UPCOMING TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS BY O&G
This great article on AFPM.org discusses some of the amazing technological innovations being made through oil and gas products. Here are just a few:
Find more about oil and gas in the medical field from Energy Tomorrow as well!
Your computer mouse's outer shell and most of its internal mechanical parts, including the shafts and spoked wheels, are made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic that is injection-molded. The ball is metal that is coated in rubber and the electrical micro-switches are made of plastic and metal. That's all oil and gas! The same goes for your phone, with the casing, cords and all being plastic.
Industrial robotics have made it possible for these homes to be built in 24 hours by 3D printers that use cement. The Russian company called Apis Cor showcased this home, which cost only $10,000 to build, in the middle of the Russian winter. This amazing technology provides options for affordable housing that can be built quickly and completely on-site. And the 3D printer that offers these capabilities are full of oil and gas products, including tires, hydraulic oil, silicone and rubber hoses, neoprene and more!
The same technology used in geophysical surveys by the oil and gas industry to search for oil is driving innovations in Nanotechnology. The results are making it easier to find energy and produce it with pinpoint accuracy. Watch this great video from EnergyHQ called Talk Tech: The science behind finding energy. Research is being done on suspending nanoparticles in plastic liquid to revolutionize body armor as well (via AFPM).
Everything about your phone systems and computers have been touched by oil and gas. Besides the casings and shells for the computer itself, as well as your monitor, speakers, mouse and keyboard being made from oil and gas products, many other components within your computer are petroleum-based as well. Guess what? You also owe much of your software technology and internet capabilities to the oil and gas industry!
Industrial robots are mechanical devices which replicate human motions and are used to reduce danger to humans. They provide more strength or accuracy than a human or when continuous operation is required. Many oil and gas products are used to make these robots, including tires, hydraulic oil, silicone and rubber hoses, neoprene and more. Read about how they're made.
Oil & Gas Drives the Internet via Fueling U.S. Forward
It’s generally accepted that electricity makes modern life possible. But where that electricity comes from and exactly how much energy is required to power our everyday amenities might be surprising to most people. Beyond just lighting up our houses, offices, and factories, electricity makes possible the internet and all those “unplugged” sources of entertainment that we are increasingly obsessed with – tablets, smartphones, and computers specifically. Sixty-seven percent of U.S. electricity comes from natural gas, coal, and oil.
Big Data needs big energy. Commercial development of the internet – the greatest advancement in information technology since the printing press – is possible because of energy. Each of those 2.78 million YouTube views per minute, each of the 700,000 Facebook logins, each of the nearly 350,000 tweets and all the rest depend on energy. Our lives are easier (and shareable) thanks to the internet, thanks to energy. Read more.
The demand for increased computational power from super computers is constantly growing due to the increasing data and advanced algorithms used by the seismic industry to process that data.
Since 2000, the oil and gas industry has been continuously investing in high performance computing, increasing by approximately 10 fold its computing power every three years, reports Rigzone. The primary objective has been to improve seismic imaging in deeper and more complex parts of the subsurface, thanks to ever more precise algorithms. Read more about how the seismic industry pushes supercomputer innovation here.
All About that Cell
Your cell phone is cased in plastics, full of components from the oil and gas industry, and even your cord is encased in petroleum products. Most importantly, your cell phone is powered by technological innovations driven by the oil and gas industry.
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