Natural gas prices skyrocketed in the mid-2000s. Aries downdraft gasification systems were deployed to convert waste into a syngas to offset the high natural gas costs of Boral Brick Manufacturing.
Twelve of the Aries DDSF-1000 (an 8-ton/day) gasifiers were installed between 2007 and 2009 and successfully fired large-scale brick kiln operations with the following specifications:
The footprint of the gasification plant was less than one acre.
When the national building industry was battered by the recession, all three Boral Brick installations were closed and remain so.