Environment Patents for Sale or License

Kilowatt Killer

Kilowatt Killer (KK) is a renewable energy method that will convert an ordinary household fan into a smart fan. It utilizes favorable air, while employing the most cost-effective and convenient method in reducing CO2 emissions and energy consumption.
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Kilowatt Killer

Kilowatt Killer (KK) is a renewable energy method that will convert an ordinary household fan into a smart fan.  It activates a household fan placed in front of an open window to move favorable outside air temperature helping to cool or heat the interior of your home, saving energy and adding comfort.  It compares outside air temperature to inside air temperature and whenever outside air temperature is favorable, a fan is activated to help cool or heat the indoor space in the same fashion as a
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Fluid Retention Device

A fluid retention device which can be used for Flood Barriers, Liquid & Gas Storage, Aqueducts, Silt Traps and Land Slippages. The invention eliminates the need for concrete by using galvanised steel & rubber membrane. The benefits of using the Neptune system are; it's Better value for money, Long Lifespan with additional components such as cladding for aesthetics, solar panels & wind turbines to be installed to genereate a income to pay for itself over the long term. 4x Faster to install th
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Seal with Integrated Leak Progression Detection Capabilities

"This patent describes smart seals having integrated leak detection sensors. Leak progression detection is provided by placing leak sensors between redundant sealing elements or surfaces. When sensors are placed to detect leak progression, the smart seal may warn of an impending leak before containment by the seal is lost. Some of the smart seals made by Odyssian Technology are known by the trademark sensorSEAL™. These seals can be standalone sensing and sealing devices or networked to ma
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Composite Repair for Pipes and Monitoring Assemblyand Monitoring Assembly

"This patent describes a boot, sleeve, or clam-shell assembly containing sensors that can be used to detect leaks, health, and state of a liquid or gas containment device. This technology, which is sometimes referred to by the trademark sensorSLEEVE™, can be placed over a containment device such as a pipe, pipe repair, valve, fitting, pump, flange, joints, pressure transducers or other mechanical device to monitor its integrity. The sensorSLEEVE™ acts as a secondary containment struct
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Composite Repair for Pipes

"This patent describes a pipe repair system made from thermoplastic composite materials. Heating elements are integrated within the composite wrap repair material(s) and elastomeric over-press material. Electrical current is first applied to the embedded elements within the composite wrap repair material causing the thermoplastic matrix material to soften. Once adequate temperature is achieved, the heating elements that are embedded within the elastomeric material are energized to generate he
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Seal with Integrated Sensors

"This patent describes smart seals having elements that both seal and sense changes in sealing force and internal containment pressure. This technology allows for the detection of changes or reduction in sealing force that if undetected may lead to a leaking seal. This technology may also identify which bolt within a flanged fitting is loosening and causing a reduction in sealing force. Some of the smart seals made by Odyssian Technology are known by the trademark sensorSEAL™. These sea
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System for Trapping Polluting Emissions

The invention relates to a system for trapping atmospheric emissions, made up of a liquefaction tank which contains a liquid that traps the dust, smokes or gas, which are injected into the same through a main duct, to which the source of the emission to be trapped is connected, said duct including a first fan which operates by absorbing and propelling the dust, smoke and gas, guiding same into the liquefaction tank, said duct being sealed at the end of thereof, the side walls of the duct compris
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Concrete Block Molds

Concrete is the most used product on earth with a carbon foot print to match. Concrete users generally order more than is required as coming up short can be a costly mistake. When concrete arrives at the construction site the water has been added and the hydration process has begun so time is of the essence to recover any quality leftover concrete. New 3 piece light weight molds allow for the recovery of leftover mix at the construction site during equipment cleanouts. In today's Zero Waste so
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Biodegradable disposable tableware and methods for making same

This is a patent No. for biodegradable disposable tableware made of nearly every type of plant refuse and the method of making it. Allows manufacturing inexpensive eco-friendly disposable tableware from wood or plant-based raw material. The attached pictures are not photos but, rather, graphic representations made by an artist.
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System for Trapping Polluting Emissions

The invention relates to a system for trapping atmospheric emissions, made up of a liquefaction tank which contains a liquid that traps the dust, smoke or gas, which are injected into same through a main duct, to which the source of the emission to be trapped is connected, said duct including a first fan which operates by absorbing and propelling the dust, smoke and gas, guiding same into the liquefaction tank, said duct being sealed at the end thereof, the side walls of the duct comprising at l
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Device for the Treatment and Disinfection of Solids and Fluids by Laser Radiation

The invention is designed to treatment and disinfection all kinds of solids and fluids (liquids and gases), characterized by use generators emitting laser in pulsed and continuous wave within the limited of 0.38 to 1000 microns, to which they are installed in his head terminal (output coupler) a device consisting of a diverging lens of zinc selenide (ZnSe), gallium arsenide (GaAs), fluorite (CaF2), germanium (Ge), quartz (SiO2) or similar material, variable opening under the surface to be treate
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Subterranean Material Dispensing Apparatus and Method

A material dispensing device delivers material directly into the ground. According to one embodiment of the material dispensing device, the device comprises an elongated hollow shaft, a receptacle, a helical flange and on or more openings formed in the shaft or helical flanges. The receptacle is disposed adjacent one end of the shaft for holding material. The receptacle is communicatively open to the shaft such that the material or a liquid-material mixture dissolved from at least a port
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Leak Stopping Sprinkler Heads

Field of Invention This invention relates to the field of water conservation and more specifically to lawn irrigation sprinkler heads designed to prevent water loss should the sprinkler head be damaged. ABSTRACT A leak stopping sprinkler head includes a hollow body that has an upper portion and a lower portion fluidly connected to a valve body. The upper portion has a spraying nozzle and a first internal diameter. The lower portion has a second, larger internal diameter. The valve
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Edible Spoon

The Eco-spoon removes the need for non-biodegradable disposable plastic spoons.It is 100% natural, made entirely of corn. It is 100% biodegradable. And 100% edible. And 100% good for you and the environment. The recipe contains all-organic ingredients, namely: corn flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, eggs, separated milk, spices and herbs. This means that the spoon is not just Edible, but also Good for you. An Edible Spoon for dissociation into consumable predetermined cl
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Fluid Cooling System

$244,000,000,000 POTENTIAL US MARKET The estimated market is calculated from documentation for USEPA in off-road diesel technology. The technology can be used for more applications than disclosed in this listing. Full documentation and calculations can be supplied to you by contacting me through my listed email. I have complete proposal and power point presentations. Depending on your level of interest you will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement because a patent pending is conting
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Method and Device for Assessing the Level of Microbial Activity of Soil

The invention concerns a method, a device and a related kit for assessing the level of microbial activity of a substrate, for example cultivated soil, biomass and other environments where there is an enzymatic activity, based on the biodegradation of a material that allows the detection of the same. Various applications of the method and the device are described. An important sector for application is agriculture. Pub. No.: WO/2012/140523 International Application No.: PCT/IB2012/00115 In
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New Firefighting Product Guarantees to Deliver 100% liquid to the Fire

The WATER POD is a somewhat 'rugby ball', or drum shaped product, molded from a degradable plastic, using the rotational molding process. The PODS have vertical integral 'fracture' seams molded into them, for a controlled rupture, and have a capacity of from 35 ~ 55 gallons of liquid. They are very easy to store, load and deploy. They can be filled with a simple water hose, or by standard drum filling methods. They are then loaded onto standard cargo aircraft, using standard warehouse and loadin
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Hybrid Photocatalysts, the Method of their Synthesis and Use

The subject of the invention is a hybrid photocatalyst which is a layered aluminosilicate, possibly organically modified, containing compounds introduced into the aluminosilicate galleries bearing groups such as porphyrin, rose bengal, anthracene, pyrene, perylene, tetracene, rubrene, naphthalene, phthalocyanines, coumarins, and methylene blue, which are organic chromophores able to absorb visible and/or ultraviolet light and sensitize photochemical reactions. The invention includes also the met
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Article for Smokers (Lighter & Extinguisher - Eco-Friendly)

On-Off Cigarette is the first and only cigarette lighter, which allows instant and simultaneous containment sealed off the stump, safely and respecting the environment. How is your invention better than existing products or technology. Because is portable and indispensable for every smoker, but ... multifunctional and easy, safe and clean (all in 1 > LIGHTING / EXTINGUISHING / CONTAINING / DISPOSAL). Vairous application for your invention. To all smokers .... at least in most civilize
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Sample System for Fluid Samples

The present invention relates to a sampling system for fluid samples having sample receiving vessel for receiving the sample, which is sealed by a septum and holder for the sample receiving vessel for receiving and holding the sample receiving vessel and also a sample probe for dipping into a fluid volume and for taking a fluid sample from the fluid volume, the sample probe being configured as a hollow volume which, at one end, has a first opening for introducing the holder and the sample receiv
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Method and Apparatus for Environmental Monitoring and Bioprospecting

A method for environmental monitoring and bioprospecting includes the steps of: (a) utilizing a testing device having: (i) a container having a fluid inlet and outlet, (ii) a plurality of capillary microcosms situated within the container, each of these capillaries having an inlet and outlet that are configured so as to allow for fluid flow through the capillaries, each of these capillaries further having a means for covering its inlet and outlet so as to prevent flow through the capillary, (iii
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Method for Inhibiting Decomposition of Metal Sulfide-containing Material

This invention provides methods of producing a crosslinked lipid coating on a metal sulfide-containing material using a chemical initiator. The crosslinked lipid coating attached to the surface of the material prevents dissolution or oxidation of the material. The methods may be useful to prevent oxidation and leaking of sulfide- containing material in the environment and may be used in the control of environmental pollution.
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System and method for monitoring environmental conditions

A monitoring system and method for detecting environmental conditions is provided, the monitoring system including a sensing unit including a plurality of sensors for obtaining data related to environmental conditions, a controller interfaced with the sensing unit for receiving and encoding the data related to environmental conditions into a predetermined format using a base64 encoding scheme, and a communication device for receiving the data in the predetermined format from the controller, form
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Method for Producing Plant Tissues Suitable for Consumption and Having an Increased Content of Quercetin And/or Quercetin Derivatives

A method for producing a fruit that is suitable for consumption and has an increased content of quercetin and/or quercetin derivatives in the pulp, characterized by the following steps: cutting the fruit; immersing the cut fruit into an impregnating solution containing quercetin and/or quercetin derivatives; applying a vacuum to the impregnating solution containing the fruit for a predetermined time period; restoring atmospheric pressure; removing the fruit from the solution.
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Systems and Methods for Capture and Sequestration of Gases and Compositions Derived Therefrom

A method of sequestering a greenhouse gas is described, which comprises: (i) providing a solution carrying a first reagent that is capable of reacting with a greenhouse gas; (ii) contacting the solution with a greenhouse gas under conditions that promote a reaction between the at least first reagent and the greenhouse gas to produce at least a first reactant; (iii) providing a porous matrix having interstitial spaces and comprising at least a second reactant; (iv) allowing a solution carrying th
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Thin-Film Passive Samplers for Detection of Hydrophobic Organic Contaminants and Estrogenicity in Various Environments

A thin-film passive sampler for use in detecting hydrophobic organic contaminants in air or aqueous environments. The sampler features a relatively thin layer of a suitable absorbent matrix coated directly on a solid support unit made of an inert material such as titanium or glass fibers. The passive samplers are simple and cost-effective to manufacture, easy to use, and exhibit rapid equilibration times and high accuracy.
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Systems and Methods for Microbial Reductive Dechlorination of Environmental Contaminants

In preferred embodiments, bioremediation systems are provided that comprise electricigenic microbes that use electrons provided directly from the anode of an electrical bioremediation system to carry out reductive dehalogenation of halogenated hydrocarbon contaminants, including chlorinated solvents. The present invention also provides methods of performing in situ bioremediation of halogenated solvents in groundwater or soil through the use of the provided systems.
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Quantification of Bovine Polyomavirus (bpyv) for Tracing Bovine Contamination in the Environment

A quantitative PCR assay is provided specific for the bovine polyomavirus having the objective of determining the levels of excretion and the concentration of bovine polyomaviruses in urine and environmental samples, including urban waste water, slaughterhouse waste water and river water. The assay is specific and did not show positive results when samples were analysed containing contamination of human or porcine origin. The assay provides a quantitative method for tracing the origin of contami
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Fluid Sampling Device

Disclosed is a fluid sampling device comprising a plurality of inlet channels, each of which is arranged to receive an airflow from an associated direction, such that a sampling medium associated with a particular inlet channel is exposed to airflow from the associated direction. The present invention relates to fluid sampling devices and more particularly, but not exclusively, to fluid sampling devices able to provide directional information and requiring no power source. It is desirable
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Charcoals

Non-activated charcoals from living plant materials are useful as ion exchange agents for adsorbing cations from an environment, especially metal ions. The present invention relates to charred organic materials useful in remediation of substances and conditions having metal contamination. Adsorption of metals onto adsorbents is known, and products on the market that are effective at removing metals from solutions include zeolites, red clays, ion exchange resins, bone charcoal and fungal bi
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Environmental Control of Fouling

Environmental Control of Fouling An anti-fouling apparatus comprising a gas permeable element attachable to a surface and means to introduce gas to the gas permeable element, wherein thegas is released into a micro- environment immediately adjacent the free surface of the gas permeable element and wherein the gas is selected to modify at least one condition in said micro-environment such that the said micro- environment is rendered unfavourable to the accumulation of foulants therein.
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Photoelectric conversion device, photoelectric conversion device material, photosensor and imaging device

A photoelectric conversion device comprising an electrically conductive film, an organic photoelectric conversion film, and a transparent electrically conductive film, wherein the organic photoelectric conversion film contains a compound represented by the following formula (1) and an n-type organic semiconductor: Formula (1): wherein each of R(1) and R(2) independently represents a substituted aryl group, an unsubstituted aryl group, a substituted heteroaryl group or an unsubstituted heteroaryl
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Use of photosensitizer for cleaning air, water or contaminated surfaces and in filters, where the photosensitizer is covalently linked and/or linked over physical interaction to surface and activated

Use of photosensitizer (20) for cleaning air, water or contaminated surfaces (10), is claimed, where: the photosensitizers are covalently linked and/or linked over a physical interaction to a surface and this surface is introduced in the polluted air and/or water volume or the photosensitizers are covalently linked and/or linked over a physical interaction to the surfaces that are to be cleaned; the photosensitizers are activated by visible light so that singlet-oxygen is formed by energy transf
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ENVIRONMENT-RESPONDING siRNA CARRIER USING DISULFIDE-CROSS-LINKED POLYMERIC MICELLE

Disclosed is a siRNA-encapsulating polymeric micelle complex (a polyion complex) having high monodispersibility and structural stability and excellent in the ability of transporting siRNA into a cell. Further disclosed are a nucleic acid delivery device, a nucleic acid delivery kit, a pharmaceutical composition, and a gene therapy agent, each of which uses the complex. The polyion complex is characterized by comprising: a block copolymer composed of a polyethylene glycol moiety and a polycation
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The reduction of redox-sensitive substances by bacteria of the genus Alteromonas or Shewanella

Bio-treatment of aqueous effluents, in particular to remove colour therefrom, is carried out in a Continuous Oscillatory-flow Baffle Reactor. Redox-sensitive substances are reduced by means of bacteria of the genus Alteromonas or Shewanella, or other facultative anaerobes, in a reaction under substantially anaerobic conditions. The redox-sensitive substances that may be reduced include heavy metals, radionuclides, and organic dyes, in particular azo dyes. An electron mediator is introduced, whic
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CCN - Carbon Capture and NEUTRALIZATION

Cuyha Innovation Oy was founded in 2004 by renowned nuclear physicist Matti Nurmia to manage and develop his inventions. Most of Dr. Nurmia’s inventions relate to energy production and environmental issues. Dr. Nurmia’s most notable invention is the neutralization of CO2. This revolutionary invention uses feldspar, common all over the world, to processes environmentally harmful carbon dioxide into harmless bicarbonates. Carbon dioxide neutralization With emission standards tightenin
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Low-energy On-demand Personal Cooling System

Abstract Conventional HVAC cooling systems are very energy intensive. In addition, most systems do not offer individual control over cooling. Desk fans are one answer to these problems, but normal desk fans produce a turbulent airstream that is noisy and disruptive to office work. To address these limitations, Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed a personalized cooling system that allows for high comfort levels while maintaining high energy efficiency. The system is based on extensive f
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Extremely Efficient Small Molecule for Organic Solar Cells

BACKGROUND: Solar cells based on organic semiconductors are evolving into a promising cost-effective alternative to silicon-based solar cells due to low-cost and easy fabrication by solution processing, their light weight, and compatibility with flexible substrates. Devices based on these materials are predicted to have a theoretical efficiency approaching 10%. To date, solution processed small molecule based solar cell devices have power conversion efficiencies ranging from 0.3% to 1.3%. Higher
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High Performance Composite Oxide Catalysts for Purifying Auto Exhaust Gases

BACKGROUND: Since the 1970’s, mixed oxides with the perovskite structure have been found to be catalytically active for reactions involving automobile emissions control. However, very few non-perovskite oxides have been found as redox hosts for catalytic noble metals, particularly for the application of exhaust gas purification. The light-off temperatures of perovskite catalysts (the temperature at which 50% conversion is achieved) are high considering major hydrocarbon emissions during engine
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Use of Magnetic Nanoparticles to remove Dispersed Nanoparticles from Aqueous Solutions

BACKGROUND: Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are important structural blocks for the preparation of composites with unique optical, electrical, and mechanical properties and their production is expected to increase significantly in the years to come. CNTs are extremely hydrophobic and prone to aggregation, and they are not readily dispersed in aqueous or non-aqueous solutions. However, recent studies have found that natural organic matter, especially its major component, humic acid (a large fraction of s
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Solar Power Mechanism - User Friendly, Highly Effecient, Economical & Proprietary

An improved solar power mechanism that absorbs and utilizes the light and heat energy it collects with little escaping back into the atmosphere. Current technologies are highly inefficient and serve to reflect useful heat and light energy wastefully back into the atmosphere. Current designs add to global warming and have adverse effects on Aviation and many bird and wildlife species. Our designs serve to correct these and other important flaws of the current technologies. Solar Power mechani
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Novel TiO2-based Photocatalysts for Effective Degradation

A photocatalyst is provided consisting of TiO.sub.2 doped with at least one lanthanide metal oxide. The photocatalyst may be prepared by forming a titanium-containing gel and then drying the gel and subjecting it to calcinations. The photocatalyst may be used in photodegradation of organic material.
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Fog Elimination and Rain Enhancement

Highlights Method of cloud and fog seeding by releasing small, charged particles Charging seed particles increases efficiency of droplet collisions leading to enhanced precipitation Simulations indicate high efficiency cloud and fog seeding Applications: Rain enhancement in clouds; fog dissipation; scavenging aerosols from atmosphere Our Innovation Detailed hydrodynamic calculations of collisions of charged and neutral particles and cloud droplets using advanced spectral-microphysics clou
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Inducing Liquefaction for Soil Stabilization

Highlights Ground modification technique that stabilizes ground for construction Overcomes long-term ground settlement and reduces soil porosity Full-scale field testing to verify model predictions regarding the process dynamics Civil engineering applications: large construction projects such as power stations, airports, embankments, and industrial complexes Our Innovation Relatively soft to dense silty and clay-like sands above the groundwater table are pre-treated by controlled blasting
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Hurricane Mitigation By Combined Seeding with Condensation and Freezing Nuclei

Highlights Seeding in areas of the hurricane outside of the eye with small aerosols reduces the maximum wind speed around the eye of tropical storms while minimizing the danger of the operation Seeding materials can be simple and inexpensive particles Uses existing aircraft, fuel additives transform exhaust into the active seeding agent Effect of hurricane mitigation can be augmented by adding simple, readily available nuclei-agents at low concentrations Our Innovation Solves earlie
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Improvement of Water Quality in Fresh Water Lakes Using Naturally Produced Allelochemicals

Highlights Protects potable water sources in fresh water environments from toxins that are potentially fatal to humans, wildlife and livestock Leverages naturally occurring chemicals to eliminate toxins Active lysic substances identified Our Innovation Identifies allelochemicals that cause lysis of potentially deadly, toxin-producing microorganisms Uses naturally occurring chemicals from said microorganism Environmentally friendly The Opportunity Expanding worldwide need for pota
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Method and Composition for Enhancing the Biodegradation of Biodegradable Organic Wastes

The invention provides a composition for enhancing the biodegradation of biodegradable organic wastes comprising a combination of organic-waste consuming microorganisms and liposomes wherein the liposomes supply essential nutrients for bacterial growth while concomitantly increasing the polarity and wettability of the waste, thereby increasing their availability for enhanced bacterial interaction therewith and methods for the use thereof.
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Development of a Test Method for the Evaluation of the Integrity of Ultrafiltration (UF) Membranes

Highlights Replaces current, less satisfactory methods for nanometric scale (virus size) fiber breach detection in the active layer of UF membranes Quick, simple and relatively inexpensive evaluation of the integrity of membrane systems Uses the most successful. proven approach based on the introduction of enzyme-labeled bacteriophages to the inlet of the treatment system and detection of the probe concentration in the permeate Our Innovation Fast and accurate evaluation of membrane int
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New Approach for the Removal of Metal Ions from Water

Highlights Aquatic plant materials have shown a remarkably high adsorption capacity for heavy metals from waste water Significantly faster process: Removal and recovery of heavy metal ions reduced to one step Effective with either live plants or dried biomass Our Innovation Dramatically accelerates the adsorption of heavy metal wastes by aquatic plants through a specific type of irradiation by 50 to 200 fold, without needing external agents Utilizes plant materials available in large
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Proteins with Iron Chelating Properties for Bio-film Prevention

Highlights Purified Apo- (metal-less) protein isolated from bacteria has outstanding metal chelating properties: Can bind to and remove metals from a liquid medium at very low concentrations (10-12-15M) Removal of the iron from water eliminates the formation of biofilms by Fe-bacteria in water pipes, filters and drip irrigation systems Administering pure bacterial Apo-protein sufficient to reduce the iron level may result in decreased bacterial infection in a host (animal, human) Our I
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Environmental and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

Objective/function The laboratory is active two major avenues of research: Investigation of the formation of volatile organo-sulfur compounds in natural aquatic systems. These compounds affect cloud nucleation, ozone hole formation and global warming. Research is currently focused on the formation mechanisms of dimethylsulfide (DMS), its related substrates and carbonyl sulfide. Development of analytical and bioelectrochemical diagnostic tools based on advanced materials and sol-gel technolog
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Water Treatment and Water Quality Laboratory

Objective/function The laboratory focuses on industrial services, and research on water treatment, sewage/effluent reclamation, industrial waste-water treatment, and desalination. Serves a variety of industries including water, pharmaceutics, biotechnology, electronics, high-tech, food, jewelry, cosmetics, and laundry Service provided Particle characterization in water and waste-water, raw and treated Study of particle transport, attachment and detachment mechanisms Development of new met
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Loud Physics Experimental and Computational Laboratory

Objective/function Cloud Physics Laboratory focuses on the atmospheric aspects influencing cloud formation and precipitation processes by combining satellite and radar imaging, in-situ research flights, environmental and cloud modelling, modelling of severe storms, breezes, tropical cyclones, theoretical microphysics research, and climate research Cloud and storm simulation component Services provided Research and methods to study cloud-aerosol interactions Nowcasting of severe convecti
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Crubber for Removing Heavy Metals from Flue, Combustion and Exhaust Gases

Highlights Coal is naturally contaminated with mercury and coal?burning power plants are the most common source of mercury pollution in the air. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has called for a nationwide 25% reduction of mercury emissions by 2010 and additional reductions in 2018. Wet scrubbers clean air or other gases by contact of the gas with a scrubbing solution consisting of complex solutions of reagents that specifically target certain compounds. There is a need for a low?cost
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Advanced Technologies for Producing Microbial Bio-energy

Highlights Dwindling fossil fuel reserves and global warming are strong drivers for research into novel, alternative energy sources. First generation biofuels, such as bioethanol and biodiesel, are oxychemicals with less energy content per carbon atom when compared with hydrocarbons. Microbes are used as “bio-factories” to produce pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, fine chemicals and fuels, and are candidates for the production of hydrocarbon biofuels. Our Innovation The idea i
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Novel Compounds for Disrupting Biofilms

Highlights Simple heterocyclic compounds disrupt cell–cell communication (quorum sensing) interfering with the formation of biofilms First compounds to exhibit cross kingdom inhibition and reversal of biofilms Environmentally friendly method to control the formation of biofilms on artificial surfaces such as water pipes or air-conditioning ducts in industry and agriculture Non-leaching polymer coatings Our Innovation Novel simple heterocyclic compounds, synthesized to resemble the struct
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Removal of Toxic Metal from Wastewater

Highlights New method for removing metals, including toxic metals, from industrial or domestic wastewater and seawater Simple flow system may be integrated into conventional industrial or municipal treatment facilities Enables purification of water to environmental standards for sewage system or agriculture Our Innovation Electrochemical process for the removal of metals from wastewater effluents Key Features Effective for many types of metals Removals all types of metals in one step
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Nacon Electronic Fly Trap Using Tri-Phased Array

The pest control market in North America is 7 billion annually with controlling pest species of flies contributing around 1.5 billion in sales. I invented the first non-contaminating electronic fly trap for Johnson Wax in 1988, The Vector which is has been the standard for flying insect control around the world. I have invented the next generation electronic fly trap.We have just launched the product which is manufactured in China; we have sold some units to Mc Donald's, Disney, the Caribbean Is
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Rapid Extraction Method (REM) for Environmental Samples

This technology describes a method of extraction of chemical contaminants from environmental samples such as soil, sediment and water. The rapid extraction of the contaminants is achieved by use of an organic solvent (used to dissolve the contaminants) aided by pressurization and depressurization cycles. This method extracts contaminants much more thoroughly and economically than the standards. <i>Benefits</i> *Could be used for analysis of environmental samples in research, government and c
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Biologically Modified Magnetic Activated Carbon (BIOMAC) for Water Purification and Other Applications

Removal of undesirable/toxic inorganic contaminants from waster water and drinking water is a major challenge owing to the stringent EPA regulations. Although, several methods have been proposed and shown to be effective for removal of these contaminants, large scale, economic removal will most likely be confined to adsorption or combined biological-adsorption processes. This technology produces powdered magnetically activated carbon (MAC) that be used separately, or with modifications with th
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Sensors for Failure Modes in Fuel Cells

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a novel fuel cell diagnostic apparatus and method. The system uses micro-scale sensor electrodes strategically placed at various places in the fuel cell such that the electrodes provide an electrical response indicative of the fuel cell performance. The localized information of the fuel cell operating conditions can be used to rapidly detect failure modes in the fuel cell in real-time. The size and nature of the electrodes means th
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Mixed Reactant Fuel Cell

Conventional fuel cells feed a fuel and an oxidant separately into distinct zones of the fuel cell. This requires specialized, costly materials and components to maintain the physical separation of the reactants. A key component to achieve this in conventional low temperature fuel cells is the polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM). Another such component typical in fuel cell stacks is the bipolar plate. Mixed reactant fuel cells allow the fuel and oxidant to be fed together directly into the fuel c
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Catalytic Reduction of Flue Gas NOx

Nitrogen oxides (NOx) are major air pollutants generally arising from combustion processes. Removal of NOx from stationary and transportation power sources is an important process in meeting increasingly stringent environmental regulations. Currently, most methods in use rely on the use of ammonia (NH3), which adds system complexity to account for the toxic nature of ammonia as well as to prevent fouling due to side reactions. The use of hydrocarbons for the reduction of NOx is a desirable proce
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Solid Phase Micro-extraction (SPME) Device and Method

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a device using solid phase microextraction (SPME) method in the analyses of chemical substances with a focus towards monitoring of in-process applications or monitoring of the environment for pollutants. This invention for solid phase microextraction is particularly useful and adaptable to field sampling. The device takes the form off a tubular member that is mounted in a needle. The tubular member is movable and can be enclosed within
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CMOS Xylophone Bar Magnetometer with Automatic Resonance Control

There is an increasing need for miniature magnetometers for mapping magnetic fields in space and in industrial and environmental applications. The trend has been constantly toward smaller size, lower power consumption, and lower cost models having similar or better performance. Recent developments in piezoresistive cantilevers and micro magnetometers have produced devices that in some stages require intricate processing. Sensitivities, defined as the minimum detectable field change are in the ra
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Lorentz Force Magnetometer having a Resonator

There is an increasing need for miniature magnetometers for mapping magnetic fields in space and in industrial and environmental applications. The trend has been constantly toward smaller size, lower power consumption, and lower cost models having similar or better performance. Recent developments in piezoresistive cantilevers and micro magnetometers have produced devices that in some stages require intricate processing. Sensitivities, defined as the minimum detectable field change are in the ra
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Carbon Dioxide Capture by Aqueous Piperazine

Background The conventional process for CO2 absorption/stripping uses aqueous amines such as monoethanolamine (MEA). Piperazine has previously been identified as a very reactive amine. It is an attractive alternative to MEA because it reacts with CO2 thirty times faster than MEA. However, piperazine is a solid at ambient temperature that has a limited soubility in water. Furthermore, the boiling point of liquid piperazine is less than that of MEA, so it is expected to have a greater volatility t
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In Situ Microcosm Array for Environmental Monitoring and Bioprospecting

For the management of contaminated sites, the risk assessment of microorganisms introduced into natural environments, and the search for novel microorganisms/enzymes/compounds applicable to biotechnology, a monitoring tool and analysis strategy are disclosed allowing for the automated, rapid and simultaneous determination of the following parameters: (1) water quality and toxicity, (2) intrinsic bioremediation potential, (3) accelerated bioremediation potential following nutrient amendment, (4)
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Combined Membrane, Pressure, and Temperature Swing CO2 Separation

Purpose This invention is a more energy efficient process to separate CO2 from flue gas, natural gas, or process gas (e.g. syngas) stream. Advantages . Combines features of membrane separation, pressure swing, and temperature swing separation into one process that operates continuously . More energy efficient than current technology . Requires less capital investment than existing technology . Can be used for separation of other gas components Technology Separation of CO2 from flue
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Hybrid Anti-Fouling Films

A novel coating is described by this invention for ships, rigs and other marine vessels that are exposed to marine organisms in oceans. The coating reacts with components that are available naturally in the ocean to produce an antifouling agent (hyp ohalous acids). The hypohalous acid diffuses from the xerogel film and serves as a barrier to species prone to adhere to the surface. The invention has a longer coating life, is environmentally friendly, and shows better efficacy than the currently m
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Intensity Referenced Oxygen and Pressure Sensor

Introduction Oxygen and air pressure measurement are used in a number of analytical and monitoring applications. When a single oxygen or pressure sensor is used it is difficult to produce reproducible and quantifiable results due to temperature and concentration dependent measurement variations. An internally referenced sensor system can overcome these variations and produce consistent, comparable results. Technology description The inventors have developed a dual compound oxygen and pressure se
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Nanocomposite Photovoltaic Cells

Introduction Photovoltaic cells based on polymer semiconductors are of great interest as a low cost approach to solar energy conversion into electricity. The most efficient polymer solar cells are based on binary blends, in which polymers function as electrondonors and fullerenes as electron-acceptors. Heating or annealing induces phase separation of the polymer/fullerene blends, resulting in a two-phase morphology, a process that is difficult to control. Technology description To circumvent the
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Programmable Generation and Transport of Droplets on Microscale Surface Texture Ratchets

Introduction Advances in microfluidic technology are constantly opening doors to new and exciting applications. Currently, many laboratory processes can be combined on a single chip commonly only millimeters in size while manipulating liquid volumes of picoliter size or less. In order to effectively perform the many processes that may be required of a microfluidic system, various tools are required, such as pumps, valves, mixers, and ratchets. In particular, the development of ratchets and other
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Advanced Biomimetic Surfaces for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)

Introduction Raman spectroscopy characterizes molecules by their Raman scattering. As incoming light scatters off a molecule, most does so elastically, neither gaining nor losing energy, and this is known as Rayleigh scattering. Some of this light, however, about 1 in 10 million photons, is the subject of an energy exchange with the molecule and scatters inelastically, possessing more or less energy than it started with, and this is known as Raman scattering. Raman scattering acts as a vibration
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Non-toxic protocol to establish paraoxonase 1 (PON1) status

Introduction Paraoxonase 1 (PON1) is a member of a three-gene family localized on human chromosome 7. Due to its role in the metabolism of both lipids and organophosphorus (OP) compounds, genetic variability in PON1 has been examined by many research groups as a risk factor for vascular and other diseases as well as for OP exposure. A simple, high throughput, two-substrate assay/analysis system determines both PON1 levels as well as the functional PON1192 allo form(s) present in plasma (PON1 St
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Smart Material Technology for Bioseparations and Diagnostics

Introduction Molecular recognition is important in wide variety of applications including affinity separations, biosensors, bioseparations, cell culture, diagnostics, targeted drug delivery, and enzyme and cell bioprocesses. The exceptionally specific interaction between a receptor and a ligand, such as the antibody-antigen binding reaction or enzyme-substrate binding site, is the central event in molecular recognition. Control over this binding step will lead to improvement in existing technolo
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Prism for Millipol Technology

Introduction For more than two centuries, polarized light microscopes have been used to study linear birefringence and linear dichroism in all manner of organized media. However, deriving quantitative information from the colorful signatures rendered by the polarizing microscope has required the use of external components like optical retarders and in general required the alignment of the sample with the polarimetric reference system of the microscope. Methods have been developed that allow the
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Nanocellular Foaming of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene using Ultrasound

Introduction Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is a thermoplastic consisting of molecules of incredibly long chains with molecular weights of several million. It has the highest impact strength of any thermoplastic, has a high resistance to corrosion, moisture, and abrasion, and has a friction coefficient similar to that of Teflon. The ability to create nano-structured UHMWPE materials could yield many useful and unique properties, including mechanical and optical properties, and
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Nanocellular Foaming of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene using Ultrasound

Introduction Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is a thermoplastic consisting of molecules of incredibly long chains with molecular weights of several million. It has the highest impact strength of any thermoplastic, has a high resistance to corrosion, moisture, and abrasion, and has a friction coefficient similar to that of Teflon. The ability to create nano-structured UHMWPE materials could yield many useful and unique properties, including mechanical and optical properties, and
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High-Temperature Biological Ammonia Oxidation

Introduction Nitrification is an important natural and industrial process resulting in the removal of ammonia. Recent revolutions in the scientific understanding of microbial nitrogen-cycling have already led to advanced treatment technologies, such as the anammox wastewater treatment facilities currently employed in Germany and Austria. While possibly more costeffective than current nitrogen-removal processes, the anammox system required extensive modification of existing technologies. The nitr
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Microcellular Foaming of Cyclic Olefin Copolymer (COC)

Introduction Cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) is a commercially available thermoplastic. It possesses exceptional clarity in its natural form, similar to that of glass, and it has high moisture resistance and low absorption rates. This thermoplastic’s many qualities make it an exceptional candidate for many applications, ranging from optics to packaging. The ability to create microcellular plastic foams using COC would further increase its range of applications with a significant reduction in mat
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Continuous Production of Microcellular Fibers

Introduction In microcellular plastic foams, inert gas is dissolved in thermoplastic under high pressure. The forced evacuation of this gas during processing creates pores (or cells) within the final plastic. The pores are small enough that clarity of the plastic is unaffected, and because of the pores, much less starting material is required in microcellular plastics than in conventional plastics, greatly reducing weight and cost. As a wide range of pore densities is achievable, this technology
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Cycling Ligand Adsorber

Introduction Water contaminated with heavy metals is detrimental to both the environment and human health. Heavy metal contamination commonly arises from many industrial processes. Removal of heavy metals from wastewater is a key part of environmental cleanup operations and is vital for regulatory compliance in industry. Remediation of contaminated water is expensive by traditional methods, such as activated carbon filters, which are difficult to reactivate, non-selective, and costly to dispose.
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Novel Adsorbent Systems for Water Purification Using Metal Oxide Novel Adsorbent Systems for Water Purification Using Metal Oxide

Introduction There is an ever increasing need for potable water. Improvements in conventional purification technologies allow for savings in both time and money and ensure that clean water is available in areas that need it. Technology Description Professor Benjamin at the University of Washington has developed a device and process for enhancing water decontamination whereby either standard membrane filtration or slow sand filtration is coupled to metal oxide particles, which adsorb many common
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Novel Adsorbent Systems for Water Purification Using Metal Oxide Novel Adsorbent Systems for Water Purification Using Metal Oxide

Introduction There is an ever increasing need for potable water. Improvements in conventional purification technologies allow for savings in both time and money and ensure that clean water is available in areas that need it. Technology Description Professor Benjamin at the University of Washington has developed a device and process for enhancing water decontamination whereby either standard membrane filtration or slow sand filtration is coupled to metal oxide particles, which adsorb many common
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Inductive Salinometer with Data Logging Capabilities and Toroidal Sensor

Introduction Salinity levels in seawater are not constant and can vary dramatically both temporally and spatially due to phenomena such as temperature, precipitation, deep-water upwelling, and tidal action. These variations are especially pronounced in coastal and estuarine waters where seawater interfaces with land and fresh water. While technologies do exist to measure salinity, they do not currently exist to monitor it over time and space while unattended. Technology Description Professor Bus
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Novel Adsorbent Systems for Water Purification Using Metal Oxide Bound to Substrate and Heated Metal Oxide Particles

Introduction There is an ever increasing need for potable water. Improvements in conventional purification technologies allow for savings in both time and money and ensure that clean water is available in areas that need it. Technology Description Professor Benjamin at the University of Washington has developed a device and process for enhancing water decontamination whereby either standard membrane filtration or slow sand filtration is coupled to metal oxide particles, which adsorb many common
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High-Temperature Biological Ammonia Oxidation

Introduction Nitrification is an important natural and industrial process resulting in the removal of ammonia. Recent revolutions in the scientific understanding of microbial nitrogen-cycling have already led to advanced treatment technologies, such as the anammox wastewater treatment facilities currently employed in Germany and Austria. While possibly more costeffective than current nitrogen-removal processes, the anammox system required extensive modification of existing technologies. The nitr
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CO2 Capture using Inorganic Precipitation Associated with Algal Photosynthesis

Introduction Global warming is rapidly becoming a critical concern for the entire planet as increasing amounts of greenhouse gases, such as CO2, continuously pump into the atmosphere. One technique suggested to mitigate these effects is carbon capture and storage (CSS) or carbon sequestration. This is a general process by which gaseous CO2 from large point source producers is somehow isolated and placed into long-term storage as either CO2 or as stable mineral carbonates. Unfortunately, specific
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Degradation of Environmental Toxins by a Filamentous Bacterium

Introduction Environments contaminated with the chlorinated solvents trichloroethylene (TCE) and dichloroethylene (DCE) are major cleanup problems. TCE is a common groundwater contaminant in the United States as a result of solvent spills and dry-cleaning chemical disposal. Cis-1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE) is also a common ground-water contaminant that originates from anaerobic dehalogenation of TCE in the environment. These compounds are potential carcinogens and cannot be removed effectively fr
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Removal of Toxic Contaminants from Water

BACKGROUND Industries are under increasing pressure to reduce the pollution being discharged in their effluents. This is due to increasingly stringent legislation in the UK, Europe and elsewhere, such as the ‘Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive’. There is heightened public awareness, concern over the long term environmental and health effects of toxic pollutants and improved analytical techniques that are detecting ever lower pollutant concentrations. Some of the most difficult effluents t
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Developing coral tissue and polyp culture for use in biological and biomedical research

The Invention Model miniature scleractinian coral polyps from single genetic stocks are been produced in a unique and novel way. In this invention numerous miniature coral polyps are created from tissue biopsies from a single adult coral polyp. The process creates tissue biopsies that are initially devoid of skeletal elements and that through a reorganization of the two primary tissue types (a process we call re-morphogenesis), settle, follow polyp genesis, ultimately developing into whole mini
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Wastewater treatment using Algae in a Photobioreactor

The Invention The invention uses an efficient, cheap and ecologically safe hybrid photobioreactor for simultaneous industrial wastewater detoxification and microalgal biomass production. It is cheap and self-sustaining and makes use of known technologies. Waste water is treated in a reactor containing active aerobic micro-organisms. Oxygen is fed to the micro-organisms from a second compartment separated from the reactor by a gas permeable membrane. This compartment is contains photosynthet
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Harvesting Solar Energy: Hydrogen production by a semi-artificial photo-system

The Invention An artificial ferredoxin-hydrogenase fusion enzyme has been developed for the production of hydrogen gas. This novel fusion enzyme will interfere with the formation of the naturally occurring ferredoxin-sugar production pathway in the photosystem I (PSI) complex and shuttle the donated electrons directly to the hydrogenase. Expression of this novel fusion enzyme in photosynthetic organisms will efficiently generate hydrogen gas under oxygenic photosynthesis conditions. Potentia
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Energy Simulation Software for Buildings

APPLICATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY: Modeling building heating, cooling, lighting, ventilating, and other energy flows ADVANTAGES: Simulation capabilities include: time steps of less than an hour modular systems and plant integrated with heat balance-based zone simulation multizone air flow, thermal comfort, and photovoltaic systems ABSTRACT: EnergyPlus is a building energy simulation program for modeling building heating, cooling, lighting, ventilating, and other energy flows. While it is base
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Energy Efficient Laboratory Fume Hood

APPLICATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY: Laboratory Fume Hoods ADVANTAGES: Up to 75% energy savings over current fume hood systems Allows use of small HVAC systems Avoids expensive control systems required by VAV fume hoods ABSTRACT: Fume hoods, used to protect the user from breathing harmful chemical vapors, consume large amounts of energy, estimated to be 1GW in California alone. This power load comes from the fan power need to move air out the hood, and to condition make-up air. Helmut Feuste
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Energy Efficient Condensing Side-arm Gas Water Heater

APPLICATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY: Residential gas water heating ADVANTAGES: Promises to be ~ 90% efficient; 30% more efficient than conventional gas water heaters Could be manufactured by adapting a basic electric water heater tank ABSTRACT: James Lutz of Berkeley Lab has invented a gas water heater that promises to be up to thirty percent more efficient than conventional gas water heaters. The design replaces the traditional central flue with a side-arm heat exchanger, thereby eliminating s
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Aerosol Remote Sealing System

APPLICATIONS: Sealing ventilation shafts Sealing underground pipelines and other enclosed systems ADVANTAGES: Portable Works past bends and junctions Includes leakage measuring capability ABSTRACT: Mark Modera and Francois Remi Carrie from Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a rapid, economical technique to seal duct and other enclosed systems by means of an internally injected aerosol. Berkeley National Laboratory's aerosol compound seals holes in enclosed systems and is
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Gas Exploration Software for Reducing Uncertainty in Gas Concentration Estimates

APPLICATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY: Improve estimation of reservoir parameters and quantify uncertainty in the estimation when exploring for gas and oil deposits using geophysical data ADVANTAGES: • Provides extensive uncertainty information to reduce the chances of drilling in uneconomical locations • Exists in two versions, C++ or Fortran 90 • Provides clear interfaces for users to plug in their own codes for rock-physics models and for forward simulation of seismic AVA and CSEM data •
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Bore II - Advanced Wellbore Technology Characterizes Groundwater Flow and Contamination

APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGY: • Contaminated site and remedial investigation studies • Municipal water supply studies • EPA wellhead protection area and groundwater management/protection studies • Geotechnical pretesting for construction and design ADVANTAGES: • Identifies water-bearing zones and obtains the associated flow rates in real time, facilitating on-site evaluation • Especially suited for fractured or highly heterogeneous porous rock • Tests the entire wellbore and
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PhyloChip: DNA Microarray for Rapid Profiling of Microbial Populations

APPLICATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY: • Monitoring airborne bacteria for bioterrorism surveillance • Berkeley Lab’s DNA Microarray for Rapid Profiling of Microbial Populations, also called PhyloChip. • Tracking microbial changes in the atmosphere due to climate change • Detecting harmful and beneficial organisms in water or soil samples • Monitoring bacterial populations during environmental bioremediation • Identifying bacteria and archaea in medical samples without culturing • E
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Optical Sedimentation Recorder (OSR) for Tracking the Ocean's Carbon Flux

IB-2196 APPLICATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY: In appearance and size similar to a compressed gas cylinder, the OSR is a multi-platform instrument that: • Precisely measures the ocean’s hourly variations of sedimentation of particulate inorganic and organic carbon material for seasons to years • Combines these measurements in real time (transmitting data via satellite), enabling a first-ever view of the daily changes in particulate carbon sedimentation • Has a neutrally buoyant embodimen
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Fluorine Separation and Generation Device

IB-1847 APPLICATIONS: • Point of use fluorine generation, separation, and recycling ADVANTAGES: • Compact solid state system • Extremely high purity fluorine separation, allowing the gas to be recycled on site • Decreases fluorine waste and reduces the amount of fluorine purchased and transported ABSTRACT: The semiconductor industry makes extensive use of gas mixtures that contain fluorine. Many of these substances are harmful and expensive, and must therefore be removed
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Sensor for Detecting Compounds

Abstract The present invention relates to a sol-gel sensor capable of a color change via a charge-transfer mechanism upon detection of a chemical and surface contaminant. This invention also provides a decontaminant that cleanses the air and/or surface area by capturing the compound without creating toxic byproducts. The sensors are capable of being affixed to any surface. For example, they can be stuck on a person’s shirt or included in a coating on the surface of an object such as a vehicl
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Immunoassay biophotonic plateform

Solution / invention summary : The invention combines a low density microfluidic biochip to a detection and amplification system that emits a fluorescent signal with antigenes/antibody proteomic reaction that is analysed through an Echelle type reflective micro-spectrometer. Advantages / benefits : - Robust, sensitive, portable, small and low cost devices; - Rapid, precise and discriminating results; - Low sensitivity to inhibitors. Potential applications : Any medical, agrifood or en
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