MagneGas applies for gasification system patent and Department of Energy grant
MagneGas has filed a provisional patent application on a next-generation gasification system. The provisional patent application entails the use of a plasma arc in conjunction with certain fluids and powdered materials such as coal, plastics, and potentially the company's primary feedstock, butanol. MagneGas has also used this new gasification technology as the basis to file for a Department of Energy grant related to the Small-Scale Gasification Systems for Coal otherwise known as 'Clean Coal'. The DOE grant calls for the development of a one to five megawatt system which is modular and scalable with a much smaller footprint and capital investment than current Clean Coal systems. While this specific DOE grant is focused on the gasification of coal, the company believes the underlying technology will have other applications associated with solid fuels, solid wastes such as plastics and potentially liquids as well. The company believes there may be additional opportunities to utilize this technology to gasify butanol directly, which could significantly improve the cost to mass produce MagneGas2.