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China is the world’s largest consumer of coal, using more annually than the US, the EU, and Japan combined. Coal-fired plants are the primary source of electricity, and coal is also used extensively for household heating and cooking.
Shanxi Province is one of the leading coal producing regions, and the railways and highways between Shanxi and the east coast of China are full of hoppers and trucks. Even as renewable energy production has ramped up in recent years, there is a long way to go to catch up with coal generating capacity.
For my E90 senior engineering design project, I will be working on pollution reduction at the local school bus yard. I enjoyed my first visit to the bus yard, and it was great to learn about some of the particulate filtration systems already in use.
My lab group collecting samples in Ridley Township [Photo courtesy of Professor McGarity]
Last week was my first lab session for my Water Quality and Pollution Control class. Our group retrieved and analyzed samples from an autosampling setup on a tributary to the Little Crum Creek. It was good to be back in the Engineering Department Suburban for the first time this year. It’s always an adventure having professors drive around in the Suburban (which is even older than my dad’s truck). I also enjoyed feeling like I was back in a chemistry lab after a few years of heavily mechanical/electrical labs. We analyzed the samples, which had been taken during a recent rain event, for total suspended solids, nitrates, and phosphates. Professor McGarity’s work on local watershed issues is outlined here.