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  • Methods of sequestering CO.sub.2

    Methods of sequestering carbon dioxide (CO.sub.2) are provided. Aspects of the methods include precipitating a storage stable carbon dioxide sequestering product from alkaline-earth-metal-containing water and then disposing of the product, e.g., by placing the product in a disposal location or using the product as a component of a manufactured composition. Also provided are systems for practicing methods of the invention.

  • Method of utilizing air conditioner to control thermal comfort level of environment

    The present invention provides a method of utilizing an air conditioner to control a thermal comfort level of an environment, wherein the air conditioner includes a plurality of environment factor adjusting devices. The method of the present invention reduces energy consumption of the air conditioner when utilizing the air conditioner to improve the thermal comfort level of an environment.

  • Micro-electron acceptor phosphorus accumulating organisms

    The present invention is directed to a substantially odorless biologically mediated treatment process for solid and liquid organic wastes. The present invention also provides for a novel nutrient rich humus material produced from the biologically mediated treatment process. The bioconversion process of the present invention results from low electron acceptor concentrations and high quantities of microorganisms in a diverse microbial community.

  • Evaluation support apparatus and method for evaluation of recyclability/environmental load

    A design support apparatus includes an evaluation unit that evaluates a recyclability of the product, using evaluation condition and parts/material data, an analysis unit that analyzes a factor obstructing the recyclability based on an evaluation result of the evaluating unit, and a display unit that displays a remedy against an obstruction factor provided as an analysis result of the analysis unit.

  • Low energy 4-cell electrochemical system with carbon dioxide gas

    A low-voltage, low-energy electrochemical system and method of producing hydroxide ions and/or bicarbonate ions and/or carbonate ions utilizing significantly less than the typical 3V used across the conventional anode and cathode to produce the ions; consequently, carbon dioxide emissions attributable to the present system and method are significantly reduced.

  • Multifunction warming device with provision for being secured

    A multifunction warming device includes a clinical garment having an inside surface supporting at least one convective apparatus. An attachment mechanism is provided adjacent the convective apparatus for adhesively attaching to a person.

  • Green roof tile system and methods of use

    Green roof systems are provided comprising a plurality of tile sheets. Each tile sheet in turn may comprise a plurality of tiles. The tiles are connected to one another by one or more bridges. The tile sheets may be disposed above a layer of growing medium. The tiles are spaced apart from one another so as to form a channel between each tile. The channels formed between the adjacent tiles are contiguous with neighboring channels and are arranged so as to form a circuitous pathway for water runoff. The channels so formed allow plant growth between each tile. Advantages of certain embodiments include improved strength, reduced weight, reduced costs, increased life spans, reduced maintenance, easier installation, improved building energy conservation, reduced urban island heat effect, improved sound insulation, improved water retention, improved environmental aspects, improved irrigation, and reduced erosion of the growing medium.

  • Influential fuel cell systems including effective cathodes and use with remediation efforts

    Embodiments may include efficient fuel cell systems including an anode, a cathode, a lead-containing cathode catalyst, at least one proton exchange connector, and perhaps even an external circuit between the anode and the cathode. Other embodiments may include enhanced degradation of contaminants in environmental media such as perhaps petroleum hydrocarbon in groundwater with microbial fuel cells and the like.

  • Methods of utilizing recycled rubber

    The present invention relates to methods of using recycled rubber including recycled rubber from tires to absorb hydrocarbons. The method is particularly applicable to absorbing waste or contaminating hydrocarbons from solid surfaces or particles where hydrocarbons may have been spilt or otherwise have contaminated the surfaces. The methods may also be used for removing spilt hydrocarbons from a liquid such as crude oil spills at sea.

  • Monitoring system and method

    A monitoring system includes one or more monitoring devices, positioned in sewer manholes, storm drains, etc., and a remote monitoring station that communicates wirelessly therewith. The monitoring device may be an integrated unit, including sensors, a two-way telemetry unit, a power supply, a processor, and supporting hardware, all located in an enclosed, waterproof housing. The monitoring device is placed within a manhole cavity to obtain depth (e.g., water level) measurements, images, and other data, and report the measurements back to the remote monitoring station, which analyzes the data and responds to alert messages when a dangerous water level is detected. An additional sensor may monitor the manhole cover for security purposes. A distributed mesh network of wireless nodes may be used to relay communications from the monitoring devices along alternative paths, through bridge nodes that may connect to a public wireless or cellular network.

  • Water treatment process for oilfield produced water

    The invention relates to a method and system for treating an aqueous liquid containing dissolved minerals and dissolved hydrocarbons. Method steps and apparatus for treating a waste water feed stream are disclosed which utilize a warm lime softening system in fluid communication with the waste water feed stream, wherein sludge from the warm lime softening system is recycled to improve lime utilization and enhance silica and boron removal without the addition of an external source of magnesium. In addition, a microfiltration system and/or an air stripper system may be used in fluid communication with at least one reverse osmosis system to produce treatment water that meets state and federal guidelines for surface discharge.

  • System for treating wastewater having a controlled reaction-volume module usable therein

    A wastewater treatment system including a biological reactor is disclosed. At least one controlled-reaction-volume module is provided to the biological reactor. The at least one controlled-reaction-volume module includes a fixed-film media for supporting a biological growth. At least one mixer, such as, for example, a high momentum mixer, for communicate a fluid to the at least one controlled-reaction-volume module so that wastewater and the biological growth communicate to thereby treat the wastewater.

  • Processing measurement data in a deep water application

    To process subterranean survey data, measurement data is collected by a receiver positioned in deep water, where the collected measurement data is responsive to signals emitted by at least one signal source located at or near an air-water interface of the body of water. The measurement data is processed to reduce a predetermined signal component.

  • Agent for treating oil-polluted ground, and for cleaning oil-contaminated surfaces and containers

    The invention relates to a concentrate for the effective, environmentally friendly treatment of oil-polluted stretches of ground and the cleaning of oil-contaminated surfaces, said concentrate containing an emulsifier, a vegetable oil and ethanol. The emulsifier is preferably a non-ionic surfactant with an HLB value between 7 and 8. The vegetable oil is preferably selected so that it is liquid at temperatures above 5 DEG C. Oils containing unsaturated fatty acids, in particular germ oils are especially suitable. For its application as a treatment for stretches of ground, the inventive concentrate is diluted with water to form a cleaning solution and is applied to the oil-contaminated surface that is to be treated. The oil is emulsified in the inventive cleaning solution and is detached from the particles of the ground. The oil degrades in a significantly easier manner in the emulsified state. To clean oil-contaminated surfaces, the cleaning solution is sprayed onto the latter. In an advantageous embodiment of the inventive cleaning method, a powder-like adsorption agent is added to the oil emulsion that is formed during the cleaning of oil-tank interiors, said agent adsorbing the emulsified oil and forming a sediment with the latter.

  • Production of biodiesel, cellulosic sugars, and peptides from the simultaneous esterification and alcoholysis/hydrolysis of materials with oil-containing substituents including phospholipids and peptidic content

    The present invention relates to a method for producing fatty acid alkyl esters as well as cellulosic simplified sugars, shortened protein polymers, amino acids, or combination thereof resulting from the simultaneous esterification and hydrolysis, alcoholysis, or both of algae and other oil containing materials containing phospholipids, free fatty acids (FFA), glycerides, or combination thereof as well as polysaccharides, cellulose, hemicellulose, lignocellulose, protein polymers, or combination thereof in the presence of an alcohol and an optional acid catalyst.

  • Absorbent systems providing antimicrobial activity

    An article and process provides a stable technology that reduces the microbial content by providing molecular iodine to the stabilized reagents when at least two reactants are activated by aqueous and/or alcohol materials.

  • Water turbine system and method of operation

    A system for providing electrical power from a current turbine is provided. The system includes a floatation device and a mooring. A water turbine structure is provided having an upper and lower portion wherein the lower portion includes a water fillable chamber. A plurality of cables are used to couple the system where a first cable couples the water turbine to the mooring and a second cable couples the floatation device to the first cable. The system is arranged to allow the turbine structure to be deployed and retrieved for service, repair, maintenance and redeployment.

  • Environmentally-neutral processing with condensed phase cryogenic fluids

    Systems, methods and apparatus are provided for utilizing a substantially condensed phase cryogenic fluid for the purpose of remediation and retrieval of, e.g., pollutant biomass from marine/aquatic and terrestrial environments. In some implementations, systems and apparatus are provided for applying a substantially condensed phase cryogenic fluid to a volume of biomass, and further having structure for collecting the biomass. Some implementations are environmentally-neutral. Some implementations convert the collected biomass into biofuel. Some implementations initially employ the biomass to remediate an aquatic body.

  • Waste liquid tank, liquid ejection device, and image forming apparatus

    A waste liquid tank that holds waste recording liquid is disclosed. In the waste liquid tank, a waste liquid wetting liquid that forms a liquid layer on the surface of the waste recording liquid is placed in the form of a liquid.

  • Method of treating a marine object

    The method is for treating a marine object. A composition is provided that has an organic substance. The composition is applied to the marine object. The composition has a first layer and a second layer. A first organic substance on the first layer attracts bacteria. The bacteria consume the first organic substance and during this process use oxygen. The bacteria thus reduce an oxygen level in a boundary layer adjacent to a surface of the marine object. The first layer of the composition erodes to expose the second layer. The bacteria consume a second organic substance of the second layer.

  • Control of development of biofilms in industrial process water

    There is provided a method of inhibiting the development of a biofilm adjacent a surface, the method comprising intermittently applying a biofilm inhibiting substance to a collection of microorganisms having biofilm developing potential. Other embodiments are also described.

  • Water toy

    A water toy includes a pump and a water inlet in fluid communication with the pump, the water inlet being submerged in a water environment during use of the water toy. The water toy further includes a water gun barrel and a water gun trigger operatively coupled to the pump outlet. The pump is configured to draw water through the water inlet from the water environment, whereby activation of the trigger causes water to discharge from the water gun barrel. The water toy may also include a docking station for storage and battery recharging.

  • Tritium distillation device

    The present invention provides a novel tritium distillation device, which includes a container, a radiator covered on top of the container with a protrusion at the bottom, a conduit penetrating the container with an inlet and an outlet, the inlet being arranged in correspondence with the protrusion, and a heating device fixed below the container. The method of operating the tritiated water distillation includes the steps of adding environmental tritiated water in the container, covering the radiator on top of the container closely, heating environmental tritiated water to cause tritiated water steam to be condensed to the bottom of the radiator, and collecting the tritiated water condensation dropped from the protrusion with conduit. The present invention uses a simple structure to ease assembly and reduce the cost of cooling water source.

  • Explosive water jet with precursor bubble

    A water jet assembly and method of use is provided comprising a tank with cutting fluid, fuel and oxidizer lines, and a tank discharge lines. In operation, the tank is filled with oxidizer; the oxidizer line is closed and cutting fluid is supplied compressing the oxidizer. When the fluid reaches a level, the fluid line is closed and fuel is injected. A spark generator ignites the fuel/oxidizer mixture thereby raising the tank pressure. As the pressure rises, a low pressure valve simultaneously closes at a prescribed level. The vent line and a discharge to a nozzle are opened thereby, forming a gas bubble. When the bubble reaches a desired size and pressure drops below a level, the vent closes, allowing combustion expansion to force fluid through the nozzle to form a cutting jet.


    A method includes measuring an occurrence frequency of elastic waves generated by cavitations in vascular tissues in vascular plant, before and after a change in water stress to the vascular plant, respectively by an elastic wave reception sensor fixed to an axis of the vascular plant, calculating a change rate of the occurrence frequency, from the occurrence frequency of the elastic wave measured before and after the change, respectively, and determining whether or not an embolism in the vascular tissue arrives at an unrecoverable level of the embolism, from the calculated change rate. And then, one can determine irrigation timing and quantity to the vascular plant, using an index based upon the above-determined result.


    According to a first aspect, the invention relates to a container (10) for temporarily holding water on the roof of a building, including a bottom (11), a side wall (12) surrounding the bottom (11) and an overflow opening (14) for draining surplus water when the volume of water collected in the container (10) exceeds a buffer volume, characterised in that the container (10) includes a water-draining means configured to force water with a temporary storage volume which is lower than the buffer volume to flow according to a regulated leakage rate (13), and in that the dimensions of the bottom are smaller than the dimensions of a sloping roof on which the container (10) can be placed so that the water load is distributed evenly on the surface of the roof when a plurality of containers (10) of the same size cover the surface of the roof.

  • Water retention cell structures

    An assembly of hollow frustum-shaped bodies arranged and supported on a horizontal support structure is used to form a core structure for water retention cells. The assemblies are arranged in alternately inverted layers with the ends of the frustum-shaped bodies interconnected to form vertical support columns which are horizontally stabilized by horizontal support structure.


    A waste water heat recovery system may include a waste water conduit, a plurality of heat exchanger modules, an inlet manifold, and an outlet manifold. The plurality of heat exchanger modules may be disposed on an outer surface of the waste water conduit. Each of the plurality of heat exchanger modules may include a first conduction member, a second conduction member, and a serpentine potable water conduit seated between the first and second conduction members. The inlet manifold may receive potable water from a water source and may be fluidly connected to an inlet of the potable water conduit of each of the plurality of heat exchanger modules. The outlet manifold may be fluidly connected to an outlet of the potable water conduit of each of the plurality of heat exchanger modules.

  • Selectively Coated Bipolar Plates for Water Management and Freeze Start in PEM Fuel Cells

    A flow field plate for fuel cell applications includes an electrically conductive plate having a first surface defining a plurality of channels. An active area section and an inactive area section characterize the flow field channels. A hydrophobic layer is disposed over at least a portion of the inactive area section while a hydrophilic layer is disposed over at least a portion of the active area section.

  • Recycler, water management system of fuel cell comprising the same, fuel cell comprising the water management system, and method of measuring water level

    A recycler of a fuel cell includes two electrodes, a rotor interposed between the two electrodes, and an insulating container surrounding and receiving the two electrodes and the rotor. A water management system of the fuel cell includes the recycler, and the fuel cell includes the water management system. A method of measuring a water level in the recycler includes measuring a conductivity of water separated in the recycler is measured.


    A water flow regulation system provides for the distribution of water between one or more water sources and one or more water distribution destinations based on a set of rules. Some embodiments provide for systems and methods of regulating water flow based on various status information, such as weather, cost, under-ground moisture, time or season.

  • Method and Apparatus for Waste Water Level Indication

    Disclosed is a liquid level indicator suitable for use with an electrical power source comprises: a liquid level indication rod at least partially immersed in the liquid, the liquid level indication rod including a plurality of electrical contacts disposed on a surface of a non-conductive material; a level indicator transmitter in electrical communication with the liquid level indication rod and with the electrical power source, the level indicator transmitter functioning to measure current flow from each of the plurality of contacts to a ground in the liquid so as to determine which of said plurality of electrical contacts lie beneath a surface of the liquid.

  • Method for promoting soil crust formation

    An environmentally friendly method is provided for supporting the formation of microfloral soil crust, particularly in disturbed or contaminated areas, by treating soil with suspension containing microfloral propagules collected with runoff water on undisturbed sites. The method reduces spreading of contaminations from afflicted areas. Also provided is a composition of microfloral propagules for supporting the soil crust formation, which composition is in the form of suspension or powder.

  • Production of renewable diesel by pyrolysis and esterification

    The present invention relates to a process and apparatus for the production of diesel fuel from feedstocks containing fatty acids, glycerated fatty acids, and glycerin by catalytic and/or non-catalytic pyrolysis followed by esterification. Specifically, the present invention relates to the production of Renewable Diesel having low glycerin, water, and sulfur content.

  • Non-petrochemically derived cationic emulsifiers that are neutralized amino acid esters and related compositions and methods

    The invention includes a method of increasing the substantivity of a personal care composition to hair, skin or nails by preparing a composition of an aqueous phase, a non-aqueous phase and a neutralized amino acid ester that is a reaction product of a neutral amino acid having a non-polar side chain with a long chain fatty alcohol and is represented by formula (I): ##STR00001## wherein R.sup.1 is an alkyl group; R.sup.2 is a linear or branched carbon chain; and the amine group of the amino acid is neutralized with an acid. The composition is substantially free of petrochemicals and/or derivatives of petrochemical materials. The aqueous phase and the non-aqueous phase are emulsified by the neutralized amino acid ester. Other methods and an emulsifiers that is the neutralized amino acid ester are included. Because the neutralized amino acid ester and the compositions do not contain petrochemical-derived ingredient, the products are natural.

  • Carbon dioxide sequestration materials and processes

    The disclosure provides methods and systems for sequestering and/or reducing carbon dioxide present in an industrial effluent fluid stream containing carbon dioxide. A scrubbing material comprising a first component, a second component (distinct from the first component), and preferably water, is contacted with the effluent fluid stream. The first component comprises a source of calcium oxide and a source of alkali metal ions. The second component comprises a slag having one or more reactive silicate compounds. Methods of reducing carbon dioxide from exhaust generated by combustion sources, lime and/or cement kilns, iron and/or steel furnaces, and the like are provided. Carbon dioxide emission abatement systems are also disclosed. Methods of recycling industrial byproducts are further provided.

  • Apparatus and method for selling greenhouse gas emission reduction credits

    The instant invention pertains to an apparatus and method to offset greenhouse gas emissions by offering to sell and/or selling emission reduction credits. The apparatus and method may be employed during a consumer transaction for the transfer of fuel. The apparatus and method may be used at the point of sale of a fuel transaction at a fuel dispenser, such as at a fuel pump. An offer to purchase credits is made to a customer at the fuel dispenser. A response is received from the customer, which is followed by the prompting for more information from the customer along with assistance given to the customer to determine the amount of credits to purchase. The purchase is made at the completion of the transaction. If the offer is rejected, credits are not purchased.

  • River and tidal power harvester

    An energy module comprising an energy absorber; and a mooring system, comprising a wing-shaped polymer shell attached to the energy absorber, the wing-shaped polymer shell designed to utilize the force of a passing current to create a downward force and thereby reduce any upward motion in the energy module; and a mooring cable housed inside the wing-shaped polymer shell and anchored to maintain the energy module in a fore and aft and a side-to-side position to provide stability, and to negate a rotational force on the energy module.

  • Wastewater treatment apparatus

    A chemical/biological wastewater treatment apparatus employing rapid sludge chemical dewatering technology in conjunction with an environmental biological system for treating the separated treated wastewater by land applying it for the propagation of biosynthetic fuels and other plants; and/or passing it through aqueous plant, algae, or microbial reduction of the dissolved solids and ammonia for BOD compliance to produce water of sufficient quality to meet open stream and ocean effluent discharge requirements; and disposing of the high BTU low moisture solids.


    A system and method for removing gas from a gas producing subterranean formation and removing contaminants from the produced water is provided. The method includes providing a mixture of gas and water gathered from a gas producing well. Thereafter the method entails separating the gas from the mixture to produce a gas product and the produced water which includes organics, suspended solids and dissolved solids including silica. Thereafter, suspended solids are removed from the produced water. After removing some of the suspended solids, the produced water is directed to a micro porous polymer extraction (MPPE) unit. In the MPPE unit aromatic organic compounds are removed from the produced water. Thereafter the produced water is treated in a membrane bioreactor to remove additional organics. Thereafter the produced water is directed to at least one RO unit that produces a high dissolved solids containing reject stream and a low dissolved solids permeate stream. The method or process described reduces the concentration of certain contaminants in the produced water such that the output or permeate stream from at least one RO unit can be used for frac fluid, drilling mud, or discharged to the environment.


    Disclosed herein is an advanced treatment system processing contaminated water or fouled water/waste water, and particularly, a system for membrane fouling control and reduction in the amount of sludge producing in a membrane combined-type fouled water/waste water advanced treatment system, and more particularly, a system capable of making sludge soluble using plasma and then re-utilizing cell byproducts of destructed sludge as a supply source of external carbon source, and possibly capable of removing a cake layer formed on a membrane using each kind of radical and ozone generated by plasma.


    Enriched titanium hydrochloric acid extract residue is provided, for use as the feed stock in the preparation of titanium pigment by sulfuric acid process. The present invention belongs to the field of the preparation of titanium pigment and particularly, relates to the enriched titanium hydrochloric acid extract residue prepared from ilmenite by hydrochloric acid leaching, its use and the method of preparing titanium pigment. The method for preparing titanium pigment using the enriched titanium hydrochloric acid extract residue can effectively utilize the fine ilmenite in Panxi area (the utilization rate is almost 100%), obtain the titanium sulfate solution with an ultralow ratio of iron to titanium dioxide (Fe/TiO.sub.2) and double the throughput of digesting equipment. Said method can simultaneously spare two steps of iron removal by freezing and titanium sulfate solution concentration with much energy consumption, reduce the times of washing with metatitanic acid, thereby, both of the discharge of acid waste water and the production of FeSO.sub.4 are reduced. Said method provides a feed stock selection for preparing titanium pigment by sulfuric acid process

  • Diaphragm Valve With Electronic Pressure Detection

    A flush valve for a waste water system comprises a valve including a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet and a main valve element adapted for movement to allow fluid flow between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet based on a pressure differential across a portion of the main valve element. The valve also includes a vent system comprising a control chamber in flow communication with the fluid inlet of the valve and a vent outlet in flow communication with the fluid outlet of the valve, and a solenoid for venting fluid venting fluid from the control chamber to the fluid outlet. A pressure sensor, such as an electronic pressure transducer, senses the fluid pressure of fluid within the vent system. When a predetermined pressure threshold is reached or exceeded, the solenoid can be energized to release fluid from the control chamber.


    A sewage treatment apparatus comprises a first stage equipment for treating sewage feed to obtain a first effluent and a second stage equipment for treating the first effluent to obtain a second effluent. The second stage equipment comprises a mixer (VI) for mixing the first effluent and a flocculation agent to obtain the first effluent containing the flocculation agent and a flocculation-clarification equipment (VII) comprises a first flocculation reaction chamber (A), into which the first effluent containing the flocculation agent is entered and subjected to flocculation reaction to form a mixture of water and dreg; a first separation chamber (C), into which the mixture of water and dreg from the first flocculation reaction chamber (A) is entered and separated to obtain a first part of the second effluent and a first dreg; and a second separation chamber (D), into which part of the first dreg is entered and separated to obtain a second part of the second effluent and a second dreg.


    A process for pretreatment of a biomass material, comprising subjecting a biomass material to a biphasic mixture of water and supercritical CO.sub.2 at a temperature in the range of 150.degree. C. to 250.degree. C. under high pressure for a time of from 10 seconds to 100 minutes. In particular embodiments, the process is performed as a two-stage temperature process wherein an initial short high-temperature stage is conducted at a temperature of at least 200.degree. C. for up to 20 minutes and a subsequent longer low-temperature stage is conducted at a temperature of at least 140.degree. C. and up to 190.degree. C. for 10-120 minutes.

  • Apparatus, System, and Method for Forward Osmosis in Water Reuse

    An apparatus, system, and method for desalinating water is presented. The invention relates to recovery of water from impaired water sources by using FO and seawater as draw solution (DS). The seawater becomes diluted over time and can be easily desalinated at very low pressures. Thus, a device consumes less energy when recovering water. The apparatus, system and method comprise an immersed forward osmosis cell.

  • Condensed Water Decreasing Insulation Package For Thermal And Acoustic Insulation Of A Vehicle Cabin

    An insulation package for thermal and acoustic insulation of a vehicle cabin has a cutout to allow a fastening device to pass through. An insulating element that is disposed in an area of the insulation package surrounding the cutout has an opening corresponding to the cutout for allowing a fastening device to pass through. At least part of the insulating element is aligned perpendicularly to an axis of the passthrough in the cutout and conformed so as to create a gap between a fastening device that has passed through and the insulation package. In this way, condensed water may be prevented from passing through the cutout in the insulation package and into the aircraft cabin.

  • Water retention monitoring

    The water contents of the tissue is measured by placing part of the body, such as the arm or ankle, between two capacitive electrodes and calculating the water contents based on the dielectric properties of the tissue. The device is shaped like a bracelet or hinged clip. When placed over part of the body the hinge position is measured to normalize the reading for the tissue thickness. The device can alert the user of water retention, and can also contact the physician directly via a wireless link


    The present invention relates to a system and methodology facilitating automation security in a networked-based industrial controller environment. Various components, systems and methodologies are provided to facilitate varying levels of automation security in accordance with security analysis tools, security validation tools and/or security learning systems. The security analysis tool receives abstract factory models or descriptions for input and generates an output that can include security guidelines, components, topologies, procedures, rules, policies, and the like for deployment in an automation security network. The validation tools are operative in the automation security network, wherein the tools perform security checking and/or auditing functions, for example, to determine if security components are in place and/or in suitable working order. The security learning system monitors/learns network traffic patterns during a learning phase, fires alarms or events based upon detected deviations from the learned patterns, and/or causes other automated actions to occur.


    Aspects of the invention provide for managing an application development environment. In one embodiment, aspects of the invention include a computer-implemented method of managing an application development environment, the method including: receiving a request for an application build, wherein the application build has at least one dependency on at least one asset; and processing the request for the application build in response to receiving the request, the processing including: submitting at least one query to an asset management system for at least one asset containing a dependency needed for the build, wherein the asset management system separately manages the plurality of assets apart from the application development environment; and receiving at least one asset from the asset management system in response to submitting at least one query.


    Embodiments of the invention relate to a method, system, computer-program product, and/or storage medium for simulating the performance of a medical-engineering procedure which includes performing a multiplicity of applications, with its being intended for the applications to be performed in a multi-client environment in parallel on a plurality of clients. Simulating is based on performing the application in a single-client environment. Runtime and resource requirements are therein measured and fed to the simulating process as input variables. A latency for the runtime and the resource requirements for running in the multi-client environment are fed out as the result of simulating.


    The invention relates to a device for recovering heat from the environment, for use in underground and underwater construction, wherein in a sheet piling wall (2) anchored in a subgrade and made of sheet piling wall elements (4) that can be locked to each other, the sheet piling wall elements (4) comprise at least one closed hollow space (6) designed as a heat tube (8), wherein the heat tube (8) transfers heat energy drawn from the water or the ground via the sheet piling wall elements (4) to a heat pump (16) via a heat exchanger (12) at the one end (14) of the heat tube (8).


    The various embodiments herein provide a nano silicon carrier as a drug delivery mechanism. The nano silicon carrier comprises a diatom frustules loaded with a drug molecule to be released at the target site. The diatom frustules are of Hannaea arcus and Navicula inflexa species of diatom. The pore size of the diatom frustules is 1 to 100 nm. The diatom frustules are comb-like in structure. The diatom frustules are in the form of powdered diatomaceous earth. The drug delivery mechanism described in the embodiments herein is a controlled release mechanism. The nano silicon carrier described in the embodiments herein is also used for delivery of pesticides and herbicides in plants. The nano silicon carrier described in the embodiments herein is also used in hormone waste water treatment.


    The present invention concerns a method for the conditioning of septic waste water to prevent the formation of hydrogen sulphide and prevent subsequent precipitation of FeS, also provided is an agent for use in said method. The agent comprises an aqueous solution of iron salts and an anionic polymer.

  • Valve for use in a water treatment system

    There is disclosed a unique water treatment system which incorporates a unique primary valve. The primary valve comprises an interconnected first part and second part. The first part attaches to a water source and provides untreated water to water treatment units which are controlled by the second part of the primary valve. Untreated water flows to a first water treatment unit and subsequently through a valve to the second part of the primary valve and to use or to a second water treatment unit. From the second water treatment unit the water flows to the second part of the primary valve and to use. The second part of the primary valve has a unique bore and slideable shaft valve structure. The water treatment units can purify the water and/or add substances to the water.


    A transportable water treatment system includes: a lower cage housing a water purifying apparatus, a middle cage housing a first water storage tank, and an upper cage housing a second water storage tank. The transportable water treatment system has a footprint approximate to the area of the lower cage. A chlorinator may be used in the water purifying apparatus that includes a bowl having an inlet at the bottom and an outlet on its side. A channel is around the inlet forcing fluid to flow to the top of the channel and over its edges. A flow diverter is positioned above the inlet adapted to transfer the flow of fluid to a substantially horizontal direction. A platform is positioned within the channel being adapted to position a single chlorine tablet within the channel. The lid is adapted for holding a plurality of chlorine tablets above the platform.


    A PLC system for automatically controlling PID for controlling the target value for residual chemicals in a water treatment facility, according to the present invention, comprises: a PID control software; a main control room computer for generating a PID control command regarding chemical deposit amount and relaying same to a field control PLC in a chemical room; the field control PLC in the chemical room for receiving a PID control command signal from the main control room computer and performing computing and control; and a chemical depositor in the chemical room for receiving the control signal from the field control PCL and depositing the indicated amount of chemicals, wherein the main control room computer calculates an initial setting value for the chemical deposit amount and generates the PID control command.


    A method for treating water including intaking a first amount of water from a first source into a plurality of treatment blocks, treating the first amount of water, outputting aqueous treated water streams from each of the plurality of treatment blocks, separating the aqueous treated water streams from each of the plurality of treatment blocks into aqueous permeate streams and concentrate reject streams, monitoring each of the aqueous permeate streams, controlling the operation of at least one of the plurality of treatment blocks based on predefined water-characteristic tolerances that fall within a predetermined concentration range based on the different qualities of the aqueous permeate streams, outputting a product water stream into an injection water reservoir or blend point, the product water stream including the aqueous permeate stream, intaking a second amount of water from a second source, treating the second amount of water, and discharging the dischargeable water stream.


    The present invention uses the principles of electrochemical ion absorption (charging) and ion desorption (discharge), and relates to a continuous flow-electrode system, a high-capacity energy storage system, and a water treatment method using the same, in which high-capacity electric energy is stored as electrode materials of a slurry phase and electrolytes simultaneously flow in a successive manner within a fine flow channel structure formed on an electrode. More specifically, the present invention relates to a continuous flow-electrode system, an energy storage system, and a water treatment method, wherein electrode active materials consecutively flow in a slurry state whereby a high capacity is easily obtained without enlarging or stacking electrodes.

  • Water Treatment Via Ultrafiltration

    Apparatus for purification of oil contaminated water, particularly of reservoir water from oil production, comprising a depression for receiving the contaminated water, wherein a first partial separation of oil particles and water is carried out within the depression, so that, on the one hand, the oil and, on the other hand, the water reduced in oil content are drained off from the depression, wherein the oil content-reduced water is guided from the depression to an ultrafiltration device, wherein a precipitant is added to the oil content-reduced water before introducing the oil content-reduced water into the ultrafiltration device, and wherein the oil content-reduced water in the ultrafiltration device is separated into a clearwater phase and an oil-enriched phase using a membrane made of polymers, and wherein the oil-enriched phase is guided back to the depression, and the clarification water phase is drained off.


    Provided is a water treatment device with which organic substances contained in raw water to be treated are decomposed to thereby alleviate the load to be imposed on a downstream filter and with which it is possible to avoid corrosion of the piping or the like. The water treatment device 12 includes a large-bore channel 22, a small-bore channel 23, and a pressure pump 24 which pressurize raw water 15a to a given pressure, the raw water containing organic substances, and further includes a laser light source 25 and a condensing lens 26 which irradiates laser light 37 upon the pressurized raw water 15a to heat the raw water to a given temperature, wherein the laser light 27 emitted from the laser light source 25 is condensed by the condensing lens 26 on a region 29 that is located in the small-bore channel 23 through which the pressurized raw water 15a flows and that is separated from the wall of the channel, thereby heating the raw water 15a present in this region 29 and yielding supercritical water or subcritical water to decompose the organic substances contained in the raw water 15a.


    A water treatment process for substantially removing one or more ionic species from a feed water includes an ion containing aqueous solution to produce a treated water product, the process including: (a) a sorption step, including contacting a solid sorbent with said feed water to produce a solution depleted in said one or more ionic species and a loaded sorbent; (b) a concentrating step, includes concentrating an inlet stream including the ionic species depleted solution to produce a concentrate rich in said one or more ionic species and said treated water product; and (c) a desorbing step, including contacting said loaded sorbent with an aqueous desorbant including said concentrate to thereby desorb at least some of said one or more ionic species from said loaded sorbent.


    An oil recovery process that utilizes one or more filtration media having an efficiency of 30% or greater for particles of 1 micrometer size or greater and a flow rate of 2 milliliters per minute per centimeter squared of media per unit pressure of the liquid (ml/min/cm2/kPa) to remove silica and/or oil and/or dissolved organics and/or dissolved solids from produced water which includes separating oil from the produced water and precipitating silica into particles and wherein the produced water having the precipitated silica is directed to a filtration medium which operates in a direct flow filtration mode and removes the precipitated silica from the produced water to form a permeate stream.


    To provide an ink set, which contains: a treatment liquid containing at least an organic acid, a surfactant and water; and an ink containing at least a colorant, a water-soluble organic solvent, a carboxyl group-containing resin, a surfactant, and water, wherein the treatment liquid, or the ink, or both the treatment liquid and the ink further contain an epoxy resin.

  • Device for Settlement of Particles from a Liquid

    An object of this invention is to provide an improved means of water treatment effectiveness. The invention strips floating and sinking particulates from flowing water with netting and inclined settling cells, which are arranged in an overlapping fashion to save treatment space. The effluent invert is virtually level with the influent invert to minimize pressure loss. The device pre-treats water for further treatment by filtering methods and among other application is ideally suited for applications where low depth profile treatment is beneficial or required.


    We provide a process for treatment of produced water, including but not limited to water produced by a "steam flood" process for extraction of oil from oil sands, including the removal of color from the water. This removal may be accomplished through addition of color-removal polymers and flocculents. This process may also be useful for other water treatment processes including reverse osmosis and filtration.

  • Electrolytic Apparatus and Method for Treating Water to Remove Nitrates, Phosphates, Arsenic, Molecules of High Molecular Weight, and Organic Materials

    An apparatus for treating contaminated water includes an electrolytic cell and a flow directing device. The electrolytic cell includes an anode chamber, a cathode chamber, an anode, a cathode, and a membrane. The anode is in the anode chamber and the cathode is in the cathode chamber. The membrane is positioned in the electrolytic cell to maintain a pH difference between the anode chamber and cathode chamber when a voltage is applied between the anode and cathode. The contaminated water for treatment is provided with hydrogen ions at the anode and with hydroxyl ions at the cathode when the voltage is applied. The flow directing device is connected to direct the water from the anode chamber to the cathode chamber.


    A device may provide a login process to authenticate users prior to admittance to a computing environment. The device may also enable users to adjust various the computing environment, e.g., the language selected for communicating with the user and the user interfaces to be presented to the user, and may store such adjustments in a secured user account. However, if the user account is inaccessible to the device during the login process, the device is unable to adapt the login process to apply the user's adjustments. Instead, the device may be configured to store users' adjustments (including language selection) outside of the user accounts, and to, upon identifying the user during the login process, present login interfaces specified in the user account. Additionally, users may select different login interfaces during login, and the device may retrieve these login interfaces for selection during future login processes for the same user.


    Language selection and application within a computing environment are often distributed over and differently applied by the operating system and various applications, leading to additional administration, inconsistencies in the user experience based on different language feature implementations among different applications; and increased cost and redundancy in developing language features for different applications. Presented herein are techniques for configuring a device with an application language library that centralizes the selection of languages by the user, and that provides a wide variety of language features (e.g., text translation, user interface adaptation, and data formats) to the applications and operating system. The application language library may also enable a multilingual user to select multiple languages; may apply a selection logic to choose a suitable language for each invocation of the application language library; and may enable the user to configure the selection among the languages for various types and instances of invocations.


    A client device receives probing information from an application server on a computing cloud comprising cloud services. The probing information comprises available resources for resource sharing. The client device manages associated sensors based on the received probing information and data traffic (category/QoS) handled by the associated sensors. Sensor data collected by sensors managed by client devices in an associated user group is utilized by the application server to generate the probing information. The locally collected sensor data is processed and aggregated over the user group by the application server to identify possible causes and/or possible solutions, which are communicated as probing information to the client device together with geographical locations and corresponding environmental conditions. Sensors in the user group are managed based on corresponding geographical locations for specific sensor behavior. Data traffic in the user group are managed based on corresponding QoS requirements and secured utilizing RSA encryption.


    A single step pretreatment of wastewater or recreational water is provided comprising treatment with nanocomposites consisting of an anchoring particle such as a clay mineral and one or more polymers.


    A hybrid method and system of treating wastewater with reduced energy usage is disclosed. The treatment system has a sorption system and an anaerobic digester that digests or converts at least a portion of the solids or sludge from the sorption system.


    A method for remediating bacterially-induced corrosion, environmental damage, and/or process inefficiencies in an industrial process includes identifying an industrial process where target bacteria adversely affect corrosion, environmental impact, and/or process efficiencies. The process also includes identifying the strains of the target bacteria, obtaining a bacteriophage virulent against one or more of the strains of the target bacteria, and exposing the target bacteria to the bacteriophage. The method can utilize an aqueous composition comprising bacteriophage encapsulated in at least one selected from the group consisting of: liposomes, foam, and gel.


    A hybrid method and system of treating wastewater with reduced energy usage is disclosed. The treatment system has a sorption system, an anaerobic digester that digests or converts at least a portion of the solids or sludge from the sorption system, and an aerobic treatment tank that partially reduces oxygen demand of a portion of the sludge from the sorption tank.


    Methods and systems are provided herein for monitoring pathogens in various environments and on various items, wherein data from monitoring is trackable, analyzable and comparable versus various standards or thresholds. The methods and systems disclosed herein also include a platform for managing the detection and reporting of pathogens across a number of locations within a number of environments, and using such detection for a wide variety of purposes.