Patents Examined by Wayne A. Langel
  • Patent number: 10093588
    Abstract: A method is described for rendering char from a biomass fractionator apparatus (BMF char) suitable for addition to soil in high concentrations, the method relying on multiple processes comprising removing detrimental hydrocarbons from BMF char, removing adsorbed gases from BMF char, introducing microorganisms to the BMF char, and adjusting soil pH.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Michael C. Cheiky, Mark L. Jarand, Ronald A. Sills
  • Patent number: 10087115
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of processing organic waste, in particular it relates to a method for making fertilizer from organic waste, especially slow release fertilizer. The present invention also relates to fertilizers made by the method of the invention, especially slow release fertilizer. The method of processing organic waste to provide a slow-release fertilizer may comprise at least one hydrolysis step to provide hydrolyzed organic waste and a setting step to provide a slow release fertilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Elemental Digital Limited
    Inventor: Bruce William Palmer
  • Patent number: 10087113
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a composition for fertilizing desert land and making it agricultural, characterized in that it comprises animal excrement, plant waste, bentonite in an amount greater than 10%, essential macronutrients, essential micronutrients, agricultural sulphur, algae and effective microorganisms. The invention will be of use in agriculture, in particular for increasing the yields of soils that are not very fertile, such as deserts which form most of the countries of North Africa and the Middle East. Deserts are among the only lands which are not polluted because of overgrazing and the exhaustive use of chemical fertilizers. It is therefore essential to respect these lands and to limit the pollution thereof. The composition according to the invention comprises animal and plant waste. The recycling of this agricultural waste contributes to improving atmospheric and soil pollution by limiting the burning of waste that is harmful to the environment and to human health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Rawya Lotfy Mansour
  • Patent number: 10077215
    Abstract: The present invention discloses the use of a lignin compound to prepare a urea fertiliser having reduced biuret content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Rafael Alberto Garcia Martinez, Cyrille Paul Allais, Dawid John D'Melo, Chithra Manikandan
  • Patent number: 10066165
    Abstract: A substrate and a slurry for erosion control and/or hydroseeding are disclosed. The substrate includes mulch and a cover composition including bentonite clay and cellulosic water dispersible polymer or starch. Other desired optional ingredients may also be included. Methods of controlling or reducing erosion control are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph Donze, Joel E. Lanz
  • Patent number: 10065163
    Abstract: A method for capturing material extracted from biochar, the method comprising the steps of: (i) providing a biochar; (ii) contacting the biochar with a treating liquid, where the treating liquid causes the removal of solids from the pores and surface of the biochar, thereby creating a resulting solution comprised of the treating liquid and removed solids; and (iii) collecting the resulting solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Cool Planet Energy Systems, Inc
    Inventors: Rajashekharam Malyala, Vern Traxler, Matthew William Smith, Han Suk Kim, Ranko Panayotov Bontchev, Richard Wilson Belcher
  • Patent number: 10059632
    Abstract: A humic acid composition includes fulvic acid, ulmic acid and black humic acid. Fulvic acid is in an amount ranging from 64% to 98 wt % based on a sum weight of fulvic acid, ulmic acid and black humic acid. The content of phenol hydroxyl groups is in a range from 0.76 mmol/g to 2.42 mmol/g in the humic acid composition. The humic acid composition contains a high content of fulvic acid with small molecular weight and a high content of active functional groups, and a high content of phenolic hydroxyl in the active groups. The humic acid composition can provide microbial organic source for soil directly, and improve the nutrient of crops and the soil environment in rhizosphere to promote the breeding of microorganism and delay the attenuation rate of soil microbes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Hongfa Li, Mingxin Song, Liangjin Guo, Yanjin Bi
  • Patent number: 10059634
    Abstract: A method is provided for producing a biochar solution. The method comprises the steps of collecting biochar particles, dispersing the biochar particles in a liquid solution and adding a stabilizing agent to keep the biochar in flowable suspension. The stabilizing agent may be added to the liquid solution or to the biochar prior to placing the biochar in solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Cool Planet Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Jarand, Daren Einar Daugaard, Timothy Alan Thompson, Han Suk Kim, Michael William Metier
  • Patent number: 10053394
    Abstract: Methods of coating seeds with polymers and seeds coated with such polymers are disclosed herein. The polymers can be phosphonates, sulfonates, polymers of ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acids, polyaminopolyethermethylene phosphonate, polysuccinic oligomers, acrylic acid/2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid, blends of acrylic acid/2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid with polyaminopolyethermethylene phosphonate, sulfomethylated acrylic acid/acrylamide, blends of sulfomethylated acrylic acid/acrylamide with polyaminopolyethermethylene phosphonate, polymaleic acid, acrylic acid/acrylamide copolymers, polyacrylic acid, trimethylglycine hydrochloride, blends of polyaminopolyethermethylene phosphonate with trimethylglycine hydrochloride, and any combination or salt of such polymers. Methods of monitoring, determining, and controlling the concentration of scale inhibitors in an agricultural irrigation system are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Jasbir S. Gill, Manian Ramesh, David R. Szymborski, William H. Morris
  • Patent number: 10056656
    Abstract: Provided is a method of manufacturing a high-purity lithium phosphate by utilizing a lithium waste liquid of a wasted battery. Lithium phosphate is manufactured and refined by using a minimized amount of sodium hydroxide and by using phosphate, lithium hydroxide, and an optimized pH condition, so that it is possible to manufacture high-purity lithium phosphate from which fine impurities which cannot be removed by cleaning are effective removed. A waste water treatment process of processing waste water as to be immediately discharged is integrated, so that the method is very efficient and environment-friendly. Therefore, since the high-purity lithium phosphate can be manufactured by utilizing a lithium waste liquid discarded in a wasted battery recycling process, the method has an effect in that the method is applied to a wasted battery recycling industry to prevent environmental pollution and facilitate recycling resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: KANGWON NATIONAL UNIVERSITY University-Industry Cooperation Foundation
    Inventor: Young Jun Song
  • Patent number: 10047016
    Abstract: The present invention is incorporated in a three-part primary nutrient system for facilitating the growth of a plant in any growing media. The first part of the nutrient system comprises calcium and nitrogen and is devoid of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, and trace minerals. The second part of the nutrient system comprises nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, and trace minerals and is devoid of calcium. The third part of the nutrient system comprises potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, and trace minerals and is devoid of nitrogen and calcium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: HGCI, Inc.
    Inventor: Treg Bradley
  • Patent number: 10040728
    Abstract: The present specification describes increasing the Brix degree, nutrient transport and density, and yields of crops through the application of photoacoustic resonance to a nutrient formulation. An activated nutrient solution is obtained by forming an unactivated nutrient solution and applying to the unactivated nutrient solution a plurality of ultra-rapid impulses of modulated laser light, from one or more laser systems, wherein said ultra-rapid impulses are defined as impulses with molecular traverse rates ranging from 100 nanoseconds to 0.01 femtoseconds. In one embodiment, an increase of at least 10% in the Brix degree of the crop, relative to an unactivated nutrient formulation, can be achieved. In addition, an increase of at least 10%, relative to an unactivated nutrient formulation, is seen with respect to nutrient density and crop yield through application of the activated nutrient solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Todd Frank Ovokaitys, Raul Mendez Segura, John Scott Strachan
  • Patent number: 10029954
    Abstract: A liquid fertilizer adjuvant composition is provided that includes a fertilizer, a pH buffering agent, a surfactant, and one or more color indicator that produce a first color change that indicates when an pre-selected first level of field treatment has been achieved. The composition is provided as a single solution. A second color change occurs when a pre-selected second, higher level of field treatment is required. The color change indicative of a pre-selected pH, water hardness, or a combination of both. The composition is particular well suited for inclusion of a urea fertilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: The Andersons, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Fanning
  • Patent number: 10023463
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for phosphorus absorption by hydration and fluorine recovery for a fume exiting a kiln in a kiln process for the production of phosphoric acid, comprising the following steps: a fume containing P2O5 and fluorine exiting a kiln is introduced into a hydration tower, the fume performs heat and mass transfer with the spraying liquid, with most of the phosphoric acid produced being absorbed into the spraying liquid; the phosphoric acid solution falling from the spraying finally enters the acid solution circulating and spraying system; the fume discharged from a fume outlet then passes through a phosphoric acid mist capturing tower and a mist removing and separating tower successively, such that the phosphoric acid mist entrained in the fume exiting the hydration tower is further captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Yonghe Hou, Shifa Wei, Chenjuan Wei
  • Patent number: 10023501
    Abstract: A fertilizer derived from an organic source and a method of making are provided. The fertilizer of the present invention advantageously has a Nitrogen content greater than 4%. The method of making the fertilizer also produces potable water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Denise Crabtree
  • Patent number: 10023503
    Abstract: Treated biochar and methods for treating biochar are provided. The method for treating the biochar includes forcing, assisting or accelerating the movement of an infiltrant into the pores of the biochar, whereby the treatment affects properties of the biochar that provide for a more reliable and predictable biochar for use in various applications, including, but not limited to, agricultural applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Cool Planet Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ranko Panayotov Bontchev, Han Suk Kim, Richard Wilson Belcher, Mark L. Jarand
  • Patent number: 10017428
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a solid, particulate, non-explosive composition comprising ammonium nitrate-based particles, in particular a fertilizer composition, of which, on the one hand, the potential misuse as a precursor for an explosive composition is limited without, on the other hand, hampering its legitimate use by farmers for food production. The solid, particulate, non-explosive composition further comprises a gelling agent which is able to form a substantially water-insoluble and non-filterable hydrogel after the solid fertilizer composition is contacted with water. The gelling agent is selected from the group of gum-based gelling agents, in particular xanthan gum-based agents and guar gum-based agents, most preferably is a xanthan gum-based agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Terje Tande, Francois Ledoux
  • Patent number: 10020538
    Abstract: Methods for preparing electrolyte salts for alkaline earth metal-ion batteries (e.g., calcium and magnesium ion batteries) are described. The electrolyte salts comprise alkaline earth metal (e.g., Mg or Ca) salts of bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide (FSI) and 3,4-dicyano-2-trifluoromethylimidazole (TDI). The methods comprise contacting FSI or TDI with an alkaline earth metal bis(trifluoroacetate) salt in trifluoroacetic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Chen Liao, Trevor L. Dzwiniel, Baofei Pan, Sang-Don Han, Anthony Burrell
  • Patent number: 10011536
    Abstract: The encapsulated sustained release urea fertilizer is a urea fertilizer and a stabilizer encapsulated in fumed silica. The stabilizer may be a gellan gum hydrogel or biochar. The encapsulated sustained release urea fertilizer allows for both immediate and sustained nitrogen release over time and displays reduced nitrogen volatilization and increased water holding capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Mohammad Ibrahim Mohammad Alwabel, Jamal Tagelsir Elsheikh, Adel Rabie Usman
  • Patent number: 10011496
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for producing spherical submicron particles of amorphous silicon dioxide, in which silicon dioxide and a reducing agent is injected into a reaction vessel of zirconium oxide in molten state, said zirconium oxide is serving as a heat reservoir, in which silicon dioxide reacts with the reducing agent producing a silicon-sub-oxide vapor, said silicon-sub-oxide vapor is oxidized into said spherical submicron silicon oxide particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ELKEM AS
    Inventors: Bjorn Myhre, Magne Dastol