Fives opened a combustion research center in Europe to speed up the development of new technologies for the energy and oil-and-gas industries. The Fives European Combustion Centre in the province of Piacenza (northern Italy) will reduce the time to market of combustion systems that have improved energy performance, are more environmentally friendly and guarantee a high level of security, says the company.

The center, which employs a team of four engineers, will be able to carry out tests on four test furnaces: a firetube boiler, a water-cooled horizontal furnace, an induction furnace and a multi-configuration vertical furnace. The engineers can test burners operating with natural gas, refinery gas, biogas and liquid fuels. The facility also will house a training center where Fives will share its process expertise in order to optimize customers’ industrial facilities.