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Enhanced oil recovery for emergent energy demand: challenges and prospects for a nanotechnology paradigm shift.

Afolabi, Richard O.

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Renewable and non-renewable energy sources remain the two fronts for meeting global emergent energy demand. Renewable energy sources such as crude oil, in meeting energy needs, is a function of new hydrocarbon discoveries and improving the recovery of existing oil fields. However, new crude oil discoveries are made at a decreasing rate; likewise, existing fields are at a declining phase with conventional recovery techniques not being able to produce as much as two-thirds of the oil in place. In complementing existing oil recovery techniques, research into the use of nanotechnology has emerged as a potential alternative for tertiary oil recovery scheme. Despite the promising results, there has not been any reported large-scale field application of nanotechnology in the oil and gas industry except for some small-scale field trials. In this paper, a detailed review of developments on nano-enhanced oil recovery (Nano-EOR) and its attendant challenges are presented. Furthermore, key recommendations were given for future research on Nano-EOR. While the adoption of new technologies has its associated risks, the future prospects of Nano-EOR remains very high.

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AFOLABI, R.O. 2019. Enhanced oil recovery for emergent energy demand: challenges and prospects for a nanotechnology paradigm shift. International nano letters [online], 9(1), pages 1-15. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40089-018-0248-0

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 6, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 12, 2018
Publication Date Mar 31, 2019
Deposit Date May 6, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 6, 2022
Journal International Nano Letters
Print ISSN 2228-5326
Electronic ISSN 2228-5326
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 1
Pages 1-15
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s40089-018-0248-0
Keywords Nanotechnology; Enhanced oil recovery; Energy demand; Paradigm shift
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/984040

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