Mar 2013 – Steam Machine instantly makes power at SMU

Langson Energy Steam Machine Instantly Makes Clean Electricity
at Southern Methodist University

CARSON CITY, Nev. USA / Mar 19, 2013 — Langson Energy Inc. (LEI) of Carson City, Nevada, successfully created clean power using its newest green technology, the Steam Machine, at Southern Methodist University (SMU).

The Steam Machine made its world debut at the sixth annual Geothermal Energy Utilization Conference held March 12-14 on the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas. Langson’s low cost, scalable clean energy production units are significant to the global energy landscape because traditional turbines have substantial problems with saturated steam, but the Steam Machine seamlessly converts it to power.

SMU Steam Machine Debut
On Wednesday, March 13, energy tech inventor and LEI founder Richard Langson presented, “Water and Steam Applications of the Langson Helical Screw Energy Converter,” a paper written by his colleague Dr. Ron DiPippo, author of four major books including, Geothermal Power Plants: Principles, Applications and Case Studies.

Following Langson’s presentation he unveiled his newest low cost clean energy technology to the world and led three heavily attended live demonstrations of the Steam Machine.

Langson reported, “The first Steam Machine was unloaded and installed on SMU’s campus boilers in less than two hours and was dismantled and packed for shipping in an hour and a half – a simple and easy retrofit. Our technology instantly produced clean power using surplus saturated steam. Power is generated for as low as two cents per kilowatt.”

Langson’s insight into compression and expansion technology was developed while building and driving his race cars. His top fuel car, the “Texas Ranger,” still holds a world record. Langson went on to win the 1993 IHRA World Championship by beating “Big Daddy” Don Garlits. This drag racer brings the same world champion mentality to the world of energy efficiency.

The Steam Machine is the second product LEI has introduced from its steam and gas turbo-expanders line. By replacing pressure reduction valves (PRVs) with the Steam Machine, significant power is produced that would otherwise be wasted. Larger LEI units can power 1,000 to 5,000 homes per Steam Machine. Langson Energy’s technology is integrated with proven components that have a history of reliable, robust, low-maintenance performance. Langson has solved the challenges of expensive steam turbine solutions for generating power. Traditional turbines have been the accepted method for generating power from steam pressure for many years. However, high capital costs and difficulty in handling wet steam have proven to be significant hurdles to running saturated, contaminated steam, two-phase fluids and geothermal brine. The Steam Machine has significantly lower capital costs than all other steam turbines. The LEI Gas Letdown Generator (GLG), developed earlier, won the bronze Edison Award, for “Best New Green Technology.” The GLG converts natural gas letdown pressure to power like the Steam Machine converts various steam types to power. In addition, the product line has been approved by the Department of Defense for use on military bases.

For more information on the Steam Machine and LEI Power Products visit http://leinc.wpengine.com

About Langson Energy Incorporated

Langson Energy Incorporated (LEI) of Carson City, Nev., develops exceptionally efficient and unique clean power conversion systems. LEI’s power units are economically viable solutions to improving energy efficiency and recovering energy from waste pressure, heat and waste steam. The technology works with various types of pressure or steam and waste heat from many different industrial processes. Langson Energy products utilize helical screw technology, which has been an integral part of the compressor business for over 100 years. By investing years of research and true entrepreneurial and inventive spirit, inventor and LEI founder Richard Langson has developed several methods for converting wasted energy into low cost power. Find out more at http://leinc.wpengine.com or emailpr@langsonenergy.com.

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Feb 2012 – Edison Awards Announce Finalists

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EDISON AWARDS ANNOUNCES 2012 FINALISTS

Celebrating 25 Years of Honoring Innovation and Innovators

Chicago, IL – February 13, 2012 – The Edison Awards, celebrating its 25th year, has announced its finalists for the internationally renowned 2012 Edison Best New Product Awards. Since 1987, The Edison Awards have recognized ideas at the forefront of new products, services, marketing, design and innovation. Winning an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business.

“The Edison Awards provide an exclusive platform for honoring innovation, recognizing innovators, and encouraging ongoing innovation among today’s development teams, researchers, designers, ‘intrapreneurs’ and entrepreneurs.” says Thomas Stat, the 2012 Edison Awards Steering Committee Chairman. “We’re inspired by our 2012 finalists and delighted to have this opportunity to recognize and promote the outstanding accomplishments they represent.”

The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose extraordinary new product development methods and innovative achievements garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents and made him a household name around the world. The ballot of nominees for the Edison Best New Product Awards™ is judged by a panel of more than 3,000 individuals, including members of the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), an organization comprising America’s top marketing professionals and academics. The panel also includes professionals from the fields of product development & design, engineering, science and education.

This year, the nominees were judged on a new set of evaluation criteria developed in partnership with Nielsen. These new criteria establish a new definition of innovation, leveraging the primary themes of Concept, Value, Impact and Delivery.

Winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Edison Awards will be announced April 26, 2012 at the Capitale in New York. The annual Edison Awards program encompasses multiple events over a two-day period including an Opening Reception, Meet the Innovators Forum, Innovator’s Showcase and the Awards Gala, where the Awards will be presented.

About the Edison Awards

The 2012 Edison Awards are sponsored by Nielsen, Discovery Communications, Science Channel, USA Today, CSRware and applepeak. For more information about the Edison Awards visit.

The Finalists are as follows:

ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY

Automotive/Transportation

Energy Xtreme Independence Package
KLD Energy Technologies Electric Motor System
Transportation by Total Transportation Services

Building Materials

Indow Windows®
FORTECO by Lightweight Structures
DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles

Power Generation/Utilization

Kiverdi Carbon Engineering
PolyPlus Lithium Air and Lithium Water Batteries
Tremont Electric nPower® PEG

Smart Systems

 

The Panoptix™ Solution by Johnson Controls
Nest Learning Thermostat
SWITCH75

SCIENCE/MEDICAL

Analytic Systems

3M Food Satefy Aerobic Testing Procedure for Lactic Acid Bacteria
CardioDX Corus® CAD blood-based gene expression test
Invivo Sciences Tissue-based compound screening

Apps/Online Tools

QRS and the Centre for Innovation in Complex Care Clinical Message
Telcare Blood Glucose Monitoring System
ZocDoc

Assistive Devices

 

Ekso by Ekso Bionics
GEAR4 Renew SleepClock
Midmark SleepView Monitor and SleepView Portal
Starkey Laboratories AMP™

Diagnostic Aids

 

EyeNETRA
MelaFind by MELA Sciences
SCALEVIEW by Olympus

Pharmaceuticals

 

Adimab Human Monoclonal Antibody Discovery Platform
Intersect ENT PROPEL™ Mometasone Furoate Implant
pharmaCline Diabecline
Selecta Biosciences Synthetic Vaccine Particles (SVP)™

Surgical Aids

 

Abbott ABSORB
CardioKinetix PARACHUTE
Endo-Ethicon Percutaneous Surgical Set (PSS)

TRANSPORTATION

Technology Systems

Boomerboard WaveJet Propulsion System
ECOtality Blink Level 2 charger
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft

Safety/Security

HeistProof Keyless Information Security System
Nissan Back-up Collision Intervention
OnStar For My Vehicle (FMV)

Electric Vehicles

Fisker Karma EVer
2012 Ford Focus Electric
Vision Motor Corp. Tyrano™

APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

Game Changer

IBM Watson

Power Management

Cooper Wiring Combination USB Charger Receptacle
Craftsman NEXTEC QuickBoost™ Charger
eCoupled Intelligent Wireless Power

Research Tools

Cogito Corporation
Mind Genomics Ideamap.net
Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings

Smart Systems

Craftsman AssureLink
Nexia™ Home Intelligence

EDISON GREEN AWARD

Program

Johnson Controls, Inc.
ConAgra Foods & Forgotten Harvest
Newark Public Schools Journey to Sustainability

Implementation

Langson Energy Gas Letdown Generator
McLaren Group Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations

LIFESTYLE & SOCIAL IMPACT

Health & Wellness

applepeak Wellness Record
GE Adventure Series
inHealth HealthCoach

Quality of Life

3M™ Kind Removal Silicone Tape
Pixel Optics emPower!
SimplyHome
The HopeFULL Gift Pack

Social Impact

ChotoKool by Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co.
Rural Shores Business Services
Whirlpool Ace

NEW RETAIL FRONTIERS

KinekPoint by Kinek
Tide Dry Cleaners®

CONSUMER PACKAGED GOODS

Personal Care

GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device
Philips Sonicare AirFloss
Crest 3D White Intensive Professional Effects Whitestrips

Food

Orville Redenbacher’s Pop Up Bowl
MiO Liquid Water Enhancer
Duncan Hines Frosting Creations

Household

bobble jug
Tide Pods
Flings Pop-Up Trash & Recycling Bins

LIVING, WORKING & LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

Collaborative Networks & Support

Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network
OpenStudy
Regina Dominican Preparing Women for Global Leadership Program

Curriculum/Educational Programs

21st Century Youth Project
Discovery Education Science Techbook
The Henry Ford Innovation 101 digital curriculum

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Household

Dyson Hot fan heater
TikTok + LunaTik
WordLock

Tools

Lift’n Buddy
Kobalt 29-Piece Double-Drive Screwdriver Set
Slice Box Cutter

ELECTRONICS & COMPUTERS

Computing Solutions

Memjet Technologies
Motoroloa WallPlate Access Point
Tabula ABAX

Entertainment

SkyProdigy Computerized Telescope
Logitech Harmony® Link

Photography/Imaging

Lytro
Recon Instruments MOD Live
ZionEyez Eyez Glasses

Smart Devices

Kindle Fire
iPhone 4s with Siri
DROID RAZR

INNOVATIVE SERVICES

Apps/Online Tools

Chicago Traffic Tracker
Ideomed Abriiz
Transclick Mobile Translation Apps

Business/Communications

Appcelerator Integrated Mobile Platform
Carbonite Business
ViridiSTOR Green Box Solution

Personal Safety/Security

OnStar First Assist
Rave Mobile Safety Smart911
Webroot® SecureAnywhere™

Social Innovation

CBS EcoMedia
GiveForward
GoodSearch
Ygrene Energy Finance

MATERIAL SCIENCE

Enhanced Functionality

Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Liquipel
Smart InMold by T-Ink

Safety & Sustainability

BoralPure™ Technology Smog Eating Tile
XyloBag
PURETI

MEDIA/VISUAL COMMUNICATION

Business/Communications

Citrix® GoToMeeting® with HDFaces™
PGi iMeet
Polycom® RealPresence™ Mobile

Content Display

James Law Cybertechture Mirror
LG CINEMA 3D
VIZIO Theater 3D™

Mass Media

Everloop.com
Media-Sync
MLB Network BallPark Cam system

THOMAS A. EDISON MARKETING AWARD powered by MENG

HubSpot All-in-one Inbound Marketing Software
Nielsen Catalina Solutions Single Source + Performance Analytics
The Domino Project
YouTube Space Lab

 

Oct 2011 – Langson selected as finalist for 2011 Innovative Startup Award


Langson Energy has been selected as a finalist in the Opportunity Green’s OG25 2011 Innovative Startup Awards!

This competition is hosted annually by the premier sustainable business conference Opportunity Green and the competition names twenty-five of the best and brightest sustainable start-ups.

OG25 finalists will be showcased at this year’s Opportunity Green conference, November 10-11 at Los Angeles Center Studios.

Langson Energy will have the opportunity on Friday morning, November 11, to compete in a fast-paced pitch on stage in front an audience of 700+ of the sphere’s most dynamic influencers and enthusiasts for the OG25 2011 Innovative Green Startup Award.


Update November, 2011

Although Langson Energy was not selected as the most innovative 2011 startup, we were honored to be chosen as a finalist for such a prestigious award.

We wish to thank the Opportunity Green organization, their staff and all of the other participants for their hospitality and gracious hosting of the event in Los Angeles.

Sept 2011 – Pipelines International

The natural gas industry in Argentina: development and perspectives

by: Jorge Epelbaum
Marketing Manager, Morken Group
September 2011

Click here to see original article

The natural gas industry in Argentina has gone through many changes and faced many challenges over the years, including the privitisation of companies and tough economic times. This article will describe the situation of the natural gas industry in Argentina from its origins and the development of the natural gas pipelines network, to the present day situation of the sector.

The gas transportation industry, from its origins, has been a key factor in the development of energy and industry in Argentina.

Since 1945, the Argentinean Government took control of the ‘Compañía Primitiva de Gas’ a private company that was in charge of coke gas distribucion since 1910, and in 1946, created the NOC Gas del Estado. Argentina became one of the international leaders in the development of natural gas, together with the USA and the Soviet Union.

In the late 1940s, the first main pipeline in Argentina was built, the Lavallol – Comodoro Rivadavia Pipeline, and in 1960 construction began on the North Pipeline, bringing gas from Campo Durán in the north to Buenos Aires.

The North Pipeline was installed following the technological guidelines developed at the time, with pipe of high resistance X52 carbon steel, asphalt coatings applied onsite and Compression Stations based on reciprocating engines.

Later, in the 1980s, with the development of Loma de la Lata, a large natural gas basin, new networks of gas pipelines were built.

Pipelines from Loma de la Lata to General Cerri (where a liquid extraction plant was installed) and Loma de la Lata to San Jerónimo were built.

These new gas pipelines brought significant technological change with the installation of turbo compressors in the compression plants, and new coatings of plastic tapes applied in manufacturer’s factories and in the field resulting in the improvement in the protection of the pipelines.

The development of the gas market in such magnitude has generated an enormous dependence of gas in the energy consumption matrix of Argentina. Natural gas consumption has grown from approximately 30 per cent in 1979, to more than 50 per cent in 2010 (see Figure 1).

Privatisation and deregulation of the system
In the early 1990s, the government began a process to privatise the state-owned utilities companies in Argentina. Some of the public services companies had not been very well managed, creating public support for the privatisation process. However, this was not the case for the technical areas of Gas del Estado, which employed outstanding professionals and with experience.

Gas del Estado was privatised at the end of 1992. From there, Argentina began a process of deregulation, trying to imitate the evolution of the market in countries like England (Transco experience), USA and Canada.

In addition, international operators began to enter into Argentina’s gas pipeline industry, with Nova and Enron purchasing interests in the TGN and TGS gas transmission systems and taking responsibility of pipeline operation.

The availability of gas, the relative geographic advantages, and the growing requirement of energy in nearby countries (mainly Chile, Uruguay and Brazil) guided the development of cross-border pipelines. As a clear signal of this process, from 1994 to 1999 seven cross-border gas pipelines were developed crossing the Andes between Argentina and Chile:

Gas Andes taking Loma’s gas to Santiago de Chile;
Gasoducto Norandino and Gasoducto Atacama in the north; and,
Gasoducto del Pacífico in the south.

Argentina became an important exporter of energy, with a natural gas production rate that seemed to allow Argentina to expect a stable horizon of expansion.

2001: the crisis of the model
The collapse of the economic model that was installed in Argentina, produced a deep crisis in December 2001, with the default of Argentine debt and a marked devaluation of the Peso, which decreased rapidly from equal value of the US dollar, to a third of the former value.

To mitigate the impact to the public, tariffs of public services were frozen, and a paralysis in economic activity occurred.

The activity of the natural gas industry suffered. Tariffs, which were fixed from 2001, were a major limitation cited by pipeline companies as a reason for limited or no pipeline expansion. Currently, the GNEA is under construction, and the first stage (Gasoducto Juana Azurduy) has been completed.

The low price of gas in the domestic market generated a double effect, reducing the companies’ investments in exploration and production as well as infrastructure, while low relative prices increased the demand in a non-sustainable way.

Gas production became rapidly insufficient for exporting, and the pipelines that crossed the frontier with Chile proceeded to transport only minimal quantities far below their initial designs.

The Argentine Government embarked on a programme of investment in pipeline and compression station infrastructure in both the TGN and TGS pipeline systems, as part of a capacity upgrade. While this eliminated bottlenecks in gas transportation, it highlighted the issue of natural gas supply shortage.

The demand was not covered by traditional sources and there was an important effort for develop LNG import terminals.

A first reception terminal for regasification vessels was installed in the south of Buenos Aires in Bahía Blanca, and a second unit at Escobar, located north of Buenos Aires on the Parana River, has recently started operation.

Three more units are being planned. One in Cuatreros, near Bahia Blanca; one in Golfo de San Matias probably financed with Qatar investment; and one in Montevideo, with Uruguay. A pipeline between Buenos Aires and Colonia is going to revert its flux, from Argentina to Uruguay.

Argentina has also increased its capacity for importing natural gas from Bolivia via the recent inauguration of the Juana Azurduy Pipeline.

Impact of the present day situation on the technical aspects of the industry
While private company investment in the development of Argentinean pipeline networks was restricted due to the financial situation of the country, the trend to maintain the levels of excellence in pipeline integrity of the installations has not been abandoned.

The standards that applied to pipeline integrity changed in line with international regulations (Appendix O NAG 100) and these have given renewed impetus to the activities of pipeline control and maintenance.

The utilisation of modern in-line inspection (ILI) tools has improved and companies have used combined technologies (MFL and TFI) and EMAT tools.

The techniques of direct assessment, particularly for unpiggable pipelines and risk analysis, have continually evolved, and pipeline owners and operators are now using these in conjunction with traditional CIS/DCVG techniques to evaluate the status of the lines.

The older asphaltic coated pipelines are rehabilitated by means of a detailed inspection and re-coating using mainly epoxy coatings, or in some cases plastic tape. Repairs with composite materials are also used.

New gas pipelines and pipeline loops are now being built with materials of higher resistance, since X70 grade steel was used for the construction of the GasPacífico Pipeline in 1998. This requires the development of stricter procedures and techniques of welding to avoid cracks and other defects in the welds.

In addition, coatings are being improved, with new pipelines coated with 3LPE. Fusion-bonded epoxy is not widely used, although it is the best international solution found for isolation in special related to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) problems.

SCC has been one of the most challenging issues for the pipeline integrity industry in Argentina, both in TGN and TGS. These kind of defects were leading to pipelines ruptures around 1998–99, necessitation efforts to understand the problem and to implement solutions. With assistance from major specialists from Canada like CC Technologies and local experts, methods of control, monitoring and re-mediation were applied with excellent results.

Although there are no effective tools for the direct detection of SCC cracks, the introduction of the EMAT tool has greatly increased the precision in diagnosing the problem.

Information systems have also been introduced in different areas of pipeline industry activity. They add to the basic information of transportation (including SCADA and HMI) systems that collects and analyse information for integrity area, risk analysis tools and GIS.

These systems are mandatory due to changes in integrity regulations, and have been introduced to transportation companies and distributors with different approaches and degrees of success.

Companies are examining advanced optical fibre systems for the detection of intrusions or leaks along the right-of-way, and control of operating parameters and strength analysis for controlling geotechnical risks.

Future expectations
Currently, the main pipeline project under development is the Gasoducto del Nordeste Argentino (GNEA). The pipeline is complementary to the development of Bolivian exports to Argentina (Juana Azurduy) and will contribute to the industrial development of the northeastern provinces of Argentina that do not currently receive natural gas supply.

The development of this pipeline has seen the industry consider the introduction of new technological advances with regard to construction, As the gas demand in this area is so high, the schedule for construction is critical, and methodologies to increase construction speed must be found.

An important gas distribution project is under development to service the province of Córdoba.

The increasing need for gas supply also demonstrates the importance of LNG. Many neighboring countries, such as Uruguay and Chile, have LNG projects implemented and on execution phase, which would allow transporting gas to Argentina, even reversing gas export pipelines such as the Norandino and Gasandes pipelines.

The government has set an important long-term contract for LNG with Qatar, and has plans to install new regasification plants in the future the most important of which will be settled in Golfo de San Matias. These proposed plants will require significant investment for installation and the development of associated pipeline infrastructure.

Exploration and production perspectives
In recent times YPF has indicated the existence of a large shale gas reserve at Neuquén’s zone.

It is pertinent to bear in mind that the degree of development of this gas will be correlated to the conditions of the market and the economical incentives and that this development will not be implemented immediately.

A very recent document from the US Energy Information Administration, DOE World Shale Gas Resources: An Initial Assessment of 14 Regions Outside the United States placed Argentina as the third country in the world gas prospective resources, with expected 774 Tcf.

A number of big companies like Exxon and Shell, and smaller ones like Madalena, Arpetrol, Quintana, as well as the two main Chinese companies (Sinopec and CNOOC) came to invest in Argentina buying becoming shareholders in local companies.

On the other hand, there is currently a gap to fill between gas demand and supply. Although it is planned that this will be filled by means of gas imports, including LNG and gas supply from Bolivia.

It is impossible to sustain an important economic growth without the availability of energy, so it is critical to find the right incentives to allow the country to keep on growing in a sustainable way having a large increase in Exploration and Production activities.

The author would like to thank Instituto Argentino del Petroleo y del Gas (IAPG) for the statistical data provided in this article, as well as acknowledge Eduardo Barreiro, Energy Consultant from Argentina for his important help and comments.