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Three cheers for ND innovation! Statoil and GE just announced the winner’s of the first Open Innovation Sand Challenge. We’re excited that UND had a place in the winner’s circle. John Hurley of University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota is one of five winners. His solution is lightweight, locally sourced ceramic proppant. Made from local widely available non-premium ore, which is approximately 40 percent less dense than current ceramic proppants.
The 2nd Open Innovation Challenge was recently announced and will focus on water / minimizing water usage in unconventional energy development – Submission open through September 24, 2015
For more information on both Challenges please visit poweringcollaboration.comfor updates, submission forms, and winner profiles. Both Challenges are subject to Official Rules (Sand Official Rules) (Water Official Rules).