Advanced Coal and Energy Research Facility (ACERF)

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 combustion flue gas. ACERF has a unique test furnace for high-temperature oxy-fuel applications, and is one of the largest oxy-fuel test facilities in the world. It is accessible to industry, faculty and students within the U.S. and abroad. The facility has knowledgeable research staff and skilled technical support staff available at all times to assist users.

Capabilities & Services


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

Finding Solutions to Ensure Clean,
Reliable Energy