Our Coal: Provence Lignite
Also called dry flamed, Provence lignite stands out from other coal types due to several unique characteristics.
- Its Origin and Formation: It’s specific to our region. It doesn’t date back to the Carboniferous Age but to the end of the Cretaceous period (the time of T-Rex). It was formed 75 to 80 million years ago from small plants in a shallow lake. This geological uniqueness gives it its own identity.
- Carbon Content and Combustibility: Compared to other coal types, Provence lignite has relatively low carbon content. Its combustion can produce heat, but it’s less efficient than harder coals. It can’t be used in metallurgy or steelmaking. Its use is better suited for domestic heating or local small industries.
- Appearance and Texture: Provence lignite is recognizable by its black color and smooth texture. Its consistency can vary, but generally, it’s more crumbly than other coals. This layered texture can have advantages and disadvantages depending on its uses.