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Title: Alternate energy source usage methods for in situ heat treatment processes

Abstract

Systems, methods, and heaters for treating a subsurface formation are described herein. At least one method for providing power to one or more subsurface heaters is described herein. The method may include monitoring one or more operating parameters of the heaters, the intermittent power source, and a transformer coupled to the intermittent power source that transforms power from the intermittent power source to power with appropriate operating parameters for the heaters; and controlling the power output of the transformer so that a constant voltage is provided to the heaters regardless of the load of the heaters and the power output provided by the intermittent power source.

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1159976
Patent Number(s):
8,857,506
Application Number:
13/902,129
Assignee:
Shell Oil Company (Houston, TX) ORNL
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2013 May 24
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Stone, Jr., Francis Marion, Goodwin, Charles R, and Richard, Jr., James E. Alternate energy source usage methods for in situ heat treatment processes. United States: N. p., 2014. Web.
Stone, Jr., Francis Marion, Goodwin, Charles R, & Richard, Jr., James E. Alternate energy source usage methods for in situ heat treatment processes. United States.
Stone, Jr., Francis Marion, Goodwin, Charles R, and Richard, Jr., James E. Tue . "Alternate energy source usage methods for in situ heat treatment processes". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1159976.
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abstractNote = {Systems, methods, and heaters for treating a subsurface formation are described herein. At least one method for providing power to one or more subsurface heaters is described herein. The method may include monitoring one or more operating parameters of the heaters, the intermittent power source, and a transformer coupled to the intermittent power source that transforms power from the intermittent power source to power with appropriate operating parameters for the heaters; and controlling the power output of the transformer so that a constant voltage is provided to the heaters regardless of the load of the heaters and the power output provided by the intermittent power source.},
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