... Southern Gas Association Announces Winners of Innovative Tech Forum

Southern Gas Association Announces Winners of Innovative Tech Forum

Southern Gas Association announced the winning presentations for the 2022 Innovative Tech Forum on March 16. The winners were OnBoard Dynamics, Groebner, Washington Gas Light, Zahroof Valves, NiSource, SeekOps, Kodiak Gas Services and EnerCom.

“Congratulations to the winners of our Second Annual Innovative Tech Forum. This forum showcases the technology, service and product innovators who are leading the way to ensure the natural gas industry plays an integral role in a worldwide sustainable clean energy future,” said Suzanne Ogle, president and CEO of the Southern Gas Association. “After last year’s inaugural event’s success, we were pleased to partner with our Associate Members to promote the innovation acceleration we see in the natural gas industry. SGA applauds each of the presenting companies and all those who submitted proposals. As providers of innovation-driving, sustainable energy solutions, these companies are collaborators and partners in helping operators deliver on their net-zero pledges.”

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The winning presentations at the Innovative Tech Forum equip the industry with the equipment and practices necessary to allow the world to meet rising energy demand achieving climate aspirations.

“We were impressed with the outstanding quality of submissions, making the final selection very difficult this year,” said Steve Lindsey, SGA board chair and executive vice president/chief operating officer of Spire. “Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all of those who submitted proposals. The winning Management Conference presenters are a prestigious sampling of cutting-edge companies that the Innovative Tech Forum will propel forward and upward. In addition, we are grateful to our Associate Section Managing Committee for their ongoing support and leadership in this effort.”

OnBoard Dynamics presented its GoVACTM Flex system, a portable and self-contained natural gas pipeline evacuation system. The patented integrated combustion engine runs on a small portion of the natural gas that is being compressed. Without the need for external power sources, such as diesel-powered air compressors, this design results in the lowest possible carbon and emissions footprint during pipeline evacuations.

Groebner presented its PA12 thermoplastic pipe material as a new solution to address supply chain, pressure, RNG and hydrocarbon issues. This technology can shape the future of the natural gas industry, helping solve Hydrocarbon Permeation issues. PA12 can extend life expectancy over steel, reduce/eliminate CP costs, reduce the number of joints underground, and can help carry RNG at a reduced cost to stainless and more.

Washington Gas Light presented its hydrogen fuel cell medium-duty crew truck pilot, which represents a critical next step in commercializing fleet hydrogen stations and vocational medium-duty fuel cell truck technology. ​​It helps fleet owners achieve zero emissions without compromising payload and duty cycle, which is often the case with pure battery electric vehicles in the medium and heavy-duty vehicle sectors.

Zahroof Valves showed an impact on performance, reliability, ESG and maintenance with its StraightFlo valve, which improves compressor performance, reliability, maintenance and emissions control.

NiSource presented its NiSAFE Blackline Personal Safety Device, which is a wearable safety technology for field employees conducting their day-to-day work activities. It provides added layers of protection and faster response time to emergency situations creating a safer environment for our employees, customers and communities. NiSource also presented residential intelligent safety endpoints with the Gas Smart Meter, which includes new safety features and cellular (LTE-M) communications to monitor important safety limits for pressure, flow and temperature at the closest point to the customer. In addition, the device is configured to automatically stop the flow of gas if a safety limit is exceeded.

SeekOps presented detecting, localizing and quantifying methane emissions using drone-mounted SeekIR TDLAS technology.

Kodiak Gas Services presented EcoView, which provides responsibly sourced natural gas and addresses the ever-evolving regulatory environment.

EnerCom Inc. presented Facilitating Connections for Energy Technology Companies and Capital Markets with the Energy Venture Investment Summit.

Southern Gas Association’s Innovative Tech Forum takes place on April 21 and celebrates natural gas innovation. The Innovative Tech Forum is a dynamic tech fest dedicated to product and service discovery. It highlights how innovative thinking and innovative technology can build a better and cleaner energy future for all. Focusing on innovation, SGA Associate Members who submitted proposals will have an opportunity to showcase their cutting-edge solutions with the SGA Operating Member community in a 15-minute live technology presentation with live Q&A during the 2022 Management Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

The panel of industry judges included SGA’s board executive committee and its 32 board directors.

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