- Aridea Solutions -Developing an on-demand pneumatic actuated valve system operated through a proprietary software interface via the internet (IoT), allowing remote control at hard to access midstream sites
- Compass Natural Gas - Building compression stations to access significant volumes of natural gas to produce CNG for delivery via truck/trailer to small through large industrial, transport, agricultural, commercial, municipal, and other customers in the region that currently don’t have access to pipeline natural gas
- Epiphany Water Solutions - Providing a well pad based hybrid powered (solar, NG, or hard-wired) produced water remediation solution housed in 20 ft. shipping containers that uses a proprietary crystallizing chamber where all of the contaminants in the water drop out, leaving pure steam that can be further evaporated for zero discharge
- HalenHardy, LLC - SPILLTRATION™ product line made from post-consumer and post-industrial materials, engineered to absorb and contain oil-based leaks and spills while allowing clean water to filter through, and for the products to be reused after oil is removed for recycling
Bill Hall, Ben Franklin SGICC Director noted, “The 12 finalists once again show the diversity of ideas being brought to the table by entrepreneurs and small companies in the region to help advance the shale energy play. Innovations are now more than ever, critically important to the industry as we manage through this downturn. Continuous innovation is needed in every sector of the industry and all along the value chain, and this is exactly the space that the Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) works in every day.”
At the event, Joe Frantz, Vice President of Engineering Technology for Range Resources provided a keynote address where he discussed just some of the incredible advancements that have been made recently by companies to improve their performance. He also noted, “What I like about the Innovation Contest process is that I always see several new technologies that might help Range further improve our operations. I take the new ideas back to the office and meet with other staff to see where they might fit in."
Hoon Won, President of Compass Natural Gas commented, “It’s an honor for Compass Natural Gas Partners to be recognized by SGICC and its distinguished panel of judges. Compass has benefited from the association with and support from SGICC. SGICC’s work to catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship in the Marcellus is important to the future of the state and the region.”
This year the contest also included a poster session showing off some of the cutting edge research and technologies under development by 4 regional universities (CMU, PITT, PSU, and WVU). Three posters were chosen as winners of $500 prizes and they were:
- Policy Options for the Detection and Abatement of Methane Emissions from the U.S. Natural Gas System – Submitted by Erin Mayfield, PhD Candidate, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
- Integrating Membrane Distillation with Waste Heat Sources for Affordable Produced Water Treatment in Pennsylvania - Submitted by Omkar Lokare, Graduate Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
- High Efficiency, Low Cost Hybrid System for Produced Water Distillation and Evaporation – Submitted by Dave Snyder, Department Head, Penn State Applied Research Lab
Contest Sponsors also praised the event. “Given the cyclical nature of the natural gas industry, a deliberate and focused effort on finding and developing new, innovative technologies has always been a huge differentiator for EQT – and the return on investment is particularly beneficial during a low-price, downturn environment”, noted Karl Coke, Senior Vice President of Innovation at EQT Production. “For this reason, EQT supports events such as the annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest, which provides tremendous learning opportunities and allows us to make connections that might otherwise have been missed.”
Finalist presentations and additional details on the event are posted at http://www.sgicc.org/finals-event-2016-shale-gas-innovation-contest.html.
This 5th Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest’s GOLD sponsor is the Ben Franklin Technology Partners (http://www.benfranklin.org). Industry sponsors include: Chevron Technology Ventures (http://www.chevron.com/ctv/ctvi/), EQT Corporation (https://www.eqt.com), First National Bank (www.fnb-online.com), GE Transportation (http://www.getransportation.com/), LPR Energy (http://www.lprenergy.com/), LPR Land Services (http://www.lprls.com/), the Marcellus Shale Coalition (http://marcelluscoalition.org), PPG Industries (http://corporate.ppg.com/), Praxair (www.praxair.com), Steptoe & Johnson PLLC (http://www.steptoe-johnson.com/ ), and Williams (www.williamsinthenortheast.com). Non-Profit sponsors include: Carnegie Mellon University’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation (http://www.cmu.edu/energy/), Penn State University’s Institute for Natural Gas Research (http://www.ems.psu.edu/INGaR), the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Energy (http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/cfe/), and West Virginia University’s Energy Institute (http://energy.wvu.edu/). And the Media sponsor for this year’s event is the Marcellus Business Central (http://www.pabusinesscentral.com/).
About the SGICC
The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center (www.sgicc.org) supports and commercializes early-stage technologies that enhance responsible stewardship of the environment while properly utilizing this energy asset.