The global energy consumption is growing tremendously. Even though energy derived from fossil fuels remains dominant, many global entities have already adopted renewable energy sources for a greener cause to meet their energy needs.
In the wake of the increased demand for renewable energy sources, Tampa-based MagneGas Corporation (MagneGas) had produced MagneGas, which is a natural gas alternative and metal working fuel developed using a technology called Plasma Arc Flow. The company was granted the United States Patent for this fuel technology.
Recently, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued the company with an additional patent No. 8,236,150, entitled, “Plasma-Arc-Through Apparatus and Process for Submerged Electric Arcs,” quoted a press release.
According to the company, the company had developed a technology - Plasma Arc Flow - that converts liquid waste into a hydrogen-based metal working fuel and natural gas alternative. This technology processes the liquid waste through a submerged electric arc between coal electrodes. The arc decomposes the liquid molecules into atoms and forms plasma around the tips of the electrodes at about 10,000 degrees fahrenheit.
The Plasma Arc Flow moves the plasma away from the electrodes and controls the formation of MagneGas that bubbles to the surface for collection.
In general, MagneGas is a natural gas alternative and metal working fuel that can be produced from certain industrial, municipal, agricultural and military liquid wastes following the receipt of appropriate governmental permits. This hydrogen based fuel has a combination of hydrogen, carbon monoxide and inert trace gases.
As a cost competitive synthetic gas made from many liquid wastes such as sewage, sludge, animal manure, glycerin, used antifreeze, some oil based liquids and waste water, MagneGas can be utilized for metal working, cooking, heating, powering bi fuel automobiles and more.
The MagneGas Corp. already has patent for its Plasma Arc Flow process that gasifies liquid waste, creating a clean burning hydrogen based fuel that is essentially interchangeable with natural gas.
Ruggero Maria Santilli, chairman of the board and chief scientist of Magnegas Corporation, announced the reception of U. S. Patent Number 81236115082 dated August 7, 2012, entitled “PlasmaArcThrough Apparatus and Process for Submerged Electric Arcs,” last month.
“This is the latest in our ongoing series of patents providing protection of the main process underlying the MagneGas technology. A major advantage of our fuel is that it can be manufactured locally from liquid waste and we are thrilled that the USPTO has recognized just how unique that process is,” said Santilli in a statement.
Santilli added, “As an example for the case of bio-contaminated liquids, our new PAT process assures the exposure of said liquids to the extreme conditions of the plasma surrounding an electric arc, thus assuring sterilization, with consequential possibility of depurating the effluent waters into forms suitable for irrigation or fertilization in full compliance with governmental requirements.”
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