Patents by Inventor Geoffrey A. Bruder

Geoffrey A. Bruder 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: 20220146199
    Abstract: A plant drying and curing device comprises a plurality of plant curing zones. A control system is configured to control one or more environmental conditions in each of the plurality of plant curing zones, and a receiver is configured to receive input data and process data according to a prescribed algorithm to control the one or more environmental variables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Inventor: Geoffrey A. Bruder
  • Patent number: 11183626
    Abstract: A magnetostrictive alternator configured to convert pressure waves into electrical energy is provided. It should be appreciated that the magnetostrictive alternator may be combined in some embodiments with a Stirling engine to produce electrical power. The Stirling engine creates the oscillating pressure wave and the magnetostrictive alternator converts the pressure wave into electricity. In some embodiments, the magnetostrictive alternator may include aerogel material and magnetostrictive material. The aerogel material may be configured to convert a higher amplitude pressure wave into a lower amplitude pressure wave. The magnetostrictive material may be configured to generate an oscillating magnetic field when the magnetostrictive material is compressed by the lower amplitude pressure wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Rodger W. Dyson, Geoffrey A. Bruder
  • Publication number: 20210121795
    Abstract: A method for extracting compounds from plant material utilizing terpenes as a solvent is described. The invention includes the excitation of the plant material and terpene solvent with microwave, ultrasound, heat input, and physical agitation or combinations thereof. The invention particularly covers the process as it relates to the extraction of THC and CBD and their derivatives from cannabis and hemp for the use in products for medical and recreational use. The combinations of terpene saturant, plant material strain and process variables can be tuned in order to dial in the final resultant product for several variables including but not limited to terpene content, THC or CBD potency, ratios of THC or CBD and their derivatives, or flavor profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Geoffrey A. Bruder, Shelby Griebel, David Flood
  • Publication number: 20210121794
    Abstract: A method for extracting compounds, including stable natural cannabinoid acids, from plant material, utilizing terpenes as a saturant is described. The invention includes the excitation of the plant material and terpene solvent with microwave, ultrasound, sonication, heat input, and physical agitation or combinations thereof. The invention particularly covers the process as it relates to the extraction of THC-A, CBG-A, and CBD-A and their derivatives from cannabis and hemp for the use in products for medical and recreational use. The combinations of terpene saturant, plant material strain and process variables can be tuned in order to dial in the final resultant product for several variables including but not limited to terpene content, THC-A, CBG-A or CBD-A potency, ratios of THC-A, CBD-A, CBG-A and their derivatives, or flavor profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Geoffrey A. Bruder, Shelby Griebel, David Flood
  • Patent number: 10989141
    Abstract: A Stirling engine feedback controller is provided that includes a Stirling engine having at least one piston, where the Stirling engine includes an Alpha-Stirling engine, and a Gamma-Stirling engine. The feedback controller includes a power sensor, a computer, and an electronic feedback loop. Here, the power sensor is configured to sense the power of the Stirling engine then output a power signal. In one aspect, the computer can be a central processing unit (CPU), or a field programmable gate array (FPGA), where the computer operates a control algorithm. Further, the electronic feedback loop receives the output power signal and an output signal from the computer, where an output signal from the electronic feedback loop is configured to a control a position of the piston(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Nirvana Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lambertus Hesselink, Rajesh Batra, George Pontis, Geoffrey A. Bruder
  • Publication number: 20190203660
    Abstract: A Stirling engine feedback controller is provided that includes a Stirling engine having at least one piston, where the Stirling engine includes an Alpha-Stirling engine, and a Gamma-Stirling engine. The feedback controller includes a power sensor, a computer, and an electronic feedback loop. Here, the power sensor is configured to sense the power of the Stirling engine then output a power signal. In one aspect, the computer can be a central processing unit (CPU), or a field programmable gate array (FPGA), where the computer operates a control algorithm. Further, the electronic feedback loop receives the output power signal and an output signal from the computer, where an output signal from the electronic feedback loop is configured to a control a position of the piston(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Lambertus Hesselink, Rajesh Batra, George Pontis, Geoffrey A. Bruder
  • Patent number: 10309376
    Abstract: A thermo-acoustic engine and/or cooler is provided and includes an elongated tubular body, multiple regenerators disposed within the body, multiple heat exchangers disposed within the body, where at least one heat exchanger is disposed adjacent to each of the multiple regenerators, multiple transducers axially disposed at each end of the body, and an acoustic wave source generating acoustic waves. At least one of the acoustic waves is amplified by one of the regenerators and at least another acoustic wave is amplified by a second one of regenerators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Rodger W. Dyson, Geoffrey A. Bruder
  • Patent number: 10156185
    Abstract: A method of controlling facility power requirements using a thermoacoustic power device is provided that includes determining energy assets in a facility, controlling the energy assets using an appropriately programmed controller across a network having a security system protocol, monitoring outside temperatures and weather, measuring usage of the energy assets using a temperature sensor or an electrical usage sensor to a load-response signal of an on/off operation and usage of the energy assets to identify a specific energy asset by the controller to determine aggregate energy needs of the energy assets, and using a thermoacoustic power device controlled by the controller to generate electricity and heat according to the monitored temperature, weather and energy assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Nirvana Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lambertus Hesselink, Geoffrey A. Bruder, Mark A. Pickens, Rajesh Batra, Neil W. Troy, Rodger W. Dyson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10119525
    Abstract: A thermo-acoustic engine and/or cooler is provided and includes an elongated tubular body, multiple regenerators disposed within the body, multiple heat exchangers disposed within the body, where at least one heat exchanger is disposed adjacent to each of the multiple regenerators, multiple transducers axially disposed at each end of the body, and an acoustic wave source generating acoustic waves. At least one of the acoustic waves is amplified by one of the regenerators and at least another acoustic wave is amplified by a second one of regenerators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator
    Inventors: Rodger W. Dyson, Geoffrey A. Bruder
  • Patent number: 9871186
    Abstract: A magnetostrictive alternator configured to convert pressure waves into electrical energy is provided. It should be appreciated that the magnetostrictive alternator may be combined in some embodiments with a Stirling engine to produce electrical power. The Stirling engine creates the oscillating pressure wave and the magnetostrictive alternator converts the pressure wave into electricity. In some embodiments, the magnetostrictive alternator may include aerogel material and magnetostrictive material. The aerogel material may be configured to convert a higher amplitude pressure wave into a lower amplitude pressure wave. The magnetostrictive material may be configured to generate an oscillating magnetic field when the magnetostrictive material is compressed by the lower amplitude pressure wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Rodger W. Dyson, Jr., Geoffrey A. Bruder
  • Publication number: 20160146153
    Abstract: A method of controlling facility power requirements using a thermoacoustic power device is provided that includes determining energy assets in a facility, controlling the energy assets using an appropriately programmed controller across a network having a security system protocol, monitoring outside temperatures and weather, measuring usage of the energy assets using a temperature sensor or an electrical usage sensor to a load-response signal of an on/off operation and usage of the energy assets to identify a specific energy asset by the controller to determine aggregate energy needs of the energy assets, and using a thermoacoustic power device controlled by the controller to generate electricity and heat according to the monitored temperature, weather and energy assets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: Lambertus Hesselink, Geoffrey A. Bruder, Mark A. Pickens, Rajesh Batra, Neil W. Troy, Rodger W. Dyson, JR.