Several ways of in-situ extraction of hydrocarbons from oil shale have been proposed. For many years there has been a focus on heating the shale with the use of electromagnetic waves of different frequency ranges. The microwave range was examined only briefly and not further investigated because of its short range in oil shales. This property combined with an innovative application design enables us to extract large quantities of oil shale fast, efficiently and profitable.

This video is a demonstration of the mobile High Power Microwave System for recovery of organic compounds.
The black dots are organic compounds like kerogen.
The blue dots are water.
The brown dots are rock or clay.

To understand this process examine the following steps:

  1. Dielectric vs. ohmic heating
  2. Permittivity of oil shale
  3. Permeability of oil shale
  4. Phase boundary