Government Technology Magazine Logo Sacramento Investigates Plasma Gasification for Waste Management - January 7, 2009

"Why don't they just fill a rocket full of garbage and shoot it at the sun?" Many who want to reduce pollution but have a flimsy grasp on rocket science and economics have asked this question. But what if such a feat could be accomplished without a rocket? That's essentially what plasma gasification is designed to do. Read more...

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Discovery Tech Logo What do you know about plasma?

Discovery Tech has developed a fun and informative Plasma Gasification knowledge quiz to see how much their readers have retained from their recent articles about Plasma Gasification technology. Read more...

Discovery Tech Logo The Wide Angle: Top 10 Facts About Zapping Trash with Plasma - December 16, 2008

The scoop: Plasma is a collection of charged particles that respond to an electromagnetic field (think lightning and the sun). In Florida and California, cities are looking at ways to use plasma to obliterate garbage and use the heat to generate power. Read more...

Gasification News Logo Special Report: Waste-to-Energy Projects Stir Hopes, Controversies - Vol: XI, Issue: 24
December 10, 2008

The concept sounds simple: Gasify municipal solid waste (MSW) to make syngas, which can be used to generate low-CO2 electricity or fuels. Done right, it can be vastly more “green” – and potentially cheaper – than dumping garbage in a landfill, especially with upcoming “greenhouse” regulations imposing hefty costs on landfill methane emissions. But the politics and the economics can be more complicated. Just as problematic: a public “knowledge gap,” as proponents and potential partners with gasification-based waste-to-energy (WTE) projects are learning. Read more...

Gasification News Logo Alter NRG CEO Sets Record Straight on MSW Plasma Gasification - Vol: XI, Issue: 24
December 10, 2008

With questions being raised about plasma gasification of municipal solid waste (MSW) for waste-to-energy (WTE) projects (see related story, this issue), one of its leading proponents – Alter NRG/Westinghouse Plasma – aims to set the record straight. “I really welcome the chance to talk about this,” Alter NRG CEO Mark Montemurro told Gasification News in an exclusive interview. Two key questions being raised about plasma gasification of MSW center around whether the technology is commercially proven for MSW at large scale, and whether it has unresolved environmental air-emissions issues. Read more...