Patents Examined by Wayne A. Langel
  • Patent number: 10315925
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and a plant for producing urea ammonium nitrate (UAN). The method involves the use of a condensation section, optionally in combination with a medium pressure decomposition section, between the dissociation and neutralization sections. The invention further provides a method of modifying an existing UAN plant. The advantages of the process of the invention are that the emission of CO2 can be reduced, the plant capacity can be increased and the high capital expenditure needed for CO2 compression equipment is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Stamicarbon B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Henricus Mennen, Fredericus Henricus Maria Buitink, Willem Frederik Roos
  • Patent number: 10315962
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a semi-humic material, and compositions comprising the same, obtained from leonardite ore and a non-humic organic carbon source and a process for obtaining the same. Also described are methods for maintaining more available nitrogen and phosphorus in the plant root zone and minimizing premature leaching and loss of the nitrogen and/or phosphorus into the atmosphere, surface waters and/or subsurface ground water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Actagro, LLC
    Inventors: Taha Rezai, John Breen, Thomas J. Gerecke, Qingwen He, Margaret Mae Abercrombie, Susan Her, Ryan Dierking, Gregory A. Crawford, Montell L. Bayer
  • Patent number: 10301231
    Abstract: An improved solvent system for the formulation and application of N-alkyl thiophosphoric triamide urease inhibitors. These formulations provide safety and performance benefits relative to existing alternatives and enable storage, transport and subsequent coating or blending with urea based or organic based fertilizers. These formulations are comprised primarily of environmentally friendly aprotic and protic solvents (particularly dimethyl sulfoxide and alcohols/polyols) to stabilize the urease inhibitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Gary David McKnight, David Bruce Parker, Yang Zehni, Ray Perkins, Wei Xu
  • Patent number: 10301230
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improving the efficacy of man-made and/or natural organic-based animal manure fertilizers by administration of an organic solvent formula containing polyorganic acids and/or their salts. The formulation liberates nutrient(s) that are normally bound in the soil as insoluble salts and complexes. These delivery formulations also provide an environmentally sound and inherently safe solvating system that improves diffusion of polyorganic acids to the granule fertilizer. These delivery formulations enable safe storage, transport and subsequent application or blending with solid or liquid fertilizers. The combined formulation and fertilizer can be applied to soil to provide improved efficacy of fertilizer by liberating nutrients bound in the soil for uptake by plant life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Gary David McKnight, Randall Linwood Rayborn, Wei Xu, Zehui Yang
  • Patent number: 10301229
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for the preparation of fertilizing compositions and to the compositions obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Best Green Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Domenico Terenzio, Aldo Perotti
  • Patent number: 10301228
    Abstract: Biochar is provided that is treated to have certain chemical and physical properties found to have the highest impact on plant growth and/or soil health. In particular, the following physical and/or chemical properties, among others, of a biochar have been identified as critical properties to control for in the selection of biomass feedstock, pyrolysis conditions, and/or enhancing treatment to increase biochar performance: (i) bulk density (ii) impregnation capacity; (iii) particle size distribution; (iv) solid particle density; (v) surface area; (vi) porosity; (vii) total porosity; (viii) ratio of macroporosity to total porosity (ix) content of residual organic compounds; (x) content of volatile organic compounds; (xii) ash content; (xiii) water holding capacity; (xiv) water retention capabilities; (xv) levels of dioxins and other potentially hazardous byproducts of pyrolysis; and (xvi) pH.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Cool Planet Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ranko Panayatov Bontchev, Han Suk Kim, Richard W. Wilson, Richard Wilson Belcher, Cameron Cheyne, Leo E. Manzer, Mark L. Jarand, Haijun Wan, Rajashekharam Malyala
  • Patent number: 10301226
    Abstract: A process for production of anaerobic digestate based organic fertilizer includes combining anaerobic digestate and one or more grain by-products to create a combination of anaerobic digestate and one or more grain by-products. The combination of anaerobic digestate and one or more grain by-products is processed to yield the pH adjusted anaerobic digestate based organic fertilizer product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: True Organic Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Matthew Evans
  • Patent number: 10294168
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of producing a fertilizer composition from a feedstock that includes alcoholic beverages, waste product derived from the production of alcoholic beverages, or mixtures of the same. The feedstock is subjected to distillation to remove most of the ethanol and pH adjustment using a base. The invention also relates to a method of imparting flavor to a plant starting with the same feedstock, subjecting the feedstock to distillation and pH adjustment, and adding a flavorant to the resultant liquid before fertilizing the plant. The invention also relates to a method of producing a solid or liquid and solid foodstuff suitable for fish, bovine, swine, and the like for increasing dietary efficiency and reducing environmentally harmful solid and gaseous output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher Clabaugh, Beau Ulrich
  • Patent number: 10294170
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conditioning agent for reducing water absorption and dust formation of a particulate fertilizer, comprising 10 to 50 weight % of wax, 40 to 90 weight % of mineral oil and 1 to 15 weight % of a resin being mineral oil-soluble and miscible with wax and mineral oil, wherein the agent further comprises 0.1 to 1 weight % of a viscoelastic elastomer selected from the group of polyisobutylene and styrene-isoprene-styrene block copolymer which is soluble in mineral oil and has an average molecular weight of 30.000 to 5.000.000. The invention further relates to a particulate fertilizer composition, preferably a urea-ammonium sulfate (UAS) fertilizer, a urea fertilizer or a calcium nitrate fertilizer, comprising a particulate substrate, preferably an hygroscopic fertilizer, preferably a nitrogen-containing fertilizer, and 0.05 to 2 weight % of said coating thereon for reducing moisture uptake and dust formation of said fertilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: YARA INTERNATIONAL ASA
    Inventors: Torstein Obrestad, Terje Tande
  • Patent number: 10287217
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are matrix-type, controlled-release granular compound fertilizer and a method for preparing the same. The method comprises: mixing a natural or synthetic polymer as a binder with a nutrient-absorbent, bulking agent to give a mixture, and drying and pulverizing the mixture to afford a nutrient-absorbent supplement; and evenly blending the nutrient-absorbent supplement with a fertilizer ingredient and drying the blend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: LEADERS CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Jin Lee, Hyun Jong Cho
  • Patent number: 10273194
    Abstract: Disclosed are compositions and methods of making a liquid fertilizer additive of biodegradable polymers and/or oligomers comprised of utilizing a non-aqueous polar, aprotic organo liquid (NAPAOL) as the reaction medium for the reaction of aldehyde(s) with cyano-containing nitrification inhibitors that have one or more groups that react with the aldehyde(s) wherein said reactive groups are selected from the group consisting of a) primary and secondary amines, b) amides, c) thiols, d) hydroxyls and e) phenol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Gary David McKnight, Randall Linwood Rayburn, Wei Xu
  • Patent number: 10273195
    Abstract: A method for the production of an agent for enhancing soil growth is described, comprising: grinding a biomass feedstock to produce ground biomass particles; subjecting the ground biomass particles to a biofractioning process including an auger reactor; selectively collecting at least one volatile component as it is released from the ground biomass particles; collecting a last remaining nonvolatile component comprising BMF char; rendering a surface of the BMF char hydrophilic; exposing the BMF char to microorganisms; and adding the BMF char to soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Cool Planet Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Cheiky, Ronald A. Sills
  • Patent number: 10266418
    Abstract: Systems and methods for ammonia purification in the NH3 purification and liquefaction stage of a conventional two-column sour water stripping system using an adsorbent bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bechtel Hydrocarbon Technology Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Taylor
  • Patent number: 10266457
    Abstract: A growing medium comprising fibrous tree bark and fibrous wood components, wherein the fibers of the growing medium have an average length to width ratio, such that the growing medium has a dry bulk density of about 60 kg/m3 or lower and wet bulk density of about 120 kg/m3 or lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: PROFILE PRODUCTS L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kevin Scott Spittle, Gary Lane Bowers
  • Patent number: 10265670
    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 or extract comprised of the treating liquid and removed solids; and (iii) collecting the resulting solution or extract. The method further comprises the step of apply the resulting solution or extract to soil or for use in other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Cool Planet Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Wilson Belcher, Han Suk Kim, Ranko Panayatov Bontchev
  • Patent number: 10266456
    Abstract: A compatible combination of micron size carbon based particles along with beneficial microbial species and conventional plant nutrients into a plant or an animal food. This balanced product is a combination of nutrients and microbes, and can be applied as a suspension in water or as a slow release granule. This combination of organic plant food and fertilizer can also be applied as a foliar, as a seed coating, and as an all-in-one granule combination of nutrients and biological agents, to facilitate mineralization, nutrient availability and provide energy to the soil and plants, with a total conversion of a storable processed biomass into a precisely known quality and quantity of usable fertilizer ‘tea’ solution, with no biomass waste, odors, or crop application timing problems. The process of formulating the combination product reduces green house gas emissions by limiting mineralization and composting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GREEN TRIANGLE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Larry V. Connell
  • Patent number: 10259752
    Abstract: A method of calcination includes providing a raw material including whitlockite Ca9(Mg,Fe2+)[PO3(OH)|(PO4)6], and/or iron phosphate FePO4, and/or aluminum phosphate AlPO4 and/or fluorapatite Ca5(PO4)3F; providing an alkaline-sulfuric compound as an additive; and calcining a mixture of the raw material with the additive to obtain a product, including a citrate soluble phosphate compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY, BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND, VERTRETEN DURCH DAS BUNDESMINSITERIUM FÜR WIRTSCHAFT UND ENERGIE, DIESES VERTRETEN DURCH DEN PRÄSIDENTEN DER BAM, BUNDESANSTALT FÜR MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRÜFUNG
    Inventors: Jan Stemann, Christian Adam, Ludwig Hermann
  • Patent number: 10259753
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein is a multifunctional agricultural organic bio-complexed composition comprising essential and non-essential nutritional elements; useful as a fertilizer, nutrient, bio-stimulant, complexing agent, pH controller, pH indicator, pH corrector, hard water salts in-activator, surface tension reducer, Spreader, penetrator, adjuvant, alkaline hard water ill effects mitigator, water conditioner and drip system irrigation cleaner. The invention also disclosed herein a process for preparation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Suunil Sudhakar Chaudhry
  • Patent number: 10260169
    Abstract: The method of the invention comprises the following steps: (i) cutting the maize stalks so as the less leafy stalk segments, higher than 70 cm, stay on the field; (ii) cutting the less leafy stalk segments as close to the ground as possible; (iii) harvesting the less leafy stalk segments cut in step (ii); (iv) cutting the in step (iii) harvested less leafy stalk segments into 5-50 mm stalk sections; (v) providing a mechanical impact to the stalk sections of step (iv) to obtain a mix containing: f1. said spongy cores forming the superabsorbent pellets fraction, f2. said elongated fiber pieces forming the fibrous matter fraction, f3. and said leaf matter forming the leafy fraction, (vi) separating the 3 fractions from each other; (vii) recovering the three fractions f1-f2-f3; The invention also pertains to the so obtained products and to their uses in treatments of liquids or gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Cormo AG
    Inventor: Stefan Grass
  • Patent number: 10252951
    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: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cool Planet Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ranko Panayotov Bontchev, Han Suk Kim, Richard Wilson Belcher, Mark L. Jarand