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High Speed Particle Image Velocimetry USPN 8,391,552

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory is seeking licensing partners interested in implementing U.S. Patent No. 8,391,552 titled "Method of Particle Trajectory Recognition in Particle Flows of High Particle Concentration Using a Candidate Trajectory Tree Process with Variable Search Areas.

Rapid Gas Hydrate Formation Process USPN 8,354,565

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is seeking collaborative research and licensing partners interested in implementing United States Non-provisional Patent Application entitled "Rapid Gas Hydrate Formation Process." Disclosed in this application is a method and device for producing gas hydrates from a two-phase mixture of water and a hydrate forming gas such as methane (CH4) or carbon dioxide (CO2). The two-phase mixture is created in a mixing zone, which may be contained within the body of the spray nozzle. The two-phase mixture is subsequently sprayed into a reaction vessel, under pressure and temperature conditions suitable for gas hydrate formation. The reaction zone pressure is less than the mixing zone pressure so that expansion of the hydrate-forming gas in the mixture provides a degree of cooling and better mixing between the water and the hydrate-forming gas. The result of the process is the continuous formation of gas hydrates with a greatly reduced induction time for gas hydrate crystal formation. This invention may have utility in natural gas / CH4 storage and transport, COsequestration, cold energy storage, transportation fuels, and desalination.

Improved Martensitic Steel for High Temperature Applications USPN 8,246,767; USPN 8,317,944

Research is active on the patented technology, titled "Heat-Treated 9 Cr-1 Mo Steel for High Temperature Application." This technology is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

Methods of Reforming Hydrocarbon Fuels Using Hexaaluminate Catalysts USPN 8,142,756

Research is currently active on the technology "Methods of Reforming Hydrocarbon Fuels Using Hexaaluminate Catalysts." The technology is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Process for CO2 Capture Using Zeolites from High Pressure and Moderate Temperature Gas Streams USPN 8,128,735

Research is currently active on the patented technology "Process for CO2 Capture Using Zeolites from High Pressure and Moderate Temperature Gas Streams." The technology is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Method for Determining Solids Circulation Rate USPN 8,116,992

Research is currently active on the patented technology "Method for Determining Solids Circulation Rate." The technology is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Thief Carbon Catalyst for Oxidation of Mercury in Effluent Stream USPN 8,071,500; USPN 7,776,780

Research is currently active on the patented technology "Thief Carbon Catalyst for Oxidation of Mercury in Effluent Stream." The technology is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Method for the Production of Mineral Wool and Iron from Serpentine Ore USPN 8,033,140

Although research is currently inactive on the patented technology "Method for the Production of Mineral Wool and Iron from Serpentine Ore," the technology is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Method for Enhancing Selectivity and Recovery in the Fractional Flotation of Flotation Column Particles USPN 7,992,718

Although research is currently inactive on the patented technology "Method for Enhancing Selectivity and Recovery in the Fractional Flotation of Flotation Column Particles," the technology is available for licensing from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

Disclosed in this patent is a method of particle separation from a feed stream comprised of particles of varying hydrophobicity by injecting the feed stream directly into the froth zone of a vertical flotation column in the presence of a counter-current reflux stream. The current invention allows the height of the feed stream injection and the reflux ratio to be varied to optimize the concentrate or tailing stream recoveries desired based on existing operating conditions or other considerations. This novel method provides a high degree of particle collection with reduced carryover of lower hydrophobic or hydrophilic particles to the froth overflow, reduces or eliminates reliance on a clean wash-water supply, allows capture of coarse particles beyond the upper limiting size for liquid injection columns, allows capture of fine particles while mitigating the tendency of the low inertia particles to follow bubble streamlines and avoid capture, and provides other benefits over previously used methods of capture.

Method for Sequestering Carbon Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide Utilizing a Plurality of Waste Streams USPN 7,922,792

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory is seeking licensing partners interested in implementing United States Patent Number 7,922,792 titled "Method for Sequestering Carbon Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide Utilizing a Plurality of Waste Streams."

Disclosed in this patent is the invention of a neutralization/sequestration method that concomitantly treats bauxite residues from aluminum production processes, as well as brine wastewater from oil and gas production processes. The method uses an integrated approach that coincidentally treats multiple industrial waste by-product streams. The end results include neutralizing caustic by-products, reducing costly treatment of by-product brines, and directly using COand SO2 from flue gas to neutralize bauxite residue/brine mixtures. Another added benefit is the sequestration of both CO2 and SO2 via the bauxite residue/brine mixtures.