SI
SI
discoversearch

   Technology StocksLoop Industries, Inc.


Previous 10 Next 10 
From: donpat5/5/2016 12:07:54 PM
   of 13
 
United States Patent7,955,508
Allan , et al.June 7, 2011
Supercritical fluid biomass conversion systems

Abstract
Disclosed herein are supercritical fluid biomass conversion machines, systems, and methods for converting a wide range of biomass materials into a plurality of reaction products including fermentable sugars and various aromatic substances. In one embodiment, a method is disclosed that comprises the steps of: providing an extruder; conveying a mixture of the selected biomass material and water through the extruder and into a supercritical fluid biomass conversion zone; heating and further pressurizing the mixture within the supercritical fluid biomass conversion zone to yield at least supercritical water, wherein heat energy is supplied by means of an induction heating coil positioned circumferentially about the supercritical fluid biomass conversion zone; retaining the mixture within the supercritical fluid biomass conversion zone for a period of time sufficient to yield the plurality of reaction products; and separating the plurality of reaction products into at least a water soluble fraction and an organic solvent soluble fraction.

Inventors:
Allan; Graham (Kenmore, WA), Loop; Thomas E. (Seattle, WA), Flynn; James D. (Auburn, WA)

Assignee:
Xtrudx Technologies, Inc. (Auburn, WA)

Family ID: 41799833
Appl. No.: 12/402,489
Filed: March 11, 2009



What is claimed is:

1. A method for converting a selected biomass material into a plurality of reaction products, the method comprising the steps of: providing an extruder that defines an elongated biomass conveying zone, wherein the extruder comprises two or more elongated rotatable flighted shafts positioned in a side-by-side and intermeshing relationship, and wherein the extruder is configured to continuously convey the selected biomass material together with water from an upstream biomass inlet to a supercritical fluid biomass conversion zone while increasing the pressure of the selected biomass material and water from about atmospheric at the biomass inlet to greater than about 22.1 MPa at the supercritical fluid biomass conversion zone; conveying a mixture of the selected biomass material and water through the elongated biomass conveying zone and into the supercritical fluid biomass conversion zone; heating and further pressurizing the mixture within the supercritical fluid biomass conversion zone to yield at least supercritical water, wherein heat energy is supplied by means of an induction heating coil positioned circumferentially about the supercritical fluid biomass conversion zone; retaining the mixture within the supercritical fluid biomass conversion zone for a period of time sufficient to yield the plurality of reaction products; and expelling the plurality of reaction products out of the supercritical fluid reaction zone and into a reaction products separation zone.


LINK

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read


From: donpat5/5/2016 12:16:44 PM
   of 13
 
XTRUDX

xtrudx.com


HOME ABOUT TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY CONTACT

TECHNOLOGY

Xtrudx’s novel green energy approach is built around a specialized extruder configured to continuously feed raw biomass and/or waste plastic materials into a highly novel high-energy “spear and tube” reactor. Xtrudx’s specialized extruder first shreds and compresses the selected feedstock material. The extruder then conveys the comminuted feedstock (at high temperature and pressure) into a central reaction zone (of controllable volume) positioned before the tip portion of the spear (within the high-energy spear and tube reactor). Within the reaction zone, the centrally conveyed feedstock material is forcefully projected through a radially introduced shroud of highly energized water – highly energized water in a plasma-like form known as “supercritical water” (SCW). The free flowing thermal energy contained within the supercritical water (SCW) is able to rapidly rupture some of the chemical bonds (backbone) of the giant polymer molecules (of the selected solid biomass/waste plastic feedstock material). The ruptured polymer bonds are immediately stabilized by capturing available hydrogen atoms liberated from the surrounding high-energy water medium (thereby avoiding unwanted char formation). By controlling the linear displacement of the spear within the tube, the volume of the reaction zone can be readily adjusted (which means that the residence time of the feedstock material within the reaction zone is highly tunable).



In this way, Xtrudx’s novel supercritical hydrolysis technology is able to transform a wide variety of solid biomass/waste plastic feedstocks into liquid mixtures (in near quantitative yields) of valuable char-free polymer fragments (sugars and/or oils) within mere seconds, The liquid mixture of polymer fragments is then allowed to gravity separate for further processing as shown here.






Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read


From: donpat5/5/2016 12:27:20 PM
   of 13
 
A Notice of Allowance is issued after the USPTO determines that the prosecution of the merits of a patent has been completed. The patent can then be granted from an application upon payment of the issue fee. The Notice of Allowance and the allowed claims for this application are posted on the USPTO public PAIR website.
LINK

Other IP:
Results of Search in PGPUB Production Database March 15th - September 30th 2001 for:
AN/"Xtrudx Technologies"
: 6 applications.


Hits 1 through 6 out of 6
PUB. APP. NO.Title
1 20150148566 PHENOLIC RESIN PRECURSORS VIA SUPERCRITICAL WATER
2 20150147450 NUTRITIONAL ENHANCEMENT OF PLANT TISSUE VIA SUPERCRITICAL WATER
3 20150144837 PRODUCTION OF BIODIESEL FROM OILS AND FATS VIA SUPERCRITICAL WATER
4 20120184788 BIOMASS AND WASTE PLASTICS DEPOLYMERIZATION MACHINE AND METHODS VIA SUPERCRITICAL WATER
5 20100329938 BIOMASS AND WASTE PLASTICS TO NEODIESEL AND VALUABLE CHEMICALS VIA SUPERCRITICAL WATER
6 20100063271 SUPERCRITICAL FLUID BIOMASS CONVERSION SYSTEMS


LINK

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last ReadRead Replies (1)


To: donpat who wrote (5)5/5/2016 12:33:23 PM
From: donpat
   of 13
 
United States Patent Application20120184788

Kind Code

A1
Loop; Thomas E. ; et al.July 19, 2012

BIOMASS AND WASTE PLASTICS DEPOLYMERIZATION MACHINE AND METHODS VIA SUPERCRITICAL WATER



Abstract
A method for transforming a selected polymeric material into a plurality of reaction products via supercritical water is disclosed. The method comprises: conveying the selected polymeric material through an extruder, wherein the extruder is configured to continuously convey the selected polymeric material to a supercritical fluid reaction zone; injecting hot compressed water into the supercritical fluid reaction zone, while the extruder is conveying the selected polymeric material into the supercritical fluid reaction zone so as to yield a mixture; retaining the mixture within the reaction zone for a period of time sufficient to yield the plurality of reaction products. The reaction zone may be characterized by a tubular reactor having an adjustably positionable inner tubular spear, wherein the tubular reactor and the inner tubular spear further define an annular space within the reaction zone, and wherein the mixture flows through the annular space and into a reaction products chamber.

Inventors:Loop; Thomas E.; (Seattle, WA) ; Flynn; James D.; (Auburn, WA) ; Allan; Graham; (Kenmore, WA) ; Van Swearingen; Steven C.; (Edmond, WA) ; Gaw; Kevin O.;(Seattle, WA)
Assignee:XTRUDX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Seattle
WA

Family ID:46491272
Appl. No.:13/297217
Filed:November 15, 2011

LINK

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read


From: donpat6/15/2016 6:43:20 PM
   of 13
 
Note 4 – Intellectual Property


On October 27, 2014, the Company entered into an intellectual property agreement with Mr. Hatem Essaddam wherein the Company purchased a certain technique and method for $445,050 allowing for the depolymerization of polyethylene terephthalate at ambient temperature and atmospheric pressure. The Company will use such technique in its processing plant. The technology is being amortized using the straight-line method over the estimated used life of the patents 7 years. As of February 28, 2015 $212,800 of the purchase price was outstanding, which amount was paid in full during the year ended February 29, 2016.
F-11


In addition to the $445,050 paid by the Company under the Intellectual Property Assignment Agreement, the Company is required to make additional payments totaling CDN$800,000 Mr. Essaddam within sixty (60) days of each of the following milestones (the "Milestones") having been met, as follows:

(i)

CDN$200,000 when an average of twenty (20) metric tons per day of terephthalic acid meeting the is produced by the Company for twenty (20) operating days;





(ii)

CDN$200,000 when an average of thirty (30) metric tons per day of terephthalic acid is produced by the Company for thirty (30) operating days;









(iii)

CDN$200,000 when an average of sixty (60) metric tons per day of terephthalic acid is produced by the Company for sixty (60) operating days; and









(iv)

CDN$200,000 when an average of one hundred (100) metric tons per day of terephthalic acid is produced by the Company for sixty (60) operating days.



As of February 29, 2016 the Company is still in its test pilot program, none of the Milestones have been met, and accordingly no additional CDN$200,000 payment has been made.

Additionally, the Company is obligated to make royalty payments of up to CDN$27,000,000, payable as follows:

(a)

10% of gross profits on the sale of all products derived by the Company from the technology assigned to the Company under the agreement;

(b)

10% of any license fee paid to the Company in respect of any licensing or other right to use the technology assigned to the Company and granted to a third party by the Assignee;

(c)

5% of any royalty or other similar payment made to the Company by a third party to whom a license or other right to use the technology assigned to the Company has been granted by the Company; and

(d)

5% of any royalty or other similar payment made to the Company by a third party in respect of a sub-license or other right to use the technology assigned to the Company granted by the third party.




As of February 29, 2016, we have not made any royalty payments under the Intellectual Property Assignment Agreement.

ih.advfn.com


In re Hatem Essaddam:

US2015361616 (A1) ? 2015-12-17
| In my patents list| Previous5?/?6 Next| Global Dossier| Report data error| Print

PROCESS FOR ISOLATING CELLULOSE FROM CELLULOSIC BIOMASS, ISOLATED CELLULOSE OF TYPE I AND COMPOSITE MATERIALS COMPRISING SAME
Page bookmarkInventor(s):Applicant(s):
US2015361616 (A1) - PROCESS FOR ISOLATING CELLULOSE FROM CELLULOSIC BIOMASS, ISOLATED CELLULOSE OF TYPE I AND COMPOSITE MATERIALS COMPRISING SAME
ESSADDAM HATEM [CA] + (ESSADDAM HATEM)
VENTIX ENVIRONNEMENT INC [CA] +
Abstract of US2015361616 (A1)

Described herein are processes for the production of a cellulose pulp and processes for isolating cellulose from cellulose-containing biomass. The processes of the invention comprises contacting the biomass with a source of anions and a source of cations, the source of anions and the source of cations being selected to react exothermically with the biomass and with each other. The processes of the invention have the particularity of generating exothermic reactions through enthalpies of reaction and mixture. Accordingly, the processes of the invention do not require any supply of external energy since the required energy is provided by chemical reagents that are already present in the biomass or added as needed. The invention also relates to isolated cellulose obtained from these processes and the use of same in various materials.

LINK

ventixtech.com

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read


From: donpat7/8/2016 1:57:41 PM
   of 13
 
In connection with the Company appointment Mr. Contla Chief Financial Officer, the Company entered into an Employment Agreement with Mr. Contla.

The Employment Agreement with Mr. Contla, dated effective June 1, 2016, provides for an initial annual base salary, commencing June 1, 2016, of $105,000. The agreement also provides for the issuance to Mr. Contla of: (i) a warrant to purchase 25,000 shares of common stock, with a strike price of $3.00, that vests quarterly equally over 24 months, (ii) a warrant to purchase 25,000 shares of common stock, with a strike price of $3.00, that vests fully at the completion of the first full scale production facility producing a minimum of 11,000 M/T per year of PTA & MEG, and (iii) a warrant to purchase 25,000 shares of common stock, with a strike price of $3.00, that vests fully at the completion of the second full scale production facility producing a minimum of 11,000 M/T per year of PTA & MEG. Mr. Contla is also entitled to a severance payment equal to the greater of two months of salary or the aggregate of one month for each year of employment, upon the termination of his employment by the Company without cause or by Mr. Solomita for good reason or in the event of a change in control.

biz.yahoo.com

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read


From: donpat7/16/2016 10:24:32 AM
   of 13
 
Hatam Essadam (Essaddam)

The depolymerization technology underlying the business of Loop Holdings was originally developed by Hatem Essaddam, who sold the depolymerization technology to Loop Holdings for a purchase price of up to $445,050 and contingent consideration consistent in up to CDN$800,000 pursuant to an Intellectual Property Assignment Agreement dated October 27, 2014, by and among Hatem Essadam, Loop Holdings, and Daniel Solomita, our President and Chief Executive Officer, Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
irdirect.net

2: EX-10.1 Intellectual Property Assignment Agreement http://www.secinfo.com/d1D393.m6gv.d.htm#1stPage
EX-10.8 Addendum to the Intellectual Property Assignment http://www.secinfo.com/d1D393.m6gv.c.htm#1stPage
Effet de la micro-cellulose type I de Ventix incorporée à des matériaux composites Dr. Hatem Essaddam Ph. D.http://www.cdcq.qc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/9_Hatem_Essaddam_Effet_microcellulose_type_I_composites.pdf
Our depolymerization of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) process is completed through a series of chemical reactions. The resulting monomers of the depolymerization is purified terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol.

Our depolymerization process is summarized as follows:

PET bottles are shredded into 5 mm size pieces;
Shredded PET is put into a large reactor, where certain chemicals are added;
Purified terephthalic acid (solid) and ethylene glycol (liquid) and mother liquor are separated using a combination of centrifugation and distillation;
The mother liquor is returned to the reactor to be reused in the process; and
Purified terephthalic acid and Ethylene Glycol are processed and packaged.

biz.yahoo.com

3.1.5Intellectual Property Rights.




(a)Other than a patent application submitted to the French patent office which was subsequently withdrawn, there are no Intellectual Property Rights in respect of the Technique which have been registered, or for which applications for registration have been filed, by or on behalf of the Assignor in any jurisdiction.

secinfo.com

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last ReadRead Replies (2)


To: donpat who wrote (9)7/16/2016 10:27:38 AM
From: donpat
   of 13
 
Summary

Loop Holdings Inc. focuses on depolymerizing waste plastics and converting them into valuable chemicals, ready to be reintroduced into the manufacturing of virgin plastics. Our proprietary technology breaks down polyethylene yerephthalate ("PET") into its base chemicals, purified terephthalic acid ("PTA") and ethylene glycol ("EG"), at a recovery rate of 100%.

Loop Holdings' technology uses waste PET plastics such as water bottles, soda bottles, consumer packaging, carpets and industrial waste as feedstock to process. These feedstock are readily available through municipal triage centers, industrial recycling and landfill reclamation projects.

Purified terephthalic acid is a high-value chemical currently selling at approximately $1,000 per metric ton, used mainly in the production of PET plastic and polyester fiber. The resulting product appears as a crystalline substance, which is then filtered, purified, dried and stored. We believe that the demand for terephthalic acid is expected to hit an all-time high of 60 million metric tons (132 billion pounds) in 2015 and 72 million metric tons (158.4 billion pounds) by 2020.

Ethylene glycol ("EG") is an organic compound primarily used as a raw material in the manufacture of polyester fibers and PET used in bottling. A small percentage is also used in industrial applications like antifreeze formulations and other industrial products. It is an odorless, colorless, syrupy, sweet-tasting liquid. Current selling price of EG is approximately $1,050 per metric ton. The global market volume for ethylene glycols was 16.5 million metric tons (36 billion pounds) in 2013 and is expected to reach 22.8 million metric tons (45 billion pounds) by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 4.7% from 2014 to 2020.

Raw Material

PET plastic is our source of feedstock. PET is a polyester showing excellent tensile and impact strength, chemical resistance, clarity, process ability and reasonable thermal stability. Although its main application by far is in the textile industry, tremendous quantities of this material are consumed in the manufacturing of soft-drink and water bottles, as well as in food packaging.

PET does not create a direct hazard to the environment, but due to its substantial fraction volume in the plastic waste stream and its high resistance to atmospheric and biological agents, it could be considered as a noxious material. PET accounts for 8% by weight and 12% by volume of the world's solid waste.

PET recycling represents one of the most successful and widespread examples of polymer recycling. The main driving force responsible for this extreme increase in recycling of post-consumer PET is its widespread use, particularly in the beverage and food industry.

PET bottles are characterized by high strength, low weight and permeability of gases (mainly CO 2), as well as by their aesthetic appearance (good light transmittance, smooth surface). They do not have any side effect on the human organism. Many attempts are currently directed toward recycling of PET waste, because of the interests in environmental protection, energy preservation and economic benefits.

Among the different recycling techniques (primary, mechanical, chemical and energy recovery), the acceptable one according to the principles of "sustainable development" is chemical recycling, since it leads to the formation of the raw materials from which the polymer is made, as well as of other secondary value-added products. Chemical recycling has been defined as the process leading to total Depolymerization of PET into monomers, or partial Depolymerization into oligomers and other chemical substances.

According to NAPCOR (National Association for PET Container Resources), in 2012 in the US:


·

PET bottles represented a total of 5.6 Billion lbs. of PET available to be recycled;

·

Only 1.72 Billion lbs. were collected; and

·

There was only a 30.8% PET bottle recycling rate.

The NAPCOR United Kingdom Statistics for 2011 PET Recycling include:

·

6.7 Billion plastic bottles were recycled in 2011;

·

52% of household plastic bottles were recycled; and

·

Only 24% of plastic is recycled or recovered.

Among the various methods of PET recycling the most common is mechanical recycling, which refers to operations that aim to recover plastics waste via mechanical processes (grinding, washing, separating, drying, re-granulating and compounding), thus producing recycled plastic that can be converted into new plastics products, often substituting for virgin plastics.

The disadvantages to mechanical recycling of PET are that sorting is very labor intensive, and high energy costs are associated with the processing of material. Mechanical PET recycling is also limited to single stream PET with no contamination. Other challenges include quality degradation and color of the feedstock.

Depolymerization

Depolymerization presents two unique advantages in recycling resin-based products: (i) the ability to return a recovered resin to virgin-resin-like quality, and (ii) the potential to recover a valuable feedstock from products that are economically challenging to recycle. When plastic is mechanically recycled, even small levels of contamination can compromise the performance of the resin. However, because Depolymerization breaks down plastics into monomer form, that contamination is removed.

We have developed a proprietary process that enables us to depolymerize PET into its purest form of purified terephthalic acid ("PTA") and ethylene glycol ("EG"), under normal atmospheric pressure and at room temperature. Our unique Depolymerization process can bring even degraded, colored or heavily contaminated PET that is not recyclable back to life in the form of its base monomers, terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol. The resulting monomers (PTA & EG) will be sold to virgin PET manufacturers such as DuPont and Invista.

We have had our depolymerized PET tested in third-party laboratory settings. Samples of PTA and EG have been sent to the University of Montreal, Canada, where purity testing has been conducted using a process known as high performance liquid chromatography ("HPLC-MS"), which tests for the level of impurities on a parts-per-million basis in the samples of PET and EG. We have also sent samples of PTA and EG to Uhde Inventa-Fischer, a division of ThyssenKrupp, which uses a testing process known as inductive coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy ("ICP-MS"), which tests for the level of presence of heavy metals and the presence of coloring on a parts-per-million basis. We have had this testing conducted to determine whether the PTA and EG meet certain levels of purity to be able to be used for making PET resin, and we have concluded that the PTA and EG are of industrial grade purity, or suitable for use in commercial beverage bottles. We are currently building a prototype model of our depolymerization plant.

The demand for terephthalic acid is expected to hit an all-time high of 60 million metric tons (132 Billion Pounds) in 2015 and 72 million metric tons (158.4 billion pounds) by 2020.

The global market volume for ethylene glycols was 16.5 million metric tons (36 billion pounds) in 2013 and is expected to reach 22.8 million metric tons (45 billion pounds) by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 4.7% from 2014 to 2020.

Prospective Future growth

We believe that PET depolymerization expansion will drive near-term growth for Loop Holdings by opening strategically depolymerization plants close to large supplies of raw PET plastic. The largest cities in the world produce the most waste. By opening depolymerization plants close to municipal triage centers where plastic sorting and recycling occurs, Loop Holdings ensures a large supply of feed material to transform. Acquisitions in the plastic sorting sector are also possibilities to control the feedstock of raw material.

Medium-term growth will occur with the production of virgin PET resin manufactured using our feedstock of recycled PTA and glycol. We will attempt to be the first company with the ability to market virgin PET resin made from 100% recycled material.

Our long-term growth is tied to our ability to depolymerize other plastics, such as Nylon 6, Nylon 6/6, HIPS and PE We are also currently working on the depolymerization of nylon, which will enable us to economically recycle billions of pounds of nylon waste (mostly carpet waste) that is buried in landfills across the globe.

Intellectual Property

We rely on a combination of trademark laws, trade secrets, confidentiality provisions and other contractual provisions to protect our proprietary rights, which are primarily our brand names, product designs and marks. We do not own patents, though we expect to file patents related to our technology within the next 8 months.

sec.gov

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last ReadRead Replies (1)


To: donpat who wrote (9)7/16/2016 10:34:26 AM
From: donpat
   of 13
 
Ventix and Hatem Essadam (Essaddam)

Effet de la micro-cellulose type I de Ventix incorporée à des matériaux composites Dr. Hatem Essaddam Ph. D.

cdcq.qc.ca

Ventix:
ventixtech.com
ventix.ca

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read


To: donpat who wrote (10)9/14/2017 8:33:25 AM
From: donpat
   of 13
 
Date: 9 September 2017 Sector: Telecommunications Services Industry: Integrated Telecommunications Services


TTM: Trailing Twelve Months; MRQ: Most Recent Quarter; MRI: Most Recent Interim.
Latest fiscal year: 2017; Most recent quarter: 1; Fiscal year end month: N/A;
All Ratios are calculated for the latest fiscal year end unless otherwise indicated.
Data Source: Reuters Fundamentals
Business Summary
Loop Industries, Inc., formerly First American Group Inc., is a manufacturer of Purified Terephthal-hic Acid (PTA) and Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG), the chemical components used in manufacturing polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The Company is engaged in designing, prototyping and building a closed loop plastics recycling business using a de-polymerization technology. Its technology useswaste PET plastics, such as water bottles, soda bottles, consumer packaging, carpets and industrial waste as feedstock to process. These feedstocks are available through municipal triage centers, in-dustrial recycling and landfill reclamation projects. The Company operates in the United States and Canada. The Company focuses on depolymerizing waste plastics and converts them into valuable chemicals, ready to be reintroduced into the manufacturing of virgin plastics.

solresearch.scotiabank.com

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read
Previous 10 Next 10 

Copyright © 1995-2017 Knight Sac Media. All rights reserved.Stock quotes are delayed at least 15 minutes - See Terms of Use.