Patents by Inventor Michael Cheiky

Michael Cheiky 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).

  • Patent number: 9739193
    Abstract: An igniter system for a reciprocating piston internal combustion engine having one or more cylinders including at least one igniter per cylinder is disclosed. The igniter system can comprise: a combustion chamber connected to a main cylinder of the engine by a restricted diameter bore, wherein a lean burn fuel mixture is introduced into the combustion chamber by the normal compression stroke of the engine; a hydrogen valve that injects a hydrogen rich gas into the combustion chamber forming a mixture of hydrogen and air having a hydrogen concentration above the stoichiometric ratio for hydrogen and air in the combustion chamber; and a spark ignition source that injects hot unburned hydrogen into the main cylinder, thereby initiating ignition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: V-GRID Energy Systems
    Inventor: Michael Cheiky
  • Publication number: 20170009159
    Abstract: A method is described for integrating a plurality of micro-gasifiers comprising gasifiers, filters, and engine sets or turbine gensets or combined cycle gensets by linking them via a common bus wherein air flow and engine fuel flow is regulated by valves controlling gas flow between the bus and engine genset or turbine genset or combined cycle genset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: V-GRID Energy Systems
    Inventor: Michael Cheiky
  • Patent number: 9469821
    Abstract: A collection of gasifier fueled engine systems is networked through a system of connecting pipes and valves in order to provide fast response to output power demands and to extend the range of power levels at which the system exhibits high conversion efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: V-GRID ENERGY SYSTEMS
    Inventor: Michael Cheiky
  • Publication number: 20160251218
    Abstract: A hydrogen separation system and membrane is described for extracting hydrogen from gasifier streams at near atmospheric pressure and ambient temperature conditions. The system can be inserted between a small gasifier and an internal combustion engine which runs a genset to optionally co-produce hydrogen and electricity. The hydrogen is used in a number of important industrial processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Applicant: V-GRID Energy Systems
    Inventor: Michael Cheiky
  • Publication number: 20160230104
    Abstract: A method is described for processing biomass using a series of mechanisms that operate in unison to maintain solids flow through small gasifiers that are otherwise prone to blockage. An automated system that implements these methods is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Applicant: V-GRID Energy Systems
    Inventor: Michael Cheiky
  • Publication number: 20160208182
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed toward a coaxial gasifier for enhanced hydrogen production, comprising: downdraft gasifier comprising a hot zone for converting biomass to synthesis gas; and a coaxial gas converter disposed within the downdraft gasifier, the coaxial gas converter comprising a biochar inlet valve, a coaxial char tube, and a biochar and ash outlet valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Applicant: V-GRID Energy Systems
    Inventor: Michael Cheiky
  • Patent number: 9358506
    Abstract: A hydrogen separation system and membrane is described for extracting hydrogen from gasifier streams at near atmospheric pressure and ambient temperature conditions. The system can be inserted between a small gasifier and an internal combustion engine which runs a genset to optionally co-produce hydrogen and electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: V-GRID ENERGY SYSTEMS
    Inventor: Michael Cheiky
  • Patent number: 9333474
    Abstract: A method for generating useful chemical intermediates from biomass using a pyrolysis reactor that utilizes the inherent thermal properties of carbon under compression as the biomass is subjected to sequential or concurrent temperature ramps. The ramps are sufficient to volatilize and selectively create different components, while the pressure application aids the selective decomposition of the biomass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Cool Planet Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Cheiky, Ronald A. Sills
  • Publication number: 20160017244
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed toward a coaxial gasifier for enhanced hydrogen production, comprising: downdraft gasifier comprising a hot zone for converting biomass to synthesis gas; and a coaxial gas converter disposed within the downdraft gasifier, the coaxial gas converter comprising a biochar inlet valve, a coaxial char tube, and a biochar and ash outlet valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Applicant: V-GRID ENERGY SYSTEMS
    Inventor: Michael Cheiky
  • Publication number: 20150059575
    Abstract: A hydrogen separation system and membrane is described for extracting hydrogen from gasifier streams at near atmospheric pressure and ambient temperature conditions. The system can be inserted between a small gasifier and an internal combustion engine which runs a genset to optionally co-produce hydrogen and electricity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: V-GRID ENERGY SYSTEMS
    Inventor: Michael Cheiky
  • Publication number: 20150053153
    Abstract: A collection of gasifier fueled engine systems is networked through a system of connecting pipes and valves in order to provide fast response to output power demands and to extend the range of power levels at which the system exhibits high conversion efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: V-GRID ENERGY SYSTEMS
    Inventor: Michael Cheiky
  • Publication number: 20150020764
    Abstract: An igniter system for a reciprocating piston internal combustion engine having one or more cylinders including at least one igniter per cylinder is disclosed. The igniter system can comprise: a combustion chamber connected to a main cylinder of the engine by a restricted diameter bore, wherein a lean burn fuel mixture is introduced into the combustion chamber by the normal compression stroke of the engine; a hydrogen valve that injects a hydrogen rich gas into the combustion chamber forming a mixture of hydrogen and air having a hydrogen concentration above the stoichiometric ratio for hydrogen and air in the combustion chamber; and a spark ignition source that injects hot unburned hydrogen into the main cylinder, thereby initiating ignition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: V-GRID Energy Systems
    Inventor: Michael Cheiky
  • Patent number: 8835517
    Abstract: A method for the production of dimethyl ether is disclosed which utilizes: a dimethyl ether synthesis catalyst that converts synthesis gas to a dimethyl ether containing stream, wherein the dimethyl ether containing stream is directed to an absorption column containing water as a scrubbing agent and operating in a temperature range from 1° C.-20° C. and pressure range from 20 psig to 500 psig, and wherein the scrubbing liquid resulting from the exposure of the dimethyl ether containing stream to the absorption column is directed to a flash evaporation unit operating at 25° C.-100° C. and pressure range ?15 psig to 15 psig to produce a product stream rich in dimethyl ether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Cool Planet Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Cheiky, James Hillier
  • Publication number: 20130324622
    Abstract: A method for the production of dimethyl ether is disclosed which utilizes: a dimethyl ether synthesis catalyst that converts synthesis gas to a dimethyl ether containing stream, wherein the dimethyl ether containing stream is directed to an absorption column containing water as a scrubbing agent and operating in a temperature range from 1° C.-20° C. and pressure range from 20 psig to 500 psig, and wherein the scrubbing liquid resulting from the exposure of the dimethyl ether containing stream to the absorption column is directed to a flash evaporation unit operating at 25° C.-100° C. and pressure range ?15 psig to 15 psig to produce a product stream rich in dimethyl ether.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Cool Planet Biofuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Cheiky, James Hillier
  • Patent number: 8568493
    Abstract: A method and process is described for producing negative carbon fuel. In its broadest form, a carbon-containing input is converted to combustible fuels, refinery feedstock, or chemicals and a carbonaceous solid concurrently in separate and substantially uncontaminated form. In an embodiment of the invention, biomass is converted via discrete increasing temperatures under pressure to blendable combustible fuels and a carbonaceous solid. The carbonaceous solid may be reacted to synthesis gas, sold as charcoal product, carbon credits, used for carbon offsets, or sequestered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Cool Planet Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Cheiky, Ronald A. Sills
  • Patent number: 8553037
    Abstract: A do-it-yourself photo realistic talking head creation system comprising: a template; handheld device comprising display and video camera having an image output signal of a subject; a computer having a mixer program for mixing the template and image output signal of the subject into a composite image, and an output signal representational of the composite image; a computer adapted to communicate the composite image signal to the display for display to the subject as a composite image; the display and the video camera adapted to allow the video camera to collect the image of the subject, the subject to view the composite image, and the subject to align the image of the subject with the template; storage means having an input for receiving the output signal of the video camera representational of the collected image of the subject and storing the image of the subject substantially aligned with the template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventors: Shawn Smith, Michael Cheiky, Peter Gately
  • Publication number: 20130211147
    Abstract: A catalyst and process for synthesis of dimethyl ether from synthesis gas are disclosed. The catalyst and process allow dimethyl ether synthesis at low pressures (below 20 bars) at a conversion rate close to the expected equilibrium rate. The catalyst is a combination of a methanol synthesis catalyst and a methanol dehydration catalyst, wherein the dehydration catalyst is a mixture of dehydration agents which allow optimum production of dimethyl ether.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: MICHAEL CHEIKY, Rajashekharam Malyala
  • Patent number: 8505516
    Abstract: The present invention provides an injector-ignition fuel injector for an internal combustion engine, comprising an input fuel metering system for dispensing a fuel charge into a pressurizing chamber, a pressurization ram system including a pressurization ram for compressing the fuel charge within the pressurizing chamber, wherein the fuel charge is heated in the pressurization chamber in the presence of a catalyst, and an injector nozzle for injecting the fuel charge into a combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Transonic Combustion, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Cheiky
  • Publication number: 20130131196
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to a method and system for improving the conversion of carbon-containing feed stocks to renewable fuels, and more particularly to a thermal chemical conversion of biomass to renewable fuels and other useful chemical compounds, including gasoline and diesel, via a unique combination of unique processes. More particularly, this combination of processes includes (a) a selective pyrolysis of biomass, which produces volatile hydrocarbons and a biochar; (b) the volatile hydrocarbons are upgraded in a novel catalytic process to renewable fuels, (c) the biochar is gasified at low pressure with recycled residual gases from the catalytic process to produce synthesis gas, (d) the synthesis gas is converted to dimethyl ether in a novel catalytic process, and (e) the dimethyl ether is recycled to the selective pyrolysis process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: MICHAEL CHEIKY, RAJASHEKHARAM MALYALA, VERN S. TRAXLER
  • Publication number: 20130119314
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for generating useful chemical intermediates from biomass using a novel pyrolysis reactor that utilizes the inherent thermal properties of carbon under compression as the biomass is subjected to sequential or concurrent temperature ramps. The ramps are sufficient to volatilize and selectively create different components, while the pressure application aids the selective decomposition of the biomass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: MICHAEL CHEIKY, RONALD A. SILLS