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Drilling Hot Water Supply Heater and Pump

Heated water is needed at diamond drill sites, and it is produced by an oil burning heater on the pressure side of a supply pump. The current line of heaters is inefficient and prone to failure. In the event of a heater failure, pressure and heat build to unsafe levels and create a dangerous situation for any employee in the vicinity. In the event of catastrophic failure, the heater can explode, potentially injuring people and damaging equipment. These shortcomings in heater design result in losses associated with human injury and in drilling production.

This project aims to design and manufacture a more efficient and safer hot water supply system which will:

a) Increase the safety of the heater for the protection of employees.
b) Increase the efficiency of the heater to reduce emissions and operation costs.
c) Increase the reliability to reduce operational downtime.
d) Create a product of sufficient simplicity and reliability to capture 100% of the drilling water heater market share.
e) Increase the manufacturing capacity of the Yukon.
f) Employ Yukoners in the manufacturing sector.

Having had a successful first season of prototype design and testing it is proposed to conduct further testing over the winter of 2013/14.

Project Partners

Chris Schmidt, ACS Oil Burner Services
Robert Mooney, Drill Rig Engineer

Project Funders

Cold Climate Innovation, Yukon Research Center, Yukon College