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Method for Producing Components with Internal Architectures, Such as Micro-Channel Reactors, via Diffusion Bonding Sheets USPN 7,900,811

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is seeking collaborative research and licensing partners interested in implementing United States Patent Number 7,900,811 titled "Method for Producing Components with Internal Architectures, Such as Micro-Channel Reactors, via Diffusion Bonding Sheets." Disclosed in this patent is a method for producing microchannels using graduated diffusion bonding of a stack of precision machined foils or sheets (laminates) to make a micro-channel reactor. The method is a novel multi-step process for the diffusion bonding of laminates, which is independent of the channel width-to-fin lamina thickness (fin aspect ratio) and allows for laminae to uniformly and effectively bond. Unlike conventional hot-pressing methods, the NETL invention increases functional reaction surface area for higher conversion efficiency and reactor performance, and avoids micro-channel distortion that degrades fluid flow characteristics. This invention will have utility in micro-reactor design for heat exchangers, recuperators, heat-pumps, chemical separators, chemical reactors, fuel processing, and combustors.

CO2 Separation from Low-Temperature Flue Gases USPN 7,842,126

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is seeking collaborative research and licensing partners interested in implementing United States Patent Number 7,842,126, titled "CO2 Separation from Low-Temperature Flue Gases."

Disclosed in this patent are novel methods for processing carbon dioxide (CO2) from combustion gas streams. Researchers at NETL are focused on the development of novel sorbent systems that can effectively remove CO2 and other gases in an economically feasible manner with limited impact on energy production cost. The current invention will help in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by using an improved, re-generable aqueous amine and soluble potassium carbonate sorbent system. This novel solvent system may be capable of achieving CO2 capture from larger emission streams at lower overall cost.

Capacitance Probe for Detection of Anomalies in Nonmetallic Plastic Pipe USPN 7,839,282

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is seeking collaborative research and licensing partners interested in implementing United States Patent Number 7,839,282 titled "Capacitance Probe for Detection of Anomalies in Nonmetallic Plastic Pipe."

Disclosed in this patent is an analysis of materials using a capacitive sensor to detect anomalies in nonmetallic plastic pipe through comparison of measured capacitances. The capacitive sensor is used in conjunction with a capacitance measurement device, a location device, and a processor to generate a capacitance versus location output for the detection and localization of anomalies within the nonmetallic material under test. The components may be carried as payload on an inspection vehicle that can travel through the interior of a pipe. Supporting components are solid-state devices powered by a low voltage on-board power supply, providing for use in environments where voltage levels may be restricted.

Catalysts for Oxidation of Mercury in Flue Gas USPN 7,776,780

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory is seeking licensing partners interested in implementing United States Patent Number 7,776,780 titled "Catalysts for Oxidation of Mercury in Flue Gas." Disclosed in this patent are catalysts for the oxidation of elemental mercury in flue gas. These novel catalysts include iridium (Ir), platinum/iridium (Pt/Ir), and Thief carbons. The catalyst materials will adsorb the oxidizing agents HCl, Cl2, and other halogen species in the flue gas stream that are produced when fuel is combusted. These adsorbed oxidizing agents can then react with elemental mercury in the stream, which is difficult to capture, and oxidize it to form Hg (II) species, such as mercuric chloride (HgCl2), which is soluble in water and more easily removed from the stream.

Regenerable Hydrogen Chloride and Hydrogen Sulfide Removal Sorbents for High Temperature Gas Streams USPN 7,767,000

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory is seeking licensing partners interested in implementing United States Patent Number 7,767,000 entitled "Regenerable Hydrogen Chloride Removal Sorbent and Regenerable Multifunctional Hydrogen Sulfide and Hydrogen Chloride Removal Sorbent for High Temperature Gas Streams."

Disclosed in this patent is the invention of a unique regenerable sorbent process that can remove contaminants from gas produced by the gasification of fossil fuels. Specifically, the process removes hydrogen chloride by using the regenerable sorbent and simultaneously extracts hydrogen chloride compounds and hydrogen sulfide from fuel gas. If gasification processes are to be successful, all contaminants in gas streams must be removed. This invention has accomplished that goal during tests by using a unique sorbent mixture composed of manganese oxides and inert binders.

Thermal Barrier Coating System USPN 7,740,948; U.S. Patent Pending

Research is active on the development and application of thermal barrier bond coatings for enhanced substrate oxidative resistance. Several patented and patent pending technologies are available for licensing and/or further collaborative research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Method of Detecting Leakage from Geologic Formations Used to Sequester CO2 USPN 7,704,746

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is seeking licensing partners interested in implementing United States Patent Number 7,704,746 titled "Method of Detecting Leakage from Geologic Formations Used to Sequester CO2."

Disclosed in this patent is a method to measure carbon dioxide leakage from sequestration reservoirs and, specifically, an enhanced method for the detection and quantification of carbon dioxide leaks from geologic formations. The method injects tracers along with the carbon dioxide, monitors leakage with gas chromatography, and provides early detection of leakage by measuring the leakage rates of other gases within the geologic formation.

Optimum Catalyst Size Selection for Slurry Bubble Column Reactors USPN 7,619,011

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is seeking licensing partners interested in implementing United States Patent Number 7,619,011 titled "Design of Slurry Bubble Column Reactors: Novel Technique for Optimum Catalyst Size Selection."

Disclosed in this patent is a method to determine the optimum catalyst particle size for application in a fluidized bed reactor, such as a slurry bubble column reactor (SBCR), to convert synthesis gas into liquid fuels. The reactor can be gas-solid, liquid-solid, or gas-liquid-solid. The method considers the complete granular temperature balance based on the kinetic theory of granular flow, as well as the effect of a volumetric mass transfer coefficient between the liquid and the gas. After the method computes the granular temperature of the catalyst particles, the volumetric mass transfer coefficient between the gas and liquid phases is calculated using that temperature. The method then can determine the optimum catalyst particle size to maximize the production of fuels in fluidized bed reactors such as SBCRs.

Method of Applying a Cerium Diffusion Coating to a Metallic Alloy USPN 7,553,517

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is seeking licensing partners interested in implementing United States Patent Number 7,553,517 titled "Method of Applying a Cerium Diffusion Coating to a Metallic Alloy." This invention is applicable to advanced, next-generation power plant components; solid oxide fuels cells; heaters and heat exchangers; or any other application where oxidation-resistant metals are needed.

Disclosed in this patent is NETL’s robust, inexpensive process for increasing the oxidation resistance of nickel-based superalloys, as well as ferritic and austenitic stainless steels. The process involves applying a cerium oxide (CeO2) slurry to the metal surface, followed by heat treating to induce microstructural changes in the surface by cerium diffusion.

Ionization Based Multi-directional Flow Sensor USPN 7,523,673

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is seeking licensing partners interested in implementing United States Patent Number 7,523,673 titled "Ionization Based Multi-directional Flow Sensor."

Disclosed in this patent is NETL’s sensor system and process for multidirectional, real-time monitoring of the flow direction and velocity of a gas stream, with minimal pressure drop, such as air flow in a hybrid power generation system. The sensor comprises an ion source accompanied by a multidirectional ion collection device near the ion source. Possible applications include power generation and weather monitoring.