Plasma TV tech tweaked to make diesel

What does your flatscreen telly have in common with your bus to work? If a new tech revealed at the American Chemical Society conference this week tak

What does your flatscreen telly have in common with your bus to work? If a new tech revealed at the American Chemical Society conference this week takes off, the cold plasma inside your TV could also help create an ultra-clean eco-friendly fuel.

Scientists demonstrated GlidArc reactors that use electrically-charged clouds of gas to produce diesel-like fuels from waste materials. The reactors, about the size of a fridge, are designed to clean the toxic gases produced from waste biomass, cooking oil or other renewable resources to produce clean biofuels.

Like plasma TVs, the reactors use electricity to produce a plasma of gas inside the product. Unlike energy-hogging plasma tellies, though, the GlidArc reactors might find favour with environmentalists, as they should actually reduce the energy and time required to make biodiesels.