SEATTLE, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The purpose of this press release is to briefly outline the accomplishments of Sand and Shale Oil Recovery (SASOR) and the assets it has accumulated over the nearly five years of its existence. To date nearly $2 million USD has been invested in its development both in patented and patent pending unconventional energy development and conservation devices.
The Company is a private entity with two major shareholders: Thomas B. O'Brien and John N. O'Brien. Thomas O'Brien is an accomplished geoscientist, money manager and inventor. John N. O'Brien is a recognized energy expert having been a member of the Florida Energy Commission among his many accomplishments.
The assets of the Company are as follows:
1) The successful patenting of a process of creating heat using new generation nuclear reactors which use little or no water which can be placed underground and require fueling every fifteen to twenty years. This method and process is particularly applicable to the extraction of very heavy crude, for example in "oil sands" deposits in Canada by lowering viscosity to levels that allow for more conventional extraction to be used.
2) The development and successful patenting of a method and process which through the use of non-toxic fluids, heated to a point of super criticality is capable both of reservoir creation and conversion of relatively mature marine shales and associated carbonates, particularly in "oil shale", deposits into high quality crude oil in the area of 35 degrees API depending on localized geologic conditions. (See press release October 25, 2010)
For example, the oil sands of Alberta currently require nearly 8% of all natural gas used in Canada and produce a very large amount of carbon dioxide in the process. Due to the amounts of carbon dioxide produced, the continued expansion and perhaps the sustainability of current production is "ecologically constrained" in the words of the CEO of a major oil company. Our process could potentially increase production from the current 1.2 million barrels of oil per day (BOPD) to perhaps 3-4 million BOPD with little or no carbon dioxide produced and relative small amounts of water used in the reactor. In addition, these nuclear units in combination with our methods are very adept at reverse osmosis water purification for cleaning any existing polluted water and also for producing hydrogen for new generation fuel cells. Finally, after oil extraction these power units could be phased into electrical generation as hydrocarbon generation becomes less economic.
3) We are presently in the process of patenting a hybrid refrigerator which is unique in that it is a closed system. It does not use direct outside air (which may contain pollutants) but instead employs relatively inexpensive heat exchangers (radiators) outside the structure with insulated tubing that uses environmentally friendly, non-ethylene glycol based coolant, regulated by a digital thermometer and pumped by a very low power pump.
This method allows for the placement of the refrigerator in any area of the kitchen, therefore not violating aesthetics of design while saving anywhere from 90% plus electricity during colder periods and of course less during warm periods. Obviously, this method would work best at higher latitudes in the Northern hemisphere. The refrigerator is one of the most electricity intensive devices in the home.
4) Finally, we have a method of perhaps making geothermal power economic that has been filed with the US PTO. Currently, geothermal power is subsidized mostly by government fiat. Geothermal fluids by their nature contain metals which were ultimately the source of most ore grade bodies. Rare earth elements (REE), mostly the Lanthanide and Actinide series in the Periodic table have become a necessity in many high tech applications and are contained in varying degrees in the condensate that is currently the bane of geothermal systems. The first determination is the composition of the condensate through mass spectropthy.
The unique properties of these metals may allow for their extraction and sale in order to subsidize this renewable energy source. The condensate is first dried to a high degree by natural evaporation. The next step is to use a permanent magnet at the center of a centrifuge where the RPM and thus the centrifugal force can be modulated. Some of these elements are magnetic and will be drawn to the central magnet while some are paramagnetic and can be magnetized by the application of a magnetic field. Therefore the material that is thrown off by the centrifugal force is put in a second centrifuge and exposed to an electromagnetic field thus making paramagnetic RRE's magnetic. The magnetic field and the centrifugal force can be simultaneously modulated to obtain optimal results based on target elements as determined by the mass spectrograph as all geologic environments vary.
Common sense tells us that we are dealing with perhaps multiple billion dollar markets that not only produce energy but are means of conserving energy, a goal that all of us must work toward with an ever growing population on our relatively small planet.
SOURCE Shale and Sands Oil Recovery LLC (SASOR)