Energy Entrepreneurship: Plasma Gasification of Trash

I found this (with photos) via Slashdot:

Recently St. Lucie County in Florida announced that it has teamed up with Geoplasma to develop the United States’ first plasma gasification plant. The plant will use super-hot 10,000 degree fahrenheit plasma to effectively vaporize 1,500 tons of trash each day, which in turn spins turbines to generate 60MW of electricity – enough to power 50,000 homes! Cutting down on landfill waste while generating energy is a pretty win-win proposition, and the plant will also be able to melt down inorganic materials to be reused for other applications, such as in roadbed and heavy construction.
Plasma Gasification plants generate much less emissions than standard waste incineration plants, and also cuts down on landfills, which are the US’s largest human caused producer of methane gas. No word yet on the cost-effectiveness of maintaining such plants (all that plasma gas and filtration must be expensive), but if Geoplasma is able to make the process more efficient they could simultaneously solve our landfill problems while generating a significant amount of energy.

I like this: less landfills and non-petro based energy!

Prev: A Tech-based Energy Idea That I Like – Municipal Plasma Furnaces

4 Responses

  1. GeoPlasma’s plant will use about 25% of the power it produces the rest can bu used to produces power for electricity. That is why the Co is willing to put up the money. “It’s Profitable”

  2. If they had a nuclear power plant to provide the heat, it shouldn’t be a problem.

    THat’s even more power to tack unto things.

  3. Trash to electricity is a good thing. Landfills suck. Recycling sucks.

    Entrepreneurs that find ways to make a profit by making good things from things that suck are heroes.

  4. I think about the municipal plasma furnace idea every week.

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