chevron tech challenge:
in search of a step change in technology

chevron tech challenge


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prize for top 3 solutions

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from Chevron experts

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potential funding/equity investment

field trial opportunity

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at a Chevron site

The Chevron Tech Challenge program is focused on identifying breakthrough technologies that can address business needs and further Chevron’s commitment to providing safe, affordable, reliable and ever-cleaner energy.

The Chevron Tech Challenge program is administered by Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV), which pursues innovative business solutions and externally developed technologies that have the potential to improve Chevron’s base business operations.

CTV identifies, assesses and champions the deployment and adoption of proven technologies across the enterprise.

how does it work?


participants register and receive design specs


participants submit technology solutions


semifinalists participate in individual pitch sessions


winners announced

current challenge:
produced water - unlocking a valuable resource

Chevron is working with the U.S. Department of Energy to find technologies that can significantly decrease produced water management costs while reducing or eliminating waste streams. Technologies should at a minimum be demonstrated at a lab scale.

Chevron Technology Ventures is pleased to announce the final winners of the Produced Water Tech Challenge. Selected based on criteria that included reduction of waste streams, technology design and per-barrel cost, all three winners offer approaches that seek to reduce waste streams through sustainable business models. The winners are:

  • Crystal Clearwater Resources of Frisco, Texas
  • Mangrove Water Technologies of Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Techverse of Cary, North Carolina


A step change in technology is an innovative solution that when compared with current commercially available technologies can do one or more of the following:
significantly reduce costs, reduce complexity of operations, introduce flexibility of operations, convert waste to valued byproducts and other improvements.

Cost is one important driver, but there are a number of related value drivers we will consider, including:

  1. Minimal waste streams, minimal environmental footprint
  2. Beneficial reuse applications in oil and gas or other industries
  3. Variable operating envelope (temperature, flow, Total Dissolved Solids levels, etc.)
No. Chevron is looking for a turnkey service solution, and all IP will reside with the solutions provider. Chevron will not seek ownership or require exclusive access to IP provided on a turnkey service basis.
Yes, submissions will be accepted from any applicant who has 1) ownership of technology that has been demonstrated at a lab scale, 2) the legal right to represent the technology, and 3) the legal right to offer the technology at commercial scale now and in the future.
Yes, we expect only that your technology has been demonstrated in a lab setting. Current commercial technologies are also welcome. If you have nonconfidential field trial results, feel free to submit them with the other technical deliverables.
Yes, you can make updates or edits to your deliverables until the cut-off date, September 30, by emailing the changes to techchallenge@chevron.com.

calls for solutions

coming soon

produced water:

coming soon



Updated: November 2018