Patents by Inventor Brian Baillie

Brian Baillie has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20150241056
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for enhancement of gaseous CLC in a fixed-bed process, marked by an increase in CO2 capture efficiency and oxygen carrier utilization, while reducing disadvantages of a conventional fixed-bed operation. The disclosed systems/methods provide a CLC fixed-bed reactor design in which the direction of the fuel gas is intermittently reversed during a single fuel oxidation step. In this reverse-flow mode, oxygen carrier reduction reactions are displaced over the ends of the reactor, which increases contact between fuel and oxidized solids and alleviates and/or mitigates problems of carbon deposition encountered by most oxygen carriers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Applicant: University of Connecticut
    Inventors: George M. Bollas, Lu Han, Brian Baillie
  • Publication number: 20090194272
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for treating a fluid to be injected into a subterranean hydrocarbon-bearing formation comprises a desalination system (12) having a fluid inlet (16) for receiving a first feed fluid (18) and a first fluid outlet (22) for delivering a first product fluid (20). The apparatus (10) also includes a selective ionic species removal plant (30) having a fluid inlet (36) for receiving a second feed fluid (34) and a fluid outlet (40) for delivering a second product fluid (38), wherein the second product fluid (38) has a preferred ionic concentration. A mixer (46) is provided for mixing at least a portion of the first product fluid (20) and at least a portion of the second product fluid (38) to provide a third or injection product fluid (48). Accordingly, injection fluid can be created which has a preferred ionic concentration suitable for injecting into a well (28).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: VWS Westgarth Limited
    Inventor: Brian Baillie
  • Publication number: 20090057223
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating a fluid to be injected into a subterranean hydrocarbon-bearing formation includes a filtration unit having one or more filtration membranes including either or both ultra-filtration membranes and microfiltration membranes, and an ionic species removal plant, wherein fluid to be injected is first treated by the filtration unit and then treated by the ionic species removal plant. In a preferred embodiment, the ionic species removal plant is a sulfate removal plant which incorporates nano-filtration membranes. A method of treating fluid to be injected into a subterranean formation is also disclosed. A cleaning system and method for use in an apparatus for treating injection fluid is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: Crawford Young, Arno Theron, Brian Baillie
  • Publication number: 20070090039
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating a fluid to be injected into a subterranean hydrocarbon-bearing formation includes a filtration unit having one or more filtration membranes including either or both ultra-filtration membranes and microfiltration membranes, and an ionic species removal plant, wherein fluid to be injected is first treated by the filtration unit and then treated by the ionic species removal plant. In a preferred embodiment, the ionic species removal plant is a sulfate removal plant which incorporates nano-filtration membranes. A method of treating fluid to be injected into a subterranean formation is also disclosed. A cleaning system and method for use in an apparatus for treating injection fluid is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Publication date: April 26, 2007
    Inventors: Crawford Young, Arno Theron, Brian Baillie
  • Publication number: 20050023222
    Abstract: A filtration apparatus for treating a fluid prior to being injected into a subterranean hydrocarbon-bearing formation includes a filtration unit having one or more filtration membranes including either or both ultra-filtration membranes and micro-filtration membranes. In one disclosed embodiment the filtration apparatus is utilised to filter a fluid prior to being treated in a sulfate removal plant. A method of treating a fluid to be injected into a subterranean formation is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Publication date: February 3, 2005
    Inventor: Brian Baillie