Our society produces over 2 billion tons of waste per year, a number that is expected to grow over 70% by the next five years – to put that into perspective that’s a line of garbage trucks stretching from San Francisco to New York City every single day.
With this issue, companies have long sought ways to turn all this waste into energy by burning our trash – but this method is said to strike major environmental drawbacks. So what is the better solution? – Gasification
How does Gasification Turn Waste into Energy?
Gasification is a technological process that converts any carbonaceous (carbon-based) raw material such as coal into fuel gas, also known as synthesis gas (syngas for short) – a process said to be both economical and eco-friendly.
This synthetic gas can then be converted into a wide variety of end products like electricity, hydrogen fuel, ethanol, and more.
How can Microwave Plasma be Used for Waste Gasification Applications?
Microwave energy has the potential to promote gas production during biomass pyrolysis or gasification based on its advantageous features such as rapid and selective heating.
Microwave energy can be used to generate a plasma, which thus can be used to convert the biomass into renewable biofuels.
Microwave Plasma for Real-Life Waste Gasification Applications
Our customer needed a high-power microwave source that could be used to generate a stable source of plasma, intended for disposing of solid waste materials.
Discover how RFHIC’s GaN solid-state microwave solutions met their needs!