Patents by Inventor Brian Von Herzen

Brian Von Herzen 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: 20190297789
    Abstract: A structure for growing plants and/or algae and for capturing solar energy is disclosed. The structure includes an enclosure having a roof and optionally one or more walls, a solar energy concentrator on at least part of the structure, an energy conversion device adjacent to at least one peripheral edge of the solar energy concentrator, and one or more supports or surfaces configured to enable the plants and/or algae to receive at least some of the solar energy. The solar energy concentrator absorbs or collects at least a first wavelength or wavelength band of light and allows at least a second wavelength or wavelength band of light different from the first wavelength or wavelength band of light to pass through (e.g., to the plants and/or algae). The solar energy concentrator comprises one or more absorbers or fluorophores selected from phycobiliproteins, fucoxanthins and luminescent molecules and materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventor: Brian von Herzen
  • Patent number: 10364938
    Abstract: A compressed fluid energy storage system includes a submersible fluid containment subsystem charged with a compressed working fluid and submerged and ballasted in a body of water, with the fluid containment subsystem having a substantially flat portion closing a domed portion. The system also includes a compressor and an expander disposed to compress and expand the working fluid. The fluid containment subsystem is at least in part flexible, and includes an upper portion for storing compressed energy fluid and a lower portion for ballast material. The lower portion may be tapered proximate the flat portion to prevent it from being collapsed by ballast materials. The region between the fluid and the ballast has exchange ports to communicate water between the inside and outside of the containment subsystem. In other embodiments, an open-bottomed fluid containment system is held in position underneath a ballast system by a tensegrity structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Bright Energy Storage Technologies, LLP
    Inventors: Scott Raymond Frazier, Brian Von Herzen, Alex Lau
  • Publication number: 20180202990
    Abstract: The invention encompasses systems and methods for detecting and/or monitoring the integrity and/or condition of cement, structures incorporating cement including, for example, highways, bridges, buildings, and wellbores using Nano-Electro-Mechanical System (NEMS)-based and/or Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS)-based data sensors. The disclosure further encompasses systems and methods of monitoring the integrity and performance of a structure and the surrounding formation of structure through the life of the structure using NEMS/MEMS-based data sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Brian Von Herzen, Steven Van Fleet
  • Publication number: 20170356989
    Abstract: The invention encompasses a system and method for monitoring a power line. In certain embodiments, a system emits a series of signals that allow for analytic analysis of a power line. For example, by taking multiple signal readings, it is possible to detect an average height reading of a power line and observe long-term trends in the time delay from signal emission to reception of an echo-signal. This allows for accurate measurement of various physical parameters of a power line, for example, the height of the power line above the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Steven VAN FLEET, Brian VON HERZEN
  • Patent number: 9733230
    Abstract: This invention encompasses embodiments for multi-modal integrated simultaneous measurement of various aspects of fluids contained in circulating systems such as automotive reciprocating engines and vehicle transmissions. These circulating systems perform constant internal lubrication, and heat and contaminant removal to protect the internal moving parts from the inherent friction and damage in normal operation. Most commonly this is achieved with fluids based on hydrocarbon and/or related synthetics, which, over time, can lose their protective properties, and vary in their performance or breakdown/decay due to internal and external events. Several components within the lubricant fluid can be measured and can provide insight into the efficacy of the system to perform its designed mission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: MASTINC
    Inventors: Brian Von Herzen, Steven Van Fleet
  • Patent number: 9689977
    Abstract: The invention encompasses a system and method for monitoring a power line. In certain embodiments, a system emits a series of signals that allow for analytic analysis of a power line. For example, by taking multiple signal readings, it is possible to detect an average height reading of a power line and observe long-term trends in the time delay from signal emission to reception of an echo-signal. This allows for accurate measurement of various physical parameters of a power line, for example, the height of the power line above the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: MASTINC
    Inventors: Steve Van Fleet, Brian Von Herzen
  • Patent number: 9651538
    Abstract: This invention encompasses embodiments for multi-modal integrated simultaneous measurement of various aspects of fluids contained in circulating systems such as automotive reciprocating engines and vehicle transmissions. These circulating systems perform constant internal lubrication, and heat and contaminant removal to protect the internal moving parts from the inherent friction and damage in normal operation. Most commonly this is achieved with fluids based on hydrocarbon and/or related synthetics, which, over time, can lose their protective properties, and vary in their performance or breakdown/decay due to internal and external events. Several components within the lubricant fluid can be measured and can provide insight into the efficacy of the system to perform its designed mission. Described herein is a real-time, simultaneous, integrated, multi-modal sensor system for early warning notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MASTINC.
    Inventors: Brian Von Herzen, Steven Van Fleet
  • Publication number: 20170074853
    Abstract: This invention encompasses embodiments for multi-modal integrated simultaneous measurement of various aspects of fluids contained in circulating systems such as automotive reciprocating engines and vehicle transmissions. These circulating systems perform constant internal lubrication, and heat and contaminant removal to protect the internal moving parts from the inherent friction and damage in normal operation. Most commonly this is achieved with fluids based on hydrocarbon and/or related synthetics, which, over time can lose their protective properties, and vary in their performance or breakdown/decay due to internal and external events. Several components within the lubricant fluid can be measured and can provide insight into the efficacy of the system to perform its designed mission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Brian VON HERZEN, Steven VAN FLEET
  • Patent number: 9568461
    Abstract: This invention encompasses embodiments for multi-modal integrated simultaneous measurement of various aspects of fluids contained in circulating systems such as automotive reciprocating engines and vehicle transmissions. These circulating systems perform constant internal lubrication, and heat and contaminant removal to protect the internal moving parts from the inherent friction and damage in normal operation. Most commonly this is achieved with fluids based on hydrocarbon and/or related synthetics, which, over time, can lose their protective properties, and vary in their performance or breakdown/decay due to internal and external events. Several components within the lubricant fluid can be measured and can provide insight into the efficacy of the system to perform its designed mission. Described herein is a real-time, simultaneous, integrated, multi-modal sensor system for early warning notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: MASTINC
    Inventors: Brian Von Herzen, Steven Van Fleet
  • Patent number: 9557079
    Abstract: A thermal energy storage system includes a container positioned within a surrounding body of water and comprising a container wall. The wall has an interior surface exposed to and defining an internal volume of the container and has an exterior surface opposite the interior surface and exposed to the surrounding body of water. The internal volume is substantially full of water, and the container is configured to thermally separate water within the internal volume along the interior surface from water of the surrounding body of water along the exterior surface. A thermal source in thermal communication with the water within the internal volume is configured to transfer a thermal potential to the water within the internal volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Bright Energy Storage Technologies, LLP
    Inventors: Brian Von Herzen, Scott Raymond Frazier
  • Patent number: 9551292
    Abstract: Engine systems and associated methods, including systems with semi-isothermal compression devices are disclosed. An engine system in accordance with a particular embodiment includes a compressor having a compressor inlet and outlet, a combustor having a combustor inlet coupled to the compressor outlet and further having a combustor outlet, a positive displacement expander having an expander inlet coupled to the combustor outlet, and further having an expander outlet and a work output device. A valve is coupled between the combustor and the expander to regulate a flow of hot combustion products passing from the combustor to the expander, and an exhaust energy recovery device is coupled to the expander outlet to extract energy from the combustion products exiting the expander.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Bright Energy Storage Technologies, LLP
    Inventors: Scott R. Frazier, Alex Lau, Brian Von Herzen
  • Publication number: 20160363575
    Abstract: This invention encompasses embodiments for multi-modal integrated simultaneous measurement of various aspects of fluids contained in circulating systems such as automotive reciprocating engines and vehicle transmissions. These circulating systems perform constant internal lubrication, and heat and contaminant removal to protect the internal moving parts from the inherent friction and damage in normal operation. Most commonly this is achieved with fluids based on hydrocarbon and/or related synthetics, which, over time, can lose their protective properties, and vary in their performance or breakdown/decay due to internal and external events. Several components within the lubricant fluid can be measured and can provide insight into the efficacy of the system to perform its designed mission. The mass and level of the fluid may also be monitored on an on-going basis. Described herein is a real-time, simultaneous, integrated, multi-modal sensor system for early warning notification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Applicant: Micromem Applied Sensor Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: BRIAN VON HERZEN, STEVEN VAN FLEET, HAMISH FALLSIDE, RANDALL HALL
  • Patent number: 9473831
    Abstract: This invention encompasses embodiments for multi-modal integrated simultaneous measurement of various aspects of fluids contained in circulating systems such as automotive reciprocating engines and vehicle transmissions. These circulating systems perform constant internal lubrication, and heat and contaminant removal to protect the internal moving parts from the inherent friction and damage in normal operation. Most commonly this is achieved with fluids based on hydrocarbon and/or related synthetics, which, over time, can lose their protective properties, and vary in their performance or breakdown/decay due to internal and external events. Several components within the lubricant fluid can be measured and can provide insight into the efficacy of the system to perform its designed mission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: MASTINC
    Inventors: Brian Von Herzen, Steven Van Fleet
  • Publication number: 20160266086
    Abstract: The invention encompasses systems and methods for detecting and/or monitoring the integrity and/or condition of cement, structures incorporating cement including, for example, highways, bridges, buildings, and wellbores using Nano-Electro-Mechanical System (NEMS)-based and/or Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS)-based data sensors. The disclosure further encompasses systems and methods of monitoring the integrity and performance of a structure and the surrounding formation of structure through the life of the structure using NEMS/MEMS-based data sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Inventors: Brian VON HERZEN, Steven Van Fleet
  • Patent number: 9389215
    Abstract: This invention encompasses embodiments for multi-modal integrated simultaneous measurement of various aspects of fluids contained in circulating systems such as automotive reciprocating engines and vehicle transmissions. These circulating systems perform constant internal lubrication, and heat and contaminant removal to protect the internal moving parts from the inherent friction and damage in normal operation. Most commonly this is achieved with fluids based on hydrocarbon and/or related synthetics, which, over time, can lose their protective properties, and vary in their performance or breakdown/decay due to internal and external events. Several components within the lubricant fluid can be measured and can provide insight into the efficacy of the system to perform its designed mission. The mass and level of the fluid may also be monitored on an on-going basis. Described herein is a real-time, simultaneous, integrated, multi-modal sensor system for early warning notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: MASTINC
    Inventors: Brian Von Herzen, Steven Van Fleet, Hamish Fallside, Randall Hall
  • Publication number: 20160003782
    Abstract: The present application relates to systems for detection of partial discharges in a power transformer. In embodiments, the systems utilize fiber optic acoustic sensors to monitor the pressure waves associated with partial discharges and localize the discharges using appropriate measurement and analysis software.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Inventors: Brian VON HERZEN, Steven VAN FLEET
  • Patent number: 9139974
    Abstract: A compressed fluid storage system includes a bi-directional compressor/expander (C/E) unit constructed to compress fluid during a first operational mode and allow expansion of fluid in a second operational mode, a fluid storage system positioned on a sea floor under a body of water, and a piping system positioned between the C/E unit and the fluid storage system and configured to pass fluid between the C/E unit and the fluid storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Bright Energy Storage Technologies, LLP
    Inventors: Scott Raymond Frazier, Brian Von Herzen
  • Publication number: 20150198285
    Abstract: A compressed fluid energy storage system includes a submersible fluid containment subsystem charged with a compressed working fluid and submerged and ballasted in a body of water, with the fluid containment subsystem having a substantially flat portion closing a domed portion. The system also includes a compressor and an expander disposed to compress and expand the working fluid. The fluid containment subsystem is at least in part flexible, and includes an upper portion for storing compressed energy fluid and a lower portion for ballast material. The lower portion may be tapered proximate the flat portion to prevent it from being collapsed by ballast materials. The region between the fluid and the ballast has exchange ports to communicate water between the inside and outside of the containment subsystem. In other embodiments, an open-bottomed fluid containment system is held in position underneath a ballast system by a tensegrity structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Publication date: July 16, 2015
    Inventors: Scott Raymond Frazier, Brian Von Herzen, Alex Lau
  • Publication number: 20150176526
    Abstract: Engine systems and associated methods, including systems with semi-isothermal compression devices are disclosed. An engine system in accordance with a particular embodiment includes a compressor having a compressor inlet and outlet, a combustor having a combustor inlet coupled to the compressor outlet and further having a combustor outlet, a positive displacement expander having an expander inlet coupled to the combustor outlet, and further having an expander outlet and a work output device. A valve is coupled between the combustor and the expander to regulate a flow of hot combustion products passing from the combustor to the expander, and an exhaust energy recovery device is coupled to the expander outlet to extract energy from the combustion products exiting the expander.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Applicant: Bright Energy Storage Technologies, LLP
    Inventors: Scott R. Frazier, Alex Lau, Brian Von Herzen
  • Patent number: 9062548
    Abstract: The present technology is directed generally to rotary displacement systems and associated methods of use and manufacture. The systems can be used to compress and/or expand compressible fluids. In some embodiments, the rotary displacement systems include a chamber housing having a pressure-modifying chamber with a first port and a second port, a first passageway in fluid communication with the chamber via the first port, and a second passageway in fluid communication with the chamber via the second port. The systems can further include a shaft positioned within the chamber housing and rotatable relative to the chamber housing about a rotational axis, and a rotor comprising no more than two lobes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Bright Energy Storage Technologies, LLP
    Inventors: Scott R. Frazier, John Tandler, Jacob Fitzgerald, Alexander Lau, Brian Von Herzen