In principle, plasma ignition is applying electrical voltage to the atomized fuel stream prior to combustion. The long chain of hydrocarbons in the fuel is broken down into smaller parts, allowing a more complete burn. The net results are better fuel efficiency and less pollution.
Team leader Louis Rosocha says the need for cleaner burning vehicles is driving the research. PerriQuest, a company that usually works on defense technologies, says it's dedicated to making plasma technology a viable commercial product.
[Source: Pure Energy Systems News]