Patents by Inventor Robert L. Heimann

Robert L. Heimann 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: 10392564
    Abstract: A bio-product such as biochar, bio-coal, bio-oil, coke, and/or activated carbon material is formed by processing a starting biomass material comprising water-laden material. The starting biomass material is heated to below or above an autoignition temperature through a rotary compression unit (RCU) by generating steam through releasing unbound and bound waters in the biomass thus forming a bio-product. The biomass material being processed may be, without limitation, a woody or non-woody biomass material, such as cellulosic material and/or grain. The process can also form bio-oil from pyrolysis vapors which can be processed to other bio-products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Enginuity Woldwide, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Heimann, Nancy Heimann, Allison Talley
  • Patent number: 10093878
    Abstract: A method of drying a moisture-containing or water-laden biomass material is provided that includes the steps of sending the biomass material into an apparatus having a feeding device, a rotary biomass dryer, a reflux condenser, an aftercooler, and an exit mechanism. The biomass material may be pretreated, and then heated in order to separate the moisture-containing or water laden biomass material into steam and dry biomass material. The steam is removed as the steam and the dry biomass material passes through the reflux condenser, the dry biomass is cooled in the aftercooler stage, and the dry biomass material is collected after exiting the apparatus through the exit mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: ENGINUITY WORLDWIDE, LLC.
    Inventors: Robert L. Heimann, Allison Talley
  • Patent number: 10081771
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system, and a method for heat treating a moisture-containing or water-laden material are provided. The heat treatment can be drying for dehydration, gasification, or full carbonization. The system comprises a feeding mechanism, and a rapid compression unit (RCU) apparatus having a screw, a barrel, and one or more flow disrupters. The system can further include a reflux condenser, an aftercooler stage, a second condenser for particle filtering, and an exit mechanism. The one or more flow disrupters are located on an inner surface of the barrel and project into the passageway created by the screw and the barrel. The screw is sized to fit within the barrel such that flow disrupter does not contact the screw. The one or more flow disrupters cause the water-laden material to fold over onto its self, thereby, allowing for the occurrence of more uniform drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: ENGINUITY WORLDWIDE, LLC.
    Inventor: Robert L. Heimann
  • Publication number: 20180119020
    Abstract: A system for producing biocoal and biochar includes at least one rotary compression unit (RCU) having a barrel, a compression screw housed within the barrel, a feed for receiving biomass and at least one exit for releasing biochar and gasses formed in the RCU. A first exit stream is produced that includes biochar and a portion of the remaining gasses, and a second exit stream is produced that includes biocoal. A gas crossover is provided that connects the first and second exit stream having a mechanism for transporting gasses from the first exit stream to the second exit stream thereby condensing a portion of the remaining gasses into the biocoal. In one form two RCUs are included connected to two condensers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: Enginuity Worldwide, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L Heimann, Allison Talley, Lucy Mills, Nancy Heimann
  • Publication number: 20170015909
    Abstract: A bio-product such as biochar, bio-coal, bio-oil, coke, and/or activated carbon material is formed by processing a starting biomass material comprising water-laden material. The starting biomass material is heated to below or above an autoignition temperature through a rotary compression unit (RCU) by generating steam through releasing unbound and bound waters in the biomass thus forming a bio-product. The biomass material being processed may be, without limitation, a woody or non-woody biomass material, such as cellulosic material and/or grain. The process can also form bio-oil from pyrolysis vapors which can be processed to other bio-products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Applicant: Enginuity Worldwide, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Heimann, Nancy Heimann, Allison Talley
  • Publication number: 20160312123
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system, and a method for heat treating a moisture-containing or water-laden material are provided. The heat treatment can be drying for dehydration, gasification, or full carbonization. The system comprises a feeding mechanism, and a rapid compression (RCU)apparatus having a screw, a barrel, and one or more flow disrupters. The system can further include a reflux condenser, an aftercooler stage, a second condenser for particle filtering, and an exit mechanism. The one or more flow disrupters are located on an inner surface of the barrel and projects into the passageway created by the screw and the barrel. The screw is sized to fit within the barrel such that flow disrupter does not contact the screw. The one or more flow disrupters cause the water-laden material to fold over onto its self, thereby, allowing for the occurrence of more uniform drying.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Applicant: Enginuity Worldwide, LLC
    Inventor: Robert L. Heimann
  • Patent number: 9453175
    Abstract: A fuel package comprising a biomass fire-log bound by an adhesive consisting of a starch and a hydroxide and at least one ignition aid is provided along with a method of manufacturing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: ENGINUITY WORLDWIDE, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L Heimann, Chad Sayre, T. J. Berry
  • Publication number: 20160264897
    Abstract: A method of drying a moisture-containing or water-laden biomass material is provided that includes the steps of sending the biomass material into an apparatus having a feeding device, a rotary biomass dryer, a reflux condenser, an aftercooler, and an exit mechanism. The biomass material may be pretreated, and then heated in order to separate the moisture-containing or water laden biomass material into steam and dry biomass material. The steam is removed as the steam and the dry biomass material passes through the reflux condenser, the dry biomass is cooled in the aftercooler stage, and the dry biomass material is collected after exiting the apparatus through the exit mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Applicant: Enginuity Worldwide, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Heimann, Allison Talley
  • Publication number: 20160238317
    Abstract: A method for processing grains, crop residues, agricultural waste materials, processing waste materials, or mixtures thereof, is provided that includes using a rotary biomass dryer to process the materials and subjecting them to a steam explosion in order to form a processed material that exhibits an increase in porosity and/or absorption potential.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Applicant: Enginuity Worldwide, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Heimann, Allison Talley
  • Publication number: 20150203775
    Abstract: A fuel package comprising a biomass fire-log bound by an adhesive consisting of a starch and a hydroxide and at least one ignition aid is provided along with a method of manufacturing the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Publication date: July 23, 2015
    Inventors: Robert L. Heimann, Chad Sayre, T.J. Berry
  • Publication number: 20150088582
    Abstract: A system and method for energy use is provided that includes a sustainability campus of co-located facilities, with associated facilities such as an energy development center, a source, and a processing or collection facility. The sustainability campus incorporates design principles and processes to decrease environmental impact per unit energy usage, increase waste reuse within the sustainability campus, and increase the receipt of financial credits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Chad SAYRE, Robert L. Heimann, Nancy Heimann
  • Publication number: 20150088583
    Abstract: A system and method for energy use is provided that includes a sustainability campus or district of co-located facilities, with associated facilities such as an energy development center, a source, and a processing or collection facility. The sustainability campus or district incorporates design principles and processes to decrease environmental impact per unit energy usage, increase waste reuse within the sustainability campus or district, and increase the receipt of financial credits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Chad SAYRE, Robert L. Heimann, Nancy Heimann
  • Publication number: 20130304656
    Abstract: A system and method for energy use is provided that includes a sustainability campus or district of co-located facilities, with associated facilities such as an energy development center, a source, and a processing or collection facility. The sustainability campus or district incorporates design principles and processes to decrease environmental impact per unit energy usage, increase waste reuse within the sustainability campus or district, and increase the receipt of financial credits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Chad Sayre, Robert L. Heimann, Nancy Heimann
  • Publication number: 20130212935
    Abstract: A carbonaceous compact is provided by the present disclosure that includes a body having a partially or fully carbonaceous biomass composition and an adhesive additive. The adhesive additive includes a starch and a hydroxide. The porous nature of the carbonaceous material provides means for nutrient retention or filtering means. Carbon is activated through chemical or thermal reaction from pyrolyized wood/nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Enginuity Worldwide, LLC
    Inventor: Robert L. Heimann
  • Patent number: 6994779
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a process for forming a deposit on the surface of a metallic or conductive surface. The process employs an energy enhanced process to deposit a silicate containing coating or film upon a metallic or conductive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Elisha Holding LLC
    Inventors: Robert L Heimann, William M. Dalton, John Hahn, David M. Price, Wayne L. Soucie, Ravi Chandran
  • Patent number: 6995484
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for providing inorganic and/or organic coating compositions onto rotor cores to eliminate soldering during aluminum injection. These coatings can also be applied upon electric motor rotors and/or stators laminates as well as other electronic components such as transformers. The disclosed method provides at least one film or layer of a coating composition within channels or bar slots defined by the rotor of the electric motor core/rotor (depending upon the design of the motor the slots can be defined within the rotor or open ended along the longitudinal axis of the rotor). The coating composition is also typically applied upon all exposed surfaces of the rotor, e.g., within the channels and exterior surfaces of the rotor. The coated rotor is then contacted with a molten metal. The coating composition functions to isolate the laminates (e.g., steel) of the rotor from a molten metal (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Elisha Holding LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Heimann, William M. Dalton
  • Patent number: 6911139
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a process for forming a deposit on the surface of a metallic or conductive surface. The process employs an electrolytic process to deposit a silicate containing coating or film upon a metallic or conductive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Elisha Holding LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Heimann, Branko Popov, Bruce Flint, Nancy G. Heimann, Ravi Chandran, William M. Dalton
  • Patent number: D717241
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Enginuity Worldwide, LLC
    Inventor: Robert L. Heimann
  • Patent number: D717242
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Enginuity Worldwide, LLC
    Inventor: Robert L. Heimann
  • Patent number: D730275
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Enginuity Worldwide, LLC
    Inventor: Robert L. Heimann