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May 14, 2019
DeepStar Selects Upwing Energy-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Partnership for Conceptual Engineering Study of New Electric Submersible Pump (ESP) Topology
Study to Assess the Feasibility of the Upwing Magnetic Drive System™ for ESPs in Deepwater Offshore and Subsea Wells
CERRITOS, Calif. – May 14, 2019 – Together, Upwing Energy, an artificial lift technology company, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), one of the world’s leading industrial firms, have been selected by DeepStar, a global offshore research and development consortium, to perform a feasibility and conceptual study of Upwing’s Magnetic Drive System™ (MDS) for Electric Submersible Pumps (ESPs).
The study, targeting deepwater offshore and subsea well applications, is sponsored and funded by the Nippon Foundation - DeepStar Joint Ocean Innovation program and supported by project champions Chevron, Shell, Petrobras and Equinor.
The study will assess the feasibility of MDS, a new, innovative topology for downhole rotating systems, which makes artificial lift devices, such as ESPs, more reliable, retrievable and efficient. MHI will design and analyze the pump and mechanical bearings for the system. The study results will determine the technical readiness of the system and its future commercial potential.
The Upwing and MHI engineers will begin work on the project in early June, and are scheduled to complete the study by March 2020. The project’s scope of work includes the three main subassemblies of the complete MDS pump system, which includes the deployment and intervention mechanism, magnetic drive system, and pump and bearing systems. Based on preliminary indicators, the MDS pump system will significantly improve the reliability and retrievability of ESPs, while decreasing the total cost of ownership by 75 percent in deepwater offshore applications.
“We really appreciate the support of the Nippon Foundation - DeepStar Joint Ocean Innovation program, which plays a key role in advancing new technologies to solve offshore challenges,” said Herman Artinian, President and CEO of Upwing Energy. “This study will significantly advance the technology readiness level of MDS and will make ESPs the economically preferred method of artificial lift for deepwater production, which will significantly improve the field recovery factor.”
“The ability to improve the existing ESP topology has reached its limit and further improvements at the component level do not provide a huge gain at the system level in reliability or performance,” said K-C Chen, Vice President of Engineering at Upwing Energy. “The brand-new MDS topology offers the best of both worlds - reliability through hermetically sealed electrical components, which are isolated from the production fluids, and quick retrievability via slick line of the rotating components.”
DeepStar is a joint industry technology development program focused on advancing technologies to meet its members’ deepwater business needs to deliver increased production and reserves. DeepStar members include Shell, Total, CNOOC, Anadarko, Equinor, ExxonMobil, JX Nippon, Chevron, Petrobras and Woodside.
May 7, 2019
Calnetix Technologies to Present on Upwing Energy’s Downhole Gas Compressor Technology at International Electric Machines and Drive Conference
CERRITOS, Calif. – May 7, 2019 – Upwing Energy, an artificial lift technology company and a subsidiary of Calnetix Technologies, announced today that Calnetix’s Principal Research Engineer Alexei Filatov will present at the International Electric Machines and Drive Conference (IEMDC) in San Diego on May 13.
Filatov will present a paper co-authored by Larry Hawkins, Calnetix’s Director of Technology for Magnetic Bearings, on the design of a non-contact radial electromagnetic damper and its application in a multi-stage downhole natural gas compressor being developed to boost gas flow from the wells. The paper discusses the capability of this non-contact electromagnetic damper to restrict lateral rotor motions without exerting rotational drags or destabilizing negative stiffnesses.
“The active radial electromagnetic damper has been successfully used in Upwing’s Subsurface Compressor System to stabilize rotodynamic modes,” said Herman Artinian, President and CEO of Upwing Energy. “This technology is enabling us to introduce magnetic bearings into downhole rotating devices for increased product reliability and availability.”
Over 20 years since its inception, IEMDC is the premier forum for the presentation and discussion of new research results and advances in the field of electric machines and drives. IEMDC seeks to address all aspects of design, operation, control, and systems integration of electric machines, electromechanical actuators, and the controls and power electronic drives that implement their applications. More information is available at http://www.ieee-iemdc-conf.org.
April 30, 2019
Upwing Energy to Present Paper on Protector-less Downhole Rotating Technology at SPE Gulf Coast Section Electric Submersible Pumps Symposium
CERRITOS, Calif. – April 30, 2019 – Upwing Energy, an artificial lift technology company, announced today that Vice President of Engineering Kuo-Chiang Chen will present at the SPE Gulf Coast Section Electric Submersible Pumps Symposium in The Woodlands, Texas on May 15.
The paper will describe a new protector-less technology that provides reliable operation for downhole artificial lift devices, such as Electric Submersible Pumps (ESP), without a motor protector. Co-authors are Upwing’s Chief Technical Officer Patrick McMullen, Project Director David Biddick, Senior Reservoir Engineer Lukasz Nader and Senior Controls Engineer III Chris Sellers.
“Upwing’s new protector-less artificial lift technology arranges several magnetic technology building blocks in a novel way to protect the electric motor in the downhole environment,” said Herman Artinian, President and CEO of Upwing Energy. “This new technology will take the reliability of the ESP to the next level, increase the run life and extend the operating range in extreme environments.”
This innovative technology has been successfully implemented in Upwing’s Subsurface Compressor System™ (SCS) and is directly transferable to ESPs. A brand-new topology without the motor protector will be shown during the presentation to eliminate key failure modes of the protector components, including face seals, motor oil, pressure compensation system and mechanical bearings.
“Removing the protector section of a conventional ESP system has been a top desire of the artificial lift industry,” said Chen. “Upwing’s protector-less technology not only enhances the reliability of ESPs, but also reduces the part count and cost of conventional ESP systems.”
In addition to the paper presentation, Upwing Energy will also be showcasing its SCS for gas wells and its Magnetic Drive System™ (MDS) for oil wells at booth # 27 - 28. A preview of Upwing’s artificial lift technologies is available at www.upwingenergy.com/SPEESP
The SPE Symposium brings together ESP technical experts from around the world to share innovative information pertaining to ESP technology, production and operations. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2CaJmrd
April 24, 2019
Magnetic Drive Tech Overcomes Issues with ESPs
Offshore Engineer Magazine
April 23, 2019
Upwing Energy to Unveil New Artificial Lift Technology at Its First Offshore Technology Conference Appearance
Company to Showcase Subsurface Compressor System™ for Gas Wells and Magnetic Drive System™ for Oil Wells
CERRITOS, Calif. – April 23, 2019 – Upwing Energy, an artificial lift technology company, will unveil new downhole technologies at its first Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) appearance in Houston from May 6 to May 9. Upwing will showcase its Subsurface Compressor System™ (SCS) for gas wells and its Magnetic Drive System™ (MDS) for oil wells. Through in-booth presentations and technology displays and demonstrations, attendees will learn how Upwing’s technologies significantly improve downhole reliability while increasing hydrocarbon production and recovery from onshore and offshore wells.
The SCS is a high-speed downhole compressor system driven by a magnetically levitated permanent magnet (PM) motor that increases gas production and recoverable reserves by enabling greater drawdown close to the well perforations.
A detailed cutaway model of the SCS with a clear view of internal components will highlight the three integrated modules, including, from top to bottom, the compressor, the thrust bearing and the motor. The compressor module contains the multistage compressor on magnetic bearings, power supply and electronics. The thrust bearing module contains actively controlled magnetic thrust bearings directly coupled to the compressor module. The motor module contains a high-speed PM motor, magnetic bearings, and a magnetic coupling. The subsurface compressor will spin for display purposes, as torque is transferred from the motor to the compressor via the magnetic coupling.
The MDS is a drive system for electric submersible pumps (ESPs) with hermetically sealed electrical components for greater reliability and a connection-less mechanical string for greater retrievability via slickline. The protector-less design includes a permanent magnet motor that also acts as a magnetic coupling.
A demonstration unit of the MDS will suspend a rotor axially by passive magnetic strength of permanent magnets. Upwing’s magnetic technologies will drive and levitate the motor rotor on the retrievable string inside the production tubing mockup. The stator and rotor are independently hermetically sealed and will operate with a large clearance. The “lifting head” will grab the top of the rotor and pull it out of the stator, overcoming the natural axial pull of the permanent magnets. The same process will occur while pushing the rotor back into the stator. The levitation of the rotor inside the stator can be seen when the “lifting head” detaches from the rotor. The stator’s copper windings will be visible through a viewing window in the MDS unit.
“There is no better place to make our first appearance than at OTC, which is the pinnacle event for leaders in the oil and gas industry,” said Herman Artinian, president and CEO of Upwing Energy. “Our technologies will make a step change in the reliability of downhole rotating devices, making artificial lift more economically viable and enabling operators to get more out of existing assets. We look forward to continuing to work with members of the industry to commercialize these technologies.”
Held annually in Houston, OTC is one of the largest global events for the oil and gas sector, for the world’s energy professionals to meet and network, making it the ideal platform to showcase the latest industry innovations. This conference brings together more than 90,000 industry leaders and buyers from more than 120 countries. OTC ranks among the largest 100 tradeshows held annually in the United States and is among the 10 largest meetings in terms of attendance.
A preview of Upwing’s artificial lift technologies is available at www.upwingenergy.com/OTC. Upwing’s booth, #6258, will have subject matter experts on hand to explain the company’s extensive technology portfolio.
March 18, 2019
Adding Value with Downhole Compression
E&P Magazine | 2019 Artificial Lift Techbook (Page 54 – 56)
February 6, 2019
Upwing Energy Awarded Patents for Key Technologies in Subsurface Compressor System™
Artificial Lift Technology Company to Accelerate Downhole Gas Compressor Development
CERRITOS, Calif. – Feb. 6, 2019 -- The United States Patent Office has awarded three new patents to Upwing Energy for critical enabling technologies in the company’s new Subsurface Compressor System™ (SCS). The SCS increases gas production by decreasing bottom hole flowing pressure and causing higher reservoir drawdown.
The three new patents cover certain aspects of Upwing’s high-speed motor drives and seal-less downhole system with a magnetically supported rotor, which underpin key elements of the SCS downhole artificial lift system.
The Upwing SCS is designed to overcome decreased gas velocity and liquid accumulation that reduce production and limit gas recovery in unconventional gas wells. It is the industry’s first reliable downhole compression system and is based on Upwing’s proprietary magnetic bearing and variable frequency drive technologies, which overcome the challenges and limitations of subsurface fluid compression under the extreme conditions present in gas wells that are up to 12,000 feet below the surface. The result is a system that is robust, inexpensive and easy to deploy and retrieve.
Upwing Energy has been granted core technology patents from its parent company Calnetix Technologies and has filed its own system-level and application-related patents for downhole rotating devices. The company has 41 U.S. and 18 foreign patent applications to date.
“These key patent awards are an important achievement and open the door for rapid commercialization of our disruptive subsurface artificial lift technology,” said Herman Artinian, president and CEO of Upwing Energy.
June 12, 2018
Upwing Energy Closes Funding Round Led by Equinor Technology Ventures and Cooper and Company
Artificial Lift Technology Company to Accelerate Downhole Gas Compressor Development
CERRITOS, Calif. – June 12, 2018 – Upwing Energy, an artificial lift technology company, today announced that it has received an equity investment from Equinor Technology Ventures and Cooper and Company to accelerate the development of its downhole gas compressor with the goal of boosting the production rate in shale gas wells.
Upwing Energy is a spin-off from Calnetix Technologies, known for its disruptive innovations within high-speed motors, magnetic bearings and power electronics. These technologies are being applied by Upwing in downhole rotating tools, starting with the Subsurface Compressor System™ (SCS), which is capable of boosting production while sustaining the extreme conditions present in gas wells at up to 12,000 feet below surface.
“As the second largest gas supplier to Europe and a known early adopter of enabling technologies, Equinor will be an invaluable partner to help accelerate the commercialization of Upwing’s Subsurface Compressor Systems,” said Herman Artinian, Chief Executive Officer of Upwing Energy. “We look forward to working with Equinor and Cooper and Company to achieve our vision of maximizing the production and recoverable reserves of natural gas resources throughout the world.”
“Equinor is very excited to start this journey with Upwing Energy and to support the development and commercialization of their downhole gas compressor,” said Kristin Aamodt, Managing Director of Equinor Technology Ventures. “We are impressed by the strong team and look forward to supporting market entry for this new technology, which could become an important contributor to reaching our future gas production targets.”
“For oil wells, we have electrical submersible pumps (ESPs), but for gas wells there are few options available to improve the drawdown,” said Pandurang Kulkarni, Principal Researcher at Equinor’s Research and Technology group. “Upwing’s SCS could mean a step change for increased production and regularity from natural gas wells.”
February 23, 2018
Enhanced Gas Recovery: Benefits Seen in Downhole vs. Wellhead Gas Compression
Journal of Petroleum Technology