Searching for gushers just got more high-tech.
Hewlett-Packard and Royal Dutch Shell announced Monday they are collaborating on a new system of seismic exploration for on-land petroleum deposits using millions of tiny wireless sensors. If successful, the system could vastly lower the cost of drilling and developing oil fields, and also have uses in areas like carbon sequestration and extraction of other minerals.
Standard seismic exploration typically involves setting off an explosion, then measuring the passage of its shock wave through the ground. This is done using tens of thousands of sensor nodes connected together over, say, a 100-square-kilometer area. The method developed in HP's research labs will use perhaps 1 million very small sensors, connected wirelessly.
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