Steam Generators

Steam Generators for Enhanced Oil Recovery

Steam generators for recovering the highest possible percentage of Original Oil In Place (OOIP) is an urgent concern in today’s political environment — one for which you need the most advanced control system available. At ACES we’ve combined 45 years experience with control systems and 10 with steam generators, and applied them to the challenges of the Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) industry.

Introducing the FlexSteam Control System

Steam Generators

Accurately predict your steam discharge quality with the FlexSteam Control System.

Whether your generator is 5 or 50 years old, whether you’re outputting 5,000 or 100,000 pounds of steam per hour, we’ve designed a steam generator control system that automates the entire process and enables you to predict your steam discharge quality within very fine tolerances.

Standardized yet Adaptable

With FlexSteam we’ve standardized our control system software to fit any sized generator — and yet there’s plenty of room for customization: Choose to burn natural gas, propane, oil or diesel fuel. Specify your generator size and other variables such as water flow and steam pressure. The FlexSteam Control System offers the quick installation and simple setup you need, while still giving you all the options you want.

 

Complete Automation

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The FlexSteam Control System installed in a Texas generator. We’re currently installing panels in Canada, Egypt and Columbia.

Some of our clients with older generators are amazed at the automation achieved when we install FlexSteam on their machines. “You mash the button and walk away,” said one happy customer, who was accustomed to fiddling with buttons and levers to keep his generators on track. “I can get in my truck and leave, and when I come back it’s still running.” This automation system also has options for emissions tracking and control.

Reduce Fuel Consumption, Increase ROI

It’s not uncommon for our customers to see a 20% increase in fuel-to-steam efficiency after installing FlexSteam. Thanks to higher steam quality, lower fuel costs, emissions control, automation, and ease of use, FlexSteam can pay for itself in as little as a year or two.

 

Monitor critical parameters from anywhere in the world with FlexMetrics

Included with the FlexSteam Control System is the online monitoring system, FlexMetrics. Remotely monitor current steam quality, feed water flow rate, steam temperature, fuel flow rate and steam pressure, updated in 15-minute intervals. Load customized historical charts of those same parameters. Set your own range for steam quality and easily see if it drops below. With a landline modem, cell modem or internet connection installed in your FlexSteam Control System you can transform your laptop, smartphone or tablet into a remote dashboard for your steam generator anywhere you access the Internet.

If you want to give new life to all your steam generator’s controls, contact ACES today.

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ACES’ current project: 50 MM Btu/hr steam generator.

We can also provide a turnkey solution to renovate the steam generator itself, as well as the control system, by teaming up with one of our experienced partners.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Control system engineering
  • Remote system monitoring
  • Control panel design and assembly
  • Historical data collection
  • PLC/PAC/HMI programming
  • PLC conversions
  • Field instrumentation
  • Network architecture (LAN/WAN)
  • Maintenance, upgrades, and modifications
  • Variable frequency drives