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The novel HydroFlame direct-contact combustion process has been adapted for use in a Downhole Steam Generator (DHSG), which enables the…

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In this process, a high intensity flame is surrounded by two films of rotating water. The flame is in direct…

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According to the United States Geological Survey, more than 95% of the world's Heavy Oil is located in reservoirs deeper…

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HydroFlame offers a technology solution to benefit businesses involved in Heavy Oil and Bitumen production. This solution offers environmental, technical.....

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HydroFlame Technologies, LLC was established in August 2008 with the sole purpose of commercializing the HydroFlame novel direct contact...

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On April 15, 2011, Senator Mary Landrieu visited the HydroFlame facility as part of her tour of the Louisiana Business…


How does HydroFlame work?

In this process, a high intensity flame is surrounded by two films of rotating water. The flame is in direct contact with the water. The two films of water protect the combustion chamber walls from the flame burning in the middle of the chamber.

Mechanical tests conducted at the HydroFlame facility shows that the temperature of the combustion chamber walls do not rise above 120o F despite the presence of a 2400o F flame in the middle.

The hydrodynamic stability of the rotating body of water and the aerodynamic stability of the flame complement each other, resulting in an elegant solution to the age-old problem of combustion containment - preventing thermal damage to the surrounding surfaces.

Air, fuel and water are supplied to the steam generator at the pressure of operation. Direct contact heat transfer results in high heat transfer coefficients, enabling a compact design that fits in the wellbore. Since the transfer of heat is direct in the DHSG without any heat transfer barriers between the hot combustion gases and the water, water of much lesser quality (than what is required for conventional steam generators) can be used.

High quality steam and fuel gases from the DHSG are injected into the reservoir resulting in natural sequestration of Carbon dioxide (CO2).

 

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Operation of the 1 MMBtu/hr
HydroFlame Steam Generator

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Field Operation of the 5 MMBtu/hr
HydroFlame Steam Generator


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