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2015 Shale Gas Innovation Contest names CivilE Chair Dr. Radisav Vidic as finalist

Shale Gas Innovation Center STATE COLLEGE, PA - On May 12, 2015, the Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center ( www.sgicc.org ) will announce the four winners of this year's Shale Gas Innovation Contest with each receiving a check for $25,000.  In addition to showcasing the 14 finalists, a session has been added this year that will help innovators learn how to successfully provide new products and services to the shale energy industry.

The Finals Event & Innovation Workshop will be held from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe, PA.

Attendees at this FREE EVENT will hear from Bill Hall, SGICC Director, followed by Katie Klaber, President of the Klaber Group on how grant funding provided by the PA Department of Community & Economic Development was used to accelerate efforts to commercialize new technologies for the Oil & Gas industry. This overview will be followed by two panels comprised of small companies that have successfully launched products/ services in to the industry or are in the demonstration phase. A free buffet lunch will be included.

The afternoon will consist of the 14 finalist presentations and the announcement of the four Innovation Contest winners.  A networking reception will follow immediately with representatives from each of the finalists and panel companies available to highlight their shale gas innovation concepts.  Click on http://www.sgicc.org/2015-shale-gas-innovation-contest.html to register and to see a list of the finalists and exhibitors along with this year's sponsors.

This year's Finalists are:

9three Solutions Inc. 
Providing inline security devices connected via a centralized private cloud routing server enabling companies to secure various types of hardware including critical Industrial Control Systems

Appalachian Drilling Services, Inc.
Spill proof, skid mounted, rig friendly waste storage units specifically built to withstand life on drilling rigs and mitigate the chances of any type of spill

Offering a system that converts waste heat to electricity through a unique piston-based Organic-Rankine Cycle (ORC) scalable power solution available from 12-250kW

Fairmont Brine Processing
Evaporation and crystallization process that fully treats wastewater, extracting reusable byproducts as well as formulate fracture stimulation fluids specifically to an operating company's completion design

Fiber Innovation Technologies, LLC
Offering a paper mill by-product known as Short Paper Fiber for use as a solidification agent in drilling operations that has superior properties and a lower selling point over the current solidification agents

FMW Rubber Products, Inc.
Offering proven technologies used by the military to provide a portable water storage and distribution system utilizing reusable bladders up to 250,000 gallons each and mobile collapsible pipeline systems

H Quest Vanguard Inc.
Process that enables manufacturing of a synthetic crude oil through co-processing natural gas with a variety of hydrocarbons and biomass

Halen Hardy,LLC
GritGrab Anti-Slip Surfacing made of fiberglass reinforced plastic provides a surface that helps dramatically improve traction for workers' boots, eliminating costly slips and falls

Identified Technologies
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and docking system that provides high-res optical, infrared, and gas-sniffing data that also autonomously swaps/charges batteries and uploads data to the cloud for access

Next Gauge, Inc.
Truck Driver Communication and Safety System (TDCS) is a web-based portal to extend and enhance safety, communications, and compliance of truck drivers serving shale energy sites

Next Generation Filtration Systems, LP
Provides a lubricating fluids purification system that removes particles and volatiles which keeps fluids like new for an almost limitless period of time

Pix Controller Inc.
Methane gas detection system that integrates a digital methane sensor with temperature and barometric pressure data and provides data access via a low power battery operated wireless monitoring backbone

University of Pittsburgh (Radisav Vidic)
Controlled mixing of mine drainage and flowback water to deliver desired quality mixture for use in the fracking process by lowering sulfates and salinity

Well Control Technologies, Inc.
Patented unmanned "Downhole Liquid Level Controller" system that improves proper well de-watering that significantly increasing yields from wells by eliminating fluid build-up

This year's contest was co-sponsored by Ben Franklin Technology Partners ( http://www.benfranklin.org ), Aquatech ( www.Aquatech.com ), CONSOL Energy ( www.consolenergy.com ), Chevron ( http://www.chevron.com/ctv/ ), EQT ( www.eqt.com ), First National Bank ( www.fnb-online.com ), GE Oil & Gas ( http://www.ge-energy.com ), INABATA America ( http://us.inabata.com/ ), Little Pine Resources ( http://littlepineresources.com ), the Marcellus Shale Coalition ( http://marcelluscoalition.org ), PPG Industries ( www.ppg.com ) , Praxair ( www.praxair.com ), Range Resources ( www.rangeresources.com ), Shell ( www.shell.us ), Steptoe-Johnson ( www.steptoe-johnson.com ), Williams ( www.williamsinthenortheast.com ), and XTO Energy ( www.xtoenergy.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. 


Author: Bill Hall, Director, Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center

Contact: Bill Hall