A Plasma Converter is being built at the new 200 ton-per-day MSW facility in Las Tablas facility in the Republic of Panama. Startech says that the Plasma Converter creates heat that is three times hotter than the sun to burn garbage and release the precious hydrogen (and other materials). Startech is saying they can burn/convert pretty much any waste you can think of, from organic and inorganic solids to hazardous waste (no mention of nuclear, though) and industrial by-products. I couldn't find a lot of details on how much energy the Plasma Converter needs to run or how the hydrogen could best be extracted from the synthesis gas (called Plasma Converted Gas), but this technology sure seems intriguing. I wonder why it's being built in Panama.
[Source: Startech Environmental Corporation]