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EMPowered Heat

Heavy Oil 


Commercial- scale pilot project 

7 Months

Consecutive EMPowered Heating

RF XL v1.0

Demonstrated unprecedented performance of any RF heating system


Funding required to complete

RF XL v1.5

Lowest Cost 

Lower Capital Cost 


Utilizing Acceleware’s RF XL technology in place of SAGD is estimated to reduce the capital costs of oil sands and heavy oil production by over 50% on both a capital intensity (dollar per flowing barrel) and a total capital investment basis. 

With minimal surface facility requirements and the mobility of the CTI, RF XL can be deployed at a single well or a single pad, allowing operators to profitably scale one well (or pad) at a time and relocate the system multiple times to optimize productivity and returns. The reduced size, scale and ability to redeploy the RF XL system deliver faster return on investment and higher profitability.  

Capital Intensity Comparison ($/barrel/day) showing that RF XL is 50% lower in capital cost than SAGD
Operating cost ($/barrel) of RF XL versus SAGD. Showing that RF XL has 40% lower operating costs compared to SAGD

Lower Operating Cost 


RF XL operating cost efficiencies are driven down by an estimated 40% by a combination of decreased energy, labour and service costs. RF XL requires no ticketed steam engineers, no steam based pressure vessels, and reduced pressure vessel compliance work. 

The simplified surface operations of an RF XL deployment would require fewer staff to operate, have lower maintenance and workover needs, and require less water processing and disposal. RF XL is remotely monitored and managed, so staff are only dispatched as needed for maintenance or repairs. 

RF XL Commercial-Scale Pilot

Acceleware's  EMPowered Heat could yield massive environmental benefits for combustion intensive industrial processes, including cleaner thermal heavy oil and bitumen production via RF XL. ​


Construction of a commercial-scale RF XL pilot was started in August, 2021 at Marwayne, Alberta. The CAD $30 million pilot saw seven consecutive months of EM power injection into the transmission lines, proving out the core heating technology and the Clean Tech Inverter (CTI). The pilot is currently on pause while plans are made for upgrade of downhole components to improve performance and longevity.

The commercial-scale pilot is intended to demonstrate RF XL’s heating capabilities, alongside immediate and sustainable environmental, economic and social benefits. These include ~40% operating and capital cost reductions, no external water use requirements, near-zero GHG emissions through direct or indirect use of renewable power, a significant reduction in surface disturbance and no requirements for the addition of solvents.


2010 - 2021


Acceleware completes robust shop and lab testing in collaboration with 3rd party industry resources like Noetic, AGAT, and Perm Inc. on each unique surface and subsurface component along with material compatibility tests (thermal, electrical, mechanical), and material strength tests (destructive testing).


How RFXL Works 

RF XL works by having two heating lines drilled into the earth - The RF heating lines heat the bitumen and it flows to the producer well

RF XL uses EM energy to generate heat, which converts the water already existing within the oil sands reservoir to steam, mobilizing the bitumen and allowing it to flow to the producing well.


Acceleware's RF XLprocess, coupled with new software advancements, involves the drilling of two RF heating lines into the target zone and their connection to a surface power supply.


RF XL eliminates the need for water source wells, water treatment equipment, and steam generators, as well as the requirement for costly chemicals or solvents.

RF XL technologies could enable production from a wide range of untapped geologies and reservoir formations, including:

Very deep or very thin reservoirs

Cracked or fractured rock

Shallow reservoirs

Developed reservoirs with up to 90% of the oil still in the ground

Ready to Get EMPowered?

Stay tuned for next steps toward making our zero fresh water, direct GHG-emissions-free heavy oil and oil sands production technology commercially available.  

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