28th March 2020

Dow and Preferred Sands Collaboration Wins
 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award


The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced that Dow Chemical Company and Preferred Sands’ innovation, TERAFORCE Technology, won the 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award.

The winner, which was selected from among three finalists, was announced during the Closing Session of the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Dallas.

The winning polyurethane chemistry, TERAFORCE Technology, is a collaborative innovation between Dow Chemical Company and Preferred Sands that expands the frontiers of polyurethane applications by improving oil productivity and the sustainability profile of the hydraulic fracturing process.

TERAFORCE Technology is an important element of the U.S. energy boom and manufacturing renaissance and can play an integral role in job creation. Preferred RCS Resin Coated Sand with Dow TERAFORCE Technology (the enabling polyurethane) saves energy during production of the resin-coated proppant through shorter production cycles and low temperature, and reduces hazardous risks associated with proppant flowback. The technology also eliminates the need for an external activator, or additional chemicals, that competing technologies require to be injected into oil wells. The two companies continue to develop technologies for broader applications across energy markets, and ever-more efficient and sustainable oil and gas recovery.

More than 900 people attended the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, which featured 59 technical presentations, 57 Table Top exhibits, 33 poster presentations and eight Professional Development Program courses.