September 29, 2022
The Oil & Gas Cleantech Challenge is a product innovation showcase and competition that connects clean technology solutions to the oil and natural gas industry. As the oil and natural gas industry evolves and faces challenging markets, it continues to invest in technologies that address methane mitigation, resource usage, water quality and operational risks.
Innovative solutions providers will complete a competitive vetting process, after which 10 to 12 companies will be invited to present their technologies to the partners and sponsors.
There are no geographic restrictions or requirements for participating companies.
For more information or ways to get involved
contact Mary Austin or Joseph Paterson-Roberts.
Oil and Gas companies are seeking
the following technologies:
AIR ESPECIALLY METHANE, ETHANE, VOC AND CRITERIA POLLUTANT DETECTION, QUANTIFICATION, OR CONTROL
(including but not limited to) Emissions control/reduction/detection, quantification from valves, piping and vented sources; solutions to easily control or mitigate well unloading; control of flashing emissions from tanks, safe control of emissions associated with drilling due to entrained gas in drilling mud, improved pressure relief devices and new designs to contain flashing emissions; smokeless burners for flash emissions combustion; flare control and flare efficiency improvements; flare efficiency metering and destruction efficiency testing at each device; remote sensing; non-emitting field equipment such as chemical pumps. Specific interest in next generation technologies that can replace pneumatic control systems and pneumatic pumps to eliminate methane emissions and gas to liquid vaporization for emissions minimization and flare management.
CARBON CAPTURE UTILIZATION AND STORAGE
(including but not limited to): Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) encompasses methods and technologies to remove CO2 from the production streams, particularly small source streams from engines <2000-hp or from the atmosphere. This capture is followed by recycling the CO2 for utilization and determining safe and permanent storage options.
(including but not limited to) low cost sensors and actuators with data collection, networked for monitoring, optimization and decision making to improve environmental monitoring; low cost hardware for problem detection and spill prevention. [Need to see applications, not just suggestions.]
(including but not limited to): Large scale battery storage solutions, geothermal, inactive well site solutions, pumped hydro, hybrid renewable systems.
(including but not limited to) Real-time monitoring including efficient sampling, and analysis; beneficial re-use of produced water including recycling or conversion to solid salt suitable for winter road maintenance or dust control; recycling of flowback water; new disposal methods; minimization of water volumes; well bore integrity monitoring systems; alternative sourcing and processing to freshwater. Water-less fracking technologies (e.g. use of cold compressed natural gas or LNG in place of water). Water accountancy tools
ITEMS TO REDUCE TRUCK TRAFFIC
(including but not limited to) Technologies for more efficient supply use; technologies to reduce waste generation; beneficial use of drill cuttings and produced/flowback water.
SPACE SAVING ITEMS TO REDUCE FOOTPRINT
(including but not limited to) More space efficient separators, treaters, drilling systems to reduce land footprint.
(including but not limited to) Low cost, field installable natural gas compressor retrofit kit to reduce emissions, improve operating efficiency and reduce operating costs.
(including but not limited to) More energy efficient and responsive natural gas engines; efficient and clean generators; more efficient dual fuel (diesel and natural gas) engines that coordinate operations to provide power and response. Technologies that can economically convert waste heat sources (reciprocating engine exhaust heat and jacket water heat, geothermal, etc) into electricity at smaller scales (e.g. 20kW to 250kW). High efficiency engine technologies could include smaller scale natural gas fueled micro-turbine engines (<500kW). Alternative power sources to supplant combustion in remote locations (where grid connection is not economic or challenging). Alternative energy such as solar, wind, etc.
PLANT OR BIOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS
(including but not limited to) Salt tolerant vegetation or trees targeted for beneficial use of produced water; vegetation or trees targeted for growth in drill cutting based soils; site or spill remediation solutions. Biochar for produced/flowback water cleanup, soil remediation. Synthetic biology and genetically modified plants that capture CO2
ADVANCED MATERIALS AND CHEMICALS
(including but not limited to) Novel materials or chemicals comprised of no or fewer hazardous chemicals; advanced materials less likely to rust or corrode which will improve containment; improved treating chemicals and detection methods; chemicals to extract hazardous items from produced fluids; new products made from captured CO2, new ways to capture/separate CO2 and NGLs, or geothermal technologies.
SOLID POLLUTION REDUCTION
(including but not limited to): Trash and litter are a community problem that impacts the industry and the communities oil and gas companies work in. While not the primary source, industry generates solid waste (which has the potential to become pollution) from oil and gas operations. Novel approaches for eliminating the need for a high use material, material substitution or methods to contain and recycle high frequency items.
HYDROGEN AND HYDROGEN INFRASTRUCTURE
(including but not limited to) Hydrogen production, hydrogen
transport technologies and novel synergistic uses for existing infrastructure.
LOW PRESSURE/LOW FLOW MAINTENANCE
Cost-effective, precise and accurate measurement of low
volume gas flow at almost atmospheric conditions, i.e. on the suction of tank vapor destruction devices.
(including but not limited to) Limiting water and energy usage in operational divisions; mitigating engine noise pollution; dust control; information technology applications that limit environmental impact. Sound attenuation systems for low-frequency noise from drilling/completion sites in proximity to residents. Multi-phase gas compression technologies.
Congratulations to the 2021 grand prize winner:
October 25, 2021
October 8, 2021
Congratulations to the 2020 grand prize winner:
September 18, 2020
October 30, 2020