Oil & Gas
LiquiGlide’s coatings create energy efficiencies, reduce waste, and enable new modes of transport for viscous liquids in the oil and gas industry.
LiquiGlide™ is poised to save the oil and gas industry billions of dollars by enabling viscous liquids to flow more easily, reducing costly waste, and improving the reliability of the infrastructure.
In the oil and gas industry, a considerable portion of operations has to do with the movement of liquids through enclosed spaces, whether through a pipeline or up a well. Many heavy oils tend to resist flowing which results in operators having to use significantly more energy just to keep it moving. LiquiGlide™ would enable heavy oils to flow more easily, resulting in enormous energy savings.
For example, bitumen, which comes from oil sands, can be nearly solid at room temperature. In order to allow bitumen to flow, it must be heated or diluted, typically with other lighter oils or oil derivatives. This is an expensive process and requires additional steps further down the supply chain when the bitumen must be stripped of these adulterants. LiquiGlide™ would eliminate the need to dilute or heat the bitumen in order to transport it through a pipeline, saving the industry billions.
LiquiGlide™ was originally developed to resolve the build-up of methane hydrates in oil pipelines. Methane hydrate forms a ice-type structure that clogs pipelines and creates enormous costs for energy companies. At lab scale, LiquiGlide’s coatings are extremely effective in preventing the build-up of such structures.
LiquiGlide™ can also act as a protective layer. It can reduce the rate of corrosion, lesson the formation of scaling, and inhibit the build-up of deposits on surfaces, which cause costly clogs in oil pipelines.
There are an endless number of sticky materials in the oil industry and surfaces have to be cleaned frequently. This is a costly and lengthy process for companies and it can even be dangerous for the workers involved in sanitation. LiquiGlide™ can create self-cleaning surfaces that require significantly less upkeep, saving the industry in maintenance costs and improving safety conditions.
LiquiGlide™ creates more efficient packaging for lubricants, greases and other packaged products in the oil industry. Similar to the consumer goods space, LiquiGlide’s coatings reduce waste, improve ease of use, and ensure complete evacuation of the product.
Invented in the Varanasi Lab at MIT, LiquiGlide™ is the only permanently wet slippery surface. No other durable solution makes viscous liquids slide easily.