Eupelix LLC Develops Low Energy, Low Emission Process Of Refining
on: June 4, 2009, 10:56 am
Author: Dr. Dmitri V Novikov
Ill. – Scientists of Eupelix, LLC have developed an ecologically
clean, energy efficient method modifying properties of crude petroleum,
including braking down long molecules (cracking) into smaller
molecules, at room temperature.
First demonstration experiments were carried out recently by Eupelix
staff with the assistance of researchers from the University of
Illinois College of Engineering, the Illinois Sustainable Technology
Center and the Illinois State Geological Survey.
Eupelix personnel used high frequency, solid-state pulse generators
in proprietary circuits and reactors to produce fast electromagnetic
fields which affected the physical and chemical properties of
crude oils in large volumes. The process decreased the content
of heavy oil fractions, breaking them into more valuable, lighter
fractions. There also are decreases in the viscosity and the content
of toxic sulfur compounds.
more than 70 years, traditional thermal cracking processes have
been carried out by oil refineries at extremely high temperatures.
Temperatures exceeding 500 °C have been used to break heavy
oil fractions into lighter fractions to produce gasoline and diesel
“Using these high temperatures involves the extensive power
consumption contributing to the cost of fuels and negative environmental
impact,” said Eupelix CEO Dmitri Novikov.
Now important steps in upgrading oils can be accomplished without
the use of heat, minimizing energy consumption and the impact
on the environment, Novikov said.
Petroleum desulfurization is also
an important issue for the oil industry trying to reduce the content
of sulfur in the end products. This decreases the environmental
toxicity of burned fuels. The new process facilitates desulfurization.
The method uses modern pulse equipment,
which has been utilized in applications related to radar modulators,
particle accelerators and lasers.
“About a decade ago, the
project was in the nascent stage because the pulse equipment was
not nearly as efficient as it has become in recent years. Hardly
anyone tried applying it for processing of petroleum. ”
said Igor Pyzh, Eupelix visiting engineering consultant.
Pyzh came from the Ukraine to
assist with test experiments for prospective industrial partners
and collaborators in the United States.
available powerful pulse equipment, hundreds of thousands of barrels
of oil per day can be processed satisfying commercial-scale refining.
Pyzh says, it is just a matter ofadjusting the equipment to the
kinds of processed oils. This can be done in the new Euplex lab
“There are also other interesting,
ecologically clean applications that we are exploring together
with our collaborators,” Novikov said.
The major efforts of the company
are focused on applying this process to large scale petroleumrefining
for industrial partners in Illinois, the State of Eupelix registration,
and for partners in the Ukraine, the home country of the invention.
Dr. Dmitri V. Novikov
217-351-3542 Eupelix, L.L.C.