HJ3 is proud to announce the nomination and election of it’s Quality Control Manager, Olley Scholer, to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) PCC-2 Committee. The PPC-2 Committee published “Repair of Pressure Equipment and Piping” in 2006, which stood as the first standard for the use of non-metallic repair systems for high risk and low risk pipeline repairs. The committee continues to evolve various aspects of the standard and HJ3 is excited to support its evolution.
“Becoming a member of the ASME PCC SG-NMR (ASME Post-Construction Committee Sub-group Non-Metallic Repair) means working with design engineers, testing experts, and industry leaders who are passionate about evolving a standard that supports the use of composites for repair of steel pressure pipe. Ultimately, we are committed to providing end-users within the oil & gas market the Relentless Quality they expect from composite repairs. On behalf of HJ3, I am honored to provide a technical contribution to continue the advancement of the state of the art standard,” says Scholer.
Specifically, Mr. Scholer will focus his contribution on developing Quality Control Standards for end user clients to monitor and maintain existing repairs and active installation.
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Pipeline explosions occur all too often these days, causing injury, property damage, inconvenient outages and sometimes can cause death. According to the National Transportation Safety (NTS) board, there are two main reasons why natural gas pipelines explosions occur: 1. mechanical failure and 2. rupture of the high-pressure natural gas line. Richard Peekema1 suggests that a gas leak from a weld crack or a corrosion pinhole could cause gas to accumulate in adjacent air space surrounding the pipe that could be accidentally exploded. All of these problems can produce enough kinetic energy to cause a pipeline explosion but they all can be prevented. With proper reinforcement and repair mechanical failures and gas leaks can be avoided as well as reinforce the pipelines for a greater pressure value.
|Freezing temperatures have affected millions across the United States and Canada this winter. People are struggling to stay warm through these conditions, which becomes even more of a challenge when there are gas outages. Earlier this year, a Canadian pipeline exploded that was operated by TransCanada Corp. Flames shot up to 600ft and the fire burned for more than 12 hours. Immediately 4,000 residents and businesses lost supply to the natural gas. The gas outage lasted for three days leaving the 4,000 people without heat in their homes or businesses during a blizzard with extreme temperatures down to -20°F. An explosion this large has a large domino effect on the business owners that relied on gas for operation as well as residents in North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Minnesota who were asked to reduce their natural gas consumption. In addition to the immediate damages, the pipeline explosion may have damaged other pipelines.
Gas Pipeline Explosion in Canada that left 4,000 residents without power. Photo Credit: PBS and ThinkProgressive
|In Kentucky, a gas pipeline explosion occurred around 1:00am on February 13, 2014. The pipeline, operated by Columbia Gulf Transmission, is buried 20ft below the surface and transmits gas from the Gulf of Mexico to New York. This pipeline is connected to almost every major pipeline system operating in the Gulf Coast. The blast left a crater, nearly 60ft deep, and flung rocks in the air as far as 150ft from the explosion site. The resulting fire could be seen from 25 miles away and set three homes ablaze, completely destroying two, burned four cars, and two barns. Some people were hospitalized and some came away with minor burns. The cause of the explosion is undetermined but likely due to one of the two reasons mentioned above. This and other similar explosions may have been prevented by utilizing HJ3’s CarbonSeal carbon fiber reinforcement system. The CarbonSeal pipe repair systems, when utilized as part of the gas company’s on-going maintenance program, are able to mitigate corrosion and therefore through-holes and cracks, and are approved for high-pressure, high-risk pipe repairs through ASME/PCC-2.
Gas Pipeline Explosion in Kentucky from 20 miles away.Photo Credit: NBC and Michael Clinkscales
|HJ3’s CarbonSeal carbon fiber reinforcement systems are used to maintain and repair gas and oil pipelines all over the world in places like Boston, Alaska, California, Texas, Turkey, and Mexico, to name a few. These reinforcement systems strengthen the pipelines to withstand high pressures at a significant cost savings to the pipeline owners. PEMEX recently conducted burst testing on HJ3’s CarbonSeal system, up to 5200 PSI, for which HJ3 was approved for all PEMEX pipeline repairs. Typical pressure within a gas pipeline ranges from 200 to 1,500 PSI depending on the area of the pipeline. If you own or operate a pipeline or have concerns about pipeline explosions and would like to learn more about HJ3’s carbon fiber reinforcement systems, contact our project managers today at firstname.lastname@example.org
Burst test for HJ3′s CarbonSeal carbon fiber system, shown to withstand 5200 PSI.
1- Peekema, R. (2013). ”Causes of Natural Gas Pipeline Explosive Ruptures.” J. Pipeline Syst. Eng. Pract., 4(1), 74–80.
HJ3 Composite Technologies takes home the title of National Winner in Chemicals and Advanced Materials, and the People’s Choice Award in this year’s 2013 Cleantech Open Global Forum.
HJ3 Composite Technologies takes home the titles of National Winner in “Chemicals and Advanced Materials”, and “People’s Choice” in this year’s 2013 Cleantech Open Accelerator, and finishes 2nd in the grand prize for Cleantech Company of the Year.
The announcements were made in San Jose at the Cleantech Open Global Forum, the “Academy Awards of Cleantech,” which marked the grand finale of this year’s Cleantech Open Accelerator and the culmination of the 2013 Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition. The grand prize winner, PowWow Energy, was chosen from among the five National Category winners:
- Air-Water-Waste — Polymer Green (Western region), which has developed the first available clean solution to process landfill waste plastic.
- Energy Generation — Helion Energy (Pacific Northwest region), which is dedicated to making practical and affordable fusion energy a reality.
- Green Building — Bio-Adhesive Alliance (Southeast region), which produces low-cost and durable adhesive from swine manure that can be utilized as a substitute to petroleum-based asphalt.
- Chemicals and Advanced Materials — HJ3 Composite Technologies (Rocky Mountain region), which manufactures, engineers, and installs advanced composite systems that have been used on over 10,000 successful applications worldwide.
- Information and Communications Technologies — PowWow Energy (Western region).
“This has been an incredible journey through the Cleantech Open mentoring program, which has helped refine HJ3′s business strategy and sharpened our message,” states HJ3 CEO James Butler. “We are proud to be a part of such an important movement in the development of creative solutions that do more with less, and solve some of our toughest worldwide challenges.”
ABOUT HJ3 COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGIES
HJ3 delivers advanced composite materials to strengthen the world’s corroding infrastructure minimizing landfill waste, energy
HJ3′s advanced composite materials are used to reinforce and extend the life of concrete and steel structures, such as beams, columns, walls, silos, steel pipe, steel tanks, underground pipe, underground tanks and manholes.
consumption, emissions, and costs associated with traditional concrete and steel repairs or replacement. HJ3’s patented composite systems have been used on over 10,000 successful applications worldwide. As the world’s infrastructure continues to degrade, with an estimated price tag of $6 Trillion dollars and spending gap of $4 Trillion dollars, HJ3 allows its customers to do more with significantly less cost and less impact to the environment.
Butler continues, “We are so grateful to the volunteers, coaches, and leadership that drive this great organization, and we are proud to be selected as both the Chemicals and Advanced Materials and the People’s Choice winners from such an impressive group of national finalists.”
This year’s Cleantech Open Accelerator attracted over 300 initial companies nation-wide, who competed among 8 regions in the competition that began in April, 2013. In October, 22 regional semi-finalists were chosen, including HJ3 Composite Technologies and Grannus, LLC from Tucson, AZ, who all commemorated in Silicon Valley for the annual Global Forum this week. Grannus won the Sustainability award in the Cleantech Rocky Mountain Regional Finals, and placed second runner up in the National Sustainability company competition this week. Grannus has developed a disruptive innovation in the production of nitrogen fertilizer (urea), a $60 billion market. The process has a 30% production cost advantage, a 40% construction cost advantage and a 3-fold sustainability advantage.
ABOUT THE CLEANTECH OPEN
The Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Cleantech Open provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships that turn clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has enabled 727 cleantech startups to bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition, helped its alumni companies raise more than $800M in external capital, and created thousands of green-collar jobs. Fueled by a global network of more than 1,500 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America’s and the world’s cleantech sectors a thriving economic engine. For more information, visit www.cleantechopen.org, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
THE SPONSORS WHO MAKE IT POSSIBLE
The Cleantech Open is made possible by the generous support of sponsors and partners, including Global Partner, Chevron; National Education Partner, University of Phoenix; National Premier Sponsor, Wells Fargo; and National Sponsor, PARC. Regionally, the programs are additionally supported by the following corporate partners: Cleantech Innovations New England, Commercial Energy, Deloitte, Faegre Baker Daniels, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, National Grid, NYSERDA, Pacific Gas & Electric, and many others.
For more information, please contact Adrienne Barela, Marketing Manager for HJ3, at email@example.com, or call 1-877-303-0453.
HJ3 Composite Technologies is this year’s Cleantech Open “People’s Choice” winner.
The 2013 Cleantech Open Global Forum is underway this week in San Jose, and HJ3 is off to a great start. While judging is still in progress to determine the national Cleantech winner out of 22 remarkable companies across the nation, the people were asked to vote for their favorite company product demonstration. HJ3 is thrilled to be the “People’s Choice” winner this year!
Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild helps kick off this year’s IdeaFunding event, where HJ3 Composite Technologies and Grannus were both recognized as National Finalists in the 2013 Cleantech Open.
HJ3 Composite Technologies and Grannus, two Tucson, AZ based companies, were recognized as 2013 Cleantech national finalists at this morning’s annual 2013 IdeaFunding event at the Marriott University Park during the opening remarks. IdeaFunding, run by Tech Launch Arizona, provides entrepreneurs in southern Arizona with the opportunity to present their business ideas to experienced startup investors, and get positive feedback on what they can do to improve their chances for investment and startup success.
This year’s event was kicked off for the first time by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who is a huge proponent of technology start-ups and innovation leadership in Tucson. The Mayor reiterated the city’s interest in growing the next Bill Gates and Paul Alan’s of the world in Tucson, through the support of organizations such as the University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona, a group dedicated to fostering technology transfers and entrepreneurs out of the University. Arizona is currently ranked one of the best 5 cities for entrepreneurs according to Entrepreneur Magazine. Tucson is also now home to 9 incubators, providing space for entrepreneurs and start-ups to work and grow their ideas and businesses.
HJ3 and Grannus are both start-ups out of Tucson who have been able to grow in part with the remarkable support of the community. HJ3 is a technology transfer from the University of Arizona, has competed and won the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Arizona Innovation Challenge two years in a row, and is now a National Finalist in this year’s Cleantech Open Accelerator. As a national finalists, Both HJ3 and Grannus received $20,000 in cash and in-kind services, and will go on to compete among 22 winners out of more than 300 initial cleantech entrepreneur teams at the
Josh Hottenstein (center), Director of the Cleantech Open Arizona division, recognized HJ3’s CEO James Butler (left) and Grannus’ CEO Matthew Cox (right) at this year’s event.
Cleantech Open National Global Forum on November 20th and 21st in San Jose, CA. Finalists will vie for prizes as large as $200,000.
HJ3 Composite Technologies is focused on implementing sustainable solutions for strengthening our world’s corroding and degrading infrastructure. HJ3 manufactures, engineers, and installs advanced, patented composite systems that have been used on over 10,000 successful applications worldwide. As the world’s infrastructure continues to degrade, with an estimated price tag of $3.6 Trillion dollars and spending gap of $1 Trillion dollars in the U.S. alone, HJ3 allows owners to do more with less cost and less impact to the environment.For more information, please contact Adrienne Barela, Marketing Manager for HJ3, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-877-303-0453.