The Powering Collaboration Judges Panels, consisting of both technical experts and management from both companies, evaluated more than 100 submissions from applicants from over 23 countries and across a number of industries.  From these, the following four initial cash prize winners were selected:

Clean Energy and Water Technologies

Melbourne, Victoria (Australia)

Clean Energy and Water Technologies submitted a proposal for an integrated technology to produce fresh water from ‘produced water’ by first separating total organic compounds by pre-treatment. The remaining clear water high dissolved solids, including salt, are separated by turning them into ice crystals through “Eutectic freeze crystallization (EFC).” The ‘recovered’ fresh water can be reused again, and with salt removed, there is no build-up of salt deposits.


“With more than 500,000 onshore wells in the US, reducing the amount of water used is important for the environment. This is what inspired me to take part” - Ahilan Raman, Director, Clean Energy and Water Technologies

Battelle Memorial Institute

Columbus, Ohio (USA)

Using their expertise in nano and micro particles, they have created a ‘nanosponge’ that targets the main actors (halite ions) that create salt deposits in pipes.  Once the nano-particles are injected into the well, they soak up the halite ions so they can never crystalize. This stops the salt deposits from ever forming. Therefore, less water is required to clean the pipes, and processed water can be reused.


“We saw a great benefit from applying our expertise in material science to the oil and gas industry, helping to offset the challenging economic realities producers are now facing.” - Anthony Duong, Battelle Memorial Institute 

Micronic Technologies

Wise, Virginia (USA)

The MicroDesal™ is a unique, patented, low-pressure, low-temperature, mechanical evaporation technology that purifies contaminated water from any source. It is made up of only three moving parts: the blower, motor, and feed water pump. At 95% throughput, it reduces waste volume for efficient disposal and is estimated to cost 1/10th that of distillation.


“Powering Collaboration provides a useful way for early-stage companies to raise money, attract investment, build industry relationships and provide a route to market” - Karen Sorber, CEO, Micronic Technologies

The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester

Rochester, New York (USA)

Using newly developed laser technology, a series of permanent micro- and nano-scale structures are made on the inside of the piping so it is permanently super-hydrophobic. With the downhole production pipes super water-repellent, it will greatly reduce the contact between the pipe walls and the salt-concentrated water, making it harder for salt to build up.


“After reading the particulars of the challenge, it was obvious that our technology was a perfect fit for the problems presented” – Chunlei Guo, University of Rochester


CLICK HERE to view the initial cash prize winners of Topic 1: Reduced Use of Sand in Onshore Operations