With Nonelectrical Gas Treating Or Conditioning Means Patents (Class 96/74)
  • Patent number: 10533812
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for cooling a gas is disclosed. A slurry is passed through a droplet generating device to produce droplets of the slurry. The slurry comprises a contact liquid and solids. A melting point of the solids is higher than a vaporization point of the contact liquid. A carrier gas is passed across the droplets to exchange heat between the carrier gas and the droplets. At least a portion of the heat transferred to the droplets melts the solids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: Larry Baxter, Jacom Chamberlain, Nathan Davis
  • Patent number: 10369576
    Abstract: An electrical dust-collecting filter is provided. The electrical dust-collecting filter includes a dust-collecting unit having a dust-collecting body and dust-collecting electrodes configured to generate an electrical field in the dust-collecting body. The dust-collecting body has a plurality of air channels laterally formed therethrough and discharge apertures formed in upper and lower surfaces thereof at inlets of the plurality of air channels. A discharge unit is integrally formed with the dust-collecting unit at the inlets of the plurality of air channels to facilitate corona discharge in air introduced into the inlets of the plurality of air channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Hanon Systems
    Inventors: Kwang Woon Cho, Dae Ik Jung, Keon Soo Jin, Ji Yong Park
  • Patent number: 10293070
    Abstract: A waste gas scrubbing tower includes a tower body unit, a filtration unit arranged in the tower body unit, a washing unit that introduces water from an external supply into the tower body unit. The tower body unit includes division boards that define a plurality of channels through which waste gas flows, the tower body unit including a waste gas inlet opening and a waste gas outlet opening. The filtration unit includes a plurality of filter members, which are arranged in the channels. The washing unit is operable to generate water mist curtains in the channels to wash the waste gas so that the waste gas that enters the waste gas scrubbing tower is subjected to multiple times of washing and filtration and purification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Ying-Hao Kao
  • Patent number: 9399189
    Abstract: A CO2 recovery device includes a cooling tower including a cooling unit for bringing the flue gas, which contains CO2, into contact with water so as to cool flue gas; a CO2-absorbing unit for bringing the flue gas into contact with a CO2 absorbent (lean solution) so as to remove CO2 from flue gas; and a regenerator including an absorbent regenerating unit for releasing CO2 from a rich solution so as to regenerate the CO2 absorbent. The CO2-absorbing unit includes: a cocurrent flow CO2-absorbing unit provided in a cocurrent flow CO2 absorber, for bringing the flue gas into contact with the CO2 absorbent in a cocurrent flow so as to remove CO2 from flue gas and a countercurrent CO2-absorbing unit provided in a CO2 absorber, for bringing the flue gas into contact with the CO2 absorbent in a countercurrent flow so as to remove CO2 from flue gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignees: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD., THE KANSAI ELECTRIC POWER CO., INC.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Tsujiuchi, Hiroshi Tanaka, Hiromitsu Nagayasu, Takuya Hirata, Tsuyoshi Oishi, Masahiko Tatsumi, Koji Kadono
  • Publication number: 20150107457
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward an improved air filtration medium comprising a single layer polymeric nanofibrous web comprising a single source randomly intermingled fiber network with electrostatic charge up to ?20 kV, a filtration efficiency range from about 70% to about 99.99%, and an air resistance less than about 2.5 mm wg for 0.3 diameter micron particles. The air filtration medium is made from a centrifugal melt spinning process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: TAO HUANG, HYUN SUNG LIM, WAI-SHING YUNG
  • Publication number: 20150082985
    Abstract: A filter assembly for use in an electronic enclosure is provided. The filter assembly includes a highly permeable scrim that defines an elongate enclosure with an inlet at a first end and a closed second end, wherein an electrostatic filtration media is disposed within the elongate enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Stanley B. Miller, III, Allen N. Nicklay, Christopher J. Fischer
  • Patent number: 8961659
    Abstract: An electrically enhanced air filtration system is disclosed which uses rear fiber charging is disclosed. In particular, a fibrous filter may be placed in an upstream position within the system with one or more ionization arrays positioned downstream or to the rear of the fibrous filter in terms of airflow direction. The fibrous filter may include a grounded side and fiber side with the grounded side being upstream of the fiber side. The ionization array may include a plurality of electrodes each extending unidirectionally toward the fibrous filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventor: Peter J. McKinney
  • Publication number: 20150047507
    Abstract: A nestable framed pleated air filter, including a non-self-supporting, compressible, pleated air filter media with a plurality of oppositely-facing pleats and with a plurality of upstream pleat tips and downstream pleat tips and downstream pleat valleys, the pleated air filter media further including a plurality of bridging filaments that are bonded to at least some of the upstream pleat tips. The filter includes a frame with sidewalls that are angled so that the framed pleated air filter is nestable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Andrew R. Fox, Jonathan M. Lise, John J. Rogers, Stephen M. Sanocki, Kannan Seshadri
  • Publication number: 20150047508
    Abstract: A framed pleated air filter, including a non-self-supporting, compressible, pleated air filter media with a plurality of oppositely-facing pleats and with a plurality of upstream pleat tips and downstream pleat tips, the pleated air filter media further including a plurality of bridging filaments that are bonded to at least some of the upstream pleat tips. The framed pleated air filter does not include any support member on the downstream face of the pleated air filter media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Stephen M. Sanocki, Andrew R. Fox, Jonathan M. Lise, John J. Rogers, Kannan Seshadri
  • Patent number: 8951024
    Abstract: An air blower includes a motor; a fan connected to an output shaft of the motor and rotatively driven by the motor; and a fan nut fixing the fan onto the output shaft of the motor, a diffusive substance is kept in the fan nut provided on the output shaft of the motor, and an ion generating unit is attached to a motor body concentrically with the output shaft. Therefore, the diffusive substance, positive ions and negative ions may be diffused without interrupting blowing and without harmfully affecting the air blowing function. Since the diffusive substance and the ion generating unit are provided inside a fan guard, an infant or the like may be prevented from touching them, and thus, the safety may be secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hikoya Ishii, Katsushi Morimoto
  • Publication number: 20140290480
    Abstract: A process for dedusting a dust laden vapor gas mixture (VGM) obtained by pyrolysis of a material containing hydrocarbons includes treating the dust laden VGM in a dry electrostatic precipitator at a temperature in a range from 380 to 480° C. so as to separate dust from the VGM. Then, the VGM is cooled to a temperature in a range from 310 to 360° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: ENEFIT OUTOTEC TECHNOLOGY OÜ
    Inventors: Hermann Sieger, Christian Binder, Nikola Anastasijevic, Andreas Orth
  • Publication number: 20140251132
    Abstract: A process for winning oil from a vapor gas mixture (VGM) containing a plurality of oil fractions obtained by the pyrolysis of a hydrocarbon containing material includes dedusting and cooling the VGM. The dedusted and cooled VGM are fractionated in at least two electrostatic precipitator stages at respective temperatures corresponding to respective boiling points of the oil fractions so as to separate the oil fractions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: ENEFIT OUTOTEC TECHNOLOGY OÜ
    Inventors: Hermann Sieger, Christian Binder, Hans-Joachim Werz, Nikola Anastasijevic, Andreas Orth, Aleksandr Kaidalov, Kirill Kaidalov
  • Patent number: 8747526
    Abstract: A vertical type air humidifying and purifying machine, comprising a front casing, a rear casing, a humidifying unit, an ultraviolet light purifying unit, a motor-fan unit and a negative ion generator; in which the front casing and the rear casing are assembled correspondingly with each other, and the humidifying unit, the UV light purifying unit, and the motor-fan unit are disposed orderly between the front and the rear casings, and the negative ion generator is installed at an air outlet of the motor-fan unit; ON-OFF switches being respectively provided on the humidifying unit, the UV purifying unit and the negative ion generator for ON-OFF switching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Hung Hsing Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ping Huang, Ying-Pin Huang, Chia-Chang Lee
  • Patent number: 8747527
    Abstract: A method for converting soot particles of an exhaust gas includes providing at least nitrogen dioxide or oxygen in the exhaust gas, ionizing soot particles with an electric field, depositing electrically charged soot particles on inner channel walls of at least one surface precipitator, and bringing at least nitrogen dioxide or oxygen into contact with the deposited soot particles on the inner channel walls of the at least one surface precipitator. A device for carrying out the method includes at least one surface precipitator having a plurality of channels through which the exhaust gas can flow and extending between an inlet region and an outlet region, and at least one deposit inhibitor for electrically charged soot particles provided in at least part of the inlet region, especially allowing the soot particles to be evenly deposited and the surface precipitator to be continuously regenerated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Emitec Gesellschaft fuer Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Maus, Peter Hirth, Rolf Brueck
  • Publication number: 20140150658
    Abstract: This invention pertains to interchangeable, disposable, air filtration pads, which work in conjunction with its double-sided flexible magnetic gaskets and mats. This system works both for return and supply side of the HVAC system. This multi-adaptable double-sided magnetic mat system is easily attachable and removable and compatible to current factory vent plates, and HVAC systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Xavier Rex Prax
  • Publication number: 20140150797
    Abstract: An air purifier having an electret module for capturing airborne particles, the electret module including an electret element disposed within a housing and an adhesive layer coupled to the housing to capture airborne particles, whereby the static field of the electret attracts the airborne particles, which subsequently adhere to the adhesive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: ADC TECH INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventor: William S.H. Cheung
  • Patent number: 8728204
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for reducing quench water required by a wet electrostatic precipitator. The apparatus includes a wet electrostatic precipitator and an evaporator in flow communication with the wet electrostatic precipitator to evaporate at least one portion of bleed water discharged from the wet electrostatic precipitator into steam. The method includes directing at least one portion of bleed water discharged from the wet electrostatic precipitator to an evaporator and directing at least one portion of flue gas from a boiler to the evaporator. The energy of the at least one portion of flue gas is used to evaporate the at least one portion of the bleed water into steam. The steam is directed to the wet electrostatic precipitator. The at least one portion of flue gas is directed from the evaporator to the wet electrostatic precipitator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: EISENMANN Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Shulfer, Eberhard Veit
  • Patent number: 8728203
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for reducing waste effluent from a system including a boiler and a wet electrostatic precipitator, the waste effluent having blow down water discharged by the boiler during a blow down operation and bleed water discharged by the wet electrostatic precipitator. The method includes collecting the blow down water and providing it to the wet electrostatic precipitator as a makeup water supplement, evaporating a portion the bleed water and leaving residual bleed water, providing the evaporated bleed water to the wet electrostatic precipitator as a further makeup water supplement, and using the residual bleed water to quench ash produced by combustion of solid fuel by the boiler. The apparatus includes an evaporator that provides direct contact between hot boiler flue gas and the bleed water such that a portion of the flue gas is quenched before being provided to the wet electrostatic precipitator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: EISENMANN Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Shulfer, Eberhard Veit
  • Patent number: 8702850
    Abstract: In an electric device (1), an air inlet (3),a gas-liquid contact portion (5), a water collecting portion (6) and an air outlet (7) are arranged in sequential order from upstream of an air duct (2). In a water storage portion (8) the gas-liquid contact portion (5) is dipped and the water collected thereby is stored. An electrolyzing portion (9) generates the electrolyzed water (4) containing an active oxygen species by electrolyzing the water stored in the water storage portion (8). As a result, a compact electric device with an air cleaning function is provided at low cost that is capable of generating water containing an active oxygen species without requiring additional water feed and without generating a by-product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Suzuki, Masahiro Iseki, Keiko Kurokawa, Mineo Ikematsu, Hiroyuki Umezawa, Yoshiaki Noguchi
  • Publication number: 20140043711
    Abstract: A filter assembly for use in an electronic enclosure is provided. The filter assembly includes a highly permeable scrim that defines an elongate enclosure with an inlet at a first end and a closed second end, wherein an electrostatic filtration media is disposed within the elongate enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Donaldson Company, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8641808
    Abstract: An apparatus for reducing soot particles in exhaust gas, particularly of an internal combustion engine, includes first and second at least partially electrically conductive structures with an intermediate space therebetween, a high voltage source forming a potential between the first and second structures and at least one at least partially electrically conductive intermediate structure in the intermediate space receiving an intermediate potential. A method for treating the exhaust gas includes conducting exhaust gas from the first to the second structure and applying a high voltage at least temporarily between the first and second structures. At least part of the soot particles in the exhaust gas is ionized or agglomerated and deposited on the second structure. A high voltage between potentials of the first and second structures is applied at least temporarily to the intermediate structure. An electric field is influenced favorably and disruptions from undesirable voltage flashovers are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: EMITEC Gesellschaft fuer Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Rolf Brück, Christian Vorsmann, Jan Hodgson
  • Patent number: 8591629
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for reducing waste effluent from a system including a boiler and a wet electrostatic precipitator, the waste effluent having blow down water discharged by the boiler during a blow down operation and bleed water discharged by the wet electrostatic precipitator. The method includes collecting the blow down water and providing it to the wet electrostatic precipitator as a makeup water supplement, evaporating a portion of the bleed water and leaving residual bleed water, providing the evaporated bleed water to the wet electrostatic precipitator as a further makeup water supplement, and using the residual bleed water to quench ash produced by combustion of solid fuel by the boiler. The apparatus includes an evaporator that provides direct contact between hot boiler flue gas and the bleed water such that a portion of the flue gas is quenched before being provided to the wet electrostatic precipitator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventors: Joseph Shulfer, Eberhard Veit
  • Publication number: 20130255500
    Abstract: An energy-saving dust collector includes a dust collection device (8) connected to a flue (1) and a fume afterheat recycling device (2) installed in the flue in the front of the dust collection device. The fume afterheat recycling device includes a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger includes a heat suction section (7) and a heat radiating section (3) connected with the heat suction section. The heat suction section is installed at a smoke inlet of the dust collection device, and the radiating section is connected with a condensation water tube. The energy-saving dust collector can reduce temperature of the smoke, improve dust collection efficiency, prevent the collector from corrosion of acid dew and prolong the service life of the collector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: SHANGHAI FUBO EP EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xuelue Qian
  • Patent number: 8545599
    Abstract: A thermal management apparatus includes an electrohydrodynamic fluid accelerator in which an emitter electrode and another electrode are energizable to motivate fluid flow. One of the electrodes includes a solid solution formed of a solvent metal having a first performance characteristic and a solute material having a second performance characteristic. The first and second performance characteristics are exhibited substantially independently in the electrode as the solvent metal and solute material remain substantially pure within the solid solution. A method of making an EHD product includes providing an electrode with such a solid solution and positioning the electrode relative to another electrode to motivate fluid flow when energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Tessera, Inc.
    Inventor: Giles Humpston
  • Patent number: 8491703
    Abstract: A supply air device including supply air nozzles, through which incoming air is led into a mixing chamber and further into a room so that the supply air device induces a secondary air flow from the room. An electric particle filter and/or a cell gas filter, through which the circulating or secondary air flow is led.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Valtion Teknillinen Tutkimuskeskus
    Inventors: Seppo Enbom, Matti Lehtimäki
  • Patent number: 8480787
    Abstract: A system includes an ultrasound wave generator, a fluid cavity coupled to the ultrasound wave generator, an array of micro-machined ultrasonic-assisted electrospray nozzles coupled to the fluid cavity, an electrode configured to impart a charge onto the fluid output of the electrospray nozzles, and a carbon dioxide release unit configured to receive the ionic liquid after absorption of carbon dioxide by the ionic liquid and to remove carbon dioxide from the ionic liquid such that the regenerated ionic liquid can be recycled for additional carbon dioxide capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Gu, Adam Dewey McBrady, Wei Yang, Tariq Samad
  • Publication number: 20130101477
    Abstract: Non-woven electret fibrous webs including electret fibers, multicomponent fibers, and sorbent particles, and pleated filters made therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
  • Patent number: 8398744
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system for minimizing a quantity of particulate matter entrained within a gas stream is provided. A coarse filter removes at least a portion of particulate matter having a relatively-large particle size from the gas stream. An agglomerator agglomerates particulate matter having a relatively-small particle size remaining in the gas stream into particulate clusters after the portion of the particulate matter having the relatively-large particle size has been removed by the coarse filter. An injector introduces an agglomerating material into the gas stream before the gas stream enters the agglomerator. The agglomerating material promotes agglomeration of the particulate matter having the relatively-small particle size into the particulate clusters. And a second filter receives the gas stream and removes at least a portion of the particulate clusters entrained within the gas stream exiting the agglomerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bradley Stephen Rogers, James Easel Roberts
  • Publication number: 20130008315
    Abstract: A system for energy and particle extraction from an exhaust stream containing entrained particles, the system including an ionizer, a downstream collector, and an electrical couple. The ionizer is configured to charge the particles within the exhaust stream to a first charge polarity. The downstream collector is disposed downstream from the ionizer within the exhaust stream, and is configured to collect the charged particles. The electrical couple is configured to electrically couple a load between the ionizer and the downstream collector, wherein the load converts energy of the exhaust stream into electric power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: DAWN WHITE, RANDY C. STEVENSON
  • Patent number: 8317901
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to cyclonic separation or filtering of nanoparticles suspended in a gas. A plume of liquid droplets may be generated using an ultrasound or other generator. The gas may be mixed with the plume of liquid droplets, which may have received an electrostatic charge prior to mixing, to promote preferential adhesion of the nanoparticles to the liquid droplets. The gas with suspended nanoparticles and suspended liquid particles may flow through a cyclonic separator that spins rapidly, causing the cleaned gas to flow out of the filter while the liquid with adhered nanoparticles may be discharged, collected, and/or re-used in the plume generator. By causing nanoparticles to adhere to larger liquid particles, the filter may allow the filtering and collection of much smaller particles than current systems may filter under atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Ezekiel Kruglick
  • Publication number: 20120210875
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for reducing pollutants in a gas stream are disclosed. The gas stream is introduced into a condensation chamber to condense the gas stream. It then proceeds into a first reaction chamber adapted to electrochemically alter the gas stream. From there, the gas stream is directed into a reduction chamber adapted to reduce pollutants and a resonance chamber adapted to ionize the gas stream. The gas stream is then directed into a second reaction chamber adapted to further reduce pollutants in the stream. After treatment, the gas stream may be discharged into the atmosphere or recirculated through the apparatus to further reduce pollutants in the gas stream, the latter providing for a closed-looped system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Edward O. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20120193221
    Abstract: A scrubbing muffler for internal combustion engines comprises coaxial counter-rotating disk pairs stacked in a cascade. Acoustic pulses are attenuated by doing work and dissipated by the circuitous path through the dynamic cascade. A motor and/or Venturi effect from slipstream over a vehicle assists exhaust and reduces backpressure for greater fuel economy. Exhaust gas fed at the axis is sheared between the disks of the first stage of the cascade as it passes radially outward into a shrouding tank disposed about the cascade. Vortex rebound at the tank wall advects flow radially inward back through the workspace between the first stage disks to axial extraction as feed for the second stage of the cascade. N2 and H2O, along with CO and NO, can pass radially inward to successive stages. Soot and CO2 stay in the tank. NO and CO are reduced at a Faraday disk cathode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: MCCUTCHEN CO.
    Inventors: David J. McCutchen, Wilmot H. McCutchen
  • Patent number: 8152907
    Abstract: A gas purification apparatus capable of removing fine particles of substantially any size without lowering the efficiency of gas supply. A loader module of a substrate processing apparatus includes a fan filter unit for producing a downward flow of atmospheric air in the internal space of a transfer chamber. The fan filter unit includes a fan for generating an atmospheric air flow, a filter of mesh structure for trapping and removing particles mixed in the atmospheric air flow, an irradiation heater disposed between the fan and the filter, and a high temperature part disposed in the atmospheric air flow and higher in temperature than the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Moriya
  • Patent number: 8097072
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for reducing pollutants in a gas stream are disclosed. The gas stream is introduced into a condensation chamber to condense the gas stream. It then proceeds into a first reaction chamber adapted to electrochemically alter the gas stream. From there, the gas stream is directed into a reduction chamber adapted to reduce pollutants and a resonance chamber adapted to ionize the gas stream. The gas stream is then directed into a second reaction chamber adapted to further reduce pollutants in the stream. After treatment, the gas stream may be discharged into the atmosphere or recirculated through the apparatus to further reduce pollutants in the gas stream, the latter providing for a closed-looped system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Global Solutions Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Orville Taylor
  • Patent number: 8092578
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for reducing waste effluent from a system including a boiler and a wet electrostatic precipitator, the waste effluent having blow down water discharged by the boiler during a blow down operation and bleed water discharged by the wet electrostatic precipitator. The method includes collecting the blow down water and providing it to the wet electrostatic precipitator as a makeup water supplement, evaporating a portion of the bleed water and leaving residual bleed water, providing the evaporated bleed water to the wet electrostatic precipitator as a further makeup water supplement, and using the residual bleed water to quench ash produced by combustion of solid fuel by the boiler. The apparatus includes an evaporator that provides direct contact between hot boiler flue gas and the bleed water such that a portion of the flue gas is quenched before being provided to the wet electrostatic precipitator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Eisenmann Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Shulfer, Eberhard Veit
  • Patent number: 8002876
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrostatic filter method and electrostatic filter for separating particles from industrial waste gases, wherein an optimal electric charging or ionization in the ionization zone are performed in a high-voltage zone and its unchanged ducts with one high-voltage supply source to ensure the subsequent particle separation in the separation zone at sufficient field strength which requires minimal energy input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Balcke-Durr GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Jakob Frank, Helga Frank, legal representative
  • Patent number: 7959717
    Abstract: An air conditioning system with an electrostatically atomizing function includes an electrostatically atomizing unit and a ventilation duct which flows conditioned air. The electrostatically atomizing unit generates a mist of charged minute water particles. The electrostatically atomizing unit is provided with a discharge port which locates adjacent to an air outlet of the ventilation duct. The mist of the charged minute water particles flows into an airflow which is sent from the ventilation duct. The mist of the charged minute water particles effectively spreads to the space by the air flow without dissipating inside the ventilation duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Yano, Toshihisa Hirai, Kishiko Hirai, legal representative, Sumio Wada, Akihide Sugawa, Tatsuhiko Matsumoto, Shousuke Akisada
  • Patent number: 7931734
    Abstract: Embodiments of a method for selecting particles, such as based on their morphology, is disclosed. In a particular example, the particles are charged and acquire different amounts of charge, or have different charge distributions, based on their morphology. The particles are then sorted based on their flow properties. In a specific example, the particles are sorted using a differential mobility analyzer, which sorts particles, at least in part, based on their electrical mobility. Given a population of particles with similar electrical mobilities, the disclosed process can be used to sort particles based on the net charge carried by the particle, and thus, given the relationship between charge and morphology, separate the particles based on their morphology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education, on behalf of the Desert Research Institute
    Inventors: Hans Moosmüller, Rajan K. Chakrabarty, W. Patrick Arnott
  • Patent number: 7909912
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for enhancing condensation and separation in a fluid separator, wherein: —a fluid mixture is accelerated to a transonic or supersonic velocity in a throat section of a flow channel and thereby expanded and cooled such that at least some initially gaseous components become supersaturated and condense; —at least some condensed components are removed from the fluid mixture in the flow channel at a location downstream of the throat section; and —condensation of at least some supersaturated components is enhanced by illuminating the fluid mixture flowing through the flow channel by a radiation source (10), such as an Ultraviolet (UV) light source which excites and/or ionizes and induces mercury, water, aromatic hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide and/or other components to condense thereby forming condensation nuclei for other supersaturated fluid components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Twister B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Antonie Tjeenk Willink, Marco Betting, Jeroen Geldorp, Bart Prast
  • Patent number: 7883558
    Abstract: An emission treatment system includes a separation device having a vessel that includes an inlet for receiving an emission stream having entrained solid particles. A first outlet from the vessel discharges captured solid particles from the emission stream and a second outlet from the vessel discharges a clean stream having fewer entrained solid particles than the emission stream received into the separation device. A particle collector is fluidly connected with the separation device and includes a collection portion for capturing solid particles from the emission stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Gottung, Bruce H. Easom, Sergei F. Burlatsky, Leo A. Smolensky, Luca Bertuccioli
  • Publication number: 20100319699
    Abstract: An air filter (1) particularly for use in a ventilator device for assisting respiratory function comprises: (i) a housing (3) with an air inlet (4) and an air outlet (6), and (ii) a filter material (8) in the path of air flow from the inlet (4) to the outlet (6). The filter material (8) is formed as a tubular body located at one of its ends around the air outlet (6) and being blanked (13) at its end opposite the air outlet (6). The air filter (1) further incorporates an electrostatically charged material (10) positioned at the blanked end (13) of the tubular body (8) to treat inlet air to the housing (3). This improves the life of the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Ian Wood
  • Patent number: 7837749
    Abstract: A system (10) for monitoring an operating condition of an electrostatic precipitator rapper system (12) includes a rapper (24) configured to mechanically actuate to disengage pollutants from a plate of the electrostatic precipitator (12). The system also includes a sensor (38, 40) configured to obtain and transmit signals representative of vibration, motion, or current behavior of the rapper; and a processor (52) configured to receive the signals from the sensor and to detect whether the rapper is mechanically actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Charles Erklin Seeley, Eladio Clemente Delgado, John Erik Hershey, Harold Woodruff Tomlinson, Jr., David Fulton Johnston, Terry Lewis Farmer
  • Patent number: 7833324
    Abstract: A wet electrostatic precipitator is disclosed to include a condensation-growth chamber, a precipitation chamber connecting with the condensation-growth chamber, three dual-sleeve members mounted in the precipitation chamber, three discharge electrodes connecting with the dual-sleeve members, two insulating members covering on the inner surface of the precipitation chamber, and two ground electrodes mounted on the outside of the precipitation chamber. Thus, a uniform water film is formed on the surface of the insulating members to wash away the particles from waste gas. The condensation-growth chamber is provided for the particles to grow therein and thereby enhances the collection efficiency. The insulating member acts as a shield between the discharge electrodes and the ground electrodes and thereby avoids a short circuit or sparks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Tzu-Mimg Chen, Shou-Nan Li, Chuen-Jinn Tsai, Sheng-Jen Yu, Guan-Yu Lin
  • Patent number: 7833314
    Abstract: Purification method and apparatus for purifying a gas stream by oxygen removal. The apparatus includes primary and secondary oxygen separation zones and tubular electrically driven oxygen separation elements. There are more elements in the primary zone than the secondary zone so that low concentrations of oxygen can be obtained in a purified stream and turbulent flow conditions can also be obtained that will permit purification to very low levels. In addition, a junction is provided to connect the tubular separation elements to metallic elements such as manifolds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Praxair Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Andrew Lane, David M. Reed
  • Patent number: 7815714
    Abstract: A particulate filtration system for removing particulates suspended in a fluid that includes: 1) a filter element; 2) a pre-collector body component operably connected to the filter element and capable of receiving an electrical charge to attract and remove particles suspended in the fluid; and 3) means for cooling the pre-collector body component. The means for cooling the pre-collector body component may include a convective cooling channel through which a coolant flows. The system may further include a discharge electrode spaced apart from the pre-collector body component. The discharge electrode may be capable of receiving an electrical charge causing a difference in the electronic potential between the pre-collector body component and the discharge electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Taylor, Charles Sedman
  • Publication number: 20100229724
    Abstract: A particulate matter detection device (100) includes a first electrode (10) that includes a conductive section (12) and a dielectric (14) that covers the conductive section (12), and a second electrode (20) that is disposed opposite to the first electrode (10) at an interval of 0.3 to 3.0 mm. Charged particulate matter contained in a fluid that passes through the space between the first electrode (10) and the second electrode (20), or particulate matter that is contained in a fluid and charged by a discharge that occurs due to application of a voltage between the electrodes (10) and (20) is electrically adsorbed on at least one of the electrodes (10) and (20), and the particulate matter adsorbed on the electrodes (10) and (20) is detected by measuring a change in electrical properties of the first electrode (10), or a change in electrical properties of the electrodes (10) and (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro TOKUDA, Atsuo Kondo, Takeshi Sakuma, Takashi Egami
  • Publication number: 20100229725
    Abstract: Systems and methods for lowering levels of carbon dioxide and other atmospheric pollutants are provided. Economically viable systems and processes capable of removing vast quantities of carbon dioxide and other atmospheric pollutants from gaseous waste streams and sequestering them in storage-stable forms are also discussed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Kasra Farsad, Robert W. Elliott, Richard P. O'Connor, William Randall Seeker, Kyle Self, Justin Wall
  • Patent number: 7758675
    Abstract: Gas treatment equipment including a corona electrode and a dust-collection electrode facing the corona electrode, and forming corona discharge in gas passing between the corona electrode and the dust-collection electrode by applying a high voltage between them to collect components in the gas wherein a gas turbulence accelerator is located in the vicinity of the surface of the dust-collection electrode facing the corona electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Isuzu Motors Limited
    Inventors: Kenta Naito, Satoru Senbayashi, Yuichi Hamada, Akira Mizuno, Junichi Kasai, Yoshinobu Tamura
  • Patent number: 7722707
    Abstract: A discharge unit (30) and a heat exchanger (20) are disposed in an air passageway (15). In the discharge unit (30), a rod-like discharge electrode (31) and a plate-like counter electrode (32) are disposed perpendicular to the flow of air, and lie along the heat exchanger (20). Upon application of voltage to both the electrodes (31, 32), streamer discharge is performed between the electrodes (31, 32), whereby an active species capable of decomposition of a component to be processed is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshio Tanaka, Kenkichi Kagawa, Kanji Motegi, Ryuji Akiyama
  • Publication number: 20100089234
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device and method for separating particulate material from a gas flow, comprising a substantially elongate housing provided with a peripheral wall and an inlet opening for admitting the gas flow with particulate material into the housing; a number of electrodes extending in the housing up to a predetermined radial distance from the peripheral wall; and an outlet opening arranged downstream in the housing for discharging the gas flow, wherein the outlet opening extends from the axial centre line of the housing to a point some radial distance from a peripheral wall of the housing, and wherein the particulate material is guided into an intermediate space between the outlet opening and the peripheral wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: Virus Free Air B.V.
    Inventor: Eliane Khoury