Fourteen companies — the next generation of energy innovators — are competing for four berths as winner of the 2015 Shale Gas Innovation Contest. The Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center will announce the winners — each receives a check for $25,000 — at a free event on May 12.
The finalists are 9three Solutions, a West Virginia company that provides 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 in Beech Creek is a company whose products include spill-proof, skid-mounted, rig-friendly waste storage units.
EthosGen of Wilkes-Barre has developed an engine that converts waste heat to electricity.
Fairmont Brine Processing in West Virginia provides an evaporation and crystallization process that fully treats wastewater, extracting reusable byproducts.
Fiber Innovation Technologies offers a paper mill by-product known as Short Paper Fiber for use as a solidification agent in drilling operations.
FMW Rubber Products in West Virginia makes portable water storage and distribution systems that utilize reusable bladders up to 250,000 gallons and mobile collapsible pipeline systems.
H Quest Vanguard of Pittsburgh enables manufacture of a synthetic crude oil through co-processing natural gas with a variety of hydrocarbons and biomass.
HalenHardy in Bellwood is developer of products — including GritGrab Anti-Slip Surfacing — made of fiberglass reinforced plastic that provides a surface that helps dramatically improve traction for workers’ boots.
Identified Technologies of Pittsburgh makes unmanned aerial vehicle and docking systems that provide high-res optical, infrared and gas-sniffing data. They also autonomously swap/charge batteries and upload data to the cloud for access.
Next Gauge in Pittsburgh is developer of the Truck Driver Communication and Safety System (TDCS), a web-based portal to extend and enhance safety, communications and compliance of truck drivers serving shale energy sites.
Next Generation Filtration Systems in Pittsburgh makes lubricating fluids purification systems that remove particles and volatiles, and keep fluids like new for an almost limitless period of time.
PixController in Export is a maker of an ethane 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.
Writer: Elise Vider