OAKLAND, Calif. – Chevron Technology Ventures has begun extracting crude from a southern California field using steam produced by a 29-megawatt thermal “Solar-to-Steam” facility, according to a press release from BrightSource Energy Inc.
BrightSource Energy’s system uses mirrors to focus sunlight on a boiler at Chevron’s Coalinga, Calif., enhanced oil recovery project.
Extraction commenced on Monday. “Chevron’s selection of our LPT solar thermal technology underscores the versatile ways that our systems can produce clean and cost-effective energy,” said John Woolard, president and CEO of BrightSource Energy. “Utilities have recognized BrightSource as a leader in reliable and cost-effective power generation. We’re now showcasing how our technology can help global energy and industrial companies produce energy with lower emissions and hedge against volatile natural gas prices.”