Review of Renewable Energy Technologies Utilized in the Oil and Gas Industry

Yosoon Choi, Chaeyoung Lee, Jinyoung Song

Abstract


In this study, applications of renewable energy technologies in the oil and gas industry were analyzed. A number of photovoltaic systems were investigated as applications for providing electric power to production facilities (i.e. the oil fields of Midway-Sunset, Kern River and Louisiana Bayou in the United States). Wind power systems were studied in the oil fields of Suizhong 36-1 (China), Beatrice (UK) and Utsira Nord (Norway). The geothermal power systems studied included the oil fields of Rocky Mountain (USA) and Fort Liard (Canada). Moreover, solar thermal systems in the oil fields of Mckittrick (USA), Caolinga (USA) and Amal (Oman) were examined as applications for providing thermal energy to production facilities. From the results, this study revealed that a variety of renewable energy technologies are currently used in the oil and gas industry. In particular, solar thermal systems are being actively studied for provision of the thermal energy required to enhance oil recovery.

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Oil and gas industry; Photovoltaic system; Solar thermal system; Wind power system; Geothermal power system

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