Patents Examined by Jonathan Miller
  • Patent number: 10738244
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an arrangement for the recycling of carbon and hydrocarbon compounds from organic input material through pyrolysis treatment, comprising: a reactor (1) comprising a chamber (110) that is limited by a jacket (111) and upper and lower end-wall sections (112, 113), in which chamber input material (M) in fragmented form is intended to be introduced, gas inlet means (120) for the supply of heated inert gas (101) to the input material, whereby the gas inlet means (120) is connected in a manner that transfers gas to a gas emission source (102) through inlet pipes (104, 129, 187.1, 187.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SES IP AB
    Inventors: Bengt-Sture Ershag, Olov Ershag
  • Patent number: 10731082
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for processing reusable fuel comprising: a continuous material supply assembly; a heated airlock feeder configured to continuously receive and process the material supply received therein; a reactor configured to receive the processed material from the heated airlock feeder; and a vapor refining system configured to process vapor supplied by the reactor. The apparatus may comprise a char disposal system configured to eliminate char from the reactor. The apparatus may also comprise a thermal expansion system configured to allow thermal expansion of the reactor. A cooling system may be configured to receive processed fuel from the reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Anthony F. Tenore, David Fowler, Oluwadare Oluwaseun, Anthony N. Tenore
  • Patent number: 10730776
    Abstract: An apparatus for evaporative concentration of water, containing hardness-causing substances, to be treated using hot lime softening, includes: a first evaporator configured to form first concentrated water from the water to be treated by evaporatively concentrating the water by first heat exchange with hot steam; a hot lime softener configured to precipitate and to separate hardness-causing substances contained in the first concentrated water from at least a portion of the first concentrated water from the first evaporator by reaction with lime and configured to remove the hardness-causing substances from the first concentrated water; and a second evaporator configured to form second concentrated water by further evaporatively concentrating at least a portion of the first concentrated water that passed through the hot lime softener by second heat exchange with hot steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Doosan Heavy Industries Construction Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Sangmoon Kim, Gunmyung Lee, Weekwan Kang
  • Patent number: 10731081
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for pyrolyzing hydro carbonaceous materials to produce useful vapor and solid products comprising a generally cylindrical, linear reactor having a screw means for transporting hydro carbonaceous materials through said reactor, means for feeding and heating said hydro carbonaceous materials whereby they are processed and pyrolyzed to produce vapor and solid products; means for removing vapor products from said processed hydro carbonaceous materials, means for removing solid products, means whereby said hydrocarbonaceous material is maintained within a zone for a range of defined residence times, means for rotating said screw, which has a plurality of flight configurations for compressing, and for melting said hydro carbonaceous materials to convert them from a solid to a liquid, for mixing, destabilizing and dehalogenating said hydro carbonaceous materials, for pyrolyzing said hydro carbonaceous materials, for devolatilizing the pyrolyzed hydrocarbonaceous materials, and for discharging so
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: VADXX ENERGY LLC
    Inventor: William L. Ullom
  • Patent number: 10730762
    Abstract: A system for processing a fluid by generating water vapor through forced compression and rotation in a vessel includes capturing sea water for use in desalination processing in the vessel. Any fluid processed in the vessel, including sea water, can be used to create water vapor that rises to an elevation under its own power. After condensing the water vapor to liquid again, the condensed liquid falls upon a hydro-electric generator to generate electricity that is stored for later use. Brine output from the system can be recycled for re-processing through the system to increase water vapor yield. The wet brine output may also be dried to produce dried brine for subsequent processing of salt and other minerals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Verno Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: John D. Riley, Dana L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10731001
    Abstract: A method for treating a shear-thinning residue composition deriving from the synthesis of an aryl ether ketone, the residue composition including a liquid fraction and solid residues, the method including the steps of: passing said shear-thinning residue composition through a shear-generating evaporating device, between a rotating part and a stationary part; and recovering a condensed liquid fraction and separately recover concentrated solid residues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ARKEMA FRANCE
    Inventors: Steven Gabriel Schon, Andrew Richard Goddard, Julien Jouanneau
  • Patent number: 10723676
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and systems for producing 1,3-butadiene. In certain embodiments, the present disclosure provides methods for the extractive distillation of 1,3-butadiene in a divided wall distillation column having a first region, a second region and a combined bottom region. An exemplary method can include feeding a C4 hydrocarbon stream and a first solvent into the first region and removing a first stream from the first region. The method can further include feeding a second solvent into the second region, removing a second stream that includes 1,3-butadiene from the second region, and removing a third stream from the combined bottom region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Arun Vasant Manchekar
  • Patent number: 10722811
    Abstract: A method is for thermal separation of a non-polar organic compound from a material by steam distillation, where microwave radiation provides energy to the material, and where a susceptor comprising an organic substance with an electric dipole characteristic is added to and mixed with the material prior to the steam distillation, and the susceptor contributes with vapor to the steam distillation. Use of the susceptor in a steam distillation process is described as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Norwegian Technology AS
    Inventor: Stig Ovar Keller
  • Patent number: 10724213
    Abstract: A three-tiered funneling type mist collection arrangement for collecting water from mist in air flowing therethrough is disclosed. The mist collection arrangement includes support frame, first funnel disk, second funnel disk, third funnel disk, and mesh member. First funnel disk, second funnel disk, and third funnel disk are mounted on the support frame while being coaxially aligned, such that a first drip cavity, a second drip cavity, and a third drip cavity is coaxially aligned with each other. The second funnel disk has a lesser diameter than the first funnel disk. The mesh member is attached to and extends between a first periphery of the first funnel disk and a second periphery of the second funnel disk, to form a frustoconical structure. Water in mist of surrounding air is collected on the mesh member, which is trickled to the first funnel disk and later to the third funnel disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Raymond L. Khouw, Thanish R. Boggula, Aryaman Dashora, Yash Gaddam, Akaash Ganga, Shawn W. Hu, Pranav Kakarla, Davyn L. Khouw, Sara A. Khouw, Akul Singh
  • Patent number: 10723634
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system for extracting potable water from saline water. The system includes a pre-treatment unit configured to receive the saline water from a reservoir, and configured to heat the saline water to a predetermined temperature. An evaporator is coupled to the pre-treatment unit for receiving the heated saline water, and includes a housing for receiving the heated saline water, a porous material disposed in the housing and an evaporator gas port. The evaporator gas port routes gas into the housing via the porous material, and disperses to form gas bubbles. The gas bubbles induce turbulent motion within the housing for converting the heated saline water into the mixture of the water vapors and the concentrated saline water. Further, a condenser is coupled to the housing for receiving the mixture of the gas and the water vapors, and configured to condense water vapors to form potable water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Mina Sagar
  • Patent number: 10717934
    Abstract: A process for treating waste comprising Mixed Plastic Waste is disclosed. The process includes feeding the waste to a pyrolysis reactor, pyrolysing the waste in the pyrolysis reactor to produce a fuel and using the fuel to run a generator to produce electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Recycling Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Adrian Edward Griffiths
  • Patent number: 10710000
    Abstract: A vacuum distillation apparatus for producing treated water from a supply of seed water, the apparatus including: an evaporation chamber for receiving and evaporating the seed water; a heat source for supplying heat to the evaporation chamber; a condensation chamber in fluid communication with the evaporation chamber for receiving and condensing the evaporated seed water; a pressure reducer in communication with the evaporation chamber for promoting evaporation of the seed water; and at least one cooling member disposed within the condensation chamber on which the evaporated seed water can condense, the cooling member being arranged to transfer condensed vapour for collection at a treated water outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Planet H2O Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Mohammed Ali Sanagooy Moharrer
  • Patent number: 10711076
    Abstract: A mobile vacuum distillation unit for extracting, condensing, and collecting volatile organic compound vapor emissions from one or more polymer-containing articles includes a shell that defines an enclosed interior space and is mounted to a transportable support platform, a vacuum distillation vessel, a condenser, a condensate storage tank, and a vacuum pump system in fluid communication with a vacuum distillation chamber of the vacuum distillation vessel. The vacuum distillation chamber that includes the one or more polymer-containing articles from which the VOC vapor emissions are extracted may be heated by an exhaust gas heat exchanger if the transportable support platform is connected to and hauled by a tractor unit powered by a diesel engine. A method of using the mobile vacuum distillation unit to extract VOC vapor emissions from one or more polymer-containing article during transportation of the one or more polymer-containing articles between geographically separate destinations is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Wayne E. Reeder, Thomas J. Chapaton
  • Patent number: 10702791
    Abstract: The invention provides several innovations relative to MVC thermal distillation methods and facilities in order to decrease their specific electricity consumption to values of only 2 to 4 kWh/m3 of distillate produced, as well as their manufacturing costs. The vapour transport system is reduced to its simplest expression and has a practically null total dynamic pressure loss. The compression system including the compressor motor) is completely integrated into the evaporator-condenser, installed in the inlet of the condensation zones, preferably provided with a system preventing overheating of the vapour, and driven at a high speed of rotation. Preferably, the auxiliary equipment is installed in the enclosure in a partial vacuum (hermetic chamber). According to one particular embodiment, the condensation zones have a section that decreases with the path of the vapour. The exchangers on the incoming and outgoing flows are supplied with continuously balanced heat loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Fran├žois-Mathieu Winandy
  • Patent number: 10702792
    Abstract: A process for the isolation of levulinic acid obtained by acid catalyzed hydrolysis of a C6-carbohydrate-containing feedstock, including the following steps: a) providing a solution 1 comprising at least 5 wt. % of levulinic acid, at least 0.1 wt. % of formic acid and at most 94.9 wt. % of solvent, relative to the total weight of solution 1, b) feeding solution 1 to a first evaporation step to treat solution 1 and to obtain solution 2, comprising at least 25 wt. % of levulinic acid, less than 20 wt. % of solvent and at least 1 wt. % of formic acid, relative to the total weight of solution 2, c) feeding solution 2 to a second evaporation step to treat solution 2 and to obtain solution 3, comprising at least 30 wt. % of levulinic acid and less than 1.0 wt. % of formic acid, relative to the total weight of solution 3, d) feeding solution 3 to a third evaporation step to treat solution 3 and to obtain levulinic acid with a purity of at least 90 wt. % and containing less than 1000 wppm angelica lactone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Aris De Rijke, Rudy Francois Maria Jozef Parton, Donato Santoro
  • Patent number: 10696566
    Abstract: A power generating and water purifying system. The system includes a closed loop power generator, a closed loop heat exchanger, and a closed loop water purifier. Hot brine water vapor travels from a reactor to a turbine, which generates electricity. The hot brine water vapor is then cooled by the closed loop heat exchanger and travels back to the reactor. The electricity powers generators. The electricity further powers an ammonia pump and a coolant compressor of the closed loop heat exchanger. Dirty water enters through a water inlet and is chilled by the closed loop heat exchanger. The water is then directed to a hot water accumulator, in which the water is heated by the closed loop heat exchanger. The water is vaporized by a hot plate and a UV light source. The distilled water is then cooled in a cooling tower and delivered to water tower as purified water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Shawn Erick Lange
  • Patent number: 10695690
    Abstract: A distillation column comprises at least one wall enclosing a chamber and at least one feed input, at least one condensate removal point and at least one vapor take-off point; wherein the column further comprises a polygonal cross-section component that is mounted within the chamber; and wherein the polygonal component is configured to rotate within the chamber in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Edward Elmer
  • Patent number: 10688413
    Abstract: A gas stripper system for purification of a primary coolant contaminated in cooling a nuclear reactor is provided. The gas stripper system includes a gas stripper column and a condenser arrangement. The column is adapted to receive the liquid phased contaminated primary coolant. The column defines top, bottom and middle sections and includes a distributor member, a re-boiler member and a separation member disposed therealong. The distributor member, a re-boiler member and a separation member with structured packing are configured such that maximum contact between the liquid phased primary coolant and gaseous phased primary coolant is made. Moreover, the condenser arrangement is configured to the gas stripper column to receive and condense the vapour phased primary coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Faegheh Haj Bolouri
  • Patent number: 10688410
    Abstract: A cannabis oil extraction method includes performing grinding assisted extraction in the presence of solvent, co-solvent extraction with subcritical CO2 comprising, degassing the CO2 and separating the mixture by centrifugation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Evello International, LLC
    Inventors: Geronimos Dimitrelos, Bruce Vanaman
  • Patent number: 10689265
    Abstract: A water purifying and desalination system includes solar concentrators that receive a sunlight and direct the sunlight toward many locations. Heat collection elements positioned at the of locations absorb and convert a solar radiation into thermal energy. Some of heat collection elements include perforations to facilitate a state change in a heat-transfer fluid having a high salinity. A condenser condenses a portion of the heat-transfer fluid using a portion of the heat-transfer fluid as its coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Satish Mahna