Thursday, July 14, 2011

Solar Powered Oil Rigs

Instead of using natural gas to generate the steam that is injected into reservoirs to force oil to the surface in oil recovery operations, oil companies are now using a greener option - solar power.

With a combination of lightweight mirrors encased in a glass house, this technology uses the sun to produce steam. This new method is five times more productive per acre than that of a traditional solar tower facility.

Using this new solar technology to create steam, almost eighty percent of the oil recovery needs, lowering the amount of natural gas used in an equal percentage.

While this technology is still in its early-stages of development, it is just now being commercialized.

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