Patents by Inventor Ulrich Bonne

Ulrich Bonne 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: 9383316
    Abstract: A method of measuring vapor flux density including directing a light beam through a vapor flux to a pixel array sensor and using the pixel array sensor to measure attenuation of the light beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Markus E. Beck, Ulrich A. Bonne, Raffi Garabedian, Erel Milshtein, Ming Lun Yu
  • Patent number: 9029028
    Abstract: A device using needed hydrogen gas flow and electricity for operation obtained from a fuel cell power supply. Also, water generated by the fuel cell may be recycled for hydrogen generation which may be used by the device and in turn expanded by the fuel cell for further electrical power generation. The device may be a gas chromatograph, a fluid calibration mechanism, a flame ionization detector, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Eickhoff, Adam McBrady, Ulrich Bonne, Roland A. Wood
  • Publication number: 20140104616
    Abstract: A flux monitor system includes a light source and a sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: FIRST SOLAR, INC.
    Inventors: MARKUS E. BECK, ULRICH A. BONNE, RAFFI GARABEDIAN, EREL MILSHTEIN, MING LUN YU
  • Patent number: 8435326
    Abstract: A multi-stage membrane process for the removal of carbon dioxide from syngas streams containing at least about 5 volume percent carbon dioxide. The syngas is preferably obtained by the gasification of a biomass feedstock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: G.D.O.
    Inventors: Steven J. Schmit, Jacqueline Hichingham, Duane A. Goetsch, Lloyd R. White, Ulrich Bonne
  • Patent number: 8128873
    Abstract: A highly sensitive fluid composition analyzer where a fluid may be placed in contact with a very small area on a material sensitized to change color in the presence of a specific type of compound, to be impinged with light. The light reflected, transmitted and/or scattered by the material may serve as input for the analyzer electronics. The fluid may be pre-concentrated prior to being brought in contact with the material. The area on the material may be a spot having an outside dimension of less than one millimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ulrich Bonne, Gregg M. Swenson, Leonard A. Hilton, Tom M. Rezachek
  • Publication number: 20110286884
    Abstract: A device using needed hydrogen gas flow and electricity for operation obtained from a fuel cell power supply. Also, water generated by the fuel cell may be recycled for hydrogen generation which may be used by the device and in turn expanded by the fuel cell for further electrical power generation. The device may be a gas chromatograph, a fluid calibration mechanism, a flame ionization detector, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Steven J. Eickhoff, Adam McBrady, Ulrich Bonne, Roland A. Wood
  • Publication number: 20110212256
    Abstract: An vapor deposition control system includes a multi-level control scheme.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Markus E. Beck, Ming L. Yu, Erel Milshtein, Ashish Bodke, Ulrich A. Bonne, Raffi Garabedian
  • Publication number: 20110203455
    Abstract: A multi-stage membrane process for the removal of carbon dioxide from syngas streams containing at least about 5 volume percent carbon dioxide. The syngas is preferably obtained by the gasification of a biomass feedstock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: G.D.O., INC
    Inventors: Steven J. Schmit, Jacqueline Hichingham, Duane A. Goetsch, Lloyd R. White, Ulrich Bonne
  • Patent number: 8003056
    Abstract: A gas analyzer apparatus includes a device or platform for supporting a predetermined quantity of a reagent capable of reacting with a predetermined gas to cause a detectable change in a characteristic of the reagent, a reservoir adapted to retain the reagent, a dispenser for dispensing a controlled quantity of the reagent from the reservoir to a predetermined position on the device for supporting the predetermined quantity of the reagent, and a detector that detects the presence of the predetermined gas upon the predetermined gas and the controlled quantity of reagent reacting to cause a detectable change in a characteristic of the reagent detectable by the detector, the detector adapted to detect a change in the controlled quantity of the reagent by detecting the change in the characteristic through the predetermined quantity of the reagent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ulrich Bonne, Patrick G. Hogan, Richard A. Gorny, Leslie T. Ivie
  • Patent number: 7975525
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a gas sensor comprising a flow channel, a concentration modulator positioned in the flow channel, a gas generator in contact with the flow channel, one or more gas detectors positioned downstream of the concentration modulator and gas generator and a pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ulrich Bonne, Peter Tobias, Aravind Padmanabhan, Thomas M. Rezachek
  • Patent number: 7965089
    Abstract: A chemical impedance detector having several electrodes situated on or across a dielectric layer of a substrate. The electrodes may be across or covered with a thin film polymer. Each electrode may have a set of finger-like electrodes. Each set of finger-like electrodes may be intermeshed, but not in contact, with another set of finger-like electrodes. The thin-film polymer may have a low dielectric constant and a high porous surface area. The chemical impedance detector may be incorporated in a micro fluid analyzer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ulrich Bonne, Fouad Nusseibeh, Robert Higashi
  • Patent number: 7892488
    Abstract: A thermal liquid flow sensor and method of forming same. The sensor has a substrate and one or more sensing elements, disposed on the substrate, for sensing a property of a liquid. The liquid flow sensor, which can be for example a microsensor having a microbrick® structure, has a hydrophilic layer which is disposed on the substrate and covers the sensing element(s). The hydrophilic layer is preferably formed from a spin on glass material, such as for example a silicate or phosphosilicate. A silicon nitride layer can be disposed on the sensing element(s) and interpose the substrate and the hydrophilic layer. The silicon nitride layer can be oxidized, for example, by means of plasma oxidation or oxygen ion implantation so to form the hydrophilic layer thereon. A variety of other hydrophilic compounds can be utilized to form the hydrophilic layer such as, gold, palladium and diamond like carbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jamie W. Speldrich, Scott E. Beck, Richard W. Gehman, Martin G. Murray, Ulrich Bonne
  • Publication number: 20100239436
    Abstract: A thermal pump for moving a sample fluid to and through an analyzer. The pump may have a lack of moving mechanical parts when pumping except for check valves. The thermal pump may have in lieu of each mechanical check valve a thermal or fluid mechanism that effectively operates as a valve without mechanical parts. The present thermal pump may be fabricated with MEMS technology. The pump may be integrated into a concentrator and/or separator of a fluid analyzer chip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Ulrich Bonne, Robert Higashi, Tom Rezachek
  • Patent number: 7793410
    Abstract: A method of making a plurality of flow sensors is provided, each flow sensor having a substrate with a sensing element and flow channel aligned over the sensing element. The sensing element senses at least one property of a fluid. The flow channel is aligned by one or more guide elements formed in an alignment layer. The flow channel across the sensing area is accurately and precisely aligned due to the guide elements provided at the wafer-level, facilitating reliable, low-cost, and consistent results among multiple flow sensors. The flow sensor is adapted for use in harsh environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Aravind Padmanabhan, Ulrich Bonne, Michael G. Marchini
  • Patent number: 7779671
    Abstract: A micro fluid analyzer that may be highly sensitive, fast and very compact. The analyzer may use sufficiently low power per analysis to be easily implemented with an equivalently small battery pack or other portable power source. There may be energy conservation features in the analyzer, such as optimal adsorber film thicknesses in the pre-concentrator, concentrator and chromatographic separators. There may be special timing of the phased heating elements in the concentrators and separators to further reduce energy consumption. Various kinds of detectors and sensors may be incorporated in the analyzer for achieving low probability for false positives and detection versatility. There may be a controller that provides data acquisition and analyzes, drive signals for control, management of wireless signal transmission and reception, processing, and other operational uses of the micro analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Ulrich Bonne
  • Patent number: 7758316
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for pumping a gas. The method includes the steps of ionizing the gas, separating the ionized gas into groups of positive and negative ions using positive and negative electric fields and separately pulling the groups of positive and negative ions along a channel using the negative and positive electric fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ulrich Bonne, Paul Bauhahn
  • Patent number: 7744818
    Abstract: Selecting a stationary phase for a fluid analyzer using certain criteria to determine an appropriate material for use in, for instance, a micro fluid analyzer. High absorption of an analyte or sample, low water sorbency and high porosity or permeability of the material may be sought. A selected material may incorporate a toughening agent using a neutral leaving group. A selected material may have a capping agent to promote hydrophobicity. A selected material may be a hydrophobic polymer. The selection of a stationary phase may involve molecular modeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Nancy E. Iwamoto, Teresa A. Ramos, Robert R. Roth, Ulrich Bonne
  • Patent number: 7654129
    Abstract: A sensor system having an analyte modulator, detector and a pump. The concentration of an analyte sample may be modulated at one time constant. The detector may have an output with a drift at another time constant. The one time constant may be shorter than the latter time constant. The latter time constant may be substantially removed from the detector output with a discriminator. A reservoir may receive high concentrations of analyte from the modulator, before analyte is forwarded to the detector and pump via analyte conveyance lines and valving. The modulation or pre-concentration of analyte in the sensor system may entail shorter times and smaller volumes than those needed by the detector. Such mismatches may be alleviated via accumulation of analyte in the reservoir prior to being forwarded to the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ulrich Bonne, Martin John Willett, Keith Francis Edwin Pratt, Jerry W. Evans
  • Patent number: 7645996
    Abstract: A microscale planar device for detecting particles under high pressure with high sensitivity. The device may have an anode and cathode with an insulator situated between them. The insulator may have a number of holes, cavities or channels between the anode and cathode. There may be conductive rings at the perimeters of openings of the channels on the anode side of the insulator. These rings may be a part of the anode. An ion may be attracted into one of the channels where it interacts with a gas to result in an avalanche breakdown. The breakdown may be detected by instrumentation connected to the anode and cathode. The lateral and/or longitudinal dimensions of the channels may be such that the device may operate as a detector with ambient air as a gas under its pressure of about one atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Yang, Ulrich Bonne
  • Patent number: 7633393
    Abstract: A fire suppression valve includes an RF transmitter which transmits an indication that a closed valve has opened. The transmitter can be implemented as a passive wireless identifier tag energized by a source of wireless signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Ulrich Bonne