image of hydroprocessing pilot plant

Hydroprocessing pilot plant.

The Chemical Engineering Department of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) develops technology and performs services for the following industries:

  • Petroleum
  • Chemical
  • Power
  • Alternative fuels

SwRI supports "concept to commercialization" technology development through

  • Process simulation
  • Laboratory investigations
  • Bench-scale development
  • Design and operation of pilot and demonstration plants

To serve these technical projects, SwRI operates laboratories for the following studies:

  • Process
  • Physical
  • Chemical
  • Biological

SwRI offers hydrocarbon characterization, physical property determination, and unique analytical testing. A new chemical engineering center includes 40,000 square feet of high-bays, laboratories, and office space.

Related Terminology

renewable fuel  • chemical engineering  •  concept to commercialization  •  alternative fuel  •  fossil fuel  •  fuel research  •  bench-scale development  •  biodiesel diesel  •  fuel additive  •  emissions characterization  •  emissions testing  •  fuel technology  •  fuel economy  •  hydroprocessing plant

International Alternative Fuel Technology Center (IAFTC),
Robert Burrahm, Assistant Director, Office of Automotive Engineering, 210-522-3064,

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.