Explore BrainMass

Coal burning and acid rain

One metric ton (1000 kg) of coal is required to produce 7.3 MW-hr of electrical energy. In 1993, the Thomas Hill power plant (a small, coal-fired plant supplying rural electric cooperatives) produced 7100000.0 MW-hr. If low sulfur (1%) coal were used, and the gaseous effluent were the only means of discharging the sulfur, what volume of sulfuric acid (1.84 g/mL) would be produced in that year after the resulting sulfur dioxide reacted with atmospheric oxygen and water vapor (in liters)?

Solution Preview

<br>Here are the steps you should take in order to solve this question:
<br>1. Calculate the amount of coal burned in a year.
<br>2. Calculate the amount of solid sulfur discharged (in moles: ...

Solution Summary

The solution shows how, in a step by step process, we can calculate the amount of sulfuric acid formed due to sulfur-rich coal burning in one year.