Plasma torches are sophisticated devices but their purpose is simple – they are high temperature heating devices.
At the most rudimentary level, plasma is just very high temperature thermal energy. In nature, plasma is produced by lightning when it superheats the air around a lightning bolt converting the air to plasma with a temperature of about 20,000 °C. Because plasma behaves differently than the three common states of matter; solid, liquid and gas, plasma is sometimes referred to as the fourth state of matter.
Plasma torches provide a clean source of heat that can improve efficiencies and improve environmental performance in many different industrial applications. Alter NRG gasifier utilizes Plasma Torches to create high temperatures within its gasifiers.