Definition of brown coal in US English:

brown coal

noun

  • another term for lignite
    • ‘Europe, for instance, has sufficient amounts of brown coal, or lignite, to keep the continent supplied with electrical power for the next 200 years or so.’
    • ‘He's investigated a proposal to use geosequestration with brown coal in the La Trobe valley, and believes that the technology is risky.’
    • ‘Imagine Australia 50 years from now, with half our energy supplies from wind, the brown coal industry dead, and 7-million hectares of biomass energy crops growing across the country.’
    • ‘Burning brown coal, using new technologies, is effective and environmentally acceptable.’
    • ‘The additional pressure and heat of the overburden gradually converts peat into another form of coal known as lignite or brown coal.’
    • ‘You compare this to 35 per cent for black coal or 29 per cent for brown coal.’
    • ‘The burning of brown coal in Victoria's Latrobe Valley produces about 70 tonnes of uranium oxide per gigawatt of electrical energy per year.’
    • ‘There is also enough brown coal in the Latrobe Valley to provide cheap electricity generation for Victoria for the next five hundred years.’
    • ‘So, Hazelwood, the state's dirtiest power station, and the nation's heaviest polluter, is likely to keep churning along for another 26 years, happily burning filthy brown coal for electricity.’
    • ‘Apparently they weren't rounded enough and came out looking like lumps of brown coal.’
    • ‘The Victorian Minister, for example, has been careful to claim a special position for the intrinsically more CO emitting brown coal generators.’
    • ‘Maritsa Iztok 2 is the largest thermal power plant in the Balkans fuelled by brown coal.’
    • ‘This compares with 3.5 cents for black coal, 4 cents for brown coal, 4.2 cents for gas, but all with uncosted emissions.’
    • ‘When the brown coal burns, it leaves hardly any ash behind.’
    • ‘Victorian brown coal with its + 60 per cent moisture content has technical challenges for conversion to liquid fuels.’
    • ‘Chinese power plants burn acid-rain causing brown coal, while American scientists work on fusion power and fuel cells.’
    • ‘The Centre for Clean Power from Lignite, or brown coal, was successful in this current first round.’
    • ‘The price of brown coal, which is used in power plants, rose 35 percent over the past several months, while the price of higher-quality coal experienced a 50 percent rise.’
    • ‘The energy content of the hydrocarbon fuels commences with around 10 megajoules per kilogram for brown coal to a peak of 45 megajoules per litre for petroleum.’
    • ‘The Bracks government is allowing eight new gas generators in total, and believes the future for Victoria is to burn more brown coal from the La Trobe valley.’

Pronunciation

brown coal

/broun kōl/