Advanced Coal and Energy Research Facility

ACERF is a greenfield pilot-scale (1 MW, thermal) research facility designed for the development and testing of new technologies for large-scale combustion applications, with emphasis on reducing carbon and pollutant emissions, carbon capture, and CO2 utilization. Areas of active research include: oxy-coal combustion, biomass cofiring, mercury control, burner design, fly ash utilization and algae production in high CO2 combustion flue gas. ACERF has a unique test furnace for high-temperature oxy-fuel applications, and is one of the largest oxy-fuel facilities located at a university. It is accessible to industry, faculty and students within the U.S. and abroad. The facility has knowledgeable research and skilled technical support staff available at all times to assist users.

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Capabilities & Services

  • Oxy-fuel combustion
  • Burner testing
  • Co-firing with biomass and alternative fuels
  • Emissions analysis and control technologies
  • Pilot algae production from flue gas
  • Pilot testing of new CO2 capture systems

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Ben Kumfer
Manager - Advanced Coal & Energy Research Facility
Washington University in St. Louis
One Brookings Dr., Campus Box 1180
St. Louis, MO 63130

tel: 314-935-6319
fax: 314-935-7211