Meet the Finalists: Innovation in Energy

This January, Dallas Innovates and D CEO magazine hosted The Innovation Awards 2020, an inaugural event honoring local people and companies in 13 categories.

Dallas Innovates and D CEO magazine teamed up to present The Innovation Awards 2020, a new program honoring companies and leaders—CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, entrepreneurs, and others—driving innovation in North Texas.

Here are the winners and finalists for Innovation in Energy.



Founder, president, and CEO James MacLean leveraged his mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology with his experiences working for global oil field services giant Schlumberger to form a startup that developed radio-frequency identification when he launched Geoforce in 2007. The firm’s “track-and-trace” technology, which is catered to oil and gas companies, is used by more than 1,000 customers in field operations in more than 70 countries. Its technology has been implemented in agriculture, mining, and transportation to measure ocean currents and to track California’s grape harvests. The company hit a milestone of more than 140,000 assets tracked last summer. Still, MacLean sees the opportunity to track millions of assets. “We have tremendous potential to scale the company 10 times where we are, if not more,” he told D CEO in Oct. 2018. —Brandon Call


ES Xplore

A 2016 spinoff of Hunt Consolidated, ES Xplore uses patented technology to detect hydrocarbon resources below the surface of the Earth. Unlike conventional 2D and 3D seismic techniques on the market today that do not differentiate between water and hydrocarbons, the ES Xplore technology detects hydrocarbons seismically in a low cost and environmentally friendly manner. The Hunt Consolidated spinoff received a $12 million funding round led by Dallas-based oil and gas exploration, production, and investment company Sovereign Resources and Unity Hunt, a privately held wealth management firm. The company has about 20 employees and is based in Dallas. Brandon Call

Skyven Technologies

University of Texas at Dallas electromechanical engineering alum Arun Gupta left his job in the digital light processing products division at Texas Instruments when he founded Dallas-based startup Skyven Technologies in 2012. His fuel-less, zero-emissions solar panel system—which is called Intelligent Mirror Array Technology—leverages multiple green technologies to efficiently generate electricity and heat water, offering commercial customers a lower cost source for clean energy. After winning the $1 million grand prize in the 76West Clean Energy Competition in 2017, Gupta has his eyes on continuing to build his company. He says that the Dallas-Fort Worth region has supported his burgeoning startup. “Skyven Technologies is a testament to North Texas innovation,” he says. “The resources we have been able to assemble in North Texas to take on one of the greatest challenges of our time are second to none.” Brandon Call

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Click each link below to take a closer look at each finalist in all 13 categories.

CIO/CTO of the Year

Corporate Innovator of the Year

Startup Innovator of the Year

Innovation in Education

Innovation in Energy

Innovation in Finance

Innovation in Food and Beverage

Innovation in Healthcare

Innovation in Manufacturing and Consumer Goods

Innovation in Placemaking

Innovation in Retail

Innovation in Technology

Innovation Transportation

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