Calgary, Alberta – April 11, 2018 – Acceleware Ltd. (TSX-V: AXE) (“Acceleware”) today announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Patent No. 9,938,809 (“Patent”) relating to radio frequency (“RF”) heating of heavy oil and oil sands reservoirs. The Patent is a key part of Acceleware’s growing base of intellectual property and covers the core elements of its Modular RF technology, as well as claims relating to its RF XL technology. Modular RF is targeted for commercial availability in 2022, while RF XL is expected to be available in 2020.
The Patent is one of a series of six patent applications filed by Acceleware pertaining to Modular RF and RF XL, both of which have been created to address technology barriers that have prevented the commercial success of RF heating for heavy oil and oil sands. The Modular RF system will be suited to vertical deployments at any depth from near surface to more than 1000m deep, while RF XL is targeted for horizontal deployment at depths from near-surface to approximately 1000m. RF XL will be paired with horizontal or vertical producer wells, enabling broad applicability to a wide range of reservoir types. Both Modular RF and RF XL will scale to very long production systems of 1000m and more.
Acceleware has specifically designed their solutions to provide unparalleled efficiency in delivering heat to an oil bearing formation, while ensuring that they are able to withstand unique and challenging deployment and operating conditions inherent to heavy oil and oil sands production. Acceleware believes these patented technologies will usher in a new era of flexible and high-efficiency RF heating. The company is currently preparing additional patent applications for filing in 2018.
The Patent consists of 29 claims related to the distributed operation of the Modular RF technology where multiple RF generators are integrated into a pipe string downhole. The modular nature of the technology will allow operators to create a heating system of any length from 10m to over 1000m long by connecting multiple 10m sections together. This system will be able to provide spatial and temporal control over the heating pattern in the reservoir, allowing operators to avoid hot spots and optimize production effectively from the surface. The technology will scale easily in length and power at low cost and will offer very low losses in delivering power to the formation, making it suitable for deployments at depths of 1000m or greater. The elements of the Patent which are relevant to RF XL include scalability and the ability to operate without chokes, which will increase efficiency.
Acceleware continues to further develop both the Modular RF and RF XL technology platforms and extend the base of intellectual property surrounding each. Research and development work continues to focus on increasing efficiency and reach, allowing for oil production from a wider range of resources.
The patented Modular RF and RF XL heating technologies have the potential to save significant oil production costs by reducing both capital and operating costs. Both platforms will offer immediate and significant improvements in water and land use, will completely eliminate tailings ponds, and will not require the use of solvents. As an electrically driven process, Acceleware believes that RF heating will eventually provide a clear pathway to zero GHG emissions production of heavy oil and oil sands.
Acceleware (www.acceleware.com) develops high performance seismic imaging and modeling software products and provides innovative technology for radio frequency (RF) heating, an emerging thermal enhanced oil recovery method. As experts in programming for multi-core CPUs and massively parallel GPUs, Acceleware’s professional services team specializes in accelerating computationally intense applications for clients to speed up product design, analyze data and help make better business decisions. Acceleware’s products and services are used by some of the world’s largest energy and engineering companies.
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