Honda turning to plasma to beat diesel emissions

In an effort to meet pollution regulations in the United States, Honda Motor Company is breaking out a plasma reactor to curb emissions in its diesel engines.

According to Bloomberg News, Honda has reportedly patented a new method to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by pushing exhaust fumes through electrically charged atoms in a gaseous state. By doing so, it strips the nitrogen oxides, in the process forming nitrogen dioxide that's later absorbed by silver and alkali metals. Uh-huh.

Honda is hoping to be in the diesel passenger car business in America by 2009, but right now there isn't a single company capable of meeting the emissions requirements of California (and those Northeastern states that mirror its standards). The automaker hopes that the new plasma technology could make them the first.

[Source: Bloomberg News]

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