Tar sand holds the new gold mine in fuel for the next hundred years – at least for fossil fuels. It is suspected that the Canadian tar sands, and those in the U.S., will eclipse the amount of oil coming from the United Arab Emirates. In the U.S., some of that will come from shale, as well. But, how do the oil companies access the fuel that saturates the substrate of the North American continent? With heat, that’s how.
Piping heat to these nether regions will release the fuel for use above ground. It takes about 350 degrees centigrade to liquefy the trapped fuel. The Hot Cat produces in excess of 1100 C, making it a prime candidate for heating the sand that contains the fuel we need.
This plays in to the theory that the oil industry may be the first, biggest customer of LENR technology. As Steven Karels stated on the Journal of Nuclear Physics, “This sounds perfect for an eCat.”
These tar sands will be accessed on site, with no infrastructure to pipe heat to the underlying sands. The oil companies will have to install these, and the Hot Cat can provide the steam. In addition, the electricity generated by the units will run the complex, as well – saving the oil companies from having to burn their own product, increasing their profit level.
Joseph Fine also is in favor of using the Hot Cat to extract oil from tar sands, recommending the use of numerous, individual units rather than one large unit to heat the sands. His theory is that the larger units, located in one spot, would require a longer network of piping to deliver the heat. However, with a network of individual units, the piping would be shorter and simpler, reducing the amount of heat wasted. In addition, Fine says that the “distributed network” as he calls it would enable the field to keep running if one small section needs to be shut down. However if all of the units are in one container, the entire field would have to be shut down for maintenance.
As Andrea Rossi says, the market will prove the product. As the E-Cat and Hot Cat move into the public and private sector, proving the technology, it will be put to work in ways most of us have never considered.