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GlidArc Uses Plasma TV Tech to Produce Super-Clean Fuel

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On March 22, 2010 @ 2:45 pm In Environment,Renewable Energy | 1 Comment

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Plasma [1] televisions are energy-sucking monsters — a 48-inch screen uses more power than a large refrigerator — which is why they have been largely replaced with LCD [2] and LED [3] screens. But the technology used to light up plasma TVs has a hidden application: creating clean fuel. Albin Czernichowski, a professor at the University of Orleans [4], France, just revealed a small, cheap device called a GlidArc [5] reactor can use electrically-charged clouds of gas, or “plasmas”, to generate clean fuels from waste.

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The refrigerator-sized reactor uses a gasification process to clean waste and biomass into CO2 and hydrogen gas that can be turned into biofuels [6]. In practical terms, that means waste cooking oil [7] from restaurants or corn leaves and stalks could be used as raw material for GlidArc-produced biofuels, which release significantly less CO2 than conventional fuels.

The best part: all the parts needed to make a GlidArc reactor can be found in a local hardware store. Czernichowski estimates that a reactor could be built in a few days for approximately $10,000. So the next time you hear someone complain about plasma [8] TVs, tell them that some scientists are using the technology for good.

+ GlidArc Plasma Reactor [9]

Via EurekaAlert [10]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Plasma: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/12/plasma-plants-vaporize-trash-to-generate-energy/

[2] LCD: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/07/sharps-solar-powered-television/

[3] LED: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/12/nanoparticles-create-ultra-vibrant-led-screens/

[4] University of Orleans: http://www.univ-orleans.fr/

[5] GlidArc: http://www.floridasyngas.com/plasmareactor.asp

[6] biofuels: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/09/self-destructing-bacteria-could-be-the-key-to-better-biofuels/

[7] waste cooking oil: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/17/converting-your-vehicle-to-run-on-veggie-oil/

[8] plasma: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/07/luxim-plasma-light-bulb/

[9] + GlidArc Plasma Reactor: http://www.vortexcw.nl/vortex/glidarc.html

[10] EurekaAlert: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-03/acs-pib030910.php

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