Using practical and dynamic approaches to advance fuels technology, we work with clients on every step of process development - from lab-scale to commercial design. With diverse backgrounds in biofuels, gas-to-fuels, petroleum processing, 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.
Fuels and Energy Development
SwRI has expertise in the operation of pilot plant-scale fluidized bed reactors, characterization of bio- and residuum-derived fuel products, process simulations, scale-up cost estimates, mass, material, and energy balances, troubleshooting and optimization of processes, equipment sizing, and reduction of environmental impacts from fuel extraction and energy production.
Projects in this field have included practical process simulations and Class V and IV cost estimates, novel electrochemistry process development, bitumen/residuum upgrading, asphaltene and residuum characterization and fouling behavior, hydroprocessing and evaluation of bio-sourced liquids and solids, operation standardization, and carbon capture and sequestration.