pstarr wrote:Debating with optomist is a unqiue experience. It gets shriller and then he disappears for a while soon to return with more company press releases. You have to wonder how and where he sourced them.
No press releases just the facts and I don't remember debating anyone just yet. However on that note.
Our process uses coal gasification for a heat source. Coal gasification creates a syngas at 2500 degrees fahrenheit. The syngas is typically somewhere between 25-40% hydrogen. The syngas needs to be cooled before it can be burned in a gas turbine and some of that is accomplished through steam power cogeneration. However before it is sent off for steam cogen we borrow that syngas and run it through a rotary kiln where the heat from the syngas extracts the kerogen from the shale
. The resulting gas stream is then sent through a distallation tower where the petroleum cuts are taken (gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, fuel oil etc.) and the hydrogen is passed back on to the gas turbine units for electricity. The CO2 can be captured and stored for use in sequestration in oil wells in Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado thus eliminating the global warming issue and increasing the output of the oil wells. The syngas doesn't necessarily have to be used for electrical generation. It can be used to create other chemicals (Eastman Kodak, Dakota Gasification), artificial natural gas or in a Fischer-Tropsch conversion to liquid fuel.
Why is this different than the older technologies?
1. It gives a clean shale
extraction. The resulting shale
has enough kerogen extracted and was exposed to burning shale
affluent that it can be used in cement as an extender or base ingredient. This eliminates the disposal problem as well as helping with aggregate and cement shortages.
2. Because the shale
isn't burned and the CO2 is captured in the gasification process it is much healthier for the air and environment.
3. Our shale
never comes in contact with water and therefore doesn't pollute the water. The only water we use is for steam for the cogeneration of power.
4. We don't burn off our light ends by burning shale
for our heat source but instead have a very light resulting product. If it is reconstituted instead of being sent through a distillation tower it is 26 api at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. We have many potential sources of revenue.
a. Sulfur from the coal gasification process that is extracted.
c. Oil and Oil products
d. Aggregate for sale to cement and construction industries
e. CO2 sales for the increase of oil production
f. Instead of electricity additional liquid fuels from the syngas via Fisher-Tropsch.