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I wonder what the constituents of the other byproduct "gas," are?
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sun Sep 10th, 2006 at 01:29:53 PM EST
Apparently it produces a combustible gas that can be used to drive turbines, rather like natural gas-powered plants. Though there is some dispute as to which of these two processes is more polluting. (But still a lot less than coal)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Sep 10th, 2006 at 03:45:06 PM EST
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IIRC the process uses 5000 C ish temps to rip everything fed to it down to molecular levels.  Not much oxygen added so you get a syngas rich in CO and CH4.  Plus whatever else will vaporize.  The gas will have to be cleaned up like regular incinerators for mercury etc.

Hope it works.  The people touting it have been pretty flaky -- tried to sell in on our small island but there was no way we'd go for a totally unproven technology with no alternatives out here.  

Plasma arc has been used on medical wastes and I believe a tire incinerator in Japan.  Just not proven on mixed feeds like garbage in terms of life, degree of air pollution, economics etc.

by HiD on Mon Sep 11th, 2006 at 04:47:36 AM EST
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