The TiPs process will create 3 product streams:
1. A unique multi component aromatic oil that contains high percentages of limonene, toluene and xylene
2. High-grade carbon black or solids
3. Off gas that can be captured and reused to maintain the process heat
An independent study of the process observed that the multi-component mixture of the process solvent enabled it to dissolve the entire spectrum of waxes and asphaltene deposits. The study recommended the solvent as being used to break down asphaltene and paraffin buildup in oil field operations.
Solvent created from processing tires has been successfully tested in tank bottom and downhole treatment applications. It was applied to over 100 low producing (.5-5 barrels/day) stripper wells. With servicing applications of two to eight barrels of solvent per well, customers saw increases in production volumes upward to 300%. The solvent was also tested successfully for the cleaning of tank bottoms and product flow lines.
An added benefit of the solvent is the low ratio requirements that can be used to break emulsions (water oil separation). For example in a test on a 1000 gallon frac fluid tank, five (5) gallons of the solvent broke the emulsion barrier allowing for the recovery of 20 barrels of oil in approximately three hours. Traditional methods to accomplish this same result using other solvents usually require external heating of the tank and may take over 3 days for recovery. The solvent continued to show significant performance even after it was mixed and remixed in several additional tanks.
Process solvent has been tested by the University of Tulsa, as a defoaming agent in refinery coking units. The Research Center suggested that “the market potential [of the solvent] as a de-foaming agent would consume more tires than the U.S. discards yearly”. The solvent also has the proven ability to reduce viscosity of API gravity 6 thru 14 oils to meet pipeline specification requirements of 20 API or above. A private lab verified that the effective viscosity reduction achieved in Utah oil shale simulations were accomplished at ratios of 1:500. These tests showed high potential of using the solvent to enhance in-situ heavy oil production. Another study claimed that at the ratios demonstrated to reduce formation viscosity by the solvent can dramatically lower the costs of cyclic steam and CO2 flood enhanced recovery schemes.
Overall, TiPs solvent has potential of being used in a variety of end use applications, including:
•Oil Production Enhancement
•Bulk Tank BS&W Recovery
•Down-hole Drilling Fluid
•Asphaltenes and Paraffin Solvent