Tellurium To Find New Applications In Thermal Energy
Vertically integrated refiner and producer of high purity tellurium, tellurium-based compounds and other metals, Apollo Solar has developed a new tellurium based material for use in thermal exchange technology at oil transportation stations.
Apollo Solar Energy has launched a project to utilise tellurium in the production of thermal energy.
The Company has formed a subsidiary in Anhui province to develop a tellurium based thermal energy system at Shengli Oil Field, a major oil field in China.
The Shengli Oil Field, owned by Sinopec is the second-largest oil field in The People's Republic of China, with daily production of approximately 650,000 barrels. The field contains more than one hundred transportation stations, which are powered, in part, through thermal exchange systems.
Apollo's R&D team, in collaboration with Chinese thermal control experts, has developed a new tellurium based material that is ideal for use in thermal exchange technology at oil transportation stations. The firm believes that the new thermal exchange systems, combined with a small solar power station that will be used in each station, will reduce total annual energy costs at the Shengli Oil Field by approximately 40%. The first demonstration station will be started in July of 2011 and the entire project is expected to be completed within 3 years.
Jingong Pan, CEO of the Company, commented, "Included in our strategy for Apollo's growth is to increase revenue and profit margins of the Company by developing new materials and entering new markets. The use of our materials and technology to reduce energy costs at the thousands of oil transportation stations in major oil fields in China represents an untapped market that provides us the opportunity to substantially increase revenue."