Research & Development

We have a world-class research and development laboratory. Some of the foremost experts on oil shale development in the United States lead our technology development team. Both have been instrumental in developing the HCCO® process and are key to its continual refinement. 

The initial focus of the laboratory has been on our significant deposit in Utah. These same tools and resources are also used to assess other deposits, and to customize our technology for their development.

The Retort Compression Test (RCT) equipment on the right is used to measure mechanical behavior of shale ore during retorting, with loads applied to simulate weight of various heights of shale in a tall retort. This includes settling and consolidation and resulting changes in gas transport. The tall reactor on the left is a 500-pound reactor, used to verify scale up from results in smaller reactors.