Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: MIDLAND—STW Resources Holding Corp., a water reclamation services company, executed a joint venture agreement with CK Investments Energy Company, a Texas corporation to commission a proprietary brackish/produced water processing facility in the Permian and Delaware Basins of West Texas.
CKI is an energy investment company with major holdings including B&K Trucking. BKT is a water transportation and frac tank rental companies with operations throughout the Permian and Delaware Basins of West Texas.
BKT's customer base includes many of the major oil companies. BKT's water transportation is engaged in transporting both fresh and brine water for oilfield uses such as drilling and hydraulic fracturing.
“This agreement and our partnership with STW Resources will allow our oil company customers to continue drilling and fracking oil and gas wells while preserving our fresh water aquifers,” said CKI chief executive Clayton Kennedy in a prepared statement. “STW Resources' technology provides an environmentally friendly solution to the water issues facing the oil and gas industry”
Texas is facing a drought of historic proportions, accompanied with large population growth and increased demands on fresh water supplies. STW Resources will be implementing proprietary technologies that will take brackish and/or produced water and will process the otherwise unusable water to fresh water status.
“We are standing on top of an ocean of brackish water and producing billions of barrels of unusable water associated with oil and gas production,” said STW chief executive Stanley Weiner in a statement. “With our new proprietary system, we are able to introduce a new source of water suitable for drilling and fracking operations, thus preserving our fresh water for municipal and agricultural use.”
There are over 800,000 billion gallons of water in the salty aquifers of Texas. STW Resources' system will process approximately 20,000 to 30,000 barrels per day, or 840,000-1,260,000 gallons per day.
“The oil and gas companies are acutely aware of the current fresh water shortage situation that they are facing now and in the future," Weiner said. “Many of these companies have wanted to demonstrate their corporate responsibility to the communities they work in, taking steps to protect and preserve the environment. However, until now, these water reuse options have been widely uneconomical based on current technologies available for water treatment. STW Resources can clean this water at a cost to the producers at approximately the same as fresh water, and by centrally locating the systems we can further reduce the operator's transportation costs.”
STW Resources Holding Corp. of Midland, Texas, provides customized water reclamation services.
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