ecorpStim Research Consortium

R&D is ecorpStim’s DNA. Our technologies are developed within the company, in the ecorpStim Labs laboratory or in collaboration with partner universities and engineering companies.

Objectives of the research program

ecorpStim has set up a Safety and Environmental R&D Consortium to help optimizing the use of propane. Such work includes process engineering, studying the impact of the purity of heptafluoropropane or improving the recycling process. The main objectives of the research program are:

  • Effective and safe stimulation with propane and heptafluoropropane
  • Use and recover propane
  • Reduce cost of heptafluoropropane
  • Completely recover heptafluoropropane
  • Customize proppant design and transport – for propane, for heptafluoroproane – and tailor to downhole conditions
  • Comprehensive air monitoring and safety

Members of ecorpStim Safety and Environmental R&D Consortium

The network of researchers working on optimizing the use of propane is composed of several premier universities, in Europe and North America, and leading engineering companies :

Rice University (USA)

To advance the optimization of non-flammable propane chemistry, manufacturing, operations and cost. The fundamental components being investigated include:

  • Process engineering – Reduce Cost of HFP
  • Commercial effects of HFP purity
  • Advanced field separation and recycling – Complete Re-Capture Life of Project

Energy Safety Research Institute at Swansea University (UK)

The enlarged research group builds upon the work completed to date to extend and amplify their applied research in safety and environmental performance for shale gas development using HFP as a stimulation fluid replacing fresh water used in hydro-fracing. The focus of this partnership is the comprehensive study and design of the safety aspects of achieving an environmentally and socially acceptable technology for oil and gas production from shales. The key subject areas of collaborative study include:

  • the capture, recycling and loss prevention of injected HFP
  • the chemistry and material science for systems associated with the use of HFP.

Université Joseph Fourier of Grenoble / IsTerre (FR)

Seismic analysis, risk analysis, and study of the release of toxic elements by anoxic shale type systems.

Baylor College of Medicine (USA)

Evaluating and furthering developments in delivery of ecorpStim’s non-water, chemical-free stimulation technologies, with the goal of making them environmentally sustainable and safe to humans.

Glass Technology Services (UK)

Furthering ecorpStim’s goals of advancing proprietary concepts for the use of silica, the raw material with which glass is made, in the environmentally sustainable development of shale hydrocarbon production. One such patent pending technology involves the novel combination of two components only – a stimulation fluid (heptafluoropropane) and a proppant (mesoporous silica) – both of which are approved in different forms of medical treatments.

Airbus Defence & Space (FR)

Monitoring / satellite assessment of surface changes, surface temperature and aerosol concentration, gravimetric reservoir estimates Access to data from:

  • Landsat 8 (Thermal InfraRed Sensor) – Surface Temperature
  • Landsat 8 OLI – Vegetation Changes
  • Sentinel 1 (Synthetic Aperture Radar) – mm Land Height
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