North Carolina Operations - Advanced Energy and Transportation Technologies

Clean Energy Development Center

The U.S. continues aggressive efforts to develop new energy technologies so that future generations might benefit from improved energy security and fewer negative environmental impacts. The Southern Research Clean Energy Technology Center has an integral role in developing innovative technologies that will help to chart a renewed course for our nation's energy future.

The Center features a unique energy development laboratory and an experienced technical team that assists developers and government clients in evaluating and optimizing technologies, integrating them with value-added technologies, collaborating with new partners and clients, and preparing technologies for commercial application.

Facility Features/Benefits

Since 2006, more than $30 million in capital expenditures have been allocated to prepare process development facilities and laboratories as well as to build and commission advanced energy prototype pilot plants that currently comprise the Clean Energy Development Center. The Center contains 30,000 square feet of high-bay space for building and testing process development units (PDUs) or pilot plants. A team of trained and qualified technicians, operators, scientists, and engineers is also available to support PDU operations for short- or long-term 24/7 demonstration campaigns. Moreover, the Center contains all key infrastructure components necessary to support PDU construction, commissioning, and operation. State-of-the-art equipment and capabilities available at the Center include:

  • 4 x 5 ton O/H cranes
  • One bay is Class 1 Div. 2
  • Several central control rooms
  • Automated through Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) System
  • On-line process gas analyzers
  • Process steam, electric power, and natural gas
  • Bulk oxygen and nitrogen
  • Bulk synthetic syngas
  • Compressed process and dry instrument air
  • Process cooling
  • Process chilling
  • Multiple thermal oxidizers for off-gas destruction
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Electronic badge access at all doors
  • Shredding, drying, short-term storage for fuel and feed materials
  • Required air, water, fire, and other permits
  • Available client meeting rooms

In addition, the Center is supported by an analytical team that maintains on-site wet and dry analytical laboratories; as such, the Center has the capabilities, staff, and instrumentation to perform a wide range of gas, liquid, and solid analysis 24 hours a day.

Processes under development at the Center include: (1) a 4 ton-per-day integrated biorefinery converting biomass to diesel fuel and wax; (2) a syngas-to-mixed alcohol facility planned for use with municipal solid waste feedstocks; (3) a fully integrated acid hydrolysis biorefinery converting biomass into industrial sugar for production of alcohols; (4) an advanced syngas cleaning system for application to gasification and pyrolysis systems; (5) a molten iron gasification system; and (6) a coal/biomass feeder system for application to large-scale IGCC gasifiers.

Contact Us

For more information about our capabilities, contact us at:
EandE@SouthernResearch.org