As more industrial processes transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, companies are reckoning with how to power equipment such as boilers, air heaters, chillers, and CHP units, which typically rely on the combustion of fuels such as natural gas and coal. In order to promote the future adoption of biofuels for such applications, AAE is working on several initiatives to develop bioenergy solutions that are more efficient, flexible, and environmentally friendly than standard direct biomass-based combustion solutions.
After being an early pioneer in solid fuel fluidized bed technology in the 1950s and 1960s, AAE Founder Dr. Richard Rosen transitioned away from the space as industries came to rely more on an increasingly supply of cheap oil and natural gas. However, with growing concerns about climate change, fuel supply, and combustion residuals, the long ignored fluidized bed and gasification space is being renewed.
AAE's work on biofuels focuses on gasification, solids handling, process design, and advanced instrumentation and materials science. This work is being undertaken on a largely confidential basis due to strict NDAs in place with partners and clients.
Schematic of AAE's newest biofuel pilot plant facility, currently under development.