Friday, March 11, 2011

Simona Drevensek: extracting oil with solar energy

The Fremont, California-based company has created a one-acre greenhouse filled with solar-energy collectors to create low-cost steam for an oil field. More, ideally, will follow.

The project is expected to reduce the costs of producing steam, which will lower the price of oil and ensure jobs. “This is the first solar EOR (enhanced oil recovery) facility in the world and it was built without government money. Because all the easy oil has already been extracted, this is where the next generation [of oil recovery] takes off,” said U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy, congressman for California’s 22nd congressional district, adding that this could also expand local employment.

It could also recreate jobs, but how many and how you count them is up for debate.

"Each acre of solar field generates five jobs -- most of the elements needed were manufactured locally. Creating systems just for 20% of EOR energy would generate 25,000 jobs here," said MacGregor.

1 comment:

Dorothy Hughes said...

Mining for coal, drilling for gas, and fracking are all endangering the environment, especially in places that have remained wild, natural habitats for a diverse range of plant and animal species. This sort of energy generation is intrusive and has a long-term impact on the environment. Solar panels are simple to install in a variety of locations. Rooftops are a natural choice because they receive a lot of sunshine and the panels will not obstruct the view. Farmland, on the other hand, is a realistic alternative since sheep may graze securely between the solar panels and many crops will thrive.

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