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. Startech Environmental Announces Plans For Its Carbonless Power System

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Wilton CT (SPX) Mar 26, 2008
Startech Environmental has announced its plans to produce and market its Carbonless Power System for "Green Electricity" in stationary facilities. Startech Hydrogen, derived from processing waste in the Startech Plasma Converter, will be used as a pristine fuel to power the hydrogen-engine-generators from the Hydrogen Engine Center.

The Company is scheduled to receive its first hydrogen-engine-generator from HEC in May for demonstrations at its Bristol Tech Center. HEC is Startech's new strategic alliance partner.

Joseph F. Longo, Startech's president, said, "We think it is important to appreciate the fact that the HEC engine-generator is not a fuel cell; it is a robust internal-combustion reciprocal-engine very much like the well-proven one in your vehicle.

"While developments of hydrogen-powered vehicles are still progressing, there is a compelling need and desire from our customers for a parallel initiative to bring clean, hydrogen-fueled, stationary-electrical-power to the market.

"Paradoxically, hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, but it is not readily available on earth, and has to be produced by chemical-industry manufacturing systems. Hydrogen is also an important ingredient in many commercial and industrial products.

"Our Plasma Converter System (PCS), in processing most wastes, produces a synthesis gas that we named Plasma Converted Gas (PCG). With many wastes, the PCG rich in hydrogen can be separated as a pristine fuel within the Carbonless Power System. This Startech Hydrogen can fuel engine-generators to produce 'Green Electricity.'

"From wastes, the Plasma Converter can actually be the source of Startech Hydrogen on site and in-house for our customers.

"When hydrogen, as a fuel, combines with air, the principal resulting product is H2O, water. No carbon dioxide (CO2) results in the combustion process since there are no carbons in hydrogen. With its roots in the Kyoto Protocol, the burgeoning Carbon-Credit market and its focus on 'low-carbon-footprints,' means that this 'green' stationary electrical power will not be merely a 'low-carbon-footprint;' it will be a 'No-Carbon-Footprint.'

"Last summer, the Company successfully completed a three-year contract for the U.S. Department of Energy, in its Hydrogen Initiative, in a comprehensive program demonstrating the production of hydrogen from processing wastes in the Plasma Converter followed by our StarCell system. StarCell is the Company's proprietary membrane-technology system that separates the hydrogen from the PCG synthesis gas produced by the Plasma Converter System."

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