Microfluidics and microreactors are
We are proposing a laboratory-based system for measuring pressure and gas diffusion in
Our measurement method will be
A specific use case is for reservoir management in the highly flow-restrictive shales of today’s unconventional reservoirs, the oil and gas industry need to quantify oil flow characteristics. Unlike traditional oil and gas reservoirs, the new unconventional reservoirs produce oil and gas from rocks with flows more restrictive than concrete. Characterizing pressure and phase behavior in reservoirs is a present and active challenge natural energy resources industry. This information is dramatically needed by the industry as it continues to develop, manage, and model reservoirs. The information our technology will bring to the energy industry is seen as a step toward better production rates and improved reservoir lifetimes.
The current methods may cause up to 50% error in recovery estimation tight-rock reservoirs like shale. Current ultimate oil recovery from unconventional shale is about 6% while knowing fluid properties in the flow network (i.e., micro-fractures) would increase oil recovery as much as 33%.