Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation Contest Generated More Than 70 New Ideas!

  Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation Contest Generated More Than 70 New

Business Wire

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- February 7, 2013

Last fall, The Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (
announced its second annual Innovation Contest. The deadline for participation
was February 1, 2013. Like last year’s very successful competition which
received more than 50 applications, this year’s statewide contest turned out
to be of great interest and generated more than 70 new ideas. A total of
$75,000 in prize money is being offered, and three winners will be announced
in the spring.

Bill Hall, SGICC Director, noted that the quality of the applications was very
high. “We received even more applications than last year, and many of the
concepts are really impressive. Topics covered the entire gamut of the shale
gas play from down-hole extraction, pad protection and environmental safety,
water and wastewater focused technologies, data management concepts, and even
included multiple downstream gas and NGL utilization technologies. We are
excited to start the vetting process to select the best concepts.”

A list of finalists will be selected by the end of March, 2013. After making
presentations to a panel of judges, three winners will be chosen at an event
held in May. An announcement regarding the date, time, and location will be
circulated once all the details have been finalized.

The Shale Gas Innovation Contest was co-sponsored by Ben Franklin Technology
Partners (, ANGA (, Acorn Energy
(, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (,
CONSOL Energy (, Chesapeake Energy (, The Dow
Chemical Company (, First National Bank
( ), Little Pine Resources (,
the Marcellus Shale Coalition (,OSCOMP Systems
( and Praxair (

For questions, contact Bill Hall at either 814-933-8203 or

About the SGICC

The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center
( 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.


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