With Mechanical Agitator Or Movable Separator Patents (Class 210/179)
  • Patent number: 10960324
    Abstract: A container for receiving and holding effluent water containing oil/grease to be removed has sectional covers. A main sectional cover supports a partially immersed rotatable disk; a drive on the main sectional cover rotates the disk; a trough on the main sectional cover straddles the disk; and a blade on the trough scrapes a side of the disk, to direct oil and grease from the disk along the scraper blade along the trough for collection in a storage container. Efficiencies of construction of the sectional covers, disk and a sensor probe are disclosed. Also disclosed are apparatus, system and methods for a sealed container for receiving and holding effluent water containing oil/grease to be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Thermaco, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Batten, Randolph Batten, Travis McBride
  • Patent number: 10765965
    Abstract: Novel thermal evaporative processes for the recovery of heat-sensitive constituents, raw essential oil concentrates, and other compounds from plant biomass material are disclosed, as are systems for implementing such processes. Particularly, the processes include a solvent-less process for either batch-wise or continuous removal and recovery of refined oils, such as volatile aroma components and heavier oils, from plant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Loxley Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Raechel Sherwood, Steven Sherwood, Reese Cullimore, Greg Mehos
  • Patent number: 10470442
    Abstract: A honey collection and extraction system includes a honey collection assembly including a housing, a helical honey frame, at least one top brood box, at least one bottom brood box, a first queen excluder, a second queen excluder and a plurality of gears; and honey extraction assembly including a helical body, a head attachment having a honeycomb cutting apparatus, an extraction pipe and a power source. The honey collection and extraction system is useful for providing improved honey collection means and a means for time efficient, no-mess honey extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Francis Bernard Schulte
  • Patent number: 10293274
    Abstract: A system and method of extracting essential oils from plant material through the use of a low pressure alcohol-based closed system that includes a solvent chamber connected to a material column that is, in turn, connected to a kettle. Plant material in the material column and the solvent in the solvent chamber are cooled using a cooling liquid, such as nitrogen. A vacuum pump connected to the kettle creates a vacuum in the kettle to draw the cooled solvent through the cooled plant material and extract essential oils, which are collected in the kettle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Casey Steele
  • Patent number: 9656894
    Abstract: Method and system for extracting and recovering hydrocarbons from wastewater and treating the water to improve its condition. A series of specific unit operations result in the extraction of hydrocarbons, solids and contaminants and the treatment of water to a condition which is fit for re-use or environmentally sustainable discharge. Phase separation between the water and hydrocarbons is effected using flotation techniques followed by collection of the hydrocarbons using a movable collection surface. The aqueous phase is processed by multiple filtration steps. The result is significant extraction and recovery of hydrocarbons and conservation of water for re-use or discharge to the environment in a process which is continuous and scalable for large or small operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventors: Jason Snydmiller, Stuart Snydmiller
  • Patent number: 9357787
    Abstract: A baking device is provided. The baking device includes a housing enclosing a baking compartment and an air handling compartment, the air handling compartment and the baking compartment being separated by a pressure panel that defines a rear wall of the baking compartment, the pressure panel including an aperture allowing fluid communication between the baking and air handling compartments. A blower wheel is mounted in conjunction with the aperture, such that rotation of the blower wheel urges air movement from the baking compartment and into the air handling compartment. A secondary blower is arranged in fluid communication with the air handling compartment, wherein operation of the secondary blower urges ambient air into the air handling compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: MIDDLEBY MARSHALL HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Matthew E. Deming, Mark E. Halpin, Sarah J. Tresser
  • Patent number: 9138508
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel methods of forming mineralized gelatin carriers from bone. The present invention further provides mineralized gelatin carriers themselves; bone products that include such mineralized gelatin carriers including DBM bone products; and kits that include mineralized gelatin carriers formed from bone. The present invention further provides methods for making DBM bone products, wherein both the DBM and a mineralized gelatin carrier for the DBM are derived independently from a bone lot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Borden
  • Publication number: 20150122498
    Abstract: A wastewater concentrator a liquid evaporator assembly, a gas-liquid separator, an exhaust assembly, and a flowback water concentrating system. The flowback water concentrating system includes a settling tank fluidly connected to the gas-liquid separator and a supernatant liquid concentration sensor for measuring a concentration of dissolved solids in the supernatant liquid in the settling tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Bernard F. Duesel, JR., Michael J. Rutsch, Craig Clerkin
  • Publication number: 20150111151
    Abstract: Processes for continuously coalescing particles from an aggregated particle slurry are disclosed. An aggregated particle slurry is further heated in a first heat exchanger, and the heated slurry then flows through a residence time reactor. The slurry, now containing coalesced particles, then flows through a second heat exchanger and is quenched. The recovered coalesced particle slurry is then suitable for washing and drying. No moving parts are needed in this system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David John William Lawton, David R. Kurceba, Edward Graham Zwartz, Daniel McDougall McNeil
  • Publication number: 20150008190
    Abstract: A stream processing system, where the stream comprises a glycol based hydrate inhibitor and a kinetic hydrate inhibitor (KHI) is provided. The system comprises a thermal oxidation unit (31) and a processing unit comprising a stream inlet(9), a fluid inlet (11) and a mixture outlet (15) in fluid communication with the thermal oxidation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Kolbjorn Moen, Aitziber Sanchez Calvo
  • Publication number: 20140367339
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for removing solids and particulates from fluid by magnetic separation. First and second spaced rotatable drums move a closed loop belt. A portion of the belt is disposed in contact with the fluid flowing through a fluid passage disposed adjacent to a circumferential portion of the first rotatable drum where solids and particulates in the fluid are attracted to the belt by magnetic attraction from a magnetic source within the first rotatable drum. A wiper scrapes the solids deposited on the belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Hesham Ahmed Awadalla
  • Publication number: 20140251903
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improving the results of anaerobic digestion of organic waste especially animal manure such as chicken manure by removing the grit in the waste. by digesting the waste in a slurry at a temperature of 50 degrees C. or more for a period of time sufficient for the grit to settle out of the slurry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Chia Hsing Shih
  • Publication number: 20140238916
    Abstract: A liquid concentrator having an evaporator assembly and a cyclonic separator includes features designed to improve the performance of the liquid concentrator. A settling chamber is separated from a sump of the cyclonic separator. A liquid inlet opening into a mixing chamber of the evaporator injects wastewater at low pressures. Features to aid in the cleaning of the liquid concentrator include easy open doors and clean water injection ports for cleaning interior portions of the liquid concentrator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: HEARTLAND TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS LLC
    Inventor: Bernard F. Duesel, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140110320
    Abstract: A continuous flow dryer system according to various embodiments can include a source for supplying a material to be treated having a high moisture content, such as a distiller wet grain, a profile screw compression dryer, a profile screw, and a drive coupled to the profile screw for axially rotating the profile screw. The profile screw compression dryer includes an inlet for receiving the material for drying, which is fed therein in a controlled manner. The profile screw is provided within the housing of the dryer. The profile screw has a diameter that increases in dimension in a direction away from the inlet for increasing the compressive force applied to the material to assist with drying as the profile screw rotates and moves the material longitudinally along the profile screw to produce a final product, for example, a distiller dried grain for use as an animal feed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Thomas
  • Patent number: 8668886
    Abstract: A bioreactor that combines the steps of recombinant expression and separation of a biological product by binding the secreted biological product with a resin, discarding the nutrient medium and eluting the biological product as a concentrated solution, eliminating the steps of sterile filtration and volume reduction. The method also allows loading of resin for column-purification, eliminating all steps of perfusion process and maintaining a sink condition of a toxic product in nutrient medium to optimize productivity of host cells. The instant invention also allows harvesting of solubilized inclusion bodies after the cells have been lysed and refolding of proteins inside the bioreactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Therapeutic Proteins International, LLC
    Inventor: Sarfaraz Niazi
  • Publication number: 20140033776
    Abstract: Sludge from an anaerobic digester is treated to recover one or more of fibers, or solids or liquids with a high nutrient content. The solids or liquids can be used as a fertilizer. The fibers can be used in a plant growing medium. Solids are separated from liquids in the sludge and dried. The solids may be dried to produce a flake or pellet. Ammonia in the liquids is recovered and used to produce a concentrated acidic ammonium salt solution. This solution may be mixed with the solids to produce a nitrogen enhanced solid. The fibers and solids or liquids can also be used in combination to produce an enhanced plant growing medium. A device and process for removing ammonia from a liquid can be used in the system or separately.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: ANAERGIA INC.
    Inventors: Juan Carlos Josse, Andrew Benedek, Michael David Theodoulou, Zachary Scott
  • Patent number: 8603336
    Abstract: A method for transferring heat includes flowing a wastewater through a tank and flowing a fluid through a heat exchanger having an outer surface. The method further includes aerating the wastewater to produce a convective flow, contacting the outer surface of the heat exchanger with the convective flow to exchange heat, and cleaning the outer surface of the heat exchanger with the convective flow. A system for transferring heat includes a tank, a heat exchanger with an outer surface disposed in the tank, and a fluid flowing through the heat exchanger. Wastewater located in the tank flows over the outer surface of the heat exchanger, and a diffusion pipe disposed in the tank provides air into the tank to produce a convective flow in the wastewater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Huber SE
    Inventor: Christian Frommann
  • Publication number: 20130199972
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a filtration apparatus for filtering and separating solids from liquids comprising at least one liquid-permeable, continuously or intermittently drivable filter belt, an intake for charging the liquid/solid mixture to be filtered onto the filter belt in a charging zone and a belt cleaner for removing the solids deposited at the filter belt from a belt section conveyed out of the charging zone in an expulsion zone. In accordance with the invention, the belt cleaner has at least one rotatingly drivable brush with which a brush cleaner having a scraper is associated which is arranged in the path of the bristles of the rotating brush. The rotating brush efficiently removes the deposited solids from the filter belt, while the scraper of the brush cleaner simultaneously ensures that the dissolved solids do not settle at the brush and clog it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: GALA INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Eloo, Andre Rosengaertner
  • Publication number: 20130126433
    Abstract: Water treatment apparatus, including: a ceramic filter; and a flow apparatus operable to pass water through the ceramic filter in a forward direction so as to filter the water, the flow apparatus also operable to pass water through the ceramic filter in a reverse direction so as to remove material from the ceramic filter, whereby material having been deposited by filtration of the water is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: HYDRASYST PTY LTD
    Inventor: Kyle Anthony Wolff
  • Publication number: 20120305484
    Abstract: Synthesis and use of a new class of polymeric materials with favorable separation characteristics for the dehydration of ethanol and other organic solvents is described herein. The thermally rearranged (TR) polybenzoxazole (PBO), polybenzimidazole (PBI) and polybenzothiazole (PBT) membranes of the present invention can be used for the dehydration of ethanol during processing to fuel grade biodiesel by either pervaporation or vapor permeation. The unique microstructure of the membranes provides excellent separation characteristics, and this, coupled with their inherent thermal and chemical stability, enables their usage in other separations, such as the dehydration of other organic solvents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Benny D. Freeman, Donald R. Paul, Katrina Czenkusch, Claudio P. Ribeiro, JR., Chaoyi Ba
  • Publication number: 20120301800
    Abstract: A centrifugal filter apparatus including a canister housing having a frusto-conical internal surface, and outlet adjacent the minor diameter of the internal surface and an inlet spaced axially toward a major diameter, a central annular filter element and centrifugal radial rotating fins extending radially from adjacent the external surface of the filter element to adjacent the generally frusto-conical internal surface of the canister having a generally frusto-conical outer surface conforming to the frusto-conical internal surface of the canister. In one embodiment, the filter apparatus includes a plurality of reaction canisters, where the outlet of the first canister is the inlet of the second canister and the radial fins drive reaction products from the first canister to the second canister.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Bayne Carew
  • Publication number: 20120273429
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plant for separating grinding slurry originating from grinding machines into metal chips and grinding oil. According to the invention, a carrier bowl (3) in a frame (1) is filled with a divided volume of the grinding slurry (10). The carrier bowl (3) has a perforated plate (4) having an edge (5) as a floor and a sieve-like intermediate floor (8). By means of a lifting device (2), the carrier bowl (3) is moved to the effective region of an inductor plate (9) serving as a heater. The induction heat heats the ferromagnetic steel or iron particles present in the grinding slurry (10). Said heating effects a reduction in viscosity of the grinding oil in the grinding slurry (10), from which substantial portions flow downward through the openings (6) or (7). In certain cases, the effect can be improved by placing a steel plate on the free surface (16) of the grinding slurry layer (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Erwin Junker
  • Patent number: 8283295
    Abstract: Precipitation vessel for precipitation of flocculants from lubricating oil includes a hollow housing having an interior volume capable of containing oil; an entry port capable of allowing oil to enter into the interior volume; a stirrer capable of stirring contained oil; a heater capable of heating the contained oil; a product exit port capable of allowing oil to exit the interior volume; an upper exterior access port; and a lower exterior access port. Contaminated lubricating oil can be cleaned from solid particulates by a method of providing a vessel for containing oil; providing contaminated lubricating oil to the vessel; contacting the contaminated lubricating oil with a coagulant, and, maintaining the resulting mixture at a mildly elevated temperature throughout the vessel, inducing flocculation of solid particles and settlement of flocculated particles under low thermo-current, if not thermo-current-free, conditions; and drawing off lubricating oil cleaned from settled flocculated solid particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Tajwar Shadikhan
  • Publication number: 20120228203
    Abstract: A device for isolating a component of a multi-component composition. The device includes a housing, a chamber, and a withdrawal port. The chamber is rotatably mounted within the housing. The chamber includes a chamber base and a sidewall. The side wall extends from the chamber base. At least a portion of the sidewall is defined by a filter that permits passage of a first component of the multi-component composition out of the chamber through the filter and to the housing base. The filter restricts passage of a second component of the multi-component composition through the filter. The withdrawal port extends from a position proximate to the housing base to an exterior of the device. The withdrawal port permits the withdrawal of the first component from the housing base to an exterior of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: Biomet Biologics, LLC
    Inventors: Barry F. Hecker, Michael D. Leach
  • Patent number: 8197693
    Abstract: Sea water is not suitable for human consumption. Naturally present dissolved chemicals in sea water make it inconsumable. The precipitants and dissolved chemicals need to be separated from water to make it consumable. A combination of aeration system, filtration system, crystallizer, hydrophobic membrane carrying filter and pressure retarded osmosis system are used in various combination to desalinate the sea water. Pressure retarded osmosis process is also used to produce pressurized diluted brine which is further decompressed to by the turbine and used by the generators to produce electricity. Various heat exchange apparatus are used for energy conservation and efficient processing of water in a feasible way. The disclosure enables to purify water and provide an economical means for producing electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: King Abdulazia City for Science and Technology (KACST)
    Inventor: Saad A Al-Jlil
  • Patent number: 8173014
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for hydrolyzing protein-containing raw material into water soluble protein and other products. The apparatuses and methods include an optional collection or processing stage in which protein-containing raw material, such as fish or animal carcasses from food production plants, are collected and optionally processed. The raw material is then reacted with one or more enzymes to hydrolyze the protein present, after which the one or more enzymes are inactivated and the components separated. The processes and apparatuses, which can be run as a batch processes or, advantageously as a continuous processes, can yield water soluble protein, oils, bone meal and other products that have utility as food or food additives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Marine Bioproducts AS
    Inventors: Stig Soerensen, Kjartan Sandnes, Harald Hagen, Karstein Pedersen
  • Publication number: 20110210052
    Abstract: A system and method for degassing a cavitation fluid is provided. The cavitation system of the invention includes a cavitation chamber with one or more cavitation drivers and a degassing system coupled to the chamber. One or more heaters, such as resistive heaters, are coupled to an external surface of the cavitation chamber such that heat from the heaters is transmitted through the wall of the cavitation chamber and into localized regions of the cavitation fluid contained within the cavitation chamber. The heater or heaters increase the temperature of the localized regions of the cavitation fluid to a temperature above the boiling temperature of the cavitation fluid, thereby creating vapor bubbles which capture gas trapped within the cavitation fluid through a rectified diffusion process. A cavitation fluid cooler can be used to insure that the average temperature of the cavitation fluid is below that of the boiling temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventor: Ross Alan Tessien
  • Publication number: 20110203999
    Abstract: A method of separating a mixture of liquid and insoluble solids in a filter press may comprise: diluting the mixture; adding a flocculating agent to the diluted mixture and stirring to form a chemically processed mixture; pumping the chemically processed mixture into a chamber between two filter plates in the filter press to form a filter cake, wherein the chamber is lined by filter cloths, and wherein, during the pumping, filtrate is forced through the filter cloths and out of the chamber; heating the filter cake in the chamber, wherein, during the heating, filtrate is forced through the filter cloths and out of the chamber; and releasing dried filter cake from the chamber. During the heating, the chamber may be vacuum pumped to facilitate removal of water vapor. Furthermore, before the diluting, additional solids may be added to the mixture. The method may be used to dewater drilling mud, and mixtures of drilling mud with drill cuttings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Daniel J. Simpson, Ferdinand Kogler
  • Publication number: 20110198286
    Abstract: A bioreactor that combines the steps of recombinant expression and separation of a biological product by binding the secreted biological product with a resin, discarding the nutrient medium and eluting the biological product as a concentrated solution, eliminating the steps of sterile filtration and volume reduction. The method also allows loading of resin for column-purification, eliminating all steps of perfusion process and maintaining a sink condition of a toxic product in nutrient medium to optimize productivity of host cells. The instant invention also allows harvesting of solubilized inclusion bodies after the cells have been lysed and refolding of proteins inside the bioreactor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: Therapeutic Proteins Inc
    Inventor: Sarfaraz K. Niazi
  • Patent number: 7988869
    Abstract: A reactor for treating with pressurized water a material in a fluid reaction medium. It comprises a body (2) delimiting a reaction area (10), an inlet (48) for the material to be treated in the reaction area (10), a point (46) for introducing an oxidant into the reaction area (10), at least one outlet for the treated material outside the reaction area (10), the material to be treated follows a path defined in the reaction area between its inlet and its outlet. The point (46) for introducing the oxidant in the reaction area (10) is located downstream from the inlet (48) for the material and is spaced apart from the latter by a certain distance so as to define an anoxic area (20) comprised between the inlet for the material to be treated and the point for introducing the oxidant, an area in which the fluid medium is in anoxia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique
    Inventors: Hubert-Alexandre Turc, Christophe Joussot-Dubien
  • Patent number: 7955476
    Abstract: A multiple application recycling and purification device has a coaxial core that is horizontally oriented, non-rotating, cylindrical distillation chamber. The enhanced, completely coaxial configuration continuously cleans the entire distillation chamber and spreads a thin film of liquid to enhance distillation and positively aid in the removal of remaining contaminants. Through a timed and positioned valve, the device removes and purges lower-temperature contaminants. Timed valves and sensors control all phases of the distillation to provide a coaxially integrated, stand-alone, adaptable, scalable and maintenance free distillation unit that self-monitors, self-cleans and economically functions to produce the pure distilled liquid, e.g., water. This device can be modified to purify any numerous array of liquids and can be scaled to produce any amount of purified liquids for either household, commercial, or industrial applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Mansur Corporation
    Inventor: Pierre G. Mansur
  • Publication number: 20110108491
    Abstract: The present application relates to systems and methods for the desalination of water. The systems and methods receive source water containing particles therein from a source of water such as, for example, the ocean. The source water may be pre-treated to remove suspensions and/or sub-micron organics in the source water. The source water is used to generate supercritical water having a pressure and temperature above a critical pressure and a critical temperature, respectively. The supercritical water is run through a spiral separator to generate effluent water and waste water containing aggregated particles therein. Energy may be recovered from the effluent water and used to generate additional supercritical water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Meng H. Lean, Jeonggi Seo, Armin R. Volkel
  • Patent number: 7935251
    Abstract: A facility for treating solid and liquid waste includes a receiving station, a screening station, a preprocessing station, an alkali mixing station, a press station and a processing station. The screening station is connected to an inlet capable of receiving liquid and solid waste and includes a screen for capturing at least some of the solid waste. The preprocessing station is in fluid communication with the screening station, and includes a degrit chamber for settling out an additional amount of the solids. The alkali mixing station includes an alkali for mixing with the waste to stabilize the waste at a predetermined pH level. The press station receives the stabilized waste and includes a press for separating out an additional portion of the solids. The processing station includes at least one aerobic microorganism generating unit for converting nitrites into nitrogen gas and consuming carbon-based waste material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Big Fish Environmental, LLC
    Inventor: John W. Campbell
  • Publication number: 20110089013
    Abstract: An apparatus of produced water treatment, to be adopted in an in-situ recovery method of producing bitumen from oil sand, the apparatus capable of removing the oil from produced water, the produced water of being left by separating the bitumen from bitumen-mixed fluid having been recovered from the oil sand, the apparatus having: a vessel for receiving the produced water; a submerge type filtration membrane module, installed in the vessel, for filtering the produced water in the condition of the membrane being submerged in the produced water; and a bubble generator for generating bubbles to be forwarded toward the submerged filtration membrane in the produced water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Masaaki Sakurai, Hiroaki Ikebe, Hiroshi Yokohata, Toru Morita, Kiyoshi Ida
  • Publication number: 20110068063
    Abstract: One or more apparatuses for removing hydrocarbons and contaminates are provided. The apparatus for removing hydrocarbons and contaminates can include a hopper in communication with a material moving device. The material moving device can be at least partially disposed within a trough. An injection port can be disposed in the trough. A separation tank can be communication with the material moving device, and the separation tank can be in fluid communication with a scalper, a shaker screen, a screen, a hydrocyclone, a dewatering centrifuge, a clarifying tank, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: Doug Mallonee, Edward Beverly Moe
  • Publication number: 20100314313
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein provide methods and apparatus for releasing treated wastewater into the environment by combining the treated wastewater with a concentrated salty water before discharging the combined water into the environment. The treated wastewater and concentrated salty water may be combined in a ratio that will be less toxic to at least some resident marine life than the treated wastewater alone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: Peter MacLaggan
  • Publication number: 20100219128
    Abstract: A dehydration system has improved membrane performance. The dehydration system includes a dehydrating apparatus 1 comprising, in a dehydrating apparatus body, a water separation membrane module in which a water separation membrane having at least one flow path extending in the up and down direction to cause a liquid 50 to pass through is provided with a liquid inlet at the bottom thereof and a liquid outlet at the top thereof; and a shell 11 defined by the outer surface of the water separation membrane module and the inner wall of the dehydrating apparatus body, wherein water in the liquid permeates the water separation membrane while the liquid rises in the water separation membrane, and moves in the shell, whereby the liquid is dehydrated; a pressure reducing device 13 for reducing the pressure of the shell 11; a pressure device for pressurizing the liquid before the liquid is fed to the water separation membrane module; and a heating device for heating the pressurized liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshio Seiki, Atsuhiro Yukumoto, Hiroyuki Osora, Haruaki Hirayama
  • Publication number: 20100176042
    Abstract: A liquid concentrating device includes a gas inlet, a gas exit and a flow corridor connecting the gas inlet and a gas exit. The flow corridor includes a narrowed portion that accelerates the gas through the flow corridor. A liquid inlet injects liquid into the gas stream at a point prior to the narrowed portion. The gas liquid combination is thoroughly mixed within the flow corridor and a portion of the liquid is evaporated. A demister downstream of the narrowed portion removes entrained liquid droplets from the gas stream and re-circulates the removed liquid to the liquid inlet through a re-circulating circuit. Fresh liquid is introduced into the re-circulating circuit at a rate sufficient to offset the amount of liquid evaporated in the flow corridor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Bernard F. Duesel, JR., Michael J. Rutsch
  • Publication number: 20100130387
    Abstract: A method is provided of recycling and decontaminating oil-based waste drilling mud and cuttings contaminated with oil-based waste drilling mud. A facility for performing the method is also provided. The method includes removing the coarse solids from the mud, breaking the emulsion, and separating the hydrophobic phase from the water phase and the solid phase. The solids may then be treated by either or both of two approaches. One approach involves vaporizing all residual oil and water from the solids, and burning off the vaporized oil. Another approach involves at least partially vaporizing the residual oil from the solids and recondensing the oil. The method produces a solid “soil” product that is free from oil contamination (or is sufficiently decontaminated to allow reuse), an oil product that is fit for reuse, and clean air emissions. A thermal desorber or a soil dryer can be used to efficiently vaporize the oil at low temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: ARKANSAS RECLAMATION CO., LLC
    Inventors: Richard T. Davis, Thomas P. Jones, Charles R. Richesin
  • Publication number: 20100089835
    Abstract: The invention relates particularly to an equipment for processing fatty waste (1) essentially comprising a fatty fraction (11), an aqueous fraction (12), and a residual fraction (13), wherein said equipment includes at least one boiler (2), a station (3) for collecting waste (1), a fractioning station (4), a loop including a duct (5) having a constant utility volume for the waste (1) flow between the collecting station (3) and the fractioning station (4), and at least one heat exchanger (61-63) for heating the waste. According to the invention, each heat exchanger (61-63) is mounted on said duct (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Fabrice Lefebvre, Dominique Helaine, Tristan Robino, Frédéric Vernhes
  • Patent number: 7678267
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for thermally purifying waste water, comprising a tank through which waste water can flow. The inventive device is characterized by having at least one flow guiding means for guiding the waste water inside the tank in an essentially meandering manner, and by having at least one heating means inside the tank for regulating a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Ami-Agrolinz Melamine International GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Ruech, Christoph Neumuller, Frank Schroder
  • Publication number: 20090308817
    Abstract: A method is provided for both dewatering and drying solid-liquid mixtures and a device is provided designed as a filter press drier for the application of the method. The filter press drier is equipped with a defined number of metal heating chamber filter plates (1) and/or membrane heating chamber filter plates (2) arranged next and/or in parallel to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventors: Willy Mützenberg, Egon Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20090308820
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for water purification. Embodiments can generally be applied to demister cyclones (6). Some embodiments allow for more of the pressure change which occurs in demister cyclones to occur in the separating chamber (19) of the demister cyclone. Some embodiments include a demister cyclone having an internal perforated wall (52). Some embodiments include a groove (103) or a baffle (102) on the underside of a boiler cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventors: Eugene Thiers, Richard J. Deep, Douglas Michael Thom
  • Patent number: 7611625
    Abstract: A system and method for oxidizing a feed material includes a reactor vessel that forms an enclosed chamber. The vessel includes a port for introducing the feed material into the chamber where it can be oxidized to create salts and particulates, together with a fluid effluent. After their creation, the salts and particulates flow into a brine pool maintained within the chamber. Thereafter, brine, including salts and particulates, can be removed from the chamber through a vessel outlet. Further, the vessel includes a fluid effluent discharge pipe extending from outside the vessel, through the brine pool, into the chamber. As a result of this structure, the fluid effluent can be separated from the salts and particulates and discharged from the chamber through the pipe, passing through the brine pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: General Atomics
    Inventors: David A. Hazlebeck, John L. Perlman
  • Patent number: 7560026
    Abstract: A digester processes animal waste and other organic matter by accelerating the natural bacterial process of digestion. This is achieved by constructing a system that mimics the natural physical dimensions and properties of a mammal's digestive tract and then accelerates the process through the selective breeding of aggressive bacteria to promote the digestion. Examples of suitable waste include but are by no means limited to animal waste, industrial waste, spent barley, kitchen waste and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Inventor: Keith Wilson
  • Publication number: 20090145860
    Abstract: A fluid-contactor includes a rotatable platform arranged to rotate about a predetermined axis. The platform has a channel extending generally in a spiral about the axis. The channel has at least a first aperture for the output of a first fluid, and at least a second aperture distant from the axis for the output of a second, more dense, fluid. The platform is arranged to rotate at an angular velocity sufficient to move second fluid within the channel towards the second aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2005
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Raymond William Kenneth Allen, Jordan MacLeod Macinnes, Geoffrey Hugh Priestman
  • Publication number: 20090120836
    Abstract: A method for separating hydrocarbons from Slurry Oil Cat' Fine Bottoms (SOCFBs) comprising the steps of removing SOCFBs from a slurry oil storage tank and combining the SOCFBs with diluent and water in a Feed Preparation Vessel (FPV) and transferring the SOCFB and water emulsion to a Feed Processing Unit (FPU) in which the SCDM settles into a hydrocarbon layer, an emulsion layer and a water layer containing catalyst particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: Larry J. Weber
  • Publication number: 20090101556
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reactor and a method for decalcifying water and simultaneous removal of pollutants as well as reduction of the turbidity and disinfection. Such a reactor and method are known from DE 102 47 686.1. Compared with this state of the art, the invention intends to design the reactor and the method in such a way that they can be used for all ways of working and orders of magnitude as far as possible. In other words: the greatest possible variability with regard to process guidance and the quantities of water to be treated is to be achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventor: Massoud Karimnia
  • Publication number: 20090050561
    Abstract: A system and method for processing wastewater into usable water is provided. The method comprises: receiving a supply of wastewater; passing the wastewater into a refractory vessel having a heat generator associated therewith; increasing the temperature of the wastewater to a predetermined temperature using the heat generator for a predetermined amount of time to produce heated exhaust gases containing at least one product gas and water vapor; separating the at least one product gas and water vapor; and condensing the water vapor to produce usable water. The system comprises a refractory vessel defining a heat processing zone, a heat generator that is used to increase the temperature of the wastewater to produce a heated exhaust gas containing at least one product gas and water vapor, a scrubber to separate the product gases and the water vapor, and a condenser to condense the water vapor into usable water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: Jon Inman Sattler
  • Publication number: 20090032458
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a facility for conversion of organic waste into biogas, i.e. a methane containing gas, with an improved efficiency and economy. The method comprises three consecutive steps of: i) digestion of the organic waste in a first reactor; ii) hydrolysis of the digested organic waste in an anaerobic hydrolysis tank; and iii) digestion of the hydrolyzed organic waste in a second reactor; wherein evolved gases are removed from the anaerobic hydrolysis tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: Bio-Circuit ApS
    Inventors: Jan Jensen, Preben Jensen