PyroGenesis Canada Inc, which makes plasma based systems for additive manufacturing (AM) says that it has successfully tested its plasma arc chemical warfare agents destruction system (PACWADS) using surrogate chemical warfare agent material.

These tests supported the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Agnostic Compact Demilitarization of Chemical Agents (ACDC) program and far exceeded minimum requirements with over 99.9999% destruction efficiency.

PyroGenesis’ PACWADS is a stand-alone thermal treatment device, with a liquid scrubber system. The technology is designed to be easily transported and deployed in a field setting, close to where threats may be found, to rapidly and safely destroy a wide range of chemical warfare agents.

‘PyroGenesis anticipates that receiving this certification will open the door to additional opportunities, such as the safe destruction of Ebola contaminated material, just to name one,’ said Philippe Beaulieu, senior project manager at PyroGenesis.

‘A successfully developed system would safely destroy chemical warfare agent stockpiles onsite without having to transport these highly toxic chemicals to a remote location for processing,’ added P Peter Pascali, president and CEO of PyroGenesis. 

This story is reprinted from material from PyroGenesis, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.