Startech Converter To Produce Hydrogen In Panama Plant

Plasma converter will turn municipal solid waste into hydrogen.

Startech Environmental Corp. announced Tuesday that it will include its Plasma Converter system to produce hydrogen from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in the 200 ton-per-day Las Tablas facility in the Republic of Panama. The Plasma Converter destroys MSW and in the process, provides a clean synthesis gas rich in hydrogen.

“The interest in hydrogen produced from various wastes has been re-invigorated since Ford recently announced its new Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Shuttle Bus program,” said Startech president Joseph F. Longo.

Since hydrogen has a wide combustion range of between 4 percent to 75 percent, hydrogen-fueled engines can use a wider range of air/fuel mixtures than gasoline engines. Also, since it does not have carbon atoms in the fuel, hydrogen combustion produces no hydrocarbon or carbon dioxide emissions. 

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