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Posted: Sep 16, 2010

Confirmation of STWA Effect on Crude Oil at Nano Level

(Nanowerk News) STWA, Inc., an innovative company focused on technologies that improve energy efficiency, announced today that Dr. Rongjia Tao, Department Chair of Temple University's Physics Department, has captured microscopic images of the Company's Technology decreasing the viscosity of crude oil.
There is a direct correlation between the time and expense of extracting and transporting crude oil with its viscosity. STWA aims to provide a turnkey solution to change the way that oil explorers, drillers and wholesalers manage oil, thereby improving their efficiency and profitability.
"The pictures obtained at NIST clearly show STWA's technology affecting crude oil at the nano-scale level," commented Mr. Cecil Bond Kyte, Chairman and CEO of STWA, Inc. "This evidence supports our upcoming testing of the AOT™ technology with the U.S. Department of Energy at their Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC). This confirmation is another significant milestone for the company and evidence that will be helpful in securing the commitments needed in our next phases of development." The results were measured using the Small Angle Neutron Scattering Beam (NG7 SANS) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology "NIST" just outside Washington, D.C., USA.
On August 2 and 3, 2010, a group led by Dr. Rongjia Tao from Temple University conducted experiments at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research (CNR). NIST, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, founded in 1901 in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is the nation's first federal physical science research laboratory.
Dr. Tao's team used the NG7 SANS (Small Angle Neutron Scattering) beam to investigate at a nano-scale level, the effects produced by STWA's Technology. The NG7 line was built as a joint effort between Exxon Corporation and the U.S. Government for fluid research, and uses the relatively new technique of neutron reflectometry to investigate the near-surface structure of many materials at the molecular level. The tests captured data and pictures with and without the field, confirming scientific evidence of its effect at a molecular level. The report can be found at the following link: http://www.stwa.com/STWA/whitepapers/STWA_Crude_Oil_Electrorheology_Neutron_Scattering_Test_at_NIST.pdf
Mr. Kyte added, "The NG7 SANS is the most sophisticated technology available for watching, in real time, how our technology affects crude oil. The team was able to observe and record images at a nano-scale level direct evidence of the impact our technology has on the microstructure of the crude oil aggregating into chains, the basis by which our technology operates." Mr. Kyte ended stating that, "As global reserves continue to shift to heavier, more expensive crudes, our technology's ability to reduce crude oil's viscosity becomes increasingly relevant and valuable in enabling pipelines to operate faster and more efficiently on a global scale."
About STWA, Inc.
STWA, Inc. /quotes/comstock/11k!zero is an innovative company creating technology focused on energy efficiency of large-scale energy production and improved fuel economy for diesel fleets. The Company's Patented and Patent Pending technologies, including AOT™ (Applied Oil Technology), under development with Temple University, and ELEKTRA™ (for Improved Diesel Engine Efficiency), provide efficient and cost-effective means of improving the efficacy of crude oil transport and diesel engine efficiency to assist in meeting global increasing energy demands and emission quality standards. Applications include: (AOT™) Crude oil extraction & delivery systems, including oil platforms, oil fields and pipeline transmission systems. (ELEKTRA™) Diesel trucks, trains, marine vessels, military fleets and jet turbines.
More information including a company Fact Sheet, logos and media articles are available at http://www.stwa.com
About NIST
NIST, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, was founded in 1901 as the nation's first federal physical science research laboratory. Over the years, the scientists and technical staff at NIST have made solid contributions to image processing, DNA diagnostic "chips," smoke detectors, and automated error-correcting software for machine tools. Just a few of the other areas in which NIST has had major impact include atomic clocks, X-ray standards for mammography, scanning tunneling microscopy, pollution-control technology, and high-speed dental drills. We invite you to explore our web site to learn about our current projects, to find out how you can work with us, or to make use of our products and services. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is an unusual federal agency. Its mission is broad -- to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.
An essential part of NIST's work is to anticipate the future. Fast-moving sectors such as nanotechnology, quantum information science, homeland security, information technology, and advanced manufacturing need sophisticated technical support systems to flourish and grow. NIST provides that support by continually improving the U.S. measurement system, developing new technologies, fostering standards, and providing both the business and technical evaluation tools needed to produce quality products and organizations. Recent NIST projects have included efforts to: improve the quality and comparability of DNA microarrays -- postage-stamp-sized devices that measure the activity of specific genes; measure the efficiency and operation of non-polluting fuel cells for automobiles and optimize their performance; and develop new atom-based reference materials to allow reliable fabrication of integrated circuits with features as small as 40 nanometers. More information about NIST can be found at: http://www.nist.gov
Source: STWA (press release)
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