When it comes to research and development, numerous corporations worldwide prefer zEroCor Technologies in Calgary, AB. We are more than consultants—we create partnerships with industries, working together with our clients to solve whatever issues they may face.
Small Management Team, Global Reach
For us, collaboration on ongoing projects is very important. This is why we have close contacts and agreements with more than 40 federal, private, and provincial research institutes around the world. These distinguished institutions include the South-Western Research Institute, Pacific Northwest National Lab, Stanford Research Institute, and CSIRO (Australia).
We take pride in creating small-scale, long-term solutions. By utilizing the lean management approach, we help design processes that are more efficient and yield higher quality results. Our experience includes participating in provincial efforts to engage government-industry communication through the Energy Futures Lab, CCEMC, and other forums and entities.
Access to Necessary Expertise
We have created a technology-based evaluation framework and established direct lines of communications with more than 400 research professionals globally with dedicated experience in their field of expertise.
Supported by Major Canadian Research Entities
We have built and anchored key contacts with major industry operators in the Alberta region, as well as leveraged the resources offered by technology-focused institutions such as AITF, PTAC, NRC-IRAP, SDTC, and NSERC.
We have developed a portfolio of carbon-based gas adsorbents with customizable functionality to suit different gases. These materials also have adjustable surface areas, ranging from 150 to 900 m2/g.
Activated carbon is generally used as a gas adsorbent, and can have surface areas ranging from 200 to 2000 m2/g. Preliminary lab results have shown that our adsorbents exhibit a significantly higher equilibrium and breakthrough adsorption capacity for NH3 than activated carbon or Titanium-based adsorbents. Additional testing is required to evaluate the potential of our CNP to replace activated carbon.
Applicable Industries: Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Agriculture, Construction, Consumer Goods, Mining, Waste Management, HSE (Health, Safety, and Environment)
Ceramic Nanofiller Coating
We have developed a unique portfolio of ceramic nanofiller compositions embedded in a robust polymer matrix. The polymer can be applied to carbon steel and stainless steel substrates at low temperatures (less than 60˚C), but may also be pyrolyzed for high-temperature applications.
Ceramic nanofiller coatings can be spray-applied for high-temperature corrosion resistance (up to 600˚C) using commercial spray application techniques. Various fillers enable reduced friction, higher lubricity, and better wear resistance. Positive results in acid-drop (less 1 pH) and flame-burning testing show that these coatings retain integrity in harsh environments while, most importantly, being cost-effective in commercial and industrial applications.
We have developed a fast-curing, inorganic coating that offers corrosion resistance in mild and high-temperature environments (up to 1,200 ˚C). It is stable between pH values of 3 and 11, has customizable curing times between 5 to 120 minutes, and permits sub-zero temperature application.
With water as its primary solvent, this coating contains no VOCs and can be applied with conventional spray equipment or by brush. This product is in its final stages of development. Preliminary cost analysis has shown it to be a potential replacement for hot-dip galvanizing as it offers similar benefits at lower costs.
This coating has potential road patching and repair applications as it cures very quickly. It can be used for initial road construction as well. The product also has applications to structural metal that is used for infrastructure. Components that are prone to corrosion, such as telecommunications towers and culverts, would see a longer life cycle. It can also act as a fire retardant, which has been validated by extensive flame exposure and fire retardation tests.
We are developing a line of polymer-based nanofiber sensors for oxygen, explosives, H2S, and other gases that respond to parts per billion (ppb) concentrations. These sensors could be used to collect data within conventional wellbores and used to optimize injection rates and pressure. On the other hand, unconventional wellbores that utilize thermal operations could monitor steam injection temperature and other parameters.
The sensors can also be used in industrial settings such as factories, refineries, and firefighting departments. These sensors are energy-frugal (around milli-Watts), small (around 1 mm x mm), highly sensitive (resolution of 1 psi in a range of 1 to 10,000 psi gauge pressure), and anticipated to be extremely cost-effective in small-scale manufacturing (less than $1,000/unit CAD).
Applicable Industries: Military, Government, Oil and Gas, Airports, Industrial
In conjunction with the University of Waterloo, we have developed a novel method of producing stacked single-layer graphene sheets with no sp3 chemical bonds between the parallel layers. These can be used as nanoscale membranes and can be made in sizes up to 10” x 10”.
Applicable Industries: Water Treatment, Air Filtration, Energy Storage, Electronics, Semiconductors
We have developed a family of diluents that can be used to reduce the viscosity of heavy oil at low dosages. The family includes particular water-based blends for paraffin and asphalt-based heavy oils that require a minimal amount of water cut in the produced oil to be effective.
The diluents have been tested with produced heavy oils in China as well as Canada and have shown a viscosity reduction of over 95% at concentrations of less than 0.5% by total mass of solution. The diluent is stable at temperatures higher than 150 ˚C and is produced with the light ends during distillation without any modifications to the refining process.
Applicable Industry: Oil and Gas
Contact us today to learn more about our services. Call us at 403-234-7473.