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Four WV Companies in Finals of $100,000 Shale Gas Innovation Contest


On May 12, 2015, the Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center will announce the four winners of this year’s Shale Gas Innovation Contest with each receiving a check for $25,000. The Finals Event & Innovation Workshop will be held from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe, PA. To register, click here.

Four West Virginia firms made the cut to pitch at the finals, including:

  • 9three Solutions Inc. — Providing inline security devices connected via a centralized private cloud routing server enabling companies to secure various types of hardware including critical Industrial Control Systems
  • Fairmont Brine Processing — Evaporation and crystallization process that fully treats wastewater, extracting reusable byproducts as well as formulate fracture stimulation fluids specifically to an operating company’s completion design
  • Fiber Innovation Technologies, LLC — Offering a paper mill by-product known as Short Paper Fiber for use as a solidification agent in drilling operations that has superior properties and a lower selling point over the current solidification agents
  • FMW Rubber Products, Inc. — Offering proven technologies used by the military to provide a portable water storage and distribution system utilizing reusable bladders up to 250,000 gallons each and mobile collapsible pipeline systems
Barth-Anderson-Emery-Peduto 2014 SGIC Winners

Tony Anderson of NG Innovations (2nd from left) was the 2014 WV winner, pictured here with Anne Barth, Lindsay Emery, and Guy Peduto

The Finals Event & Innovation Workshop will be held from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe, PA. To register, click here.

“The innovation contest shines a light on the best new innovations being developed in our region that are related to the shale energy space,” said Bill Hall, the SGICC Director.

In addition to showcasing the 14 finalists, a session has been added this year that will help innovators learn how to successfully provide new products and services to the shale energy industry. The program at this FREE EVENT will also include two panels comprised of small companies that have successfully launched products/services in the shale energy industry or are in the demonstration phase. A free buffet lunch will be included.

The afternoon will consist of the 14 finalist presentations and the announcement of the four Innovation Contest winners.  A networking reception will follow immediately with representatives from each of the finalists and panel companies available to highlight their shale gas innovation concepts.

“Thanks to the sponsors of this contest, entrepreneurs and innovators have a chance to earn cash awards, exposure to potential investors and strategic partners, and visibility for their work,” said Anne Barth, Executive Director of TechConnect West Virginia.

The event is free to attend, but registration is required.  To register and see a list of all finalists, sponsors and exhibitors, click here.

This year’s contest was co-sponsored by Ben Franklin Technology Partners (, Aquatech (, CONSOL Energy (, Chevron (, EQT (, First National Bank ( ), GE Oil & Gas (, INABATA America (, Little Pine Resources (, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (, PPG Industries ( , Praxair (, Range Resources (, Shell (, Steptoe-Johnson (, Williams (, and XTO Energy (