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Fluids Energy Turbo Expo 2017


Michael Youtsos (Energy)


A new method, under investigation, could mean
that vast deposits of shale (an organic oil-rich solid) have the potential to
deliver fuel oils and gases with 50% less of a conventional CO2 footprint. A
reacting multiphase flow model was developed to simulate the thermal
decomposition of shale and the subsequent transport of its products (fuel oils
and gases) in a porous medium. Using this tool, the new method of extraction
was modelled and its energy efficiency and environmental footprint were
investigated. Currently we estimate 30-40% less CO2 impact while maintaining a
7 to 1 energy output to input ratio.