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HIGH EFFICIENCY TAR SAND OIL RECOVERY

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
6999
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
6999
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Energy Recovery Technology
943 North 500 East American Fork, UT 84003
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: HIGH EFFICIENCY TAR SAND OIL RECOVERY
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE COUNTER CURRENT SOLID STREAMS HEAT TRANSFER (CCSSHT) RETORT IS A NEW PROCESS FOR EFFICIENT OIL RECOVERY FROM OUR PLENTIFUL TAR SANDS AND OIL SHALE RESERVES. AS A HEAT RECOVERY SOIL INCINERATOR, IT HAS THE ADVANTAGES OF REDUCED FUEL DEMAND AND LOW COMBUSTION GAS PRODUCT (REDUCING AIR POLLUTION CONTROL NEEDS FOR THE INCINERATOR). THE CCSSHT UNIT IS A SINGLE VESSEL ROTATING KILN THAT (1) PREHEATS ORE, (2) RETORTS THE ORE, (3) GENERATES PROCESS HEAT FROM THE COKE COMBUSTION, (4) CLEANS THE COKE FROM THE SAND, (5) RECOVERS THE HEAT FROM THE CLEAN SAND, AND (6) COOLS THE OIL VAPOR TO AVOID OIL COKING. THESE SIX FUNCTIONS, ALL REGULATED BY THE KILN AND STREAM FLOWRATES, PROVIDE A SIMPLE, EFFICIENT, AND LOW COST PROCESS. BESIDES PRODUCING CLEAN COOL ASH, THE SYSTEM IS ALSO ECOLOGICALLY ATTRACTIVE FOR USE WITH CARBONATE ORES BECAUSE IT GENERATES LESS ALKALINE ASH THAN OTHER PROCESSES--THE WESTERN U.S. OILSHALES CONTAIN NEARLY HALF CARBONATE MINERALS. BASED ON ROTARY FLUIDIZATION, THE CCSSHT RETORT IS EXPECTED TO OPERATE NEARLY AS EFFECTIVELY AS GAS FLUIDIZATION. OIL RECOVERY IS EXPECTED TO EXCEED THAT OF ASH RECYCLING SYSTEMSBY MORE THAN 20%. IT ENABLES HIGH EFFICIENCY HEAT RECOVERY FROM ASH IN A NEW APPROACH THAT AVOIDS THE NEED OF CAPITAL INTENSIVE BOILERS AND POWER GENERATORS. THIS PHASE I STUDY WILL (1) CONSTRUCT A BATCH REACTOR (2 TO 8-LB SAMPLE SIZE), WHICH WILL PROCESS AN ELEMENT OF ORE THROUGH THE STAGES OF HEAT-UP, RETORTING, COKE COMBUSTION, AND COOL-DOWN, THUS SIMULATING THE CCSSHT CONTINUOUS-PROCESS UNIT; (2) INVESTIGATE CONDITIONS CONTRIBUTING TO HIGH OIL YIELD; (3) INVESTIGATE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE CCSSHT CONCEPTWITH A VARIETY OF ORES; AND (4) GENERATE HEAT TRANSFER DATA FOR THE DESIGN OF A PROCESS DEVELOPMENT UNIT. DURING PHASE II THE PERFORMANCE OF THE CCSSHT CONTINUOUS-FLOW RETORT WILLBE DEMONSTRATED IN A 1 TO 5-TON/DAY PROCESS DEVELOPMENT UNIT.

Principal Investigator:

Dr d carlos adams
3123575784

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Energy Recovery Technology
25w 280 Highview Dr Naperville, IL 60540

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No