Christoph Müller, Initiator & Co-Founder, Dipl. Mechanical Engineer

Thomas Manyoky, B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering

Daniel Meyer, Dipl. Engineer in Electronics and Automation

AquAero – History

AquAero is a spin-off company of the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland founded in 2014. The company is part of the Institute of Thermal and Fluid Engineering. During a development period of 8 years with successful commissioning of three laboratory plants (2017, 2019, 2021), a technology was developed that was originally intended for water harvesting, in the meantime was meant for industrial air dehumidification and now, after mature functionality and through adaptation, can be excellently used for industrial material drying. PURE Steam Drying is distinguished by its high energy efficiency, which can reduce energy consumption by up to 70% compared to conventional hot air drying. Through complete electrification, CO2 emissions are eliminated.


University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland

Lab test rig & parameter studies supported by Aargau Research Fund

Start-up Coaching sponsered by Genisuisse Aargau

Feasibility study supported by Federal Agency for Environment

Prix – audience award sponsored by Swiss Bluetec Bridge

PURE Steam Drying prototype supported by Swiss Climate Foundation

Parameter studies & scale up of PURE Steam Drying prototype supported by Swiss Federal Office of Energy

Innosuisse Coaching


Winner of Swiss Up Start Challenge 2015

Winner of Pitch I and Pitch II 2022

Winner of audience award 2017