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Posted: January 26, 2009

Nanotechnology applications for increased oil and gas production

(Nanowerk 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.
Taking place on 19th February, 15.00- 16.00 GMT, it features 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 (www.sensorsktn.com/micro_nano_sensing).
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.
Attendance and Registration
The event is free to all, however due to limited space availability, registration is required to secure the place which can be done by sending a request for registration by email to Tiju Joseph, tiju.joseph@sensorsktn.com, +44 (0) 20 8943 6594 .
Source: Sensor KTN
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