Solaris provides products and services that help the oil and gas industry minimize the environmental impact and cost of hydrocarbon production by providing innovative products and services that improve efficiency, lower emissions and reduce well site footprint. We also continually seek to minimize our own environmental impact in our manufacturing activity, field services operations and corporate functions.

100% Electric Fleet

Our Mobile Proppant Management and Mobile Chemical Management Systems are all electric and do not rely on hydraulics. The traditional benefits of being all electric include:

  • Eliminating hydraulic fluid on site, therefore fewer drips and spills.
  • Reducing carbon emissions.
  • Improving reliability, which reduces required time to complete an operation.

In addition, our Systems can be powered by the same generation source used by the growing number of electric frac fleets (“e-fleets”) now being deployed to the market. The added benefits of powering our Systems through these generation sources include:

  • Reducing live diesel fueling, which also leads to fewer drips and spills.
  • Furthering improve reliability, which reduces required time to complete an operation.
  • Lowering noise level impact.

Our Technology Reduces Dust

Each of our Mobile Proppant Systems is equipped with dust collection technology on the top of each silo that filters and collects dust, then automatically returns any dust back into the silo, where it is ultimately pumped downhole so that silica waste does not have to be disposed of separately. Our systems are also equipped with automation technology that allows us to enclose the blender hopper, further reducing the risk of potential dust exposure. 

Each of our Mobile Proppant Systems is equipped with dust collection technology on the top of each silo that filters and collects dust, then automatically returns any dust back into the silo, where it is ultimately pumped downhole so that silica waste does not have to be disposed of separately. Our systems are also equipped with automation technology that allows us to enclose the blender hopper, further reducing the risk of potential dust exposure. 

Supporting Smaller Well Site Footprints

Solaris’ technology allows oil and gas producers to significantly reduce the amount of land required to store and deliver sand, water and chemicals by storing these materials vertically. This smaller footprint reduces the overall environmental impact and lowers costs due to reduced pad construction, development and reclamation required.

Energy Efficient Lighting

Built-in LED lights on the tops and bottoms of each silo system offer enhanced lighting of the well site and replaces legacy light plants. This eliminates another diesel engine and reduces fuel consumption and emissions for our customers and surrounding communities, while providing safer lighting conditions.

Emissions

Solaris generates emissions in two primary ways – 1) by our fleet of light duty service trucks and 2) by the diesel generators that power our equipment in the field. We have implemented programs over time to reduce the fuel consumption and emissions from each source and focus on continual improvement.

  • Safe Mile Program – Solaris has implemented a truck monitoring program to track miles driven, speed, driving behavior and idle time. Truck idle time can be a source of unnecessary fuel consumption and emissions. By monitoring this and holding our fleet personnel accountable, we have reduced idle time by approximately 50%.
  • Electric Power – In 2019, we began converting a portion of our fleet to integrate with electric frac fleets for power generator. When running off electric power, our systems can operate largely emission free, produce fuel savings for our customers and allow for better uptime of our equipment.
  • AutoHopper™ – We recently introduced a technology called AutoHopper, which allows our system to be operated automatically using machine learning and remote sensors. Automatic operation of our system can help prevent the spillage of sand on a well site and allows for less fuel consumption by reducing the need to bring equipment to the well site for sand clean up after the job is completed. The automatic functionality also enables customers to remove a worker from the well site, resulting in enhanced health and safety.
  • Preventative Maintenance Program – Our field service technicians follow a preventative maintenance program that includes a daily checklist for each system to ensure that all components operate properly, and that oil and filter changes are done regularly, which helps enhance the fuel consumption efficiency of our generators.  

Reduced Trucks On The Road

Solaris’ technology helps to reduce emissions for our customers by reducing the number of sand and chemical truck trips required to keep a buffer of inventory at the well site. Several competing sand storage technologies require up to 15-20% more trucks to deliver and store the same amount of sand on a well site. In our Mobile Chemical Management product line, our system reduces trucks on the road via its ability to blend raw chemical into diluted form “on the fly.” This reduces truck traffic because it eliminates the need to bring certain raw chemicals to a central warehouse, dilute the product and then truck it to well sites in diluted form.

Our Mobile Proppant Management Systems can unload up to 24 trucks at one time, subject to footprint availability on a well site. The ability to unload multiple trucks at a time reduces emissions from potential truck demurrage, or truck wait/idle time. Many competing technologies are limited to unloading 1-2 trucks at a time, which can result in significant demurrage at the well site and can contribute to increased emissions when compared to the Solaris Mobile Proppant Management System. 

Dust and Truck Demurrage Created by Traditional Sand Handling Methods

Reduced Footprint and Dust with Solaris

Minimal Water Use

Solaris’ primary use of water is in its manufacturing plant, where water is used for fabrication, cleaning, testing, cooling and other industrial uses. We are committed to efficient water use and have integrated water treatment and recycling into our operations at our manufacturing plant in Early, Texas. For example, all water we use for testing our chemical silos is captured and recycled. We also have invested in a water filtration system so that any water that is not reused meets the city’s regulatory standards before it is returned through the stormwater drainage system.

Our water use in the first half of 2019 is on a slower pace than in 2018 due to reduced manufacturing activity at the Early plant. Therefore, we would expect the total year 2019 water use amount to be below the total use in 2018.

Electricity Use

Our primary electricity use is also at our manufacturing plant in Early, Texas. In 2018, we consumed approximately 1,772 MWh of electricity. During the first half of 2019, we consumed approximately 1/3 of the 2018 total due to reduced manufacturing activity. Therefore, we would expect total year 2019 electricity use to be below the total use in 2018.

Electricity generation in Texas continues to shift towards greener sources and the fuel sources of our electricity consumption will also change as a direct result. According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), approximately 30% of this electricity was generated emission free, which consisted of roughly 19% of electricity generation from wind and another 11% from nuclear. Natural gas contributed 44% and coal 25%. However, these figures continue to shift towards a mix that favors renewables due to rapidly growing wind and solar capacity. In January of 2019, Texas hit a new wind generation hit a record of 19,672 MW, or 56% of total electricity generated. Link to: ERCOT Quick Facts

Energy as a Percentage of Total Cost

Energy consumption for the company is a very small contributor to our overall total costs. Our total fuel and utility expense as a percentage of our total costs, excluding depreciation and taxes, has averaged below 2% for 2018 and the first half of 2019. The recent trend down in 2019 is related to a reduction in fuel and utilities consumed by our manufacturing operations, which is operating a slower pace than in 2018. 

Commitment to Reuse and Recycling

In all our operations, including manufacturing and corporate, we recycle packing materials and electronic waste. At our manufacturing facility in Early, Texas, steel is our primary raw material and we reuse or salvage scrap metal created in our manufacturing process.