Thermal Kinetics

Thermal Kinetics

85 Northpointe Parkway, Suite 2 Amherst, NY 14228

AboutThermal Kinetics

Since 1999, Thermal Kinetics has been providing full-service process equipment supply, engineering, development, and design services. We offer advanced energy-saving solutions, patented technological integration, and sophisticated process plant development – proudly matching each of our customers’ specific needs with optimum productivity and profitability.

At the forefront of new techniques and technologies, Thermal Kinetics is dedicated to providing environmentally friendly, energy-saving solutions. With an emphasis on respect, teamwork, and timeliness, our innovation-driven and solutions-focused team has the industry insight and experience to guide your project from start to finish.

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Mission Statement

We solve a diverse range of difficult heat/mass transfer process applications, while promoting sustainability, excellence, and value for our customers.

Sustainability Statement

Thermal Kinetics is committed to providing process equipment solutions that help sustain and conserve environmental resources.

Our renewable fuels initiatives offer major energy conservation benefits to our clients and support energy independence for the USA.


“When working with us on the development of a revolutionary technology, Thermal Kinetics played a critical role in navigating complex intellectual property laws and regulations. They were extremely helpful throughout all stages of development, and since 2003, we’ve been receiving process design support that has been paramount for ensuring smooth, efficient operations. This support has included assistance in setting proper equipment specifications, as well as help designing proprietary reactors and determining ideal equipment sizes. Their team has also worked with us to determine proper general-equipment arrangements and plant elevations, as well as navigate complex regulatory and emissions standards. Their logistical design and planning services for our inbound and outbound truck flows have allowed for streamlined processes and much more efficient operations.              

But perhaps most importantly, their suggested modifications for material and energy balances have resulted in improved heat integration and heat recovery, in turn improving overall efficiency and reducing required maintenance needs. The team at Thermal Kinetics truly understands how to deal with thermal expansion, stress and, most importantly, phase change — a unique skill that’s hard to find elsewhere. Over several years of working with them, we’ve observed how well they train and educate their staff in order to reduce time to market and ensure the highest-quality service. 

We’re proud to count Thermal Kinetics as a trusted partner, helping us safeguard our unique processes, trade secrets, and intellectual property. We look forward to continuing our relationship with them for years to come.”

– Brian S. Appel, Co-Founder and Vice President of SYNPET Technologies

“In 2006 Calgren Renewable Fuels, LLC (Calgren) contracted with Lurgi, Inc. (Lurgi) for a turnkey ethanol plant to be built in Pixley, CA. Exercising the design flexibility afforded them under the EPC contract, Lurgi turned to Thermal Kinetics Engineering, PLLC (TKE) for engineering and procurement of the distillation, dehydration and evaporation (DDE) portion of the plant.

As construction, commissioning and startup of the ethanol plant were not without incident, Calgren and the main EPC contracting entities found it necessary to resort to arbitration to resolve their differences. Throughout that ordeal and even though TKE had no contractual obligation to Calgren, TKE stood by its DDE design and provided Calgren any assistance required.

Calgren’s Pixley plant is among the most efficient in the ethanol industry. Much of the creditgoes to TKE’s energy efficient design. When Calgren has had the opportunity to benchmark its plant against others in the industry, the comparison has been favorable. For example, under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard numerous ethanol producers have filed for low carbon intensity sub-pathways. Several of these filings reveal low overall energy consumption. Calgren’s energy consumption is significantly better than any of them.

Energy efficiency is frequently achieved through process integration and TKE’s DDE design is no exception. But highly integrated process are sometimes hard to troubleshoot. In every instance in which Calgren has been baffled by DDE process issues and found it necessary to reach out to TKE for assistance, they have responded with sage and knowledgeable advice.

We would not hesitate to recommend that TKE be considered for similar work at other facilities.”

– Lyle J. Schlyer, President of Calgren Renewable Fuels