In Gas Filled Receivers Patents (Class 141/197)
  • Patent number: 10933844
    Abstract: A device and method for dispensing air and/or sealant to a tire of a vehicle. Power supply for the air compressor is obtained via powered USB instead of the typical 12 V cigarette lighter connector. The position of the tire which is being inflated can also be determined via the data interface of the USB port. By communication between compressor and the vehicle systems interface, the compressor can automatically switch off when the recommended tire pressure has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Martin Patrick Spindler, William Craig Keller
  • Patent number: 10816139
    Abstract: Method for filling a tank with pressurized gas to a target pressure from at least one pressurized gas source via a transfer pipe provided with at least one valve, the tank having a predetermined inner length and predetermined inner diameter, the end of the transfer pipe forming an injector with a predetermined injection diameter; said method comprises a step for transferring pressurized gas from the source to the tank at a predetermined flow rate, the method comprising a step of controlling the transfer of gas from the source to the tank to reduce the heat produced in the tank, the step of controlling the transfer of gas comprising at least one of: sizing of the injection diameter, and sizing of the flow rate of the transferred gas; the control step being carried out according to the ratio L/D between the length and the diameter of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Thomas Bourgeois, Fouad Ammouri
  • Patent number: 10724767
    Abstract: A high-pressure hydrogen filling system with expansion turbine having a simple configuration, requiring less maintenance and control duties, capable of being operated at low costs including electric power consumption cost, and allowing the use of general-purpose materials for composing the components of a hydrogen gas supply unit, a cold accumulator is installed at the outlet of an expansion turbine in a system performing hydrogen gas enthalpy drop when pressurizing and filling highly-pressurized and accumulated hydrogen gas into a tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI PLANT MECHANICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Yoshida, Tsuyoshi Takahashi, Yukihiro Mimaki, Masanori Monde
  • Patent number: 10041628
    Abstract: To provide a gas filling apparatus with high handleability and safety. A gas filling apparatus including: a filling mechanism for carrying a gas through gas carrying pipes while measuring flow rate of the gas from a gas supply source (accumulator); a filling hose connected to the gas carrying pipe and having a filling nozzle at an end of the filling hose; and an attachment sensor (nozzle attachment detecting portion) for outputting a detection signal after detecting that the filling nozzle is attached to a filling port of an in-vehicle tank, wherein filling gas to the in-vehicle tank by the filling mechanism becomes possible after the detection signal is inputted to the filling mechanism from the attachment sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Tatsuno Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Otaki, Yasuyuki Tsumura, Atsushi Takase, Kiyoshi Kimura, Masahiro Takezawa, Takayuki Fuse
  • Patent number: 9911635
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate processing apparatus including a substrate container transfer device configured to transfer a substrate container accommodating a substrate and purge an inside of the substrate container; a purge gas supply unit installed at the substrate container transfer device and configured to supply a purge gas into the substrate container; a substrate container standby unit configured to accommodate the substrate container; a contact preventing unit installed at the substrate container standby unit and configured to prevent a contact between the purge gas supply unit and the substrate container standby unit when the substrate container is transferred to the substrate container standby unit by the substrate container transfer device; and a control unit configured to control the substrate container transfer device and the purge gas supply unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc.
    Inventor: Makoto Hirano
  • Patent number: 9707806
    Abstract: A method and system for servicing a vehicle in accordance with pre-determined maintenance settings is provided. Maintenance settings can be communicated to a vehicle maintenance tool via a communication device and the vehicle maintenance tool can interact with the vehicle in accordance with the maintenance settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Thomas Edwards, Kenneth Joseph Coyne
  • Patent number: 9662943
    Abstract: Setting or regulating a tire inflation pressure in one or more vehicle tires includes measuring and inflating in cycles. In each case, a seal is applied in at least one rotary transmitter. When the seal is applied, a tire filling pressure is changed and/or measured, and then the seal is removed again. The measuring and filling cycles can even be initiated while the vehicle is traveling. In intermediate time periods between the measuring or filling cycles, the seal is not applied. The measuring and filling cycles and the intermediate time periods are set as a function of ascertained current vehicle variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: WABCO GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Dieckmann, Stephan Pertschy, Frank Zielke
  • Patent number: 9618159
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and equipment for dispensing a high pressure compressed gas using a special hydraulic fluid, comprising a hydraulic pressurization unit also known as “HPU”, which can be connected to a semi-trailer comprising compressed gas cylinders, upper and lower open ends, comprising a single valve arranged at the upper end of the cylinders, which supplies the compressed gas to a customer, one valve disposed at the lower end of the cylinders for both supplying of the hydraulic oil from an oil reservoir to the cylinders, and the return of the hydraulic oil to the hydraulic fluid reservoir from the cylinders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: NEOGAS DO BRASIL GAS NATURAL COMPRIMIDO S.A.
    Inventors: Carlos Pereira Gouvêa, Vagner Flores De Almeida
  • Patent number: 9395047
    Abstract: Methods and systems and are presented for estimating the amount of natural gas provided to a vehicle at a natural gas time-fill filling station. The methods comprise measuring and wirelessly transmitting pre- and post-fill pressures measurements of compressed natural gas in a compressed natural gas storage tank on-board a natural gas vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: CLEAN ENERGY FUELS CORP.
    Inventor: Denis Ding
  • Patent number: 9310024
    Abstract: A charge station is provided for filling a gas cylinder with gas. The charge station includes a gas output port configured to be fluidly connected to a supply of gas. The gas output port is configured to be fluidly connected to the gas cylinder for filling the gas cylinder with gas from the supply of gas. The charge station also includes a control system operatively connected to the gas output such that the control system is configured to control filling of the gas cylinder, and a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader operatively connected to the control system, the RFD reader configured to read data from an RFID tag on the gas cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Scott Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darrill Plummer, Gaylord Posod, Mavin Carroll
  • Patent number: 9163785
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure may include a fluid dispensing system. The system may include a first tank configured to contain a first fluid and a second tank configured to contain a second fluid. The system may also include a plurality of conduits fluidly connecting the first and second tanks, wherein the first fluid in the first tank is configured to be gravity-fed or pressure-fed to the second tank. The system may also include a conditioning system fluidly connected to the second tank. The conditioning system may include at least one conduit fluidly coupled to a lower region of the second tank. The conditioning system may also include a heat exchanger. In addition, the conditioning system may include at least one conduit fluidly coupled to an upper region of the second tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michael Mackey
  • Patent number: 9074729
    Abstract: Method and filling installation for filling a hydrogen gas into a vessel (1) having a first port (2) for passing the hydrogen gas and a second port (3) for passing a fluid, wherein the second port (3) is separate from the first port (2). In a first phase a hydraulic fluid is introduced into the vessel (1) through the second port (3) by applying pressure to the hydraulic fluid, such that the hydraulic fluid in the vessel (1) causes a hydrostatic pressure having a pre-determined value. In a second phase the hydrogen gas is introduced into the vessel (1) through the first port (2) by controlling a difference of pressure relative to a current pressure in the vessel (1) for controlling expansion of the hydrogen gas and thereby temperature inside the vessel (1), such that the vessel (1) is filled with the hydrogen gas. To that end the hydraulic fluid is removed from the vessel (1) through the second port (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Teesing B.V.
    Inventor: Hendrikus De Jongste
  • Patent number: 9016329
    Abstract: A gas filling system (1) includes a gas tank (30); a gas filling device (2) that fills gas into the gas tank (30); and a controller (24) that calculates a temperature increase ?T and a pressure increase ?P in the gas tank (30) during a predetermined period of time (t seconds) that elapses from a start of gas filling. The controller (24) selects a filling rate map (Ma, Mb) from a prepared filling rate map group on the basis of the calculated temperature increase ?T and the calculated pressure increase ?P. The gas filling device (2) carries out gas filling using the filling rate map selected by the controller (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Mori
  • Patent number: 8997802
    Abstract: Sealing fluid container assembly (3), connectable to a compressor assembly and to a control circuit of the compressor assembly, has a connecting unit (25) defining a releasable connection to the compressor assembly; and a connecting device (12) for injecting sealing fluid into an inflatable article, and which cooperates releasably with a valve (V) of the inflatable article. More specifically, the container assembly (3) has a sensor carried by the connecting device (12); and at least one electric contact (33) connected to the sensor (12) and cooperating with an electric terminal (24) to transmit a signal from the sensor (12) to the control device when the connecting device (12) is connected to the valve (V); the sensor (12) having a first and a second terminal (40, 39) designed to be short-circuited directly by the valve (V).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: TEK Global S.R.L.
    Inventors: Sergio Lolli, Maurizio Marini
  • Patent number: 8991445
    Abstract: A hydrogen filling system to fill a hydrogen fuel tank with hydrogen includes a high-pressure water electrolysis device capable of electrolyzing water to produce oxygen and the hydrogen. A hydrogen pipe connects the high-pressure water electrolysis device and a filling mechanism to fill the hydrogen fuel tank with the hydrogen. At least one hydrogen storage tank is provided to the hydrogen pipe to store the hydrogen produced by the high-pressure water electrolysis device at substantially a same pressure as a maximum filling pressure of the hydrogen fuel tank. A first valve mechanism is arranged downstream of the at least one hydrogen storage tank. A bypass pipe is provided to the hydrogen pipe and connects the high-pressure water electrolysis device and the filling mechanism to bypass the at least one hydrogen storage tank and the first valve mechanism. A second valve mechanism is arranged on the bypass pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Nakazawa, Masanori Okabe, Jun Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 8991446
    Abstract: A pump assisted refilling system for LPG and other fuels wherein the fuel storage pressure is at, or close to, the vapor pressure of the fuel. A fuel pump is selectively activated to assist fuel delivery from the refilling fitting to the tank interior responsive to a determined fuel pressure condition of the fuel so that rapid refilling is always assured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Richard W. Hurley, Nicholas Carter
  • Patent number: 8973623
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a fuel tank into which gas is filled from a gas station that has a receiver; a transmitter; and a control device connected to the transmitter. The control device changes a transmission cycle of a signal transmitted from the transmitter to the receiver during the gas filling from the gas station into the fuel tank, according to a state quantity regarding an interior of the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Mori
  • Patent number: 8950441
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed toward a reciprocating compressor having a high pressure storage vessel let down for a CNG station for refueling motor vehicles, wherein the CNG station design utilizes inlet gas from a local gas utility. By supplementing the inlet gas with a pressure let down in order to de-pressurize the gas from a high-pressure storage vessel, the CNG station has the ability to increase and adjust its flow capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Clean Energy Fuels Corp.
    Inventors: Denis Ding, Mitchell Pratt
  • Patent number: 8944118
    Abstract: A pressure filling system for filling aerosol cans with liquid includes an enclosure including a top wall, a bottom wall, and side walls which form a filling chamber. An air operated pump is positioned within the filling chamber. A liquid supply tube extends into the chamber and into the pump. A pressurized air supply tube extends into the chamber and into the pump. A pressurized supply outlet tube which extends from the pump to a filling head in the filling chamber. An air purge tube is connected to the filling head to purge excess air from the liquid. A lifting mechanism lifts an aerosol can into engagement with the filling head for receiving pressurized liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Raffi Nalbandian
  • Publication number: 20150000785
    Abstract: A first control device executes, if it is determined that a second control device has become unable to output an operation instruction, continued operation processing for operating an inactive gas supply portion based on the operation instruction that was last output by the second control device. The first control device further executes, if it is determined during execution of continued operation processing that a stop condition is satisfied, operation stop processing for stopping the inactive gas supply portion by suspending the continued operation processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Takeshi Shin, Tadashi Nishikawa, Masahiro Takahara, Toshihito Ueda
  • Publication number: 20140366983
    Abstract: An inactive gas introducing facility for a storage rack is provided in which supply of inactive gas to a container is stopped if an open state of an inspection door is detected while in a normal stop state in which a stop nullifying command is not issued and in which the supply of the inactive gas based on the immediately preceding supply pattern is continued and any changes, through manual operation, to a parameter that defines the immediately preceding supply pattern are prohibited, if an open state of an inspection door is detected while in a stop nullifying state in which the stop nullifying command is issued.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Masahiro Takahara, Toshihito Ueda
  • Patent number: 8899278
    Abstract: A method for dispensing compressed gas from two or more compressed gas storage volumes to receiving vessel such as vehicle fuel tanks. Control instructions are provided to cycle the compressed gas storage volumes through pressure cycles in a rolling rotating cascading manner such that each of the compressed gas storage volumes cycle from an upper pressure limit to a lower pressure limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Perry Cohen, David John Farese, Ravi Subramanian
  • Patent number: 8875750
    Abstract: A reciprocating compressor comprises a gas inlet section including an inlet gas meter for metering inlet gas from a high pressure storage vessel, a compressor, a valve control panel and storage, a pressure let down that depressurizes the high pressure gas from the high pressure storage vessel to the inlet of the compressor section, a heat exchanger having thermal storage media, and a dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Clean Energy Fuels Corp.
    Inventors: Denis Ding, Mitchell Pratt
  • Patent number: 8869845
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pressurized gas dispensing device such as a tap, which includes a first end, to be placed in the opening of a pressurized gas storage tank, and a second end, including a connection interface selectively connectable to a device for controlling the filling and/or withdrawal of gas from the tank, the dispensing device including an internal gas circuit having an upstream end connecting inside the tank and a downstream end to be connected to said filling and/or withdrawal control device, the internal circuit including in series, upstream to downstream, a pressure regulator and a downstream insulation valve, the portion of the internal circuit located between the pressure regulator and the downstream insulation valve defining a so-called low-pressure chamber, the dispensing device; being characterized in that the connection interface includes at least one safety lock selectively movable between a first rest position, wherein the lock shapes the connection interface into a first configurat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Alessandro Moretti, Philippe Pisot
  • Publication number: 20140290794
    Abstract: A balloon filling device is provided for filling balloons with air or water. The balloon filling device includes a container for holding fluid, a pump mechanism for pressurizing the container and a trigger mechanism for releasing fluid in the container. The trigger mechanism includes a nozzle for attaching and holding a balloon while releasing pressurized air or liquid within the container into the balloon. The pump mechanism includes a pressure relief valve for releasing air back through the pump mechanism to the outside of the container when the container is over-pressurized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Chon Seong Gan
  • Publication number: 20140261867
    Abstract: A method is provided for verifying integrity of a recirculation valve in a recirculation line of an LNG dispenser. The method includes: closing the recirculation valve and a fill valve in a supply line that supplies LNG; monitoring a mass of the LNG flowing through the recirculation line to ensure that the mass flowing therethrough is less than an acceptable threshold; and aborting any pending sales if the mass of the LNG flowing therethrough is not less than the acceptable threshold. According to another embodiment, a method is provided for verifying integrity of a vent valve in an LNG dispenser. The method includes: closing the vent valve and opening a fill valve in a supply line that supplies LNG; monitoring the pressure of the LNG within the fill hose to ensure that the pressure remains steady; and aborting any pending sales if the pressure does not remain steady.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BPC Acquisition Company
    Inventors: Sarah Ann Lambrix, Chad Robert Paffhausen, Adam Kenneth Simon, Jonathan M. Rathbun
  • Publication number: 20140216599
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for testing a hydrogen dispenser is disclosed. The apparatus includes a first tank, a supply channel fluidly coupled to the first tank, the supply channel configured to be fluidly coupled to the hydrogen dispenser, a backpressure system fluidly coupled to the first tank, and a controller operatively coupled to the backpressure system. The controller is configured to receive a target fill profile, and control the backpressure system to effect a fill profile according to the target fill profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Loewenthal
  • Patent number: 8783307
    Abstract: The present invention provides a CNG time fill system having a compression system including a gas dryer and one or more gas compressors, a gas storage system for storing the natural gas, a manifold time fill system for filling a plurality of natural gas vehicles with the natural gas, a pressure transducer or pressure transmitter for detecting the pressure within the manifold time fill system, and an automatic shut off valve for selectively stopping the flow of gas into the manifold time fill system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Clean Energy Fuels Corp.
    Inventor: Denis Ding
  • Publication number: 20140174592
    Abstract: A method and an arrangement for filling a second storage container with compressed hydrogen or helium from a first storage container are described, wherein the first and the second storage containers are connected via at least one line, in which at least one valve is disposed. According to the invention, a switching valve (b, b?, b?) controlled by its own medium or a foreign medium is used as a valve, wherein the set pressure of the switching valve (b, b?, b?) is fixed by the maximum permissible operating pressure of the second storage container (B, B?, B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Adler, Rolf-Harald Helmschrott, Anton Wellenhofer, Helmut Hoennicke, Stefanie Epple, OLof Källgren, Walther Ambros, Wolfgang Dörner
  • Patent number: 8757218
    Abstract: A tire inflation system comprising a tire inflation apparatus having an inflation head, a pressurized gas source, and a controller, with the inflation head being positioned at a tire and wheel assembly inflation location at which a tire and wheel assembly is received to inflate the tire and wheel assembly. The tire and wheel assembly includes a tire pressure monitoring (TPM) valve stem that detects and transmits inflation pressure data of the tire and wheel assembly. The inflation head defines a tire inflation cavity that seals with the tire of the tire and wheel assembly when engaged with the inflation head. Pressurized gas is delivered from the pressurized gas source through an outlet in the tire inflation cavity for inflation of the tire and wheel assembly. The controller receives inflation pressure data from the TPM valve stem and controls operation of the tire inflation apparatus in response thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Burke E. Porter Machinery Company
    Inventors: Mark S. Hoenke, Timothy J. Leep
  • Patent number: 8757223
    Abstract: A hydrogen filling apparatus fills a hydrogen tank, for example, mounted on a fuel cell vehicle with hydrogen stored in a hydrogen storage tank. After the hydrogen tank has started to be filled with hydrogen in a hydrogen filling process, the hydrogen filling process is stopped for a predetermined time, and a temperature and a pressure in the hydrogen tank are detected while the hydrogen filling process is being stopped. Thereafter, a time needed to fill the hydrogen tank with a predetermined amount of hydrogen is calculated based on detected values of the temperature and the pressure, and the calculated time is displayed on a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takuro Uemura
  • Patent number: 8746292
    Abstract: A sealing fluid container assembly (3), connectable to a compressor assembly and to a control circuit of the compressor assembly, has a connecting unit (25) defining a releasable connection to the compressor assembly; and a connecting device (12) for injecting sealing fluid into an inflatable article, and which cooperates releasably with a valve (V) of the inflatable article. More specifically, the container assembly (3) has a sensor carried by the connecting device (12); and at least one electric contact (33) connected to the sensor (12) and cooperating with an electric terminal (24) to transmit a signal from the sensor (12) to the control device when the connecting device (12) is connected to the valve (V); the sensor (12) having a first and a second terminal (40, 39) designed to be short-circuited directly by the valve (V).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: TEK Global S.R.L.
    Inventors: Sergio Lolli, Maurizio Marini
  • Patent number: 8708005
    Abstract: A gas filling system includes a vehicle having a gas tank, and a gas station that supplies the gas tank with gas. The vehicle includes a controller having a filling protocol that specifies a method of control on the gas station side that is used when the gas is filled into the gas tank. The gas station controls filling of the gas into the gas tank according to the filling protocol provided by the controller. A filling protocol specific to the vehicle is used and therefore, it is made possible to perform filling adapted to the gas tank of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Mori
  • Patent number: 8701697
    Abstract: A pneumatic system includes a first line, a second line, and a valve. The first line is configured to be connected to a container, and to convey a flow of gas from a source to the container. The second line is arranged co-axially with the first line and is in communication with gas in the container. The valve is connected in series with the first line, between the source and the container. Furthermore, the valve is in communication with the second line and is configured to control the flow of gas through the first line as a function of a characteristic of the gas in the container, as communicated by the second line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Techmaster Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Radosevic
  • Patent number: 8684044
    Abstract: A supply facility is configured to charge fluid to a tank of a movable object. A charging profile storage unit is provided to the movable object to store a charging profile specifying a charging pressure of fluid in each elapsed time point from a beginning of fluid charge. A charging profile transmission unit is provided to the movable object to transmit the charging profile to the supply facility. A charging profile reception unit is provided to the supply facility to receive a charging profile transmitted from the charging profile transmission unit. A charging pressure control unit is provided to the supply facility to control charging pressure of fluid according to the charging profile when fluid is charged to a movable object, which corresponds to the charging profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Saiki, Ryusuke Ishikawa, Makoto Kawatsu
  • Patent number: 8662235
    Abstract: A multiply-redundant system that prevents a driver from starting and/or moving a vehicle if a compressed natural gas fill system is not correctly and completely disconnected from the vehicle. One or more sensors in combination with one or more optional microswitches combine to lock-out the vehicle's ignition or otherwise prevent it from starting and/or moving. For different levels of safety, different combinations of sensors can be used with the lowest level having a single proximity sensor sensing the presence or absence of a high-pressure fill hose. The highest level of safety being achieved by having separate proximity sensors on the fuel fill hose fitting, the gas cap cover and a manual safety valve along with a redundant microswitch. An optional override that may be restricted as to the number of times it can be used can allow starting with a faulty sensor in order to allow maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel McNicholas
  • Patent number: 8621879
    Abstract: A method of charging or recharging an air conditioning wherein an initial amount of refrigerant is introduced, followed by additional introductions of refrigerant during injection pulses. The pulse periods are adjusted dynamically during the charging/recharging process based on feedback obtained after each pulse related to how much refrigerant was transferred during the previous pulse. Also, a system for implementing the above-mentioned method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions LLC
    Inventors: William Brown, Mark McMasters
  • Patent number: 8602049
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for filling superconductive magnets is disclosed by using gaseous helium to control the flow of liquefied helium from a container to a magnet. By measuring the pressure of the gaseous helium in the container of liquefied helium, it can be determined when to stop the flow of liquefied helium. This can reduce quenches and helium losses which can occur during the transfer of liquid helium from the dewar to the superconductive magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Niels Lose, Rudolf Kawasch, Nicholas Stanier
  • Patent number: 8578977
    Abstract: The invention relates to a gas filling and dispensing device that includes a body to be provided in the opening of a pressurized gas storage tank, a gas tapping circuit extending between a first upstream end to be connected to the inside of the tank and a second downstream end to be connected to a gas user, a filling duct having a first upstream end to be connected to the inside of the tank and a second downstream end to be connected to a filling member, said filling duct including at least one portion distinct from the tapping circuit, and the filling duct including a first valve, characterized in that the filling duct includes a second isolation valve arranged in series with the first valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Société Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procédés Georges Claude
    Inventors: Alessandro Moretti, Philippe Pisot, Maxime Dupont
  • Patent number: 8534327
    Abstract: A gas charging apparatus includes a gas supply source; a fuel gas charging line L connected to the gas supply source, to charge a fuel gas into gas tanks, respectively; a temperature information acquiring section which acquires temperature information in the gas tanks; a pressure information acquiring section which acquires pressure information in the gas tanks; a relation data acquiring section which acquires correspondence relation data indicating a correspondence relation between a temperature and a pressure in the corresponding gas tank; a temperature difference calculating section which calculates a temperature difference between the gas tank having the highest internal temperature and the gas tank having the lowest internal temperature among the plurality of gas tanks; and a control section which performs control so as to stop the charging of the fuel gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shusuke Inagi, Natsuru Miyazaki, Chihiro Uchimura, Akira Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8522835
    Abstract: A hydrogen source comprises a first hydrogen reservoir for containing hydrogen in a first form and a second hydrogen reservoir for containing hydrogen in a second form different from the first form. The hydrogen source comprises a means for converting hydrogen from the first form to hydrogen gas and transferring the hydrogen gas from the first hydrogen reservoir to the second hydrogen reservoir. An interface is provided for transferring hydrogen from the second hydrogen reservoir to a hydrogen reservoir in a portable device. The interface comprises a fluidic coupling. The hydrogen source may be used to provide hydrogen fuel to a wide range of portable devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Société BIC
    Inventors: Gerard F. McLean, Joerg Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 8517062
    Abstract: A method for filling a gas tank at a pressure P2 from at least one gas source at a pressure Pi, P1 being higher than V2, said container and said at least one gas source being connected by a duct allowing the passage of gas from one to the other, the filing being carried out at a flow rate which is, at the end of the filling, lower than the initial flow rate, wherein said method comprises several successive filling steps 1 to i, each of the steps being carried out with a filling flow rate D1 to Di for a time t1 to ti, i being an integer higher than or equal to 2, the flow rate of a step i-1 being higher than the flow rate of the step i,; characterized in that the successive filling steps 1 to i are adapted for producing a controlled heating of the container that maximizes the heat dispersal in said container without increasing the temperature inside the container beyond the maximum accepted temperature for the container, and in that the sum of ti is between 1 and 7 minutes, preferably between 1 min 30 sec and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Laurent Allidieres, Thomas Charbonneau, Sebastian Sequeira, Thomas Vinard
  • Patent number: 8517064
    Abstract: A powder filling apparatus and a powder filling method which enable powder to be densely filled in a short period of time is to be provided. This is a powder filling apparatus having a pressure hopper wherein the pressure hopper has a discharger for discharging powder and a gas inlet positioned above at least the surface of a powder layer formed by the powder in the pressure hopper; the powder layer is so formed as to blockade the discharger in the pressure hopper; in the powder filling apparatus, the inside of the pressure hopper is pressurized by leading in gas through the gas inlet in a state in which the discharger is closed, and the powder layer so formed as to blockade the discharger is discharged by opening the discharger after the pressurization thereby to utilize that pressure to load the powder into the filling container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuo Isomura, Manabu Jimba, Masashi Koseki, Kei Jomen, Yutaka Ban
  • Publication number: 20130160892
    Abstract: A gas filling apparatus comprising a lance and control unit remote from the lance is disclosed. The lance has a dispensing nozzle for dispensing gas through an aperture. The lance additionally has a manually operable switch for sending a signal to the control unit to commence dispensing of gas. The provision of the manually operable switch on the lance should result in less errors being made during the filling process, particularly where a plurality of lances are simultaneously operated by a single operator. The lance may additionally comprise a visual indicator indicating the state reached in the dispensing cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: Malcolm Kemp
  • Patent number: 8424574
    Abstract: A compressed gas transfer system comprising at least one first pressure vessel able to hold a volume of gas; and a first gas line to allow gas to pass out of the at least one first pressure vessel wherein the volume of the first pressure vessel is able to be varied to maintain the gas within the pressure vessel at a constant pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Mosaic Technology Development Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul Anthony Whiteman
  • Patent number: 8418732
    Abstract: Compressed gas delivery system and process for use thereof wherein compressed gases are withdrawn from compressed gas storage vessels, passed through pressure regulated flow control valves and critical flow venturis to control the mass flow rates of the compressed gases forming the blend of the compressed gases prior to dispending the blend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Perry Cohen
  • Patent number: 8360112
    Abstract: The inventive method for filling a pressure gas container from a gas source pressure with a high pressure for a predetermined filling time selected or calculated prior to filling and at a determined temperature consists in forming a connection in the form of a fluid passage between the source and container, in carrying out a plurality of the passage opening-closing sequences during predetermined sub-intervals of the predetermined filling time, wherein the curve of a current pressure in the container follows, according to a time, a theoretical straight line linking the pressure measured prior to filling and after thereof during the filling time, the predetermined filling time is subdivided into a number of the time sub-intervals ranging from two to several hundreds and having respective determined duration, preferably ranging from 5 and 20 seconds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Laurent Allidieres, Jaya-Sitra Pregassame, Thomas Charbonneau
  • Patent number: 8286675
    Abstract: Method for dispensing a gas comprising (a) providing a gas storage system containing pressurized gas and having at least first and second gas storage volumes, first and second flow control valves in flow communication with the first and second gas storage volumes, respectively, wherein each flow control valve is initially closed, and wherein the first gas storage volume has a smaller volumetric capacity than the second gas storage volume; (b) selecting a reference temperature; (c) measuring the ambient temperature; (d) providing a gas receiving vessel and placing it in flow communication with each flow control valve and with the gas storage system; and (e) initiating delivery of the gas by (i) opening the first flow control valve when the ambient temperature is equal to or greater than the reference temperature or (ii) opening the second flow control valve when the ambient temperature is less than the reference temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: David John Farese, Joseph Perry Cohen
  • Publication number: 20120216910
    Abstract: There is disclosed a gas charging apparatus including a gas supply source 10; a fuel gas charging line L connected to the gas supply source 10, to charge a fuel gas into gas tanks, respectively; a temperature information acquiring section 48 which acquires temperature information in the gas tanks; a pressure information acquiring section 49 which acquires pressure information in the gas tanks; a relation data acquiring section 47 which acquires correspondence relation data indicating a correspondence relation between a temperature and a pressure in the corresponding gas tank, in a case where a beforehand acquired state of charge of the gas tank becomes a target state of charge; a temperature difference calculating section 52 which calculates, in accordance with the temperature information, a temperature difference between the gas tank having the highest internal temperature and the gas tank having the lowest internal temperature among the plurality of gas tanks; and a control section 55 which performs control
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Shusuke Inagi, Natsuru Miyazaki, Chihiro Uchimura, Akira Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8251111
    Abstract: A balloon inflator includes a nozzle adaptor configured to fit over an outlet of an inflation nozzle. A nozzle receipt is provided by the balloon inflator housing to selectively receive the nozzle adaptor and a switch is provided at the nozzle receipt. The nozzle adaptor is adapted to trigger the switch when received at the nozzle receipt. The switch controls the power supplied to the motor, such that different motor operating parameters are realized when the switch is triggered and when the switch is not triggered. In a particular embodiment, the nozzle adaptor includes vent channels that exhaust a portion of the air to the atmosphere when a balloon is fitted over the alternate outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Premium Balloon Accessories, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Nelson, Martin A. Meluch, Valent L. Meluch, Wesley A. Schroeder