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Company's technology converts landfills into electricity and roads, by vaporizing garbage at temperatures hotter than parts of the sun. Lightning-like plasma arcs turn trash into gas and rock-like material.

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How it Works

Input is passed through high intensity arc, which instantaneously turns the inflow into its elemental form (individual atoms). Process also produces a gas which can be used to fuel generators to run the arc, leaving 2/3 of the electricity to be sold to the grid.

In the News

  • Plasma Plants Will Vaporize Trash While Generating Energy - 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! (Inhabitat; Nov. 12, 2008)
  • County Plans to Vaporize Landfill Trash - A Florida county has grand plans to ditch its dump, generate electricity and help build roads - all by vaporizing garbage at temperatures hotter than parts of the sun. The 100,000-square-foot plant, slated to be operational in two years, is expected to vaporize 3,000 tons of garbage a day. County officials estimate their entire landfill - 4.3 million tons of trash collected since 1978 - will be gone in 18 years. A material created from melted organic matter - up to 600 tons a day - will be hardened into slag, and sold for use in road and construction projects. Will be the first such plant in the U.S. operating on such a massive scale, and the largest in the world.(PhysOrg / AP; Sept. 11, 2006)

Comments

On Sept. 12, 2006, New Energy Congress member, Ken Rauen, wrote:

There will be atomic constituents that do not belong in the air, and of course there will be carbon dioxide. There will be NO REMAINS of anything that the entering material contained. Metals could be airborne, and halogens will exit partly as acid gases; these are the most likely pollutants, if the flue gases are not scrubbed. This technique of reclamation is used to dispose of hazardous wastes by putting them into steel mill furnaces that reduce the wastes to atoms.


On Sept. 12, 2006, Camilo A. Urbina A. <camilo_urbina {at} yahoo.es>, a potential licensee of the related MagneGas technology wrote:

Indeed, as you say, at first sight seems to be a similar process as the one developed by Mr. Santilli. I understand Mr. Santilli has patents for the process, so, if there is a real similarity, it could rise a legal problem. Anyway IMHO, the main problem faced by this kind of development is the lack of acceptance and understanding from the scientific community.

After looking at the presentation of the video on the geoplasma site, I concluded that the main difference of the Geoplasma with the Hadronic reactor, is that Geoplasma employs solid ("dry") waste and therefore requires the injection of huge amounts of air to allow the plasma formation reaction. I also think the people of Geoplasma have not yet discovered the unusual characteristics of the gas they produce, they basically were looking for a better way to burn waste, and they found a byproduct that I assume they did not expect. Hadronic reactors work on the basis of liquid streams, and don't require air inyection because the plasma forms instantaneously from the liquid. You could also treat solid waste with an hadronic reactor, but it would require the adding of water to dilute the solids to a 10% of the weight. I can state, from reading Santilli's patents, that his Hadronic reactors have to be more efficient than the geoplasma technology, because the gas formation is not very efficient if it is fixed on a static point, and Mr. Santilli technology uses a moving "spark" in order to keep the gas formation at peak efficiency (if you don't do this, the gas burns itself in the "spark" and is lost).

Plasma, being hotter than sun surface, allows for a complete burning of anything, that's why it could also rise the efficiency of motor vehicles (as the Krupa spark plug and the plasma technologies that your site portrayed a few days ago state).


On Sept. 15, 2006, New Energy Congress member, Joel Garbon, wrote:

Use of plasma to gassify organic materials prior to combustion has been known for some time. My understanding is that there are commercial operations using a similar process in Taiwan and Japan for turning municipal waste to energy, and pending projects in the U.S. southeast (Florida?). I believe the the U.S. Army has this technology in its portfolio for destroying the active agents in decommissioned chemical munitions. Recent incineration of nerve gas at the Army Depot in Umatilla, Oregon may have used plasma.

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Contact

Hilburn O. Hillestad, PhD
President
Geoplasma, LLC
171 17th Street, Suite 1550
Atlanta, GA 30363 USA
678-538-4321
email: hillestad {at} geoplasma.com

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