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One example of Robindale’s integrated approach to hazard mitigation is the Seward Power Generation Station plant in Armagh. The plant was constructed near the company’s vast waste coal field to reduce the environmental impacts of trucking the product. Today, Robindale Energy & Associated Companies provides coal, waste coal, limestone supply and CFB ash handling services to the plants circulating fluidized bed power plants. Together these plants provide 660 MW, which is enough to power 580,000 homes. By using waste coal as a valuable fuel supply we can lessen the United States’ dependence on foreign oil while mitigating environmental problems.

The Waste Coal to Energy Process


Waste coals are the low-energy-value discards of the coal mining industry. Waste coal is called "culm" in the eastern Pennsylvania anthracite coal region and "gob" or "boney" in the bituminous coal mining regions of western Pennsylvania. Nationally, waste coal has an average of 60% of the BTU value (British Thermal Units, a unit of energy) of normal steam coals. It can take up to twice as much waste coal to produce the same amount of electricity. This means that, in most places, waste coal burners can only be economically built where huge volumes of waste coal exist. It would cost too much to truck far-away low-BTU fuel to a centralized burner. This is why many of the power plants that can burn waste coal are located near their fuel source.

Realizing that waste coal still contains burnable carbon, Robindale Energy Services, Inc. was created to help facilitate the beneficial use of this environmental hazard for the generation of electricity and restoring the environment. The company uses modern technology to separate the usable coal from dirt and rock at the sites. The separation process leaves behind only dirt and rock which is remediated with alkaline materials and then reclaimed and landscaped into open and wooded green space. The reclaimed fuel is then trucked to generating stations around the state.