Nittany Extraction Technologies LLC is commercializing the research of Penn State University professors John Hellmann and Barry Scheetz , both of whom work in the University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and College of Engineering. Rounding out the team is Martin Bradley, Dr. Ryan Koseski, co-inventor of the technology, and Timothy Hurley. The company has developed an innovative process that uses low-cost, widely available waste materials such as mine tailings, in the production of proppants. In short, proppants are used to “prop” open rock fractures that occur during the drilling process, creating a pathway for the transmission of hydrocarbons and maintaining the porosity needed to allow the flow of oil and gas.
According to Mr. William Hall, the Director of Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center (http://www.sgicc.org), “Because of the Marcellus Shale resource, Pennsylvania is likely to become one of the largest producers of natural gas in the world. The ability to manufacture cost effective proppants here in the state represents a very significant commercial opportunity. We’re proud to support the work of researchers and small businesses that are developing new technologies or improving upon existing ones that will make the industry safer, more efficient, and more productive.”
About the Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center
The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center (SGICC) is designed to harness innovation and new technologies as a means to maximize the economic return to Pennsylvania’
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About Ben Franklin Technology Partners/Central and Northern
Ben Franklin Technology Partners CNP, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, provides investment capital, operational assistance, and entrepreneurial support to emerging tech-based companies and small, established businesses/manufacturers for the purpose of creating and retaining jobs in Pennsylvania. Contact the central office of Ben Franklin in University Park at (814) 863-4559 or see our website at www.cnp.benfranklin.org