Abstract: Energy is an important factor today in determining the economy of a country. Present emphasis is to elicit maximum energy out of the resources so as to reduce the running cost of a plant or an organisation. Coal is one of the most economical fuel as compared to other fuels such as gas or oil. Quality of coal is thus of primary importance in improving the efficiency of the Power Plant. This paper presents coal analysis at Thermal Power Plant situated in Punjab to determine the characteristics thus, the rank of coal. The possible recommendations are also given to improve the performance of coal so that the efficiency of the plant can be improved.

Keywords: Thermal Power Plant, Proximate Analysis, Coal, Efficiency.