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Plasma assisted combustion

Studies on the use of atmospheric pressure non-thermal plasmas to ignite and control combustion in internal combustion engines and turbines demonstrate their effectiveness in reducing the ignition timing, with an improvement of engine performance, a lesser presence of unburned and of undesirable combustion products such as CO, NO and NOx; difficulties related to the generation of voltage pulses in times of the order of nanoseconds have been largely resolved by the recent progress in the fields of electronics, keeping the power demand for plasma ignition equal to or less than that of conventional systems.