The goal of this project is to develop and demonstrate a new surface process technology for oil shale which is simple, clean, and can be commercialized in a shorter time.
Combustion Resources, Inc.
The US Geological Survey has updated their 1989 assessment of the oil shale resources in the Uintah (Utah) and Piceance (Colorado) Basins. The total in-place resource for the Uintah Basin is estimated at 1.32 trillion barrels. This is only slightly lower than the estimated 1.53 trillion barrels for the adjacent Piceance Basin to the east, which is thought to be the richest oil shale deposit in the world. With new technology, these vast western oil shale resources present a major opportunity for reducing oil imports while increasing U.S. security and stability.
Combustion Resources, Inc. is developing a new, Clean Shale Oil Surface (C-SOS) Process with the potential of high processing capacity, on-site oil upgrading to transportation fuels and a near-zero option for carbon dioxide emissions release. Lower costs could be realized with this new technology through process simplicity, use of nearby low-cost fossil fuels for process energy and hydrogen for upgrading , and very low
The following tasks were successfully completed:
Combustion Resources completed the C-SOS pilot-scale facility; initial tests with oil shale were conducted, resulting in preliminary data. This data was presented at the 30th Oil Shale Symposium in Golden, CO 18–22 October, 2010. Results of all Phase II activities were presented at the 31st Oil Shale Symposium in Golden, CO 17-19 October, 2011. The presentations are available below under “Additional Information”.
Combustion Resources has completed all Phase II research and a final technical report has been received.
Demonstration and Commercial Design of the Clean Shale Oil Surface Process [PDF-2.32MB] - Presentation at the 31st International Oil Shale Symposium - October 2011
Clean Shale Oil Surface (C-SOS) Process Pilot Plant [PDF-1.09MB] - Presentation at the 30th International Oil Shale Symposium - October 2010
Model Predictions for the C-SOS Oil Shale Process [PDF-800KB] - Presentation at the 30th International Oil Shale Symposium - October 2010