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Texaco Inc. Patents
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Texaco Inc.
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White Plains, NY
No. of patents:
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
RE31215 Smokeless gas flare with specific gravity gas analyzer for reduction of noise April 19, 1983
A method and at least one gas flare for carrying out or practicing the method are disclosed for smokeless burning of undesired gas. Combined with a steam aspirating gas flare having a steam flow controller responsive to a gas flow detector to provide a combustible material is a specific
RE30246 Methods and apparatus for driving a means in a drill string while drilling April 1, 1980
.[.A method and at least one mechanism for carrying out the method is disclosed. A method of (1) generating time modulated torque pulses by engaging and disengaging a mud turbine driven rotating torque generator in the bottom of a wellbore, and (2) monitoring the top of the drill string
RE29219 Surfactant oil recovery process May 17, 1977
The efficiency of an oil recovery process of the type wherein an aqueous surfactant solution is injected into a subterranean, petroleum-containing formation is increased by determining the optimum range of salinity and hardness e.g. calcium and magnesium, for the particular surfactant be
H2118 Plastics liquefaction melt tank agitator coupled with solids removal May 3, 2005
The present invention relates to a liquefaction reactor with three distinct elements. First, an anchor type mixer with vertical blades near the reactor wall is used to prevent accumulation of viscous materials near the reactor wall. Second, the center shaft of the anchor mixer doubles as
H2029 Environmental safety apparatus for airborne hydrogen fluoride recovery and method June 4, 2002
A safety apparatus has been found for recovering an airborne hydrogen fluoride release in a hydrocarbon alkylation process. The safety apparatus comprising containment baffles and hydrogen fluoride detectors. Hydrogen fluoride detectors activate water flood means which discharge into the
D544885 Pump and island for fuel dispensing station June 19, 2007
D537532 Canopy for a fuel dispensing station February 27, 2007
D537170 Canopy for a fuel dispensing station February 20, 2007
D513755 Enclosure for hydrogen generation system January 24, 2006
D505392 Control panel for a hydrogen generation system May 24, 2005
D477783 Container July 29, 2003
D473468 Container April 22, 2003
D472481 Protective cap for a thermocouple in a gasifier April 1, 2003
D467810 Container December 31, 2002
D461415 Container August 13, 2002
D353334 Bottle for oil December 13, 1994
D339066 Bottle September 7, 1993
D333981 Bottle for oil March 16, 1993
8297355 Using heat from produced fluids of oil and gas operations to produce energy October 30, 2012
The invention pertains to new processes and apparatuses which can effectively and efficiently convert heat contained in wellhead fluids comprising hydrocarbons to a useful energy source like electricity. The process generally comprises first producing a heat containing fluid comprisi
8260464 Architectural hierarchy of control for a fuel processor September 4, 2012
A control technique for use in a fuel processor is disclosed. In one aspect, a control system includes a subsystem manager controller the operation of a respective physical subsystem for each of a plurality of physical subsystems in the fuel processor. The subsystem managers take the
8241374 Fluidized bed system for single step reforming for the production of hydrogen August 14, 2012
The present invention discloses a fluidized bed system for the single step reforming technology for the production of hydrogen. Single step reforming combines the steam methane reforming, water gas shift, and carbon dioxide removal in a single step process of hydrogen generation. In
8211387 Anode tailgas oxidizer July 3, 2012
A combustor for oxidizing a combustion fuel and pre-heating one or more reactants for fuel reforming. The combustor includes an elongated housing having an inlet for receiving a combustion fuel and an outlet for exhausting combustion products. The elongated housing further includes a
8210214 Apparatus and method for providing hydrogen at a high pressure July 3, 2012
An apparatus and method for providing a hydrogen rich gas stream at a high pressure for use by hydrogen vehicles or other devices requiring hydrogen rich feed streams are disclosed in the present invention. As the pressure of gaseous hydrogen is increased, the temperature of the gaseous
8177545 Method for operating a combustor having a catalyst bed May 15, 2012
A method for operating a combustor having a catalyst bed. The method includes the steps of directing a flow of air through a catalyst bed, providing heat to the catalyst bed, sensing the temperature in an upstream portion of the catalyst bed to provide an upstream temperature, direct
8119299 Coolant system for fuel processor February 21, 2012
A coolant subsystem for use in a fuel processor and a method for its operation are disclosed. In accordance with a first aspect, the coolant subsystem is separate from the feed to the processor reactor and is capable of circulating a coolant through the processor reactor. In accordan
8062392 Small distributed gasification units with syngas transportation via pipeline network for biomass November 22, 2011
The present invention discloses a system for biomass treatment which addresses the need to find economical solutions to transport biomass. In the present invention, small, distributed gasifiers convert the biomass into synthesis gas ("syngas"). The syngas is then transported via a pi
8061392 Variable volume hydrogen storage November 22, 2011
In the present invention methods for storing gaseous hydrogen employing an ionic liquid are disclosed. The ionic liquid is used to displace the volume in the storage tanks. By displacing the volume in the storage tanks with the ionic liquid, the storage pressure can remain constant and
7989511 Process and apparatus for synthesis gas and hydrocarbon production August 2, 2011
A process and apparatus for preparing a synthesis gas suitable for feeding to a suitable hydrocarbon production reactor, such as a Fischer Tropsch reactor is described. According to one aspect, the process and apparatus utilize heat exchangers that thermally integrate the reaction st
7988751 Method for producing hydrogen August 2, 2011
A method for controlling the purity of hydrogen in a reforming apparatus is described where in the apparatus includes a fuel processor, a purification unit and a system controller. The controller determines a calculated flow of reformate from the fuel processor and operates the purif
7987877 Method for managing storage of gaseous hydrogen August 2, 2011
In order to increase the hydrogen utilization rate of the cascade storage system, after dispensing gaseous hydrogen to a hydrogen vehicle, gaseous hydrogen is transferred via a compressor from at least one storage vessel at a lower pressure to at least one storage vessel at a higher,
7892304 Apparatus and method for controlling compressor motor speed in a hydrogen generator February 22, 2011
An apparatus for producing hydrogen having compressor motor speed control. The apparatus includes a hydrogen generator for producing a product comprising hydrogen and a compression unit for compressing the product. The hydrogen generator can include a fuel processor having an oxidizer
7858245 Methods of using integrated fuel processor apparatus and enclosure December 28, 2010
An integrated fuel processor apparatus and enclosure for converting hydrocarbon fuel to a hydrogen rich gas. The integrated apparatus includes a fuel processor for producing a hydrogen-rich reformate that contains water and a combustible gas component. The fuel processor is enclosed
7857875 Autothermal reforming in a fuel processor utilizing non-pyrophoric shift catalyst December 28, 2010
A method for start-up and shut down of a fuel processor including an autothermal reformer employing a non-pyrophoric shift catalyst is disclosed. Also disclosed are a computer programmed to start-up or shut down a fuel processor including an autothermal reformer employing a non-pyrop
7832364 Heat transfer unit for steam generation and gas preheating November 16, 2010
The present invention discloses a heat transfer unit which integrates a boiler and a gas preheater for steam generation and gas preheating. In one embodiment, the heat transfer unit of the present invention may be used in fuel processing applications. In this embodiment, the heat tra
7829227 Integrated fuel processor apparatus and enclosure and methods of using same November 9, 2010
An integrated fuel processor apparatus and enclosure for converting hydrocarbon fuel to a hydrogen rich gas. The integrated apparatus includes a fuel processor for producing a hydrogen-rich reformate that contains water and a combustible gas component. The fuel processor is enclosed
7785539 Method of controlling a hydrogen generator August 31, 2010
A method and apparatus for use in generating hydrogen are disclosed. The apparatus includes a fuel processor capable of producing a reformate from a fuel; a hydrogen purifier capable of generating a purified hydrogen gas stream from the reformate; a compressor capable of providing the
7763087 Safety system architecture for a hydrogen fueling station July 27, 2010
An apparatus and a method for use in controlling the apparatus are disclosed. The apparatus includes a purified hydrogen generator; at least one of a compression unit, a storage unit, and a dispensing unit; and a system controller. The system controller is capable of monitoring the o
7763085 Apparatus for producing hydrogen July 27, 2010
An apparatus and method for producing a hydrogen-enriched reformate. The apparatus includes a fuel processor for converting a fuel to a reformate having fluctuations in pressure and or flow rate, means for reducing the fluctuations, a compression unit for compressing the reformate and on
7645307 Combinational control strategy for fuel processor reactor shift temperature control January 12, 2010
A method and apparatus for use in controlling the reaction temperature of a fuel processor are disclosed. The apparatus includes a fuel processor reactor, the reactor including a water gas shift reaction section; a temperature sensor disposed within the reaction section; a coolant flow
7638069 Potassium propionates for use as freezing point depressants and corrosion protection in heat tra December 29, 2009
An aqueous heat transfer fluid comprising a C.sub.3 carboxylate freezing point depressant, either solely or in combination with C.sub.3-C.sub.5 carboxylate freezing point depressants, in combination with C.sub.6-C.sub.16 organic acid salt corrosion inhibitors, provides an antifreeze/
7593788 Automated control strategy for fuel processor reactor shift catalyst regeneration September 22, 2009
A method and apparatus for use in regenerating a reactor shift bed catalyst are disclosed. The method comprises monitoring the saturation level of a reactor shift bed catalyst in a reformer; automatically detecting that the reactor shift bed catalyst has entered a saturated state; an
7578669 Hybrid combustor for fuel processing applications August 25, 2009
The present invention discloses a hybrid combustor, such as an anode tailgas oxidizer (ATO), for fuel processing applications which combines both flame and catalytic type burners. The hybrid combustor of the present invention combines the advantages of both flame and catalytic type b
7572304 Apparatus and method for preferential oxidation of carbon monoxide August 11, 2009
An apparatus and method for the preferential oxidation of carbon monoxide in a hydrogen-rich fluid. The apparatus utilizes one or more reactors that are dimensioned to optimize the exothermic oxidation reaction and the transfer of heat to and from the catalyst bed. A reactor of the a
7544346 Compact fuel processor for producing a hydrogen rich gas June 9, 2009
A multi-step process of converting hydrocarbon fuel to a substantially pure hydrogen gas feed includes a plurality of modules stacked end-to-end along a common axis. Each module includes a shell having an interior space defining a passageway for the flow of gas from a first end of the
7524343 Dual stack compact fuel processor for producing a hydrogen rich gas April 28, 2009
An apparatus for carrying out a multi-step process of converting hydrocarbon fuel to a substantially pure hydrogen gas feed includes a plurality of modules each module being in fluid communication with adjacent modules. The modules may be arranged axially along a common axis of flow
7474078 Cell maintenance device for fuel cell stacks January 6, 2009
A method and apparatus for maintaining the cells of a fuel cell stack are disclosed. The apparatus includes a fuel cell maintenance device including means for imposing a low impedance across at least one cell of a fuel cell stack, e.g., a switch, and a pulse generator. The pulse gene
7455817 Compact fuel processor for producing a hydrogen rich gas November 25, 2008
An apparatus for carrying out a multi-step process of converting hydrocarbon fuel to a substantially pure hydrogen gas feed includes a plurality of modules stacked end-to-end along a common axis. Each module includes a shell having an interior space defining a passageway for the flow
7442216 Compact fuel processor October 28, 2008
An apparatus for carrying out a multi-step process of converting hydrocarbon fuel to a substantially pure hydrogen gas feed includes a plurality of reaction zones arranged in an insulated, box-shaped, compact fuel processor. The multi-step process includes preheating the hydrocarbon
7410710 Firstout shutdown tracing for fuel processor control system August 12, 2008
A method and apparatus for determining which condition in a fuel processor has initiated a shutdown of the fuel processor are disclosed. In general, the apparatus generates a plurality of shutdown initiator signals, each corresponding to one of a plurality of shutdown conditions and indi
7402287 Apparatus and methods for producing hydrogen July 22, 2008
An apparatus and method for producing hydrogen. The apparatus includes a fuel processor, a purification unit and a system controller. The controller determines a calculated flow of reformate from the fuel processor and operates the purification unit based on the calculated flow. The

 
 
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