Nanotechnology applications for increased oil and gas production

201306047919620Nanowerk News) The Micro and Nano Sensors Interest  Group of the Sensors Knowledge Transfer Network in the UK has organised a free  online seminar to highlight the work of the Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC), a  multimillion-dollar research consortium dedicated to the development of micro  and nanotechnology applications to increase oil and gas production. Featuring speakers Jay Kipper and Sean Murphy.

Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC) is a multimillion-dollar  research consortium dedicated to the development of micro and nanotechnology  applications to increase oil and gas production. The consortium’s primary goal  is to develop intelligent subsurface micro and nanosensors that can be injected  into oil and gas reservoirs to help characterize the space in three dimensions  and improve the recovery of existing and new hydrocarbon resources.

By leveraging existing surface infrastructure, the technology  will minimize environmental impact. By virtue of their very small size, these  sensors would migrate out of the well bores and into the pores of the  surrounding geological structure to collect data about the physical  characteristics of hydrocarbon reservoirs. The data collected could enable the  more efficient exploitation of hydrocarbon resources.

The AEC is currently engaging with more than 25 individual  research groups around the world; this research portfolio was selected after a 5  month technical evaluation and first year funding exceeds $5M U.S. Geoscientists  believe that more oil and gas can be extracted by improving their understanding  of the chemical and physical characteristics of existing oil and gas reservoirs.  Using current technology, typically 60 percent of oil remains underground after  primary, secondary and in some cases even tertiary recovery methods.

This joint research consortium was developed by the Bureau of  Economic Geology (BEG) at the University of Texas at Austin. The Smalley  Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (SINST) at Rice University  collaborates with the BEG and serves as a technical partner in the consortium.  Members of the privately funded consortium include Baker Hughes, BP, Occidental,  ConocoPhillips, Halliburton, Marathon, Petrobras, Schlumberger, Shell, and  TOTAL. The event is organised by the Micro and Nano Sensors Interest Group  (MiNSIG), SIKTN (                     

Speaker Profile                    

Jay Kipper – Associate Director, Advanced Energy  Consortium

Jay Kipper is Associate Director at the Bureau of Economic  Geology at the University of Texas at Austin. At the bureau Jay serves a dual  role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO). His  technical involvement at the bureau includes helping create and manage the  Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC). As part of this team Jay is deeply involved in  technology development, contractual provisions and day-to-day operations. Prior  to joining the Bureau, Jay worked 22 years at Aspen technology. He has consulted  in over 40 countries and 6 continents. Jay received his chemical engineering  degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.                     

Sean Murphy – Manager, Advanced Energy Consortium

Sean Murphy is the Program Manager for the Advanced Energy  Consortium. At the consortium for eight years, Sean’s learned to appreciate  leveraged return through collaborative research, multi-cultural and  multi-company diversity, and the discipline required to focus an industry on  demanding technology goals. He began his career in Texas in the early 1980’s, at  Marathon Resources and moved to Austin to join Motorola, working in  semiconductor process development, marketing, and research and development, and  while working full-time at Motorola, he completed an MBA at the Univ. of Texas.  After managing lithography technology alliances and Motorola’s investment,  assignees, and technology transfer at industry consortia, Sean left to join  SEMATECH, an Austin-based semiconductor research consortium. Sean has degrees in  Geology from the College of William and Mary and the University of Georgia.

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