A new technology, radio-frequency (RF) heating, can store massive
amounts of renewable energy by heating heavy oil deposits, and
producing liquid fuels without CO2.
At the same time the electric grid can be stabilized as the heating load
is adjusted to track sudden changes in grid power levels, according to
Canadian Patent 2,643,380 issued March 22, 2011 to PyroPhase Inc.
CHICAGO, April 7, 2011 /CNW/ -- Canadian patent 2,643,380 was issued
March 22, 2011 for a method to store variable wind and solar power as
heat in heavy oil formations, including oil sands and oil shale, and
assigned to PyroPhase Inc. US Patent No. 7,484,561 was previously
issued. Presently wind and solar power amount to less than 2% of US
total electric generation because they require costly backup plants to
supply power when wind and solar are not available This method can use
variable and off-peak power because it stores radio-frequency energy as
heat in North America's multi-trillion barrel heavy oil formations. It
converts this resource to fuel for refineries in amounts 5 times the
electric energy input. The method provides a market for wind and solar
power to meet a proposed goal of 20% of electric generation, while
eliminating a source of CO2 emissions from fuels production.
Because this method uses power whenever it is available, and is
instantly interruptible, it stabilizes the electric grid. It
compensates for fluctuations in wind and solar power input and also in
users demand. This reduces the need for spinning reserves, i.e. power
plants that run all the time to meet sudden load changes, and thus
PyroPhase was founded in 2006 by researchers who originally developed
the RF technology at IIT Research Institute in Chicago. The work was
funded by petroleum companies and the US Department of Energy. The
technology was described in earlier patents such as 4140180 and
PyroPhase has developed plans to scale up and commercialize this
technology. A 10,000 barrel/day plant could be built in 4 years at a
cost in the order of $100 million, including 5 million for pilot
development and 20 million to scale up to commercial module size.
For additional information visit the web site below.
Web Site: http://www.pyrophase.com
SOURCE PyroPhase Inc.
For further information:
Contact:C. Dino Pappas, Director of Development PyroPhase Inc. 847-676-4169 http://www.pyrophase.com