The Ohio Soybean Council and Battelle have partnered to develop soy-based surfactants suitable for a variety of applications including enhancing oil recovery from tight rock formations.
This family of surfactants is derived from epoxidized soybean oil or epoxidized soybean oil methyl ester. The versatility of this chemical platform allows tailoring surfactants to meet your performance and sustainability needs.
Partnership with OSC and Battelle provides access to ongoing research and to technical and logistical support from a seasoned, diverse team of material scientists and engineers.
Features and Benefits
- Economical and reliable raw material sourcing
- Preliminary data from standard endocrine disruption tests and ECOSAR is favorable
- Effective for use in enhancing oil recovery from low permeability formations (see graph below)
- Higher functionality than standard cationic surfactants
Oil recovery in an Ohio carbonate reservoir from spontaneous imbibition as a percentage of oil in place (OIP): soy-based surfactant (coral) vs. two commercial surfactants (blue and black).
The goal is to identify substantial market applications and to enable production of 1-20 kg quantities of surfactants for application development. As demand increases, the ability to scale up to larger quantities is a plus.
Currently Battelle can supply samples < 500 grams for lab-scale evaluation.