AquAero – History

AquAero is a spin-off company of the University for Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland founded 2014. The start-up is part of the Institute for Thermal and Fluid Engineering. A prototype for hydro char drying will be built shortly in 2020. After a development period of six years with two running lab test rigs along (2017, 2019) a pure steam drying technology was developed that originally was intended for water harvesting from the air and dehumidification. Lately, after operational reliability the technology is found to fit best for material drying. The technology stands out by its high energy efficiency which is up to three times higher than for common hot air drying.


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

Thomas Manyoky, B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering

Daniel Meyer, Dipl. Engineer in Electronics and Automation


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


Winner of Swiss Up Start Challenge, 2015

Winner of audience award, 2017