Plasma Technology Produces Energy from Waste
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by Kevin Maddaford on 12/04/2008
Plasma gasification systems can create energy and other useful products from solid waste.
The Plasma Enhance Melter (PEM) System, developed by InEnTec, uses plasma to heat waste to very high temperatures, which breaks down organic materials. The process creates hydrogen-rich synthetic gas, which can be used directly to produce fuel or energy. The hydrogen could also be used in fuel cells. PEM can process many types of waste, including hazardous waste, and traps remaining material in non-toxic glass.
Another technology, developed by Coskata Inc., uses plasma gasification to turn organic material into syngas, then converts the syngas into ethanol using microbes. The process can be used with a variety of materials and represents a more cost-effective way to produce cellulosic ethanol.
You can read more about these technologies here.