal mines and the filling of excavations. The paper proposes the extension of these activities to the use of waste material. The possibility of using aggregates or extractive waste to fill open-pit excavations has been proposed, also in areas within the reach of groundwater and the possibility of building insulation layers of waste material and the production of mixtures of hard coal sludge and sewage sludge to produce material with good energy properties. The analysis was based on the author’s own research and literature data related to selected parameters of waste material. This paper presents our own preliminary studies on the amount of combustion heat and the calorific value of coal sludge combined with other wastes such as sewage sludge. The proposed methods and actions are part of the current directions of development, but they allow the extension of the scope of use of both extractive waste and products produced on the basis of gangue or coal sludge. Due to the frequent lack of the stable composition of these materials, their current properties should be assessed each time before attempting to use them. The fact that it is important to continue research to promote existing economic use and to seek new activities or methods has been concluded.
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The new legislative provisions, regulating the solid fuel trade in Poland, and the resolutions of provincial assemblies assume, inter alia, a ban on the household use of lignite fuels and solid fuels produced with its use; this also applies to coal sludge, coal flotation concentrates, and mixtures produced with their use. These changes will force the producers of these materials to find new ways and methods of their development, including their modification (mixing with other products or waste) in order to increase their attractiveness for the commercial power industry. The presented paper focuses on the analysis of coal sludge, classified as waste (codes 01 04 12 and 01 04 81) or as a by-product in the production of coals of different types. A preliminary analysis aimed at presenting changes in quality parameters and based on the mixtures of hard coal sludge (PG SILESIA) with coal dusts from lignite (pulverized lignite) (LEAG) has been carried out. The analysis of quality parameters of the discussed mixtures included the determination of the calorific value, ash content, volatile matter content, moisture content, heavy metal content (Cd, Tl, Hg, Sb, As, Pb, Cr, Co, Cu, Mn, Ni, and W), and sulfur content. The preliminary analysis has shown that mixing coal sludge with coal dust from lignite and their granulation allows a product with the desired quality and physical parameters to be obtained, which is attractive to the commercial power industry. Compared to coal sludge, granulates made of coal sludge and coal dust from lignite with or without ground dolomite have a higher sulfur content (in the range of 1–1.4%). However, this is still an acceptable content for solid fuels in the commercial power industry. Compared to the basic coal sludge sample, the observed increase in the content of individual toxic components in the mixture samples is small and it therefore can be concluded that the addition of coal dust from lignite or carbonates has no significant effect on the total content of the individual elements. The calorific value is a key parameter determining the usefulness in the power industry. The size of this parameter for coal sludge in an as received basis is in the range of 9.4–10.6 MJ/kg. In the case of the examined mixtures of coal sludge with coal dust from lignite, the calorific value significantly increases to the range of 14.0–14.5 MJ/kg (as received). The obtained values increase the usefulness in the commercial power industry while, at the same time, the requirements for the combustion of solid fuels are met to a greater extent. A slight decrease in the calorific value is observed in the case of granulation with the addition of CaO or carbonates. Taking the analyzed parameters into account, it can be concluded that the prepared mixtures can be used in the combustion in units with flue gas desulfurization plants and a nominal thermal power not less than 1 MW. At this stage of work no cost analysis was carried out.
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