What We’re About
Upwing Energy is Bringing Gas Production to New Heights.™ We provide the only artificial lift technology that increases the production and recovery of gas from conventional and unconventional wells.
Our vision is to maximize the production and recovery rate of all natural gas resources worldwide.
Our mission is to increase our customers’ rate of return on natural gas production assets by increasing their production and recovery rates through our disruptive artificial lift technology for conventional and unconventional natural gas resources.
The initiative to develop a Subsurface Compressor system began in 2011 under parent company Calnetix Technologies. The initiative was first inspired while analyzing the pressure of hot brine being produced by an oil and gas well for the installation of a Thermapower Organic Rankine Cycle 125MT system.
Proof of Concept
From 2013 to 2014, a proof of concept system was developed by Calnetix through a special R&D program. To accelerate the development and production times for this and other oil and gas programs, the company acquired and developed unique intellectual property for electric motors, power electronics and control software, which offered unique benefits outside of Calnetix’s existing technologies for oil and gas applications.
In 2015, Calnetix carried out component qualifications and subsystem testing for the proof of concept system. The complete subsurface compressor system (SCS) was built and tested in a specially constructed test bed to simulate well conditions, and a deployment process was created using existing deployment techniques.
First Well Trial
In 2016, Upwing Energy was formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of Calnetix Technologies to focus on the development and sale of SCS products. The first well trial took place in the first quarter of 2016 in a gas well located in Northern Texas, and was followed by design improvements and validation, leading up to additional trials in the fourth quarter of 2016 to successfully complete the proof of concept phase.
Leading the Way
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Artinian has over 25 years of experience in domestic and international business development and specializes in creating profitable business growth by identifying and developing disruptive technologies in the energy sector. He successfully formed and exited multiple start-up companies while previously serving as the Executive Vice President of Calnetix Technologies. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Artinian was the Managing Director of Access Energy, a Calnetix subsidiary, where he was responsible for multiple global licensing deals. From 2006 to 2009, he was the Vice President of Business Development for Calnetix spin-off Direct Drive Systems (DDS), and played a major role in its acquisition by FMC Technologies in 2009. He holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of California.
Chief Technical Officer
Mr. McMullen has over 30 years of experience in the magnetic devices field for high-speed equipment. Prior to joining Upwing Energy, he co-founded parent company Calnetix Technologies, where he served as the Chief Technical Officer and was the key subject matter expert on all of Calnetix’s technologies and integration capabilities. He played a major role in identifying, evaluating, developing, acquiring and selling IP for all Calnetix spin-off companies, including Upwing. While at Calnetix, he also led the formation of VYCON, another Calnetix subsidiary, and served as its Chief Technical Officer from 2003 to 2013. Prior to the establishment of Calnetix, Mr. McMullen was the Vice President of Research and Development at Avcon, Inc. He is the author of multiple patents and publications in high-speed turbomachinery and holds a MBA from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Kuo-Chiang (K-C) Chen
Vice President of Engineering
Dr. Chen has over 20 years of experience in engineering management and product development. Prior to joining Upwing, he was the Senior Technology Manager for Halliburton, where he managed new product development and sustaining engineering. Previously, he was VP of Engineering for China National Petroleum Corporation USA, where he created technology strategies and built an engineering organization for the new corporate start-up. Prior to that, Dr. Chen spent 17 years at Schlumberger advancing from an individual technical contributor to Technology Manager managing global organizations. He is the author of over 30 patents and multiple publications and holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from National Taiwan University.
Vice President of Corporate Operations and Communications
Ms. Frey has over 15 years of experience defining marketing and organizational strategies and evaluating emerging markets. She specializes in driving external communications efforts for early stage companies that effectively differentiate their market positioning, while building out and managing their internal operations infrastructure to support organic growth. Before joining Upwing, Ms. Frey served as the Director of Marketing for Calnetix Technologies and its subsidiaries VYCON, Access Energy and Direct Drive Systems (DDS) from 2008 to 2016. She was instrumental in the sale and transition of DDS to FMC Technologies in 2009. Previously, Ms. Frey held multiple marketing, operations and communications management roles in the oil and gas industry, including positions with venture-capital backed ORYXE Energy, Gulf Oil, Conocophillips, Tosco and Mobil Oil. Ms. Frey holds a MBA from California State University, Long Beach and a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Georgia.
Mr. Biddick has over 10 years of experience in product development and project management. Prior to joining Upwing, he was the Project Manager for Integrated Completions at Schlumberger, where he was responsible for managing mechanical and electrical engineering, manufacturing and supply chain teams in the U.S. and Europe and developing reservoir monitoring and flow control technology into the first fully electric integrated downhole system. Previously at Schlumberger, he was the Technical Champion for Core Completions in Asia and the Business Development Manager, Completions for Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines. Prior to that, Mr. Biddick spent 7 years on Schlumberger’s Completions Team in Houston, advancing from Design Engineer to Project Manager to Team Lead. He is the author of multiple patents and holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville.
Upwing Energy Advisor and Former Baker Hughes President
Joe Vandevier is the President and Principal Consultant at Downhole Dynamics, LLC and has over 30 years of experience within the energy industry. Previously, he served as President of Production Optimization at Baker Hughes Incorporated and Vice President of Technology of Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Vandevier served as Vice President, and Chief Technical Officer of Centrilift, a Baker Hughes division. He served as Vice President of North America Operations and Former Soviet Union at Centrilift. He has been a Director of Grand River Dam Authority since October 15, 2014. Mr. Vandevier holds 17 U.S. patents, and is the author of numerous technical papers. He is a member of SPE and IEEE and is a registered professional Engineer in the State of Oklahoma. Mr. Vandevier received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering and M.S. degree in Engineering Management from the University of Tulsa.
Dr. Stuart Scott
Upwing Energy Advisor and Former Shell Artificial Lift / Pumping Principal Technical Expert
Dr. Stuart L. Scott is the Director of Technology for Petroleum Emerging Technology Corporation (PetroleumETC) and is a well-known technical authority in the areas of artificial lift, multiphase pumping, and production engineering/operations. From 2008-2016, he managed the Shell Deepwater Artificial Lift Technology Program and served several years as the Artificial Lift / Pumping Principal Technical Expert (PTE) for Shell globally. Before coming to Shell, Dr. Scott held the Bethancourt Professorship of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, was a faculty member at Louisiana State University (LSU) and worked for Phillips Petroleum Company in a variety of roles. He is a Distinguished Member of SPE and holds the ASME Henry R. Worthington Medal for “eminent achievement in the evolving field of multiphase pumping.” He holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Petroleum Engineering and a M.S. degree in Computer Science all from The University of Tulsa.
Dr. Richard Erdlac
Upwing Energy Advisor and Geoscientist
Dr. Richard Erdlac is the Principal of Erdlac Energy Consulting and has over 30 years of experience as a geoscientist. His areas of expertise include conducting exploratory and regional energy investigations, generating subsurface maps and temperature data and qualifying well production. Previously, Dr. Erdlac served as the Director of Energy Research and Commercialization for Energy America, and was a lecturer and research scientist for the Center of Energy and Economic Diversification (CEED) at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB). Dr. Erdlac’s other professional roles include Chairman and Director of Integrated Research at West Texas Earth Resources Institute, Research Associate Professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department Center for Applied Petrophysical Studies (CAPS) at Texas Tech, and Senior Geophysicist roles for Gulf Oil Exploration and Production. Dr. Erdlac is an accomplished author and technical presenter with over 100 publications and presentations. He has a Ph.D. in Structural Geology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Pittsburgh.