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StarTech:PLASMA CONVERTER; Turn Waste Into Clean Energy

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Joseph Longo, CEO of Startech Environmental Corporation, has spent the best part of twenty years designing and building a machine with the appetite of a pig. Longo’s ‘plasma converter’ turns rubbish into clean energy, consuming anything thrown into its jaws and capable of rendering almost any toxic material, besides nuclear waste, harmless.

How does it work?

Rubbish is shovelled into the machine and shredded using a large drill. It is then fed into a plasma chamber where it is heated to 30,000° F. The superheated plasma is formed from stable gas using electrodes; a current is passed between two electrodes sitting inside a steel chamber filled with gas – in this case, just ordinary air. Electrons are ripped from the air and – hey presto – plasma is created. The plasma conducts current to create an intense, lightning-like energy so powerful that any rubbish entering the chamber is torn apart, molecule from molecule.

There are two by-products resulting from this process; syngas, a compound of hydrogen and carbon monoxide, which can be turned into fuel, and molten glass which has several applications including the manufacture of tiles and road asphalt. Syngas is particularly useful as it means the converter can be completely self-sufficient after its first run.


About Startech Environmental Corp:
     Startech is an environmental equipment company whose Plasma Converter is
 essentially an electrochemical system that, while safely destroying wastes,
 even hazardous wastes, converts those materials into useful and valuable
 commodity products.  It does this economically, efficiently, with relatively
 few moving parts, and without combustion.  The prime mover in the Plasma
 Converter process is the chemical dissociation (decomposition) of the feed
 materials after which their elemental components (atoms) are reformed into
 useful commodities.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency has
 designated materials, even if they may have once been regarded as wastes, or
 hazardous wastes, undergoing such a recycling process, no longer as wastes,
 but as "feedstocks."  StarCell(TM) is the Company's new, patented hydrogen
 selective membrane system that separates hydrogen from the PCG(TM) produced
 from wastes.  PCG is a clean synthesis fuel-gas mixture with many commercial
 uses.  StarCell is not a fuel cell; it is a ceramic membrane filtration system
 that extracts hydrogen from PCG.  PCG contains a large quantity of hydrogen.


TECHNOLOGY: Waste Meets the Plasma Waste Converter

William D. Siuru | Apr 01, 2000


Forget fossil fuels, the age of the hydrogen economy could be around the corner.

Today, hydrogen fuel cells are being developed for trucks, cars, buses, homes and small business.

Startech Environmental Corp., Wilton, Conn., owns a technology that could produce hydrogen from non-hazardous and hazardous waste materials including municipal solid waste (MSW). The Hydrogen Selective Membrane System can separate hydrogen from synthesis gas called Plasma Converted Gas (PCG), which is produced by Startech's Plasma Waste Converter (PWC).

The PWC process doesn't combust waste like an incinerator. Instead, the plasma, an electrified gas, is discharged within the PWC chamber. The continuous arc produces temperatures as high as 30,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The energy within the plasma excites the waste material's molecular bonds so that the material separates into its atomic components.

Once this dissociation occurs, the atomic components can reform into recoverable, saleable, nonhazardous commodities. This process can be used for solid, liquid and gaseous wastes, including hazardous and nonhazardous wastes, organic and inorganic solids, bases, and aqueous and non-aqueous liquids.

The PWC processes wastes so that they can be recovered in phases. Outside of producing hydrogen, the PWC produces PCG, which can be used as chemical feedstock to produce polymers and other chemical products. PCG also can be used as clean fuel to produce electricity, desalinate sea water or heat buildings.

Depending on the waste feedstock, other commodity products can be processed. For example, if the wastes contain sufficient metallic materials, these will collect in liquid form. Inorganic, glass-like silicates form a separate layer with small quantities of metal encapsulated in the silicate stone. These ceramic-like silicates can be used as quality aggregate material, and in the abrasives industry.

Startech's system does require electricity to create the plasma. However, when feedstocks rich in energy are processed, the PWC is a net energy producer. Each unit of electrical energy used to process wastes yields approximately four units of energy recovered with synthetic PCG gas.

PWCs also reduce the waste's volume by an approximately a 300 to 1 ratio.

Testing demonstrates that the PWC's performance is safer than United States and Canadian environmental standards. For example, the PWC remediates dioxins 12.5 million times safer than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's anticipated new standard of 30 nanograms per cubic meter of air.

Startech says the PWC can process waste at 8 cents to 11 cents per pound, including capital and financing costs plus other operating expenses such as consumables, labor, spare parts and electricity.

Startech's first commercial system is operating at the U.S. Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., processing up to 7 tons per hour. The company also is installing facilities in Taiwan, South Africa and Japan.



Startech is a publicly traded waste-to-energy plasma arc technology company. They presently have three 5 ton/day installations in operation, with a number of other plants in various stages of implementation. A 200 ton/day plant being built by Startech in Panama will be the largest such plant in the world, and will convert ordinary garbage into hydrogen that can be used in fuel cells to generate electricity or directly as a fuel for combustion. The Panama plant is expected to be operational in 2008.
: "Waste is not garbage, but a commercially valuable, renewable resource." (StarTech Promotional Video.)
Official Website

"Startech Environmental Corporation was incorporated in 1993 in Colorado and is currently listed on the OTC Bulletin Board stock exchange under the ticker symbol STHK.OB. Our cusip number is 855906103 and there are approximately 3,000 Startech shareholders."

The Plasma Converter is computer controlled, easy to use and operates at normal atmospheric pressure, very safely and quitely.
Any kind of material (preferably waste), liquid or solid, can go into the machine. The input molecules are broken into their elemental form.
What comes out is a "melt" and a "gas", called the Plasma Converted Gas (PCG).
Plasma Converated Gas
The gas is typically a mixture of H (hydrogen) and CO (carbon monoxide).
This gas can be burned unrefined in certain kind of reciprocal engine.
StarTech also has a proprietary process (StarCell system) whereby the gas can be purified to a specified extent of hydrogen.
Fuel to generate electric power
Plant heating and air conditioning
Fuel to produce fresh water
Produce chemicals for plastics
Power fuel cells to produce electricity or power vehicles
The molten material that emerges, depending on the input waste, is as inert as glass and can be used for the following industries:
Metal industry
Brick industry
Cement industry
Construction industry
Abrasives industry
The following is an example input-effluent case:
(Source: Scott Budich, Executive Sales Manage, StarTech Jan. 15, 2007)
[9.3 million BTU (inherent content of solid waste)]
1.8 million BTU electricity
subtotal: 11.1 mil BTU
8.1 million BTU
Electricity-to-fuel efficiency: 4.5-fold
Waste-to-fuel Conversion efficiency: 73%


"Even a blackout would not stop the operation of the facility," Longo says.
It all sounds far too good to be true. But the technology works. Over the past decade, half a dozen companies have been developing plasma technology to turn garbage into energy. "The best renewable energy is the one we complain about the most: municipal solid waste," says Louis Circeo, the director of plasma research at the Georgia Institute of Technology. "It will prove cheaper to take garbage to a plasma plant than it is to dump it on a landfill." A Startech machine that costs roughly $250 million could handle 2,000 tons of waste daily, approximately what a city of a million people amasses in that time span. Large municipalities typically haul their trash to landfills, where the operator charges a "tipping fee" to dump the waste. The national average is $35 a ton, although the cost can be more than twice that in the Northeast (where land is scarce, tipping fees are higher). And the tipping fee a city pays doesn't include the price of trucking the garbage often hundreds of miles to a landfill or the cost of capturing leaky methane—a greenhouse gas—from the decomposing waste. In a city with an average tipping fee, a $250-million converter could pay for itself in about 10 years, and that's without factoring in the money made from selling the excess electricity and syngas. After that break-even point, it's pure profit.
Someday very soon, cities might actually make money from garbage.



The Financial Status of Startech is in Chapter 11. Why with such a superb technology has it reached this point? Because of a hostile take-over attempt that striped the company of all operating capital. The hostile takeover by "Friendly LLC" (Cute Name??) for $15,000,000 was a front for a little company called GAZPROM. This is the Russian State Owned and publicly traded power and gas company with net revenues of over 250 billion. In 2008 If they wanted Startech at $15 million... there must be a reason. converter

Right now for $2.3 million we can acquire the entire company, all its assets, all the patents, and move forward with the billions worth of serious business that is just waiting for our management team to move into place. If anyone would like to contact me regarding this extraordinary opportunity; please feel free to send me an email at sevalentino@gmail.com. Thanks for your efforts on our behalf and together we can help to make the world a better and cleaner place for us all!! 


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I wonder what Keshe would say about it?

One of the links says the U.S. army has one, wonder what they would say if one asked if it works.

Suprised nobody has commented on this...

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