Patents Assigned to Velocys, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10358604
    Abstract: The disclosed invention relates to a method for restarting a synthesis gas conversion process which has stopped. The synthesis gas conversion process may be conducted in a conventional reactor or a microchannel reactor. The synthesis gas conversion process may comprise a process for converting synthesis gas to methane, methanol or dimethyl ether. The synthesis gas conversion process may be a Fischer-Tropsch process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger A. Harris, Deshmukh R. Soumitra, Paul E. Kennedy, Robert Dwayne Litt, Lucas D. Schrader, Andre P. Steynberg, Steven T. Perry
  • Patent number: 10335759
    Abstract: The invention providing methods of loading and unloading particulate from microchannels in apparatus that contains multiple microchannels, typically apparatus that is designed to operate with hundreds or thousands of particulate-containing microchannels. Aligning a sonicating head at one end of a set of microchannels provides a particularly effective mode for densifying particulate in microchannels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Ramler, Anna Lee Tonkovich, Rachid Taha, Kai Jarosch, Robert J. Luzenski, Jeffery D. Slane, Thomas Hickey, Sean Fitzgerald, Harley D. Freeman, Frederick A. Zenz
  • Patent number: 10232455
    Abstract: The invention describes methods of welding onto laminated devices using a low temperature welding process. Also described are laminated devices with welds that do not disrupt a brazed core block of sheets in the laminated devices. Novel laminated devices with welded features for servicing the devices are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Yuschak, Anna Lee Tonkovich
  • Publication number: 20190076948
    Abstract: The invention describes methods of welding onto laminated devices using a low temperature welding process. Also described are laminated devices with welds that do not disrupt a brazed core block of sheets in the laminated devices. Novel laminated devices with welded features for servicing the devices are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Yuschak, Anna Lee Tonkovich
  • Publication number: 20190030508
    Abstract: A method of loading material within a microchannel device, the method comprising: (a) loading particulates into a plurality of microchannels; and, (b) ultrasonically packing the particulates into the plurality of microchannels using a portable, compact ultrasonic densification unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Luzenski, Jeffery D. SLANE, Thomas D. YUSCHAK, Paul W. NEAGLE, Michael MARCHIANDO
  • Patent number: 10159954
    Abstract: A method of loading material within a microchannel device, the method comprising: (a) loading particulates into a plurality of microchannels; and, (b) ultrasonically packing the particulates into the plurality of microchannels using a portable, compact ultrasonic densification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Luzenski, Jeffery D. Slane, Thomas D. Yuschak, Paul W. Neagle, Michael Marchiando
  • Patent number: 10155213
    Abstract: The invention provides methods of making laminated devices (especially microchannel devices) in which plates are assembled and welded together. Unlike conventional microchannel devices, the inventive laminated devices can be made without brazing or diffusion bonding; thus providing significant advantages for manufacturing. Features such as expansion joints and external welded supports are also described. Laminated devices and methods of conducting unit operations in laminated devices are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: Anna Lee Tonkovich, Thomas Yuschak, Paul W. Neagle, Jennifer L. Marco, Jeffrey D. Marco, Michael A. Marchiando, Lane W. Keyes, Soumitra Deshmukh, Robert J. Luzenski
  • Patent number: 9994763
    Abstract: The Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process can be controlled to create water that has desirable characteristics for use in secondary processes such as fracking or irrigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Claude LeViness, Ivan Greager
  • Patent number: 9962697
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods, systems and apparatus in which one fluid passes through an orifice or orifices and mixes with another fluid as it flows through a microchannel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: Anna Lee Tonkovich, Kai Jarosch, David J. Hesse, Sean P. Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 9926496
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process for conducting a hydrocracking or a hydrotreating process in a microchannel reactor. This invention also relates to a process and apparatus for flowing a vapor and liquid into a plurality of microchannels in a microchannel processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: Anna Lee Tonkovich, Ravi Arora, John Brophy, Francis P. Daly, Soumitra Deshmukh, Maddalena Fanelli, Kai Tod Paul Jarosch, Timothy J. LaPlante, Richard Q. Long, Terry Mazanec, Daniel Francis Ryan, Laura J. Silva, Wayne W. Simmons, Bruce Strangeland, Yong Wang, Thomas Yuschak, Steven T. Perry, Jeffrey Dale Marco, Michael Alan Marchiando, Robert Lewis Litt
  • Patent number: 9908093
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process for converting a carbonaceous material to a desired product comprising methane, methanol and/or dimethyl ether, the process comprising: gasifying the carbonaceous material at a temperature in excess of about 700° C. to form synthesis gas; and flowing the synthesis gas through two or more reaction zones in a microchannel reactor to convert the synthesis gas to the desired product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne W. Simmons, Robert Dwayne Litt, Terry Mazanec, Anna Lee Tonkovich
  • Patent number: 9893364
    Abstract: A new electroless plating approach to generate a porous metallic coating is described in which a metal is electrolessly deposited on a surface. Microparticles in the metal are removed to leave pores in the metal coating. Another method of forming electroless coatings is described in which a blocking ligand is attached to the surface, followed by a second coating step. The invention includes coatings and coated apparatus formed by methods of the invention. The invention also includes catalyst structures comprising a dense substrate and a porous metal adhered to the dense substrate, which is further characterized by one or more of the specified features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Q. Long, Francis Daly, Haibiao Chen, Terry J. Mazanec
  • Patent number: 9752831
    Abstract: The invention describes features that can be used to control flow to an array of microchannels. The invention also describes methods in which a process stream is distributed to plural microchannels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: Anna Lee Tonkovich, Ravi Arora, David Kilanowski
  • Patent number: 9695368
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process for conducting a hydrocracking or a hydrotreating process in a microchannel reactor. This invention also relates to a process and apparatus for flowing a vapor and liquid into a plurality of microchannels in a microchannel processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: Anna Lee Tonkovich, Ravi Arora, John Brophy, Francis P. Daly, Soumitra Deshmukh, Maddalena Fanelli, Kai Tod Paul Jarosch, Timothy J. LaPlante, Richard Q. Long, Terry Mazanec, Daniel Francis Ryan, Laura J. Silva, Wayne W. Simmons, Bruce Stangeland, Yong Wang, Thomas Yuschak, Steven T. Perry, Jeffrey Dale Marco, Michael Alan Marchiando, Robert Lewis Litt
  • Patent number: 9676623
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process and an apparatus for conducting simultaneous endothermic and exothermic reactions in a microchannel reactor. A start-up procedure for the microchannel reactor is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven T. Perry, Ravi Arora, Martyn Twigg, Bin Yang, Thomas Yuschak, Kai Tod Paul Jarosch, Eric Hans Drescher, Franck Letellier, Anders Gabrielsson
  • Patent number: 9643151
    Abstract: An integrated microchannel reactor and heat exchanger comprising: (a) a waveform sandwiched between opposing shim sheets and mounted to the shim sheets to form a series of microchannels, where each microchannel includes a pair of substantially straight side walls, and a top wall formed by at least one of the opposing shim sheets, and (b) a first set of microchannels in thermal communication with the waveform, where the waveform has an aspect ratio greater than two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: VELOCYS, INC.
    Inventors: Anna Lee Y. Tonkovich, Robert D. Litt, Timothy M. Werner, Bin Yang
  • Patent number: 9527057
    Abstract: The invention provides methods of making laminated devices (especially microchannel devices) in which plates are assembled and welded together. Unlike conventional microchannel devices, the inventive laminated devices can be made without brazing or diffusion bonding; thus providing significant advantages for manufacturing. Features such as expansion joints and external welded supports are also described. Laminated devices and methods of conducting unit operations in laminated devices are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: Anna Lee Tonkovich, Thomas Yuschak, Paul W. Neagle, Jennifer L. Marco, Jeffrey D. Marco, Michael A. Marchiando, Lane W. Keyes, Soumitra Deshmukh, Robert J. Luzenski
  • Patent number: 9500414
    Abstract: The invention provides methods, apparatus and systems in which there is partial boiling of a liquid in a mini-channel or microchannel. The partial boiling removes heat from an exothermic process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: VELOCYS INC.
    Inventors: Anna Lee Tonkovich, David J. Hesse, Sean P. Fitzgerald, Bin Yang, Ravi Arora, Laura J. Silva, G. Bradley Chadwell, Kai Jarosch, Dongming Qiu
  • Patent number: 9475026
    Abstract: Novel manifolds and methods of flow through manifolds are described. Apparatus and techniques are described in which flow from a relatively large volume header is equally distributed to process channels. Methods of making laminated, microchannel devices are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Velocys, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean P. Fitzgerald, Anna Lee Tonkovich, Ravi Arora, Dongming Qui (deceased), Thomas D. Yuschak, Laura J. Silva, Wm. Allen Rogers, Kai Jarosch, Matthew B. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20160289545
    Abstract: The Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process can be controlled to create water that has desirable characteristics for use in secondary processes such as fracking or irrigation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Applicant: Velocys Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Claude LeViness, Ivan Greager