Coal takes millions of years to form coal is a combustible black or brownish black sedimentary rock with a high amount of carbon and hydrocarbons coal is classified as a nonrenewable energy source because it takes millions of years to form coal contains the energy stored by plants that lived hundreds of millions of years ago in swampy forests. Coal is the largest domestically produced source of energy in america and is used to generate a significant chunk of our nations electricity the energy department is working to develop technologies that make coal cleaner so we can ensure it plays a part in our clean energy future. How is energy created in a coal power plant update cancel a d b y w i k i b u y the chemical energy of coal is converted into electrical energy in a coal power plant short answer coal is burned chemical energy of coal is converted into heat energy and is used to boil water which in turn produces steam i try to explain in . Simply put coal fired electricity generation is a five step process thermal coal either black or brown that has been pulverised to a fine powder is burned the resulting heat is used to turn water into steam. The coal fired process requires three different steps to turn energy released from burning coal to generating electricity for consumption coal fired power plants while producing power require a lot of water and produce a lot of pollutants like ash and co2 also involved are different technologies like combustion aerodynamics heat
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