Energy Technology & Software

A list of some of my recent energy technology and software features I have written

Robots are taking over oil rigs

Between 2014 and 2016, in response to the oil price collapse, the industry shed some 440,000 jobs worldwide, of which 100,000 oil jobs were lost in Texas alone. As prices recover to around half their peak, former employees are seeking re-engagement, although many are likely to be disappointed. There are several reasons for this, among which are the adoption of cost-cutting, efficiency savings and advanced technology. These have combined to reduce the need for lower-skilled labor in favor of fewer but highly skilled people with information technology and computer skills.

Rising of smart workwear

Today, the apparel of workers will relate not only to their particular activity but also the workplace environment. We are also seeing the introduction of smart clothing, enabling the monitoring of the condition of staff. Fitting-out employees with the correct protective equipment to safeguard them from danger and the elements is now regarded as a worthwhile cost since it is also good for staff morale. Increasingly we are seeing the fitting out of staff with smart gadgets such as watches, phones and tablets that are being used by companies to monitor the health and condition of their staff, in part to prevent accidents, but also to reduce corporate insurance costs.As a result, the arrival of smarter protective equipment and new wearable gadgets is making life safer and more productive for energy workers… – See more at: 

Oil-workers Personal Protective Equipment

According to  Frost and Sullivan, the protective workwear market  has grown substantially with the  huge expansion in  America’s shale oil and gas industry  and is set to grow from $1.5 billion in 2011 to $2.3 billion by 2017. Tim Anson, European business manager for the US made Cordura brand,  observes,  “Globally, the workwear market is growing by about 10  to 11 percent a year “.  Whether this rate of growth will continue is questionable given  deep cuts in headcount in  North America’s shale oil industry and global capital spending cuts of $220 billion  in response to oil prices at close to $50 a barrel. page 42/ or

How to recycle CO2

The oil industry has come up with a practical method of using CO2 gas before storing it underground. The technique, known as Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), improves oil recovery rates and prolong the operating life of mature oil fields.

Making The Most of Digital Oilfields

Wrote this article on behalf of Phoebe McMellon who is Director of Product Development for Geofacets Elsevier Corporate

Enhancing Offshore Rig Communications

Offshore communication companies are looking at a whole variety of solutions including subsea cables, wireless and satellite to meet the ever-growing data needs of energy companies. Unfortunately, for many users on offshore rigs and vessels, the experience of using the internet connections or the phone does not compare to the lightning speed connections experienced most onshore business users experience every day.

Do you have faith in geoscience?

A question and answer investigation.


Storing the spark!

There is increasing concern about how to integrate renewable energy into the grid. One technology being examined is power storage as a method to overcome the intermittency issues of renewable power. The search for a solution is vital as worldwide, governments are setting evermore ambitious targets for sourcing of electricity from renewables.!-An-overview-of-the-current-state-of-energy-storage.html


A question of how much energy storage does the UK need?

Many promoters of large-scale energy storage argue that the main case for it is to store excess renewable electricity for use during times of undersupply; for instance, when the wind does not blow or the sun fails to shine. The $64 thousand question lies in determining how much actual energy storage capacity is necessary to ensure secure back-up energy supplies.

Gas turbine technology investment – a buyers guide

UK power station operators are looking for gas turbines/engines to fulfil several roles including, balancing and control of the electricity flow on the grid and, “filling in” for the intermittent power generated from renewable energy sources gastopowermagazine2012augustpage9

Innovation offshore

Operating in the polar regions of the world poses incredible challenges for the offshore oil and gas sector. Thirty years ago, operating in such extreme weather conditions was considered almost impossible. In response to these challenges, the industry has become ever more innovative and increasingly automated, and operating in the world’s polar seas is now more commonplace.