Laboratory Investigation of E-Beam Heavy Oil Upgrading Conference Paper uri icon


  • Electron beam (E-Beam) heavy oil upgrading, which uses unique features of electron beam irradiation, can be a solution to minimize the critical problem of upgrading heavy oil. Enormous amounts of heavy oil reserves exist in the world, but the lack of cost-effective technologies hinders the development of heavy oil reserves. One of the critical problems of heavy oil or bitumen is that it takes large amounts of thermal energy and expensive catalysts to upgrade. E-Beam processing will allow lowering the thermal energy and sharply reduce the investment in catalysts. The design can be simpler and will contribute to lowering the production and transportation cost of heavy oil and bitumen. Copyright 2009, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

author list (cited authors)

  • Yang, D., Kim, J., Silva, P., Barrufet, M. A., Moreira, R., & Sosa, J.

citation count

  • 4

publication date

  • May 2009