Patents Assigned to SustainX, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20140234123
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods for rapidly and isothermally expanding and compressing gas in energy storage and recovery systems that use open-air hydraulic-pneumatic cylinder assemblies, such as an accumulator and an intensifier in communication with a high-pressure gas storage reservoir on a gas-side of the circuits and a combination fluid motor/pump, coupled to a combination electric generator/motor on the fluid side of the circuits. The systems use heat transfer subsystems in communication with at least one of the cylinder assemblies or reservoir to thermally condition the gas being expanded or compressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Michael Izenson, Weibo Chen, Patrick J. Magari, Benjamin Cameron, Robert Cook, Horst Richter
  • Patent number: 8806866
    Abstract: In various embodiments, foam is compressed to store energy and/or expanded to recover energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Jon Bessette, Alexander Bell, Dax Kepshire, Arne LaVen, Adam Rauwerdink
  • Patent number: 8763390
    Abstract: In various embodiments, compressed-gas energy storage and recovery systems include a cylinder assembly for compression and/or expansion of gas, a reservoir for storage and/or supply of compressed gas, and a system for thermally conditioning gas within the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Bollinger, Troy O. McBride, Benjamin Cameron, Patrick Magari, Michael Izenson, Weibo Chen
  • Patent number: 8733094
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods for rapidly and isothermally expanding and compressing gas in energy storage and recovery systems that use open-air hydraulic-pneumatic cylinder assemblies, such as an accumulator and an intensifier in communication with a high-pressure gas storage reservoir on a gas-side of the circuits and a combination fluid motor/pump, coupled to a combination electric generator/motor on the fluid side of the circuits. The systems use heat transfer subsystems in communication with at least one of the cylinder assemblies or reservoir to thermally condition the gas being expanded or compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Sustainx, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Michael Izenson, Weibo Chen, Patrick Magari, Benjamin Cameron, Robert Cook, Horst Richter
  • Patent number: 8733095
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a mechanical assembly and/or storage vessel is fluidly coupled to a circulation apparatus for receiving pressurized heat-transfer fluid from an outlet at a first elevated pressure, boosting a pressure of the heat-transfer fluid to a second pressure larger than the first pressure, and returning heat-transfer fluid to an inlet at a third pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Sustainx, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Michael Neil Scott, Robert Cook, Patrick J. Magari
  • Patent number: 8713929
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and systems for the storage and recovery of energy using open-air hydraulic-pneumatic accumulator and intensifier arrangements that combine at least one accumulator and at least one intensifier in communication with a high-pressure gas storage reservoir on a gas-side of the circuits and a combination fluid motor/pump, coupled to a combination electric generator/motor on the fluid side of the circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Sustainx, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin Bollinger
  • Patent number: 8667792
    Abstract: In various embodiments, coupling losses between a cylinder assembly and other components of a gas compression and/or expansion system are reduced or eliminated via valve-timing control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Joel Berg
  • Patent number: 8661808
    Abstract: In various embodiments, efficiency of energy storage and recovery systems employing compressed air and liquid heat exchange is improved via control of the system operation and/or the properties of the heat-exchange liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Bollinger, Patrick Magari, Troy O. McBride
  • Publication number: 20140047826
    Abstract: In various embodiments, compressed-gas energy storage and recovery systems feature one or more valves, which may be disposed within end caps of cylinder assemblies in which gas is expanded and/or compressed, for admitting fluid to and/or exhausting fluid from the cylinder assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: SUSTAINX, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Bollinger, Lee Doyle, Michael Neil Scott, Troy O. McBride, Andrew Shang
  • Patent number: 8627658
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods for rapidly and isothermally expanding and compressing gas in energy storage and recovery systems that use open-air hydraulic-pneumatic cylinder assemblies, such as an accumulator and an intensifier in communication with a high-pressure gas storage reservoir on a gas-side of the circuits and a combination fluid motor/pump, coupled to a combination electric generator/motor on the fluid side of the circuits. The systems use heat transfer subsystems in communication with at least one of the cylinder assemblies or reservoir to thermally condition the gas being expanded or compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Michael Izenson, Weibo Chen, Patrick Magari, Benjamin Cameron, Robert Cook, Horst Richter
  • Publication number: 20130327033
    Abstract: In various embodiments, efficiency of energy storage and recovery systems compressing and expanding gas is improved via heat exchange between the gas and a heat-transfer fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: SUSTAINX, INC.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Alexander Bell, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Andrew Shang, David Chmiel, Horst Richter, Patrick Magari, Benjamin Cameron
  • Publication number: 20130327029
    Abstract: In various embodiments, cylinder assemblies are coupled in series pneumatically, thereby reducing a range of force produced by or acting on the cylinder assemblies during expansion or compression of a gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Robert Cook, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Lee Doyle, Andrew Shang, Timothy Wilson, Michael Neil Scott, Patrick J. Magari, Benjamin Cameron, Dimitri Deserranno
  • Patent number: 8590296
    Abstract: In various embodiments, dead space and associated coupling losses are reduced in energy storage and recovery systems employing compressed air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin Bollinger, John McCormick, Benjamin Cameron
  • Patent number: 8578708
    Abstract: In various embodiments, compressed-gas energy storage and recovery systems feature one or more valves, which may be disposed within end caps of cylinder assemblies in which gas is expanded and/or compressed, for admitting fluid to and/or exhausting fluid from the cylinder assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Bollinger, Lee Doyle, Michael Neil Scott, Troy O. McBride, Andrew Shang
  • Patent number: 8539763
    Abstract: In various embodiments, foam is compressed to store energy and/or expanded to recover energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Jon Bessette, Alexander Bell, Dax Kepshire, Arne La Ven, Adam Rauwerdink
  • Patent number: 8495872
    Abstract: In various embodiments, gas is compressed to store energy and/or expanded to recover energy to or from high pressures, and the gas is exchanges heat with a heat-exchange fluid that is thermally conditioned at low pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger
  • Patent number: 8479505
    Abstract: In various embodiments, dead space and associated coupling losses are reduced in energy storage and recovery systems employing compressed air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Michael Neil Scott, Benjamin Bollinger, Andrew Shang, Robert Cook, Lee Doyle
  • Patent number: 8479502
    Abstract: In various embodiments, energy is stored or recovered via super-atmospheric compression and/or expansion of gas in conjunction with substantially adiabatic compression and/or expansion from or to atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger
  • Patent number: 8474255
    Abstract: In various embodiments, efficiency of energy storage and recovery systems compressing and expanding gas is improved via heat exchange between the gas and a heat-transfer fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Alexander Bell, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Andrew Shang, David Chmiel, Horst Richter, Patrick Magari, Benjamin Cameron
  • Publication number: 20130160437
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a mechanical assembly and/or storage vessel is fluidly coupled to a circulation apparatus for receiving pressurized heat-transfer fluid from an outlet at a first elevated pressure, boosting a pressure of the heat-transfer fluid to a second pressure larger than the first pressure, and returning heat-transfer fluid to an inlet at a third pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: SustainX, Inc
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Michael Neil Scott, Robert Cook, Patrick J. Magari