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Geophysical Monitoring of In-Situ Oil Shale Retorting

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
97260
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
28 b
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000413
Small Business Information
SKY RESEARCH, INC.
445 Dead Indian Memorial Rd Ashland, OR -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Geophysical Monitoring of In-Situ Oil Shale Retorting
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-11ER90064
Award Amount: $149,940.00
 

Abstract:

US oil shale reserves contain a vast carbon energy source which if produced in an economically feasible and environmentally safe manner - would provide part of the solution for future US energy needs. While no commercial production of oil shales currently occurs, in situ retorting is generally regarded as the most likely approach. Optimal and environmentally safe in situ retorting will require knowledge and understanding of the retort related processes. Currently no feasible technologies exist which allow direct volumetric monitoring of complex retort processes. As temperature is a major driver and control on such processes the knowledge of spatiotemporal variability in temperature would be of substantial value in the effort to understand processes. Under this proposal Sky Research in collaboration with Idaho National Laboratory scientists will demonstrate the feasibility of a methodology to obtain oil shale retorting temperatures from geophysical data. If this proposal is successful, it would lead to commercial methods for spatiotemporal subsurface temperature monitoring. Such methods would provide part of the needed solution for oil shale retorting and make retorting both commercially and environmentally more feasible

Principal Investigator:

Roelof Versteeg
Dr.
650-521-2587
roelof.versteeg@skyresearch.com

Business Contact:

Sue Hawkins
Ms.
541-552-5105
sue.hawkins@skyresearch.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Sky Research, Inc.
445 Dead Indian Memorial Road Ashland, OR 97520-9706

EIN/Tax ID: 931168350
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No