Advancing CFB for 40 Years


Larger & More Thermal Efficiency Each Year


Next to our people, our technology is vital to our business so we strongly invest in protecting and advancing our technology. To ensure the highest level of attention, our technology steering committee (TSC) reports directly to the CEO of SHI FW. The TSC steers and oversees our intellectual property, R&D and technology strategy and is an important part of our technology management system.

Our R&D resources and capability are among the best in the industry, built on a network of our own R&D centers and labs as well as partnerships with universities, government R&D agencies like Finnish VTT, TEKES, US DOE and industry R&D groups like Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Materials Laboratory

Our Materials Laboratory is a world-class metallurgical research and development facility located in Hampton, New Jersey. The laboratory employs some of the energy industry’s top metallurgists supported by a broad spectrum of highly advanced analytical tools and equipment.


  • Advanced materials research
  • Development of advanced fabrication techniques
  • Failure and root cause metallurgical analysis
  • Corrosion evaluations
  • Macro and micro-hardness testing
  • Optical microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) evaluations
  • Chemical Analysis by EDS

R&D Centre

Our R&D Centre is a world-class research organization, leading in the development of fluidized bed technologies. The Centre is located in Varkaus, Finland, where R&D activities are conducted in collaboration with experts from all over the company to address product development and project optimization. Our R&D experts master all key disciplines relevant to fluidized bed products, including:

  • Development of proprietary models for the design of boilers, gasifiers, and scrubbers, including dimensioning and prediction of key performance parameters
  • Development of risk management tools for agglomeration, fouling, erosion, and corrosion
  • Modeling and development of training tools for boiler dynamics and control
  • Modeling of single and multiphase fluid processes utilizing commercial and own software
  • Field measurements at plants using commercial and proprietary instrumentation and procedures
  • Field testing of boiler materials during plant operation
  • Physical and chemical laboratory characterization of process materials such as fuels, additives, and ash
  • Design, maintenance, and utilization of databases from operating customer sites and pilot tests

The Centre has an extensive network of key partners and subcontractors to ensure excellence in all modeling, analytical, and testing work.

Targets of the R&D Centre include the continuous improvement of competitiveness for core products (short-term R&D), the preliminary evaluation of near-market opportunities (mid-term R&D), and the early screening of future market opportunities (long-term R&D). The R&D Centre also supply IP expert support to ensure the best protection of innovative ideas in the fluidized bed arena.

Existing CFB pilot test facility

CFB Pilot Test Facility

Our CFB pilot test facility located at the Technology Research Center in Niihama, Ehime, Japan is designed to test fuels in environments very close to commercial equipment conditions. The center includes a fluidized bed furnace, deposit test equipment, high temperature erosion-corrosion test equipment, shear strength tester of ash and a large 1 MWth CFB pilot test facility. The center is extensively used to test all types of coals, sludges, biomasses, refused plastic fuels, tires and other fuels to help us optimize our commercial CFB designs.


New CFB pilot test facility with more advanced testing capabilities (under construction)

  • Test firing of fuels in CFB pilot
  • Combustion and heat transfer evaluation
  • Fouling and agglomeration evaluation
  • Fuel, limestone and ash characterization
  • Sulfur capture and limestone utilization
  • Corrosion and erosion evaluations
  • Emission Evaluations (NOx, SOx, CO, metals)
  • NOx Reduction and ammonia utilization