Patents Examined by Mickey H France
  • Patent number: 11661926
    Abstract: A geothermal power plant related maintenance support system comprises: a thermodynamic calculation module for determining performance of specified geothermal power plant components; a plurality of. embedded sensors, each of which is embedded in a different geothermal power plant location and adapted to sense a corresponding real-time geothermal power plant parameter; a plurality of environmental sensors adapted to sense ambient conditions in the vicinity of the geothermal power plant; and a processor in data communication with each of said embedded sensors and environmental sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Rachel Huberman, Evgeni Bulgakov, Hilel Legmann
  • Patent number: 11661925
    Abstract: This disclosure includes various embodiments of apparatuses for encapsulating and stopping a flowing mass of fluid (e.g., liquid such as water, or gas such as air) to extract the kinetic energy from the mass, and for exhausting the mass once stopped (spent mass, from which kinetic energy has been extracted). This disclosure also includes various embodiments of systems comprising a plurality of the present apparatuses coupled together and/or one or more of the present apparatuses in combination with one or more flow resistance modifiers (FRMs). This disclosure also includes various embodiments of methods of extracting kinetic energy from a flowing mass of fluid (e.g., liquid such as water, or gas such as air) by stopping the mass, and for exhausting the mass once stopped (spent mass, from which kinetic energy has been extracted). This disclosure also includes embodiments of mechanical energy-storage or accumulation devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventor: Gregory A. M. Brown
  • Patent number: 11661866
    Abstract: A combined-cycle power plant comprises a gas turbine engine for generating exhaust gas, an electric generator driven by the gas turbine engine, a steam generator receiving the exhaust gas to heat water and generate steam, and a duct burner system configured to heat exhaust gas in the steam generator before generating the steam and that comprises a source of hydrogen fuel, a fuel distribution manifold to distribute the hydrogen fuel in a duct of the steam generator, and an igniter to initiate combustion of the hydrogen fuel in the exhaust gas. A method for heating exhaust gas in a steam generator for a combined-cycle power plant comprises directing combustion gas of a gas turbine engine into a duct, introducing hydrogen fuel into the duct, combusting the hydrogen fuel and the combustion gas to generate heated gas, and heating water in the duct with the heated gas to generate steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Satoshi Brooker, Song Wu, Michael McManus
  • Patent number: 11662157
    Abstract: An enclosed storage tank for the simultaneous addition and removal, and storage, of two liquid layers of different density has a bottom wall, a cylindrical side wall, a roof, and a central column extending from the bottom wall to the roof. An upper perforated flexible tensile fabric diaphragm is disposed in the upper portion of the tank, and a low-density liquid conduit extends from outside the tank into communication with the upper portion of the tank above the upper diaphragm. A lower perforated flexible tensile fabric diaphragm is disposed in the lower part of the tank, and a high-density liquid conduit extends from outside the tank shell into communication with the lower portion of the tank below the lower liquid diaphragm. The diaphragms minimize internal mixing through thermoclines as liquid is introduced into and/or discharged from the tank, and reduce overall costs of tank installations and operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventor: Joseph R. Kucic
  • Patent number: 11656002
    Abstract: A method for recompleting a well is applied to a well such that the recompleted well can thermally transfer geothermal energy to surface. The recompleting method can comprise steps to hydraulically isolate a wellbore using a hydraulic isolation means, and enhance the thermal conductivity of a reservoir in which the wellbore is located by inserting a thermal material into the reservoir that displaces a reservoir fluid having a lower thermal conductivity than the thermal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Element Coil Services Inc.
    Inventors: Grant Nevison, Josh Thompson
  • Patent number: 11655770
    Abstract: An engine is provided, which includes an engine body including a cylinder provided with intake and exhaust ports and intake and exhaust valves, intake and exhaust passages, a turbocharger including a turbine provided to the exhaust passage and a compressor provided to the intake passage, and a variable phase mechanism configured to change open/close timings of the intake valve while maintaining an open period of the intake valve at a 270° C.A or larger. A geometric compression ratio of the cylinder is 11:1 or higher. In a high-load range, the variable phase mechanism sets the intake valve close timing to be after an intake BDC and to make a ratio of a retarded amount of the intake closing to the geometric compression ratio be 4.58 or above and 6.67 or below, and sets the intake valve open timing to be before a close timing of the exhaust valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Naohiro Yamaguchi, Mitsunori Wasada, Satoshi Imamura, Toshimasa Kotani
  • Patent number: 11655753
    Abstract: An intake system of an engine of a vehicle includes a turbocharger having an elbow configured to be connected to a compressor of the turbocharger. The elbow for the turbocharger includes: an inlet through which a first fluid is introduced; an outlet through which the first fluid is discharged; a passageway part extending between the inlet and the outlet; and a fusion part provided between the inlet and the outlet and configured to communicate with an inside of the passageway part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventors: JeongEui Kong, Hee Yong Choi, Jun Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 11649030
    Abstract: A method and modular desulfurization-decarbonization apparatus for removing contaminants from exhaust gas is described. The apparatus comprises discrete modular units with distinct functions. The modular units may be housed in standard shipping containers and installed on cargo ships. The modules can be removed and replaced while docking with minimal disruption to ship and port operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventor: Uday Singh
  • Patent number: 11649801
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed which provides for power generation from oceanic wave motion which utilize: a double concave sided buoy flotation device, a recoil mechanism, an alternating-to-direct motion converter with gears having gravitational unidirectional collapsible teeth thereon and an underwater ramp to direct waves toward the buoy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventor: Narayan R Iyer
  • Patent number: 11649800
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus that floats at the surface of a body of water over that waves pass. Passing waves, and/or the motions they impart to the apparatus as they pass, result in a net and/or effective propulsion of the apparatus in at least a first direction relative to the geometry and/or structure of the apparatus, and typically, at least in part, toward a direction from that waves approach the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Lone Gull Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventors: Garth Alexander Sheldon-Coulson, Brian Lee Moffat, Ivar Lee Thorson
  • Patent number: 11643984
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods in interoperating with multiple clean energy sources, such as pneumatic energy, electrical energy, hydrogen energy and steam energy, with engine configurations employing theses clean energy sources dynamically and synchronously. Further embodiments including fossil fuel energies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventor: Marvin W. Ward
  • Patent number: 11644150
    Abstract: A thermal storage subsystem may include at least a first storage reservoir configured to contain a thermal storage liquid at a storage pressure that is greater than atmospheric pressure. A liquid passage may have an inlet connectable to a thermal storage liquid source and configured to convey the thermal storage liquid to the liquid reservoir. A first heat exchanger may be provided in the liquid inlet passage and may be in fluid communication between the first compression stage and the accumulator, whereby thermal energy can be transferred from a compressed gas stream exiting a gas compressor/expander subsystem to the thermal storage liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Hydrostor Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Stradiotto, Cameron Lewis, Davin Young, Andrew McGillis
  • Patent number: 11639667
    Abstract: A rotor support device includes a plurality of first electrodes, a plurality of second electrodes, a dielectric material, and at least one alternating-current power supply. The dielectric material is disposed between the plurality of first electrodes and the plurality of second electrodes. The at least one AC power supply is configured to apply an alternating-current voltage across the plurality of first electrodes and the plurality of second electrodes and induce flows of gas by causing dielectric barrier discharge between the plurality of first electrodes and the plurality of second electrodes. At least one of the plurality of first electrodes or the plurality of second electrodes is disposed apart from each other in a static system that is stationary with respect to a rotor provided in an aircraft. The static system is adjacent to the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroki Kato, Maki Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 11639814
    Abstract: A new system for and a method of deploying a heat exchanger pipe. A bore hole is drilled from an access ditch location to a terminal ditch location using a piloted drill head powered via an umbilical attached to the piloted drill head. A casing is attached to the piloted drill head and disposed about the umbilical into the bore hole from the access ditch location to the terminal ditch location. At the terminal ditch location, the piloted drill head is removed from the casing and the umbilical and a heat exchanger pipe is attached to the umbilical. The umbilical is withdrawn from within the casing deployed in the bore hole to pull the heat exchanger pipe into the casing. The casing is then withdrawn from the bore hole leaving the heat exchanger pipe in the bore hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Inventor: Ari Peter Berman
  • Patent number: 11635056
    Abstract: An electric generating precipitation collection system comprising a collection tank, a plurality of pipes, a plurality of valves, a piston assembly, and an outlet. The system is configured to collect a liquid, direct the liquid through the pipes and valves to pressurize the liquid with the piston assembly, and eject the pressurized liquid at the outlet. The plurality of pipes and valves are arranged relative to the piston assembly so that a piston can pressurize the liquid in the pipe connected to the outlet. The system may further comprise a generator that converts the force of the pressurized liquid from the outlet into electricity. Further, a collection basin may be included in the system to collect liquid after passing through the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Inventor: Leonard Eva
  • Patent number: 11629663
    Abstract: An energy conversion apparatus may include an engine assembly, such as a monolithic engine assembly. The engine assembly may include a first monolithic body segment and a plurality of second monolithic body segments directly coupled or directly couplable to the first monolithic body segment. The first monolithic body segment may define a combustion chamber and a recirculation pathway in fluid communication with the combustion chamber. The recirculation pathway may be configured to recirculate combustion gas through the combustion chamber. The plurality of second monolithic body segments may respectively define at least a portion of a piston chamber and a plurality of working-fluid pathways fluidly communicating with the piston chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Joshua Tyler Mook, Michael Thomas Gansler, Scott Douglas Waun, Kevin Michael VandeVoorde, Aigbedion Akwara, Michael Robert Notarnicola, Jason Joseph Bellardi, Mohammed El Hacin Sennoun, Mary Kathryn Thompson, Mohamed Osama
  • Patent number: 11622503
    Abstract: A riding lawn mower has an internal combustion engine and a muffler with a first housing. The internal combustion engine is connected to the muffler to supply exhaust gases originating from the internal combustion engine to the first housing of the muffler for noise damping of the exhaust gases. A second housing is provided that thermally insulates the first housing of the muffler. The second housing at least partially encloses the first housing of the muffler. The second housing has an exterior side with an emissivity of greater than 0.8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Werner Ludwig, Christian Rohrmoser
  • Patent number: 11619379
    Abstract: A solar thermodynamic power generator includes: a quartz window placed on a metal shell to form an electromagnetic resonant cavity structure for receiving solar energy; a ceramic conduit placed in the metal shell, wherein a working medium is heated in the ceramic conduit by the solar energy; a heat exchanger placed in a vacuum insulation oil tank; a steam generator placed in the vacuum insulation oil tank; a ceramic heating tube placed in a combustion chamber; and a turbine communicating with the steam generator through a fifth pipeline and a sixth pipeline. The present invention is environmentally friendly, safe, low-cost, high-efficiency, pollution-free, emission-free, and not affected by natural weather or environment. Like natural gas, the present invention can be configured to perform grid-connected power generation. Furthermore, after the hydrogen fuel and the hydrogen silicon fuel are mixed and burned, waste hydrogen can be recycled and reused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: REGEN TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Haibiao Wang
  • Patent number: 11614016
    Abstract: A fluid cleaning and filtering system includes a pre-treatment system before a force generation turbine to condense and pretreat gases and particulate matter; a flow rectifier before a tangential inlet; diffuser pipes for compressing the gases and particulate matter therein and project same into the deflector disks, diffuser pipes at an outlet of the so-called condenser, a purger, a diffuser and a deflector; a force generation turbine; an energy generator using torque from the turbine rotor; an internal energy generator; a flow rectifier in a first tangential inlet and a flow rectifier in a second tangential inlet; a new full-cone atomizer nozzle to wet particles and clean gases; a diffuser in the condensers and a deflector disk for the condensers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Inventor: Gilberto Leal Ribeiro
  • Patent number: 11608795
    Abstract: A constant density heat exchanger is provided. The constant density heat exchanger includes a housing extending between a first end and a second end and defining a chamber having an inlet and an outlet. A first flow control device is positioned at the inlet of the chamber and movable between an open position in which a working fluid is permitted into the chamber and a closed position in which the working fluid is prevented from entering the chamber. A second flow control device is positioned at the outlet of the chamber and movable between an open position in which the working fluid is permitted to exit the chamber and a closed position in which the working fluid is prevented from exiting the chamber. A heat exchange fluid imparts thermal energy to the volume of working fluid held at constant density within the chamber by the first and second control devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Robert Notarnicola, Joshua Tyler Mook, Kevin Michael VandeVoorde, Aigbedion Akwara, Mohammed El Hacin Sennoun, Mary Kathryn Thompson, Scott Douglas Waun, Michael Thomas Gansler