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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…

Why is there a need for HydroFlame?

  • Problem: According to the United States Geological Survey, more than 95% of the world's Heavy Oil is located in reservoirs deeper than 2500 feet and 4% of the world's Bitumen is located at depths greater than 2500 feet. Conventional steam generators cannot be applied economically to reservoirs deeper than 2500 feet, due to heat losses during delivery and the loss of steam quality at the sandface.

    HydroFlame solution: Because of its high efficiency and large heat-transfer coefficients, the HydroFlame process can be used to make large quantities of high pressure steam within a very compact device. The device can be placed downhole to deliver steam at sandface.

  • Problem: Current steaming techniques in the production of heavy oil and bitumen result in significant CO2 emissions that are damaging to the environment.

    HydroFlame solution: The compact HydroFlame unit can be placed downhole in an oil well for injecting steam and/or hot water directly into the oil-bearing formation. The combustion gases are also injected in the reservoir formation along with the steam, eliminating atmospheric emissions of CO2.

  • Problem: Although downhole steam generators offer major cost and water savings as well as improved environmental quality and is more energy efficient, steaming operations are currently carried out using more costly surface steam generators. This is because past downhole  steam generator designs suffered from thermal degradation and limited combustor lifetime.

    HydroFlame solution: HydroFlame steam generator solves the problem of combustion chamber metal stress and thermal degradation by eliminating all metal-to-flame contact. The flame is always surrounded by rotating water.

  • Problem: Recovery and production of heavy oil with current technology is limited to giant heavy oil fields such as in California, where economy of scale is the only way to remain profitable; significant heavy oil and bitumen resources worldwide remain “stranded” and untapped because they’re too expensive to bring to the surface.

    HydroFlame solution: HydroFlame eliminates the expensive design flaws in current downhole steam generation technology to the point of making it feasible for use in recovering smaller, “stranded” resources worldwide. The highly mobile nature of the system enables it to be transported to different locations fairly easily.

  • Problem: By the middle of this century, the world population is projected to increase from today’s 6.2 billion inhabitants to 10 billion people. All forecasts indicate that fossil fuels will supply about 85% of the total world energy demand in 2030, roughly the same as today. But oil reserves that are accessible with current technology cannot sustain this. It is almost certain that, given projected increased demand from Asian and developing countries, the world will become dependent on the world’s heavy oil and bitumen reserves, which are “stranded” because they’re too expensive to access and produce using current technology.

    HydroFlame solution: HydroFlame technology solves the present technical and environmental problems of current technology, making the development of “stranded” heavy-oil and bitumen reserves worldwide both feasible and profitable.