Patents Examined by Wayne A. Langel
  • Patent number: 10696603
    Abstract: A treated biochar comprising a porous carbonaceous particle that has been treated and mixed with a media containing a mineral solubilizing microorganism, whereby the porous carbonaceous particle after mixing has retained the mineral solubilizing microorganism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Carbon Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Richard W. Belcher, Han Suk Kim, Brian Buege, Ronald A. Sills
  • Patent number: 10689307
    Abstract: A method for vermicomposting includes providing an underground cell comprising a bottom, sidewalls and an open top, layering a base bedding layer at the bottom of the underground cell, layering a bottom organic waste layer on the base bedding layer, layering a stack of one (1) or more intermediate bedding layers and one (1) or more one or more intermediate organic waste layers, alternating between an intermediate bedding layer and an intermediate organic waste layer, on the bottom organic waste layer to partially form a compost heap, layering a top bedding layer on a top organic waste layer of the stack of the intermediate bedding layers and the intermediate organic waste layers to form the compost heap, watering the compost heap at a predetermined watering cycle, introducing worms to the compost heap, aerating the compost heap at a predetermined aeration cycle, and harvesting compost from the compost heap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Wilfred F. Hoath
  • Patent number: 10683240
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for producing a particulate composition containing methionine, methionylmethionine, potassium in the form of potassium salt and ammonium sulfate, and use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Evonik Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Jakob, Hans Joachim Hasselbach, Dominik Egly, Waldemar Hessberger
  • Patent number: 10683239
    Abstract: To produce fertilizer, a system and method concentrates manure slurry in a mechanical vapor recompression evaporator (“MVR”) having a heat exchanger. The MVR receives the manure slurry within a first side to evaporate ammonia laden-water vapor from the slurry, leaving a nutrient concentrate. A compressor raises the evaporated ammonia-laden water vapor to a higher energy state. Within a second side of the heat exchanger, the compressed water vapor conveys heat to the slurry. Ammonia-laden water condenses in the second side at a process temperature to be conveyed to an ammonia stripping tower where the ammonia-laden water is dispersed into ammonia-laden water droplets. In the tower, a flow of air is directed across a surface of the ammonia-laden water droplets, the process temperature having been selected to promote the escape of ammonia gas from the ammonia-laden water droplets, the flow of air provided to entrain ammonia gas in the flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Dari-Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: David DeWaard, Josh McCort, Michael Klapper
  • Patent number: 10683238
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention include compositions for fertilizing and remediating soil. Compositions according to certain embodiments include a cellulose nutrient composition, a microbial blend composition, a source of nitrogen, a source of phosphorus and exotic micronutrients. Methods for using compositions of the invention to fertilize and remediate soil and kits having one or more compositions for fertilizing and remediating soil are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas T. Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10680285
    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 3,4-dicyano-2-trifluoromethylimidazole (TDI). The methods comprise contacting TDI with an alkaline earth metal bis(trifluoroacetate) salt in trifluoroacetic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Chen Liao, Trevor L. Dzwiniel, Baofei Pan, Sang-Don Han, Anthony Burrell
  • Patent number: 10676408
    Abstract: The invention concerns novel nitrification inhibitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Barbara Nave, Joachim Dickhaut, Peter Nesvadba, Mihiret Tekeste Sisay, Alexander Wissemeier, Wolfram Zerulla, Gregor Pasda, Olof Wallquist, Allan F. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 10676405
    Abstract: A process for preparing an elemental sulphur-containing composition for use as a fertilizer and/or soil improver comprises wet milling elemental sulphur in a liquid to produce a micronized sulphur slurry for application to soil, and further comprises adding a preventive scavenging additive for fixating sulphur dioxide and hydrogen sulphide gases that are released downstream of the mill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Cyrille Paul Allais
  • Patent number: 10676404
    Abstract: A fertiliser comprising both sulphur and a solution of urea and ammonium nitrate in water is disclosed. Processes for making such a fertiliser are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Rafael Alberto Garcia Martinez, Cyrille Paul Allais
  • Patent number: 10662123
    Abstract: A rural bulk organic waste pollutant source comprehensive treatment system including a solid high-temperature aerobic fermentation reactor, a liquid high-temperature aerobic fermentation reactor and a multifunctional boiler is provided. A rural bulk organic waste pollutant source comprehensive treatment method. For excretion waste of a livestock farm adopting the technology of manure cleaning by urine submerging, a solid-liquid separation is firstly performed thereto, wherein solid is conveyed to the solid high-temperature aerobic fermentation reactor and fermented to produce solid organic fertilizers, and liquid is conveyed to the liquid high-temperature aerobic fermentation reactor and fermented to produce liquid organic fertilizers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Shen Wang
  • Patent number: 10662124
    Abstract: A fertilizer composition for application to leaves of a plant includes oxidized glutathione and one or more fertilizer components. A method for cultivating a plant includes applying oxidized glutathione and one or more fertilizer components to leaves of the plant. A fertilizer kit for application to leaves of a plant includes oxidized glutathione and a composition comprising one or more fertilizer components, wherein the glutathione and the composition in the fertilizer kit are separate from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Taku Mouri, Ken Uekita, Toyoaki Watanabe, Yu Fu, Naoaki Taoka
  • Patent number: 10654758
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for the production of urea ammonium nitrate, a system and a method of modifying a plant. The process comprises treating ammonia-containing off-gas resulting from the production of ammonium nitrate (AN off-gas) with acidic scrubbing liquid in a finishing treatment section having a gas inlet in fluid communication with a gas outlet of a finishing section of a urea production unit, wherein the finishing section is adapted to solidify urea liquid, and wherein said finishing treatment section is adapted to subject ammonia-containing off-gas of the finishing section to treatment with an acidic scrubbing liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Stamicarbon B.V.
    Inventors: Giusy Elisa Puci, Joey Dobree
  • Patent number: 10654760
    Abstract: An inhibitor composition contains dicyandiamide as a nitrification inhibitor, alkyl thiophosphoric triamide as a urease inhibitor, or a combination thereof, dissolved in a liquid medium comprising an organic solvent selected from, among others, one or more polar aprotic solvents, including one or more organophosphates, amine solvents, heterocyclic alcohol solvents, and mixtures thereof, is useful in making fertilizer compositions and in a method of fertilizing target plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Michelle McKnight, Antoine Vielliard, Marivi Ortiz-Suarez, Samantha Armisen, Chloe Moreau
  • Patent number: 10654759
    Abstract: Methods and related systems for conditioning of granular fertilizers post-manufacture to reduce the generation of dust during handling, transport, and storage of the fertilizers, and/or to increase the agricultural benefits of the fertilizer. The method includes introducing a quantity of an aqueous conditioning agent, such as by spraying, to a plurality of fertilizer granules. The aqueous conditioning agent can include one or more beneficial agricultural and/or dedusting additives including one or more acidifying agents, one or more drying agents, one or more herbicides and/or pesticides, one or more chelating agents, one or more biological agents, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: The Mosaic Company
    Inventors: Kathlene Laurie Jacobson, Bryan Todd Baylor, Lauren A. Balaban, Troy William Hobbs, Timothy Gene Holt
  • Patent number: 10640429
    Abstract: A method is provided for applying porous carbonaceous particles to soil for purpose of cultivating plants having roots, where at least 95% of the porous carbonaceous particles have a particle size less than or equal to 10 mm. The method incorporates the porous carbonaceous particles into the soil surrounding the plant roots at a depth of between 0-24 inches from the soil surface, where the porous carbonaceous particles are positioned in the area surrounding the roots of the plants at a ratio of between 1:999 to 1:1 porous carbonaceous particles to soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Cool Planet Energy System, Inc.
    Inventors: Han Suk Kim, Kevin Daniel Dolinar, Mark L. Jarand, Vern Traxler, Timothy Alan Thompson, Rajashekharam Malyala
  • Patent number: 10633300
    Abstract: The present invention relates to increasing longevity of the nitrogen content of soil through improved liquid delivery formulations of nitrification inhibitors. The liquid formulation can also be comprised of nitrification inhibitors and optionally urease inhibitors that are blended solutions of each. The nitrification inhibitors are present in a mixture that comprises both a protic and an aprotic solvent system. The novel formulations are designed to be applied to fertilizers, especially urea and manure based fertilizers. The delivery formulations provide an environmentally sound and inherently safe solvating system that improves the storage stability of the urease inhibitors by utilizing liquid organic non-water containing solvents, maintains the nitrification inhibitors in solution to storage temperatures of at least 10° C., and provides improved application to fertilizer of nitrification inhibitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Gary David McKnight, Randall Linwood Rayborn, Wei Xu, Raymond Patrick Perkins, Zehui Yang, David Parker, Andrew Semple
  • Patent number: 10633299
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system to aid in the time-release of molybdenum in soil. The system comprises a dry, powdered blend of a calcium source, a molybdenum source, and a second source of calcium and/or molybdenum. The blend is preferably coated onto a dry agronomic carrier (e.g., urea) for application to soil. Advantageously, the calcium sources sequentially contribute to making the soil pH more molybdenum-friendly (i.e., the pH is increased) for an extended period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Compass Minerals USA Inc.
    Inventors: Elliott Martin, Robert A. Geiger, Mark Goodwin
  • Patent number: 10633588
    Abstract: The invention discloses a method for the preparation and use of a slow-release iron-based biochar soil heavy metal passivator. The slow-release iron-based biochar soil heavy metal passivator of the present invention is prepared by an one-step method, wherein iron-based biochar, kaolin and a biological starch are mixed into a core material in a specific ratio; an acidic silica sol and a chitosan solution are prepared, under the effects of an alkaline catalyst and an emulsifier, as a chitosan and silica-sol composite material as a coating, and the iron-based biochar is coated with the alkaline coating material, with the core material and the coating material being controlled at a certain volume ratio. The passivator has a wide raw material source, a simple and convenient preparation process, easy industrialized production, and can passivate the heavy metal arsenic and cadmium efficiently and inhibit the absorption and accumulation of arsenic and cadmium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Chuanping Liu, Fangbai Li
  • Patent number: 10626060
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for treating a mixture of wastes (4) comprising biodegradable wastes, the method being characterized in that it includes the following successive steps: Step A: the mixture of wastes (4) is subjected to a first composting cycle so as to obtain a mixture of pre-composted wastes (4), Step B: the mixture of pre-composted wastes (4) is subjected to a drying so as to obtain a mixture of dried wastes (4), Step C: the mixture of dried wastes (4) is separated into at least a portion of heavy wastes (14) and a portion of light wastes (13), Step D: the portion of light wastes (13) is subjected to a second composting cycle to so as to obtain a mixture (4) of refined wastes (20). Treatment of biodegradable wastes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Fabien Michel Alain Charreyre
  • Patent number: 10626058
    Abstract: The invention relates to a homogeneous, solid, particulate, urea ammonium sulphate-based composition comprising urea ammonium sulphate and a urease inhibitor of the type phosphoric triamide, wherein the urea ammonium sulphate-based composition is further characterized in that one or more of the following measures applies: a) it comprises 5 weight % or less, relative to the total weight of the composition, of one or more alkaline or alkaline-forming inorganic or organic compounds that is able to interact with ammonium sulphate; b) the urease inhibitor of the type phosphoric triamide is in a solid particulate form; c) an anticaking and/or moisture repellent coating is applied onto the urea ammonium sulphate particulate material. The composition according to the invention has improved properties for reducing ammonia loss by urease activity in the soil and is in particular suitable as a fertilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Yara International ASA
    Inventors: Filip Colpaert, Francois Ledoux, Ruud Van Belzen