International Ultrasonic Technologies overview
IUT is an energy technology company focused on the development and commercialization of an oxidative desulphurization (“ODS”) process for liquid petroleum streams including crude oil products, crude oils, natural gasoline and condensate streams. IUT’s oxidative desulphurization process consists of (1) the ultrasound assisted conversion of the sulphur compounds to their oxidized analogs employing its patented and proprietary technology, and (2) the subsequent removal of these oxidized compounds is done through industry standard separation methods (the “IUT Process”).
The ultrasound provides an intense shearing and mixing environment for the mixture and, along with the effects from cavitation, allows for efficient oxygen transfer from the oxidant to sulphur containing and other compounds in the crude oil product or crude oil stream. Aside from the oxidation of sulphur compounds, the process may also bring about the disruption of complex asphaltenic structures and rupturing of bonds of complex hydrocarbons, which in turn may result in upgrading the overall hydrocarbon content by reducing the overall density and thereby increasing the API gravity.
The entire process takes a few nanoseconds and each bubble can behave as a micro-reactor, accelerating the physical reactions owing to the heat released and localized pressures obtained. The high temperature (estimated to be as high as 5,000 degrees Kelvin) and pressure (estimated to be as high as 500 atmospheres) reached locally can potentially cause disruption of molecular bonds.
The units are designed to treat large volumes of petroleum products at relatively low temperatures and pressures. The base design and capacity for the technology consists of skid mounted processing lines capable of up to 3,000 Bpd of throughput.
Successive lines can be added to scale capacities in multiples of up to 3,000 Bpd. IUT currently has modular units in stock with up to 6,000 Bpd capacity that are skid mounted and can be transported in a typical shipping container. These units possess smaller “footprints” (approximately 20′ x 6′) and are expected to have lower capital costs when compared to the conventional hydrotreating equipment and other upgrading technologies.
Existing commercial unit (in stock)
• Ultrasonics decrease oxidation reaction time and increases sulphur conversion efficiency with very low residence times (<500 ms).
• The oxidized sulphur compounds after treatment exhibit high solubility in water allowing for easy separation of the sulphur from the hydrocarbon stream.
• Instead of complex post-processing separation, removal of the oxidized sulphur compounds can be achieved via a basic water wash.
• Resulting treated hydrocarbon stream has a sulphur content of 10 ppm and potentially less.
• More cost effective than traditional hydrodesulphurization (“HDS”)
Capacity: 6,000 barrels per day oil with double lines
Size: 20’X 6’
Operating costs: $1.50 per barrel (LFO) including power, ultrasonic wearable parts and catalyst
Power requirements: 75 – 95 KWatts at 480 Voltage, 3 Phase for double line unit
Lifecycle: 20 years excluding wearing parts
IUT’s Technology Team
International Ultrasonics Technologies is proud to work with Bigfoot Industrial Services Ltd. and PC-Cups Ltd., a University of Calgary affiliate company.
Our Research and Development Partners
PC-Cups is a U of C strategically aligned spin-off company focused on the development of bitumen/heavy oil technologies with a goal to make the heavy oil business much more competitive.
Dr. Pereira and his PC-CUPS team bring decades of experience and expertise in chemical and process engineering to IUT. Their years of dedicated research in bitumen/heavy oil upgrading will contribute significantly to IUT’s heavy fuel oil desulphurization objectives.
The state-of-the-art facilities housed at the University of Calgary’s main campus also provide PC-CUPS with leading edge capabilities and an alliance with one of the top universities in oil & gas research.
Our Manufacturing Partners
Bigfoot Industrial Services Ltd.
Bigfoot Industrial Services Ltd. is one of Calgary’s largest, multi-faceted Millwright, Welding, Fabrication and Construction Management Companies servicing both the Industrial and Commercial sectors and is the exclusive North American manufacturer of the IUT skids.
What distinguishes Bigfoot Industrial from their competitors is the quality of their trades people, services and products, their ingenuity, solutions-based approach to all projects and unparalleled customer service. Bigfoot Industrial Services is quickly positioning themselves in the market as “the place where innovation is built”