Steve Bryant

Intense debate on reducing the resource intensity of recovering oil and gas

Wednesday 06 Sep 17
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Steven Bryant from University of Calgary presented how his research group is taking part in developing the science and technology to get Canada through the transition to the low carbon future. The participants at both KU and DTU had a good debate with Steven on his work.

Professor Steven Bryant, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Materials Engineering for Unconventional Oil Reservoirs, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary has just given two excellent presentations at KU and DHRTC at DTU.

The focus was on how his research group is taking part in developing the science and technology to get Canada through the transition to the low carbon future.

They are focusing on reducing the resource intensity of recovering heavy oil/bitumen and tight oil/gas, of capturing and storing or converting CO2, and of converting chemical energy in hydrocarbon reservoirs into other energy carriers, enabling energy production while leaving the carbon in the ground.

Dr. Bryant is leading a $10 million effort over seven years to develop a new era of unconventional oil technologies that balances the world's energy needs while reducing the environmental impact. To achieve this goal Dr. Bryant is bringing together, leading and coordinating the cross-disciplines of nanotechnology and materials science research with chemical and petroleum engineering, geoscience, chemistry, and geomicrobiology.

During both sessions, several questions were directed to the use of nano-materials in modifying flow and recovery efficiency, about the mechanisms at pore-scale, but also if there could be some additional health or environmental risks associated. Steven pointed to imaging methods with better time resolution to investigate the processes, and could not envisage any exceptional risks in the use of these materials.

 

For further information, please contact Peter Frykman, Local Focal Point at Geus at pfr@geus.dk or Christian Bjerrum, Local Focal Point at KU at cjb@IGN.ku.dk

 

 

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