Recirculation Patents (Class 210/194)
  • Patent number: 10730773
    Abstract: An aerated wetland system used for wastewater treatment is disclosed. The system includes a main frame with an entrance and an output opening. The wastewater is entered into the system with maximum velocity via the entrance and via a racetrack. The racetrack comprises an agitated flow pattern with a plurality of baffles along the longitudinal axis of the racetrack to deflect the wastewater and create turbulent flow into the wastewater. The racetrack further includes at least four intersecting sections. The at least two intersecting sections include washed soils and an aeration system and other two intersecting sections include washed soils and a plurality of wetland plants respectively, thereby subjecting the influent wastewater to anaerobic and aerobic conditions respectively, along the racetrack to effectively purify and treat volatile compounds in the influent wastewater. The outlet opening directs out effluent wastewater from the aerated wetland system via the effluent device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Mohammad Hosein Mozaffari, Ehsan Shafiepour, Scott Wallace, Gholamreza Rakhshandehroo, Ahmad Mirbagheri Firozabad
  • Patent number: 10717960
    Abstract: This patent document relates to the field of biotechnological apparatuses. It relates particularly to a biotechnological apparatus comprising a bioreactor, an exhaust gas temperature control device and a method for treating an exhaust gas stream. This patent document further relates to a connection device for a sterile single-use fluid conduit of a single-use bioreactor and to a method for treating a fluid stream. The reusable connection device comprises a receptacle in which a portion of the fluid conduit can be detachably arranged, and a coupling member connecting the connection device to a temperature control device, the receptacle having a contact surface which is arranged such that the contact surface abuts a fluid conduit arranged in the receptacle, and wherein a portion of a fluid conduit can be introduced into the receptacle in a direction running substantially orthogonally to a longitudinal axis of the connection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: DASGIP INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Arnold, Heinz Gerhard Köhn, Nico Gülzow, Sven Eikelmann, Guido Ertel, Sebastian Selzer
  • Patent number: 10683162
    Abstract: A sludge digester including a vessel and floating cover. The vessel includes a sidewall and an interior volume configured to receive and contain sludge. According to one embodiment, the cover comprises a frame structure that is constructed and arranged to form a skirt member formed at a periphery of the cover and extending downwardly into the vessel, and a continuous ballast ring attached to a lower portion of the skirt member and configured to form a trough member with an interior surface of the skirt member. The sludge digester may also include a guide system coupled to the sidewall and the skirt member and configured to allow vertical displacement of the cover with change in volume of at least one of a gas and a sludge contained in the vessel beneath the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Matthew P. Bronk, Douglas N. Muller, Thomas Mangione
  • Patent number: 10501491
    Abstract: A method for purifying a polypeptide by ion exchange chromatography is described in which a gradient wash is used to resolve a polypeptide of interest from one or more contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Genentech, Inc.
    Inventors: Jefferson C. Emery, Paul J. McDonald, Rhona O'Leary
  • Patent number: 10399873
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for removing fine particulate matter from a fluid, comprising a separator that separates an inflow fluid stream into an overflow fluid path and an underflow fluid path, where the underflow fluid path is treated with a tethering material that attaches to the coarse particulate matter to form tether-bearing anchor particles and where the overflow fluid path is treated with an activating material so that the activating material interacts with the fine particulate matter to form activated particles. After these treatments, the underflow fluid path containing the tether-bearing anchor particles is commingled with the overflow fluid path containing the activated particles, so that a removable complex is produced that can be removed in a settling facility, thereby removing the fine particulate matter from the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Soane Mining, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick D. Kincaid, Robert P. Mahoney, David S. Soane
  • Patent number: 10196291
    Abstract: Tertiary wastewater treatment wherein a tank is divided into a primary separation chamber, an aerobic chamber, and a clarifier chamber. Media are preferably disposed in the aerobic chamber and most preferably, the media can be contained in one or more porous containers. A recirculation path is preferably provided between the aerobic chamber and the primary separation chamber. In one embodiment, the recirculation between the two chambers can be powered by an air lift pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Adelante Consulting, Inc.
    Inventors: Virginia Lynne Smith, Charles Joseph English, Jennifer Leigh Pope
  • Patent number: 10190188
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for mixing a suspension. The suspension may optionally have a low liquid viscosity. The suspension may, optionally, include a metallurgy solvent extraction (SX) mixture. The system and method may be at an industrial scale. In some embodiments, suspension may be stirred at high energy dissipation rate with a large impeller. The system may optionally include baffles. The impellor and/or the baffles may optionally include a rounded edge. The method may be applied to retrofitting a SX plant. The input feed to a mixing reactor may include an emulsion and/or multiple discrete phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: TURBULENT TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Yuri Kokotov, Leonid Braginsky, Roman Sheinman
  • Patent number: 10138147
    Abstract: A water treatment device (1) is provided with: a biological treatment tank (2) for storing a stored liquid (5); a pump (7) for generating a circulating liquid flow formed of the stored liquid (5); a gas-liquid two-phase flow generation device (8) for using the circulating liquid flow to suction a gas containing oxygen, whereby a gas-liquid two-phase flow in which the gas is dispersed in the circulating liquid flow is generated; and a nozzle (12) for injecting the gas-liquid two-phase flow into the biological treatment tank (2). Such a water treatment device (1) is capable of adequately circulating the stored liquid (5) in the biological treatment tank (2), adequately aerating the stored liquid (5), and adequately treating the stored liquid (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES ENGINEERING, LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Satou, Susumu Okino, Nobuyuki Ukai, Hideo Suzuki, Hiroshi Nakashoji, Shigeru Yoshioka, Hideaki Sakurai, Naoki Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10081191
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejector that ejects a liquid, a liquid supply flow path that connects a liquid supply source and the liquid ejector, a plurality of branch flow paths provided in the liquid supply flow path, filters that are disposed separately in each of the branch flow paths, and a flow path opening/closing mechanism that opens and closes the branch flow paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Murayama, Ryoji Fujimori, Yuji Aoki, Toru Saito, Masakazu Ohashi, Keiichiro Yoshino, Satoru Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10074546
    Abstract: Disclosed is a processing liquid supplying apparatus. The apparatus includes: a processing liquid supply source configured to supply a processing liquid for processing a substrate to be processed; an ejection unit configured to eject the processing liquid to the substrate to be processed; a filter device configured to remove foreign matters in the processing liquid; a supply pump and an ejection pump which are provided in the supply path at a primary side and a secondary side of the filter device, respectively; and a control unit configured to output a control signal to decompress and degas the processing liquid supplied from the processing liquid supply source by using one of the supply pump and the ejection pump, and subsequently, pass the degassed processing liquid through the filter device beginning from the primary side to the secondary side of the filter device by using the supply pump and the ejection pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Yuichi Terashita, Kousuke Yoshihara, Koji Takayanagi, Toshinobu Furusho, Takashi Sasa
  • Patent number: 10022688
    Abstract: An aeration system may have a submersible aerator that may be located on the bottom of a body of water and a floating aerator that may operate directly above the submersible aerator. The submersible aerator may create a laminar column of bubbles and may be powered by an air compressor. The floating aerator may use a motor driven propeller to agitate water on the water surface. A controller may determine when to operate the aerators, and may operate them separately or together in some instances. Some embodiments may have a controller that operates the aerators differently based on energy supply, which may vary in solar powered systems with a battery bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: KEETON INDUSTRIES
    Inventor: Jimmie A. Keeton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10005687
    Abstract: A dissolved gas flotation system including a flotation cell having an inlet and an outlet defining a direction of flow along a longitudinal axis extending from the inlet to the outlet. The flotation cell has a top and a bottom to define a cell depth extending from the top of the flotation cell to the bottom of the flotation cell in a direction of a transverse axis transvers to the longitudinal axis. A first means discharges a first dissolved gas and bubble mix in a first direction adjacent the inlet; and a second means discharge a second dissolved gas and bubble mix in a second direction adjacent the outlet counter-current to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Hydro Treatment Technologies, LP
    Inventor: David B. Rice
  • Patent number: 9951509
    Abstract: A system and process for removing from an aqueous stream impurities such as grit, particulates, floating debris, suspended solids, turbidity, bacteria, fecal coliform, oil, grease, color, and the like, and for treating an unacceptable biological oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand, and/or dissolved oxygen by utilizing a treatment system positioned partially in a channel adapted to a flow of the aqueous stream. The treatment system comprises a containment zone for containing the aqueous stream for treatment by at least one of traveling or stationary screen filtration, aeration, anaerobic and/or aerobic digestion, clarification, media filtration, chemical addition, disinfection, pH adjustment, particulate removal, and/or the like. A partition wall is provided to bypass untreated water such as storm water. After passing untreated waste water through the treatment zone, the treated aqueous stream may be recycled for further use or discharged to its desired destination, such as a lake, river, or ocean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Ken Pandya
  • Patent number: 9938173
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and devices for biologically treating water and/or wastewater. The methods and devices for treating wastewater may be enhanced using an surge lifting device which moves water and/or solids using volumes of air (for liquid transfer and mixing) and the automatic sludge return mechanism, combined with alternating aeration on and off operation to achieve comprehensive nitrogen and phosphorus removal. This surge lifting device can provide occasional surges of water using large bubbles which are able to move great volume of liquid while minimizing dissolved oxygen transfer to the surrounding liquid. Use of the devices and processes herein provides a simple, eloquent approach to wastewater treatment with less operation and maintenance costs than conventional devices and/or processes. The same surge lifting device can also be installed in an anaerobic digester, and use the biogas generated below the device to automatically mix the digester, without external energy input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Jianmin Wang
  • Patent number: 9896361
    Abstract: An orbital wastewater treatment system includes a tank assembly, at least one impeller, at least one flow-diversion mechanism, at least one actuator, optionally at least one sensor disposed in the tank assembly, and a control unit. The tank assembly has three treatment zones and pairs of passages between the first zone and the second zone and between the second zone and the third zone. The impeller disposed in the tank assembly moves mixed liquor under process about the tank assembly. Multiple flow-diversion mechanisms disposed at the passages between the zones of each pair control process conditions pursuant to a predetermined schedule and/or at least partially in accordance with input from the one or more sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: OVIVO INC
    Inventors: Thomas Leland, Joy Emory, Steve Myers
  • Patent number: 9868760
    Abstract: A method for purifying a polypeptide by ion exchange chromatography is described in which a gradient wash is used to resolve a polypeptide of interest from one or more contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: GENENTECH, INC.
    Inventors: Jefferson C. Emery, Paul J. McDonald, Rhona O'Leary
  • Patent number: 9845257
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vertical sewage treatment device including an anaerobic chamber, an anoxic chamber, an aerobiotic chamber, and a secondary precipitation chamber, wherein the anaerobic chamber, the anoxic chamber, the aerobiotic chamber, and the secondary precipitation chamber are vertically arranged in sequence from the bottom to the top. According to another aspect, the present invention also provides a sewage treatment method using the foregoing vertical sewage treatment device. The sewage treatment device and method of the present invention have the advantages such as a reduced occupied area, improved oxygenation efficiency, a decreased head loss, a reduced invalid structure volume, and a low heat loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences
    Inventors: Liancheng Xiang, Yonghui Song, Junqi Wu, Siyu Wang, Jianping Li, Xingfa Liu
  • Patent number: 9650267
    Abstract: A fluid treatment reactor is provided. Separate input ports for influent and recycled effluent serve to eliminate the need for pH adjustment or carbonate stripping of the influent and recycled effluent flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Nalco Company
    Inventor: Kevin Patrick O'Leary
  • Patent number: 9643860
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for desalinating and/or treating polluted water. More particularly, the present invention relates to systems and methods for desalinating and/or treating polluted water using gas hydrates. In particular, the system comprises a desalination tank configured to form gas hydrates using a suitable hydrate former taken from a storage tank that is operatively connected to the desalination tank. With all operations, including formation of gas hydrates, discharging of highly saline water, washing the gas hydrates and dissociation of gas hydrates being conducted in a single pressurized tank such as the desalination tank, the present apparatus provides a simple and efficient solution at a low manufacturing and operating cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Amit Katyal
  • Patent number: 9597679
    Abstract: Methods and systems for an integrated acid regeneration of ion exchange resins are disclosed for use in cleaning applications. Acid resins designed for use in a variety of cleaning application using a treated, softened, acidic water source are disclosed. Various methods of using the softened acidic water generated by acid regenerate-able ion exchange resins within a cleaning application, e.g. ware wash machine, are disclosed to beneficially reduce spotting, filming and scale buildup on treated surfaces, reduce and/or eliminate the need for polymers, threshold reagents and/or rinse aids, and using protons generated in the acidic water effluent for triggering events useful in various cleaning applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Terrence P. Everson, Li Wen, Lylien Tan, Peter Voss, Mark Toetschinger
  • Patent number: 9593028
    Abstract: Methods and systems for an integrated acid regeneration of ion exchange resins are disclosed for use in cleaning applications. Acid resins designed for use in a variety of cleaning application using a treated, softened, acidic water source are disclosed. Various methods of using the softened acidic water generated by acid regenerate-able ion exchange resins within a cleaning application, e.g. ware wash machine, are disclosed to beneficially reduce spotting, filming and scale buildup on treated surfaces, reduce and/or eliminate the need for polymers, threshold reagents and/or rinse aids, and using protons generated in the acidic water effluent for triggering events useful in various cleaning applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Terrence P. Everson, Li Wen, Lylien Tan, Peter Voss, Mark Toetschinger
  • Patent number: 9508574
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, a process liquid supply apparatus operating method is provided. The method includes filling a filter unit with a process liquid from an upstream side of the filter unit to a downstream side of the filter unit after newly mounting or replacing the filter unit and repeating a depressurization filtering process and a pressurization filtering process for a predetermined number of times. The depressurization filtering process depressurizes the process liquid in the downstream side of the filter unit and thereby allows the process liquid to permeate through the filter unit. The pressurization filtering process pressurizes the process liquid from the upstream side of the filter unit and thereby allows the process liquid to permeate through the filter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Hiroshi Marumoto, Koji Takayanagi, Kenji Adachi
  • Patent number: 9486753
    Abstract: An aqueous stream is pumped through a vortex cylinder. The aqueous stream is rotated in a downwardly moving spiral stream within the vortex cylinder at a high downward velocity. The downward velocity of the aqueous stream increases as it flows through a discharge conduit concentrically located within a mixing chamber of the vortex cylinder. An adjustable inlet tube open to atmospheric pressure extends through the vortex chamber and into the discharge conduit. A negative pressure zone is created at the discharge end of the discharge conduit for drawing fluid into the aqueous stream for mixing therewith and dissolving oxygen in the aqueous solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Todd Vlasak
  • Patent number: 9442218
    Abstract: A gas trap with a gas analyzer for continuous gas analysis can include a sample chamber, means for agitating and creating a vortex, gas capturing chamber for receiving liberated gas, gas analyzer for providing real-time gas speciation of the liberated gas. A suction pump can pull the liberated fluid, a filtration means can condition the liberated fluid, and an exhaust port can exhaust analyzed fluid. An exhaust line can flow non-analyzed fluid to a drilling fluid storage chamber, drilling fluid stream, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: SELMAN AND ASSOCIATES, LTD.
    Inventors: Thomas H. Selman, Matthew J. Jennings, Stephen M. Bergman
  • Patent number: 9266973
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing biological material utilizing chitosan are provided herein. Methods may include the steps of reducing the pH of an amount of culture to about 5 to 7, incorporating an amount of a chitosan solution into the culture to form a mixture, wherein chitosan in the chitosan solution binds to the biological material; increasing the pH of the culture to about 7 to 10, to flocculate biological material in the culture, concentrating the flocculates, reducing the pH of the concentrated flocculates to about 3 to 5, and separating the recovered chitosan solution from the concentrated biological material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Aurora Algae, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Fleischer
  • Patent number: 9199861
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and/or apparatuses for treating wastewater produced at a thermoelectric power plant, other industrial plants, and/or other industrial sources are disclosed. The wastewater is directed through a wastewater concentrator including a direct contact adiabatic concentration system. A stream of hot feed gases is directed through the wastewater concentrator. The wastewater concentrator mixes the hot feed gases directly with the wastewater and evaporates water vapor from the wastewater. The wastewater concentrator separates the water vapor from remaining concentrated wastewater. A contained air-water interface liquid evaporator may be arranged to pre-process the wastewater before being treated by the wastewater concentrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: HEARTLAND TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS LLC
    Inventors: Bernard F. Duesel, Jr., Craig Clerkin
  • Patent number: 9095786
    Abstract: A process wherein a combination of two separation principles are combined into one space saving machine with portability to separate two distinct and different fluids one lighter in specific gravity than the other, including the steps of primary separation of fluids allowing for free and suspended solids along with free oil and grease to be removed in the primary separation chamber; utilizing parallel corrugated plates in the separation defining the distance of rise for a given oil droplet based on Stokes Law to remove the remaining large droplets of free oil and solids; and providing an induced gas flotation process which provides a finely dispersed bubble in the liquid to accelerate the lift necessary for separation of fine oil droplets, emulsified oil droplet, and suspended solids to meet a government discharge regulation. This combined technique can be configured in a single vessel without pumps or other methods of liquid movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: ENVIRO-TECH SYSTEMS, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Frank A. Richerand
  • Publication number: 20150096946
    Abstract: Separator apparatus and method for treatment of a contaminated liquid by injecting air/gas to lower the specific gravity of the contaminated liquid by at least 20% and rotating the contaminated liquid to separate contaminants by centrifugal forces. The separator includes a swirl chamber defining a longitudinal axis; at least one injector for, in use, introducing: (i) liquid entrained with air/gas; (ii) air/gas-entrained liquid; or (iii) air/gas, into the swirl chamber; a first outlet located at or near the operative bottom of the swirl chamber for, in use, removing sludge from the swirl chamber; a second outlet located operatively above the first outlet for, in use, removing liquid from the swirl chamber; circulating means to, in use, circulate liquid in the swirl chamber; and an elongate body that extends from or near the operative top of the swirl chamber, along the longitudinal axis of the swirl chamber, beyond the level of the at least one injector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Barry Ross DUNMAN
  • Publication number: 20150090649
    Abstract: A water recycling unit for use with a reservoir of water, comprising: a water tank; a water inlet on said tank; and a water outlet on said tank for connection to said reservoir of water, the water inlet being adapted to receive water from the reservoir of water into said water tank, and the water outlet being adapted to supply water to said reservoir, wherein the water outlet is located at a top of said water tank and the water inlet is located below said water outlet, wherein the water tank comprises a settling arrangement and the unit comprises a coagulant delivery means either at or before said water inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Dean William Crompton
  • Patent number: 8980092
    Abstract: A system and method includes an aeration subsystem that excites enzymes in the liquid waste passing through the septic system. The aeration subsystem includes a compressor section that compresses the liquid waste. The method includes mixing enzymes into the fluid waste material, compressing the fluid waste material with the compressor, injecting air into the compressed fluid waste material, and determining whether the fluid waste material is at a desired cleanliness, and if not, recirculating the fluid waste material through the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Kistner, Carolyn R. Kistner
  • Patent number: 8974662
    Abstract: An apparatus for and method of filtering hydrocarbon contaminated water, which is used in a system requiring a pump to lift low lying hydrocarbon contaminated liquids from said pump through a filtration system which lifts and completely filters all debris and hydrocarbons from said liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: William J Gannon
  • Patent number: 8968573
    Abstract: Method for cleaning hydraulic liquid in a industrial truck, wherein said industrial truck is an electrically powered industrial truck having a battery as an energy source with a hydraulic system comprising, a hydraulic pump, a hydraulic reservoir, and a return pipe to the hydraulic reservoir with a return filter, wherein the method comprises the steps of, the hydraulic pump is activated for hydraulic activity, the hydraulic pump pumps the liquid for the hydraulic activity and in relation to this return flow through the return filter to the hydraulic reservoir occurs, the hydraulic pump can be activated by means comprised in the industrial truck, when hydraulic activity is not present, by that achieving a circulation to the hydraulic reservoir through the return filter such that sufficient filtration of the hydraulic liquid is reached, further a time Tb for circulation without hydraulic activity can be accumulated and/or a sensor for determining the quality of the hydraulic oil can be arranged in the industria
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: BT Products AB
    Inventor: Joakim Barnstrom
  • Patent number: 8968571
    Abstract: A gas flotation separator for use in horizontal tanks, such as those used for oil storage on board Floating Production Storage and Off-loading (FPSO) vessels, includes dividing the tank into a plurality of chambers operating in series. Prior to entering each chamber, the contaminated aqueous phase is mixed with a stream containing gas bubbles to aid in flocculation and flotation of the immiscible phase contaminant. The gas bubble recycle stream can be generated by injecting a controlled rate of a pressurized gas into a liquid stream of the clean produced water in a process external to the tank or by induction of a gas phase internal to the tank. The mixture flows into the first chamber and impinges on an angled inlet water weir. A portion of the immiscible phase and the gas phase rises to the top of the chamber while the remaining immiscible contaminants flow downward with the aqueous phase to the bottom of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Exterran Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas W. Lee, Nicholas Owens
  • Patent number: 8961795
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and method for removing molybdenum and other possible impurities from an organic copper-containing extraction solution in connection with the liquid-liquid extraction related to copper recovery. The removal of impurities occurs in one or several removal units built into the organic extraction solution storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Hannu Laitala, Erkki Paatero, Bror Nyman, Eero Ekman
  • Patent number: 8956532
    Abstract: The present device provides a system for recirculating water in a well to reduce unwanted odor and mineral deposits that develop from stagnated well water. The water recirculation system comprises a wellhead having a vent aperture and a spigot line, a water filter, a nozzle, and a vent adapter, which are coupled with a water pump and water tank to create a mist for recirculating water within the system. The nozzle is positioned to spray the well walls of the well with a mist to reduce material deposits that may otherwise develop. The system operates solely on the water pressure provided by the water pump and water tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Jerry M. James, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150041376
    Abstract: The invention provides an integrated water treatment system suitable for use in the treatment of contaminated water, wastewater, potable water, aquaculture, industrial water and polluted water bodies. An integrated water treatment system according to at least one embodiment of the invention comprises a plurality of modules adapted to float in a body of water integrating a plurality of different attached growth biofilm media types positioned within a plurality of water flow paths and circulations. The conditions provided by a multiple of media types and plurality of flow paths creates a multiplier effect increasing the number of treatment zones and an increased diversity of interconnected treatment process zone types.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Biomatrix Water Technology LLP
    Inventor: Galen Yarrow Fulford
  • Publication number: 20150034568
    Abstract: Water purification and recycling system that generates electricity and has a large reservoir and a small reservoir that provides potable water to a water user structure. After use by the water user structure, wastewater is applied from said water user structure via at least one wastewater path to wastewater treatment apparatus. The wastewater treatment apparatus receives and processes the wastewater using a power plant that operates continuously to produce steam. The wastewater treatment apparatus is also powered by a co-adjuvant gas turbine generator is adapted to generate supplemental steam for the power plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: William E. Coleman
  • Patent number: 8940159
    Abstract: The invention includes a method for the optimization of the soluble CO2 concentration in the aeration basin of an activated sludge system, which significantly improves the specific growth rate of the nitrifying bacteria. The result is a reduction in capital and energy costs for municipalities. The rate of nitrification is a product of the nitrifying bacteria biomass concentration and the specific growth rate of the bacteria. In the activated sludge system, the biomass concentration is maintained at high concentrations by reducing the wasting rate. The specific growth rate is a function of the ammonium concentration and the environmental conditions. Here, the inventors show that growth of nitrifying bacteria is inhibited when the soluble CO2 concentration is elevated beyond certain parameters. Elevated soluble CO2 concentration also reduces the pH, which also impacts the rate of growth of nitrifying bacteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Peter George Stroot, Raymond Anthony Morris
  • Publication number: 20150024478
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of single- or multilayer plastic web plates in a sloped channel-type solid material separator with a lamella package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicants: BAYER TECHNOLOGY SERVICES GMBh, MAYER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY GMBH
    Inventors: Andre Pastor, Juri Seletzky, Helmut Brod, Joerg Kauling, Peter Commer
  • Publication number: 20150008171
    Abstract: The invention provides a high-performance liquid chromatography system, said system is controlled in temperature by running a fluid in sleeves that surround the different parts of the system. All parts in contact with the fluid are made in fluoropolymer, carbon-filled fluoropolymer, or carbon-fiber fluoropolymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Nicolas Dauphas, Francois L.H. Tissot, Reika Yokochi, Thomas J. Ireland
  • Publication number: 20140374349
    Abstract: A mixer settler [1] comprises a settling tank [30], an organic launder [40] provided within the settling tank [30], an aqueous launder [50] provided within the settling tank [30], and an isolated aqueous weir box [70] which is positioned internally or externally relative to an outer profile of the mixer settler [1], the isolated aqueous weir box [70] being at least partially operatively isolated from the settling tank [30] by the aqueous launder [50]. The isolated aqueous weir box [70] comprises an adjustable weir [76] which separates a recycle chamber [72] from an advance chamber [74] therein. The organic launder [40] is operably connected to an organic advance effluent pipe [80], and the aqueous launder [50] is operably connected to the isolated aqueous weir box [70].
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Keyser
  • Publication number: 20140374343
    Abstract: A device for purifying liquid wastewater, includes: a container suitable for retaining a granulate consisting of solid particles, and for enabling the contact between the solid particles of the granulate and the liquid wastewater flowing in the container between: an inlet for the liquid wastewater to flow into the container, and an outlet for substantially decontaminated water to flow out of the container; a community of microorganisms extending so as to be in contact with the solid particles of the granulate; at least one live benthic invertebrate whose mean size is greater than 250 ?m and which is distributed in the granulate; and at least one live benthic invertebrate whose mean size is from 50 ?m to 250 ?m and which is distributed in the granulate, characterized in that the community of macrobenthic organism and meiobenthic organism species includes a proportion of 60% to 80% of invertebrate detrivorous organisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicants: INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE TOULOUSE, UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER (TOULOUSE III), CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIQUE (C.N.R.S.)
    Inventors: Magali Gerino, Philippe Vervier, Jose Miguel Sanchez Perez, Laury Gauthier
  • Patent number: 8905960
    Abstract: A device for the filtration of a complex fluid composition such as blood, includes a base (12) with a bottom (18), a top (14) with a bottom (30), and a membrane (16) that is arranged between the base and the top so as to define a low chamber C1 and a high chamber C2, with an input tap (26) of the complex composition that is to be filtered emptying into the low chamber C1, an output tap (28) of the retentate with elements for adjusting the flow rate emptying into this same low chamber C1, and an output tap (36, 36-1) of the high chamber C2, whereby this output tap (36, 36-1) of the permeate is subjected to negative pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Direction et Priorites
    Inventors: Francis Gadrat, Bertrand Chastenet
  • Publication number: 20140356249
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for filtering a fluid containing nanoparticles. The systems and methods generally include introducing a stream of the nanoparticle-containing fluid into a holding vessel, and extracting at least a part of a nanoparticle-containing fluid accumulated in the holding vessel. The extracted nanoparticle-containing fluid is passed through a filtration module to separate a nanoparticle-containing retentate from a permeate, and the retentate is returned to the vessel. The filtration cycle can be repeated until a desired concentration of the nanoparticles is achieved in the holding vessel. In many embodiments, the generation of the nanoparticle-containing fluid and its filtration are performed concurrently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: J. Michael Ramstack, John Podobinski
  • Patent number: 8883006
    Abstract: A fluid treatment system for treating feed water includes a first tubular member having first and second ends, at least one second tubular member having first and second ends, a pump positioned within the first tubular member, a filtering membrane positioned within the second tubular member, a first end cap for receiving the first ends of the first and second tubular members, and a second end cap for receiving the second ends of the first and second tubular members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Kinetico Incorporated
    Inventors: Jerome Kovach, Stuart L. Park, Peter R. Halemba
  • Publication number: 20140326663
    Abstract: The present invention relates to biological treatment and devices applicable in this respect. The closed container comprises a first inlet (20) and a first outlet (18), at least one vertically orientated tube (6) arranged in the container (2), the lower end of said tube being raised above the bottom of the container (2), a first gas supply (8) arranged at the lower end of said tube (6) for creating a first circulating flow (F1) of liquid and microfilm carriers through the vertically orientated tube, a second gas supply (16) arranged at the bottom and in the vicinity of the wall of the container for creating a second circulating flow (F2) of liquid and microfilm carriers. The invention additionally relates to a plurality of serially connected containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Jens Ole Olesen
  • Patent number: 8871961
    Abstract: A process for continuous production of biodiesel from vegetable oils or animal fats by transesterification with methanol or ethanol to give crude fatty acid alkyl esters, subsequent washing with water in a wash column to remove water-soluble impurities, subsequent drying by vaporization of the water content and subsequent removal of steryl glycosides by adsorption onto calcium bentonite, wherein the adsorption column(s) used is/are regenerated in a first step, for desorption of the steryl glycosides, by rinsing with a mixture consisting of fatty acid alkyl esters and methanol or ethanol, and in a subsequent second step, for removal of methanol residues, by rinsing with fatty acid alkyl esters or with gaseous nitrogen or carbon dioxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Eckhard Seidel, Rudolf Boensch, Norbert Palauschek, Helmut Saft
  • Publication number: 20140311958
    Abstract: Trapping structures are provided for particle separation devices that make use of traveling wave fluid flow. These trapping structures are operative to capture and collect separated particles and present them for extraction. The extraction can be accomplished in conventional manners, such as through the use of suitable sized pipettes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Meng H. Lean, Jeonggi Seo
  • Publication number: 20140305867
    Abstract: A method and installation for treating wastewater containing ammonia includes feeding activated sludge from an aeration tank into a hydrocyclone. The sludge is separated into a specifically heavy fraction containing mostly anaerobic ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (anammox) and a specifically light fraction containing mostly aerobic oxidizing bacteria (AOB), which are returned to the aeration tank. The hydrocyclone includes a roughened inner wall surface for at least partially removing an organic or inorganic cover layer disposed on the anaerobic ammonium-oxidizing bacteria (anammox).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: cyklar-stulz GmbH
    Inventor: Geert Nyhuis
  • Publication number: 20140271432
    Abstract: A decontamination system for decontaminating at least one contaminant in a process stream. Decontaminant liquid is dispersed into the process stream using atomization. A controller detects contaminant levels in the process stream and adjusts the flow of decontaminant fluid into the process stream in response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Lance Witt