Patents by Inventor Gaetano Iaquaniello

Gaetano Iaquaniello 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: 20200078728
    Abstract: A raw syngas coming from HT gasification of organic wastes, once cooled in a proper heat recovery boiler or in a quencher is treated in a scrubbing section where, by adding an acidic solution followed by alkaline solution and by a WESP, particulate and chlorine compounds are removed and the syngas is ready for conversion, after its compression. In the conversion step CO is converted into C02 and H2 by adding steam; H2S is reduced to sulphur in a solid form, C02 is removed via cryogenic unit or an amine unit and pure H2 is produced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Gaetano IAQUANIELLO, Annarita SALLADINI, Elena ANTONETTI
  • Publication number: 20190210870
    Abstract: Method for stable ethanol steam reforming, wherein a catalytic ethanol reforming is carried out in two vessels operating in parallel mode both filled in with a catalyst active for this reaction, with the first vessel acting in operation mode, generating an hydrogen rich stream, and the parallel vessel, acting in regeneration mode, made flowing with steam in order to carry out the gasification of carbonaceous compounds deposited on the catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Gaetano IAQUANIELLO, Emma PALO, Vincenzo PALMA, Antonio RICCA, Concetta RUOCCO
  • Publication number: 20190127220
    Abstract: A catalyst composition suitable for the ethanol reforming process at low temperature with enhanced stability on long term, comprises a noble metal, such as platinum or rhodium, and a transition non-noble metal, such as nickel or cobalt, supported by a carrier comprising, cerium, zirconium, optionally aluminium, supplemented with potassium. It is provided also a method for the stable production of hydrogen from an ethanol containing gas stream, comprising subjecting the gas stream to catalytic ethanol reforming as to form a rich H2 stream, using the catalyst as defined above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Gaetano IAQUANIELLO, Emma PALO, Vincenzo PALMA, Antonio RICCA, Concetta RUOCCO
  • Patent number: 10196348
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for increasing the capacity of a urea production complex, the method comprising a step of adding to an existing urea production complex a CO2 production unit, which unit employs a CO2 production method comprising: i) subjecting a hydrocarbon feed to short contact time catalytic partial oxidation (SCT-CPO) to produce a first gas mixture comprising H2, CO and CO2, ii) subjecting said first gas mixture to a water gas shift reaction yielding a second gas mixture, iii) separating CO2 from said second gas mixture yielding a purified CO2 stream and a hydrogen containing stream and subsequently iv) reacting said purified CO2 stream with ammonia from the ammonia production unit to produce urea. The invention also provides a urea production complex realized by the application of this method and a urea production method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: STAMICARBON B.V.
    Inventors: Gaetano Iaquaniello, Joey Dobree
  • Patent number: 10030636
    Abstract: Disclosed is a thermal energy storage system for storing collected solar thermal energy. The system comprises a solar thermal energy collection facility in the form of a field of parabolic troughs, which is in thermal communication with a molten salt circuit. The molten salt circuit is in fluid communication with a molten salt storage facility comprising at least three storage tanks that are each in fluid communication with the molten salt circuit. The multiple tanks set-up allows using cheaper materials, and a more efficient storage of thermal energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: STAMICARBON B.V. ACTING UNDER THE NAME OF MT INNOVATION CENTER
    Inventors: Adriano Barsi, Gaetano Iaquaniello
  • Patent number: 9932229
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for producing a hydrogen containing gas mixture comprising the following steps: (i) providing a preheated mixture comprising a fossil fuel, preferably methane, and steam, (ii) conducting an adiabatic reaction between the fossil fuel and the steam, in the presence of a catalyst, wherein a first reaction product mixture is formed comprising methane, hydrogen and carbon dioxide, and (iii) conducting an oxygen-assisted reforming reaction in the presence of a catalyst between said first reaction product mixture and an oxygen comprising stream, wherein the oxygen comprising stream comprises at least 40 vol % oxygen, forming a second reaction product mixture comprising hydrogen and carbon monoxide. The invention also relates to a system suitable for hydrogen production from a hydrocarbon feed according to the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: STAMICARBON B.V.
    Inventors: Gaetano Iaquaniello, Emma Palo, Palma Contaldo
  • Publication number: 20180044264
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and plant for the catalytic dehydrogenation of alkanes, such as propane. The plant is a plant of hybrid architecture wherein one or more membrane-assisted reactor configurations according to open architecture are combined with one or more membrane-containing reactors of closed architecture. Hydrogen remaining in the reaction mixture after separation in the membrane separation unit of a first open architecture configuration, is fed to a first membrane-reactor of the closed architecture type. Also disclosed are methods of modifying plants so as to create the hybrid architecture plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: STAMICARBON B.V. ACTING UNDER THE NAME OF MT INNOVATION CENTER
    Inventors: Chiarra CROPPI, Francesco Simone MARTORELLI, Emma PALO, Gaetano IAQUANIELLO, Annarita SALLADINI
  • Patent number: 9834364
    Abstract: Disclosed is a storage tank for molten salts, preferably of the thermocline type. The tank is provided with an insulation on the inside, which is provided by molten salts captured and retained in an appropriate metal structure. The metal structure has openings allowing molten salts to flow into it, and may consist of metal supports that hold elements which allow retaining molten salts, such as a structured packing, metal boxes, or gutter wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignees: Stamicarbon B.V., Enea, Agenzia Nazionale Per Le Nuove Tecnologie, L'energia E Lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibilie
    Inventors: Adriano Barsi, Fabrizio Fabrizi, Walter Gaggioli, Gaetano Iaquaniello, Luca Rinaldi
  • Patent number: 9802820
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a plant for performing a method for hydrogen production or for performing a method of hydrogen and/or carbon dioxide production from syngas. The method comprises the steps of: (i) providing a gas stream comprising hydrogen and carbon monoxide, (ii) separating at least part of hydrogen from the stream yielding a hydrogen-depleted stream, (iii) subjecting the hydrogen-depleted stream to a water-gas shift reaction, and (iv) separating hydrogen from the stream resulting from step (iii).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: STAMICARBON B.V.
    Inventors: Gaetano Iaquaniello, Barbara Cucchiella, Elena Antonetti
  • Patent number: 9776935
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for the catalytic dehydrogenation of alkanes so as to form the corresponding olefins. The reaction mixture is subjected to membrane separation of hydrogen, in a separate unit. Preferably a plurality of alternating reaction and separation units is used. The process of the invention serves the purpose of reducing coke formation on the catalyst, and also of achieving a higher alkane conversion without a similar increase in coke formation. The process can also be used for the production of hydrogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: STAMICARBON B.V. ACTING UNDER THE NAME OF MT INNOVATION CENTER
    Inventors: Emma Palo, Gaetano Iaquaniello
  • Patent number: 9776863
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for hydrogen production and to a method of hydrogen and/or carbon dioxide production from syngas. The method comprises the steps of: (i) providing a gas stream comprising hydrogen and carbon monoxide, (ii) separating at least part of hydrogen from the stream yielding a hydrogen-depleted stream, (iii) subjecting the hydrogen-depleted stream to a water-gas shift reaction, and (iv) separating hydrogen from the stream resulting from step (iii). The method according to the invention improves the conversion of carbon monoxide in the water gas shift reaction and allows to increase the hydrogen production by 10-15% and to increase the overall energy efficiency of the system by 5-7%. The invention further relates to a plant for hydrogen and/or carbon dioxide production suitable for the method of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: STAMICARBON B.V.
    Inventors: Gaetano Iaquaniello, Barbara Cucchiella, Elena Antonetti
  • Patent number: 9771832
    Abstract: A method for modifying a solar thermal power plant operating on conventional oil based technology into a hybrid solar thermal power plant includes: providing an oil-based solar thermal power plant, which includes a solar collection system with at least one radiation absorber tube containing a heat transfer oil to be heated by the solar collection system; providing a molten salts solar thermal power plant, which includes a solar collection system to heat a molten salts mixture; and coupling the respective plants such that the hybrid solar thermal power plant is configured to heat medium temperature steam generated by the oil based solar power plant by the molten salts mixture thereby producing high temperature steam and subsequently supplying it to a steam turbine to generate electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignees: STAMICARBON B.V., ENEA—CASACCIA RESEARCH CENTRE, YEDA RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gaetano Iaquaniello, Daniela Capoferri, Fabrizio Fabrizi, Michael Epstein
  • Patent number: 9701535
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for the production of a syngas mixture by catalytic partial oxidation. The syngas mixture is suitable as an intermediate in the production of hydrogen. According to the invention, the syngas is cooled, prior to a water gas shift reaction, with liquid water. This has the advantage of avoiding the problem of metal dusting, and it presents a gas mixture comprising water vapor that is particularly suitable for a water gas shift reaction in the production of hydrogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: STAMICARBON B.V.
    Inventors: Gaetano Iaquaniello, Barbara Cucchiella, Elena Antonetti
  • Publication number: 20170166518
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for increasing the capacity of a urea production complex, the method comprising a step of adding to an existing urea production complex a CO2 production unit, which unit employs a CO2 production method comprising: i) subjecting a hydrocarbon feed to short contact time catalytic partial oxidation (SCT-CPO) to produce a first gas mixture comprising H2, CO and CO2, ii) subjecting said first gas mixture to a water gas shift reaction yielding a second gas mixture, iii) separating CO2 from said second gas mixture yielding a purified CO2 stream and a hydrogen containing stream and subsequently iv) reacting said purified CO2 stream with ammonia from the ammonia production unit to produce urea. The invention also provides a urea production complex realized by the application of this method and a urea production method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: STAMICARBON B.V. ACTING UNDER THE NAME OF MT INNOVATION CENTER
    Inventors: Gaetano IAQUANIELLO, Joey DOBREE
  • Patent number: 9638064
    Abstract: A back-up boiler system for a solar thermal power plant (201) for transferring solar energy into electricity, said back-up boiler system comprising a combustion chamber (70) and a convection section (80) in fluid connection with said combustion chamber (70), wherein in the convection section (80) at least a first heat exchanger (92) is provided for heating a molten salts mixture of the solar thermal power plant and a second heat exchanger (90) for pre-heating boiler feed water of the solar thermal power plant, wherein the back-up boiler system (25) is configured to allow selection between only providing heat to the first heat exchanger (92), only providing heat to the second heat exchanger (90) and providing heat to both heat exchangers (90, 92), preferably dependent on availability of solar radiation and/or dependent on demand of power generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignees: Stamicarbon B.V., Enea, Agenzia Nazionale Per Le Nuove Tecnologie, L'energia E Lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile
    Inventors: Gaetano Iaquaniello, Daniela Capoferri, Adriano Barsi, Fabrizio Fabrizi, Walter Gaggioli, Alberto Giaconia, Luca Rinaldi
  • Patent number: 9598290
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for the production of ammonia comprising a step wherein synthesis gas is formed by catalytic partial oxidation. Also disclosed is a process of producing urea, wherein ammonia is formed in a process involving a step of catalytic partial oxidation, and carbon dioxide formed in the same process is reacted with said ammonia so as to form urea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: STAMICARBON B.V. ACTING UNDER THE NAME OF MT INNOVATION CENTER
    Inventors: Gaetano Iaquaniello, Barbara Cucchiella, Elena Antonetti
  • Patent number: 9493350
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for the production of hydrogen in a reactor system comprising a steam reforming reaction zone comprising a reforming catalyst and a membrane separation zone comprising a hydrogen-selective membrane. The process involves a reaction system of so-called open architecture, wherein the reforming zone and the membrane separation zone operate independently of each other. The invention provides the heat for the reforming reaction through heat exchange from liquid molten salts, preferably heated by solar energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: STAMICARBON B.V. ACTING UNDER THE NAME OF MT INNOVATION CENTER
    Inventors: Barbara Morico, Annarita Salladini, Gaetano Iaquaniello
  • Publication number: 20160231025
    Abstract: A controlled heating method of a process fluid through concentrating solar thermal plant and heat carrier system where the solar heat available from solar plant is transmitted to a heat carrier stream constituted by air and it is eventually integrated with post firing fuel stream; the heat carrier stream constituted by hot air and post-firing flue gas stream is circulated via a duct circuit through a heat exchanger with the process fluid to allow reaching final required process fluid temperature; the post-firing contribute is determined by an automatic control system which controls in continuous the process fluid temperature and adapt the firing contribute during the different operating phases of the concentrating solar plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: Gaetano IAQUANIELLO, Francesco VINCI, Lorena MOSCA
  • Patent number: 9394219
    Abstract: Method for producing synthesis gas for methanol production The present invention relates to a method for producing synthesis gas from a hydrocarbon containing feed, which synthesis gas is particularly suitable for subsequent use in methanol production. In this method, a hydrocarbon containing feed, particularly natural gas (100), is subjected to catalytic partial oxidation (CPO) (2), followed by the water gas shift (WGS) (4) reaction of a part of the reformed feed. At least part of the shifted feed is then subjected to hydrogen purification, preferably by pressure swing adsorption (PSA) (5) to obtain pure hydrogen (108), which hydrogen is subsequently combined with the remaining parts of the feeds to yield synthesis gas particularly suitable for methanol synthesis. The recombined stream preferably has an R ratio, being the molar ratio (H2?CO2)/(CO+CO2), in the range 1.9-2.2 and preferably about 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: STAMICARBON B.V.
    Inventors: Gaetano Iaquaniello, Barbara Cucchiella, Elena Antonetti
  • Publication number: 20160137388
    Abstract: Disclosed is a storage tank for molten salts, preferably of the thermocline type. The tank is provided with an insulation on the inside, which is provided by molten salts captured and retained in an appropriate metal structure. The metal structure has openings allowing molten salts to flow into it, and may consist of metal supports that hold elements which allow retaining molten salts, such as a structured packing, metal boxes, or gutter wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Applicants: STAMICARBON B.V. ACTING UNDER THE NAME OF MT INNOVATION CENTER, Enea, Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile
    Inventors: Adriano BARSI, Fabrizio FABRIZI, Walter GAGGIOLI, Gaetano IAQUANIELLO, Luca RINALDI