Plasma is not unusual in nature - the so-called forth aggregate state is found in lightning, the Aurora Borealis, the sun’s corona and in interstellar space. Although, therefore, 99 percent of the visible material in the universe is in a plasma state, it is still a true challenge to manufacture this electrically conductive gas artificially for technical applications. The development of plasma sources for space applications is not an unknown task for the Steinbeis Transfer Centre for Space. The principle new aspect of this project “Electric Arc Heated Plasma Torch”, which was carried out together with PlasmaAir AG, was that the plasma sources were developed with steam as the plasma gas. Up to now, mainly noble gases and reduced gases such as nitrogen have been used for electric arc plasma sources. In this project a plasma source was developed and qualified using steam as the plasma gas - a real innovation! The new development offers, in addition to numerous technical advantages, the best prerequisites for a wide range of applications such as the thermal and chemical treatment of special waste. It is hardly surprising that a system set up for demonstration purposes in the Steinbeis Transfer Centre for Space has already been sold.