How Plasma Waste Converters Work - Stuff You Should Know
"There is a way to not only sustainably get rid of our household waste, but also produce enough energy from it to power the process and even create electricity for the grid. The future is here!"
-from Stuff You Should Know
So, what is a plasma waste converter? A plasma waste converter or plasma gasification is a thermal process that utilizes plasma converting organic matter into a syngas or synthesis gas. Synthesis gas is built up of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. Usually, these converters are custom built and reuse the energy or remaining byproducts that are created from the torching back into the process to break down the waste. These waste converters are great for difficult hazardous wastes, i.e. hospital waste, as there are no traces of harmful bacteria/protists/pathogens. In this podcast with Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark they explain how a plasma waste converter works. How are they built? What are their byproducts? What is syngas? What temperature do you need to burn the waste at? They break it all down, how it is designed, the energy that goes into it, what syngas is, and the overall process of burning garbage.