Patents Examined by Peter Keyworth
  • Patent number: 10338631
    Abstract: A portable digital optical camera-based system and method can be used to test water and coagulant samples in a chamber. The chamber has a substantially square shaped horizontal cross section and a least one see-through wall. The system and method can comprise a light source and a contrast plate that are configured to be manually placed, at least partially, into the water and coagulant samples through an aperture at the top of the chamber. The camera is configured to be located outside the chamber and to view an illuminated region in the chamber though the see-through wall. The system and method further comprise a mixing paddle that can be programmed to operate at different speeds during different time segments. The system and method can measure, store, and display time-series data of floc particle count, floc volume concentration, equivalent average spherical floc particle diameter, and computed average floc particle volume of the water and coagulant samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Clearcorp
    Inventors: Roger M. Jorden, Frank Hage
  • Patent number: 10329176
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the dewatering of sludge on a screen, wherein a flocculant is admixed with sludge, whereafter the sludge is at least partially dewatered, the flow behavior of the sludge on the screen being optically detected and the amount of flocculant to be admixed being set according to the free screen surface in a control region. The invention is primarily characterized in that the control region is arranged at a point of the cleaned screen in the inlet area of the sludge, for example at the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Andritz AG
    Inventors: Ursula Hochegger, Christoph Spielmann
  • Patent number: 10294130
    Abstract: The invention provides a device to purify waste water by a two-step procedure containing an electroflotation unit and an electrical disinfection unit integrated into the same overall construction. Characteristic to the construction is that the said two units have a common anode and two individual cathodes which can be in different potentials in respect to the common anode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: OY Elflot Ltd
    Inventors: Timo Korpela, Choong-Kyang Kang, Alexander Lashkul
  • Patent number: 10287199
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of phospho-tartaric acid and/or the salts thereof for the treatment of water in water-conducting systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hater, Rudolf Lunkenheimer, Florian Wolf
  • Patent number: 10280100
    Abstract: Compositions and methods and systems for treating wastewater within a wastewater treatment system of described. In an embodiment, a composition for treating wastewater within a wastewater treatment system and for preventing or reducing the occurrence of struvite scale formation within the wastewater treatment system may include an admixture including a magnesium compound. The admixture may also include a dispersing agent. The admixture may further include at least one of a free magnesium control agent and a seed material. Other compositions and methods are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Premier Magnesia, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew P. Madolora, Jerry E. Rademan, J. Peter Ahl
  • Patent number: 10264742
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system, particularly for vegetation cultivation, including a water reserve, a device for controlling the flow towards the exterior of the volume contained in the reserve, including a floating regulator placed in the reserve to monitor the level thereof, which floating regulator defines a chamber having at least one upper inlet orifice in fluidic communication with the reserve volume, at least one lower calibrated outlet orifice of reduced section in communication with the exterior, such that the floating regulator allows a discharge of water towards the exterior via the outlet orifice at constant flow rate as long as the water level in the reserve is above the height of the inlet orifice and interrupts the discharge of water towards the exterior via the outlet orifice when the water level is below the inlet orifice to then define a water reserve. The invention also relates to the floating regulator, the use thereof and/or of the system, and a water reserve control method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Sarl Le Prieure
    Inventors: Raphael Lame, Jean-Christophe Grimard
  • Patent number: 10265452
    Abstract: The present technology provides microfabricated filtration devices, methods of making such devices, and uses for microfabricated filtration devices. The devices may allow diffusion to occur between two fluids with improved transport resistance characteristics as compared to conventional filtration devices. The devices may include a compound structure that includes a porous membrane overlying a support structure. The support structure may define a cavity and a plurality of recesses formed in a way that can allow modified convective flow of a first fluid to provide improved diffusive transport between the first fluid and a second fluid through the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Rishi Kant, Shuvo Roy, Benjamin Chui, Kenneth G. Goldman
  • Patent number: 10266433
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for removing solutes from wastewater are disclosed. An embodiment provides a reactor tank having a manifold located at or near an interface between a lower (upstream) section having a first cross-section and a higher (downstream) section having a second cross-section smaller than the first cross section. An inlet for wastewater to enter the reactor tank is located in or below the first cross-section. A recycling path is provided for removing wastewater from the manifold and recycling at least part of the removed wastewater into the reactor tank. An outlet for water to exit the reactor tank is located downstream from the manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Ahren Britton
  • Patent number: 10252926
    Abstract: This disclosure provides methods and compositions for removing COD-causing contaminants from water, such as cosmetic product manufacturing wastewater and personal care product manufacturing wastewater. The methods involve controlling system parameters in order to hold iron as an iron(II) species. Iron(II) has increased solubility and therefore is more active against the specific contaminants present in the wastewaters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Nugraha Yohanes Arifpin, Isa Alfadila
  • Patent number: 10245576
    Abstract: The magnetic polymer nanocomposite for removal of divalent heavy metal ions from water is magnetic nanocomposite having a core of magnetite (Fe3O4) in a shell of branched polyhydroxystyrene (BHPS), designated as Fe3O4@BHPS. The nanocomposite is synthesized by co-precipitation in alkali solution. Testing showed the nanocomposite reached 93% and 80% Pb(II) and Cd(II) adsorption, respectively, in 30 minutes, attaining equilibrium in 120 minutes. The maximum adsorption capacities of Pb(II) and Cd(II) at 298K were 186.2 and 125 mg/g, respectively. After adsorption, the nanocomposite with the heavy metal(s) adsorbed thereto was easily removed from aqueous solution by application of a magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: King Saud University
    Inventors: Ayoub Abdullah Alqadami, Moonis Ali Khan, Zeid Abdullah Alothman, Ibrahim Hotan Alsohaimi, Masoom Raza Siddiqui, Ayman A. Ghfar
  • Patent number: 10213539
    Abstract: Extracorporeal blood treatment apparatus (1) and methods as described herein involve control of blood line pressure utilizing a non-invasive pressure sensor (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Gambro Lundia AB
    Inventor: Paolo Rovatti
  • Patent number: 10213714
    Abstract: A filter heater arranged to enclose a filter, wherein said filter heater comprises two similar halves each having a protruding handle on one side, whereby the handles are kept together by a spring mechanism such that pinching the handles towards each other will force the sides of the two halves opposite the handles from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Patrik Berndt Akerstrom, Lars Johan Carlsson, Patric Fricking, Patrick Jonsson, Peter Reffner, Henrik K. Eriksson
  • Patent number: 10214434
    Abstract: A method for precipitating metal waste is characterized in that the waste which contains one or more dissolved metal salts, is mixed with a boron compound, and the pH is adjusted to a value at which precipitation takes place in the presence of precipitation nuclei necessary for the formation of metal borates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Global Ecoprocess Services Oy
    Inventor: Vesa Rissanen
  • Patent number: 10214433
    Abstract: A System for brine treatment scaling control in a water treatment system is described. In the system, a concentrated brine stream influent may be treated in an electrodialysis-reversal process to produce a concentrated brine stream effluent and a lower salinity diluent water, which may be potable water effluent. The concentrated brine stream effluent may be processed in a brine treatment scaling control system that may have a mixing vessel and a membrane filter with the mixing vessel seeded with calcium sulfate. A lowered salinity brine stream effluent may be produced for return to the electrodialysis-reversal process to allow operation at greater overall recovery and an elevated concentrated brine stream may be produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Carollo Engineers, Inc.
    Inventors: Graham John Gibson Juby, G. Adam Zacheis
  • Patent number: 10190090
    Abstract: Methods and systems for forming stable particles from suspended solids produced by ethanol fermentation are disclosed. The methods include providing a fraction from ethanol fermentation containing solids and suspended solids. The pH of the fraction is adjusted, if necessary. A reducing agent is added. A high molecular weight anionic polymer is added to form stable particles of solids and suspended solids. Lastly, the stable particles are free drained to separate them from a treated liquid portion. The treated liquid portion is added as backset to the fermentation process while the recovered solids are further processed into useful products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen D. Allen, Mike LoCascio
  • Patent number: 10167218
    Abstract: Water treatment systems and associated methods are generally described. Certain embodiments of the water treatment systems and methods described herein may be used to treat water comprising one or more contaminants (e.g., oil, grease, suspended solids, scale-forming ions, volatile organic material) to remove at least a portion of the one or more contaminants. In some embodiments, at least a portion of the treated water may be used directly in certain applications (e.g., oil and/or gas extraction processes). In some embodiments, at least a portion of the treated water may undergo desalination to produce substantially pure water and/or concentrated brine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Gradiant Corporation
    Inventors: Maximus G. St. John, Steven Lam, Prakash Narayan Govindan
  • Patent number: 10166493
    Abstract: A mobile flocculation and water treatment system includes at least one tank, preferably a series of adjoining tanks separated by weirs, and an adjacent pump house mounted on a mobile platform. At least one pump is mounted in the pump house. Fluid conduits run from the pumps to the tank. An overflow is mounted between the downstream tank and the pump house whereby fluid overflow from the tanks is directed into the pump house. The pump house provides a substantially water-tight reservoir zone to provide secondary containment. Water to be treated enters the upstream end of the tanks and is discharged from the downstream end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Wild North Vac & Steam Ltd.
    Inventors: Chad Clark Smith, Douglas Moore
  • Patent number: 10159937
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pressure hollow fiber membrane module, including: a housing in which a raw water inlet, a concentrate water outlet, and a treated water outlet are formed; an inner flow path that is formed in the central portion of the housing; a plurality of hollow fiber membranes that are arranged around the inner flow path; a treated water collection unit that communicates with the inner flow path and the hollow fiber membrane; a first opening/closing unit that opens and closes an open end of the inner flow path; and a second opening/closing unit that opens and closes an open end of the hollow fiber membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Lotte Advanced Materials Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Pyung Kyu Park, Gyu Hong Min, Jong Sang Park
  • Patent number: 10138150
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating vinasse are disclosed. The methods treat vinasse to generate useable water. The methods include providing vinasse, reacting the vinasse with persulfate to generate an oxidized mixture, reacting the oxidized mixture with peroxide to generate a peroxide-treated mixture, adjusting the pH of the peroxide-treated mixture to above about pH 6 to generate a pH-adjusted mixture, reacting the pH-adjusted mixture with an inorganic coagulant and a low molecular weight cationic polymer to generate solid particles, and removing the solid particles to generate a liquid fraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Stephen D. Allen, Edward Lewis, Michael LoCascio
  • Patent number: 10132083
    Abstract: Systems for water collection and recycling are described herein. A downspout having a downspout groove is vertically disposed on an exterior wall. Electrical wiring that is operatively connected to at least one electrical power generator is disposed along the downspout groove. The downspout and electrical power generator are supported by downspout brackets. The downspout is fluidly connected to a gutter and an outdoor water storage tank for collecting rain water. A water pump moves grey water from a shower tub drainage pipeline to a water path switch valve. A control switch directs the water path switch valve to divert the grey water to a toilet storage tank, an outdoor water storage tank, or a washing machine water tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel P. Casey