Starcell Plasma Technology Produces Hydrogen Fuel From Waste

Technology can produce enough hydrogen from household waste to power fuel cell car.

Published: 21-Nov-2000

WILTON, Conn., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Startech Environmental Corp. (Nasdaq: STHK), the world leader in plasma waste remediation and recycling technology said today that on November 15, 2000, Joseph S. Klimek, Executive Vice President, introduced StarCell(TM) and its capabilities to the DOE's Hydrogen Technical Advisory Panel (HTAP) in his address to its fall meeting in Palm Springs, California. The meeting was attended by a wide cross section of representatives from national laboratories, academia, industry and the government.

HTAP is the Congressionally mandated advisory panel to the Secretary of Energy for the development of commercial uses of hydrogen as a principal source of clean energy.

Startech produces the Plasma Waste Converter(TM) (PWC(TM)) that safely and irreversibly destroys all kinds of wastes, and in the process, it also produces a valuable synthesis fuel gas the Company calls PCG(TM) (Plasma Converted Gas(TM)). Startech has a patented filtration system in fabrication that will extract hydrogen from its PCG. The system is called StarCell(TM). StarCell is not a fuel cell; it is a ceramic membrane filtration system that extracts hydrogen from PCG.

Mr. Klimek said, "PCG, produced from wastes, is a gas mixture containing a lot of hydrogen. Hydrogen is a valuable commodity with many commercial applications and the thing that powers fuel cells.

"While hydrogen is the most abundant material in the universe, it's not readily accessible. An old and expensive chemical-industry process generally referred to as 'reformation' is used to extract it. That's what makes hydrogen expensive.

"While the PWC is destroying wastes, it is also acting as a 'reformer' producing hydrogen. In a manner of speaking, you get the hydrogen for nothing. Even if there were no fuel cells, StarCell is still important, not only as a source of commercial hydrogen, but especially because of the rapid development of car engines powered directly by hydrogen ... cars that don't need fuel cells.

"Hydrogen powered engines for automobiles are already being demonstrated by some of the major carmakers investing a great deal of time and money to bring clean hydrogen cars to the market.

"An average car driving 11,000 miles a year will use about 109 cubic feet of hydrogen per day. Fifteen pounds of ordinary household garbage will produce enough hydrogen to power the car for a day. As a further example a 500 ton per day PWC plant processing municipal garbage produces about 7 million cubic feet of hydrogen each and every day, and garbage is produced everywhere.

"It is easy to see that hydrogen powered engines will also take an important position in the 'distributed electrical generation' market. A hydrogen powered car engine is more sophisticated than a hydrogen powered stationary engine. A stationary engine simply has to turn a generator to produce electricity. The next step, to produce the stationary hydrogen engines for clean mechanical power and electricity, is ready to be taken.

"Hydrogen is the 'pristine fuel' because it produces no carbon by-products. Pound-for-pound, hydrogen packs more energy punch than all the other fuels; and, when used in fuel cells or engines, produces only water vapor -- fresh water at that.

"StarCell Hydrogen(TM) can feed fuel cells and hydrogen engines. The combination of the PWC with StarCell can produce hydrogen on a large scale from the wastes of the world, and at a very low cost. Our customers who use PWCs with StarCells will get paid for processing the incoming waste at the front end, and paid for the hydrogen at the back end. People sometimes forget that waste, even hazardous waste, is an ever-present, and much overlooked, valuable and renewable resource."

About Startech Environmental Corp:

Startech is an environmental equipment company whose Plasma Waste Converter (PWC)(TM) safely processes and converts hazardous and non-hazardous wastes comprised of organic and inorganic solids, gases, aqueous and non- aqueous liquids by its proprietary method of molecular dissociation and closed-loop elemental recycling. The PWC converts most hazardous and non- hazardous wastes into useful commodity products.

For further information, contact Robert L. DeRochie, VP of Investor Relations, or see the Startech web page: http://www.startech.net.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements:

Except for the statements of historical fact, the information presented herein constitutes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, opinions and beliefs of the Company and its Management, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include general economic and business conditions, the acceptability of hydrogen as an alternative for fossil fuel, the continued market penetration of hydrogen based engines, the ability to fund operations, the loss of market share, changes in consumer buying habits and other factors over which Startech Environmental Corporation has little or no control.

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