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  • February 6, 2019

    Upwing Energy Awarded Patents for Key Technologies in Subsurface Compressor System™

    Artificial Lift Technology Company to Accelerate Downhole Gas Compressor Development

    CERRITOS, Calif. – Feb. 6, 2019 -- The United States Patent Office has awarded three new patents to Upwing Energy for critical enabling technologies in the company’s new Subsurface Compressor System™ (SCS). The SCS increases gas production by decreasing bottom hole flowing pressure and causing higher reservoir drawdown.

    The three new patents cover certain aspects of Upwing’s high-speed motor drives and seal-less downhole system with a magnetically supported rotor, which underpin key elements of the SCS downhole artificial lift system.

    The Upwing SCS is designed to overcome decreased gas velocity and liquid accumulation that reduce production and limit gas recovery in unconventional gas wells. It is the industry’s first reliable downhole compression system and is based on Upwing’s proprietary magnetic bearing and variable frequency drive technologies, which overcome the challenges and limitations of subsurface fluid compression under the extreme conditions present in gas wells that are up to 12,000 feet below the surface. The result is a system that is robust, inexpensive and easy to deploy and retrieve.

    Upwing Energy has been granted core technology patents from its parent company Calnetix Technologies and has filed its own system-level and application-related patents for downhole rotating devices. The company has 41 U.S. and 18 foreign patent applications to date.

    “These key patent awards are an important achievement and open the door for rapid commercialization of our disruptive subsurface artificial lift technology,” said Herman Artinian, president and CEO of Upwing Energy.

  • June 12, 2018

    Upwing Energy Closes Funding Round Led by Equinor Technology Ventures and Cooper and Company

    Artificial Lift Technology Company to Accelerate Downhole Gas Compressor Development

    CERRITOS, Calif. – June 12, 2018 – Upwing Energy, an artificial lift technology company, today announced that it has received an equity investment from Equinor Technology Ventures and Cooper and Company to accelerate the development of its downhole gas compressor with the goal of boosting the production rate in shale gas wells.

    Upwing Energy is a spin-off from Calnetix Technologies, known for its disruptive innovations within high-speed motors, magnetic bearings and power electronics. These technologies are being applied by Upwing in downhole rotating tools, starting with the Subsurface Compressor System (SCS), which is capable of boosting production while sustaining the extreme conditions present in gas wells at up to 12,000 feet below surface.

    “As the second largest gas supplier to Europe and a known early adopter of enabling technologies, Equinor will be an invaluable partner to help accelerate the commercialization of Upwing’s Subsurface Compressor Systems,” said Herman Artinian, Chief Executive Officer of Upwing Energy. “We look forward to working with Equinor and Cooper and Company to achieve our vision of maximizing the production and recoverable reserves of natural gas resources throughout the world.”

    “Equinor is very excited to start this journey with Upwing Energy and to support the development and commercialization of their downhole gas compressor,” said Kristin Aamodt, Managing Director of Equinor Technology Ventures. “We are impressed by the strong team and look forward to supporting market entry for this new technology, which could become an important contributor to reaching our future gas production targets.”

    “For oil wells, we have electrical submersible pumps (ESPs), but for gas wells there are few options available to improve the drawdown,” said Pandurang Kulkarni, Principal Researcher at Equinor’s Research and Technology group. “Upwing’s SCS could mean a step change for increased production and regularity from natural gas wells.”

  • February 23, 2018

    Enhanced Gas Recovery: Benefits Seen in Downhole vs. Wellhead Gas Compression

    Journal of Petroleum Technology