Zapping Waste With Super Incinerators

IMAGINE A FORCE SO POWERFUL THAT IT transforms waste to burnable fuel and precious metals. Actually, it exists. It's a superhot state of matter called plasma, which occurs in nature when lightning passes through the air. Engineers create plasma in factories by superheating gas and use it to manipulate metals and ceramics. Now, Plasma Energy Applied Technology Inc. (PEAT), located in Huntsville, Ala., intends to commercialize the technology in a waste-management system.

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