Patents by Inventor Nathaniel R. Storey

Nathaniel R. Storey 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: 10306847
    Abstract: A plant growing system configured for high density crop growth and yield, including an environmentally-controlled growing chamber and a vertical growth column within, the column configured to support a hydroponic plant growth module which is configured for containing and supporting plant growth media for containing and supporting a root structure of at least one gravitropic crop plant growing therein and for detachably mounting to the vertical growth column, the hydroponic plant growth module including a lateral growth opening to allow the plant to grow laterally through toward a light emitting source, a nutrient supply system to direct aqueous crop nutrient solution through an upper opening of the hydroponic plant growth module, an airflow source to direct airflow away from the growth opening and through an under-canopy of the plant, so as to disturb the boundary layer, and a control system for regulating, at least one growing condition in an area in or adjacent to the under-canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MJNN, LLC
    Inventors: John L. Whitcher, Jack Oslan, Nate Mazonson, Nathaniel R. Storey, Daniel Cook, Philip E. Beatty, Matthew Barnard, Christopher K. Conway, Ernest Learn, Michael Duffy, Russell Varone, Russell Field, William R. George, Rob Jensen, Benjamin J. Clark, Jaremy Creechley, Matteo Melani
  • Patent number: 10080332
    Abstract: A self-sealing dripper apparatus for controlling liquid flow from a main irrigation pipe is provided. The dripper apparatus comprises a dripper base having an attachment end and an open end with the attachment end capable of being releasably connected to the liquid carrying pipe and the attachment end fluidly connected to the open end. A hollow piston casing is provided having a first open end and a second open end with the first open end positionable over the open end of the dripper base. A piston is slidably movable within the piston casing with the piston having a first end and a second end. Upon fluid flowing from the main irrigation pipe, the fluid forces the second end of the piston against the second open end of the piston casing thereby sealing the second open end of the piston casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: MJNN, LLC
    Inventors: Lim Jing Yi, Nathaniel R. Storey
  • Patent number: 10047943
    Abstract: A lighting system for indoor farming for delivering high intensity light while reducing or eliminating heat loads in a growing environment is provided. The lighting system comprises a lighting housing having a first end, a second end, a first side, a second side opposite the first side, a third side between the first side and the second side, and a fourth side opposite the third side. A first LED board is mounted to the first side and a second LED board is mounted to the second side. A first shroud covers the first LED board and a second shroud covers the second LED board. A coolant passage is formed completely through the lighting housing. A coolant liquid is receivable through the coolant passage. The coolant liquid provides active cooling of the lighting housing from heat created by the first and second LED boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: MINN, LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel R. Storey, Damon Henry Smith, Kenneth Stutzman, Lim Jing Yi
  • Publication number: 20180153113
    Abstract: A seedling transplanting system is provided that utilizes a seedling feeder that is configured to fit between a tray of seedlings contained within a series of chain pots and a hydroponic trough. The feeder includes a ramp and a chute that direct the seedlings from the tray into the trough. A pair of guide surfaces, which form ramp sidewalls, help the seedlings to self-right as they are drawn into the hydroponic trough. A restraining jig aids in establishing and maintaining the relative positions of the seedling tray, feeder and trough during the transplanting process. A pulling tool simplifies the transplanting process by providing means for pulling a pair of media strips along with the captured chain pots into the hydroponic trough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: MJNN, LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel R. Storey, Kevin Grauberger, Damon Henry Smith, Jonah Eskin
  • Publication number: 20180014485
    Abstract: A plant growing system configured for high density crop growth and yield, including an environmentally-controlled growing chamber and a vertical growth column within, the column configured to support a hydroponic plant growth module which is configured for containing and supporting plant growth media for containing and supporting a root structure of at least one gravitropic crop plant growing therein and for detachably mounting to the vertical growth column, the hydroponic plant growth module including a lateral growth opening to allow the plant to grow laterally through toward a light emitting source, a nutrient supply system to direct aqueous crop nutrient solution through an upper opening of the hydroponic plant growth module, an airflow source to direct airflow away from the growth opening and through an under-canopy of the plant, so as to disturb the boundary layer, and a control system for regulating, at least one growing condition in an area in or adjacent to the under-canopy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventors: John L. WHITCHER, Jack OSLAN, Nate MAZONSON, Nathaniel R. STOREY, Daniel COOK, Philip E. BEATTY, Matthew BARNARD, Christopher K. CONWAY, Ernest LEARN, Michael DUFFY, Russell VARONE, Russell FIELD, William R. GEORGE, Rob JENSEN, Benjamin J. CLARK, Jaremy CREECHLEY, Matteo MELANI
  • Publication number: 20180014471
    Abstract: A multi-stage, plant growing system is configured for high density growth and crop yields and includes among other things, towers or vertical growth columns, an enclosed controlled environmental growth chamber, interchangeable growth modules, and control systems capable of machine learning wherein the crops are optimally spaced and continually staged in their planting cycles utilizing special growth modules to provide an accelerated and continuous annual production yield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventors: Rob JENSEN, Jack OSLAN, Nate MAZONSON, Nathaniel R. STOREY, Daniel COOK, Philip E. BEATTY, John L. WHITCHER, Christopher K. CONWAY, Ernest LEARN, Michael DUFFY, Russell VARONE, Russell FIELD, William R. GEORGE, Matthew BARNARD, Benjamin J. CLARK, Jaremy CREECHLEY
  • Publication number: 20180014486
    Abstract: A computer implemented system for a vertical farming system comprising at least a first crop growth module and operating in an environmentally-controlled growing chamber, the control system comprising sensors for measuring environmental growing conditions in the environmentally-controlled growing chamber over time to generate environmental condition data, a device configured for measuring a crop characteristic of a crop grown in the crop growth module of the environmentally-controlled growing chamber to generate crop growth data and a processing device comprising software modules for receiving the environmental condition data and the crop growth data; applying an algorithm to the environmental condition data and the crop growth data to generate an improved environmental growing condition and generating instructions for adjustment of the environmental growing conditions in or around the growth module in the environmentally-controlled growing chamber to the improved environmental growing condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventors: Jaremy CREECHLEY, Jack OSLAN, Nate MAZONSON, Nathaniel R. STOREY, Daniel COOK, Philip E. BEATTY, John L. WHITCHER, Christopher K. CONWAY, Ernest LEARN, Michael DUFFY, Russell VARONE, Russell FIELD, William R. GEORGE, Rob JENSEN, Benjamin J. CLARK, Matthew BARNARD, Matteo MELANI
  • Publication number: 20170332568
    Abstract: A modular hydroponic tower array fixture system for the growth of organisms such as plants and fungi on arrays of hydroponic towers, allowing for the insertion and removal of individual towers from the array, is provided. Methods for the production of organisms such as plants and fungi using a modular hydroponic tower array fixture system are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Nathaniel R. Storey
  • Publication number: 20170303478
    Abstract: A light trolley system for vertical-plane growing that maximizes the coverage area, quality of light, and useable growing area is provided. The light trolley system comprises a support structure and a first C rail secured to the support structure. The first C rail has a first end and a second end. A first brace is mounted to the first C rail and a first light trolley secured to the first brace. The first light trolley has at least one bar light mounted within a light manifold. The first brace supports and stabilizes the first light trolley. The combined first brace and first light trolley is moveable along the first C rail between the first end and the second end of the first C rail allowing the first light trolley to be moved to various locations increasing labor efficiency in the growing area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: Damon Henry Smith, Nathaniel R. Storey, Taylor Brooke Wollert
  • Publication number: 20170290275
    Abstract: A greenwall cladding system for the growth of organisms such as plants and fungi on the side of structures, such as internal and external walls of buildings, is provided. Methods for the production of organisms on a greenwall cladding system, such as plants and fungi are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Applicant: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Nathaniel R. Storey
  • Publication number: 20170231168
    Abstract: A growing medium for a plant production apparatus utilized in greenhouse crop production is provided. The growing medium comprises a fibrous, non-woven matrix media material wherein the media material is constructed from a plastic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Nathaniel R. Storey
  • Publication number: 20170231167
    Abstract: A growing medium for a plant production apparatus utilized in greenhouse crop production is provided. The growing medium comprises a fibrous, non-woven matrix media material wherein the media material is constructed from a plastic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Nathaniel R. Storey
  • Publication number: 20170146226
    Abstract: A lighting system for indoor farming for delivering high intensity light while reducing or eliminating heat loads in a growing environment is provided. The lighting system comprises a lighting housing having a first end, a second end, a first side, a second side opposite the first side, a third side between the first side and the second side, and a fourth side opposite the third side. A first LED board is mounted to the first side and a second LED board is mounted to the second side. A first shroud covers the first LED board and a second shroud covers the second LED board. A coolant passage is formed completely through the lighting housing. A coolant liquid is receivable through the coolant passage. The coolant liquid provides active cooling, of the lighting housing from heat created by the first and second LED boards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Nathaniel R. Storey, Damon Henry Smith, Kenneth Stutzman, Lim Jing Yi
  • Publication number: 20170055474
    Abstract: A modular hydroponic cultivation and transport system for the cultivation and transport of organisms, including but not limited to, various forms of plants and fungi in hydroponic towers, is provided. Further, apparatuses for the cultivation and transport of organisms grown in hydroponic towers, are provided. Methods for the cultivation and transport of organisms using the transport system and apparatuses described herein are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
    Inventor: Nathaniel R. STOREY
  • Publication number: 20170027119
    Abstract: A vertical hydroponic plant production apparatus for allowing vertical hydroponic greenhouse crop production is provided. The apparatus comprises a hollow grow tube having a front face, a back face, an open first end, and an open second end. A slot is formed in the front face of the grow tube. A media material is insertable into the grow tube. The grow tube is positionable in either a horizontal position, vertical position, or any position between the horizontal position and the vertical position allowing inclined, multi-angled crop production and multi-storied conveyor style crop production.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Nathaniel R. Storey
  • Patent number: D785497
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Nathaniel R. Storey
  • Patent number: D796378
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Nathaniel R. Storey
  • Patent number: D821915
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Nathaniel R. Storey
  • Patent number: D826769
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Nathaniel R. Storey
  • Patent number: D832738
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
    Inventor: Nathaniel R. Storey