Patents Examined by Jonathan Miller
  • Patent number: 10661195
    Abstract: Processes and systems suitable for purifying or otherwise treating liquids to remove contaminants therein, including but not limited to contaminated water, to permit reclaiming, recycling, and reuse of the liquids. Such a process and system entails the use of a cascading distillation system that evaporates a liquid from the feedstock and then condenses and collects a more purified form of the liquid. The cascading distillation system can be operated to selectively process the feedstock through any of a series of vessels at which different amounts and/or contaminants may be removed from the feedstock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Rickey S. Lutterbach
  • Patent number: 10654726
    Abstract: A solar desalinator that converts contaminated water to potable water includes a cylindrical solar collector, a trough-shaped parabolic mirror, and a condenser. The solar collector is positioned within the trough-shaped parabolic mirror, and the parabolic mirror focuses the Sun's rays onto the solar collector, heats the water, and converts the water to steam. The steam is fed to the condenser where the steam is condensed to recover potable water. The solar collector includes an inner conduit surrounded by an outer shell with a vacuum in the anger space between. Energy absorbing material in the form of dark metal is positioned in the inner conduit. A residue bulb is attached at the contaminated water inlet to collect residue left by the creation of the steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Sebastian Amella Nigrelli
  • Patent number: 10632396
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a microwave flash evaporation process and apparatus and uses thereof. A microwave flash evaporation process, wherein the process makes integration of those technologies for liquid spraying, liquid droplet flash evaporation, microwave enhancement, vacuum steam discharge, and simulation and optimization of multi-mode resonant cavity, wherein through the coupling effect of the microwave, by means of one stage microwave flash evaporation, the effect normally achieved by multi-effect evaporation and flash evaporation is obtained and a liquid droplet micro-system with microwave energy transfer in situ is formed so as to prevent a circulation pump and a steam heat exchange system from being corroded under high temperature and high pressure, and prevent scaling on a heat exchanger, and improve evaporation efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: KUNMING UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Shaohua Ju, Jinhui Peng, Zhanyong Guo, Hua Chen, Jun Sun, Shenghui Guo, Chao Liu, Lei Xu, Linqing Dai, Lihua Zhang, Shihong Tian
  • Patent number: 10632397
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for heating and manipulating a fluid comprising a closed loop heating assembly thermally coupled to a fluid manipulation assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Phoenix Caliente, LLC
    Inventor: Franklin Alan Frick
  • Patent number: 10626023
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method and an apparatus for reducing the amount of waste, requiring special handling and possible destruction, in a process involving vaporization, in an evaporator apparatus (1-6, V1-V6), of a water solution containing environmentally hazardous substances. A considerable amount of the water content of said water solution is vaporized in a reusable vaporization chamber (2a). At a certain time, the vaporization process is stopped, so that the remaining water content is 70% to 5% of the initial water content. Thereafter, in a second step, the remaining water solution in the reusable vaporization chamber (2a) is transferred into a separate waste isolating container (6), where the remaining water is subjected to at least one further water-reducing process. The remaining waste, including the environmentally hazardous substances, is left in the waste container for separate handling and possible destruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Pharmalundensis AB
    Inventor: Staffan Skogvall
  • Patent number: 10625229
    Abstract: A device for preparing nano-carbon urea comprising: the urea inlet pipe is connected to the conical nozzle above the urea granulation tower, install the spray device under the natural ventilation window of the urea granulation tower, the spray device is connected to the atomizing nozzle through the spray manifold, the spray manifold is connected to the atomizing nozzle, they are all located inner the urea granulation tower above the urea rotary sweep, urea discharge funnel is set on the bottom of urea granulation tower; urea discharge funnel is connected to the drum drying device, an atomizer is arranged between the drum drying device and the urea discharge funnel. This utility model comprises two stages which combines tower internal, external spray absorption and drying, the content of urea nano-carbon is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING NANO HI-TECH MATERIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenying Xing, Ligang Zuo, Lele Zuo, Kaisheng Li
  • Patent number: 10596485
    Abstract: Provided is a multi-functional apparatus that is able to isolate and collect organic compounds from plant material by way of steam distillation, organic solvent extraction, and oven purging and drying. The multi-functional apparatus is capable of being fitted with a variety of interchangeable condensers so as to accommodate the desired process. Among the organic compounds capable of being isolated and collected by way of the multi-functional apparatus are essential oils. Also provided is a botanical distillation and extraction apparatus which includes a main boiling chamber which is affixed with a selectively sealable cap. The selectively sealable cap is capable of being fitted with a variety of interchangeable condensers. The apparatus also includes a basket for holding plant matter that is attached to the boiling tank, a heating system, an optional vacuum system, and two distinctly unique condensers which may be interchangeably attached to the sealable cap according to the desired process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Fritz Chess
  • Patent number: 10596486
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system for extracting terpenes and cannabinoids from plant matter without use of volatile solvents and without use of lipids as solvents. The system uses heated air, drawn through plant matter for volatilizing desired compounds, where the air is at a predetermined temperature, followed by collecting the desired compounds in a condenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Louis Phillip Nevitt
  • Patent number: 10590010
    Abstract: Processes for the separation of water from a mixture of water with other components, comprising the following steps: A) providing feed material FM comprising water and at least one a nonionic surfactant S in an amount of 0.1 to 1000 ppm by weight based on the feed material FM, B) subjecting said feed material FM to a distillation step using a falling film evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SOLENIS TECHNOLOGIES, L.P.
    Inventors: Sujandi Sujandi, Sophie Maitro-Vogel, Stephan Nied, Heike Glade
  • Patent number: 10584035
    Abstract: A system for purifying trichlorosilane that can prevent re-contamination by the dissociation of an adduct occurring in association with the conversion of high boiling point compounds or the remaining of impurities due to an equilibrium constraint is provided. Trichlorosilane containing impurities serving as a donor or an acceptor in silicon crystals is supplied to a multistage impurity conversion step. These impurities in the trichlorosilane are converted into high boiling point compounds in the presence of a distillation aid. A plurality of impurity conversion step sections (101 to 10n) are connected in series, and any of the impurity conversion step sections comprises a reception section a for the trichlorosilane from the preceding stage section, an introduction section b for the distillation aid, a transmission section c for the trichlorosilane to the subsequent stage section, and a drain section d that discharges a remainder out of the impurity conversion step section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryota Kishi, Masahiko Ishida, Shigeyoshi Netsu
  • Patent number: 10577540
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for processing pyrolysis oil from vehicular tires and effecting a steam distillation for separation of the pyrolysis oil to create a lighter fraction which may be subjected to fractional distillation and a heavy fraction which is usable as a fuel oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: RJ LEE GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Steven J. Monaco, Alan M. Levine, Richard J. Lee
  • Patent number: 10577258
    Abstract: A water treatment system including a filter, an aerator, a hydrogen absorption manifold, a first treatment container, a second treatment container, a magnetron, a boiler, a superheater, a fractional distillation separator and a condenser. The filter is adapted for removing chloride ions and transmutated chlorine ions, while the hydrogen absorptive manifold is designed for absorbing hydrogen ions and reducing the pH of the water. The magnetron alters the spin of an electron in an outer shell of an atom contained in the water so that a solution added to the water coats selective elements causing them to precipitate from the water. The boiler and superheater may be utilized to convert the water to a superheated steam, while the fractional distillation separator is adapted for condensing and separating elements, including radioactive elements, from the superheated steam. A method for treating contaminated water using the water treatment system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: WASSERWERK, INC.
    Inventor: Wayne R. Hawks
  • Patent number: 10570350
    Abstract: A cannabis oil extraction apparatus may include an extraction unit, condenser, winterization unit, micron filter, preheater, short-path distillation unit, and condenser. The extraction unit may utilize cellular disruption in a food grade solvent to extract cannabis oil from plant material. The short-path distillation unit may utilize molecular distillation. The short-path distillation unit may include a recirculation loop for multiple passes through the short-path distillation unit to separate extract components by weight. In one example, multiple short-path distillation units may be aligned is series to incrementally separate extract components by weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Evello International, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce Vanaman
  • Patent number: 10570338
    Abstract: A method (100) is proposed for processing a mixture of substances which contains predominantly or solely hydrocarbons having from M to N carbon atoms, which include sulfur-containing hydrocarbons, a first feed being formed using fluid of the mixture of substances and being subjected to a first separation in which a first fraction is formed which contains predominantly or solely hydrocarbons having from X to Y carbon atoms and at least a portion of the sulfur-containing hydrocarbons contained in the first feed, and a second feed being formed using fluid of the first fraction and being subjected to a desulfurisation, in which the sulfur-containing hydrocarbons contained in the second feed are converted predominantly or completely and hydrocarbons having more than Y carbon atoms are formed as secondary products, with the result that a product mixture of the desulfurisation contains predominantly or solely hydrocarbons having from X to Y carbon atoms and the secondary products, where M is five or six, X is five o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Helmut Fritz, Ulrike Stiglmayr
  • Patent number: 10556191
    Abstract: By using the distillation device of the present application, energy loss occurring in a purification process of a solution including a waste stripper and a stripped photoresist resin used in a stripping process of a photoresist can be minimized and the installation cost of the distillation device can be reduced compared to the case in which dual distillation columns are used, thereby increasing the economic feasibility of a process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Si Nae Lee, Sung Kyu Lee, Sang Beom Lee, Sung Ho Lee, Jeong Seok Kim, Joon Ho Shin, Dae Chul Jung, Yong Hee Jang, Tae Moon Park, Hyun Jik Yi
  • Patent number: 10543495
    Abstract: A spray drying system for drying liquid into powder including a plurality of processing towers each including an elongated drying chamber, a spray nozzle assembly at an upper end of the drying chamber and a powder collection chamber at a lower end of the drying chamber. The powder collection chamber of each processing tower being configured to discharge power to a common conveyor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Spraying Systems Co.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Ackerman, Christopher W. Barnes, Adam C. Bright, David C. Huffman, Scott J. Kocsis, Kristopher E. Roskos, Glenn R. St. Peter, Brian K. Smith, Joseph P. Szczap, Michel R. Thenin
  • Patent number: 10538707
    Abstract: Clean, safe and efficient methods, systems, and processes for utilizing thermolysis methods to processes to convert various carpet, rug, polymeric materials and other waste sources, such as solid waste, tires, manure, auto shredder residue, glass and carbon fiber composite materials, municipal solid wastes, medical wastes, waste wood and the like into a Clean Fuel Gas and Char source are disclosed. The invention processes the carpet, rug, polymeric material to effectively shred and/or grind the waste source, such as post-consumer carpet remnants and waste, and then process using thermolysis methods to destroy and/or separate halogen and other dangerous components to provide a Clean Fuel Gas and Char source. Additional waste sources, such as solid waste, tires, manure, auto shredder residue, glass and carbon fiber composite materials, municipal solid wastes, medical wastes, waste wood and the like, are suitable for the processing of the invention disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: CHZ Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Henry W. Brandhorst, Jr., Ullrich H. Engel, Charles T. Ludwig, Ernest J. Zavoral, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10538435
    Abstract: A hydro-thermal exchange unit (HTEU) for desalinating feed water in accordance with a humidification-dehumidification includes feed water, fresh water and gas conduit circuits for transporting feed water, fresh water, and gas, respectively. The unit also includes an evaporator through which a portion of the feed water conduit and the gas conduit pass. The evaporator causes evaporation of a portion of the feed water to produce vapor that is transported through the gas conduit. The unit also includes a condenser through which a portion of the gas conduit and the fresh water conduit pass. The condenser has input and output ports for coupling the gas and fresh water conduit circuits. The condenser extracts moisture from the vapor transported therethrough by the gas conduit. The extracted moisture is discharged through the fresh water conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Sunlight Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Sergey Frolov, Michael Cyrus, Allan James Bruce
  • Patent number: 10532935
    Abstract: A system for producing potable water, including a primary water harvester including a non-potable water source, gas heating chamber, wherein the gas heating chamber includes a gas directing tube having a gas located within the gas directing tube such that the gas heating chamber is used to heat the gas located within the gas directing tube, a gas mover operatively connected to the gas directing tube for moving the heated gas contained within the gas directing tube, an evaporator operatively connected at one end to the gas directing tube, wherein the heated gas located within the gas directing tube contacts non-potable from the non-potable water source such that a water vapor in the heated gas is increased, and a condenser operatively connected to the other end of the evaporator, wherein the condenser causes the water vapor to condense out of the heated gas to produce potable water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventor: John R. Ackerman
  • Patent number: 10526541
    Abstract: The present technology is generally directed to horizontal heat recovery and non-heat recovery coke ovens having monolith crowns. In some embodiments, an HHR coke oven includes a monolith crown that spans the width of the oven between opposing oven sidewalls. The monolith expands upon heating and contracts upon cooling as a single structure. In further embodiments, the crown comprises a thermally-volume-stable material. The crown may be an oven crown, an upcommer arch, a downcommer arch, a J-piece, a single sole flue arch or multiple sole flue arches, a downcommer cleanout, curvilinear corner sections, and/or combined portions of any of the above sections. In some embodiments, the crown is formed at least in part with a thermally-volume-stable material. In further embodiments, the crown is formed as a monolith (or several monolith segments) spanning between supports such as oven sidewalls. In various embodiments, the monolith and thermally-volume-stable features can be used in combination or alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SUNCOKE TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Gary Dean West, John Francis Quanci