Containment Patents (Class 588/249)
  • Patent number: 10059918
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a method. The method can include: inoculating a bioreactor with one or more first microorganisms and a first fluidic support medium, the bioreactor having one or more bioreactor walls at least partially enclosing a bioreactor cavity, being configured to be at least one of folded up or rolled up, and being sterile when the bioreactor is inoculated with the one or more first microorganisms, the one or more bioreactor walls having at least one bioreactor wall material, and the at least one bioreactor wall material being flexible and at least partially transparent; and vitally supporting the one or more first microorganisms with the bioreactor, a supply of light, and a supply of organic carbon. Other embodiments of related systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Heliae Development LLC
    Inventors: Luke Cizek, Mason Oelschlager, Justin Hayden, Miguel Olaizola, Mason McCarty, Richard Mazur
  • Patent number: 9928348
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for storing and neutralizing a medicine. For example, a device may include a chamber for storing a medicine, a neutralizing component coupled to the chamber, a transceiver for receiving an instruction to neutralize the medicine, and a control unit that includes a processor and that is coupled to the transceiver, where the control unit is for neutralizing the medicine by activating the neutralizing component when the instruction is received via the transceiver. In another example, a device may include a medicine chamber for storing a medicine, an intermediate chamber for storing a neutralizing agent to neutralize the medicine, where a first wall between the medicine chamber and the intermediate chamber comprises a fluid-soluble material, and an outer chamber for storing a fluid, where the intermediate chamber and the outer chamber share a second wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Jonathan L. Reeves
  • Patent number: 9750573
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a multifunctional sharps container having a first dispensing compartment for storing unused sharps and a second compartment for receiving used sharps. The first and second compartments are separated by a generally liquid impermeable partition fixed to the walls of the container. In addition, the first and second compartments are provided with apertures and structures for conveying the sharps, out of and into the compartments respectively, which are functional in at least two orientations of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: ULTIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Erickson, James J. Erickson, Thomas Sauro
  • Patent number: 9694400
    Abstract: A system and method for controlled verified remediation of excavated contaminated spoil using a sorbent in a verified process of testing and analysis of spoil before and after remediation and of adjusting amounts of sorbent and supplemental water mixed with contaminated spoil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Wildfire Construction LLC
    Inventors: Keith Kautzman, Bruce Goines
  • Patent number: 9149939
    Abstract: The invention relates mainly to a disposable working place or chamber and in particular to a disposable isolator. The invention relates to a disposable isolator (1) defining a top portion (10) and a bottom portion (20), said top and bottom portions being linked together by one or more side walls (30) forming all together an inside portion (40), wherein said bottom portion (20) comprises at least one support area (21) for positioning at least one container (80), wherein said disposable isolator (1) comprises at least one filling means (12), wherein said filling means (12) and said support area (21) cooperating, independently or not, to position at least one container substantially in front of said filling means to fill said container by a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: PALL LIFE SCIENCES BELGIUM
    Inventor: Jean-Pascal Zambaux
  • Patent number: 8981268
    Abstract: An apparatus for recovering valuable elements is provided herein. In some embodiments, the apparatus having a conveyor; a container configured to be moved on the conveyor, wherein the container has an open surface; a paper package which contains a mixture containing valuable elements, the paper package being configured to be disposed in the container and to be combusted; a cover that covers the open surface of the container, the cover having an opening for discharging valuable elements vaporized from the mixture; a microwave oven through which the container having the cover and the paper package passes, wherein the microwave oven having a microwave generator and a discharging opening for discharging the valuable elements vaporized from the mixture; and a condenser coupled to the discharge opening, wherein the condenser recovers the valuable elements vaporized from the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Korea University Research and Business Foundation
    Inventor: Joon Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 8844157
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for drying wet biosolids to produce a class A biosolids. Generally described, the method of treating biosolids includes drying a wet biosolids in an indirect dryer to produce a partially dried biosolids and drying the partially dried biosolids in a direct dryer in series with and downstream of the indirect dryer to produce a class A biosolids. The indirect dryer and direct dryer may be operated at an average temperature of greater than about 100° C. and may have a total combined residence time of less than about 60 minutes. Also provided are systems for drying wet biosolids including an indirect biosolids dryer and a direct biosolids dryer in series. The methods and systems are particularly effective at reducing the moisture content of the biosolids from greater than 85% to less than 10% by weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: AGL Resources Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Ray Wagner, Jr., Gerald Harstine
  • Publication number: 20140196360
    Abstract: Glass microparticles and/or glass nanoparticles have been developed for use as: reflective paints; abrasive papers/wheels; flame retardant paints; thermal insulation for aggregates, self-cleaning building materials, absorbent of oils, diesel, gasoline, brake fluids, transmission fluids, ethanol, methanol, and acetone; cosmetics (lipstick, foundation, etc.), medicated dental implant, and targeted drug delivery systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Kamal Sarkar
  • Patent number: 8709375
    Abstract: A method for preparing an oil extractor is provided. The method includes dissolving 0.1˜30% by weight of a potassium sulfate, 0.1˜30% by weight of a potassium persulfate, and 0.1˜30% by weight of a manganese sulfate in a solvent to form a solution; heating the solution to synthesize a compound by a microwave; cooling a temperature of the compound to a room temperature; and removing the solvent from the compound. An extractor prepared from the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: National Tsing Hua University
    Inventors: Yong-Chien Ling, Jen-Yu Liu
  • Patent number: 8705683
    Abstract: A plurality of first plate members 10 is stacked with long side ends 10LT1 and 10LT2 thereof abutting to each other. Plate member joint bodies 100 are formed by attaching connecting members 30 to side surfaces 10S of the stacked first plate members 10, and connecting the first plate members 10. Further, the plate member joint bodies 100 are so disposed to face each other, and the connecting members 30 projecting from the side surfaces 10S of the first plate members 10 are inserted into recesses formed at both long side ends of second plate members 20. A recycled fuel assembly storage basket 1 is thus formed. Recycled fuel assemblies are stored in spaces surrounded by the first plate members 10 and the second plate members 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroki Tamaki
  • Patent number: 8598405
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a waste solution solidifying agent which can solidify a waste solution, particularly, a waste solution containing blood or body fluid at a low cost, uniformly, and in a short time; in particular, to provide a waste solution solidifying agent which can solidify a waste solution uniformly and in a short time in a vertically oriented waste solution equipment. As a means of achieving this object, a waste solution solidifying agent of the present invention is a particulate treating agent used in a method of treating a waste solution which solidifies a waste solution into a gel by placing a treating agent in a waste solution, and is characterized in that said agent contains, as an essential component, a water-absorbent resin having a crosslinked structure obtained by polymerizing a water-soluble ethylenic unsaturated monomer and, when flowing-placed at once into a 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Masuda, Masazumi Sasabe, Seiji Kato, Atsushi Tachibana, Kenji Kadonaga, Shigeru Oka
  • Patent number: 8404920
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for treating hazardous materials, such as those which result from an unwanted spill or leak, which comprise one or more of the steps or effects of: neutralizing the dispersed material; solidifying the dispersed material; immobilizing the material; and/or reducing the evolution of harmful or unwanted gaseous forms from the spillage, preferably using a binding agent which comprises a polyacrylate-polyacrylamide cross-linked copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Rajiv R. Singh, Ian Shankland
  • Publication number: 20130046126
    Abstract: A submerged hydrocarbon recovery apparatus fro the collection and conveyance of fluids from sub surface leaks to the water body surface. The apparatus comprises a hydrocarbon fluid collector having an opening for receiving and collecting fluids emanating from an underwater hydrocarbon leak; a floatation assembly located below the water surface at a depth not affected by surface disturbances; and a conduit extending between the fluid collector and floatation assembly. The apparatus includes components to prevent the formation of hydrates or accumulation of solids that would obstruct the conveyance of fluids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: OXUS RECOVERY SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Brian Wilson Varney, Thomas Joseph Kuelker
  • Patent number: 8354057
    Abstract: A method of sterilizing a closed environment is provided in which a disinfection apparatus is placed into the closed environment; it then generates ozone to a predetermined ozone concentration, following which the humidity of the closed environment is rapidly increased. A catalytic converter then reduces the ozone concentration to safe levels. When the ozone concentration is reduced to a predetermined safe level, the disinfection apparatus signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventors: Doug Heselton, Nigel Boast, Jim Hudson, Gordon Esplin
  • Patent number: 8324443
    Abstract: Secure containers are disclosed for disposal of unused, experimental, and/or expired pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, veterinary medicines, and/or similar materials, where the containers include at least one unidirectional apparatus for depositing materials into an interior of the container, while resisting normal attempts at retrieval of deposited materials. Methods are also disclosed for making and using the secure containers including a unidirectional member supporting deposition of materials into an interior of the container, while resisting withdrawal of deposited materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Sharps Compliance, Inc.
    Inventors: Burton J. Kunik, James C. Berns, Al Aladwani, Claude Dance, David G. Gossman
  • Patent number: 8297022
    Abstract: A portable vapor containment structure has a support frame, at least three wheels to roll the support frame about the ground and wheel retractors for retracting each of the wheels so as to allow the frame to be lowered to the ground. Typically, the apparatus further includes an enclosed vapor containment compartment mounted upon the support frame attached to the support frame. The vapor containment compartment has a bottom opening located within the perimeter of the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Parsons Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Cudney, Jeffrey Hillson
  • Patent number: 8295916
    Abstract: The strontium-rubidium infusion system has a container with eluent, a strontium-rubidium generator with a filter and pressure sensor, an eluate infusion unit, which are connected via a transporting system having pipes and two three-way valves, radioactivity measuring means and a control and operating unit. An eluent container is connected to a syringe pump via the first and second ports of the first three-way valve, the first port of the second three-way valve is connected with pipes via the second filter to the eluate infusion unit, the second port is connected to a waste receptacle. The third and fourth three-way valves, the first and second air bubbles detectors are connected to the control and operating unit connected with a computer. The third three-way valve is connected with its first and second ports via pipes to the third port of the first three-way valve and the input of the generator, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: OOO ′Nauchno Proizvodstvennaya Firma “Pozitom-Pro”
    Inventors: Gennady Grigoryevich Shimchuk, Gennady Arkadyevich Pakhomov, Grigory Gennadyevich Shimchuk, Aleksei Borisovich Utenkov, Valery Timofeevich Galochkin, Aleksandr Vladislavovich Ogurtsov, Valery Ivanovich Kostuchenko
  • Publication number: 20120245401
    Abstract: A method for processing mine tailings includes introducing a volume of dried densified biomass products to mine tailings to produce a conglomerate mixture having substantially no liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: BioMaxx, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason C. Holmberg, Luke E. Watson
  • Patent number: 8236263
    Abstract: Provided is a method for scavenging airborne formaldehyde. The method comprises contacting the airborne formaldehyde with a formaldehyde scavenger of the formula I: where R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, and RA are as defined herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: George D. Green, Raymond J. Swedo, Ian A. Tomlinson, Alan R. Whetten, Charles E. Coburn, Mark A. Henning, Paul M. Novy
  • Patent number: 8235883
    Abstract: A sharps disposal system for safely collecting and disposing of medical sharps includes a cabinet defining an enclosure for receiving a removable used sharps receptacle therein. The cabinet includes a passageway through which sharps may be deposited in the sharps receptacle. A single lock, double door design facilitates safe removal and disposal of sharps deposited in the sharps receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Sharps Compliance, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Iske, Ronald E. Pierce
  • Publication number: 20120119001
    Abstract: A system for reducing environmental contamination from structure demolition can include a fluid first aqueous composition having an alginic acid or alginate dissolved in water, and a fluid second aqueous composition having a calcium salt dissolved in water. The system can be used in a method for reducing environmental contamination from structure demolition. The method can be conducted by: applying the first aqueous composition to a structure to be demolished; applying the second aqueous composition to the first composition on the structure such that the alginic acid or alginate undergoes gelation into a gel; and demolishing the structure such that the gel captures particles and inhibits environmental contamination from the particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Takahisa Kusuura
  • Patent number: 8126780
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for utilizing, processing, distributing and an accompanying business model for sea algae, particularly forced cultured kombu, to prevent the expansion of global warming, by encouraging a re-purchase of the cultured sea algae, by paying the purchaser back, in a constant rate, a part of the profit from the sales of a CO2 omission right, which right depends upon the CO2 absorption and fixation ability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventors: Katsumi Iwai, Hiroshi Horibata
  • Publication number: 20120027975
    Abstract: A method of encapsulating a toxin on a contaminated surface includes providing a plastic air-tight substrate having first and second opposing surfaces. An adhesive substance is disposed on the first surface. The first surface of the plastic substrate is applied to the contaminated surface such that the plastic substrate is adhered to the contaminated surface, and such that the toxin is completely covered by the plastic substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Scot LaVelle
  • Patent number: 8083945
    Abstract: A method of storing and dispensing a fluid includes providing a vessel configured for selective dispensing of the fluid therefrom. The vessel contains an ionic liquid therein. The fluid is contacted with the ionic liquid for take-up of the fluid by the ionic liquid. There is substantially no chemical change in the ionic liquid and the fluid. The fluid is released from the ionic liquid and dispensed from the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc.
    Inventors: Carrie L. Wyse, Robert Torres, Jr., Tadaharu Watanabe, Joseph V. Vininski
  • Publication number: 20110247804
    Abstract: A waste processing system including a first container having an inlet and an outlet, a separator in fluid communication with the first container, and a mechanical degrading device configured to receive an overflow from the separator. Also, a method of processing drilling waste including providing drilling waste to a source, transferring drilling waste from the source to a first container, and pumping drilling waste from the first container to a separator. The method also including receiving an overflow from the separator in a mechanical degrading device, processing the overflow in the mechanical degrading device, and discharging the processed overflow from the mechanical degrading device to a second container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventor: Gary Woolsey
  • Patent number: 7938968
    Abstract: A method of storing and dispensing a fluid includes providing a vessel configured for selective dispensing of the fluid therefrom. The vessel contains an ionic liquid therein. The fluid is contacted with the ionic liquid for take-up of the fluid by the ionic liquid. There is substantially no chemical change in the ionic liquid and the fluid. The fluid is released from the ionic liquid and dispensed from the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Matheson Tri Gas
    Inventors: Carrie L. Wyse, Robert Torres, Jr., Tadaharu Watanabe, Joseph V. Vininski
  • Patent number: 7820870
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system for the transferring a container for receiving high level radioactive waste into and/or out of a pool. The instant invention utilizes a specially designed container in order to make effective use of a stand placed within the pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventors: Krishna P. Singh, Stephen J. Agace
  • Patent number: 7798951
    Abstract: An apparatus for disposal of low-level surface radioactive pollutants has a container body which center has accommodating space with opening at its top. Around the accommodating space there is a layer of barrier space for holding water. At the periphery of the barrier space there is a non-barrier hollow channel for the accommodating space to connect outside. A rotating disk is located at the bottom of the accommodating space in the container body for holding and turning the low-level radioactive waste to be treated and also facilitating the worker to pass through the non-barrier hollow channel for cleaning task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Institute of Nuclear Energy Research
    Inventor: Kuo-Yung Chang
  • Publication number: 20100222626
    Abstract: The present inventions are made from a viewpoint of such problems of the prior art, it is an object of the present invention to provide a good biomass. A method of treating a biomass material according to the present invention is characterized in that arsenic, antimony, selenium, chromium and/or copper contained in a biomass material is (are) adsorbed and eliminated by the use of an adsorbent containing a rare-earth metal compound. The method is characterized in that after the above arsenic, antimony and/or selenium is (are) selectively adsorbed and eliminated, further the above chromium and/or copper is (are) selectively adsorbed and eliminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: NIPPON SHEET GLASS COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Koichiro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 7745679
    Abstract: A method of stabilizing a waste in a chemically bonded phosphate ceramic (CBPC). The method consists of preparing a slurry including the waste, water, an oxide binder, and a phosphate binder. The slurry is then allowed to cure to a solid, hydrated CBPC matrix. Next, bound water within the solid, hydrated CBPC matrix is removed. Typically, the bound water is removed by applying heat to the cured CBPC matrix. Preferably, the quantity of heat applied to the cured CBPC matrix is sufficient to drive off water bound within the hydrated CBPC matrix, but not to volatalize other non-water components of the matrix, such as metals and radioactive components. Typically, a temperature range of between 100° C.-200° C. will be sufficient. In another embodiment of the invention wherein the waste and water have been mixed prior to the preparation of the slurry, a select amount of water may be evaporated from the waste and water mixture prior to preparation of the slurry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: CH2M Hill, Inc.
    Inventors: Arun Wagh, Martin D. Maloney
  • Publication number: 20100113857
    Abstract: A nano-sized or micro-sized fiber comprising particles capable of at least partially detoxifying a toxic agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
    Inventors: Seeram Ramakrishna, Sundarrajan Subramanian
  • Publication number: 20100113856
    Abstract: A swellable sol-gel composition includes a plurality of interconnected organosilica nanoparticles. When dried, the swellable sol-gel composition is capable of swelling to at least twice its dried volume when placed in contact with a non-polar or organic sorbate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Paul L. Edmiston
  • Patent number: 7690406
    Abstract: A hazardous material transfer system for the transfer of waste from a containment cell through a transfer port to a storage vessel. A port door in the containment cell is movable between a open and closed positions relative to the transfer port. The port door has a closure face with a first connector set. A storage vessel sealed by a storage vessel cover is provided for receipt of waste transferred through the port. The cover has an outside face that carries a second connector set that interlocks with the first connector set on the port door. The inside face of the vessel cover has a third connector set. A fourth connector set is located on the storage vessel and mates with the third connector set to lock and seal the cover to the vessel. The connector sets are the variety that engage and disengage upon rotational motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventor: Isaac M. Giesen
  • Patent number: 7692058
    Abstract: Mercury is removed from contaminated waste by firstly applying a sulfur reagent to the waste. Mercury in the waste is then permitted to migrate to the reagent and is stabilized in a mercury sulfide compound. The stable compound may then be removed from the waste which itself remains in situ following mercury removal therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Fuhrmann, John Heiser, Paul Kalb
  • Patent number: 7670490
    Abstract: A method of storing and dispensing a fluid includes providing a vessel configured for selective dispensing of the fluid therefrom. The vessel contains an ionic liquid therein. The fluid is contacted with the ionic liquid for take-up of the fluid by the ionic liquid. There is substantially no chemical change in the ionic liquid and the fluid. The fluid is released from the ionic liquid and dispensed from the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc.
    Inventors: Carrie L. Wyse, Robert Torres, Jr., Tadaharu Watanabe, Joseph V. Vininski
  • Patent number: 7655201
    Abstract: Methods and devices for removing inflammable gases produced by radiolysis in a closed chamber containing radioactive matters comprising organic compounds and possibly water, or radioactive matters in the presence of organic compounds and possibly water. Inside the chamber there may be placed a catalyst of at least one reaction for oxidizing the inflammable gases by oxygen contained in the chamber atmosphere, supported by an inert solid support; a catalyst of at least the reaction for oxidizing CO to CO2; possibly an oxygen source; and possibly a hygroscopic microporous inert solid support. Also, chambers for radioactive matters containing such devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: TN International
    Inventors: Pascale Abadie, Hervé Issard
  • Publication number: 20090270670
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method for removing organic contaminants from a terrestrial environment, such as soil. The method involves contacting the contaminated soil with a solid polymeric material having an affinity for a target organic contaminant, without the need to add any liquid to the soil to form a slurry and/or without the need for the soil to have a high moisture content. Preferably, the organic contaminants absorbed into the polymer materials are removed from the polymer and the polymer reused.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventors: Andrew Daugulis, George Prpich, Lars Rehmann
  • Patent number: 7589248
    Abstract: Mercury is removed from contaminated waste by firstly applying a sulfur reagent to the waste. Mercury in the waste is then permitted to migrate to the reagent and is stabilized in a mercury sulfide compound. The stable compound may then be removed from the waste which itself remains in situ following mercury removal therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Fuhrmann, John Heiser, Paul Kalb
  • Patent number: 7588527
    Abstract: Process for the disposal of sulfur in the liquid state which comprises: a) transforming elemental sulfur into sulfanes having the general formula H2Sn+1, wherein n is a number from 1 to 7; b) optionally mixing elemental sulfur in powder form with the liquid sulfanes, up to such a concentration as to guarantee the pumpability of the mixture; c) injecting the sulfanes liquid at room temperature into geological formations having a temperature lower than 150° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignees: ENI S.p.A., ENITECNOLOGIE S.p.A.
    Inventors: Alberto De Angelis, Paolo Pollesel, Giuseppe Bellussi, Thomas Paul Lockhart
  • Publication number: 20090211981
    Abstract: A dry product that permanently removes oil and oil stains from liquid or dry surfaces and is environmentally safe. The dry product is formed by mixing efficacious proportions of untreated amorphous silica with a dry, inert organic, inorganic or synthetic carrier, or combinations of said carriers. Suitable inert carriers include, but are not limited to, (a) inert inorganic carriers including, but not limited to, clays, perlite, vermiculite, crushed glass, volcanic ash and sand; (b) inert organic carriers, including, but not limited to, peat moss, straw, hay, sawdust, ground corncobs, flours, and coconut coir, and (c) inert synthetic carriers, including, but not limited to, polyurethane, polyethylene and polypropylene. The dry product can be applied directly to oil stains either on a hard surface, such as concrete or asphalt, or to oil spills on water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: Rousseau Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph D. Russo
  • Publication number: 20090205363
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are provided for utilizing a substantially condensed phase cryogenic fluid for the purpose of remediation and retrieval of, e.g., pollutant biomass from marine/aquatic and terrestrial environments. In some implementations, systems and apparatus are provided for applying a substantially condensed phase cryogenic fluid to a volume of biomass, and further having structure for collecting the biomass. Some implementations are environmentally-neutral. Some implementations convert the collected biomass into biofuel. Some implementations initially employ the biomass to remediate an aquatic body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventor: Ronald de Strulle
  • Publication number: 20090200241
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for removing oil from water or a solid surface. This involves contacting the water or the solid surface with a substance in the form of a sheet and having a high humate level under conditions effective for the substance to absorb oil from the water or the solid surface. The substance, having absorbed oil, is then recovered from the water or solid surface. In an alternative embodiment this method can be carried out where the substance is manure which may or may not be in the form of a sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2006
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Applicant: TERRENEW , LLC
    Inventors: Gary E. Harman, Terry D. Spittler, Steven F. Nielsen, Bryan P. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20090149690
    Abstract: The disclosure shows an apparatus and a method for containing a spill of petroleum product. The inventive apparatus and method each include the assembly pliable building blocks of a generally rectangular shape that surrounds an internal void. The blocks form a wall by stacking successive horizontal rows of building blocks such that the respective internal voids vertically align, thereby forming adjacent columnar voids within the wall. The columnar voids are then filled with an adsorbent material that will cling to the petroleum product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventor: Charles T. Chick
  • Patent number: 7501103
    Abstract: Tropospheric volume elements enriched with vital elements and/or protective substances as well as procedures for their production and application. The term “vital elements” applies to all matter supporting the development of life within the earth's biosphere and the term “protective substances” means all those substances which contribute directly or indirectly to the prevention of harmful effects on the earth's biosphere and in particular on man. Tropospheric volume elements in the form of clouds which contain contaminants and which can escape from industrial facilities due to damage or malfunction are enriched with protective substances which prevent the organism from taking in radioactive elements and minimize the extent of the area affected by the clouds and possess additional warning and identification properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Inventor: Franz-Dietrich Oeste
  • Publication number: 20090045138
    Abstract: Superabsorbent foam comprising superabsorbent fiber and/or fruit fiber, processes for producing superabsorbent foam having improved wet strength by foaming a crosslinkable aqueous mixture comprising at least 50 mol % neutralized acid-functional monoethylenically unsaturated monomer or at least one basic polymer, crosslinker, superabsorbent synthetic fiber and/or fruit fiber and at least one surfactant and subsequently polymerizing the monomer in the foamed mixture or crosslinking the basic polymer to form a hydrogel foam and use of the thus obtainable foam in hygiene articles to absorb body fluids, in dressing material to cover wounds, as a sealing material, as a packaging material, as a soil improver, as a soil substitute, to dewater sludges, to thicken waterborne paints or coatings in the course of disposing of residual quantities thereof, to dewater water-containing oils or hydrocarbons or as a material for filters in ventilation systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Applicant: BASF AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Samantha Champ, Mariola Wanior, Andreas Reifschneider
  • Publication number: 20080269537
    Abstract: Metal binding proteins, associated compositions and methods for their production and use are disclosed. The metal binding proteins included have amino acid sequences analogous to at least one metal binding protein, and conservative amino acid substitutions thereof from a brine shrimp (Artemia). Also provided are the associated nucleic acid sequences encoding metal binding proteins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: MGP BIOTECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Roger A. Acey, Michael Mustillo, Brenton G. Harpham
  • Publication number: 20080249348
    Abstract: Diacylglycerol PEGs (DAG-PEGs) are used remediate oil contaminations. DA-PEGs encapsulate the oil into lipsomes in an aqueous environment. The lipsomes sequester the oil from causing damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventor: Brian Charles Keller
  • Patent number: 7431686
    Abstract: A portable vapor containment structure has a support frame, at least three wheels to roll the support frame about the ground and wheel retractors for retracting each of the wheels so as to allow the frame to be lowered to the ground. Typically, the apparatus further includes an enclosed vapor containment compartment mounted upon the support frame attached to the support frame. The vapor containment compartment has a bottom opening located within the perimeter of the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Parsons Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Cudney, Jeffrey Hillson
  • Publication number: 20080207978
    Abstract: A system and method for remediating contaminated surfaces in order to reoccupy sites in which such impacted surfaces are contained is disclosed. The systems and methods include forming a first barrier substantially over a surface, the first barrier comprising a first solvent-resistant coating and having a first color, forming a second barrier substantially over the first barrier, the second barrier comprising a second solvent-resistant coating and having a second color, and providing an overlay over the second barrier, the overlay comprising an upper covering, a lower covering and a plurality of support members, wherein each of the plurality of support members have a distal end and proximal end, and the support, members are connected to the upper covering at the distal end, and to the lower covering at the proximal end. Utility lines, telephone line, cable cords, ductwork, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventors: Gary R. Brown, Lawrence W. Bily, Kevin Traynor
  • Publication number: 20080139865
    Abstract: Environmental containment systems, and in certain embodiments, systems and methods involving vessels and unit operations or components of cell culture, cell containment, bioreactor, chemical manufacturing, or pharmaceutical manufacturing systems provided with environmental containment are provided. Certain vessels, unit operations, devices, and components may be used to perform all or part of biological, chemical, and/or pharmaceutical manufacturing processes therein. In some embodiments, an environmental containment system includes a multi-level containment apparatus. For instance, a first substantially closed environmental containment enclosure may be contained within a second substantially closed environmental containment enclosure; the first and second enclosures may be contained in a third substantially closed environmental containment enclosure, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: Xcellerex, Inc.
    Inventors: Parrish M. Galliher, Geoffrey L. Hodge, Michael Fisher