News and Events

Upwing Energy Adds Outdoor Flow Loop to Subsurface Compressor Test Facility

CERRITOS, Calif. – Nov. 21, 2019 – Upwing Energy, an artificial lift technology company, has extended its state-of-the-art test facility in Cerritos, California, by opening a gas well simulation flow loop that allows the company’s Subsurface Compressor Systems (SCS) to be tested in simulated well conditions.  

Upwing’s SCS is a high-speed downhole compressor system with a compressor rotor levitated by magnetic bearings and driven by a permanent magnet (PM) motor. The system increases gas production and recoverable reserves by enabling greater drawdown close to the wellbore.  

“The new flow loop allows us to rigorously test and validate Upwing’s SCS capabilities, giving us more expertise on the performance of the system in a wide range of conditions,” said Herman Artinian, President and CEO of Upwing Energy. “This is even more important at a time of increasing reservoir complexity and rapidly changing well conditions.”

For testing, Upwing’s SCS is placed vertically in the air flow system that mimics the flow rate, temperature and pressure level of the client’s live gas well. All SCS units are tested in the flow loop for a minimum of 72 hours with the client’s simulated conditions before being shipped to the actual well site.

The autonomous intelligent control system adjusts the system’s speed and power based on the compressor map and flow conditions and enables 24/7 unmanned complete system level testing. In the field, the control system optimizes the performance and reliability of the SCS in-situ without the delay of decision-making and manual control by personnel located remotely.

Upwing is currently able to introduce up to 200 bbl of equivalent liquid per 1 mmscf into the flow loop and will have the ability to introduce mixtures of sand and solids in the near future.  

Upwing’s test facility also has test cells that are used to verify and validate the mechanical integrity of its subsurface compressors. Upwing engineers use the test cells to validate each module independently, measure system performance and operationally characterize the SCS magnetic components within the full assemblies. This characterization allows for the creation of a unique performance map that can be used for diagnostic and prognostic health monitoring once the unit is installed in a client’s well.

Upwing Energy to Present Paper at Offshore Technology Conference Brazil 2019

CERRITOS, Calif. – Oct. 22, 2019 – Upwing Energy, an artificial lift technology company, announced today that President and CEO Herman Artinian will present at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on October 30. 

The paper, titled “Magnetic Drive System™ (MDS) with Levitated Flow-Through Permanent Magnet Motor and Magnetic Bearings to Increase the Reliability and Retrievability of Electrical Submersible Pumps (ESPs) for Offshore Production,” will describe a new protector-less downhole artificial lift technology that increases the reliability and rigless retrievability of ESPs. Artinian will explain how improved reliability and retrievability can result in higher production gain and the longer availability of artificial lift, particularly for offshore production.

The paper is co-authored by K-C Chen, Vice President of Engineering at Upwing Energy, Jinjiang Xiao, Petroleum Engineering Consultant at Saudi Aramco and Dennis Harris, Well Reliability Optimization and Technologies (WROT) Specialist at Chevron Energy Technology Company.

“We believe that the existing topology of ESPs and the component improvements being made on multiple fronts will not be able to improve the intrinsic reliability to a level where offshore operators can use ESPs as the primary artificial lift solution,” said Artinian. “Upwing’s MDS built on advanced magnetic technologies not only enhances the reliability of ESPs, but also reduces the part count and the total cost of ownership of conventional ESP systems, thus making it a preferred artificial lift solution for offshore wells.”

The MDS contains two main parts: one residing in the permanent completion and the other being a retrievable string inside the production tubing. The MDS isolates the failure-prone electrical system in the permanent completion so that the electrical system is hermetically sealed from hostile downhole fluids to improve reliability. The rest of the ESP mechanical system, without any electrical components, is in a retrievable string, which can be deployed and retrieved by a slickline without the need for a workover rig.

Fluids are produced through and around the motor rotor, a topology that is enabled by the unique levitated flow-through permanent magnet motor and magnetic bearings. Magnetic modeling of the MDS permanent magnet motor presents higher motor efficiency and power density, which dramatically increases the motor horsepower and shortens the motor length, thus pushing the upper limits of ESP production gains to the next level for offshore production. This innovative technology has been successfully implemented in Upwing’s Subsurface Compressor System™ (SCS) and is directly transferable to ESPs.

OTC Brazil features opportunities, innovations and advances in deep, ultra-deep water and subsea that are propelling the industry into the future. For more information, visit http://www.otcbrasil.org/welcome.

Upwing Energy to Exhibit Downhole Gas Compressor Technology at its First Shale Insight Conference

Company to showcase Subsurface Compressor System™ that uses magnetic technologies to solve the challenges of liquid loading in shale gas wells

CERRITOS, Calif. – October 15, 2019 – Upwing Energy, an artificial lift technology company, will showcase its Subsurface Compressor System™ (SCS) for gas wells at its first Shale Insight conference from October 23-24. This industry leading event will take place in the heart of the Marcellus and Utica shale gas plays at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Upwing SCS is a high-speed downhole compressor system with a compressor rotor levitated by magnetic bearings and driven by a permanent magnet (PM) motor. The system increases gas production and recoverable reserves by enabling greater drawdown close to the well perforations. A detailed cutaway model of the SCS will be displayed at Upwing Energy’s booth #422 in Hall A.

“Upwing’s SCS can reverse the vicious cycle of liquid loading, which causes decreased gas production prematurely in unconventional wells, and instead, can create a virtuous cycle of increased gas and liquid production,” said Herman Artinian, President and CEO of Upwing Energy. “The Upwing team is in the process of launching new trials across different U.S. shale plays to focus on the reservoir’s production response to a lower bottomhole flowing pressure, before rolling out the product commercially.”

Liquid loading occurs when liquid blockage creates backpressure in the wellbore or pore space in the formation, and dramatically reduces gas production, resulting in reduced gas velocity and leading to more liquid accumulation over time. Existing artificial lift systems cannot remove liquids completely in both the vertical and horizontal sections of the well.

The SCS has demonstrated that it can lower the bottomhole flowing pressure below the abandonment pressure, increasing the velocity of the gas stream, which enables more effective liquid sweeping in the vertical and horizontal sections of the well. The lower suction pressure at the intake of the SCS also enables the gas stream to absorb more liquid in the wellbore and overcomes the capillary effects to remove blockages of condensate within the formation to produce more gas and condensates.

Shale Insight is the nation’s leading forum for public-private dialogue on shale development. It brings together industry executives, innovators and public officials to discuss the most pressing energy issues, market trends and emerging solutions. For more information about the event, visit www.ShaleInsight.com.

Upwing Energy Awarded 10 New Patents for Key Technologies in Downhole Rotating Devices

CERRITOS, Calif. – August 15, 2019 -- The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded 10 new patents to Upwing Energy for critical enabling technologies in the company’s downhole rotating tools and proprietary methods used to increase hydrocarbon production and recovery.

Upwing Energy has made some intriguing leaps forward in terms of new technology invention in downhole rotating devices, including its Subsurface Compressor System™ (SCS) and Magnetic Drive System™ (MDS). The USPTO granted seven patents related to Upwing’s SCS, a downhole compressor system, and three patents related to Upwing’s MDS, a reliable and retrievable drive system for downhole pumps.

The SCS is a high-speed downhole compressor system driven by a magnetically levitated permanent magnet (PM) motor that increases gas production and recoverable reserves by enabling greater drawdown close to the well perforations.

The seven new patents support key elements of the SCS downhole artificial lift system, such as downhole liquid removal, seal-less downhole systems, downhole magnetic bearing systems, downhole generators, well optimization, magnetic coupling integration and downhole measurement tools.

The three new patents cover certain aspects of Upwing’s artificial lift systems, which underpin key elements of the MDS protector-less technology.

The MDS is a drive system for electric submersible pumps (ESPs) with hermetically sealed electrical components for greater reliability and a connection-less mechanical string for greater retrievability via slickline. The protector-less design includes a permanent magnet motor that also acts as a magnetic coupling.

"The issuance of these patents continues to validate the innovative nature of our technologies that can be utilized in more challenging onshore and offshore wells, allowing E&P operators to access previously inaccessible hydrocarbons,” said Herman Artinian, President and CEO of Upwing Energy. “These patents provide additional protection to our artificial lift technologies and further strengthen our patent portfolio."

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. Upwing Energy currently holds 13 U.S. patents and has filed 43 U.S. and 16 foreign patent applications to date.

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Shale Producers Piloting Downhole Compression To Solve Liquid Loading

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Protector-less Artificial Lift Technology for Downhole Rotating Devices

E&P Magazine (Page 134 and 136)

Uplifting Times for Coal Bed Methane

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MDS Study Selects Mitsubishi-Upwing Partnership

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DeepStar Selects Upwing Energy-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Partnership for Conceptual Engineering Study of New Electric Submersible Pump (ESP) Topology

Study to Assess the Feasibility of the Upwing Magnetic Drive System™ for ESPs in Deepwater Offshore and Subsea Wells

CERRITOS, Calif. – May 14, 2019 – Together, Upwing Energy, an artificial lift technology company, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), one of the world’s leading industrial firms, have been selected by DeepStar, a global offshore research and development consortium, to perform a feasibility and conceptual study of Upwing’s Magnetic Drive System™ (MDS) for Electric Submersible Pumps (ESPs).

The study, targeting deepwater offshore and subsea well applications, is sponsored and funded by the Nippon Foundation - DeepStar Joint Ocean Innovation program and supported by project champions Chevron, Shell, Petrobras and Equinor.

The study will assess the feasibility of MDS, a new, innovative topology for downhole rotating systems, which makes artificial lift devices, such as ESPs, more reliable, retrievable and efficient. MHI will design and analyze the pump and mechanical bearings for the system. The study results will determine the technical readiness of the system and its future commercial potential.

The Upwing and MHI engineers will begin work on the project in early June, and are scheduled to complete the study by March 2020. The project’s scope of work includes the three main subassemblies of the complete MDS pump system, which includes the deployment and intervention mechanism, magnetic drive system, and pump and bearing systems. Based on preliminary indicators, the MDS pump system will significantly improve the reliability and retrievability of ESPs, while decreasing the total cost of ownership by 75 percent in deepwater offshore applications.

“We really appreciate the support of the Nippon Foundation - DeepStar Joint Ocean Innovation program, which plays a key role in advancing new technologies to solve offshore challenges,” said Herman Artinian, President and CEO of Upwing Energy. “This study will significantly advance the technology readiness level of MDS and will make ESPs the economically preferred method of artificial lift for deepwater production, which will significantly improve the field recovery factor.”

“The ability to improve the existing ESP topology has reached its limit and further improvements at the component level do not provide a huge gain at the system level in reliability or performance,” said K-C Chen, Vice President of Engineering at Upwing Energy. “The brand-new MDS topology offers the best of both worlds - reliability through hermetically sealed electrical components, which are isolated from the production fluids, and quick retrievability via slick line of the rotating components.”

DeepStar is a joint industry technology development program focused on advancing technologies to meet its members’ deepwater business needs to deliver increased production and reserves. DeepStar members include Shell, Total, CNOOC, Anadarko, Equinor, ExxonMobil, JX Nippon, Chevron, Petrobras and Woodside.

Calnetix Technologies to Present on Upwing Energy’s Downhole Gas Compressor Technology at International Electric Machines and Drive Conference

CERRITOS, Calif. – May 7, 2019 – Upwing Energy, an artificial lift technology company and a subsidiary of Calnetix Technologies, announced today that Calnetix’s Principal Research Engineer Alexei Filatov will present at the International Electric Machines and Drive Conference (IEMDC) in San Diego on May 13.

Filatov will present a paper co-authored by Larry Hawkins, Calnetix’s Director of Technology for Magnetic Bearings, on the design of a non-contact radial electromagnetic damper and its application in a multi-stage downhole natural gas compressor being developed to boost gas flow from the wells. The paper discusses the capability of this non-contact electromagnetic damper to restrict lateral rotor motions without exerting rotational drags or destabilizing negative stiffnesses.

“The active radial electromagnetic damper has been successfully used in Upwing’s Subsurface Compressor System to stabilize rotodynamic modes,” said Herman Artinian, President and CEO of Upwing Energy. “This technology is enabling us to introduce magnetic bearings into downhole rotating devices for increased product reliability and availability.”

Over 20 years since its inception, IEMDC is the premier forum for the presentation and discussion of new research results and advances in the field of electric machines and drives. IEMDC seeks to address all aspects of design, operation, control, and systems integration of electric machines, electromechanical actuators, and the controls and power electronic drives that implement their applications. More information is available at http://www.ieee-iemdc-conf.org.

Upwing Energy to Present Paper on Protector-less Downhole Rotating Technology at SPE Gulf Coast Section Electric Submersible Pumps Symposium

CERRITOS, Calif. – April 30, 2019 – Upwing Energy, an artificial lift technology company, announced today that Vice President of Engineering Kuo-Chiang Chen will present at the SPE Gulf Coast Section Electric Submersible Pumps Symposium in The Woodlands, Texas on May 15.

The paper will describe a new protector-less technology that provides reliable operation for downhole artificial lift devices, such as Electric Submersible Pumps (ESP), without a motor protector. Co-authors are Upwing’s Chief Technical Officer Patrick McMullen, Project Director David Biddick, Senior Reservoir Engineer Lukasz Nader and Senior Controls Engineer III Chris Sellers.

“Upwing’s new protector-less artificial lift technology arranges several magnetic technology building blocks in a novel way to protect the electric motor in the downhole environment,” said Herman Artinian, President and CEO of Upwing Energy. “This new technology will take the reliability of the ESP to the next level, increase the run life and extend the operating range in extreme environments.”

This innovative technology has been successfully implemented in Upwing’s Subsurface Compressor System™ (SCS) and is directly transferable to ESPs. A brand-new topology without the motor protector will be shown during the presentation to eliminate key failure modes of the protector components, including face seals, motor oil, pressure compensation system and mechanical bearings.

“Removing the protector section of a conventional ESP system has been a top desire of the artificial lift industry,” said Chen. “Upwing’s protector-less technology not only enhances the reliability of ESPs, but also reduces the part count and cost of conventional ESP systems.”

In addition to the paper presentation, Upwing Energy will also be showcasing its SCS for gas wells and its Magnetic Drive System™ (MDS) for oil wells at booth # 27 - 28. A preview of Upwing’s artificial lift technologies is available at www.upwingenergy.com/SPEESP.

The SPE Symposium brings together ESP technical experts from around the world to share innovative information pertaining to ESP technology, production and operations. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2CaJmrd.

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Upwing Energy to Unveil New Artificial Lift Technology at Its First Offshore Technology Conference Appearance

Company to Showcase Subsurface Compressor System™ for Gas Wells and Magnetic Drive System™ for Oil Wells

CERRITOS, Calif. – April 23, 2019 – Upwing Energy, an artificial lift technology company, will unveil new downhole technologies at its first Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) appearance in Houston from May 6 to May 9. Upwing will showcase its Subsurface Compressor System™ (SCS) for gas wells and its Magnetic Drive System™ (MDS) for oil wells. Through in-booth presentations and technology displays and demonstrations, attendees will learn how Upwing’s technologies significantly improve downhole reliability while increasing hydrocarbon production and recovery from onshore and offshore wells.

The SCS is a high-speed downhole compressor system driven by a magnetically levitated permanent magnet (PM) motor that increases gas production and recoverable reserves by enabling greater drawdown close to the well perforations.

A detailed cutaway model of the SCS with a clear view of internal components will highlight the three integrated modules, including, from top to bottom, the compressor, the thrust bearing and the motor. The compressor module contains the multistage compressor on magnetic bearings, power supply and electronics. The thrust bearing module contains actively controlled magnetic thrust bearings directly coupled to the compressor module. The motor module contains a high-speed PM motor, magnetic bearings, and a magnetic coupling. The subsurface compressor will spin for display purposes, as torque is transferred from the motor to the compressor via the magnetic coupling.

The MDS is a drive system for electric submersible pumps (ESPs) with hermetically sealed electrical components for greater reliability and a connection-less mechanical string for greater retrievability via slickline. The protector-less design includes a permanent magnet motor that also acts as a magnetic coupling.

A demonstration unit of the MDS will suspend a rotor axially by passive magnetic strength of permanent magnets. Upwing’s magnetic technologies will drive and levitate the motor rotor on the retrievable string inside the production tubing mockup. The stator and rotor are independently hermetically sealed and will operate with a large clearance. The “lifting head” will grab the top of the rotor and pull it out of the stator, overcoming the natural axial pull of the permanent magnets. The same process will occur while pushing the rotor back into the stator. The levitation of the rotor inside the stator can be seen when the “lifting head” detaches from the rotor. The stator’s copper windings will be visible through a viewing window in the MDS unit.

“There is no better place to make our first appearance than at OTC, which is the pinnacle event for leaders in the oil and gas industry,” said Herman Artinian, president and CEO of Upwing Energy. “Our technologies will make a step change in the reliability of downhole rotating devices, making artificial lift more economically viable and enabling operators to get more out of existing assets. We look forward to continuing to work with members of the industry to commercialize these technologies.”

Held annually in Houston, OTC is one of the largest global events for the oil and gas sector, for the world’s energy professionals to meet and network, making it the ideal platform to showcase the latest industry innovations. This conference brings together more than 90,000 industry leaders and buyers from more than 120 countries. OTC ranks among the largest 100 tradeshows held annually in the United States and is among the 10 largest meetings in terms of attendance.

A preview of Upwing’s artificial lift technologies is available at www.upwingenergy.com/OTC. Upwing’s booth, #6258, will have subject matter experts on hand to explain the company’s extensive technology portfolio.

Adding Value with Downhole Compression

E&P Magazine | 2019 Artificial Lift Techbook (Page 54 – 56)

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.

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.”

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Events

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Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2020

Upwing Participation: Exhibitor

NRG Park, Houston, Texas, USA

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SPE Artificial Lift Conference and Exhibition - Americas

Upwing Participation: Exhibitor

The Waterway Marriot Hotel and Convention Center, The Woodlands, Texas, USA