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Directory:StarTech Environmental Corp
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.)
- What is Plasma / How Does it Work?
- Demonstration and Training Center - 6,000 square foot Demonstration and Training Center located in Bristol, Connecticut; opened on January 18, 2001.
- Videos and Photos - promotional video also translated into Italian, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese
- Promotional video, FOX61 News report - alternative links on YouTube
- Business Overview
- Investor Relations
"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. Startech stock can be bought or sold through a stockbroker, or generally through a financial institution that provides brokerage services." (StarTech)
- http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=STHK.OB - Startech Environmental Corp. (STHK.OB)
- Download (56 min; 12 Mb; mp3) - On March 10, 2007, Sterling D. Allan conducted a live interview with StarTech President and CEO, Joe Longo, on the Free Energy Now radio show.
How it Works
Quoting from http://www.startech.net/plasma.html
Plasma is simply a gas (air) that the Converter ionizes so it becomes an effective electrical conductor and produces a lightning-like arc of electricity that is the source of the intense energy transferred to the waste material as radiant energy. The arc in the plasma plume within the vessel can be as high as 30,000 degrees Fahrenheit ... three times hotter than the surface of the Sun. When waste materials are subjected to the intensity of the energy transfer within the vessel, the excitation of the wastes' molecular bonds is so great that the waste materials' molecules break apart into their elemental components (atoms). It is the absorption of this energy by the waste material that forces the waste destruction and elemental dissociation. 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%
The company envisions each home eventually having a mini plasma converter that would turn all waste into energy, eliminating the need for refuse collection. Instead there would be less frequent collection of the solid ingots that could then be used in industry.
In the News
- Startech sells three more plasma converters to Puerto Rico - Startech Environmental Corporation announced today that it has signed a contract to sell three of its Plasma Converter Systems™ to a recycling center in Puerto Rico. The combined capacity of approximately 50,000 pounds per day for the new EnviroSafe recycling facility in Puerto Rico is scheduled for start-up in 2008. (Inside Greentech; May 24, 2007)
- The Prophet of Garbage - Joseph Longo's Plasma Converter turns our most vile and toxic trash into clean energy—and promises to make a relic of the landfill. (Popular Science; March 2007)
- Startech Environmental Representative Receives Contract For 200-Ton-Per-Day Plasma Converter Facility In Panama - WORLD-WIRE, September 19, 2006
- Startech to develop Panama hydrogen production plant - Panama Guide, October 05, 2006
- StarTech: Plasma Technologies - 30,000°F (3x surface of sun temp) ionization causes waste material to revert to their elemental form. Molecular dissociation transforms any type of waste into hydrogen and other recyclable materials, with virtually no emissions. Bristol, Connecticut, USA firm has been demonstrating the technology since Jan. 2001. (ZPEnergy; Aug. 24, 2004)
- List of Company Press Releases at PRNewsWire - About 150 stories, beginning Nov. 25, 1996.
- Startech listing of Independent News Coverage - beginning in Dec. 2003.
Startech Environmental Corp.
15 Old Danbury Road
Wilton, CT. 06897-2525
Telephone: (203) 762-2499
Toll Free: (888) 807-9443
Fax: (203) 761-0839
Startech Environmental Corp.
190 Century Drive
Bristol, CT. 06010
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