MRO Magazine

Four Winners of $100,000 Shale Gas Innovation Contest Announced!

May 14, 2015
By Business Wire News


On May 12th in Southpointe, PA, during the Fourth Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest, out of 14 finalists, the following four companies each walked away with a winner’s check for $25,000:

  • Appalachian Drilling Services, Inc. – Providesspill-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.
  • EthosGen – Offers systems that convert waste heat to electricity through a unique piston-based Organic-Rankine Cycle (ORC) scalable power solution available from 12-250kw.
  • Fairmont Brine Processing – Developedevaporation and crystallization process that fully treats wastewater and extracts reusable by-products.
  • PixController, Inc. – Offers a low-cost methane gas-detection system that integrates a digital methane sensor with temperature and barometric pressure data.

Bill Hall, SGICC Director noted, “The 14 finalists showed the diversity of ideas brought forward by entrepreneurs and small companies in the region to help advance the shale energy play.” Contest sponsors also weighed in with praise for the event. “EQT is always searching for new technologies to improve our operations,” said Karl Coke, Senior Vice President of Innovation at EQT Production. “The process used by SGICC to uncover innovative products and services is a valuable asset to the industry.”

The list of the 14 Finalists with a full description of their technologies can be found at:

The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center ( supports and commercializes early-stage technologies that enhance responsible stewardship of the environment while properly utilizing this energy asset.

Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center
Bill Hall/ Director, 814-933-8203