10 Ways to Convert Waste to Energy 

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A plasma gasification plant in Ottawa, Ontario. photo: Andrei Filippov.

2) Gasification
Also known as "plasma arc waste disposal," gasification is the process by which trash is zapped and vaporized at 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit in a "plasma converter" to produce a synthetic gas ("syngas" if you're hip to the eco-lingo), which powers a turbine and creates steam to produce electricity. It's kind of like a big, complex microwave with superpowers. A really big, complex microwave with superpowers.


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