Only Acyclic Patents (Class 435/167)
  • Patent number: 11279619
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a process to convert a sulphur compound to bisulphide by direct or indirect transfer of electrons from a cathode of a bio-electrochemical cell to the sulphur compound under anaerobic conditions and in the presence of mixed culture comprising methanogens and suitably also a anaerobic or facultative anaerobic bacteria. The sulphur compound may be a thiol like methanethiol or ethanethiol or a polysulphide, like dimethyl disulphide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: PAQELL B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Bernardus Maria Klok, Margo Elzinga, Annemiek Ter Heijne, Cees Jan Nico Buisman, Johannes Wijnbelt
  • Patent number: 11230689
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide a self-contained sealed apparatus that captures, filters, compresses and stores methane gas produced by the decomposition of bio-degradable organic materials. The system includes a rotatable and sealable chamber with an intermittent drive unit that mixes moist bio-degradable material during an anaerobic reaction, and captures methane gas generated by anaerobic decomposition. A filter to remove impurities, a low-pressure storage tank, a compressor and a high-pressure storage tank are interconnected and controlled by a system that monitors system parameters, that may include gas flow rate, temperature, and gas volume, and controls system parameters, that may include drive unit activation, generator operation, and compressor operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Native American Construction Service, Inc.
    Inventor: Christian René Loraine
  • Patent number: 11193104
    Abstract: A system for high-value utilization of organic solid waste includes an anaerobic digestion unit, a biogas measurement and collection unit and a methane purification and liquefaction unit. The anaerobic digestion unit includes an organic solid waste pretreatment system and an anaerobic digestion device. The biogas measurement and collection unit includes a gas flow meter and a high-pressure biogas collection device. The methane purification and liquefaction unit includes a high-pressure separation tank, a liquefaction pretreatment system, a heavy hydrocarbon and benzene removal device, a two-stage rectification system, a low-temperature pressure liquid storage tank device and a buffer storage tank. The organic solid waste undergoes an anaerobic digestion treatment to produce methane followed by collection, purification and liquefaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: TONGJI UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Xiaohu Dai, Yu Hua, Shuxian Chen, Huiping Li, Chen Cai
  • Patent number: 11156539
    Abstract: Provided is a method for evaluating a bioavailability of organic solid waste by an anaerobic conversion based on fractal dimension, relating to anaerobic digestion of organic solid waste. Organic solid waste is broken up and dried, and the organic solid waste is analyzed using a laser particle size analyzer, so as to measure a wave vector Q and a scattering intensity I. The wave vector Q and the scattering intensity I are analyzed using a data processing software, and a two-dimensional fractal dimension Df is obtained based on a fractal theory. A volatile fatty acid maximum VFAmax and a biochemical methane potential BMP of the organic solid waste are predicted according to the two-dimensional fractal dimension Df, so as to evaluate a bioavailability of organic solid waste by an anaerobic conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: TONGJI UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Xiaohu Dai, Yu Hua, Chen Cai
  • Patent number: 11098381
    Abstract: Methods for increasing carbon-based chemical product yield in an organism by genetically modifying one or more genes involved in a stringent response and/or in a regulatory network, nonnaturally occurring organisms having increased carbon-based chemical product yield, and methods for use in production of carbon-based chemical products are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: INV Nylon Chemicals Americas, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Brett Foster, Jonathan Kennedy
  • Patent number: 11021809
    Abstract: A method of producing a synthetic diamond is disclosed, the method comprising: (a) capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; (b) conducting electrolysis of water to provide hydrogen; (c) reacting the carbon dioxide obtained from step (a) with the hydrogen obtained from step (b) to produce methane; and (d) using the hydrogen obtained from step (b) and the methane obtained from step (c) to produce a synthetic diamond by chemical vapour deposition (CVD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: ECOTRICITY GROUP LIMITED
    Inventor: Dale Vince
  • Patent number: 10961164
    Abstract: A facility for the recycling of biomaterial with a fermentation stage, whereby the fermentation stage has a fermentation chamber for the production of biogas through anaerobic fermentation of the biomaterial, and with a hygiene stage that is positioned downstream from the fermentation stage, whereby the hygiene stage has a hygienization chamber for the reception and the thermal hygienization of biomaterial discharged from the fermentation stage. A process for the recycling of biomaterial by zymosis is also provided, whereby biogas is produced in a fermentation stage through anaerobic fermentation of the biomaterial, whereby the biomaterial is, after flowing through the fermentation stage, conveyed to a hygiene stage in which the biomaterial thermal is hygienized, and whereby the biomaterial is, after flowing through the hygiene stage, made available as recyclable agricultural, hygienized fermentation residue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: EISENMANN SE
    Inventor: Thomas Schlueter
  • Patent number: 10941454
    Abstract: In alternative embodiments, provided are non-natural or genetically engineered vinylisomerase-dehydratase enzymes, including alkenol dehydratases, linalool dehydratases and crotyl alcohol dehydratases. In alternative embodiments, provided are non-natural or genetically engineered polypeptides having an activity comprising, for example, a vinylisomerase-dehydratase, an alkenol dehydratase, a linalool dehydratase and/or a crotyl alcohol dehydratase activity, or a combination thereof. In alternative embodiments, also provided are non-natural or genetically engineered nucleic acids (polynucleotides) encoding polypeptides described herein, expression or cloning vehicles comprising or having contained therein nucleic acids as described herein, and non-natural or genetically engineered cells comprising or having contained therein nucleic acids as described herein. In alternative embodiments, also provided are methods for making various organic compounds, including methyl vinyl carbinol and butadiene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignees: GENOMATICA, INC., BRASKEM S.A.
    Inventors: Stephanie J. Culler, Robert J. Haselbeck, Harish Nagarajan, Iuri Estrada Gouvea, Daniel Johannes Koch, Mateus Schreiner Garcez Lopes, Lucas Pedersen Parizzi
  • Patent number: 10894729
    Abstract: This disclosure discloses an apparatus of treating a river, comprising a river bed sludge suction device, a container-type sand-stone refuse separation device, a container-type dehydration device, a container-type pulverization device, a storage container, a container-type drying device, a container-type carbonization device, a container-type flocculation device, a container-type precipitation device, a container-type activated coke filtration and adsorption device, a container-type power generation device, a container-type operation and control chamber, and a cleaning ship for floating debris and river bank refuse. This disclosure discloses a method of treating a river using the apparatus described above where a biochar is produced from the separated, dehydrated and dried sludge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignees: MISSISSIPPI INTERNATIONAL WATER INC., AMAZON WATER INC.
    Inventor: Dawei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10894955
    Abstract: The present disclosure is intended to identify a substitution mutation that improves enzyme activity of a decarbonylase. An amino acid corresponding to an amino acid 90, 107, 163, or 171 in SEQ ID NO: 2 is to be substituted with an amino acid exhibiting a higher degree of hydrophobicity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masayoshi Muramatsu, Shusei Obata
  • Patent number: 10875801
    Abstract: The invention relates to a novel dry-state anaerobic digestion method comprising pretreatment of the input with an additive selected from among zeolite, clay, pozzolan and biochar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SBM DEVELOPMENT
    Inventors: Denis Jardel, Henri Frima, Mohammed Benbrahim
  • Patent number: 10781460
    Abstract: A method which enables olefin compound production with a high productivity and an enzyme used in the method, a mutation involving amino acid substitution has been introduced into various sites of diphosphomevalonate decarboxylase (MVD), thus preparing a large number of MVD variants. Next, the result of evaluating the variants for the catalytic activity related to the production of olefin compounds such as isoprene has revealed that MVD whose threonine at position 209 is substituted with a different amino acid has the catalytic activity, and that MVD whose arginine at position 74 is further substituted with a different amino acid in addition to position 209 has the catalytic activity at higher levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignees: RIKEN, ZEON CORPORATION, THE YOKOHAMA RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryoko Orishimo, Tomokazu Shirai, Kazuhiro Takahashi, Misao Hiza, Yusuke Tanabe
  • Patent number: 10689670
    Abstract: The present invention describes a recombinant yeast cell functionally expressing one or more heterologous nucleic acid sequences encoding for ribulose-1,5-phosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (EC4.1.1.39; Rubisco), and optionally one or more molecular chaperones for Rubisco, and one or more phosphoribulokinase (EC2.7.1.19; PRK), wherein the phosphoribulokinase is under control of a promoter (the “PRK promoter”) that enables higher expression under anaerobic conditions than under aerobic conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: DSM IP ASSETS B.V.
    Inventors: Ioannis Papapetridis, Antonius Jeroen Adriaan Van Maris, Jacobus Thomas Pronk, Paulus Petrus De Waal, Niels Lauret, Maarten Dirk Verhoeven, Jozef Petrus Johannes Schmitz
  • Patent number: 10676765
    Abstract: Described is a method for the conversion of 3-methylcrotonyl-CoA into 3-hydroxy-3-methylbutyric acid comprising the steps of: (a) enzymatically converting 3-methylcrotonyl-CoA into 3-hydroxy-3-methylbutyryl-CoA; and (b) further enzymatically converting the thus produced 3-hydroxy-3-methylbutyryl-CoA into 3-hydroxy-3-methylbutyric acid wherein the enzymatic conversion of 3-hydroxy-3-methylbutyryl-CoA into 3-hydroxy-3-methylbutyric acid according to step (b) is achieved by first converting 3-hydroxy-3-methylbutyryl-CoA into 3-hydroxy-3-methylbutyryl phosphate and then subsequently converting the thus produced 3-hydroxy-3-methylbutyryl phosphate into 3-hydroxy-3-methylbutyric acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Global Bioenergies
    Inventors: Philippe Marlière, Maria Anissimova, Mathieu Allard
  • Patent number: 10633622
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method that has been devised to overcome the two most important limitations for sustained biological hydrogen production, namely contamination of the microbial hydrogen-producing cultures with methane-producing cultures necessitating frequent re-start-up and/or other methanogenic bacteria inactivation techniques, and the low bacterial yield of hydrogen-producers culminating in microbial washout from the system and failure. The method includes biological hydrogen production, followed by a gravity settler positioned downstream of the CSTR, which combination forms a biohydrogenator. The biomass concentration in the hydrogen reactor is kept at the desired range through biomass recirculation from the bottom of the gravity settler and/or biomass wastage from the gravity settler's underflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: GREENFIELD SPECIALTY ALCOHOLS INC.
    Inventors: Hisham Mohamed Hafez, Mohamed Hesham El Naggar, George F. Nakhla
  • Patent number: 10612051
    Abstract: Methods for production of a bioproduct with a microorganism and selective extraction of bioproducts from a fermentation broth. The methods may include mixing a carbon source, a nitrogen source, and an extractant-depleted raffinate to form a fermentation medium, and fermenting the medium with a microorganism to form a fermentation broth having at least one bioproduct. The bioproduct may be extracted from the fermentation broth with an extractant comprising an olefin to form an extract and a raffinate, and the extract may be further separated from the raffinate. The bioproduct may then be separated from the extract, and the extractant may be separated from the raffinate to regenerate the extract-depleted raffinate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: WHITE DOG LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Bryan P. Tracy, Christopher Joseph McWilliams, Aharon M. Eyal
  • Patent number: 10533281
    Abstract: A method for breaking down a pallet of plastic, paper, cardboard, and organic material to produce bio-gas, fertilizer, and water includes a step of maintaining a negative pressure during the steps of removing, separating, recycling, feeding, and converting to clean odorous air. The step of maintaining the negative pressure is further defined as removing the odorous air generated during the steps of separating, recycling, feeding, and converting. The chamber of the biofilter is maintained at a predetermined humidity of at least 80% and a predetermined temperature of between 70° F. and 80° F. A biofilter for removing odorous air includes a filter media having a mixture of woodchips having hardwood chips being present between 30 wt. % and 50 wt. %, softwood chips being present between 50 wt. % and 70 wt. %, and microorganisms disposed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventor: Anand Gangadharan
  • Patent number: 10487343
    Abstract: The invention provides non-naturally occurring microbial organisms having a butadiene pathway. The invention additionally provides methods of using such organisms to produce butadiene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Genomatica, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Burk, Anthony P. Burgard, Jun Sun, Robin E. Osterhout, Priti Pharkya
  • Patent number: 10480015
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and bacterial strains for making terpene and terpenoid products, the bacterial strains having improved carbon pull through the MEP pathway and to a downstream recombinant synthesis pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: MANUS BIO INC.
    Inventors: Ajikumar Parayil Kumaran, Ryan Lim, Jason Donald, Hsien-Chung Tseng, Christine Santos, Ryan Philippe
  • Patent number: 10407638
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the biosynthesis of ?-olefins. In particular, the invention provides methods for the production of medium-chain ?-olefins, more particularly C11 ?-olefins, using a polypeptide with decarboxylase activity on free fatty acids with 8 to 14 carbons, in particular on C8-C12 free fatty acids, more particularly on C12 free fatty acids, or a genetically engineered host cell expressing or overexpressing said polypeptide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: Total Raffinage Chimie, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology
    Inventors: Laurent Fourage, Frédéric Laeuffer, Henri Strub, Yun Wang, Jian Xu, Huifang Xu, Shengying Li
  • Patent number: 10400596
    Abstract: A method and system are described that may be used for exploration, production and development of hydrocarbons. The method and system may include analyzing a sample for a geochemical signature, wherein the geochemical signature includes a multiply substituted isotopologue signature and/or a position specific isotope signature. Then, alteration timing may be determined from the signature(s) and used to develop or refine an exploration, development or production strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Michael Lawson, Brian K. Peterson, Cara L. Davis, David R. Converse
  • Patent number: 10370681
    Abstract: Improved methods for anaerobic digestion of organic matter to produce biogas. Among the improvements given are including ferric iron in a hydrolysis reactor to increase the rate and efficiency of anaerobic hydrolysis to provide substrates for methanogenesis. A solids separation step is added after hydrolysis and before methanogenesis to improve the efficiency of the methanogenesis step. Other improvements involve using separate tanks for the hydrolysis and methanogenesis stages and using two (or more) methanogenesis tanks in sequence, and switching the order of the two (or more) methanogenesis tanks periodically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Viresco AD, LLC
    Inventors: Surya Raja Pidaparti, Jeffrey Ray Zierdt, Joseph Philip Burke
  • Patent number: 10351879
    Abstract: A method for producing hydrogen from organic material. Organic material and hydrogen-producing microorganisms are provided in a completely mixed bioreactor for breaking down the organic material into H2, CO2, fatty acids, and alcohols. H2, CO2, and a first liquid effluent are recovered from the completely mixed bioreactor. The first liquid effluent includes hydrogen-producing microorganisms, fatty acids, and alcohols. The first liquid effluent is provided into a gravity settler for separating the first liquid effluent into a concentrated biomass (including hydrogen-producing microorganisms) and a second liquid effluent (including at least a portion of the fatty acids and the alcohols). The concentrated biomass is provided into the completely mixed bioreactor. An input voltage is applied to at least one of the completely mixed bioreactor and the gravity settler for facilitating an electrohydrogenesis process therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc.
    Inventor: Hisham Mohamed Hafez
  • Patent number: 10322178
    Abstract: Techniques for opening a target tissue using nanodroplets are provided. An exemplary method can include targeting a region of tissue for opening, delivering a plurality of nanodroplets to the region, and applying an ultrasound beam at the region such that the nanodroplets cavitate, or convert to microbubbles that cavitate, thereby causing the target tissue to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Inventors: Chen Chen, Elisa E. Konofagou, Paul Dayton
  • Patent number: 10294448
    Abstract: Organic matter digesting apparatus and methods are provided that can include a digestion tank operatively coupled to a vertically aligned gas collection tower and methods that can include providing a biodigesting apparatus; inputting organic matter into the biodigesting apparatus; initiating the biodigesting apparatus; and outputting water, methane gas, and solid carbon-based material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Bruce, Margaret Ruhl
  • Patent number: 10273518
    Abstract: This document describes biochemical pathways that include the production of 3-oxopent-4-enoyl-CoA by condensation of acryloyl-CoA and acetyl-CoA using a ?-ketothiolase with a SER-HIS-HIS catalytic triad. These pathways described herein rely on enzymes such as, inter alia, dehydrogenases, dehydratases and ?-ketothiolases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: INVISTA NORTH AMERICA S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Alex Van Eck Conradie, Adriana Leonora Botes
  • Patent number: 10246694
    Abstract: This present invention relates to cultured recombinant cells comprising a heterologous phosphoketolase (PKL) polypeptide that are capable of increased production of acetyl coenzyme A-derived metabolites, as well as methods for producing and using the same. In some embodiments, the recombinant cells further comprise one or more mevalonate (MVA) pathway polypeptides for the production of isoprenoid precursors, isoprene and isoprenoids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignees: DANISCO US INC., THE GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY
    Inventors: Zachary Q. Beck, Jeffrey W. Munos, Derek H. Wells, Jian Yao
  • Patent number: 10196569
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and a system of treating biomass wastes by biochemistry-thermochemistry multi-point interconnection. The present invention applies solid, gas and liquid products of the thermochemical treatment subsystem to the biochemical treatment subsystem and applies heat produced by the biochemical treatment subsystem to the thermochemical treatment subsystem, forming multi-point and two-way interconnection between the biochemical treatment subsystem and the thermochemical treatment subsystem, thereby increasing the yield and stability of energy gas of the biochemical treatment subsystem and reducing pollution and energy consumption of the thermochemical treatment subsystem respectively. The present invention is suitable for treating biomass wastes with high and low water contents at the same time, producing soil amendment, liquid fuel and biogas, having properties of low secondary pollution and significant reduction of greenhouse gas emission and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TONGJI UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Fan Lyu, Pinjing He, Liming Shao, Hua Zhang
  • Patent number: 10184137
    Abstract: A host cell includes a heterogeneous expression unit including: (a) a polynucleotide encoding a mevalonate kinase derived from a microorganism belonging to a genus selected from Methanocella, Corynebacterium, Methanosaeta, and Nitrosopumilus, and (b) a promoter operatively linked to the polynucleotide. The host cell is used to produce mevalonate kinase, mevalonate-5-phosphate, and isoprenoid compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: AJINOMOTO CO., INC.
    Inventors: Yoko Mihara, Hiroaki Rachi, Yosuke Nishio, Yosifovna Joanna Katashkina, Dmitrievna Ekaterina Kazieva, Georgievna Irina Andreeva
  • Patent number: 10138498
    Abstract: The invention features compositions and methods for the increased production of mevalonate, isoprene, isoprenoid precursor molecules, and/or isoprenoids in microorganisms by engineering a microorganism for increased carbon flux towards mevalonate production in the following enzymatic pathways: (a) citrate synthase, (b) phosphotransacetylase, (c) acetate kinase, (d) lactate dehydrogenase, (e) malic enzyme, and (f) pyruvate dehydrogenase such that one of more of the enzyme activity is modulated. In addition, production of mevalonate, isoprene, isoprenoid precursor molecules, and/or isoprenoids can be further enhanced by the heterologous expression of the mvaE and mvaS genes (such as, but not limited to, mvaE and mvaS genes from the organisms Listeria grayi DSM 20601, Enterococcus faecium, Enterococcus gallinarum EG2, and Enterococcus casseliflavus).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: Danisco US Inc., The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Zachary Q. Beck, Michael C. Miller, Caroline M. Peres, Yuliya A. Primak, Jeff P. Pucci, Derek H. Wells
  • Patent number: 10113186
    Abstract: Described are alkenol dehydratase variants having improved activity in catalyzing the conversion of prenol into isoprene, methods for the production of isoprene using such enzyme variants and their uses in the production of isoprene from prenol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignees: Global Bioenergies, Scientist of Fortune, S.A.
    Inventors: Sabine Mazaleyrat, Marc Delcourt, Philippe Marlière
  • Patent number: 10059963
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to microorganisms that comprise one or more polynucleotides coding for enzymes in one or more pathways that catalyze a conversion of a fermentable carbon source to butadiene. Also provided are methods of using the microorganisms in industrial processes including, for use in the production of butadiene and products derived therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: BRASKEM S.A.
    Inventors: Mateus Schreiner Garcez Lopes, Avram Michael Slovic, Iuri Estrada Gouvea, Johana Rincones Perez, Lucas Pedersen Parizzi
  • Patent number: 10053703
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for preparing patchoulol, ?-santalene, and sclareol in transgenic moss cells that include heterologous nucleic acid molecules encoding a polypeptide or synthase capable of using FPP or GGPP as a substrate. Methods for producing the transgenic moss cell, as well as the transgenic moss cell itself are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN, FIRMENICH SA
    Inventors: Henrik Simonsen, Dong-Fang Chen, Xin Zhan, Xiwu Pan, Brian Christopher King
  • Patent number: 10036003
    Abstract: Described are alkenol dehydratase variants having improved activity in catalyzing the conversion of a compound corresponding to the general formula CnH2nO into CnH2n-2 +H2O with 3<n<7. In particular, described are alkenol dehydratase variants having, e.g., an improved activity in converting but-2-en-1-ol (crotyl alcohol) into 1,3 butadiene and/or an improved activity in converting but-3-en-2-ol into 1,3 butadiene and/or an improved activity in converting 3-methylbut-2-en-1-ol (prenol) or 3-methylbut-3-en-2-ol (isoprenol) into isoprene and/or an improved activity in converting 2,3-dimethyl-but-2-en-1-ol into dimethyl-butadiene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignees: Global Bioenergies, Scientist of Fortune, S.A.
    Inventors: Philippe Marliere, Marc Delcourt, Sabine Mazaleyrat
  • Patent number: 10017787
    Abstract: The application describes a method for producing alkenes (for example propylene, ethylene, 1-butylene, isobutylene, isoamylene, butadiene or isoprene) from 3-hydroxycarboxylic acids via 3-hydroxycarboxyl-nucleotidylic acids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignees: Global Bioenergies, Scientist of Fortune, S.A.
    Inventors: Maria Anissimova, Mathieu Allard, Philippe Marliere
  • Patent number: 10011852
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the biological production of methane (Biogas) by co-culture in an aerobic atmosphere of a methanogenic bacterium and of an anaerobic bacterium capable of producing hydrogen, in a culture medium comprising or being supplemented with carbohydrate compound(s), notably starch and/or sugars, and supplemented with antioxidant compound(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignees: FONDATION MEDITERRANEE INFECTION, UNIVERSITE D'AIX MARSEILLE, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS), INSERM (INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE)
    Inventors: Didier Raoult, Saber Khelaifia, Michel Drancourt
  • Patent number: 10000775
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the biosynthesis of 1-undecene and related terminal olefins. Specifically, the present disclosure relates to methods of using proteins to produce 1-undecene and related terminal olefins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Zhe Rui, Wenjun Zhang
  • Patent number: 9994869
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a recombinant methanotroph having an ability to produce isoprene and a method for producing isoprene using the same, and more particularly to a recombinant methanotroph having an ability to produce isoprene wherein a gene encoding an isoprene synthase having a homology of at least 70% to the amino acid sequence of Ipomoea batatas isoprene synthase is introduced into the recombinant methanotroph, and a method for producing isoprene using the recombinant methanotroph. The use of a recombinant methanotroph according to the present invention enables isoprene to be produced in high yield by using methane gas or methanol which is obtained from waste such as natural gas, biomass, municipal waste or the like as a carbon source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: SK Innovation Co., Ltd., San Diego State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: JaeYang Song, Kwang Kuk Cho, Ki Sung Lee, Yeon Hwa La, Marina Kalyuzhnaya
  • Patent number: 9988881
    Abstract: A method for developing a subterranean field includes: receiving a representation of a rock surface in the subterranean field, the representation having a boundary; defining a set of grid planes over the representation; defining a plurality of core nodes at intersections of the grid planes that are within the boundary; defining core lines to connect each core node with each adjacent core node along the set of grid planes; defining a plurality of plane nodes on the grid planes where each grid plane intersects the boundary; defining plane lines to connect each plane node with each adjacent plane node along the grid planes; defining outlier nodes at each vertex of the boundary; and defining boundary lines connecting each of the plane nodes and each of the outlier nodes along the boundary. The method further includes operating equipment using at least one definition in order to develop the subterranean field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Marijn Loomans, Robert Hartman
  • Patent number: 9988646
    Abstract: Improved methods for anaerobic digestion of organic matter to produce biogas. Among the improvements given are including ferric iron in a hydrolysis reactor to increase the rate and efficiency of anaerobic hydrolysis to provide substrates for methanogenesis. A solids separation step is added after hydrolysis and before methanogenesis to improve the efficiency of the methanogenesis step. Other improvements involve using separate tanks for the hydrolysis and methanogenesis stages and using two (or more) methanogenesis tanks in sequence, and switching the order of the two (or more) methanogenesis tanks periodically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Viresco AD, LLC
    Inventors: Surya Raja Pidaparti, Jeffrey Ray Zierdt, Joseph Philip Burke
  • Patent number: 9988648
    Abstract: The invention provides non-naturally occurring microbial organisms containing an alkene pathway having at least one exogenous nucleic acid encoding an alkene pathway enzyme expressed in a sufficient amount to convert an alcohol to an alkene. The invention additionally provides methods of using such microbial organisms to produce an alkene, by culturing a non-naturally occurring microbial organism containing an alkene pathway as described herein under conditions and for a sufficient period of time to produce an alkene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Genomatica, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Burk, Robin E. Osterhout
  • Patent number: 9988647
    Abstract: Improved methods for anaerobic digestion of organic matter to produce biogas. Among the improvements given are including ferric iron in a hydrolysis reactor to increase the rate and efficiency of anaerobic hydrolysis to provide substrates for methanogenesis. A solids separation step is added after hydrolysis and before methanogenesis to improve the efficiency of the methanogenesis step. Other improvements involve using separate tanks for the hydrolysis and methanogenesis stages and using two (or more) methanogenesis tanks in sequence, and switching the order of the two (or more) methanogenesis tanks periodically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Viresco AD, LLC
    Inventors: Surya Raja Pidaparti, Jeffrey Ray Zierdt, Joseph Philip Burke
  • Patent number: 9975085
    Abstract: A container-type biogas purification film method purification system comprises: a desulfurization and dehydration unit, a compressor, a purification unit, a heat exchanger, and a film-group purification and gas preparation unit that are disposed inside a movable container and are sequentially connected, the desulfurization and dehydration unit is connected to a biogas source generated by an anaerobic fermentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING HELEE BIO-ENERGY LTD.
    Inventors: Wenzhi Pan, Changqing Zhou, Xinghua Yang, Hongyan Li, Dawei Wang, Wenjin Li
  • Patent number: 9969949
    Abstract: A method for providing upgraded biogas includes feeding a stream of biogas into a biogas upgrading system in order to remove carbon dioxide from the stream of biogas. The biogas upgrading system, which may be based on absorption, adsorption, membrane permeation, and/or cryogenics, provides a stream of upgraded biogas and a tail gas stream. The tail gas stream, which may be CO2-rich, is enriched with natural gas so that it is combustible in medium-BTU equipment. The upgraded biogas is used for transportation use and/or the generation of fuel credits. Accordingly, both the tail gas and the upgraded biogas are used effectively and at lower cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Iogen Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Foody, Patrick J. Foody
  • Patent number: 9944538
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a process is described for a water treatment process in which process water is treated with recycled biochar. In accordance with one aspect, process water is passed through activated carbon generated by the biomass pyrolysis and gasification. In accordance with another aspect, the process water is treated to expel gaseous compounds within the process water. In this manner both inorganics, light organics and heavy organics can be removed from the process water. No fermentation is involved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: COOL PLANET ENERGY SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Vern S. Traxler, Timothy Alan Thompson, Paul Faust, Wilson Hago
  • Patent number: 9909146
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for generating alkenes biologically. It relates more particularly to a method for producing terminal alkenes by enzymatic decarboxylation of 3-hydroxyalkanoate molecules. The invention also relates to the enzymatic systems and the microbial strains used, and also to the products obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Scientist of Fortune S.A.
    Inventor: Philippe Marliere
  • Patent number: 9890373
    Abstract: The present application relates to a modified isoprene synthase that has an isoprene synthetic activity and has at least one mutation of an amino acid residue in the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 4, an amino acid sequence having one or several amino acid substitutions, deletions, insertions or additions in the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 4, or an amino acid sequence having 90% or more identity to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 4. The modified isoprene synthase is useful for preparing isoprene monomers in improved yields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Kunio Nakata, Yoshinori Tajima, Uno Tagami, Takashi Oku, Yasuhiro Kashima
  • Patent number: 9879251
    Abstract: Methods are provided for microbial electrosynthesis of H2 and organic compounds such as methane and acetate. Method of producing mature electrosynthetic microbial populations by continuous culture is also provided. Microbial populations produced in accordance with the embodiments as shown to efficiently synthesize H2, methane and acetate in the presence of CO2 and a voltage potential. The production of biodegradable and renewable plastics from electricity and carbon dioxide is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
    Inventors: Harold D. May, Christopher W. Marshall, Edward V. Labelle
  • Patent number: 9850504
    Abstract: Described is a method for the production of 3-buten-2-one comprising the enzymatic conversion of 4-hydroxy-2-butanone into 3-buten-2-one by making use of an enzyme catalyzing 4-hydroxy-2-butanone dehydration, wherein said enzyme catalyzing 4-hydroxy-2-butanone dehydration is (a) a 3-hydroxypropiony-CoA dehydratase (EC 4.2.1.116), (b) a 3-hydroxybutyryl-CoA dehydratase (EC 4.2.1.55), (c) an enoyl-CoA hydratase (EC 4.2.1.17), (d) a 3-hydroxyoctanoyl-[acyl-carrier-protein] dehydratase (EC 4.2.1.59), (e) a crotonyl-[acyl-carrier-protein] hydratase (EC 4.2.1.58), (f) a 3-hydroxydecanoyl-[acyl-carrier-protein] dehydratase (EC 4.2.1.60), (g) a 3-hydroxypalmitoyl-[acyl-carrier-protein] dehydratase (EC 4.2.1.61), (h) a long-chain-enoyl-CoA hydratase (EC 4.2.1.74), or (i) a 3-methylglutaconyl-CoA hydratase (EC 4.2.1.18). The produced 3-buten-2-one can be further converted into 3-buten-2-ol and finally into 1,3-butadiene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignees: Scientist of Fortune, S.A., Global Bioenergies
    Inventors: Philippe Marliere, Maria Anissimova, Mathieu Allard
  • Patent number: 9776897
    Abstract: The invention relates to bio-electrochemical systems for the generation of methane from organic material and for reducing chemical oxygen demand and nitrogenous waste through denitrification. The invention further relates to an electrode for use in, and a system for, the adaptive control of bio-electrochemical systems as well as a fuel cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew Silver, Justin Buck, Noah Taylor