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Glasspoint Solar Enhanced Oil Recovery

From Wikipedia: GlassPoint Solar is a private company founded in 2009 that designs and manufactures solar steam generators. Its enclosed solar thermal technology is applied to the global thermal enhanced oil recovery (EOR) market to increase the amount of crude oil that can be extracted from an oil field. In 2011, GlassPoint deployed the world’s first commercial solar EOR project on an oil field operated by Berry Petroleum in Kern County, Calif., USA In May, 2013, GlassPoint commissioned the Middle East’s first solar EOR project with Petroleum Development Oman, the national oil company of Oman. The 7 MW GlassPoint system produces a daily average of 50 tons of emissions-free steam. The company’s solar thermal technology uses lightweight mirrors, standard piping and a glasshouse structure. By bringing the solar collector system essentially indoors, GlassPoint claims its can produce emission-free steam for two to three times less than competing technologies, such as the power tower and linear fresnel.



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