Company Touts Plasma Technology to Reduce Waste, Create Alternative Fuel
This month ENN has told you about a number of companies that are creating alternatives to common products and services in order to enhance our environment. One company, Startech Environmental Corp., wants to solve two problems at once.
The company's goal is to convert waste into a useable energy product. Startech uses a plasma-based technology to break down waste to it's elemental components, and create a useful end product.
As Startech explains it, plasma is simply a gas (air) that the Converter ionizes so it becomes an effective electrical conductor and produces a lightning-like arc of electricity that is the source of the intense energy transferred to the waste material as radiant energy. The arc in the plasma plume within the vessel can be as high as 30,000 degrees Fahrenheit ... three times hotter than the surface of the Sun. When waste materials are subjected to the intensity of the energy transfer within the vessel, the excitation of the wastes' molecular bonds is so great that the waste materials' molecules break apart into their elemental components (atoms). It is the absorption of this energy by the waste material that forces the waste destruction and elemental dissociation.
According to Joseph F. Longo, CEO of Startech, the resulting product is a hydrogen-rich fuel. "Waste put into Startech's Plasma Converter is irreversibly destroyedusing a pollution-free process of molecular dissociation and converted intoPlasma Converter Gas(TM) (PCG), a clean synthesis gas mixture rich inhydrogen. PCG is a valuable syn-gas as it is, but our StarCell(TM) systemincreases its value by extracting the hydrogen. StarCell Hydrogen(TM) can beused for energy and power."
Startech acheived $1.7 million in sales in 2004, its first year of more than negligible revenue. The company is publicly traded on the OTC bulletin board under the symbol STHK.