For Fuel Use Only Patents (Class 585/14)
  • Patent number: 10308884
    Abstract: A process for reducing the environmental contaminants in a ISO8217 compliant Feedstock Heavy Marine Fuel Oil, the process involving: mixing a quantity of the Feedstock Heavy Marine Fuel Oil with a quantity of Activating Gas mixture to give a feedstock mixture; contacting the feedstock mixture with one or more catalysts to form a Process Mixture from the feedstock mixture; separating the Product Heavy Marine Fuel Oil liquid components of the Process Mixture from the gaseous components and by-product hydrocarbon components of the Process Mixture and, discharging the Product Heavy Marine Fuel Oil. The Product Heavy Marine Fuel Oil is compliant with ISO 8217A for residual marine fuel oils and has a sulfur level has a maximum sulfur content (ISO 14596 or ISO 8754) between the range of 0.05% wt. to 0.50% wt. The Product Heavy Marine Fuel Oil can be used as or as a blending stock for an ISO 8217 compliant, IMO MARPOL Annex VI (revised) compliant low sulfur or ultralow sulfur heavy marine fuel oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Magema Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Bertrand R. Klussman, Michael J. Moore
  • Patent number: 10131592
    Abstract: The invention relates to hydrocarbon feedstock processing technology, in particular, to catalysts and technology for aromatization of C3-C4 hydrocarbon gases, light low-octane hydrocarbon fractions and oxygen-containing compounds (C1-C3 aliphatic alcohols), as well as mixtures thereof resulting in producing an aromatic hydrocarbon concentrate (AHCC). The catalyst comprises a mechanical mixture of 2 zeolites, one of which is characterized by the silica/alumina ratio SiO2/Al2O3=20, pre-treated with an aqueous alkali solution and modified with oxides of rare-earth elements used in the amount from 0.5 to 2.0 wt % based on the weight of the first zeolite. The second zeolite is characterized by the silica/alumina ratio SiO2/Al2O3=82, comprises sodium oxide residual amounts of 0.04 wt % based on the weight of the second zeolite, and is modified with magnesium oxide in the amount from 0.5 to 5.0 wt % based on the weight of the second zeolite. Furthermore, the zeolites are used in the weight ratio from 1.7:1 to 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: NGT Global AG
    Inventors: Iosif Izrailevich Lishchiner, Olga Vasilyevna Malova, Andrey Leonidovich Tarasov
  • Patent number: 10131848
    Abstract: A composition, including 40-50 wt-% C14 paraffins, based on the total weight of the composition, and 35-45 wt-% C15 paraffins, based on the total weight of the composition, wherein the C14 and C15 paraffins are produced from a biological raw material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: NESTE OYJ
    Inventors: Pekka Aalto, Kati Sandberg, Tomi Nyman, Maija Hakola
  • Patent number: 9878297
    Abstract: An apparatus to convert carbonaceous materials, particularly biomass and those biomass resources which are remotely located, into a solid material, which may be a high performance solid fuel, are presented. The apparatus provides a continuous process which can be completely powered by the energy contained in the biomass. The heat, mechanical power and electrical power are provided from the energy in the biomass, through the methods described. In this way, the apparatus is free to operate in remote locations, where no power or auxiliary fuel sources are available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Renewable Fuel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur M. Shulenberger, Mark Wechsler
  • Patent number: 9802873
    Abstract: A highly efficient method for the conversion of a natural product into the high density fuel RJ-4 with concomitant evolution of isobutylene for conversion to fuels and polymers, more specifically, embodiments of the invention relate to efficient methods for the conversion of the renewable, linear terpene alcohol, linalool into a drop-in, high density fuel suitable for ramjet or missile propulsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Benjamin G Harvey, Heather A Meylemans, Roxanne L Quintana
  • Patent number: 9796931
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to catalysts and processes designed to convert DME and/or methanol and hydrogen (H2) to desirable liquid fuels. These catalysts produce the fuels efficiently and with a high selectivity and yield, and reduce the formation of aromatic hydrocarbons by incorporating H2 into the products. This disclosure also describes process methods to further upgrade these fuels to higher molecular weight liquid fuel mixtures, which have physical properties comparable with current commercially used liquid fuels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Jesse Hensley, Daniel A. Ruddy, Joshua A. Schaidle, Mayank Behl
  • Patent number: 9790439
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for producing mixture of fuel components, which process comprises providing a feed of biological origin; subjecting said feed of biological origin and a hydrogen gas feed to a single step of hydroprocessing in the presence of a catalyst system comprising dewaxing catalyst to form a mixture of fuel components. The present invention relates also to an apparatus for producing a mixture of fuel components from a feed of biological origin. The invention relates also to the use of the fuel components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jaakko Nousiainen, Pekka Knuuttila, Arto Rissanen
  • Patent number: 9783460
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide processes for catalytically converting oxygenates to hydrocarbon products having an increased C6-C8 aromatics content therein. Particular processes include (a) providing a first mixture comprising ?10.0 wt. % of at least one oxygenate, based on the weight of the first mixture; (b) contacting the first mixture with a catalyst to convert the first mixture to a product stream including water, one or more hydrocarbons, hydrogen, and one or more oxygenates, wherein the catalyst comprises at least one molecular sieve and at least one element selected from Groups 2-14 of the Periodic Table and the hydrocarbons comprise ?30.0 wt. % of aromatics, based on the weight of the hydrocarbons in the product stream; and (c) separating from the product stream at least one water-rich stream, at least one aromatic-rich hydrocarbon stream, and at least one aromatic-depleted hydrocarbon stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Ou, Machteld M. Mertens, Linelle T. Jacob, Stephen J. McCarthy, Rohit Vijay, Jeevan S. Abichandani
  • Patent number: 9738909
    Abstract: A method is provided to transform biomass. Non-food biomass is preprocessed. Then, fermentation is processed to generate ethanol. Ethanol is dehydrated through a catalyst to generate ethylene. After the dehydration, oligomerization is processed with a catalyst to transform ethylene into olefins having 6˜20 carbon atoms (C6˜C20). The olefins are hydrotreated into alkanes. Thus, C6˜C20 hydrocarbons having long carbon chains are formed. The hydrocarbons having 6˜10 carbon atoms can be used as gasoline; those having 8˜16 carbon atoms, jet fuel; and those having 16˜20 carbon atoms, diesel. On generating ethanol, byproducts of lignin may be generated. The byproducts can be processed through depolymerization/deoxygenation to generate aromatic hydrocarbons or can be gasified to generate methanol or dimethyl ether. By further processing dehydration, aromatic hydrocarbons are generated to be mixed into gasoline, jet fuel or diesel. Or, the lignin byproducts are gasified to generate syngas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR ENERGY RESEARCH, ATOMIC ENERGY COUNCIL, Executive Yuan, R.O.C.
    Inventors: Kuo-Chao Liang, Feng-Mei Ye, Cheng-Gang Wu
  • Patent number: 9732295
    Abstract: A renewable biofuel based on a highly efficient batch catalysis methodology for conversion of 1-butene to a new class of potential jet fuel blends. By tuning the catalyst and then using the dimer produced, the carbon use is about 95% or greater. This latter point will be particularly important in the future, where the source of raw materials (i.e., biomass/biofeedstock) is limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Michael E Wright, Benjamin G Harvey, Roxanne L Quintana
  • Patent number: 9567541
    Abstract: A jet-range hydrocarbon product includes a mixture of paraffins. The mixture exhibits a freeze point of less than or equal to about ?70° C., a 95% distillation point of greater than or equal to about 275° C., and a smooth boiling point curve that is characterized as having no intervals of the boiling point curve having a slope that is steeper than 4° C./mass % as defined by ASTM standard D2887 between mass recovered ranges of about 20% to about 80%. The steepness of the boiling point curve slope is calculated over any 10 mass % increments within the specified mass % ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Stanley Joseph Frey, Geoffrey William Fichtl, Paul Barger, Scott M. Roney, Christopher P. Nicholas
  • Patent number: 9339809
    Abstract: The invention is a process for the production of a hydrocarbon product including contacting an oxygenated aromatic feedstock, in the presence of hydrogen, with a catalyst composition including: a) a metal hydrogenation catalyst and b) a solid acid catalyst which is active for the deoxygenation of oxygenated hydrocarbons. The process is useful for the conversion of pyrolysis oils and other products derived from biomass and plastics recycling etc, into fuels and chemical feedstocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Johnson Matthey PLC
    Inventors: Michael John Watson, David Davis, Emily Fairnington Douglas
  • Patent number: 9328677
    Abstract: A method for an engine, comprising: responsive to a pressure in a fuel tank being below a pressure threshold, injecting only a liquid fuel into an engine cylinder, the fuel tank storing the liquid fuel and a pressurized gaseous fuel partially dissolved in the liquid fuel. In this way, the pressurized gaseous fuel may be conserved, thus maintaining a pressure gradient within the fuel system and allowing for judicious use of the pressurized gaseous fuel, for example during cold start conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Mark Allen Dearth, Joseph Norman Ulrey, David Karl Bidner, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Patent number: 9182080
    Abstract: Systems and methods to create and store a liquid phase mix of natural gas absorbed in light-hydrocarbon solvents under temperatures and pressures that facilitate improved volumetric ratios of the stored natural gas as compared to CNG and PLNG at the same temperatures and pressures of less than ?80° to about ?120° F. and about 300 psig to about 900 psig. Preferred solvents include ethane, propane and butane, and natural gas liquid (NGL) and liquid pressurized gas (LPG) solvents. Systems and methods for receiving raw production or semi-conditioned natural gas, conditioning the gas, producing a liquid phase mix of natural gas absorbed in a light-hydrocarbon solvent, and transporting the mix to a market where pipeline quality gas or fractionated products are delivered in a manner utilizing less energy than CNG, PLNG or LNG systems with better cargo-mass to containment-mass ratio for the natural gas component than CNG systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: SEAONE HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Hall, Tolulope O. Okikiolu
  • Patent number: 9157040
    Abstract: A method for synthesizing cyclic hydrocarbons with linear hydrocarbon side chains from a renewable source, or biomass by naturally occurring or bioengineered fungal strains, or hydrodistillation of plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Benjamin G. Harvey
  • Patent number: 9145528
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for upgrading (for example, removing heteroatoms, metals, or metalloids) an oil composition derived or extracted from a biomass. The upgraded oil composition can be used to make a desired product, for example, a fuel product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: SAPPHIRE ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Brian L. Goodall, Alex M. Aravanis, Craig A. Behnke, Richard J. Cranford, Daniel J. Sajkowski
  • Patent number: 9074144
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process for hydrogenation of benzene contained in a catalytic reformate, in which: The hydrogen that is present in the catalytic reformate is separated from the remainder of the reformate with separation means, A light benzene-enriched fraction is separated from the heavy reformate, The light reformate that contains the benzene is brought into contact with a nickel-based hydrogenation catalyst at a temperature of between 90° C. and 150° C., a VVH of between 0.5 and 10, and with at least one portion of hydrogen that is obtained during the separation stage of the hydrogen at the top of the separator tank and used at the output pressure of said separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES
    Inventors: Jean Cosyns, Quentin Debuisschert, Jean-Luc Nocca, Delphine Largeteau
  • Patent number: 9057033
    Abstract: Provided are a method and a device for producing synthesis gas and for operating an internal combustion engine therewith. The engine fuel gases can be produced from changing heterogeneous organic fuels, wherein highly tar-laden product gas and pyrolysis gas are formed. The gas mixtures or the syntheses gas formed and by special operation of the gas engine are usable as an addition to the ignition oil. The synthesis gas is generated from the pyrolysis gas that is generated in a pyrolysis reactor and from the product gas that results from autothermal gasification of the pyrolysis coke formed and/or of the pyrolysis oil in an atmospheric steady-state fluidized bed gasifier. Then purifying the synthesis gas in a gas scrubber and in an tar electrostatic filter, passing the synthesis gas via a compressor into a separate injector of a two-stroke dual-fuel engine, bypassing turbocharger and intercooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventors: Arno Schneider, Ergun Cehreli
  • Publication number: 20150148572
    Abstract: Processes for the effective dimerization and oligomerization of a mixed butenes feed using an ion exchange resin based catalyst are provided. The dimerization and oligomerization processes produce highly branched C8 and C8+ olefins (e.g., C12, C16 and C20 olefins) which could be used as superior fuel blending component for higher energy contents, higher octane value, higher octane sensitivity and lower RVP.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Wei Xu, Miao Sun
  • Patent number: 9035114
    Abstract: High octane unleaded aviation fuel compositions having high aromatics content and a CHN content of at least 97.2 wt %, less than 2.8 wt % of oxygen content, a T10 of at most 75° C., T40 of at least 75° C., a T50 of at most 105° C., a T90 of at most 135° C., a final boiling point of less than 190° C., an adjusted heat of combustion of at least 43.5 MJ/kg, a vapor pressure in the range of 38 to 49 kPa, freezing point is less than ?58° C. is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Timothy Michael Shea, Trevor James Davies, Michael Clifford MacKnay, Hanane Belmokaddem Bennis
  • Patent number: 9035113
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a high energy density jet fuel composition, having a smoke point about 18 mm as determined by ASTM D1322 and a thermal stability of no more than 25 mm Hg as determined by ASTM D 3241, and a method for making a jet fuel composition, wherein the net heat of combustion is determined by the aromatics content, cycloparaffins content, and normal plus or iso paraffins content in the jet fuel composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Cherron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Lopez, Janine Lichtenberger, William J. Cannella, Curtis L. Munson
  • Patent number: 9028675
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method for increasing thermal stability of fuel, as well as in reducing nitrogen content and/or enhancing color quality of the fuel. According to the method, a fuel feedstock can be treated with a solid phosphoric acid catalyst under appropriate catalyst conditions, e.g., to increase the thermal stability of the fuel feedstock. Preferably, the fuel feedstock can be treated with the solid phosphoric acid catalyst at a ratio of catalyst mass within a contact zone to a mass flow rate of feedstock through the zone of at least about 18 minutes to increase the thermal stability of the fuel feedstock, along with reducing nitrogen content and/or enhancing color quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: Sebastien Bergeron, Ashok Uppal, Robert J. Falkiner, Marc-André Poirier
  • Publication number: 20150126787
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to renewable compositions derived from fermentation of biomass, and integrated methods of preparing such compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Gevo, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick R. Gruber, Matthew W. Peters, Josefa M. Griffith, Yasin Al Obaidi, Leo E. Manzer, Joshua D. Taylor, David E. Henton
  • Patent number: 9023120
    Abstract: A fuel production method and a fuel production apparatus, for producing fuel by which the fuel efficiency can be improved and the generation of hazardous substances can be easily suppressed and which is stable, and fuel oil produced by such a method and apparatus are provided. This improves the satisfaction of users, and contributes to the prevention of environmental destruction. A fuel production method for producing fuel oil by mixing and reacting enzyme water with petroleum-based hydrocarbon oil is provided, the enzyme water being produced by mixing a natural plant enzyme, containing at least lipase, in water. The natural plant enzyme further contains cellulase. The enzyme water further contains methanol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Cyuba Enzyme Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Kato, Shigeji Tsuta, Hirohide Horibe
  • Publication number: 20150119611
    Abstract: The present application provides a bio-diesel blending system for blending a flow of a bio-diesel fuel with a flow of a second fuel. The bio-diesel blending system may include one or more second fuel skids with the flow of the second fuel, a bio-diesel tank with the flow of the bio-diesel fuel, a bio-diesel skid in communication with the bio-diesel tank, and one or more blending lines in communication with the bio-diesel skid and the second fuel skids for in-line blending of the flow of the bio-diesel fuel and the flow of the second fuel to form a blended flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Wesley Ball, Rohit Mohinder Sharma, Kiran Laxman Tamadaddi
  • Patent number: 9017429
    Abstract: Use in a gas oil fuel composition, which preferably comprises a Fischer-Tropsch derived fuel, of a compound according to formula (I): wherein: R1 to R4 are each independently hydrogen or a C1-10 alkyl group, where such alkyl groups may be the same as or different from one another; and X is a nitrogen- or oxygen-containing group, for the purpose of reducing the cetane number of said fuel composition; preparation of such a fuel composition; and operating a fuel consuming system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Claire Griffiths, Richard Hugh Clark, Christopher William Clayton, Paul Anthony Stevenson, Robert Wilfred Matthews Wardle
  • Publication number: 20150112106
    Abstract: The present invention describes a method of making a jet fuel composition comprising: blending from about 3 vol % to about 30 vol % of a catalytically and/or thermally cracked blendstock into a non-cracked jet-boiling-range distillate to produce a jet-type blend with a smoke point less than 18 mm; and thereafter, blending from about 2 vol % to about 50 vol % of synthesized paraffinic kerosine (SPK) into the jet-type blend to produce a jet fuel with a smoke point of at least 18 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Gregory P. Rockwell, Marc-Andre Poirier
  • Publication number: 20150107151
    Abstract: Oleaginous microbial biomass is subjected to pyrolysis to make microbial pyrolysis oil for use as a fuel or is otherwise formed into combustible products for the generation of heat and/or light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Graham Ellis, Robert Florence, Adriano Galvez, Tyler Painter, Sonia Sousa
  • Patent number: 9012706
    Abstract: A compound having formula (Ph3C)mAr(OR)n, wherein Ph represents a phenyl group, Ar is an aromatic ring system having from six to twenty carbon atoms, R is C1-C18 alkyl or C7-C12 aralkyl, m is one or two, and n is an integer from one to four.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: George D. Green, Raymond J. Swedo
  • Patent number: 9012710
    Abstract: Fuel compositions containing an isomerized component of a single carbon number may contain at least 97 wt. %, based on the total weight of the fuel composition, of an isomerized component consisting of aliphatic paraffin isomers all having the formula CnH2n+2, where 10?n?22 and n has the same value for each aliphatic paraffin isomer in the isomerized component. The fuel compositions have a normal alkane content of less than 10 wt. %, based on the total weight of the fuel composition. Methods for preparing the fuel compositions include hydroisomerizing a normal alkane starting material to form an isomerized mixture and subsequently removing remnant normal alkanes from the isomerized mixture by solvent dewaxing and/or distillation. Some of the fuel compositions may have freezing points at or below ?47° C., making them amenable for use a surrogate fuels in the place of JP-8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: University of Dayton
    Inventors: Heinz J. Robota, Jhoanna C. Alger
  • Patent number: 9006502
    Abstract: A process for the production of bio-oil from solid urban waste, comprising the following steps: a) subjecting said solid urban waste to liquefaction, obtaining a mixture including an oily phase consisting of bio-oil, a solid phase and an aqueous phase; b) subjecting the aqueous phase obtained in the liquefaction step a) to fermentation, obtaining a fermented biomass; c) feeding the fermented biomass obtained in the fermentation step b) to the liquefaction step a). The bio-oil (or bio-crude) thus obtained can be advantageously used in the production of biofuels which can be used as such or mixed with other motor vehicle fuels. Alternatively, this bio-oil (or bio-crude) can be used as such (biocombustible) or mixed with fossil combustibles (combustible oil, coal, etc.) for the generation of electric energy or heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: ENI S.p.A.
    Inventors: Aldo Bosetti, Daniele Bianchi, Giuliana Franzosi, Marco Ricci
  • Patent number: 9006501
    Abstract: A renewable fuel blend and a process for producing a renewable fuel blend are described. The blend includes biologically derived C13 to C18 normal paraffins, which are provided to the blend in quantities such that blend does not require a pour point reducing treatment to achieve a low pour point. In embodiments, the normal paraffins are produced in an upgrading process, such as a hydrotreating process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Rebecca Brafman, Stephen Roby, Guangci Zhou
  • Patent number: 9005315
    Abstract: A method for marking a petroleum hydrocarbon or a liquid biologically derived fuel by adding at least one compound having formula (I), wherein R1 and R2 independently represent hydrogen or C1-C4 alkyl groups, and G represents hydrogen or at least one substituent selected from the group consisting of C1-C18 alkyl and C1-C18 alkoxy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignees: Dow Global Technologies LLC, Rohm and Haas Company
    Inventors: George D. Green, Raymond J. Swedo, Robert Butterick, III
  • Patent number: 9000246
    Abstract: Methods are provided for refining natural oil feedstocks and producing dibasic esters and/or dibasic acids. The methods comprise reacting a terminal olefin with an internal olefin in the presence of a metathesis catalyst to form a dibasic ester and/or dibasic acid. In certain embodiments, the olefin esters are formed by reacting the feedstock in the presence of a metathesis catalyst under conditions sufficient to form a metathesized product comprising olefins and esters, separating the olefins from the esters in the metathesized product, and transesterifying the esters in the presence of an alcohol to form a transesterified product having olefin esters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Snead, Steven A. Cohen, Demond L. Gildon
  • Patent number: 8987537
    Abstract: Low sulphur marine fuel compositions are provided. Embodiments comprise greater than 50 to 90 wt % of a residual hydrocarbon component, with the remaining 10 and up to 50 wt % selected from a non-hydroprocessed hydrocarbon component, a hydroprocessed hydrocarbon component, and a combination thereof. Embodiments of the marine fuel composition can have a sulphur content of about 0.1 wt % or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Danny F. Droubi, Michael Allen Branch, Cynthia Delaney-Kinsella, Dana Tatum Lipinsky, Lawrence Stephen Kraus, Tommy Louis Brumfield, Ariel Bru, Koen Steernberg, Pierre Tardif, Shannon Boudreaux
  • Patent number: 8987539
    Abstract: Acyclic monterpene alcohols, like linalool, to be converted through a series of highly efficient catalytic reactions a biogasoline blending component, and a drop-in biodiesel fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Michael E. Wright, Roxanne L. Quintana
  • Patent number: 8975457
    Abstract: Described herein are methods for producing fuels and solvents from fatty acid resources. In general, the pyrolysis products of fatty acids are extracted in order to remove residual fatty acids and produce very pure hydrocarbon compositions composed of alkanes and alkenes. The fatty acids removed from the extraction step can be further pyrolyzed to produce additional hydrocarbons or, in the alternative, the fatty acids can be isolated and used in other applications. Also disclosed herein are fuels and solvents produced by the methods described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Governors of the University of Alberta
    Inventor: David Bressler
  • Publication number: 20150059354
    Abstract: A process for upgrading pyrolysis oil that includes heating pyrolysis oil in the absence of added catalyst at 100° C. to 200° C. temperature and 50 bar to 250 bar pressure, and heating the product of the first heating in the absence of added catalyst at 200° C. to 400° C. temperature and 50 bar to 250 bar pressure. Also, the product obtained by this process and the use of treated pyrolysis oil. Further, methods where the treated pyrolysis oil is fed to a power plant for producing electricity; is burned in a boiler for producing heating oil and/or is used as transportation fuel or as a blending component in transportation fuel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: UPM-KYMMENE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrea Gutierrez, Pekka Jokela, Jaakko Nousiainen
  • Patent number: 8969641
    Abstract: Tetrahydrotricyclopentadienes are isomerized to a low pour point, high energy missile fuel. Aluminum trichloride is the catalyst and an inert chlorinated hydrocarbon solvent is present. The mole ratio of AlCl3 to the diene is in the range between from about 0.005 to about 1.0. The isomerization temperature is in the range from between about ?20° C. to about 25° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: Richard E. Ware, Edward J. Janoski, Abraham Schneider
  • Patent number: 8969635
    Abstract: A method of: providing a mixture of fecal waste and a bacterium; incubating the mixture to produce a fatty acid enriched mixture; removing water from the fatty acid enriched mixture to produce a dried mixture; and pyrolyzing the dried mixture in an inert atmosphere to produce an alkane from the C5-C32 fatty acid. The bacterium is a type that produces a C5-C32 fatty acid in the presence of any microbes in the fecal waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Justin C. Biffinger, Lisa A. Fitzgerald, Cherie Ziemer, Kurt Henry, Bradley R Ringeisen
  • Patent number: 8969636
    Abstract: An approach that permits continuous batch conversion of alpha-olefins and internal-olefins to oligomeric materials without fouling the reaction vessel and provides a simple and highly efficient method for making very cost effective catalyst systems based on Zeigler-Natta Group 4 metallocenes. Embodiments of this invention produce diesel and turbine fuels that are 100% synthetic iso-paraffinic kerosenes with flashpoints greater than 61 deg C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Michael E. Wright, Benjamin G. Harvey
  • Patent number: 8957268
    Abstract: Methods are provided for refining natural oil feedstocks. The methods comprise reacting the feedstock in the presence of a metathesis catalyst under conditions sufficient to form a metathesized product comprising olefins and esters. In certain embodiments, the methods further comprise separating the olefins from the esters in the metathesized product. In certain embodiments, the methods further comprise hydrogenating the olefins under conditions sufficient to form a fuel composition. In certain embodiments, the methods further comprise transesterifying the esters in the presence of an alcohol to form a transesterified product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Cohen, Melvin L. Luetkens, Jr., Chander Balakrishnan, Robert Snyder
  • Patent number: 8940949
    Abstract: A process for the conversion of biomass to hydrocarbon products such as transportation fuels, kerosene, diesel oil, fuel oil, chemical and refinery plant feeds. The instant process uses a hydrocarbon or synthesis gas co-feed and hot pressurized water to convert the biomass in a manner commonly referred to as hydrothermal liquefaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Gary Peyton Miller
  • Publication number: 20150011808
    Abstract: A method/fuels for making high-density, high-octane fuels, the high-density, high-octane including, dimerizirig terpene monomer(s), crude mixture of terpene(s), and/or oxygenated terpenoid(s) with at least one heterogeneous dimerization acid catalyst at temperatures ranging from about 25° C. to about 160° C. to produce a mixture of residual/isomerized monomer(s) cymene(s), and terpene dimer(s), hydrogenating the mixture of residual/isomerized monomer(s), p-cymene(s), and terpene dimer(s) with at least one heterogenous catalyst(s) under a hydrogen atmosphere to produce a hydrogenated mixture of cymene(s), saturated cyclic molecules of terpene(s), other aromatic(s), and/or saturated terpene dimer(s), and isolating the hydrogenated mixture of cymene(s), saturated cyclic terpene(s), other aromatic(s), and saturated terpene dimer(s) by fractional distillation to yield a high boiling fraction composed of terpene dimers and mixture low boiling fraction composed of hydrogenated monomer(s) and cymenes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Benjamin G. Harvey, Heather A. Meylemans, Michael E. Wright
  • Patent number: 8927795
    Abstract: A process for controlling the simultaneous production of hydrocarbons with boiling points in both the diesel fuel range and the aviation fuel range from renewable feedstocks originating from plants or animals other than petroleum feedstocks is described. The hydrocarbon product can be adjusted by changing the feedstocks without requiring different process equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. McCall, Timothy A. Brandvold
  • Publication number: 20150005549
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to methods to prepare a fuel from a liquid biomass by first producing the liquid biomass from a solid biomass by a thermal process, and then processing the liquid biomass with a petroleum fraction in the presence of a catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Barry A. Freel, Robert G. Graham
  • Publication number: 20150005548
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to methods to increase the gasoline and/or light cycle oil yield of a fluidized catalytic cracker processing a petroleum fraction by injecting a stream comprising a renewable fuel oil into a riser of a fluidized catalytic cracker, and the resulting fuels therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Barry A. Freel, Robert G. Graham
  • Publication number: 20150005547
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to the introduction of a renewable fuel oil as a feedstock into refinery systems or field upgrading equipment. For example, the present application is directed to methods of introducing a liquid thermally produced from biomass into a petroleum conversion unit; for example, a refinery fluid catalytic cracker (FCC), a coker, a field upgrader system, a hydrocracker, and/or hydrotreating unit; for co-processing with petroleum fractions, petroleum fraction reactants, and/or petroleum fraction feedstocks and the products, e.g., fuels, and uses and value of the products resulting therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Barry A. Freel, Robert G. Graham
  • Patent number: 8920629
    Abstract: A diesel oil composition is provided which, while having a low sulfur content, has an excellent oxidative stability even under the higher temperature conditions that can be expected for the operating environments of the future. The diesel oil composition has a fluorenes content of at least 200 ppm by mass and an acenaphthylenes content of at most 2000 ppm by mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Masachika Masuko, Nobuhiro Okabe
  • Publication number: 20140357908
    Abstract: The present invention provides an unleaded, piston engine fuel formulation comprising a blend of mesitylene, pseudocumene and isopentane having a MON of at least 94 and an RVP of 38 to 49 kPa at 37.8° C. In certain aspects, the formulation comprises specific weight percentages of each of the mesitylene, pseudocumene and isopentane components, and varying MON ratings. In additional aspects, the formulations comprise a combination of mesitylene, isopentane, and one or more additional components selected from the group consisting of pseudocumene, toluene and xylenes. In certain embodiments, the formulations also include alkylates and or alkanes. The formulations have unusually high MON ratings, and desirable RVP and distillation curve characteristics for formulations not including additional components, particularly octane boosters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Chris D'Acosta