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EERC Wins GE and Statoil Open Innovation Award

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is one of five winners of the inaugural Open Innovation Challenge, focused on addressing the use of sand in unconventional operations. The EERC won for developing a lightweight, locally sourced ceramic proppant. The Challenge is sponsored by a Sustainability Collaboration between GE Oil and Gas and Statoil. The judging panel, consisting of both technical experts and management from both companies, evaluated more than 100 submissions from applicants from over 30 countries. "It is exciting and gratifying to note the quality and quantity of responses and that many were from industries not related to energy," stated Eric Gebhardt, Chief Technology Officer, GE Oil and Gas. "The positive respon ...

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