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Patent application: Eco smart panels for energy savings

Ben Welter - Thursday, August 15, 2019

U.S. patent application 20190249904 (applicant SIDCO Homes Inc., San Jose, Calif.):

"An eco-smart panel is described comprising a a solar thermal panel, a phase change material, a metal foil layer, and a structural frame constructed of materials including wood studs, gypsum, or fiberglass-reinforced concrete. The materials may be variously configured to create modular systems for fabricating buildings or structures. Eco-smart panels may be utilized to create buildings or structure with enhanced energy efficiency, increased fire resistance, increased flood resistance, and decreased construction cost and time."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20190249904.pdf

Patent application: Actively heated or cooled infant bottle system

Ben Welter - Thursday, August 01, 2019

U.S. patent application 20190231121 (applicant Ember Technologies Inc., Westlake Village, Calif.):

Ember patent drawing"An infant bottle feeding system includes an infant bottle with a chamber that receives a liquid, heating or cooling elements operable to heat or cool liquid in the chamber and sensors operable to sense parameters of the liquid in the chamber. The system optionally includes an electronic base removably attached to a bottom surface of the infant bottle and operable to deliver power to electronics in the infant bottle. The system optionally includes a thermal cover that fits over the infant bottle and releasably couples to the electronic base to enclose the infant bottle, the thermal cover insulating the infant bottle and inhibiting heat loss of the liquid in the chamber. The electronic base delivers power to the heating elements and sensors in the infant bottle only when the infant bottle is on the electronic base. The infant bottle, thermal cover and electronic base define a single travel pack unit when coupled together."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20190231121.pdf

Patent application: PCM for medical and cosmetic applications

Ben Welter - Thursday, August 01, 2019

Alps South PCM patent drawingU.S. patent application 20190231598 (applicant Alps South LLC, St. Petersburg, Fla.):

"A garment using a phase change material that change phase from solid to liquid at a low or high temperatures situated within a gel matrix. The phase change material may be used after surgical procedures to reduce swelling, edema and bruising. The gel matrix allows the material of the present invention to maintain a conformable and elastic form at room temperature. This invention provides the novelty of a low or high temperature phase change material that is conformable to surfaces or volumes of varying geometry."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20190231598.pdf

Patent application: Pouch filled with PCM for use in crockery

Ben Welter - Thursday, July 25, 2019

Probalco PCM pouch patent drawingU.S. patent application 20190223636 (applicant Probalco BVBA, Kortrijk, Belgium):

"A pouch [510] filled with phase-change material [530], wherein the pouch comprises a preformed first wall [521] and a second wall, wherein the first wall comprises a bowl-shaped part, in which the phase-change material is accommodated, and a peripheral part, wherein the second wall is attached to the peripheral part of the first wall, wherein a high vacuum prevails in the pouch, and wherein the pouch is intended for placing against a wall to be heated or cooled. ... The present invention further relates to crockery provided with a pouch filled with phase-change material."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20190223636.pdf

Patent application: PCM-based enhancement for reversed-cycle defrosting

Ben Welter - Thursday, July 25, 2019

U.S. patent application 20190226735 (applicant Sunamp Ltd., Lothian, Great Britain):

"A thermal energy storage system in the form of a reverse-cycle defrosting vapour compression system suitable for use with systems adapted to transfer heat from at least one heat source to at least one heat sink (heat transfer system), wherein said thermal energy storage system comprises: at least two thermal energy storage units; said thermal energy storage units comprise a thermal store comprising a heat exchanger with the storage units comprising a primary coil and a secondary coil; the primary coil is dedicated for use with refrigerant fluids and is adapted for inter-connection to both a condenser and a pressure-lowering device for use with a heat transfer system; the secondary coil is dedicated for use with heat transfer fluids and wherein said secondary coils are adapted to exchange heat with the phase change material in each thermal storage unit; said primary and secondary coils are surrounded by a suitable phase change material."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20190226735.pdf

Patent application: Water-based thermal cooling gels with viscosity modifier

Ben Welter - Thursday, July 25, 2019

U.S. patent application 20190225853 (applicant Microtek Laboratories, Dayton, Ohio):

"Thermal cooling gel and cold packs enclosing such thermal cooling gel have an aqueous gel of 1% to 10% wt/wt of cellulose, 0.5 g/L to 2 g/L of an ice nucleating protein, and a biocide. The enthalpy of the thermal cooling gel is in a range of 250 J/g to 330 J/g."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20190225853.pdf

Patent application: Battery module, battery pack module and vehicle including battery pack

Ben Welter - Thursday, July 18, 2019

LG Chem battery module drawingU.S. patent application 20190221901 (applicant LG Chem Ltd., Seoul, South Korea):

"A battery module includes a plurality of battery cell assemblies, each having at least one battery cell; a bottom case configured to accommodate the plurality of battery cell assemblies; an upper case mounted to an upper side of the bottom case to expose a part of an upper side, a part of a front side and a part of a rear side of adjacent battery cell assemblies of the plurality of battery cell assemblies; and a cooling unit configured to cover the exposed parts of the adjacent battery cell assemblies and having a phase change material for cooling the adjacent battery cell assemblies."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20190221901.pdf

Patent application: A passive temperature control system for transport and storage containers

Ben Welter - Thursday, July 18, 2019

U.S. patent application 20190219320 (applicant Softbox Systems Ltd., Long Crendon, Great Britain):

"The present invention relates to the field of the transportation and storage of goods and to a passive temperature control system for such a transport and storage containers. The present invention seeks to provide a system that can enable goods to be securely and reliably transported and stored for limited periods within specified temperature ranges. Pharmaceuticals, proteins, biological samples and other temperature sensitive products, including food items, are regularly shipped in containers year round and are subjected to a wide range of temperatures. Though they are shipped in insulated containers and/or climate controlled environments, the temperature stability of the shipping containers can be significantly improved by utilising suitable phase change materials in an ordered fashion. The present invention provides a simple solution to the maintenance of temperature profiles for the transport and storage of temperature sensitive products."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20190219320.pdf

Patent application: Method for making PCM products and system therefor

Ben Welter - Thursday, July 18, 2019

U.S. patent application 20190217553 (inventor Peter Horwath, New London, N.C.):

Horwath patent drawing"A method for processing phase change material includes providing pieces of phase change material having a transition temperature, the pieces of phase change material being in a solid phase. A medium is provided which is transformable from a liquid state to a solid state, the medium is in the liquid state and at a temperature which is below the transition temperature of the pieces of phase change material. The pieces of phase change material are combined with the medium to form a mixture. The mixture is supplied to a tool which forms a phase change material product. The medium is then transformed to the solid state."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20190217553.pdf

Patent application: Viscoelastic polyurethane foam with coating

Ben Welter - Friday, July 12, 2019

U.S. patent application 20190211171 (assignees Dow Global Technologies LLC, Midland, Mich., and Rohm and Haas Co., Collegeville, Penn.):

"A coated viscoelastic polyurethane foam includes a viscoelastic polyurethane foam having the coating thereon, the viscoelastic polyurethane foam having a resiliency of less than or equal to 20% as measured according to ASTM D3574, and a coating material on and embedded within the viscoelastic polyurethane foam, the coating material including an aqueous polymer emulsion and an encapsulated phase change material."