Patents Examined by Chantel L Graham
  • Patent number: 11821139
    Abstract: Method of delignification of plant material, said method comprising: providing said plant material comprising cellulose fibres and lignin; exposing said plant material requiring to a composition comprising: an acid; a modifiying agent selected from the group consisting of: sulfamic acid; imidazole; N-alkylimidazole; taurine; a taurine derivative; a taurine-related compound; alkylsulfonic acid; arylsulfonic acid; triethanolamine; and combinations thereof; a metal oxide; and a peroxide; for a period of time sufficient to remove substantially all (at least 80%) of the lignin present on said plant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: SixRing Inc.
    Inventors: Clay Purdy, Markus Weissenberger, Markus Pagels, Kyle G Wynnyk, Matthew Dewit, Andrew M Corbett
  • Patent number: 11814600
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of producing industrial products from plant lipids, particularly from vegetative parts of plants. In particular, the present invention provides oil products such as biodiesel and synthetic diesel and processes for producing these, as well as plants having an increased level of one or more non-polar lipids such as triacylglycerols and an increased total non-polar lipid content. In one particular embodiment, the present invention relates to combinations of modifications in two or more of lipid handling enzymes, oil body proteins, decreased lipid catabolic enzymes and/or transcription factors regulating lipid biosynthesis to increase the level of one or more non-polar lipids and/or the total non-polar lipid content and/or mono-unsaturated fatty acid content in plants or any part thereof. In an embodiment, the present invention relates to a process for extracting lipids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Inventors: Thomas Vanhercke, James Robertson Petrie, Anna El Tahchy, Surinder Pal Singh, Kyle Reynolds, Qing Liu, Benjamin Aldo Leita
  • Patent number: 11807823
    Abstract: The present invention provides a blended fuel and methods for producing the blended fuel, wherein a low carbon fuel derived from a renewable resource such as biomass, is blended with a traditional, petroleum derived fuel. A blended fuel which includes greater than 10% by volume of low carbon fuel has an overall improved lifecycle greenhouse gas content of about 5% or more compared to the petroleum derived fuel. Also, blending of the low carbon fuel to the traditional, petroleum fuel improves various engine performance characteristics of the traditional fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Platinum Fuels, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Schuetzle, Dennis Schuetzle
  • Patent number: 11802252
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is a fuel composition comprising: (i) from 50 to 79% by mass of a mixture of hydrocarbons comprising: a) from 35 to 55% by mass of aromatic compounds; b) from 30 to 50% by mass of non-cyclic paraffins containing at least 5 carbon atoms; and c) from 5 to 15% by mass of naphthenes; (ii) from 20 to 40% by mass of one or more ethers; and (iii) from 1 to 10% by mass of butane. This composition is useful for supplying a controlled-ignition engine, in automobile vehicles intended for general-public applications or for competition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: TotalEnergies OneTech
    Inventors: Lisa Serve, Géraldine Delorme, Florent Picard
  • Patent number: 11795247
    Abstract: Provided herein are polyolefin dispersants, as well as methods for producing polyolefin dispersants. The polyolefin dispersants can be defined by the formula below where Rx is cationic initiator residue; Ra is a polyolefin group; R1 and R2 are each, independently in each —(CR1R2) unit, H, alkyl, alkoxy, or alkylaryl; R3 and R4 are each, independently, H, alkyl, or alkoxy; m is an integer from 1 to 20; n is an integer from 1 to 6; r is an integer from 1 to 4; Y is a polyvalent amine linker comprising one or more tertiary amines, wherein the polyvalent amine linker does not include a primary amine or a secondary amine; and A is absent, or comprises a dispersive moiety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: The University of Southern Mississippi
    Inventors: Robson F. Storey, Travis P. Holbrook, C. Garrett Campbell, Georgeta Masson
  • Patent number: 11781074
    Abstract: A method of converting a liquid hydrocarbon stream to lower boiling point hydrocarbons includes converting the liquid hydrocarbon stream to an aerosolized hydrocarbon particle stream, introducing a charge to the aerosolized hydrocarbon particle stream to produce a charged aerosolized hydrocarbon particle stream including positively charged aerosolized hydrocarbon particles or negatively charged aerosolized hydrocarbon particles, contacting the aerosolized hydrocarbon particle stream with an aerosolized reaction catalyst, subjecting the aerosolized hydrocarbon particle stream to reaction conditions, thereby forming the lower boiling point hydrocarbons, and separating the lower boiling point hydrocarbons from the charged aerosolized hydrocarbon particle stream. The reaction conditions include a temperature of from 25° C. to 1,000° C. and a pressure of from 0 bar to 15 bar. The lower boiling point hydrocarbons includes at least C2-C4 olefins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Brian Hanna, Michele Louisa Ostraat, Sergio Fernandez
  • Patent number: 11781072
    Abstract: A pyrolysis oil composition that is soluble in hydrocarbon fuel, and related systems and methods for making the composition, are described. In an exemplary embodiment, a process for making a pyrolysis oil composition involves pyrolyzing biomass to generate biomass-derived pyrolysis vapor therefrom, vaporizing petroleum feedstock to generate petroleum feedstock-derived vapor therefrom, blending the biomass-derived pyrolysis vapor and petroleum feedstock-derived vapor together, condensing the blended biomass-derived pyrolysis vapor and petroleum feedstock-derived vapor simultaneously to form a condensate, and collecting the condensate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: American Bio Energy Corp.
    Inventor: Johnny Marion Tharpe, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11773331
    Abstract: Methods are described herein for upgrading ad refining hydrocarbons, and producing at least one petrochemical product, the method including: preparing a reaction mixture by adding at least two of: a quantity of bioethanol, a quantity of hydrocarbon, and a quantity of water to a reactor containment; combining the reaction mixture with a quantity of catalyst in the reactor containment; applying reaction conditions to the reactor containment thereby generating supercritical conditions for the reaction mixture and obtaining a product mixture; and extracting at least one petrochemical product from the product mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Inventors: Michael T. Timko, Geoffrey A. Tompsett, Azadeh Zaker
  • Patent number: 11767481
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a process for producing biodiesel with bifunctional heterogeneous acidic catalysts from acidic raw materials, such as fatty acids and mixtures of fatty acids with triglycerides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.—Petrobras
    Inventors: Cristina Pontes Bittencourt Quitete, Felipe Campos Cauby Coutinho, Vitor Loureiro Ximenes
  • Patent number: 11725147
    Abstract: Methods, processes and devices are described for measuring a volatile content of a process stream that comprises volatile species, such as light hydrocarbons and/or H2S. The method can include introducing a stripping gas into a sample of the process stream to strip the volatiles therefrom and produce a gas phase comprising vaporized volatiles; detecting the vaporized volatiles in the gas phase to obtain a sample volatile content; and determining the volatile content of the process stream based on the sample volatile content. The method and device can be used to measure a light hydrocarbon content of froth treatment tailings in the context of removing such light hydrocarbons prior to flocculating and dewatering the tailings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Inventors: Babak Derakhshandeh, Elco Hollander, Cedric Laborde-Boutet, Wayne Brown, William McCaffrey
  • Patent number: 11725149
    Abstract: A fluid catalytic cracking catalyst composition (FCC catalyst composition) includes an FCC catalyst and from 1 wt.% to 30 wt.% aromatization-promoting FCC additive. The FCC catalyst includes a USY zeolite, and the aromatization-promoting FCC additive is an MFI zeolite modified with an aromatization compound. The aromatization compound is a metal or metal oxide that includes a metal element from periods 4-6 of the IUPAC periodic table. A method for upgrading a hydrocarbon feed includes contacting the hydrocarbon feed with the FCC catalyst composition at reaction conditions sufficient to upgrade at least a portion of the hydrocarbon feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignees: Saudi Arabian Oil Company, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Yaming Jin, Omer Refa Koseoglu, Abdullah M. Aitani, Ziyauddin S. Qureshi, M. Abdullbari Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 11725148
    Abstract: Methods and systems for calcining dewatered tailings and/or mine waste are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the method comprises (i) processing dewatered tailings comprising clay minerals, (ii) calcining the processed tailings to produced calcined tailings, and (iii) altering a composition and/or one or more characteristics of the calcined tailings to produce a cementitious product. Altering the composition can include blending the calcined tailings with one or more additives, such as lime, dolomitic lime, lime kiln dust, argillaceous limestone, limestone, pulverized quicklime, ground calcium carbonate, quicklime, gypsum, natural pozzolans, artificial pozzolans, water, flow aids, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Graymont Western Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolas Andrei Romaniuk, Michael John Tate, Jared Ira Leikam, Jesse Wayne Fox, Narain Hariharan
  • Patent number: 11717799
    Abstract: Provided is a system and method for producing and purifying biodiesel. In particular, the system comprises a tandem arrangement of at a modular biodiesel reactor and a continuous flow separation and purification unit. The system can further comprise an evaporation unit that is placed between the biodiesel reactor and the continuous flow separation and purification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Inventors: Oddur Ingolfsson, Asgeir Matthiasson, Eirikur Bjarnason, Sigurdur Ingolfsson
  • Patent number: 11713419
    Abstract: A process for converting lignocellulosic feedstock includes providing a lignocellulosic feedstock into a first inlet of a first reactor at a first end, and providing a hot feedstock into a second inlet of the first reactor at a second end of the first reactor. The process includes heating and reacting the lignocellulosic feedstock with the hot feedstock and outputting a first product stream from a first product outlet of the first reactor. The first product stream is an alkane rich product stream. A reactor system includes a first reactor having a first inlet at a first end, a second inlet at a second end and at least one product outlet. The first reactor is configured to receive a lignocellulosic feedstock at the first inlet and a hot feedstock at the second inlet. The system includes a second reactor having a first inlet downstream from the at least one product outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: T.EN Process Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin J. Mills
  • Patent number: 11697780
    Abstract: Endothermic fuel compositions comprising 50% or more by volume decahydronaphthalene, including cis-decahydronaphthalene, trans-decahydronaphthalene or a mixture thereof, for use as endothermic fuels in hypersonic vehicles and particularly for use in dual-mode ramjet or supersonic combustion ramjet air breathing engines. Methods for operating a ramjet or scram jet engine wherein the endothermic fuel is used for cooling the combustor and for combustion in the combustor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: Reaction Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Dean Hitch, David Thomas Wickham, Jeffrey Robert Engel, Jacquelyn Brett Lewis
  • Patent number: 11697111
    Abstract: A catalyst is provided for hydrodeoxygenation and hydroisomerization of paraffins having higher activity. The catalyst contains a molecular sieve, such as SAPO-11, a metal component such as platinum and/or palladium or nickel tungsten sulfide or nickel molybdenum sulfide and a binder such as gamma alumina. The catalyst exhibits a high proportion of weak acid sites and a relatively equal distribution of the metal component on the molecular sieve and the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Steven F. Zink, David A. Lesch, Wei Pan, Joseph T. Kozlowski, Sesh Prabhakar, Sergio Sanchez
  • Patent number: 11697984
    Abstract: A process for producing diluent for use in a hydrocarbon recovery process includes heating a dilbit feed stream comprising hydrocarbons produced from a hydrocarbon reservoir and an added diluent, to a temperature of 350° C. or less, fractionating the dilbit feed stream after heating to produce a light fraction and a heavy fraction, the light fraction comprising the diluent, additional light hydrocarbons, and sour water, separating the sour water from a remainder of the light fraction, and stabilizing the remainder of the light fraction to provide recovered diluent and cooling the recovered diluent. A volume of the recovered diluent is greater than a volume of the added diluent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: Cenovus Energy Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly Margaret Bell, Eusebio Palmisano, Michael Somerville, Michael Douglas Stillwell, Meghan Elizabeth Butler, Dahai Dong, Steve Hicks, Timothy Michael Koskowich
  • Patent number: 11685850
    Abstract: The invention relate to use of aqueous solution of organic ammonium carboxylate of formula (I): [NR1R2R3R4]+n[R5(COO)]?n, in which R1, R2, and R3 are selected from the group composing of hydrogen and methyl, R4 is a C1-C4-alkyl substituted with a hydroxyl group, R5 is hydrogen or methyl and n is 1, as a mist or drops in preventing dusting of fine material and in lowering the freezing point of said aqueous solution on the surface of said fine material or on the surface of dust particles obtained from said fine material by spraying said mist or drops onto fine material or onto dust particles obtained from said fine material to neutralize negatively charged dust particles or by changing negatively charged dust particles into positively charged dust particles, wherein said fine material is selected from the group composing of sand, crushed stone, stone powder, crushed expanded clay, or crushed expanded clay aggregate, crushed cement or concrete, cement or concrete powder, chopped organic material, minerals and me
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Oy Granula Ab Ltd
    Inventor: Thomas Ahlnäs
  • Patent number: 11685872
    Abstract: A method of reducing the incidence of deposits on the pistons of a 4-stroke marine diesel engine during operation of the engine when it is fuelled with a marine residual fuel meeting the ISO 8217 2017 fuel standard for marine residual fuels and having a sulphur content of more than 0.1% and less than 0.5% by mass. The method includes the step of lubricating the engine using a lubricating oil composition comprising: a) at least 50% by mass, based on the mass of the composition, of an oil of lubricating viscosity; (b) 5 to 25% by mass, based on the mass of the composition, of an oil-soluble or oil-dispersible alkali metal or alkaline earth metal salicylate detergent, or a mixture of two or more oil-soluble or oil-dispersible alkali metal or alkaline earth metal salicylate detergents; (c) 0.1 to 10% by mass, based on the mass of the composition of one or more oil-soluble or oil-dispersible ashless dispersants; and optionally, (d) 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Hughes, Timothy M. Clitherow, Adam P. Marsh
  • Patent number: 11685869
    Abstract: A method to produce a fuel product such as jet fuel, diesel or single battlefield fuel from a Fischer Tropsch syncrude comprising the steps of: 1) Separating the HFTL product from the reactor effluent gasses at reactor temperature and partially cooling the reactor effluent gas before transferring it to the enhanced hot separator; 2) enhancing the hot separator downstream of the Fischer Tropsch reactor with trays or packing and also adding reflux of the LFTL product, to improve separation efficiency and substantially reduce the C16+ portion of the hydrocarbons in the LFTL product; 3) combining the HFTL and MFTL product to from a combined HFTL product and further processing the combined HFTL in a hydroprocessing reactor that has a stacked bed with a layer of hydrocracking catalyst to crack the waxy C20+ hydrocarbons and a layer of hydroisomerization catalyst to isomerize the light fraction to increase the iso to n-paraffin ratio of the hydroprocessed product; 4) the LFTL product that is not recycled to the hot
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Emerging Fuels Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Agee, Jennifer Parker