June 20 2011

Plasma Converter: Turning Landfills into Usable Oil

Trash that cannot be recycled always ends up in a pile. Then, it decomposes very slowly until it finally turns to soil. Under natural circumstances, however, this takes far too long. The range of biodegradation is 4 weeks for a cardboard box to 5,000 years for Styrofoam.

The amount of trash produced by one person, in a day, may not seem significant, but it is when multiplied by a population of 7 billion. It does not take anyone special to realize that even with the natural process of decay; this has, and will, create a huge stockpile of garbage. This outpacing is why landfills exist.

Unless something is done, and done fast, we will soon all be swimming in a pile of garbage.

Fortunately, something can be done. And it can be done now. There is a machine – a Plasma Converter that can eat landfills and turn them into what a thriving industrial nations needs the most, and that is oil. Joseph Longo’s Plasma Converter turns our most vile and toxic trash into clean energy, and promises to make a relic of the landfill. Garbage put into this machine is obliterated into its molecular parts by superheated electric plasma. Once in the plasma chamber, the molecular parts mix with air and carbon dioxide to become oil and glass for road asphalt.

A Plasma Converter is already in operation in Long Island, New York. Upstart is expensive, but the machine will pay for itself, with its own byproducts, in about 10 years. After that, the machine will generate pure profit and provide obvious economic multipliers. The best part about it is that the more garbage it eats, the more oil it makes, the better our roads become, and the smaller our landfills become. Who knows, one day, it may even eat The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Revolutionary machines of such type come around rarely, and this one in particular, offers a way to clean up our landfills and turn garbage into a somewhat “renewable resource.”

If we were given the opportunity to turn our accumulating 7 billion-population trash pile into a usable resource, would you take it? What are some of the known downfalls or cons of using plasma conversion?

Jeff P Jilek

Jeff Jilek has earned a B.S. in Architecture with a Minor in City & Regional Planning from the Ohio State University. He has been involved with architecture since his junior year of High School when he attended Eastland Career Center’s Architecture program. Sustainable Design is something that he is most interested in but also has taken many college level courses in psychology, political science, and philosophy. He will be attends Arizona State University for continuing education. He is pursuing both his M.B.A and Master of Architecture degrees. He blogged about pertinent issues in design and how design relates to global dynamics, culture, and economy.

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