Conventional Fuels &
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Heavy fuel upgrading
Using practical and dynamic approaches to advance fuels technology, the staff at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) works with clients through every step of process development— from lab-scale to commercial design. With diverse backgrounds in biofuels, gas-to-fuels, petroleum upgrading, and electrochemical processes, our engineers and scientists strive to improve the use of fossil fuels through supporting petroleum and chemical process development for improving costs, efficiency, environmental impacts, and technology advancement.
The section has expertise in the operation of pilot plant-scale fluidized bed reactors, characterization of alternative fuel products, process simulations, scale-up cost estimates, mass, material, and energy balances, optimization of fuel processes, equipment sizing, and reduction of environmental impacts from fuel extraction and energy production.
Projects in this field have included practical process simulations, novel electrochemistry process development, bitumen/residuum upgrading, product refinement and filtration, operation standardization, and carbon capture and sequestration.
Fuel & Energy Development Strengths
- Demonstration plant operations
- Chemical process investigations
- Process simulation
- Product refinement
- Process integration
- Blending simulation
Demonstration plant design and operation
conventional fuel • energy development • fuel research • fuel technology • biofuels • gas-to-fuel • petroleum upgrading • electrochemical processes • fuel blending • fuel distillation