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$100,000 Available in the 4th Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2014

For further information: Bill Hall/Director

Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center

814-933-8203 / billhall@psu.edu


$100,000 Available in the 4th Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest!

STATE COLLEGE, PAAre you a researcher, entrepreneur, or small business in Pennsylvania or West Virginia focused on developing a new product or service for the shale energy space?  The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center www.sgicc.org just announced today their 4th Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest, offering a total of 0,000 in cash prizes for the four best shale energy oriented innovations, new product ideas, or service concepts that are either in the development stage or recently launched.  A simple online application can be found at http://www.sgicc.org/2015-shale-gas-innovation-contest.html.

We also want to recognize the generous support of the Benedum Foundation that once again extends the contest to include West Virginia, as well as Pennsylvania.

In addition to the cash prizes, successful applicants will gain exposure to investors, potential partners, and industry sponsors.  This 4th Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest is co-sponsored by Ben Franklin Technology Partners (http://www.benfranklin.org), AquaTech (www.aquatech.com), Chevron Technology Ventures (http://www.chevron.com/ctv/ctvi/), CONSOL Energy (www.consolenergy.com), First National Bank (www.fnb-online.com ), GE Oil & Gas (http://www.ge-energy.com), INABATA America Corporation (http://us.inabata.com/), Little Pine Resources (http://littlepineresources.com), the Marcellus Shale Coalition (http://marcelluscoalition.org), PPG Industries (http://corporate.ppg.com/), Praxair (www.praxair.com), Range Resources (http://www.rangeresources.com/), Shell (http://www.shell.com/), Steptoe & Johnson PLLC (http://www.steptoe-johnson.com/ ),Williams (www.williamsinthenortheast.com),  and XTO Energy (http://www.xtoenergy.com/). 

Bill Hall, Director of the SGICC noted, “We continue to be amazed by the rapid pace of innovation adoption across the shale energy play. Entrepreneurs along with many small businesses are playing a significant role, developing new technologies or offering existing products or services already in use in other areas, now being incorporated in to various aspects of the shale energy play. Through the contest SGICC shines a light on the best new innovations being developed in our region.”

Entering the competition is easy, requiring the completion of a simple online application found at http://www.sgicc.org/2015-shale-gas-innovation-contest.html. Any idea or already commercialized product or service related to the shale energy space is eligible. Examples include natural gas or NGL utilization products/services, novel materials or chemicals to enhance performance or, for instance prevent corrosion or improve product yield, remote site monitoring technologies, well pad EH&S products or services, natural gas or NGL conversion technologies, and water management or remediation technologies.

Finalists will be chosen by a panel of industry experts. To download an application, visit www.sgicc.org and click on the $100,000 Shale Gas Innovation Contest tabDeadline to enter is February 1, 2015.

For details regarding eligibility or other questions, contact Bill Hall at either 814-933-8203 or billhall@psu.edu.

About the SGICC

Description: Description: Description: dcedpreferredhorizrighthighTHUMBThe Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center (www.sgicc.org) is designed to harness innovation and new technologies as a means to maximize the economic return to Pennsylvania’s citizens from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations.  The Center’s goal is to increase sustainable employment and wealth creation in Pennsylvania that has the potential to outlast the initial exploration, production and transportation of natural gas from the formations.  The Center will also identify, support and commercialize technologies and early-stage businesses that enhance responsible stewardship of the environment while properly utilizing this transformative energy asset. 

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GE Water: Marcellus fuels growth

Water-300x171Joseph N. DiStefano

GE Power & Water employs more than 350 at the Trevose headquarters and labs of its $2.5 billion/annual sales, 7,500-employee Global Water and Process Technologies business, and the engineers who run the group expect more business for customers in the region (revised) as the exploitation of Marcellus Shale gas and other fuels increases, chief executive Heiner Markhoff told a group of energy scholars and GE clients at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School on Thursday.

“The shale revolution is really changing the world,” Markhoff said. “We thought we’d be out of fossil fuels,” but scientists now expect shale gases and oil to last for centuries. He noted that shale fuel has sparked construction of “the first new petrochemical complex in Texas in a long time,” with plans for more in Virginia and wetsern Pennsylvania.

“With great opportunity comes great responsibility, too,” Markhoff added, citing the large volume of chemically-treated water needed in hydraulic “fracturing” that forces fuel to the surface through deep wells. GE sees opportunity in building more efficient, less polluting water systems to support energy extraction.

Read more:  http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-phillydeals/GE-Water-plans-higher-profile-.html#Cyd6pJGuAj3Qc27c.99

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Fracking in Marcellus turns 10

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It doesn’t take a petroleum engineer to see how far fracking has come since its first successful use on a Marcellus shale well 10 years ago.

Bird’s-eye view photos of Range Resources Corp.’s work sites at the Renz well it completed in Washington County in 2004 and a more recent well illustrate a decade of improving environmental safeguards and production techniques.

The earlier view shows mounds of dirt where Fort Worth-based Range, which at the time was focused on exploring the shale’s potential, cut into a Mt. Pleasant hillside with few erosion or spill-prevention safeguards in place.

“We just scratched the surface,” said Dennis Degner, vice president of Southern Marcellus operations at the company’s office in Cecil.

The modern frack job takes place on a stone-covered well pad, lined and buffered to control spills and reduce disturbances, with tanks and equipment already in place to handle water, sand and eventual gas production.

“There’s really a complete paradigm shift in environmental stewardship,” Degner said.

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Planned Sunoco pipeline will quadruple gas liquids traffic

pipe work (2)Andrew Maykuth

Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. announced Thursday that it will build an enormous, $2.5 billion pipeline project that will quadruple the volume of Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids moving through the Philadelphia area.
The Mariner East 2 project, the second phase of a plan to move materials like propane, butane, and ethane from Appalachian shale-gas fields, would dramatically expand industrial activity at the company’s Marcus Hook Industrial Complex.
Sunoco Logistics said it would build a pipeline at least 16 inches in diameter to follow the route of its first Mariner East project, an 83-year-old fuel pipeline crossing Pennsylvania that the company is repurposing to carry liquids to Marcus Hook.

Industry and political leaders have rallied behind the Mariner East projects as a way to closely tie Philadelphia to the Marcellus Shale region, which now accounts for nearly a quarter of the nation’s natural gas production.

“This is tremendous news for our regional economy and energy workers,” said U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R., Pa.), whose district includes Marcus Hook.
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Primus Green Energy- flared gas solution

flaring mainby JERRY SCHRANZ

As you may be aware, ~$20B of gas is flared each year around the world. Globally, flaring produces approximately 400 million tons of harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually, according to the World Bank-led Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership. This flaring often occurs in remote oilfield locations, where limited to no pipeline infrastructure exists to transport the gas to market. This challenge represents a huge opportunity for small-scale GTL – New technologies that enable the deployment of cost-effective, small-scale gas-to-liquids plants can help oil and gas producers capture the flared gas on-site and monetize the resources currently being wasted.

Primus is an alternative fuel technology company that has developed a proprietary STG+ gas-to-liquid technology poised to solve some problems the oil and gas industries are facing.  They have so far:

  • A 100,000 gallon/year demo facility in operation, which is producing 93-octane gasoline directly from natural gas. (meets regulatory standards in U.S. and Europe. Here’s a link to animation explaining STG+
  • Their 93-octane gasoline produces less CO2, low in benzene, and zero sulfur, compared to traditional gasoline, and the Primus product can be mixed with traditional gasoline.

In most cases, flaring is the only option for oilfield operators, as pipeline infrastructure doesn’t exist to get the gas to market. That’s where Primus comes in. Earlier this summer, Primus introduced the commercialization aspects of their flared gas solution. The system takes natural gas that would otherwise be flared and converts it into high quality gasoline using Primus’ proprietary STG+ technology. The gasoline can then be blended into a refinery gasoline pool or mixed with crude for simplified transport. Since then , they have been approached by numerous oil and gas producers from around the globe who are eager for an economic alternative to flaring in the face of increasing anti-flaring regulations.

The flared gas solution modular systems are available in standard pre-engineered models with nameplate production capacities of 250, 500, and up to 2000 BPD. In the future, these systems will also be available for offshore applications. The technology is a significant improvement over other on-site platforms being explored – which include CNG technologies and other, less cost-effective GTL technologies – as it can produce multiple end products from the same gas feedstock. The Primus process also is less water intense and has the ability and recycles the water.

You can read more about Primus’ flared gas solution in this white paper. Here’s also a short video presentation from NASA and World Bank in association with the GGFR Partnership, showing the larger perspective beyond North Dakota.



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