EST: Making Chemical Waste Disappear Into Thin Air?
It's not just animals that suffer from drug studies and clinical trials. Loads and loads of toxins, plastics and waste is part of the business. We briefly touched on the topic of greening the pharmaceutical industry through using virtual patients employed by Optimata here. Chemicals and Pharma industry by-products can no longer just go down the drain or disposed of in developing countries. They need to be disposed of in a safe manner so that human health and the environment is not endangered.
That brings us to the point of this post: EST for Environmental Systems and Treatments -- a company that has developed a device that claims to almost completely destroy chemical waste, converting it into water and carbon dioxide or into materials that can be recycled by the industry. EST's chemical waste elimination system is similar to that we reported on here for neutralizing radioactive waste: plasma technology. In nature, says 21c, plasma can be found in lightning bolts; in EST system, liquid or gas waste is pumped into the device and then treated by a narrow high-powered plasmatronic beam generated inside the reactor. Sounds Sci-Fi. This produces heat of several thousand degrees (2,000 to 4,500 degrees centigrade), breaking apart the molecular bonds of the waste compounds. These compounds are then rapidly cooled and cleaned, leaving nothing but harmless gaseous products, which are in line with Israeli and international standards.
"This is a very environmentally friendly machine and promises zero waste discharge," says Yehuda Simon, founder of the company.
We'd be interested in hearing from our readers their thoughts on plasma technology. Is it legit, or too good to be true? ::Israel21c