The Advanced Coal and Energy Research Facility provides for research and development of technologies relating to clean and sustainable utilization of fuels. It is a pilot-scale combustion test facility designed specifically to address the growing need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

Core Description

ACERF is a greenfield pilot-scale (1 MW, thermal) research facility designed to progress developmentĀ  and allow 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. It includes a unique vertical, down-fired combustion test furnace and is one of the largest oxy-fuel systems located at a university. ACERF is a use-for-fee facility 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.


Service available to All entities, including for-profit organizations.

Priority service for No distinctions.


  • Burner testing
  • Alternative fuels testing
  • High flame temperature oxy-fuel testing
  • Testing of CO2 capture systems
  • Particulates analysis
  • Materials testing


  • Cylindrical, down-fired combustion test chamber, 1 MW (1.1 m ID x 6.1 m L)
  • Lab-scale combustion test furnace, 30 kW
  • Firetube heat recovery boiler (Johnston Boiler Co.)
  • Fabric filter baghouse (Camcorp Inc.)
  • Gravimetric screw feeding system (K-Tron Int.)
  • Continuous emissions monitoring system
  • NOx chemiluminescence analyzer (Thermo Electron)
  • CO gas filter correlation analyzer (Thermo Electron)
  • SO2 analyzer (Teledyne Monitor Labs)
  • CO2 gas analyzer (LI-COR)
  • National Instruments data acquisition and control system integrated with Labview software
  • Algae photobioreactors (5), 100L (Photon Systems Instruments)


Please contact this core directly for pricing information.

Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization (CCCU)
International Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability (InCEES)