Systems and methods for selectively producing steam from solar collectors and heaters for processes including enhanced oil recovery

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 9978925
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14745162

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Systems and methods for selectively producing steam from solar collectors and heaters, for processes including enhanced oil recovery. A representative system in accordance with a particular embodiment includes a water source, a solar collector that includes a collector inlet, a collector outlet, and a plurality of solar concentrators positioned to heat water passing from the collector inlet to the collector outlet, a fuel-fired heater, a steam outlet connected to an oil field injection well, and a water flow network coupled among the water source, the solar collector, the heater, and the steam outlet. The system can further include a controller operatively coupled to the water flow network and programmed with instructions that, when executed, direct at least one portion of the flow through the solar collector and the fuel-fired heater in a first sequence, and direct the at least one portion or a different portion of the flow through the solar collector and the fuel-fired heater in a second sequence different than the first sequence.

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GLASSPOINT SOLAR INC47669 FREMONT BLVD FREMONT CA 94538

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Heisler, Stuart M Bakersfield, US 11 146
Nady, Andras Berkeley, US 6 54
O'Donnell, John Setel Palo Alto, US 22 189
von, Behrens Peter Emery San Francisco, US 41 441

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