RCBI Client Captures Top Innovation Award
May 16, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.VA. – Hard work and a spirit of ingenuity have paid off for green technology leader NG Innovations of Cross Lanes. The company has been named the first ever Shale Gas Innovation Contest winner from West Virginia.
More than 80 innovators from West Virginia and Pennsylvania competed in the contest for $100,000 in prize money. NG was recognized along with three other winners during a ceremony on May 15 in Southpointe, Pennsylvania. A second West Virginia company, Carbon Fiber Composites of Ona, was among 13 semi-finalists.
The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing nominated both state companies for the contest. Support from the Benedum Foundation made possible this year’s expansion of the competition to West Virginia.
NG was awarded $25,000 for the development of its C-Fit unit that identifies the density and amount of fluid being transported and the loading/unloading points. The unit also tracks and date/time stamps truck movement via satellite.
Originally developed for a natural gas and coal company, NG’s patented tracking system improves accountability and, perhaps, most importantly, saves companies money. It allows them to track and sort activities by volume, by density, by company -- even by driver, explained Don Booth, President of NG Innovations.
“Users can track fluids going to and from various wells,” Booth said. “That can help to reduce open road fines. The technology also can help companies account for short loads. There are just a lot of opportunities to find flexibility using this system. It allows users to sort by whatever information they want.”
Booth developed the technology as part of an NG team that included Tony Anderson, Vice President of Technology, and J.R. Maddox, Manager of Field Operations. Today, the company is not simply resting on its laurels. Booth said employees are working on four other innovative products he hopes to bring to market in the near future.
It was just last year that NG officials began to look at commercializing their products. The firm was founded in 2006 as a research and development company serving the oil and gas industry.
NG Innovations specializes in removing contaminates in waste water from oil and natural gas wells. Rather than pumping the waste water underground, NG Innovations removes oils, metals and other impurities from the water and recycles many of them. The purified water can then be reused for agricultural and other purposes.
“We not only recover water but make it useful,” Booth said. “We remove the byproducts and put them in a sellable form. We’re doing everything we can to help the environment but doing it at a reasonable cost to anyone we work for.”
The third annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest was sponsored by Ben Franklin Technology Partners, ANGA, Aquatech, Baker Hughes, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, CONSOL Energy, Chesapeake Energy, Chevron, EQT, First National Bank, GE Oil & Gas, Little Pine Resources, Marcellus Shale Coalition, PPG Industries, Praxair, Ranger Resources, Seneca Resources, and Williams.