Mobile Flare Gas Capture Solutions &
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Pioneer Energy's Research and Development

Research & Development

Projects in the pipeline:

Pioneer Energy’s R&D team is developing new technologies and systems to address oil field challenges. Some of the innovations in development include the following:

METHANOL AND DIMETHYL ETHER PORTABLE MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS

Pioneer Energy has developed and tested a novel Mobile Methanol and Dimethyl Ether manufacturing system that can be transported to a source of flared natural gas and convert it to methanol and dimethyl ether. These valuable products can be transported to market, converted to other chemicals, or used as fuel on-site.

The system provides numerous advantages. It uses very little to no water for operation in the field. The system directly uses air to form methanol or DME product after enriching its oxygen content, and uses nitrogen to control system temperatures. It requires no boiler.

This technology provides a great solution for harnessing and using large quantities of flared gases from oils wells around the globe.

Pioneer Energy has patents pending for this technology and is ready to begin commercialization.

 

Mobile Methanol and Dimethyl Ether manufacturing system

Mobile Methanol and Dimethyl Ether manufacturing system

Mobile Methanol and Dimethyl Ether can be transported to market, converted to other chemicals, or used as fuel on-site.

BUTANOL TECHNOLOGY

Pioneer Energy has developed novel processes using scalable industrial chemistry to synthesize 1-butanol and 2-butanol, valuable industrial chemicals and fuels that have multibillion dollar markets. Our processes are the first alternative method to manufacture 2-butanol from a source other than butane derived from petrochemical feedstock. Pioneer has secured broad patent rights for our processes to make 1-butanol, 2-butanol and other alcohols useful as fuels and chemicals.

Industrial chemicals and fuels are in high demand, and Pioneer Energy's innovative solutions can help meet this need. These flexible processes can also use raw materials from different sources to form synthesis gas, including but not limited to feedstocks such as:

Pioneer’s processes use highly economical and efficient chemistry for the initial steps. The final steps utilize our new and scalable chemistry, which has been patented and scaled up from lab scale to 10 liters/day through a CCEMC research grant and in-house funding. The legwork has been done to enable rapid progress in development and early commencement of production to meet market demands.

A solid intellectual property portfolio has been built around this technology:

Diligent prior art searches were done before this technology development was initiated. US Patents have been granted in the last year and more are expected to be issued in the US, Canada and other countries.

Markets for 1-butanol and 2-butanol:

Having a combined market of over $8 billion globally, 1-butanol and 2-butanol are used in the coatings and adhesives industries. There they serve either as a precursor to other chemicals or directly as a solvent. They are used in the production of butyl-acrylate and methacrylate esters, in the pharmaceutical industry, as an important industrial solvent – methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), for paint and car coating purposes as butyl acetate, and more.

 

Butanol Product Collected from Hydrogenation Reaction

Butanol Product Collected from Hydrogenation Reaction

1 Liter/Day Ketene / Diketene System

1 Liter/Day Ketene / Diketene System

 
10 Liters / Day Ketene / Diketene System

10 Liters / Day Ketene / Diketene System

Heather Rose Operating Pioneer’s Data Acquisition & Control System

Pioneer’s Data Acquisition & Control System Used For Experimentation & Development

 
10 Liter / Day Hydrogenation System

10 Liter / Day Hydrogenation System

Industrial chemicals and fuels are in high demand, and Pioneer Energy's innovative solutions can help meet this need.