Patents Examined by Mark A Laurenzi
  • Patent number: 11396828
    Abstract: Techniques for cogeneration of heat and power are disclosed. A cogeneration system includes: a conduit loop configured to carry a working fluid using a Rankine cycle; a valve system disposed along the conduit loop, including valves configured to manage flow of the working fluid through a chamber; a backflow vapor line disposed along the conduit loop, configured to direct working fluid in a gaseous state to the chamber, such that the working fluid in the gaseous state displaces working fluid in a liquid state in the chamber and the working fluid in the liquid state advances through the conduit loop without requiring a mechanical pump; and a heat exchanger disposed along the conduit loop, configured to extract heat from the working fluid and direct the heat to a practical use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Dylan M. Chase
    Inventor: Dylan M. Chase
  • Patent number: 11391183
    Abstract: An ORC power generation apparatus for generating power by using new renewable thermal energy, includes: a housing, which has a front cover with a fluid inlet and a rear cover with a fluid outlet and is provided as structure insulated and sealed off from external air; a plurality of turbines which use an organic compound as a working fluid and having turbine shafts, each of which has one end portion penetrating a bored hole and a bearing provided in the center of the front cover of the housing so as to protrude outward, and has the other end portion coupled to a bearing provided in the center of the rear cover of the housing; and heat suppliers provided inside the housing and provided at the front of a working fluid inlet hole of each of the plurality of turbines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventor: Jung-Hong Jin
  • Patent number: 11391182
    Abstract: An external reactor vessel cooling and electric power generation system according to the present invention includes an external reactor vessel cooling section formed to enclose at least part of a reactor vessel with small-scale facilities so as to cool heat discharged from the reactor vessel, a power production section including a small turbine and a small generator to generate electric energy using a fluid that receives heat from the external reactor vessel cooling section, a condensation heat exchange section 140 to perform a heat exchange of the fluid discharged after operating the small turbine, and condense the fluid to generate condensed water, and a condensed water storage section to collect therein the condensed water generated in the condensation heat exchange section, wherein the fluid is phase-changed into gas by the heat received from the reactor vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignees: KOREA ATOMIC ENERGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE, KING ABDULLAH CITY FOR ATOMIC AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
    Inventors: Youngin Kim, Youngmin Bae, Hunsik Han, Cheongbong Chang, Junewoo Kee, Minkyu Lee, Bonghyun Cho, Kisun Park
  • Patent number: 11384759
    Abstract: A valve assembly forms a check valve for a scroll compressor including a fixed scroll having a pair of injection ports fluidly coupled to a compression mechanism. The valve assembly includes a valve body having a pair of flow paths with each of the flow paths fluidly coupled to a corresponding one of the injection ports. An injection plate has a pair of injection holes. A reed structure is disposed between the injection plate and the valve body with the reed structure including a pair of reeds. Each of the reeds is configured to selectively provide fluid communication between a corresponding one of the injection holes and a corresponding one of the injection ports. A valve gasket is disposed between the reed structure and the valve body and includes a pair of flaps with each of the flaps configured to selectively contact a corresponding one of the reeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Kanwal Bhatia, Rod Callahan, Kyung Jae Lee, Steven J. Koester, Jeong Ki Seo
  • Patent number: 11378341
    Abstract: A heat exchanger has arcuate inlet and outlet manifolds and a plurality of tube banks, each tube bank coupling one of the inlet manifold outlets to an associated one of the outlet manifold inlets. Each tube bank partially nests with one or more others of the tube banks and has: a first header coupled to the associated inlet manifold outlet and the associated the outlet manifold inlet; a second header; and a plurality of tube bundles each having a first end coupled to the associated first header and a second end coupled to the associated second header. A flowpath from the each inlet manifold outlet passes sequentially through flowpath legs formed by each of the tube bundles in the associated tube bank to exit the tube bank to the associated outlet manifold inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph B. Staubach, Amanda Jean Boucher, Jesse M. Chandler
  • Patent number: 11371392
    Abstract: A system for reheating a power generation system including a boiler having a waterwall and a steam drum with an input fluidly coupled to the waterwall and an auxiliary heat source to provide heated fluid. The system also includes a first flow control valve connected to the auxiliary heat source and the boiler to control a flow of heated fluid from the auxiliary heat source to the waterwall; a first isolation valve disposed at a waterwall, to isolate circulation of heated fluid from the steam drum to the waterwall; and a sensor to monitor at least one operating characteristic in the boiler. The system also includes a controller to control at least one of the flow control valve, the isolation valve, and the auxiliary heat source to control the amount of heated fluid supplied to the waterwall when the boiler is not generating steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Bernard Walsh, Ronald Nowak, Bryan Mruk
  • Patent number: 11371442
    Abstract: Systems and methods for variable pressure inventory control of a closed thermodynamic cycle power generation system or energy storage system, such as a reversible Brayton cycle system, with at least a high pressure tank and an intermediate pressure tank are disclosed. Operational parameters of the system such as working fluid pressure, turbine torque, turbine RPM, generator torque, generator RPM, and current, voltage, phase, frequency, and/or quantity of electrical power generated and/or distributed by the generator may be the basis for controlling a quantity of working fluid that circulates through a closed cycle fluid path of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: MALTA INC.
    Inventors: Raj Apte, Philippe Larochelle
  • Patent number: 11371504
    Abstract: A scroll compressor is disclosed. The scroll compressor includes an shell, a fixed scroll, a housing and an orbiting scroll. The fixed scroll and the housing are disposed in the shell and fixed relative to each other. An outer peripheral surface of the housing and an inner peripheral surface of the shell are fitted to each other. The orbiting scroll is disposed between the fixed scroll and the housing. The fixed scroll is formed therein with a first injection passage, the housing is formed therein with a second injection passage, a port of the first injection passage and a port of the second injection passage face each other, so that the first injection passage and the second injection passage communicate with each other. The scroll compressor further includes an injection tube assembly, the injection tube assembly is disposed in the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Danfoss (Tianjin) Ltd.
    Inventors: Lin Ma, Wenhu Yao, Kun Qian, Bin Wang, Guillaume Rochet
  • Patent number: 11371414
    Abstract: Provided is an exhaust system for an engine in which a fastening force of a fastener hardly decreases. An exhaust system for an engine includes: an exhaust passage component of ferrous metal; and a fastener that fastens the exhaust passage component to other parts, the exhaust passage component including a pressure receiving surface that receives a fastening force of the fastener. The oxide film of triiron tetraoxide is formed on the pressure receiving surface of the exhaust passage component. It is preferable that the oxide film of triiron tetraoxide be also formed on an outer surface other than the pressure receiving surface of the exhaust passage component. It is preferable that the oxide film of triiron tetraoxide be also formed on an inner surface of the exhaust passage component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroki Oso, Nobuyoshi Okada, Hideyuki Koyama, Yoshinori Tanaka, Kenji Okamoto
  • Patent number: 11359811
    Abstract: A combustion system with surface-less heat energy exchange for efficient heat energy capture and lower pollutant emission, comprising: a first line feeding an oxygen-rich reactive; a second line feeding a hydrogen fuel; a vessel containing feed-water, a combustion enclosure without a bottom wall submersed into the feed water contained in a vessel, the combustion enclosure configured to receive the feed from each of the first and second line and combust a mixture of the two feeds in a pocket formed between an inner top and side walls of the combustion enclosure and a top surface of the feed-water contained in the vessel; and the combustion within the pocket yielding a high temperature and pressure combustion product and by-product directly into the feed-water of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventor: Paul Batushansky
  • Patent number: 11353022
    Abstract: A compressor may include a shell assembly, orbiting and non-orbiting scrolls, a bearing housing, a bushing, a damper, and a fastener. The bearing housing includes a first aperture. The bushing may include an axial end abutting the bearing housing. The bushing may extend through a second aperture of the non-orbiting scroll. The bushing may include a third aperture. The damper may be received in a pocket that may be defined by and disposed radially between an outer diametrical surface of the bushing and an inner diametrical surface of the non-orbiting scroll. The damper may be at least partially disposed within the second aperture and may encircle the second portion of the bushing. The fastener may include a shaft portion and a flange portion. The shaft portion may extend through the third aperture and into the first aperture. The flange portion may contact a first axial end of the damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: JonYeon Oh, Joseph M. Shepherd, Brian J. Knapke, Srinivasan Ramalingam, Gui Lin, Steven J. Baker, Miles E. Strand
  • Patent number: 11352950
    Abstract: An energy storage-combined cooling, heating and power (S-CCHP) system for a building receives energy from a source, for example an intermittent source, and stores the energy in first and second high temperature energy storage (HTES) units. A Brayton cycle using the first HTES unit produces hot and pressurized air that is further heated in the second HTES unit. The heated air drives a turbine to generate electricity for the building. A portion of the compressed air from the Brayton cycle is diverted to a hot water heat exchanger, then to another turbine to produce electricity to the building. The hot water heat exchanger heats water for the building and the other turbine exhaust cools water for building cooling. Heat exchangers are strategically placed to optimize the thermal efficiency of the cycle. In some embodiments the heat transfer fluid is humidified to improve thermal energy transfer properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Sammy Houssainy, Mohammad Janbozorgi, Walid Ismail, Hossein Pirouz Kavehpour
  • Patent number: 11346302
    Abstract: A monolithic heat exchanger body for inputting heat to a closed-cycle engine may include a plurality of heating walls and heat sink, such as a plurality of heat transfer regions. The plurality of heating walls may be configured and arranged in an array of spirals or spiral arcs relative to a longitudinal axis of an inlet plenum. Adjacent portions of the plurality of heating walls may respectively define a corresponding plurality of heating fluid pathways therebetween, for example, fluidly communicating with the inlet plenum. At least a portion of the heat sink may be disposed about at least a portion of the monolithic heat exchanger body. The heat sink may include a plurality of working-fluid bodies, for example, including a plurality of working-fluid pathways that have a heat transfer relationship with the plurality of heating fluid pathways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Joshua Tyler Mook, Kevin Michael VandeVoorde, Aigbedion Akwara, Michael Robert Notarnicola, Jason Joseph Bellardi, Mohammed El Hacin Sennoun, Mohamed Osama, Zachary William Nagel, Victor Luis Marrero Ortiz
  • Patent number: 11333124
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wave power device for extracting energy from water waves. The waver power device comprise a reference structure and effectors moving relative to the reference structure. The effectors are connected to two hydraulic rams, symmetrically positioned around each effector. The hydraulic rams have an effective hydraulic area which is stepwise increased as the length of the hydraulic rams are compressed and stepwise increased as the length of the hydraulic rams are increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Wavepiston A/S
    Inventors: Martin von Bülow, Kristian Glejbøl, Claus Schmidt Møller
  • Patent number: 11333150
    Abstract: A compressor may include a casing having a refrigerant inlet space therein that communicates with a suction pipe through which a refrigerant is suctioned into the casing; a high/low pressure separation plate that crosses an upper portion of a compression unit to partition the refrigerant inlet space positioned at a lower portion of the high/low pressure separation plate and a refrigerant discharge space positioned at an upper portion thereof; and a discharge guide. The discharge guide may be provided in the refrigerant discharge space and may be coupled with an upper surface of the high/low pressure separation plate to cover a communication hole of the high/low pressure separation plate that provides communication between the refrigerant inlet space and the refrigerant discharge space and at least a portion thereof may extend to a discharge pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Gyeongjoong Ryu, Joo Youngse, Dong Gyu Hong
  • Patent number: 11326479
    Abstract: A stand-alone long-distance closed-loop heat energy capture, conveyance, and delivery system, comprises three closed-loop modules in serial communication. The first module is in communication with a first closed-loop piping infrastructure interconnected with a source of heat energy, and has a LBP liquid circulating therein whereby the LBP liquid is converted into its gas phase when flowing through the source of heat energy thereby capturing a portion of heat energy therefrom, and is converted into its liquid phase when flowing through a first heat exchanger that transfers the captured-heat energy to a second closed-loop piping infrastructure wherein also is circulating a LBP liquid. The second closed-loop module may extend for long distances. The captured-heat energy in the second module is transferred to a third closed-loop piping infrastructure wherein is also circulating a LBP liquid. The captured-heat energy is transferred from the third module to a delivery site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: LOCHTERRA, INC.
    Inventor: Gerald Alvin Radke
  • Patent number: 11326498
    Abstract: An exhaust gas heat recovery system for an internal combustion engine has a pump for conveying an operating fluid, an evaporator for converting the operating fluid from the liquid state to the gaseous state, and a condenser for liquefaction of the operating fluid, and having an expansion engine through which the gaseous operating fluid can flow. A sensor is arranged on the expansion engine with which a function of the expansion engine can be monitored. An exhaust system may have such an exhaust gas heat recovery system, and a method for the diagnosis of such an exhaust heat recovery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: André Horn, Asmus Carstensen, Artur Semke, Thomas Maischik, Thomas Schulenburg
  • Patent number: 11306622
    Abstract: A coal-fired power generation system and a supercritical CO2 cycle system thereof are provided. The supercritical CO2 cycle system includes a compressor unit and a turbine unit. The turbine unit includes a preceding stage heater, a preceding stage turbine, a last stage heater and a last stage turbine successively connected in series. An exhaust port of at least one of compressors in the compressor unit is in communication with the turbine unit through a split flow pipe, and a communication position between the split flow pipe and the turbine unit is located downstream of a suction port of the preceding stage turbine. An auxiliary regenerator and an auxiliary heater are provided at the split flow pipe, and the auxiliary regenerator is located upstream of the auxiliary heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: North China Electric Power University
    Inventors: Jinliang Xu, Enhui Sun, Jian Xie, Chao Liu, Hangning Li, Huan Liu, Guanglin Liu
  • Patent number: 11300012
    Abstract: A power system is configured to generate mechanical energy from supercritical carbon dioxide in a closed loop. The power system includes a compressor that yields a high pressure supercritical carbon dioxide. A heat exchanger is operatively connected to the compressor and yields a high enthalpy supercritical carbon dioxide. A rotary engine is operatively connected to the heat exchanger and configured to convert thermal energy from the high enthalpy supercritical carbon dioxide into mechanical energy and an output supercritical carbon dioxide. A pressure differential orifice is operatively coupled to the rotary engine and to the heat exchanger and configured to decrease the temperature and the pressure of the output supercritical carbon dioxide resulting in a low pressure low temperature supercritical carbon dioxide. The low pressure low temperature supercritical carbon dioxide is heated in the heat exchanger and the renters the compressor completing the closed loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Kenneth Colin Baker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11293413
    Abstract: Device for storing energy, using a physical object, such as a mass or buoyant object floating in fluid. A mass is repositioned to greater altitude in a gravitational field to a position of higher potential energy. A buoyant object is forcibly submerged into a fluid, displacing fluid, to a position of higher potential energy. The stored potential energy may be recovered with extremely low loss regardless of the state of charge of the system, or length of time of the storage. Maintaining the charge is indefinitely lossless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: James Francis Kellinger, Michael Thane MacKay