Patents Examined by Wayne Langel
  • Patent number: 10995009
    Abstract: The production of NH3, Urea, UAN, and DAP, starting from inherently intermittent renewable energy, such as photovoltaic and wind power, is made economical by use of molten salt thermal energy storage (ESS) and water electrolyzer (WE) concentrated oxygen. The process inputs and equipment apply air; hydrogen-containing fuel, such as biomass; WE (concentrated O2 and H2 producing); thermal ESS equipped with a turbine and generator to steady the electricity input to the WE; and an ammonia plant. The thermal ESS enables minimally sized process equipment including, the WE, the air separation unit and less hydrogen storage. The concentrated oxygen from the water electrolyzer uniquely enables high-temperature thermal ESS input, water and CO2 collection and other fertilizer products, including Urea, UAN and DAP. DAP production is facilitated by using WE high-purity O2 oxidation and ammonium nitrate is similarly facilitated by anhydrous NH3 oxidation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Christopher Papile
  • Patent number: 10994999
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an agricultural composition for facilitating treatment of a plant, in accordance with some embodiments. Accordingly, the agricultural composition may include carbanions and a diluting agent. Further, a carbanion of the carbanions may include a carbon atom. Further, the carbon atom may include a formal charge of ?1. Further, the diluting agent may be capable of dissolving the carbanions for forming a solution. Further, the dissolving of the carbanions may include diluting the carbanions. Further, a ratio of the diluting agent to the carbanions by volume ranges from 50:1 to 550:1. Further, the dissolving facilitates at least one application of the solution to the plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Donald Richard Wilshe
  • Patent number: 10988419
    Abstract: According to some demonstrative embodiments, there is provided herein a fertilizer granule including a fertilizer dust and one or more binders wherein said granule comprises a single strength of at least 2.5 kg/gran and a single strength after humidity chamber 24 hours, 79% RH of at least 0.5 kg/granule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Dead Sea Works Ltd.
    Inventors: Khalil Abu Rabeah, Ruben Socolovsky, Natalia Geinik, Ayoub Alhowashla, Joseph Lati
  • Patent number: 10981841
    Abstract: A stabilized ammonium humate mixture including an amount of humic acid between about 7.0% to about 10% of the mixture and an amount of ammonia between about 1.0% to about 14% of the mixture, where the remainder of the mixture is water. The stabilized ammonium humate mixture has a pH between about 9 to about 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: OrganoCat, LLC
    Inventor: Alexander I. Shulgin
  • Patent number: 10981839
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of increasing the concentration of K2O in an aqueous solution. The method comprises reacting potassium sulfate with an acidic compound to yield a product that includes potassium hydrogen sulfate. The product can be used to supplement crops in need of potassium. The product can also have other nutrients added to it, depending on the desired end use. Advantageously, these products increase yield as compared to prior art products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Compass Minerals USA Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Geiger, Kristopher Lee Shelite, Steffen M. Ball, Vatren Jurin
  • Patent number: 10974998
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method for the manufacture of a homogeneous, solid, particulate, urea-based material comprising elemental sulphur. The invention further relates to a homogeneous, solid, particulate urea-based material comprising small elemental sulphur phases in a urea-based base material and formed by an accretion process. The product is in particular suitable as a fertilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Yara International ASA
    Inventors: Francois Ledoux, Filip Colpaert
  • Patent number: 10968143
    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: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: HGCI, Inc.
    Inventor: Treg Bradley
  • Patent number: 10961164
    Abstract: A facility for the recycling of biomaterial with a fermentation stage, whereby the fermentation stage has a fermentation chamber for the production of biogas through anaerobic fermentation of the biomaterial, and with a hygiene stage that is positioned downstream from the fermentation stage, whereby the hygiene stage has a hygienization chamber for the reception and the thermal hygienization of biomaterial discharged from the fermentation stage. A process for the recycling of biomaterial by zymosis is also provided, whereby biogas is produced in a fermentation stage through anaerobic fermentation of the biomaterial, whereby the biomaterial is, after flowing through the fermentation stage, conveyed to a hygiene stage in which the biomaterial thermal is hygienized, and whereby the biomaterial is, after flowing through the hygiene stage, made available as recyclable agricultural, hygienized fermentation residue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: EISENMANN SE
    Inventor: Thomas Schlueter
  • Patent number: 10961165
    Abstract: A controlled release fertilizer has been prepared comprising a nutrient core coated with one or more moisture barrier coatings, at least one of said moisture barrier coatings comprising: at least one polyethylene wax; and a thermoset polyurethane from the reaction of a polyol and a polyisocyanate. The weight ratio of thermoset polyurethane to polyethylene wax is from about 50:50 to about 98:2. The polyethylene wax is heated above the melt point of the polyethylene wax and mixed and dispersed into the polyol component of the thermoset polyurethane in a ratio of 90-70% polyol to 10-30% polyethylene wax before the thermoset polyurethane-forming mixture is applied to the surface of the nutrient core and cured. A coating of a high temperature microcrystalline wax can be applied prior to final curing of the thermoset polyurethane to the coated nutrient core particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Nutrient Encapsulation Technologies
    Inventors: Eric Rosenthal, Brian Patterson
  • Patent number: 10961454
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for reducing plant water stress which comprises contacting plants with dry milled fibre, particularly wheat fibre and pea fibre. Said contacting is carried out in a manner selected from the group consisting of coating seeds with a mixture comprising dry milled fibre, pelletizing seeds with a mixture comprising dry milled fibre, applying a mixture comprising dry milled fibre in the form of granules, and applying a mixture comprising dry milled fibre in the form of tablets. Prior to said contacting, dry milled fibre is admixed with soil for plants, and the resulting mixture may optional comprise further additives such as fillers, binders, inert powders, colouring agents, fertilizers, fungicides, growth hormones, or microorganisms for inoculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Agrotecnologias Naturales S.L.
    Inventors: Paolo Bonini, Veronica Cristina Cirino
  • Patent number: 10961163
    Abstract: The present invention provides for methods of and compositions for enhancing microbial conversion of nitrate into ammonium. The methods and compositions alter the end products of microbial nitrate reduction to improve agricultural efficiency and lead to more sustainable and economically profitable agricultural practices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Hans Karl Carlson, Adam M. Deutschbauer
  • Patent number: 10954171
    Abstract: A method for producing stable fertilizer by nano-carbon sol comprising: the pH of the nanometer carbon sol is <2.2, conductivity is 2800-3400 ?s/cm; the content of carbon content of nano-carbon sol reaches 0.57-2%, particle size<100 nm, potential difference is ?30-35 mv; The addition of nano carbon sol as synergist in nitrogen-containing fertilizers was 1.05 to 10% of the weight of nitrogen-containing fertilizers. Nano-carbon sol is added in the growing process of crops, or in the production process of nitrogen-containing fertilizers. The invention can make fertilizer nutrient supply stable and increase yield obviously: there was no lack of fertilizer in the late stage of crop, and the average yield increased by 5-18%; the utilization rate of fertilizer can be improved. The nitrification inhibition rate of the present invention reaches 6.3-6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING NANO HI-TECH MATERIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenying Xing, Ligang Zuo, Yue Xiao
  • Patent number: 10954172
    Abstract: An inhibitor composition contains alkyl thiophosphoric triamide (or a mixture of alkyl thiophosphoric triamide and dicyandiamide), dissolved in a liquid medium comprising at least one organic solvent, at least one amine stabilizer and, optionally, at least one dye and/or at least one odor masking agent, is useful in making fertilizer compositions and in a method of fertilizing target plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: RHODIA OPERATIONS
    Inventors: Hong Liu, Jiamin Wu, Andre Gomes, Krish Shanmuga, Zhiyun Chen
  • Patent number: 10954173
    Abstract: Compositions including a core particle including at least one fertilizer nutrient and a shell substantially covering the core particle, wherein the shell includes at least one polymer layer or wax layer and one or more species of microbes (such as a population of cells from at least one species of microbes) are provided. In some embodiments, at least one of the polymer layer and/or the wax layer includes the one or more species of microbes. In other examples, the one or more species of microbes are included between layers, for example, between two polymer layers, between two wax layers, or between a polymer layer and a wax layer. Methods of preparing the compositions are also provided. Methods of using the disclosed compositions that include contacting soil, plants, plant parts, or seeds with the composition are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignees: AMVAC Chemical Corporation, Pursell Agri-Tech, LLC
    Inventors: Mylavarapu Venkatramesh, Frederic Kendirgi, Spencer Daniel Sanders, Allen Zorn Sanders, Murray Paul Hasinoff, James Taylor Pursell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10947164
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing an ammonium phosphate fertilizer from a phosphoric acid aqueous solution that has less than 50% P2O5 concentration and is obtained by wet phosphate ore treatment, said phosphoric acid containing traces of cadmium, comprising the following steps: (a) neutralizing said phosphoric acid solution (1) with ammonia (3) up to a molar ratio N/P of between 0.1 and 0.8, (b) reacting said partially neutralized solution (4) with a sulfide source (6) so as to form a cadmium sulfide precipitate (9), (c) separating said precipitate (9) so as to obtain a refined ammoniated phosphoric acid solution (10), (d) ammoniating and granulating said refined solution (10) so as to form said fertilizer (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Mehdi Khouloud, Abdelaali Kossir, Kamal Samrane
  • Patent number: 10947168
    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: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: RHODIA OPERATIONS
    Inventors: Michelle McKnight, Antoine Vielliard, Marivi Ortiz-Suarez, Samantha Armisen, Chloe Moreau
  • Patent number: 10947166
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a method for producing fertilizer particles comprising an alternative source of boron. It is found that certain colemanite and ulexite powders can be supplied to a fertilizer melt shortly before granulation essentially without dissolving into the melt. Accordingly, the fertilizer particles produced from the melt may contain negligible amounts or non-detectable levels of sodium borates or boric acid. Furthermore, the fertilizer particles can be homogeneous which is desirable for boron supplying fertilizers. It is also found that the fertilizer particles can supply boron to plants at a rate comparable to borax pentahydrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: YARA INTERNATIONAL ASA
    Inventors: Riccardo Mulato, Amund Myrstad
  • Patent number: 10947167
    Abstract: The invention provides for methods, devices, and systems for pyrolyzing biomass. A pyrolysis unit can be used for the pyrolysis of biomass to form gas, liquid, and solid products. The biomass materials can be selected such that an enhanced biochar is formed after pyrolysis. The biomass can be pyrolyzed under specified conditions such that a selected biochar core is formed. The pyrolysis process can form a stable biochar core that is inert and/or resistant to degradation. The biochar or biochar core can be functionalized to form a functionalized biochar or functionalized biochar core. Functionalization can include post-pyrolysis treatments such as supplementation with microbes or physical transformations including annealing and/or activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Full Circle Biochar, Inc.
    Inventors: David Shearer, John Gaunt, George Vernon Corder Peacocke
  • Patent number: 10947410
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a coated granular substance, wherein the coating comprises a resin comprising the reaction product of a polyol component and an isocyanate component and cured by the addition of a catalyst, said catalyst comprising a hydroxy group-containing amine compound. Further, the present invention relates to a process for coating a granular substance, comprising the steps of (a) providing a granular substance; (b) providing a polyol component and an isocyanate component; (c) optionally mixing the polyol component with the isocyanate component; (d) adding the mixture of step (c) or the polyol component and the isocyanate component as individual substances to the provided granular substance and producing a coating on the granular substance; (e) adding a catalyst to cure the coating; (f) optionally repeating steps (d) and (e), wherein the catalyst comprises a hydroxy group-containing amine compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: ASK CHEMICALS GMBH
    Inventors: Carolin Wallenhorst, Reinhard Winter, Jan Klesing
  • Patent number: 10944119
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for generating hydrogen, comprising decomposing in a reaction vessel aqueous alkali formate in the presence of a transition metal-containing catalyst system dissolved in one or more organic solvent(s), characterized in that said organic solvent(s) comprise at least one solvent which is water-immiscible, thereby releasing hydrogen and forming bicarbonate in the aqueous phase, and separating the catalyst-containing organic solvent(s) from said bicarbonate. Also disclosed are apparatuses for carrying out hydrogen generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignees: Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ltd., Energystoredge Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoel Sasson, Judith Toubiana, Ariel Givant, Sorel Rothschild