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 Form 2 History and Government Development of Industries Online Video Lessons

Uses of Various Sources of Energy: the uses of coal

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Uses of Various Sources of Energy.
Coal.
- This is a compact black or dark brown, carbonaceous rock which is a fuel and source of coke, coal gas and coal tar.
- Abraham Darby invented the process by which coal was turned into coke in 1709 thus discovered that coal produced immense heat.
- Coke was used to smelt iron.
Uses of coal.
(a) To heat water to high temperatures so as to produce steam.
(b) To provide lighting.
(c) To drive steam engines in factories. Some generators depended on coal heat to produce steam.
(d) To drive locomotives such as trains. This promoted transport.
(e) It was a raw material in the manufacturing of dye and pharmaceutical products.


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