This project is being performed together with the Petroleum Technology Research Center (PTRC) in Canada, and is using sensor technology to map heavy oil reservoirs under Canadian soil. The challenge of this project is, unlike oil in the Middle East, the oil in Canada extremely difficult and costly to retrieve.
Currently, only about 8 percent of the estimated 46 billion barrels of oil under Saskatchewan’s soil is being recovered. However, these numbers may be improved through the use of sensor technology. This project aims to develop small sensors, called motes, to map the oil reservoirs beneath the soil, storing data about the pressure and temperature in the formation and ultimately resulting in improved oil recovery.