Traditional oil recovery uses steam to warm up viscous oil so that it can be pumped to the surface. This method is both energy and water-intensive, and then requires multiple facilities to separate the oil from water, and to recycle only some of that water. Making Canadian oil sands product some of the most carbon-intensive in the world to extract.
Enter Acceleware. The company has patented their low cost, low emissions RF (radio frequency) XL technology which instead effectively microwaves the already present underground water into steam, which then allows the oil to flow, thereby eliminating the need for both fresh water and recycling facilities. Additionally, because its Inverter converts electricity into electromagnetic energy at over 98% efficiency, the RF XL can cut costs by 40% – and the device can be powered by renewable energy instead of natural gas! Since oil, for a myriad of uses, will remain a part of the foreseeable future, this emerging technology, and its ability to be easily adopted by existing wells, will be extremely vital in cleaning up Canada’s oil production.