Gaseous Oxygen Utilized In The Preliminary Reaction Patents (Class 518/703)
  • Patent number: 10252909
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for dry reforming of at least one alkane carried out in at least one reaction chamber, preferably with a catalytic bed, having a stream of gas passing through same. According to the invention, said at least one reaction chamber comprises a catalytic solid which is cyclically and alternatively exposed to a stream of at least one alkane and a stream containing carbon dioxide, such that said catalytic solid is used as an oxidation vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: Universite Des Sciences et Technologies De Lille 1, Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S.)
    Inventors: Axel Lofberg, Louise Duhamel Jalowiecki, Jesus Guerrero
  • Patent number: 10239013
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for recovering methane from a gas stream comprising methane and ethylene, comprising a sorption step which comprises contacting the gas stream comprising methane and ethylene with a sorption agent which has a lower affinity for methane than for ethylene, resulting in sorption of ethylene and 0 to 90% of the methane by the sorption agent and in a gas stream comprising methane in an amount of 10 to 100% based on the amount of methane in the gas stream that is subjected to the sorption step; and a desorption step which comprises desorbing sorbed ethylene and optionally sorbed methane resulting in a gas stream comprising ethylene and optionally methane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SHELL OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Sivakumar Sadasivan Vijayakumari, Charles-Edouard Sanders, Vatsal Mukundlal Shah
  • Patent number: 10221360
    Abstract: A method for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, the method including: 1) gasifying a raw material to obtain a crude syngas including H2, CO and CO2; 2) electrolyzing a saturated NaCl solution using a chloralkali process to obtain a NaOH solution, Cl2 and H2; 3) removing the CO2 in the crude syngas using the NaOH solution obtained in 2) to obtain a pure syngas; and 4) insufflating the H2 obtained in 2) to the pure syngas to adjust a mole ratio of CO/H2 in the pure syngas, and then introducing the pure syngas for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis reaction. A device for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis includes a gasification device, an electrolyzer, a first gas washing device, and a Fischer-Tropsch synthesis reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: WUHAN KAIDI ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daxiang Wang, Pingyu Kuai, Meng Li, Yanfeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10221115
    Abstract: A method of diverting municipal solid waste (MSW) from a landfill that includes receiving, at a MSW processing system, a quantity of MSW, gasifying the quantity of MSW in a gasification unit to yield a syngas stream and biochar stream, converting at least a portion of the syngas to mixed alcohols in an alcohol synthesis unit, separating the mixed alcohols into one or more alcohol products, and determining a carbon offset for diverting the MSW from the landfill to the MSW processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Fluor Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Ravi Ravikumar, Jim Wilson, Denny Li
  • Patent number: 10189763
    Abstract: Herein disclosed is a method of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission comprising introducing one or more feed streams into a reformer to generate synthesis gas; and converting synthesis gas to dimethyl ether (DME). In some cases, the reformer is a fluidized bed dry reforming reactor. In some cases, the reformer comprises a hydrogen membrane. In some cases, the hydrogen membrane removes hydrogen contained in the synthesis gas and shifts reforming reactions toward completion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: RES USA, LLC
    Inventors: Harold A. Wright, Mark K. Robertson, Weibin Jiang
  • Patent number: 10174261
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods of utilizing a Fischer-Tropsch (“FT”) tail gas purge stream for recycling are disclosed. One or more methods include removing an FT tail gas purge stream from an FT tail gas produced by an FT reactor, treating the FT tail gas purge stream with steam in a water gas shift (“WGS”) reactor, having a WGS catalyst, to produce a shifted FT purge stream including carbon dioxide and hydrogen, and removing at least a portion of the carbon dioxide from the shifted FT purge stream, producing a carbon dioxide stream and a treated purge stream. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SGCE LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Allen Logue, Scott Golczynski
  • Patent number: 10041006
    Abstract: A method of producing reformed gas as part of a Fischer-Tropsch (“FT”) hydrocarbon synthesis is disclosed, including the steps of superheating at least a first portion of an FT tail gas produced as a by-product of an FT synthesis process, and forming a mixed gas by injecting at least a portion of an FT water stream, produced as a by-product of an FT synthesis process, into the superheated FT tail gas to form a mixed gas. The mixed gas is used as a feed to a front end of a syngas preparation unit. The amount of at least a portion of the FT water stream is selected to keep the mixed gas at least mostly and preferably entirely in a vapor phase. In some embodiments, a water-gas shift reactor converts the mixed gas to a converted mixed gas upstream of the front end. Other methods, apparatuses and systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SGCE LLC
    Inventors: Leo Bonnell, Miguel A. F. Santos, Scott Golczynski, Bruce Allen Logue, II
  • Patent number: 9885257
    Abstract: One embodiment relates to a power plant having a large steam generator, which is equipped with hydrocarbon-fired burners and/or with a gas turbine and which has a water/steam circuit connected thereto, and comprising at least one device for generating a CO2-rich gas flow, wherein the electrical power output of the electricity-generating part, of the power plant to the electrical grid is subject to power regulation controlled, at the power grid side. Some embodiments relate to a flexible operating method for the power plant that is fired with hydrocarbon-containing fuel, which operating method permits in particular a rapid adaptation of the power plant output to the power demands from the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Bergins, Torsten Buddenberg, Efthymia-Ioanna Koytsoumpa
  • Patent number: 9796587
    Abstract: A system and method for converting waste and secondary materials into synthesis gas (syngas) through the use of a molten metal bath gasifier for the initial breakdown of waste feeds and an A/C plasma reactor for complete dissociation of waste feeds into syngas, and an anaerobic digester. The system includes a heat recovery and steam power generation process for the production of electricity. The system produces a net output of electricity above plant load sufficient for the co-production of renewable Hydrogen and Oxygen. The process does not require the use of fossil fuels or fossil feedstocks during normal operations, and it eliminates combustion produced stack emissions or landfill residuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Renewable Opportunities Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Cole, Seth Murphy, Ronald Bruer, Edmund Kaminski, Peter Sach
  • Patent number: 9790433
    Abstract: A process for producing hydrocarbons is disclosed in which a first feed substream and a second feed substream are obtained from a hydrocarbonaceous feed stream, of which the first feed substream is converted by means of partial oxidation or autothermal reforming to a first synthesis gas stream and the second feed substream is converted by means of steam reforming to a second synthesis gas stream and subsequently combined with the first synthesis gas stream to give a third synthesis gas stream, of which at least a first portion is converted by Fischer-Tropsch synthesis to a crude product stream comprising hydrocarbons of different chain lengths, from which light hydrocarbons are separated in a tail gas, in order to recycle them and use them in the partial oxidation or autothermal reforming. The characteristic feature here is that unsaturated hydrocarbons are separated from at least a portion of the tail gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Albrecht Heinzel, Rachid Mabrouk
  • Patent number: 9315735
    Abstract: A system and method for converting waste and secondary materials into synthesis gas (syngas) through the use of a molten metal bath gasifier for the initial breakdown of waste feeds and an A/C plasma reactor for complete dissociation of waste feeds into syngas, and an anaerobic digester. The system includes a heat recovery and steam power generation process for the production of electricity. The system produces a net output of electricity above plant load sufficient for the co-production of renewable Hydrogen and Oxygen. The process does not require the use of fossil fuels or fossil feedstocks during normal operations, and it eliminates combustion produced stack emissions or landfill residuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Renewable Opportunities Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Cole, Seth Murphy, Ronald Bruer, Edmund Kaminski, Peter Sach
  • Patent number: 9249064
    Abstract: A method and system for converting intermittent renewable energy and renewable carbonaceous feedstock to non-intermittent renewable electrical and thermal energy, storing it as fuels and chemicals and using it to capture and re-use or dispose of CO2 emissions. The system in a preferred embodiment is realized through the generation of non-intermittent renewable electricity utilizing intermittent renewable energy sources along with gaseous fuel from renewable carbonaceous feedstock, producing oxygen and hydrogen from non-intermittent renewable electricity and utilizing the oxygen and hydrogen as required for gasification of renewable carbonaceous feedstock to produce gaseous fuel stream and gaseous intermediate stream, utilizing the gaseous intermediate stream to produce renewable fuels and renewable chemicals, and utilizing oxygen for oxy-rich combustion for concentrating CO2 emissions for easy processing, re-use and disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: CRI, EHF
    Inventors: Challapalli Naga Kiran Kumar, Kim-Chinh Tran, Omar Freyr Sigurbjornsson, Jonathan Whitlow, Kathleen Alexander
  • Patent number: 9216903
    Abstract: A process for the conversion of a hydrocarbon to CO2 and electrical power is described which includes subjecting a gas mixture of a hydrocarbon feed stream and steam to an integrated reforming process including stages of steam reforming in a gas-heated reformer and secondary reforming to generate a reformed gas mixture, increasing the hydrogen content of the reformed gas mixture by subjecting it to one or more water-gas-shift stages, cooling the resulting hydrogen-enriched reformed gas and separating condensed water therefrom, passing the resulting de-watered hydrogen-enriched reformed gas to one or more stages of carbon dioxide separation to recover carbon dioxide, combusting the remaining hydrogen-containing fuel stream with an oxygen containing gas in a gas turbine to generate electrical power and passing the exhaust gas mixture from the gas turbine to a heat recovery steam generation system that feeds one or more steam turbines to generate additional electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Matthey PLC
    Inventors: Mark McKenna, Peter Edward James Abbott, Peter William Farnell
  • Patent number: 9174890
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for converting carbon dioxide into hydrocarbons by reacting magnesium with carbon dioxide to obtain magnesium oxide and carbon, reacting the carbon with hot water steam to obtain hydrogen (H2) and carbon monoxide, reacting hydrogen and carbon monoxide according to the Fischer-Tropsch method, or reacting the carbon obtained with earth alkaline metal oxide to obtain earth alkaline metal carbide and carbon monoxide, wherein the earth alkaline metal carbide is then reacted with water to obtain acetylene and earth alkaline metal hydroxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: King Saud University
    Inventors: Mazen Abdullah Ba-Abbad, Hany Al-Ansary, Essam Al-Ammar
  • Patent number: 9163185
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and apparatus ultimately for converting a carbonaceous material to liquid hydrocarbons suitable for use, for example, as transportation fuels. In a first step the carbonaceous material is converted to a syngas product, and in subsequent steps the syngas product is converted to the desired liquid hydrocarbons. In one embodiment, coal and methane are converted to syngas, and the syngas product is converted to hydrocarbons through a methanol intermediate. An example use for the methods and apparatus of the invention is in the preparation of aviation fuels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: SRI INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Daniel Steele, Robert B. Wilson, Ripudaman Malhotra, Brian Adair
  • Patent number: 9157369
    Abstract: A method and system for integrating a power plant and a post combustion carbon capture plant such as a solvent based absorption-regeneration process plant. Electricity is produced by a boiler feeding steam to one or more turbines. The flue gas from the boiler is fed to a waste heat recovery unit which captures heat and provides it to the post combustion capture plant where it can be used in a stripper interstage heater as a supplemental heat for solvent regeneration. Additionally recovered heat can be also integrated with the power generation plant by transferring it to the boiler feed water heating system. Part of the electricity that is generated is also fed to the post combustion capture plant where it will be used to power unit operations therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stevan Jovanovic, Ramachandran Krishnamurthy
  • Patent number: 9085513
    Abstract: Process for the co-production of methanol and urea from a hydrocarbon feed without venting large amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Haldor Topsoe A/S
    Inventor: Per Juul Dahl
  • Publication number: 20150148434
    Abstract: A system includes a syngas cooler and a compatible seal gas system. The syngas cooler may be configured to cool a syngas. The compatible seal gas system may be configured to supply a compatible seal gas to a seal of the syngas cooler. The seal may be configured to block the syngas from a passage between an outer wall of the syngas cooler and a tube cage of the syngas cooler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anindra Mazumdar, Jay Christopher Schleicher, Atul Kumar Vij, Uma Chinnadurai, Paromita Bhattacharya, Rajeshwar Sripada
  • Publication number: 20150126628
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for producing chemicals from a methane-containing gas are provided. More specifically, the method and an apparatus make use of heterogeneous catalysis, beginning with the partial oxidation of methane to produce synthesis gas followed by a reaction, such as a Fischer-Tropsch reaction, to produce the chemicals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: GREGORY PATIENCE, DARIA CAMILLA BOFFITO
  • Patent number: 9012524
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to processes for hydromethanating a carbonaceous feedstock in a hydromethanation reactor to a methane product stream and a char by-product, and more specifically to removal of the char by-product from the hydromethanation reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: GreatPoint Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Earl T. Robinson, Pattabhi K. Raman
  • Publication number: 20150099812
    Abstract: A system and method for temperature control in an oxygen transport membrane based reactor is provided. The system and method involves introducing a specific quantity of cooling air or trim air in between stages in a multistage oxygen transport membrane based reactor or furnace to maintain generally consistent surface temperatures of the oxygen transport membrane elements and associated reactors. The associated reactors may include reforming reactors, boilers or process gas heaters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Sean M. Kelly
  • Patent number: 8987341
    Abstract: A process for improving the hydrogen content of a synthesis gas stream to a synthesis loop, comprising the steps of: (a) removing a purge stream comprising hydrogen and hydrocarbons from a synthesis loop; (b) separating hydrogen from the purge stream; (c) passing the purge stream to a reformer and reacting with steam and oxygen to produce a stream comprising hydrogen and carbon monoxide; (d) subjecting the reformed reaction product stream to a shift reaction to produce a stream comprising carbon dioxide and hydrogen; (e) subjecting the product stream from the shift reaction to separation to separate hydrogen from carbon dioxide; (f) supplying the separated hydrogen to the synthesis loop; and (g) removing the carbon dioxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Davy Process Technology Limited
    Inventor: Simon Robert Early
  • Patent number: 8968685
    Abstract: A fuel processing system for converting a logistical fuel and air into a liquid product comprising methanol. One such system comprises a fuel injection system configured to combine a logistical fuel and ambient air to produce a logistical fuel and air mixture, a synthesis gas production system configured to convert the logistical fuel and air mixture to synthesis gas, and a methanol synthesis system configured to convert the synthesis gas to a crude methanol liquid. Related methods are additionally disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Alliant TechSystems Inc.
    Inventors: Sabrina Hawkins, Jason S. Tyll, Florin Girlea
  • Publication number: 20150045457
    Abstract: A device for treating steam-saturated crude gases from the entrained flow gasification of fuels before entry into heat exchanges sited upstream of a crude gas converting operation. To avoid solid deposits in an entrance region of the heat exchangers, a crude gas is converted from a saturated into the superheated state by supply of hot gas. Hot gas contemplated is superheated high pressure steam or recycled superheated converted crude gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Norbert FISCHER, Manfred JÄNIG, Doris KLOSTERMANN, Andreas MEIßNER, Manfred SCHINGNITZ, Guido SCHULD
  • Publication number: 20150011663
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for preparing a paraffin product from a carbonaceous feedstock comprising (a) partial oxidation of the carbonaceous feedstock to obtain a mixture comprising hydrogen and carbon monoxide, (b) performing a Fischer-Tropsch reaction using the mixture as obtained in step (a) and recovering an off-gas from the Fischer-Tropsch reaction and a paraffin product, (c) hydrogenating at least a part of the off-gas from the Fischer-Tropsch reaction using a steam/off-gas mol ratio in the range of between 0.5 and 1.5 and a catalyst comprising copper and zinc, followed by a conversion step (d) using a nickel based catalyst, and (e) preparing a hydrogen comprising gas from at least a part of the off-gas from the Fischer-Tropsch reaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Matthieu Simon Henri Fleys, Tathagata Goswami
  • Patent number: 8901179
    Abstract: A process for synthesis of methanol, where make-up syngas is reacted in a synthesis loop (10) obtaining crude methanol, and where a purge gas (20) taken from said synthesis loop is heated to 200-500° C. by indirect heat exchange with a high-temperature heat source, the heated purge gas (33) being expanded in a gas expander (34) to recover energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Casale SA
    Inventors: Raffaele Ostuni, Ermanno Filippi
  • Patent number: 8901178
    Abstract: A method and system for co-production of electric power, fuel, and chemicals in which a synthesis gas at a first pressure is expanded using a turbo-expander, simultaneously producing electric power and an expanded synthesis gas at a second pressure after which the expanded synthesis gas is converted to a fuel and/or a chemical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Gas Technology Institute
    Inventors: Iosif K. Rabovitser, Arunabha Basu
  • Publication number: 20140350131
    Abstract: A bitumen and heavy oil upgrading process and system is disclosed for the synthesis of hydrocarbons, an example of which is synthetic crude oil (SCO). The process advantageously avoids the waste attributed to residuum and/or petcoke formation which has a dramatic effect on the yield of hydrocarbon material generated. The process integrates Fischer-Tropsch technology with gasification and hydrogen rich gas stream generation. The hydrogen rich gas generation is conveniently effected using singly or in combination a hydrogen source, a hydrogen rich vapour from hydroprocessing and the Fischer-Tropsch process, a steam methane reformer (SMR) and autothermal reformer (ATR) or a combination of SMR/ATR. The feedstock for upgrading is distilled and the bottoms fraction is gasified and converted in a Fischer-Tropsch reactor. A resultant hydrogen lean syngas is then exposed to the hydrogen rich gas stream to optimize the formation of, for example, the synthetic crude oil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: EXPANDER ENERGY INC.
    Inventor: KRESNYAK Steve
  • Publication number: 20140345546
    Abstract: A Coal-to-Liquid Fuels production process by which carbon dioxide (CO2) exhaust by-products are significantly reduced, if not eliminated, through a system comprising the generation of a first hydrogen (H2) product and carbon from coal and generating carbon monoxide (CO) by reacting the Carbon (C) with CO2. A second hydrogen (H2) product is generated through catalyzation of water, methane reformation, electrolysis of water, or other reaction processes. Carbon monoxide (CO) is reacted with the first and second hydrogen (H2) products to form a first hydrocarbon group having Olefins. The first hydrocarbon group, as Olefins, are further reacted to form C1-40 alcohols, Kerosene, Gasoline, Diesel Fuel, and Jet Fuel, and combinations thereof. At least a portion of the finished fuel blends are optionally used to generate electricity for use in the fuels production process or for distribution to an external power grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Deborah Wenzel
  • Publication number: 20140350133
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a process for the production of hydrocarbon product from two different hydrocarbonaceous feedstocks comprising the steps of preparing a feed syngas having a hydrogen/carbon monoxide [H2/CO] molar feed ratio suitable for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, wherein the feed syngas is prepared by combining a first syngas having a H2/CO molar ratio below the molar feed ratio and a second syngas having a H2/CO molar ratio above the molar feed ratio; the first syngas is prepared from a liquid hydrocarbon comprising feedstock as the sole source of carbon in a first syngas manufacturing process comprising a non-catalytic partial oxidation step; the second syngas is prepared from a methane comprising feedstock as the sole source of carbon in a second syngas manufacturing process comprising a heat exchange reforming step and an auto-thermal reforming step; and the first and second syngas manufacturing processes are operated in parallel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Shell Internationale Research Maatschappij B.V.
    Inventors: Maarten Bracht, Martin Philipp Rohde
  • Publication number: 20140350132
    Abstract: A bitumen and heavy oil upgrading process and system is disclosed for the synthesis of hydrocarbons, an example of which is synthetic crude oil (SCO). The process advantageously avoids the waste attributed to residuum and/or petcoke formation which has a dramatic effect on the yield of hydrocarbon material generated. The process integrates Fischer-Tropsch technology with gasification and hydrogen rich gas stream generation. The hydrogen rich gas generation is conveniently effected using singly or in combination a hydrogen source, a hydrogen rich vapour from hydroprocessing and the Fischer-Tropsch process, a steam methane reformer (SMR) and autothermal reformer (ATR) or a combination of SMR/ATR. The feedstock for upgrading is distilled and the bottoms fraction is gasified and converted in a Fischer-Tropsch reactor. A resultant hydrogen lean syngas is then exposed to the hydrogen rich gas stream to optimize the formation of, for example, the synthetic crude oil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Expander Energy Inc.
    Inventor: KRESNYAK Steve
  • Patent number: 8889746
    Abstract: An enhanced Fischer-Tropsch process for the synthesis of sulfur free, clean burning, hydrocarbon fuels, examples of which include syndiesel and aviation fuel. Naphtha is destroyed in a syngas generator and recycled as feedstock to an Fischer-Tropsch (FT) reactor in order to enhance the production of syndiesel from the reactor. The process enhancement results is the maximum production of formulated syndiesel without the formation of low value by-products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Expander Energy Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Kresnyak
  • Patent number: 8884089
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for producing olefins, comprising: a. cracking an ethane-comprising feed in a cracking zone under cracking conditions to obtain at least olefins and hydrogen; b. converting an oxygenate feedstock in an oxygenate-to-olefin zone to obtain at least olefins; wherein at least part of the oxygenate feedstock is obtained by providing hydrogen obtained in step a) and a feed containing carbon monoxide and/or carbon dioxide to an oxygenate synthesis zone and synthesizing oxygenates. In another aspect the invention provides an integrated system for producing olefins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Leslie Andrew Chewter, Jeroen Van Westrenen
  • Publication number: 20140323598
    Abstract: A method and system for producing a synthesis gas in an oxygen transport membrane based reforming system is disclosed that carries out a primary reforming process within a reforming reactor, and a secondary reforming process within an oxygen transport membrane reactor and in the presence of heat generated from a oxygen transport membrane reactor and an auxiliary source of heat. The auxiliary source of heat is disposed within the reactor housing proximate the reforming reactors and may include an auxiliary reactively driven oxygen transport membrane reactor or a ceramic burner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Shrikar Chakravarti, Raymond F. Drnevich, Ines C. Stuckert, Minish M. Shah
  • Publication number: 20140323597
    Abstract: A method and system for producing methanol that employs an integrated oxygen transport membrane based reforming system is disclosed. The integrated oxygen transport membrane based reforming system carries out a primary reforming process, a secondary reforming process, and synthesis gas conditioning to produce synthesis gas having a desired module of between about 2.0 and 2.2 for a methanol production process thereby optimizing the efficiency and productivity of the methanol plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Ines C. Stuckert, Shrikar Chakravarti, Raymond Francis Drnevich
  • Patent number: 8795597
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for converting natural gas from a source, such as a wellhead, pipeline, or a storage facility, into hydrocarbon liquid stable at room temperature, comprising a skid or trailer mounted portable gas to liquids reactor. The reactor includes a preprocessor which desulfurizes and dehydrates the natural gas, a first stage reactor which transforms the preprocessed natural gas into synthesis gas, and a liquid production unit using a Fischer-Tropsch or similar polymerization process. The hydrocarbon liquid may be stored in a portable tank for later transportation or further processed on site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Greenway Innovative Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: F. Conrad Greer
  • Patent number: 8791165
    Abstract: This invention discloses a method for making a dimethylether (DME) product from a synthesis gas (syngas) in the presence of a catalyst in a fluid pluralized bed reactor operating in the gas phase. The reactions generate a significant amount of heat and the heat management is balanced between supplying quench recycle syngas to the pluralized sections along the reactor and also by controlling the preheat temperature of the reactant streams. Gas phase fluidization of the catalyst is controlled so that the pluralized reactive zones are maintained in a backmix configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Unitel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarabjit S. Randhava, Richard L. Kao, Todd L. Harvey
  • Publication number: 20140206779
    Abstract: Methods and systems for converting gaseous hydrocarbons to synthesis gas are disclosed. In some embodiments, the methods include the following: thermochemically decomposing a gaseous hydrocarbon stream in an oxygen-free environment to develop carbon and hydrogen; partially oxidizing the carbon in a hydrogen-free environment to develop carbon monoxide; mixing amounts of the carbon monoxide and the hydrogen to generate a synthesis gas; and processing the synthesis gas to generate a synthetic fuel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Klaus S. Lackner, Eric Dahlgren, Christoph J. Meinrenken, Thomas A. Socci
  • Patent number: 8779013
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to apparatus and methods for converting carbon dioxide and/or methane into higher alkanes and hydrogen gas in a single reaction chamber using a catalyst and microwave radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Amiren LLC
    Inventor: Ben Zion Livneh
  • Patent number: 8772360
    Abstract: In various implementations, methanol is produced using a (CO+H2) containing synthesis gas produced from a combined PDX plus EHTR or a combined ATR plus EHTR at a pressure of 70 bar to 100 bar at the correct stoichiometric composition for methanol synthesis so that no feed gas compressor is required for the feed to the methanol synthesis reactor loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: GTLpetrol LLC
    Inventor: Rodney J. Allam
  • Patent number: 8759406
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a process for the production of hydrocarbon products from a methane comprising feedstock comprising of the steps of: preparing a feed syngas comprising hydrogen and carbon monoxide having a hydrogen/carbon monoxide molar feed ratio in a syngas manufacturing process and using the feed syngas in a Fischer-Tropsch process using one or more fixed bed catalyst beds as present in one or more syngas conversion reactors thereby obtaining the hydrocarbon product and an residual tail gas. The manufacturing process comprises of two parallel operated syngas manufacturing processes starting from the same gaseous methane comprising feedstock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Maarten Bracht, Martin John Fernie
  • Publication number: 20140163121
    Abstract: In various implementations, various feed gas streams which include hydrogen and carbon monoxide may be processed for conversion to product streams. For example, the feed gas stream may be processed using the Fischer-Tropsch process. Unconverted hydrogen and carbon monoxide can be recycled using an off-gas catalytic reformer and a gas turbine exhaust gas heat exchanger that will perform preheating duties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: GTLPETROL LLC
    Inventor: Rodney J. Allam
  • Publication number: 20140135409
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for the production of synthesis gas by the use of autothermal reforming in which tail gas from downstream Fischer-Tropsh synthesis is hydrogenated and then added to the autothermal reforming stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Haldor Topsøe A/S
    Inventors: Kim Aasberg-Petersen, Peter Seier Cristensen, Thomas Sandahl Christensen
  • Patent number: 8710107
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for synthesizing ethanol using synthetic routes via synthesis gas are disclosed. A method and apparatus for gasifying biomass, such as biomass, in a steam gasifier that employs a fluidized bed and heating using hot flue gases from the combustion of synthesis gas is described. Methods and apparatus for converting synthesis gas into ethanol are also disclosed, using stepwise catalytic reactions to convert the carbon monoxide and hydrogen into ethanol using catalysts including iridium acetate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Woodland Biofuels Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Jack Melnichuk, Karen Venita Kelly, Robert S. Davis
  • Publication number: 20140109638
    Abstract: A method is described for reducing the carbon footprint of any commercially important industrial conversion process. The output of this conversion process can be combustible fuels, chemicals, electricity or heat energy. In its broadest form, a carbon negative module outputs energy to a conversion energy and this energy replaces conventional fossil-fuel based energy. A sequesterable carbonaceous solid is produced by the carbon negative process which represents a net carbon withdrawal from the atmosphere.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Cool Planet Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vital AELION, Daren DAUGAARD, Wilson HAGO
  • Publication number: 20140107233
    Abstract: There is herein described a high pressure gas to liquid (GTL) process. More particularly, there is described a once through high pressure GTL process utilising a porous catalytic membrane reactor capable of being connected to a novel structured fixed bed reactor that incorporates forced flow through the porous catalytic structured catalyst in combination with high levels of heat transfer where there is no compression of syngas between reforming and Fischer-Tropsch steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: GAS2 LIMITED
    Inventor: James Banister
  • Publication number: 20140100294
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method for converting renewable energy source electricity and a hydrocarbon feedstock into a liquid fuel by providing a source of renewable electrical energy in communication with a synthesis gas generation unit and an air separation unit. Oxygen from the air separation unit and a hydrocarbon feedstock is provided to the synthesis gas generation unit, thereby causing partial oxidation reactions in the synthesis gas generation unit in a process that converts the hydrocarbon feedstock into synthesis gas. The synthesis gas is then converted into a liquid fuel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: INENTEC INC.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Cohn, Jeffrey E. Surma, Leslie Bromberg
  • Patent number: 8691881
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process for the conversion of carbon containing feedstock to a liquid chemical product, particularly a liquid fuel product, wherein carbon dioxide emissions are minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: University of the Witwatersrand
    Inventor: Shehzaad Kauchali
  • Patent number: 8669294
    Abstract: Streams (11) of natural gas contaminated with significant amounts of carbon dioxide can be efficiently and economically processed to create Syngas (16). An available source (1) of flue gas that might otherwise be dispersed into the atmosphere in conjunction with such a CO2-laden natural gas stream (11) renders the process even more economical and efficient through the creation of multiple feedstreams (14, 27, 34) that are combined to deliver a composite near equal mixture of methane and CO2 to a plasma reactor (15) or the like that will generate Syngas. When coupled with a Fischer-Tropsch reactor (40), the overall process provides a particularly efficient and economical process for producing synthetic liquid hydrocarbons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Eco Technol Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Larry Lien, James M. Tranquilla, Tony Picaro
  • Patent number: 8658705
    Abstract: A process for reducing the carbon oxide content in natural gas, by producing a carbon oxide containing natural gas from a geological formation through a natural gas delivery system; providing a reaction zone containing at least one catalyst suitable for hydrocarbon conversion in the natural gas delivery system; introducing hydrogen into the carbon oxide containing natural gas to form a reaction mixture; and passing the reaction mixture to the catalyst in the reaction zone to convert at least a portion of the carbon oxides in the natural gas to hydrocarbons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: David Thomas, Rod Travis, Michael Moppert, Christopher John Kalli, Gerald M. Elphingstone, Jr., David L. Charlesworth