Texas Tech Places Second in 2015 Texas Energy Innovation Challenge
A team of Texas Tech University students finished runner-up in the 2015 Texas Energy Innovation Challenge sponsored by Power Across Texas.
The Texas Tech team finished behind Houston in the competition held Friday (May 1) at the state Capitol building in Austin, but finished ahead of the University of Texas, Texas A&M University and the University of Texas-El Paso. Their challenge was to present to a panel of judges solutions for the 2015 Texas Energy Innovation Challenge (TEIC), to research, evaluate and develop the most creative and economic use for water resulting from hydraulic fracturing of wells, whether that solution includes recycling, disposal or discharge.
Sponsored by faculty representative Dr. Danny Reible, the Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair and professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, the Texas Tech team consists of Ebru Unal, a doctoral student in the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering; James Urban, a master’s student in the Rawls College of Business; Ritesh Sevanthi, an doctoral student at Texas Tech; and Soraya Honarparvar, a doctoral student in the Department of Chemical Engineering.
“The students presented a comprehensive solution for management of water produced from oil and gas activities, recognizing there is no single solution for such a complex problem,” Reible said. “They developed plans for reusing as much of the produced water as possible for other oil and gas activities, including hydraulic fracturing, but also showed how some of the water could receive low-cost treatment and be used to supply power plant cooling waters, create energy-producing solar ponds and as a deicing fluid for roads during winter. The combined solutions could effectively utilize much of the water that now goes to disposal facilities.”
Also included on the team were Mrunali Patil, a master’s student in the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering, Matthew VanDyke, a doctoral candidate in the College of Media & Communication, and James West, a student in the School of Law.
By finishing second, the Texas Tech team earned a $7,500 scholarship.