Algae Culture Patents (Class 47/1.4)
  • Patent number: 8800202
    Abstract: Biomass production apparatus is disclosed and comprises a stack of trays, each tray, in use, being in receipt of a respective layer of liquid, the layers being spaced apart from one another such that each layer has associated therewith a respective headspace. Light sources are provided for each layer and are disposed in the headspace associated with said each layer, to illuminate, at least in part, said each layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Converted Carbon Technologies Corp.
    Inventor: Richard J. Rusiniak
  • Publication number: 20140215906
    Abstract: A plant-cultivating method is provided which comprises a step (A) of irradiating a plant with a red light and a step (B) of irradiating a plant with a blue light, wherein the step (A) and the step (B) are independently carried out for a predetermined period of time under cultivation conditions such that a fertilizer is used for each of the step (A) and the step (B), of which at least the fertilizer used for the step (A) is applied in the form of a nutritious liquid containing fertilizer ingredients and further carbon dioxide added therein. Preferably, a nutritious liquid is applied at each of the step (A) and the step (B), and the nutritious liquid applied at the step (A) contains carbon dioxide at a concentration higher than that in the nutritious liquid applied at the step (B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: SHOWA DENKO K.K.
    Inventors: Ryouichi TAKEUCHI, Hironori ARA
  • Publication number: 20140208640
    Abstract: A light pipe for use in aqueous environments comprising an optical rod capable of total internal reflection, and disposed in the optical path of a light source such as a light emitting diode or other source. The optical rod has frosted and unfrosted portions, such that the light is propagated distally along the rod at the unfrosted portions, but a portion of the light is coupled out of the rod into the aqueous environment at each of the frosted portions. The relative sizes of the frosted portions are arranged so that substantially the same light power is coupled out of the rod at each frosted section, thus facilitating rapid and uniform growth of algae in the aqueous environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Edward VERES, Ari MA'AYAN, Nicholas Arthur RANCIS, Matthew Edward DONHAM, David George Peter DESCHENES, Gary C. BJORKLUND
  • Patent number: 8790913
    Abstract: A pneumatic bioreactor includes a vessel containing a fluid to be mixed and at least one mixing device driven by gas pressure. A first embodiment includes a floating impeller that rises and falls in the fluid as gas bubbles carry it upward to the surface where the gas is then vented, permitting the impeller to sink in the fluid. The floating impeller may be tethered to a second impeller with a flexible member and pulley. The mixing speed is controlled with electromagnets in the vessel acting upon magnetic material in the impeller or its guides. In another embodiment, floating pistons mix the fluid, pushing it through a mixing plate with one or more apertures. In a third embodiment, the mixing device is a rotating drum with bubble-catching blades and rotating mixing plates with apertures. The top of the vessel for these mixers may include a closed top and sterile filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: PBS Biotech, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Gregory Zeikus
  • Patent number: 8785175
    Abstract: Systems and methods that facilitate the creation and harvesting of algae using tufted products. One exemplary tufted product comprises a substrate and tufts tufted through the substrate. The use of a tufted product provides various advantages with respect to the creation and harvesting of algae. Among other things, such products can be configured to improve the amount of algal-growing surface area provided and other growing environment characteristics and to facilitate the harvesting of the algae from the tufted product by facilitating the release of all or most of the algae from attachment to the tufted product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Interface, Inc.
    Inventors: William N. Jones, Daniel Price, James Hobbs
  • Patent number: 8769868
    Abstract: The invention relates to a microbial biomass composition produced from a heterotrophic fermentation whose fatty acid profile exhibits: an eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) to arachidonic acid (ARA) ratio of about 11:1 or more; an EPA to total co-concentrating fatty acid ratio of about 8:1 or more, extract compositions, and methods of producing such compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Photonz Corporation Limited
    Inventors: Hywel David Griffiths, Karl Thomas Geiringer, Mark Humphrey Dines
  • Patent number: 8769867
    Abstract: Systems, methods and media for generating fluid flow in an algae cultivation pond are disclosed. Circulation of fluid in the algae cultivation pond is initiated via at least one jet. The circulation of fluid generates a velocity of fluid flow of at least ten centimeters per second in the algae cultivation pond. A head is provided to the at least one jet that overcomes a head loss associated with the velocity of fluid flow of at least ten centimeters per second in the algae cultivation pond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Aurora Algae, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehran Parsheh, Jordan Smith, Stephen Strutner, Guido Radaelli
  • Patent number: 8764985
    Abstract: A three-dimensional grid for use as an algal turf growing surface contains a horizontal planar basal net containing a series of horizontal planar members and upwardly directed members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: HydroMentia, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter H. Adey, Erik Thane Adey, Robinson Bazurto
  • Patent number: 8759068
    Abstract: The system for fermentation using algae of the present invention includes a first reactor and a second reactor being in fluid communication with each other. A first valve placed between the first reactor and the second reactor controls the fluid connection between the reactors. A gas inlet, in fluid connection to the first reactor, is located at an end opposite the second reactor. A devolatization unit or cell lysis chamber is connected to the second reactor by a second valve. A biomass stream having gas, liquid and biosolids contents passes through the first reactor with gas. The biomass stream mixes and dissolves the gas in the reactors. The cellular structure of the biomass stream ruptures in the devolatization unit, allowing the processed materials, such as oil, gas, and biosolids, to be harvested for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Missing Link Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Samuel L. Shepherd, Jerry McCall
  • Publication number: 20140154769
    Abstract: A production system includes a structure configured to house a light-activated biological pathway. The production system further includes an optical filter attached to the structure. The optical filter is configured to receive light, to reflect a first portion of the received light, and to transmit a second portion of the received light, wherein the first portion has a different wavelength from the second portion. The production system is further configured to position the light-activated biological pathway to receive the second portion of the receive light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Wave Tech, LLC
    Inventors: Matteo del Ninno, Jacob A. Bertrand
  • Publication number: 20140144074
    Abstract: A simple alternative to separate filamentous bodies of Monostroma latissimum algae (large green algae) as seed stock. The filamentous bodies are easily separated and prepared for cultivation. At low luminosity (50 ?m mole s?1m?2), the filamentous bodies grow into the filamentous colony. If the filamentous colony is in turns irradiated at the luminosity greater than 100 ?m mole s?1m?2, it is turning into fronds. Thereby the filamentous bodies are evenly distributed into small segments so as to penetrate through the cotton rope for algal mass cultivation and further grow into fronds at high luminosity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: Yean-Chang Chen, Szu-Hsin Hsiao
  • Patent number: 8734649
    Abstract: A method of dewatering algae and recycling water therefrom is presented. A method of dewatering a wet algal cell culture includes removing liquid from an algal cell culture to obtain a wet algal biomass having a lower liquid content than the algal cell culture. At least a portion of the liquid removed from the algal cell culture is recycled for use in a different algal cell culture. The method includes adding a water miscible solvent set to the wet algal biomass and waiting an amount of time to permit algal cells of the algal biomass to gather and isolating at least a portion of the gathered algal cells from at least a portion of the solvent set and liquid of the wet algal biomass so that a dewatered algal biomass is generated. The dewatered algal biomass can be used to generated algal products such as biofuels and nutraceuticals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Heliae Development, LLC
    Inventor: Aniket Kale
  • Publication number: 20140137941
    Abstract: Solar-redshift systems comprise an integral array of redshift modules, each having at least a focusing device, a target, and a quantum-dot vessel. The quantum-dot vessel contains quantum dots that emit light having an emission wavelength. The focusing device directs incident solar radiation through a focusing gap and toward the quantum-dot vessel, or into a slab waveguide and then toward the quantum-dot vessel, causing the quantum dots to emit redshifted light having the emission wavelength. The redshifted light is directed to the target, examples of which include a photovoltaic material or a living photosynthetic organism. The target has increased sensitivity or response to photons having the wavelength of the redshifted light. A trapping reflector component of the quantum-dot vessel prevents loss of redshifted light to the environment outside the solar-redshift system and allows undesirable infrared light to be removed from the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy James Orsley
  • Publication number: 20140130843
    Abstract: An apparatus for obtaining energy from a polychromatic energy source that emits radiation in a first and a second wavelength band comprises a reflector or an energy receiver having an aperture therein; and a holographic lens that diffracts and focuses the radiation within the first wavelength band from the energy source through said aperture towards a first energy receiver, and transmits the radiation within the second wavelength band from the energy source to the reflector or energy receiver. If a reflector is used, the reflector reflects the radiation transmitted by the holographic lens towards a second energy receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: The Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of The University of Arizona
    Inventors: Raymond K. Kostuk, Shelby D. Vorndran, Deming Zhang, Juan Manuel Russo, Michael Gordon
  • Patent number: 8722390
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is an atmospheric bioremediation system focused to reduce the Carbon Dioxide content in the Earth's atmosphere. The disclosed system includes an apparatus to distribute iron in low oxidation states such as zero or plus two trough out the photic region of high nutrients low clorophylls (HNLC) oceans over a period of time. This special apparatus is needed to provide a slow and continuous release of the iron to prevent premature precipitation. It has been shown that microalgae growth is usually initiated by the addition of iron and its sustained feed in water whose only limiting nutrient to prevent algal growth is iron itself. It has also been shown that southern oceans are a possible large batch area where iron is the limiting nutrient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: Alberto Aramayo, Patricia Aramayo
  • Publication number: 20140123552
    Abstract: A sun-tracking light distributor system for use in one of an open-ended system and a closed photo-bioreactor for a photosynthetic culture having an aqueous liquid is described. The system comprises: two light distribution walls made of a transparent material allowing sunlight to pass therethrough, the two light distribution walls creating an elongated channel with an interior space adapted to receive the sunlight and an exterior surface adapted to be partly immersed in the aqueous liquid in use; and a displacement system operatively connected to at least one of the two light distribution walls, the displacement system being adapted to change an orientation of the at least one of the two light distribution walls to track a solar position with respect to at least one axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Paul GRENIER, Marc LEVESQUE
  • Patent number: 8713850
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein relates to an ultra high intensity micro algal bioreactor designed to minimize the area foot print while completely controlling and optimizing the conditions for growing one or more specific strains of micro algae at maximum efficiency and minimum cost. The innovative bioreactor is in the form of an algae growing assembly that comprises a plurality of growing trays vertically stacked together and retained within a transparent housing. Each growing tray is configured to flowingly transport nutrient enriched water to the growing tray positioned immediately beneath it. Each growing tray is composed of a stiff transparent plastic sheet having a pliable transparent gas permeable membrane affixed thereon. A carbon dioxide gas infusion system is fluidicly connected to each of the plurality of growing trays such that carbon dioxide gas is able to (1) inflate respective carbon dioxide gas chambers, and (2) diffuse into the nutrient enriched water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: H. Freeman Seebo
  • Patent number: 8709795
    Abstract: A light transformation particle is provided. The light transformation particle of the invention includes a light-shifting layer containing at least one light-emitting material, wherein the light-emitting layer transforms ultraviolet light, yellow-green light, or infrared light to red-orange light or blue-violet light. The light transformation particle further includes a core layer and/or a shell layer. The present invention further provides a photobioreactor containing the light transformation particle of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Wen-Chang Lu, Chung-Cheng Han, Yun-Huin Lin, Hom-Ti Lee
  • Patent number: 8702991
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, methods, and apparatuses for aggregating microorganism in an aqueous suspension. In particular, are systems, methods, and apparatuses that apply an electrical field to an aqueous suspension comprising microorganisms as the aqueous suspension follows a flow path to cause aggregation of the microorganisms. The electrical field may be continuous or pulsed. In some embodiments, the flow path for the aqueous suspension may vary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Heliae Development, LLC
    Inventors: Justin S. Kniep, Aniket Kale
  • Publication number: 20140096442
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems for the production of macroalgae in a manner to provide a sustained, economical source of biomass that may be used in various end-use processes, including energy production. The invention provides specific combinations of macroalgae types, saltwater growth medium compositions, and open pond water containers that results in biomass production beyond what may occur naturally without the required manipulation. Specifically, macroalgae that produce an exoskeleton in the presence of brackish water (e.g., stoneworts) have been found to provide excellent biomass production under the conditions of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Palmer Labs, LLC
    Inventors: Miles R. Palmer, Bart R. Reid
  • Patent number: 8689482
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described for producing and harvesting algae. The orientation of the production substrates is critical for maximizing production as a function of water area utilized. By employing an array of algae production substrates in a vertical configuration relative to the water surface, the yield of algae production per area of open water is increased substantially relative to prior art algae production systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: College of William and Mary
    Inventors: William E. Cooke, Eugene R. Tracy, Karl W. Kuschner, J. Emmett Duffy, Dennis M. Manos
  • Patent number: 8685707
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes use of filamentous algae to form insulating construction materials which provide thermal and noise insulation. Algae from the order Zygnematales, the Cladophorales, or the Ulotrichales can be dried and formed for use as insulating material. Algae mass can be combined into several layers, using a binder to attach the layers to each other. A composite material of algae mass and an additive can be used and form the body of insulation panels having honeycomb-shaped chambers, which are sealed by a foil that is laminated onto the body. Various plants for cultivating algae for use in construction material are disclosed. Plants utilizing gravity harvest comprise cultivation ponds located at a slope, wherein the ponds can be opened to allow algae and water to flow downhill through a collector grill. Plants utilizing net harvest, overflow harvest or rake harvest are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Heinz Ploechinger
  • Patent number: 8685888
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a remediation agent and method of remediation of an algae bloom are disclosed. The remediation agent contains light absorbing compounds in a buoyant water semi-insoluble and biodegradable casein product. The remediation agent may be distributed by boat or seeded by airplane to remediate or prevent algae blooms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: John P. Fuhrer
  • Patent number: 8656636
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to biological optimization systems for enhancing photosynthetic efficiency and methods of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan W. Hunt, Senthil Chinnasamy, Keshav C. Das, Erico Rolim de Mattos
  • Patent number: 8658420
    Abstract: The present invention provides a flow-through photobioreactor containing at least one thermoplastic multi-wall sheet having an upper layer and a lower layer having arranged there between at least two sidewalls, at least one inner wall and two or more end caps. Also provided is a process for the production of a biofuel with the inventive photobioreactor. The photobioreactor and process of the present invention have the following advantages: genetically engineered microbes that give higher yields cannot escape into the environment, water in the system does not evaporate, no weeding (presence of unwanted algae), UV light from the sun is filtered out by the reactor walls, temperature control is possible, CO2 from power plants, breweries, etc. can be artificially fed to increase yield. The inventive photobioreactor is also less expensive to build than pipe reactors and may have low energy costs to operate, because little or no energy is needed for agitation and pumping in a preferred gravity assisted embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignees: Bayer MaterialScience LLC, Bayer MaterialScience AG
    Inventors: Rudiger Gorny, James P. Mason, Glenn Hilton, Peter Schwarz
  • Patent number: 8658421
    Abstract: A circulatory photobioreactor is provided. The circulatory photobioreactor comprises a first cultivating part, a second cultivating part and a pump part connecting the first cultivating part and the second cultivating part. The first cultivating part comprises a culture tank in which culture media are supplied and a first light source coupled to the culture tank, which illuminates the inside of the culture tank. The second cultivating part comprises a culture pipe placed outside of the culture tank and supplied with cultures from the culture tank and a second light source coupled to the culture pipe, which illuminates the inside of the culture pipe. The pump part is connected to both the first cultivating part and the second cultivating part in order to circulate the culture solution between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignees: Kairos Global Co., Ltd., Eulgi University Industry Academy Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Kwang Ho Kim, Hee-Gyoo Kang, Young Il Kwon, Sun Jong Kim, Hee Joung Lim, Mi Jeong Kim
  • Patent number: 8650798
    Abstract: An algae bioreactor having a system and method for the efficient cultivation of algae in systems using in part or in full bioreactor chambers and other units wherein algae are grown in the presence of light and are then harvested for various uses including, but not limited to, for producing specific molecules, including recombinant molecules and other molecules produced from algae especially adapted to produce such molecules (including, but not limited to, nutraceuticals and industrial polymers and polymer subunits), as food products and components of food products, and as biofuel or components of biofuel. Further wherein the pH of the algae slurry is manipulated to allow for automated removal of algae adhered to the light permeable surfaces of the bioreactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Renewed World Energies
    Inventors: Richard L. Armstrong, Timothy G. Tompkins
  • Patent number: 8642326
    Abstract: A system for the production and harvesting of algae including one or more of the following components: A turbulator for dissolving carbon dioxide in water to form an algae growth media, a photobioreactor having a serpentine flow path for the algae growth media through spaced apart high and low baffles with an associated light source, a dewatering device for the algae slurry harvested from the photobioreactor, a turbulator for breaking up the cells in the algae sludge coming off the dewatering device, a cooker for cooking the broken up algae cells under pressure and a settling tank for separating the cooked cells into oil, spent media and biomass fractions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventors: Alan W. Schaefer, Brandon D. Cabot
  • Publication number: 20140026473
    Abstract: A method for supplying heat energy and carbon dioxide for vegetables and/or algae production using exhaust gas. The method includes: 1) introducing the exhaust gas to a primary heat exchanger to conduct a first indirect heat exchange between the exhaust gas and air from a vegetable greenhouse and/or an algae culturing house whereby providing hot air for the vegetable greenhouse and/or the algae culturing house; 2) introducing part of the exhaust gas after the first indirect heat exchange to a secondary heat exchanger to conduct a second indirect heat exchange between the exhaust gas and outdoor air; 3) introducing the exhaust gas to a CO2 pressure swing adsorption device, separating and pumping carbon dioxide to a carbon dioxide storage tank for storage; and 4) supplying the carbon dioxide to the vegetable greenhouse and/or a carbon-absorption tank of the algae culturing house.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yilong CHEN, Shuchuan HU, Yanfeng ZHANG
  • Publication number: 20130326941
    Abstract: Quantum dot (QD) LEDs useful for plant, algael and photosynthetic bacterial growth applications. The QD LEDs utilizes a solid state LED (typically emitting blue or UV light) as the primary light source and one or more QD elements as a secondary light source that down-converts the primary light. The emission profile of the QD LED can be tuned to correspond to the absorbance spectrum of one or more photosynthetic pigments of the organism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Nanoco Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Nanoco Technologies Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20130312669
    Abstract: Feeding method and production technology of a vegetarian feed for carnivorous fish prepared from Spirulina and Chlorella algae that are produced by cell proliferation in production tanks in electrolyzed water with chlorine-neutralizing sodium thiosulfate and are subsequently dried, pelleted and packaged. The fish feed can be employed without the fish having diarrhea. As a result, the water in fish breeding tanks does not become immoderately eutrophic and at the same time the daily weight gain of the fish is not affected. An optimum daily growth rate and a fish flesh quality can be achieved without the use of animal and fish-based proteins in the fish food ration. The fish food is also inexpensive and ecologically sustainable and ethically acceptable, since it contributes to the rescue of the remaining fish stocks in waters worldwide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Hanspeter Steffen
  • Patent number: 8591733
    Abstract: The disclosed apparatus for extracting material from liquid comprises a transport member comprising at least one continuous loop configured to pass through a continuous orbit. The material adheres to at least a portion of the continuous loop and a scraping member urges against a portion of the continuous loop to remove at least some of the material. The apparatus can be a harvester that includes a frame. A first conveyor drum for engaging the transport member can be supported at the first end of the frame. A second conveyor drum can be supported adjacent the second end of the frame and also engage the transport member. The continuous loop can extend between the first conveyor drum and the second conveyor drum and frictionally engage at least a portion of each of the respective outer surfaces the drums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Desert Lake Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Howard W. Newman, John Lowell Bowers, Jordan D. Jones
  • Patent number: 8586344
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tubular photobioreactor that has a core structure in the shape of a truncated cone and one or more transparent or translucent tubes which are helically wound around the outer surface and/or inner surface of the core structure. The tubular photobioreactor is characterized in that the transparent or translucent tube has at least two chambers, through at least one of which the cultivation medium flows and through at least one of which a heat transfer medium flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Wacker Chemie AG
    Inventors: Christoph Mueller-Rees, Rupert Pfaller, Christian Walter, Fritz Cotta
  • Patent number: 8569040
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to compositions and methods for more efficiently and effectively growing microalgae suitable for biofuel production. In one aspect, the invention pertains to a composition comprising microalgae and a suitable growth medium. The suitable growth medium comprises a nutritionally acceptable nitrate salt, and a carbonate salt. The concentration of nutritionally acceptable nitrate salt is from about 75 to about 200 ?M while the concentration of carbonate salt is from about 1 to about 6 mM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignees: Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Nils Kroger, Stephen J. Miller, Nicole Poulsen
  • Publication number: 20130276365
    Abstract: A light guide device for transmitting light through a column of light transmitting medium and into an adjacent culture growing solution, including a barrier structure for separating the medium and solution, the barrier structure being light transmissive to allow for extraction of light and being adapted to hold a material of reduced refractive index relative to the medium so as to provide total internal reflection for light incident the barrier structure at greater than a critical angle to thereby guide the light through the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: University of Technology, Sydney
    Inventor: James Bruce Franklin
  • Publication number: 20130276364
    Abstract: The invention provides an artificial ice substrate that floats on a body of water. The top surface of the artificial ice reflects a portion of the sunlight back away from the earth. The bottom surface has nutrients for enhancing the growth of algae. Several weeks after placement of the artificial ice in the body of water, a ship with harvesting equipment, scrapes the algae off artificial ice and into a collection tank, re-applies nutrients to the underside of the ice substrate, and then deposits the artificial ice back into the lake or ocean. The marine plants are then converter into fuel. Besides creating carbon neutral fuel, this method provides carbon credits by means of reflecting sun energy back into space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Phillip Gerard LANGHORST
  • Publication number: 20130269244
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of manipulating the physiological state of algae cultured in raceway ponds by altering one or more environmental parameter to simulate algal bloom forming conditions and to raceway ponds suitable for culturing algae according to the present invention. The alteration of the one or more environmental parameters in a specifically timed manner can be used to induce and maintain synchronous cell division.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Raffael Jovine
  • Publication number: 20130263501
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system may include a leaching system configured to receive biomass and rinse the biomass in an acidic solution such that water soluable combustion unfriendly chemical components in the biomass are leached into an effluent. The system may further include a torrefaction reactor configured to receive the biomass and heat the biomass to generate torrefied biomass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: James Russell Monroe, David Thomas Schroeder, Charles Hawk Cotter
  • Publication number: 20130232867
    Abstract: A system for algal fostering and fishery initiating and maintaining, and for reducing greenhouse gases, comprising a plurality of pumps having hoses for drawing deep, cold, and nutrient rich water from the bottom of an ocean and pumping it to the ocean's surface, and a plurality of heat exchangers drawing the heat from the warmer waters surrounding the hoses, the plurality of heat exchangers being in heat communication with at least a portion of the hoses, for gradually warming the ascending deep, cold and nutrient rich water during its ascent through the hoses, so that it is substantially at ocean's surface water temperature at the time it arrives at ocean's surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: St.Jean Orridge
  • Publication number: 20130232866
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are photobioreactor systems for high productivity aquaculture or aquafarming for growing of algae or other organisms in an aquatic environment featuring aspects that favor improved growth rates by achieving control over the contents of the growth medium, including carbon source, nitrogen source, and essential trace elements necessary for growth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Jason D. LICAMELE, Carl L. WHITE
  • Publication number: 20130219781
    Abstract: A sun-tracking light distributor system for use in an open-ended photo-bioreactor having an aqueous liquid for a photosynthetic culture, comprising: at least one light distributor each including a concentrator supporting section with a light entry surface adapted to receive sunlight rays, an elongated rod section with a light distribution surface adapted to redirect the received sunlight rays within the aqueous liquid, a light concentrating element provided at the light entry surface which concentrates within the elongated rod at least a portion of the sunlight rays received at the light entry surface; a displacement system operatively connected to the light distributors and adapted to change an orientation of the light entry surface of the light distributors to track a solar position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
  • Patent number: 8510985
    Abstract: A cyclic system composed of several integrated cyclic processes and a method for production of cement and or quicklime, ammonia, desalinated water and an excess of algae cells. The system comprises of: at least cement/quicklime production plant, at least ammonia production plant, at least one water desalination unit, at least one photo bioreactor. The energy source of the system is sunlight energy. The CO2 produced by the system and other waste products are sequestrated and recycled for additional cycles of system operation. No CO2 is released to the atmosphere. The system produces a huge excess of algae cells that accumulates in arithmetic or geometrical progression. The excess of algae cells can fuel additional energy consuming plants attached to the system or can be used for other various purposes such as food and food additives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Eliezer Halachmi Katchanov
  • Patent number: 8507254
    Abstract: A process for mixing seawater, feather additive, and one or more algae to prepare a nutrient-rich feedstock for cultivating, growing, and harvesting algae. The harvested algae are processed to produce biofuel, oil, nutrient supplements, and polymers used for cosmetics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Khaled Ali Abuhasel
  • Patent number: 8507264
    Abstract: Certain embodiments and aspects of the invention relate to a photobioreactor including covered photobioreactor units through which a liquid medium stream and a gas stream flow. The liquid medium comprises at least one species of phototrophic organism therein. Certain methods of using the photobioreactor system as part of fuel generation system and/or a gas-treatment process or system at least partially remove certain undesirable pollutants from a gas stream. In certain embodiments, a portion of the liquid medium is diverted from a photobioreactor unit and reintroduced upstream of the diversion position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Algae Systems, LLC
    Inventors: John J. Lewnard, Xiaoxi Wu
  • Patent number: 8507253
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the invention involve methods and systems for preselecting, adapting, and preconditioning one or more species of photosynthetic organisms, such as algae, to specific environmental and/or operating conditions to which the photosynthetic organisms will subsequently be exposed during utilization in a photobioreactor apparatus of a gas treatment system. Also disclosed are new algal strains and cultures that can be produced by practicing the preselection, adaption, and preconditioning methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Algae Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Isaac Berzin
  • Publication number: 20130180166
    Abstract: A method for enhancing gas-to-liquid transfer rate and algal growth using vertical membranes suspended over a pond, wherein the membranes are formed of fibers. An aqueous solution is applied to the top edges of the membranes through a series of headers. The membranes are exposed to a stream of gas containing soluble gas species as the aqueous solution migrates downwardly through the membranes by virtue of gravity-assisted capillary action. The aqueous solution collects the soluble gases from the gas stream, thus promoting the growth of photosynthetic organisms on the membranes and in the pond. The membranes facilitate a gradual introduction of the aqueous solution into the pond at a preferred rate of about 1.3 gallons per minute per linear foot of membrane for optimizing the transfer soluble species from gaseous phase to aqueous phase without rapidly acidifying the pond and harming the phototrophic organisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: OHIO UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: David J. Bayless, Ben Stuart
  • Patent number: 8479441
    Abstract: An apparatus for cultivation of phytoplankton and other autotrophic aquatic species in an aquatic medium in one embodiment comprises a plurality of liquid-impermeable transparent baffles, each forming an elongated trough-like enclosure, depending from a transparent top chamber, each baffle in communication with the top chamber, and two end walls for enclosing the top chamber and baffles. Introduction of water into the baffles sinks the apparatus in the liquid medium to the top of the baffles, leaving the top chamber above the surface of the medium. Light to which the top panel is exposed passes through the top chamber, the water in the baffles, and the baffles to encourage growth of selected microscopic organisms in the surrounding medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Source Integration, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen Stafford Williamson, Jason DiBari
  • Patent number: 8475543
    Abstract: A process for production of biofuels from algae can include cultivating an oil-producing algae by promoting sequential photoautotrophic and heterotrophic growth. The method can further include producing oil by heterotrophic growth of algae wherein the heterotrophic algae growth is achieved by introducing a sugar feed to the oil-producing algae. An algal oil can be extracted from the oil-producing algae, and can be converted to form biodiesel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Genifuel Corporation
    Inventor: James R. Oyler
  • Patent number: 8470584
    Abstract: A bioreactor apparatus in which a container has sidewalls, a floor and a ceiling defining a chamber that contains a slurry of water, nutrients and photosynthetic microorganisms. A plurality of optical fibers, each of which has a first end disposed outside the chamber and a second end in the mixture. A light collector spaced from the container has light incident on it and focuses the light onto the first ends of the plurality of optical fibers, thereby permitting the light to be conveyed into the mixture to promote photosynthesis. At least one nozzle is in fluid communication with a source of gas, such as exhaust gas from a fossil-fuel burning power plant containing carbon dioxide. The nozzle is disposed in the mixture beneath the second ends of the optical fibers for injecting the gas into the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Ohio University
    Inventors: David J. Bayless, Morgan Lefay Vis-Chiasson, Ben Stuart, Gregory G. Kremer
  • Publication number: 20130152864
    Abstract: A lighting assembly for enhancing the growth of aquatic life in an ecosystem and method of enhancing the growth of aquatic life in such an ecosystem. The assembly includes a vessel submerged within water of the ecosystem. A substrate is disposed within and surrounded by the vessel and provides electronics to provide a conditioned current to a plurality of light emitting diodes also contained on the substrate. The light emitting diodes emit light within the water of the ecosystem that provides for growth, not only in a larger volume of the ecosystem, but in addition enhances the growth of the aquatic life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Once Innovations, Inc.