Treatment By Living Organism Patents (Class 210/601)
  • Patent number: 10165780
    Abstract: This invention relates to compositions and methods for improving water quality by enhancing natural bacterial processes and altering environmental conditions in situ. This is achieved by the manufacture and use of granules or tables composed of the inventive formulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Aqua Dynamic Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: John W. DiTuro
  • Patent number: 10155671
    Abstract: An ultraviolet (UV) liquid disinfection system and method are described. The system includes a conduit to carry liquid to be disinfected, the conduit having an inlet to receive the liquid and an outlet to discharge the liquid; a UV source configured to illuminate the liquid within the conduit; a liquid salinity detector to measure a value indicative of the liquid salinity; and a controller coupled to the salinity detector and configured to receive from the liquid salinity detector the measured value and to determine a desired salinity-adjusted UV dose level based on the measured value and predetermined data correlating salinity levels to respective UV dose levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Atlantium Technologies Ltd
    Inventors: Ytzhak Rozenberg, Mike Kertser, Tovit Lichi, Zohar Vardiel, Itay Kreisel
  • Patent number: 10144664
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for the anaerobic digestion of organic wastes, preferably to also produce a useful biogas, is described. The waste may have a total solids (TS) concentration of 6% or less while a digester is operated at a higher solids concentration, for example with a feed TS concentration of 8-12%. One or more separation stages downstream of the digester separate active bacteria and undigested organics from the digestate, and return separated matter to the digester. Optionally, a feed thickening apparatus and step may be provided upstream of the digester. The upstream thickener and recycle from the downstream separation stages are operated such that the TS of the combined inputs to the digester is within a desired range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Anaergia Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Benedek
  • Patent number: 10053711
    Abstract: Providing a microbial catalyst in a reaction broth, providing an adsorptive solid into the reaction broth, providing a producer gas into the reaction broth, and obtaining a fermentation product from the reaction broth resulting from activity of the microbial catalyst in the presence of the adsorptive solid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: THE BOARD OF REGENTS FOR OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY, BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hasan K. Atiyeh, Randy S. Lewis, John Randall Phillips, Raymond L. Huhnke
  • Patent number: 10023830
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for continuously optimizing the profile of an aqueous culture comprising microorganisms. The systems and methods comprise a controlled environment comprising a housing enclosing a lighting device and controlled temperature environment, and sensor modules for measuring culture and environment parameters. The sensor modules may be in communication with an automated computer control system to continuously optimize the microorganism culture profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Heliae Development LLC
    Inventor: Frank Mars
  • Patent number: 9994470
    Abstract: Recalcitrant chemical oxygen demand (COD) of a liquid is reduced in a water treatment system. The method includes pretreating the liquid in a pretreatment unit to remove indigenous bacteria or microbes to a population level below which the indigenous organisms can interfere with the screened and externally introduced microorganisms. The liquid is then provided to a reactor that has a filter bed formed with a carrier material. Special microbes are screened and used to colonize the carrier material to remove recalcitrant COD. A biofilm is cultured on the surface of the carrier material to immobilize the screened microbes in the reactor. The method further includes percolating the liquid from the pretreatment unit through the filter bed colonized with the screened microbes to degrade at least part of the recalcitrant COD under aerobic conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sijing Wang, Zhonghong Cheng, Weiqing Xu
  • Patent number: 9938562
    Abstract: Conjugates of 2,3-dihydroxynaphthalene and its derivatives with enzyme cleavable groups are chromogenic substrates that form colored compounds when complexed with metal ions, e.g. iron ions, on cleavage by enzymes, and are useful in microbial detection and identification. The cleavage products form purple or red-brown colored complexes, that can easily be observed by the naked eye. Microbes can be grown in the presence of the substrates and the metal salts that provide the metal ion for complexing with the 2,3-dihydroxynaphthalene product. Substituents in the naphthalene ring may affect the solubility of the substrates and also the diffusibility and color of the metal complexes. Some of the substrates yield soluble complexes on cleavage and are of particular value in liquid growth media. Other substrates produce less soluble complexes that are more suitable for use in solid agar media. Methods of synthesizing the substrates are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: GLYCOSYNTH LIMITED
    Inventors: Hayley Jane Turner, Michael Burton
  • Patent number: 9932618
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a composition for production of photosynthetic light-reaction products comprising photosynthetic membrane vesicles, and a production method for the photosynthetic light-reaction products by using the composition. In addition, the present invention relates to a preparation method for a photosynthetic light-reaction monomer comprising a step of isolating vesicles from the cell membrane of photosynthetic bacteria or algae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Sogang University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jeong Kug Lee, Eui Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 9868840
    Abstract: There is provided a shaped article made of porous hydrogel that contains a polyvinyl alcohol acetalized with a dialdehyde, wherein the shaped article after freeze-drying has a pore size of 0.1 to 50 ?m. Preferably, the shaped article made of porous hydrogel further contains a water-soluble polysaccharide. Also preferably, an acetalization degree of the polyvinyl alcohol is 1 to 50 mol %. Also preferably, the shaped article made of porous hydrogel is in the form of particles with a sphere-equivalent diameter of 1 to 20 mm. Such a shaped article made of porous hydrogel exhibits high strength and good survivability of microorganisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: KURARAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Oka, Arata Ishiodori, Mototsugu Yoshihara
  • Patent number: 9850151
    Abstract: Provided herein are compositions and methods that can remove, metabolize, or degrade a hydrocarbon in an area that is contaminated by hydrocarbons. Methods for bioremediation of an area such as an area of land, a body of water, or a shoreline that are contaminated by a hydrocarbon, such as from a crude oil spill are also described. The compositions and methods described herein can be used on natural flora and fauna as well as manmade materials that are contaminated by a hydrocarbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Janet Angel
  • Patent number: 9764977
    Abstract: A process in which a waste stream containing microbes and organic constituents is passed through a process environment comprising a solid media, microbes, and higher animals, such that some of the microbes and/or organic constituents within the waste stream are removed from the waste stream and some of the removed microbes are destroyed or consumed by the higher animals. The process environment may include an irrigated environment, a submerged environment, or a combined environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Timberfish, LLC
    Inventor: Jere Northrop
  • Patent number: 9758414
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a process and a composition for the treatment of wastewater. The composition comprises of microbes, enzymes and cofactors along with the nutrients. The composition is a synergistic composition and wastewater can be treated effectively for the removal of pollutants by using the synergistic composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: RICHCORE LIFESCIENCES PVT. LTD.
    Inventors: Swati Sucharita Dash, Ramachandrappa Subramani, Dhinakar Sathyanathan Kompala
  • Patent number: 9643223
    Abstract: A method for treating contaminated water or other contaminated media has been developed. Bioremediation enhancing agents (BEAs) such as yeast metabolites (YM) and other yeast derived products are used to facilitate microbial treatment of the contaminated material. Polysaccharides are also an effective BEA when used alone or in combination with the yeast derived products. The BEAs may work with microbes and electron donors to improve the rate of contaminant degradation and to increase the efficiency of electron donor utilization. A number of electron donors are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: JRW Bioremediation, LLC
    Inventors: Donovan N. Smith, Michael R. Sieczkowski, Wayne H. Wilke
  • Patent number: 9546352
    Abstract: The present invention relates to coated dehydrated microorganisms comprising a dehydrated microorganism surrounded by at least one coating, said coating comprising by dry weight at least 25% of hygroscopic salt(s) and wherein the pH of the coating is compatible with viability of the coated dehydrated microorganism. The coating can be partially crystalline, the salt(s) in the coating having preferably a crystallinity degree of up to 60% once applied onto the dehydrated microorganism. The present invention also relates to liquid coating compositions, methods for coating and protecting a dehydrated microorganism. Finally, the present invention relates to a method for the preparation of food products, feed products, consumer healthcare products or agri-products as well as to a food product, feed product, a consumer healthcare product or an agri-product containing such coated dehydrated microorganisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: DUPONT NUTRITION BIOSCIENCES APS
    Inventors: Isabelle Mazeaud, Kathryn Tse, Jean-Philippe Obert, Claudette Berger, Geoffrey Babin, Patrick Chaigneau, Hans Hedegaard Jensen, Erwan Henri
  • Patent number: 9464267
    Abstract: A process for remediation of target bacteria, particularly sulfur reducing bacteria (SRB), in waters (“target water”) having a multiplicity and diverse host target bacteria by employing serial or staged bacteria culturing and lysing of dominant bacteria. Remediation of sulfur reducing bacteria (SRB) is effected by application of a series of bacteriophage isolated from the staged culturing and bacteriophage lysing of successive aliquots of waters containing a multiplicity of SRB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth J. Summer, Mei Liu, Neil S. Summer, Douglas Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9120987
    Abstract: A method for separating neutral lipids from plant material, in particular, intact algal cells, using an amphipathic solvent set and a hydrophobic solvent set. Some embodiments include dewatering intact algal cells and then extracting neutral lipids from the algal cells. The methods provide for single and multistep extraction processes which allow for efficient separation of algal neutral lipids from a wet algal biomass while avoiding emulsification of extraction mixtures. The neutral lipids are removed after first removing a polar lipid fraction and a protein fraction. These neutral lipids can be used to generate renewable fuels as well as food products and supplements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Heliae Development, LLC
    Inventor: Aniket Kale
  • Publication number: 20150136694
    Abstract: Water treatment and remediation processes for hormones and/or endocrine disrupting chemicals are disclosed. A bioreactor apparatus is provided having hormone degrading microbes suitable for forming a biofilm for such remediation processes wherein the water containing the hormones and/or endocrine disrupting chemicals provide a substrate for the biofilm. Methods of regenerating the bioreactors and filters for water treatment are disclosed. Additional applications of use for the water treatment and remediation include, for example, agricultural applications and consumer applications. Methods of employing the bioreactors and filters, methods of regenerating the bioreactor, kits, and assays for specific hormones and/or endocrine disrupting chemicals are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: MICROBIAL REMEDIATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Renee Loretta LaFond
  • Publication number: 20150125923
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to compositions and methods of delivering substances in a dry mode, wherein the compositions include a surface layer disposed on the outer surface of the composition that is permeable to carbon dioxide and oxygen. The compositions may be used to deliver microorganisms to remove contaminates, such as oil, chemical, waste, or sewage, from soil, water, or air. In other embodiments, the compositions can also be used for delivering liquid food, liquid food additives, liquid biotech agricultural ingredients, conventional liquid agricultural ingredients, liquid human wellness and dietary supplements, and liquid fragrances and beauty products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: DryLet LLC
    Inventors: Ramiro Trevino, Steven R. Ellis
  • Publication number: 20150108065
    Abstract: A method for wastewater treatment in a bioreactor, comprises recycling organic sludge in the bioreactor to supply carbon sources for removing nitrogen and phosphor and increase organic loading of the reactor, and adjusting operational parameters for the bioreactor to form facultative-anaerobic environment or anaerobic environment in the bioreactor. By following the method of the present invention, recycling sludge and simultaneously removing nitrogen and phosphor are completed such that the treatment processes for wastewater disposal are simplified; the sludge is recycled as carbon sources in the bioreactor such that saving resources is realized and the carbon emission into atmosphere is reduced; and zero-amount sludge is discharged such that harm from secondary pollution is avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Jiangxi JDL Environmental Protection Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhimin LIAO, Kun TAO, Jianzhong XIONG, Rongzhong ZHOU, Kai ZENG, Huaqiong LIU, Can ZOU, Wenxuan LI, Fangfang WANG, Jun XIAO, Jiaojiao HU, Yingying XU, Jinwen XIE, Fan YANG, Kun LI, Jinfeng LIU, Yilin DENG, Zi WANG, Zhenrong XU, Yanlong WANG
  • Publication number: 20150083661
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for increasing soluble chemical oxygen demand (sCOD) in sewage sludge. These methods include passing the sewage sludge through one or more devices that contains (a) a hollow body provided with a straight-through passage of substantially constant cross-section, the passage having an inlet end and an outlet end for the entry and discharge respectively of the sewage sludge, (b) a transport fluid nozzle substantially circumscribing and opening into the passage intermediate the inlet and outlet ends thereof, (c) a transport fluid inlet communicating with the transport fluid nozzle for the introduction of a transport fluid, and (d) a mixing chamber being formed within the passage downstream of the transport fluid nozzle. The sewage sludge is then passed through a digester.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Bart Pieper, Michelle Gina Gothard
  • Publication number: 20150076057
    Abstract: To facilitate the collection of grease and water from commercial kitchen exhaust fans the invention provides a collection tank in communication with the drainage spout of the fan assembly. The tank has a lid for sealing the tank, a first reservoir for collecting the stream of grease and water and a second reservoir below the first reservoir for receiving water separated from the grease and water stream in the first reservoir. The first and second reservoirs are separated by a sloping plate. The tank also includes a siphoning apparatus which when connected to a source of high pressure fluid such as water or steam can purge the second reservoir of water and recycle the water back to a fan cleansing operation or to a disposal facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: James MacDougall
  • Patent number: 8980619
    Abstract: Provided is a method of treating a hydrocarbon-contaminated soil/gravel with a blend of microbes by adding a first microbe selected from the group consisting of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain IOCX, Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain IOC DHT and mixtures thereof to a hydrocarbon-contaminated soil/gravel to release the hydrocarbon; and adding a second microbe selected from the group consisting of Pseudomonas putida strain IOC5al, Pseudomonas putida strain IOCRl, Bacillus subtlis and a mixture thereof to degrade the released hydrocarbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Indian Oil Corporation Limited
    Inventors: Manoj Kumar Upreti, Harinder Kaur Dua, Mahendra Pratap Singh, Arvind Pratap Singh, Ravinder Kumar Malhotra, Ram Prakash Verma
  • Publication number: 20150068977
    Abstract: Integrated membrane treatment systems for treatment of an aqueous solution. In embodiments, components, such as an MBR, are integrated with means to recover energy from the system, for example from an RO concentrate, to operate the other components. In embodiments including biological treatment, RO is integrated with other components, such as an MBR with the ROs ability to remove inorganic nitrogen enabling biological treatment to be performed with only partial nitrification and the MBR operated without active pH control. In embodiments, RO is integrated with a chlorine generator to convert chlorides present in the RO concentrate for an in-situ source of oxidizing biocides for disinfection purposes. Chloramines may be generated in-situ from residual ammonia and chlorides in the RO reject. In embodiments, carrier media is employed in a membrane tank to enhance removal of residual organics by the MBR and to also improve effectiveness of membrane scouring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Vyacheslav Libman, Boris ELIOSOV
  • Patent number: 8968687
    Abstract: A method for recycling metals is provided by using extracellular proteins excreted by a specific thermophilic bacteria strain, Tepidimonas fonticaldi sp. nov., in which the extracellular proteins show excellent metal-ion binding ability, being useful in recycling rare earth metal ions and precious metal ions from geothermal fluids, boiler solutions, industrial wastewater or hard water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Yin-Lung Han, Tai-Rong Guo, Jo-Shu Chang, Yung-Chong Lou, Wan-Ju Yu
  • Publication number: 20150056677
    Abstract: Provided herein are biologically pure cultures of microbes having the characteristic of reducing Sb(V) to Sb(III). In one embodiment, the microbes produce Sb2O3 by reduction of Sb(OH)6?. In one embodiment, the microbes also reduce selenite, selenate, tellurate, nitrite, nitrate, and/or arsenate. Also provided are compositions that include the microbes, and methods of using the microbes. Examples of methods include making crystalline Sb2O3 and converting soluble contaminants to insoluble contaminants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: CHRISTOPHER A. ABIN, JAMES T. HOLLIBAUGH
  • Publication number: 20150048024
    Abstract: Method for treating a fluid aqueous waste stream comprising a biodegradable organic substance, comprising—feeding said stream into a bioreactor containing a fluid which contains biomass;—reacting the biodegradable organic substance with the biomass in the bioreactor under essentially anaerobic conditions;—taking a first flow from the bioreactor and using the first flow as a feed to a membrane filtration unit, in which said feed is subjected to filtration, thereby forming a permeate stream and a retentate stream;—returning the retentate stream to the bioreactor;—taking a second flow from the bioreactor as feed to a sludge treatment unit, in which sludge treatment unit the second flow is separated into a third flow, having an increased organic substance content compared to the second flow, and a fourth flow, having a decreased organic substance content compared to the second flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Aurélie Grélot, Abraham Izaak Versprille
  • Publication number: 20150034551
    Abstract: A process for treating an aqueous solution (A) derived from a method of producing a compound of formula (I), wherein R1 and R2 are identical or different and are chosen from among hydrogen and C1-C5 alkyl, wherein R1 and R2 together form a methylene group, and wherein R3, R4, R5 and R6, which are independently identical or different, are chosen from among: a hydrogen atom, a hydroxy group (—OH), an alkoxy group (—OR), an alcohol group (—ROH), an aldehyde group (—CHO), a ketone group (—C(?O)R), an acid group (—COOH), a nitrile group (—CN), a C1-C6 alkyl chain, linear or branched, saturated or unsaturated, potentially comprising one or a plurality of substitutes in a terminal or lateral position or one or more functions in said alkyl chain, R being a C1-C5 alkyl, wherein the aqueous solution (A) comprises at least one sulfate salt SO42?(S) rendered soluble and at least one aromatic organic compound (O) formed during the method for producing the compound (I), and wherein the process comprises at least one step (
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Laurent Garel, Bertrand Satier
  • Publication number: 20150024470
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of providing a new microorganism that is useful for efficiently decomposing oils and fats, and a use for said microorganism. According to screening results, a new Yarrowia lipolytica having a high capacity to assimilate free fatty acids was successfully obtained. Efficient decomposition of oils and fats is achieved by causing the Yarrowia lipolytica to act under conditions in which fatty acids that are hydrolysis products of oils or fats are present, or under conditions in which oils or fats are decomposed into fatty acids and glycerol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Katsutoshi Hori, Masatake Fujioka
  • Publication number: 20150008181
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and process for livestock waste management that operates more efficiently than existing technologies with less maintenance and with less chemical process components (and thus chemical handling) with recovery of useful end products. The invention comprises solids separation of the waste to remove solids in excess of about 0.50 mm in size prior to anaerobic digestion followed directly by solids separation preferably using an ultra filter and then ammonia recovery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: BION ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Dominic Bassani, Morton Orentlicher
  • Publication number: 20150001149
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improved wastewater treatment systems and methods. In one embodiment, the present invention utilizes microbial consortia and the final effluent of the treated wastewater is remarkably clean, and has low levels of hazardous chemicals, unwanted nutrient values and/or total solids. Advantageously, the wastewater treatment system and method of the present invention reduces the use of chemical compounds in the treatment process. Further, valuable biomasses can be produced from the wastewater using the treatment process of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: KUEHNLE AGROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: ADELHEID R. KUEHNLE, MARTIN JOHNSON, ROBERT J. SCHURR
  • Publication number: 20140374348
    Abstract: The invention describes a method for treating sewage sludge through the treatment steps of hydrolysing (2) the sewage sludge (1) and digesting (11) the hydrolysed sewage sludge (10), which has undergone hydrolysis (2), for the anaerobic treatment of the sewage sludge (1), and through the step of separating phosphate from the at least partially treated sewage sludge (3). Phosphate is separated after the treatment step of hydrolysing (2) and before the treatment step of digesting (11) the hydrolysed sewage sludge (3), wherein the sewage sludge (10), without the phosphate portion separated in the phosphate separation step, is fed to the anaerobic treatment performed through digestion (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: P.C.S. POLLUTION CONTROL SERVICE GMBH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Ewert, Michael Sievers, Hinnerk Bormann
  • Publication number: 20140367330
    Abstract: A wastewater treatment process that employs anaerobic granular sludge or biomass to remove chemical oxygen demand (COD) from the wastewater. Certain constituents, such as COD, nitrogen, calcium, other dissolved solids, suspended solids, can impair the effectiveness of the granular biomass. Thus, the process employs treatment units to remove these inhibiting constituents to produce a treated effluent or stream. At least a portion of the treated effluent is recycled and mixed with the influent wastewater to reduce the concentration of these inhibiting constituents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: VEOLIA WATER SOLUTIONS & TECHNOLOGIES SUPPORT
    Inventors: Wenjun Liu, Graig Rosenberger, Abraham Izaak Versprille
  • Publication number: 20140367332
    Abstract: A septic system is provided which receives both sewage and fat, oil, and grease (FOG) at an inlet. The inlet provides fluids to a first chamber. A treatment unit is adjacent the inlet. The treatment unit includes a unit for breaking down solids and mixing them with surrounding liquid. Hydro-jetting water and oxygen into the mixture at high or low pressures achieves oxygenation. Jets injecting an enzyme solution provide for maximum contact with the waste. Injection pressure may be selected to achieve rapid oxygenation at a high level. Optionally, the water may be heated. In another form, hot or cold water is injected at selected times. Temperature may be controlled to keep enzymes working properly. Enzymes may be directly injected and carried by liquid that is hydro-jetted into the fluids being treated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Hadi Hillo
  • Patent number: 8906653
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for isolating 1,5-diaminopentane (DAP) from DAP-containing fermentation broths, to a method for the fermentative production of DAP using said isolating method and to a method for producing DAP-comprising polymers by using the DAP isolated or fermatively produced DAPs according to said methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Martin Völkert, Oskar Zelder, Burkhard Ernst, Weol Kyu Jeong
  • Publication number: 20140342437
    Abstract: The present invention relates to microbial compositions useful in treating and remediating wastewater, removing organic matter from the surfaces of post harvested fruits and vegetables, and decreasing post-harvest disease in fruit and vegetables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: BiOWiSH Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Carpenter, Michael S. Showell, JoElla Barnes, Nirupam Pal
  • Publication number: 20140263039
    Abstract: Methods and systems for the growth of heterotrophic eukaryotic biomass that use pH modulations in order to treat wastewater and produce biomass in optimized quantities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Geoffrey P. Horst, Robert B. Levine, Jeffrey R. LeBrun, James Bleyer
  • Publication number: 20140263038
    Abstract: A method of controlling sulfides in water systems is disclosed which includes injecting 9,10 anthraquinone into the water system and injecting a nitrate or nitrite into the water system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Multi-Chem Group.
    Inventors: Michael Harless, Edward Corrin
  • Publication number: 20140263040
    Abstract: A batch reactor includes a first portion, a second portion, a first drainage tank, a second drainage tank, and a first flow control mechanism. The first portion includes a first chamber, a second chamber, and a third chamber in fluid communication with one another configured for a flow of at least one biomaterial therethrough. The second portion includes a first chamber and a second chamber in fluid communication with one another configured for a flow of the least one biomaterial therethrough. The first drainage chamber is in fluid communication with the first and second chambers. The second drainage chamber is in fluid communication with the third chamber of the first portion and the second chamber of the second portion. The first flow control mechanism is disposed between the third chamber of the first portion and the first chamber of the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Epcot Crenshaw Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Satish Smith
  • Publication number: 20140263044
    Abstract: A solid dissolver system for the treatment of waste material in a waste water collection system. The solid dissolver system includes a housing. The housing includes a cover and a platform portion for receiving the cover. A cartridge containing agents for the treatment of waste material is disposed within the cover, the cover substantially surrounding and enveloping the cartridge, the cover including an opening. A water inlet is provided into the housing, the water inlet terminating at a spray means disposed proximate to or inside the cover opening, the spray means being capable of directing water at an exposed surface of the cartridge, the platform portion being capable of collecting any effluent from the water directed at the exposed surface of the cartridge by the spray means. A water outlet for channeling the effluent into a waste water collection system is included in the platform portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: UNITED LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventor: Eric D. Frazier
  • Publication number: 20140263043
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems and methods of treating wastewater. The present invention may include a method of treating such wastewater comprising selenium in the form of water soluble selenates, selenites, and/or selenides, the method including: a chemical/biological treatment process, causing the water soluble selenates, selenites, and/or selenides in the wastewater to be converted into insoluble elemental selenium; and a physical treatment process, trapping the insoluble elemental selenium in a filtration device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Infilco Degremont, Inc.
    Inventors: Sunil Mehta, Raed Labban
  • Publication number: 20140251899
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for taking liquid anaerobic digestion effluent and increasing the solids content by using the effluent and biomass to further digest both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Chia Hsing Shih
  • Publication number: 20140231346
    Abstract: This method improves and controls ex-situ or in-situ, aerobic or anaerobic digestion of organic materials and toxic or damaging compounds through increased control of multiple chemical and biological settings and conditions. The ability to control flow, natural processes, and biological activity, while adjusting to individual site conditions, offer many opportunities to modify results. Large quantities of modified or adjusted organisms are developed and utilized. Identification and strategic manipulation of the multiple elements of the system result in performance modifications. Energy is utilized to manipulate characteristics of a natural degradation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Lee Aho
  • Publication number: 20140231344
    Abstract: A seawater desalination method of the present invention includes the steps of obtaining ultrafiltration membrane-treated water by subjecting seawater (2) to an ultrafiltration membrane treatment; obtaining membrane bioreactor-treated water by subjecting organic wastewater (1) to a membrane bioreactor treatment; obtaining mixed water by mixing the ultrafiltration membrane-treated water and the membrane bioreactor-treated water; obtaining ultraviolet irradiation-treated water by subjecting the mixed water to an ultraviolet irradiation treatment; and subjecting the ultraviolet irradiation-treated water to a reverse osmosis membrane treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Ishihara, Hiroshi Iwahori, Yuuji Yamashiro
  • Publication number: 20140183129
    Abstract: A system for mixing and mixing processes and structures are disclosed. In addition a nozzle used for mixing is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: ENVIROMIX, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Elliott Locklair, Theodore K. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 8759083
    Abstract: A bioreactor having improved gas yield is described, wherein the necessary residence time of the biomass in the digestion tank is reduced. During the fermentation of dry, i.e. non-pumpable biomass, percolating juices, so-called percolate, is generated as a result of the moisture contained in the biomass, which percolate is withdrawn via a drainage system and, if necessary, recirculated from the top onto the biomass to be fermented. It has now been found that the biomass yield is significantly increased—in the region of between 10% and 40%—when the resultant percolate is not immediately withdrawn by way of the drainage system, but is accumulated in the digestion tank up to a specific level. This is achieved by a technical device wherein the digestion tank is liquid-tight, i.e. also the flap for loading and unloading the digestion tank must be liquid-tight and also be designed in a correspondingly solid manner in order to withstand the resultant liquid pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Bekon Energy Technologies GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Peter Lutz
  • Publication number: 20140151296
    Abstract: Systems and methods for removing organic contaminants from water may be used, for example, to treat produced water from a steam assisted heavy oil recovery operation. The treated produced water may be re-used to create steam. Alternatively, the produced water may be a blowdown stream treated to facilitate further treatment in a thermal crystallizer. The treatments may include pH adjustment or separating de-solubilized organics or both. Other treatments may include one or more of oxidation, sorption and biological treatments. The treatments may be used alone or in various combinations. One exemplary combination includes reducing the pH of produced water, separating de-solubilized organics from the produced water, and oxidizing the produced water or contacting the produced water with activated carbon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brian Christopher MOORE, Hope MATIS, William Leonard KOSTEDT, IV, David M. POLIZZOTTI, Matthew Alan PETERSEN, Jeffrey Lynn SCHWORM, Anthony Yu-Chung KU
  • Publication number: 20140144837
    Abstract: Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as BTEX methanol and other non-phase separable hydrocarbons may be removed from wastewater obtained from oil or gas exploration or production operations by way of a bioreactor. The bioreactor may employ anaerobic microorganisms that metabolize various VOCs. In some embodiments, such a bioreactor may be configured to treat process flow rates of thousands of barrels of wastewater per hour. Such a bioreactor may comprise a large vessel at a larger water treatment site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: R N Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kerry J. Spiroff, Nathan Zaugg, Huiwei Yu
  • Publication number: 20140131272
    Abstract: Feed water is processed in an anaerobic digester. A solid-liquid separation device, for example a sludge screw thickener, treats a stream drawn from the digester in a recirculation loop. The solids portion is returned to the digester to increase the solids retention time and the TSS concentration in the digester. A liquid portion with less than 5% of the solids in the stream is removed and optionally treated further. The flow rate to the solid-liquid separation device is preferably greater than the influent flow rate. The solid-liquid separation device may receive digestate at a TSS concentration of 4% or more and return a solids portion having a TSS concentration of over 10%. The feed water is preferably one or more industrial waste streams having a COD concentration of 20,000 to 50,000 mg/L and a TSS concentration from 1-5%. The organic loading rate may be 10-12 kg/COD/m3/day.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: ANAERGIA INC.
    Inventor: Juan Carlos JOSSE
  • Publication number: 20140124439
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus and method for anaerobic wastewater treatment with a membrane, which effectively generates biogas and suppresses fouling on a membrane surface by performing anaerobic treatment to wastewater. The apparatus for anaerobic wastewater treatment with a membrane includes: an anaerobic reactor for performing anaerobic treatment to wastewater and generating biogas; an anaerobic membrane bio-reactor for filtering wastewater discharged from the anaerobic reactor by means of a membrane module and providing an additional anaerobic treatment space for the wastewater; submerged membrane modules provided in the anaerobic membrane bio-reactor to filter wastewater; rotating disks provided at both sides of the submerged membrane module to induce turbulence to the wastewater by means of rotation; and a second media provided in the anaerobic membrane bio-reactor to circulate according to the flow of the wastewater so that foulants on a surface of the membrane module are detached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Kyung Guen SONG, Jung Yeol LEE, Jun Hee RYU, Se Yeon WON, Min-hyuk YOON
  • Publication number: 20140120601
    Abstract: The present invention comprises compositions and methods for enhancing biological processes, such as plant growth or bioremediation. For example, the present invention comprises compositions and methods for effectively remediating chemical and organic wastes and reducing the environmental risk from manure, septic, sewage, oil pollution, and other contaminants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: INOCUCOR
    Inventors: Margaret Bywater-Ekegard, Ananda Fitzsimmons