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Researchers Use Microwave Plasma Technology to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emission

A multi-disciplinary collaborative relationship developed between Penn State EMS Energy Institute researchers and a Pittsburgh-based start-up company may maintain the answer to reducing international greenhouse gas emissions while also paving the way to disrupt the chemical and material industries.

Since 2015, Randy Vander Wal, professor of energy and mineral engineering and materials science and engineering, and affiliate at the EMS Energy Institute, has been par partnering with H Quest Vanguard on a rising number of projects that use the company’s plasma technology to allow potential new, non-emissive uses of coal and natural gas.

The partnership has resulted in five research initiatives that aim to reinvent coal and natural gas in the 21st century as clean, value-effective sources of fuels and high-efficiency materials.

While the Earth’s climate has modified throughout history, the current scientific consensus is that the current global warming trend is probably going the result of human exercise, namely emissions of greenhouse gases resulting from the combustion of fossil fuels.

The most widely utilized industrial process for hydrogen production—steam-methane reforming—heats methane from natural fuel using steam to produce carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Sadly, this course has a big greenhouse gas emission footprint and consumes massive amounts of water.

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