Chevron and NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(JPL) have formed an alliance to develop a range of
technologies to improve the production and recovery of oil and
gas resources, the groups said on Monday.
The alliances initial focus is to develop a
wide range of technologies - including power transmission,
signal processing and electrical actuation - for application in
NASA and JPL are highly acclaimed national
treasures, and Chevron is proud to collaborate with them to
unlock new energy potential, said John McDonald,
Chevrons corporate vice president and chief technology officer.
This alliance is an opportunity to bridge
public- and private-sector technology and research to discover
oil and natural
gas volumes that are found in deep remote reservoirs. In
many ways, the research is akin to deep space exploration, making the missions of
our two organizations highly complementary.
We are proud that the same pool of talent
that sends rovers to Mars, explores our universe and studies
Earths environment will help contribute advanced
technology towards our energy future here on Earth, said
Dr. Charles Elachi, director of JPL.
The technology developed by JPL for
interplanetary missions is also useful for gaining a better
understanding of the geology of Earth, the group said.
For example, JPL developed technology that enables
electronic communication over millions of miles in outer
That same technology may have application in
deepwater energy operations, which extend thousands of feet
below the surface of the ocean and encounter extreme pressures
The worlds energy needs continue to
grow. Chevron continues to meet this demand through the
development and application of highly innovative technologies
that unlock resources in ways that are safer, more efficient
and more environmentally sensitive, said Paul Siegele,
president of Chevron Energy Technology Co.