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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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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1159976
Patent Number(s):
8857506
Application Number:
13/902,129
Assignee:
Shell Oil Company (Houston, TX)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
E - FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS E21 - EARTH DRILLING E21B - EARTH DRILLING, e.g. DEEP DRILLING
B - PERFORMING OPERATIONS B32 - LAYERED PRODUCTS B32B - LAYERED PRODUCTS, i.e. PRODUCTS BUILT-UP OF STRATA OF FLAT OR NON-FLAT, e.g. CELLULAR OR HONEYCOMB, FORM
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. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1159976.
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In situ thermal processing of a coal formation in reducing environment
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In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using a selected production well spacing
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In situ thermal processing of a coal formation to pyrolyze a selected percentage of hydrocarbon material
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Controllable gas-lift well and valve
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In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation in a hydrogen-rich environment
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In situ thermal processing of a coal formation with a selected oxygen content and/or selected O/C ratio
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In situ thermal processing of hydrocarbons within a relatively permeable formation
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In situ thermal processing of a coal formation by controlling a pressure of the formation
patent, April 2004


In situ thermal processing of a coal formation using a distributed combustor
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In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation and ammonia production
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In situ thermal processing of a coal formation and tuning production
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Production of synthesis gas from a hydrocarbon containing formation
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In situ thermal processing of a coal formation using repeating triangular patterns of heat sources
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In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation by controlling a pressure of the formation
patent, June 2004


Situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to control product composition
patent, June 2004


In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using a controlled heating rate
patent, June 2004


In situ thermal processing of a coal formation using a controlled heating rate
patent, June 2004


In situ thermal processing of a coal formation using heat sources positioned within open wellbores
patent, June 2004


In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using a relatively slow heating rate
patent, July 2004


In situ thermal processing of a coal formation to produce hydrocarbon fluids and synthesis gas
patent, July 2004


In situ thermal processing of a coal formation with carbon dioxide sequestration
patent, July 2004


In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using conductor in conduit heat sources
patent, August 2004


In situ production of synthesis gas from a coal formation through a heat source wellbore
patent, August 2004


In situ thermal processing of a relatively impermeable formation to increase permeability of the formation
patent, August 2004


In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using exposed metal heat sources
patent, September 2004


Gas and oil production
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In situ thermal processing of coal formation with a selected hydrogen content and/or selected H/C ratio
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Preparation of components for refinery blending of transportation fuels
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In situ thermal processing of a coal formation to increase a permeability/porosity of the formation
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In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation with carbon dioxide sequestration
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In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation while inhibiting coking
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In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation to produce a desired product
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In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation with a selected moisture content
patent, May 2005


In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using a movable heating element
patent, June 2005


In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using a natural distributed combustor
patent, June 2005


In Situ thermal processing of hydrocarbons within a relatively impermeable formation
patent, July 2005


In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation having permeable and impermeable sections
patent, July 2005


In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation in a reducing environment
patent, July 2005


In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation to produce a condensate
patent, August 2005


Heat sources with conductive material for in situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation
patent, August 2005


Production of a blending agent using an in situ thermal process in a relatively permeable formation
patent, September 2005


In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation with a selected hydrogen content
patent, September 2005


In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation using horizontal heat sources
patent, October 2005


Thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to increase a permeability of the formation
patent, October 2005


Permanent downhole, wireless, two-way telemetry backbone using redundant repeaters
patent, October 2005


In situ thermal processing of a coal formation with a selected ratio of heat sources to production wells
patent, November 2005


In situ thermal recovery from a relatively permeable formation with backproduction through a heater wellbore
patent, November 2005


In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce oxygen containing formation fluids
patent, November 2005


In situ thermal recovery from a relatively permeable formation using gas to increase mobility
patent, November 2005


Upgrading and mining of coal
patent, November 2005


Situ thermal processing of a coal formation using pressure and/or temperature control
patent, December 2005


In situ thermal recovery from a relatively permeable formation
patent, January 2006


Controlled downhole chemical injection
patent, January 2006


In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation using a pattern of heat sources
patent, January 2006


Forming openings in a hydrocarbon containing formation using magnetic tracking
patent, January 2006


In situ thermal processing of a coal formation with a selected moisture content
patent, February 2006

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