Ben Franklin's Shale Gas center announces Innovation Contest winners

May 10, 2013

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - On May 7, the Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center, an initiative that identifies and helps commercialize technologies that enhance responsible stewardship of the environment while creating jobs in the Commonwealth, announced the three $25,000 winners of their Innovation Contest:

• Atlantis Technologies – Developed the Radial Deionization System (RDI), which is 10 times the speed, 15 times the range and less than half the price of previous technologies that deionize produced water from oil, gas, and mining operations. For more information, contact Patrick Curran at or 949-302-5265

• Pyrochem Catalyst – Developed a catalyst technology for natural gas conversion to synthesis gas that has higher activity, longer life and the ability to operate under conditions that save capital and operating cost. The company also engineered a method for utilizing the process heat so that it is not exhausted into the atmosphere. For more information, contact Jeffrey Harrison at or 919-349-7145

• REV LNG – The Company has contracts to source and transport liquid natural gas (LNG) via LNG transporter tankers, which become a virtual pipeline to end user customers. At the customer yard, REV LNG supplies a mobile fueling station to hold the LNG and to be used in a traditional self-serve fuel dispenser. For more information, contact Dave Kailbourne at or call 810-599-1274.

Kathryn Klaber/CEO, of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), commented, “This contest has really developed momentum and taken a significant position in assisting the industry move forward with a series of innovations. The MSC is pleased to support this event again next year.”

Bill Hall, director of the Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center, commented, “The quality of this year’s applications was outstanding.  I don’t envy the judges the job they had of trying to narrow it down to just three winners.”

The event concluded with congratulatory remarks made by Sheri Collins, executive director of the Technology Investment Office at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Sheri commented, “Innovations such as those presented today are exactly what we need to continue to increase job creation across Pennsylvania. On behalf of DCED Secretary C. Alan Walker and the (Gov. Tom) Corbett administration, we applaud all who submitted applications to the Shale Gas Innovation Competition.”

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Last Updated May 10, 2013