GlassPoint Solar achieves 55% cost reduction in giant Oman oilfield project
Archived, originally published in October 2017
GlassPoint Solar and partner Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) say they have reduced costs by 55 per cent in the scale up of a massive desert solar project to produce steam used in thermal enhanced oil recovery (EOR).
GlassPoint’s enclosed trough technology features a unique solar thermal design that takes parabolic trough collectors, or large curved mirrors, and puts them inside an agricultural greenhouse. The mirrors concentrate sunlight on a pipe filled with oilfield-grade water and boils the water directly into steam. The process is typically fuelled by burning natural gas.