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1. (WO2008088684) THERMAL COAL UPGRADING PROCESSOR

Pub. No.:    WO/2008/088684    International Application No.:    PCT/US2008/000186
Publication Date: Fri Jul 25 01:59:59 CEST 2008 International Filing Date: Tue Jan 08 00:59:59 CET 2008
IPC: C10F 5/00
Applicants: SYNCOAL PARTNERS, LLC
BONNER, Harry, E.
MALMQUIST, Roger, B.
SHELDON, Ray, W.
Inventors: BONNER, Harry, E.
MALMQUIST, Roger, B.
SHELDON, Ray, W.
Title: THERMAL COAL UPGRADING PROCESSOR
Abstract:
An apparatus for heating low rank coal having a processor with transverse baffles. Coal is introduced into the top of the processor and passes through the processor by gravity. Heated relatively inert gas is introduced into the processor and flows through the coal, heating the coal and removing moisture from the coal. The temperature of the heated process gas, the size of the coal, the size of the inlet and outlet openings of the processor and the rate of flow of the coal are selected for optimum efficiency.