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Title: US6899146: Method and apparatus for dispensing compressed natural gas and liquified natural gas to natural gas powered vehicles
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Inventor: Bingham, Dennis A.; Idaho Falls, ID, United States of America
Clark, Michael L.; Menan, ID, United States of America
Wilding, Bruce M.; Idaho Falls, ID, United States of America
Palmer, Gary L.; Shelley, ID, United States of America

Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC, Idaho Falls, ID, United States of America
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Published / Filed: 2005-05-31 / 2003-05-09

Application Number: US2003000435166

IPC Code: Advanced: B65B 1/20; B67D 7/04; F17C 9/02;
Subclass: C10L;
IPC-7:
B65B 1/20
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ECLA Code: F17C7/04; F17C7/02; R17C265/06D; R17C221/03B1; R17C223/01B1; R17C225/01A3; R17C270/00;

U.S. Class: 141/011; 141/082; 141/004; 062/050.2;

Field of Search: 141/001,2,4,5,11,18,82 062/50.1,50.2

Priority Number:
2003-05-09  US2003000435166

Abstract:     A fueling facility and method for dispensing liquid natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) or both on-demand. The fueling facility may include a source of LNG, such as cryogenic storage vessel. A low volume high pressure pump is coupled to the source of LNG to produce a stream of pressurized LNG. The stream of pressurized LNG may be selectively directed through an LNG flow path or to a CNG flow path which includes a vaporizer configured to produce CNG from the pressurized LNG. A portion of the CNG may be drawn from the CNG flow path and introduced into the CNG flow path to control the temperature of LNG flowing therethrough. Similarly, a portion of the LNG may be drawn from the LNG flow path and introduced into the CNG flow path to control the temperature of CNG flowing therethrough.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Trask Britt PC ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Maust, Timothy L.;

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    1. A fueling station comprising:

at least one pump configured to boost a pressure of a volume of liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplied thereto, the at least one pump having at least one pressurized output configured to supply pressurized LNG;

at least one diverter valve operably coupled to the at least one pressurized output of the at least one pump, wherein the at least one diverter valve is configured to selectively divert the flow of any pressurized LNG flowing from the at least one pressurized output of the at least one pump between a first flow path and a second flow path;

at least one LNG dispensing unit in fluid communication with the first flow path;

a vaporizer in fluid communication with the second flow path, the vaporizer being configured to receive and convert pressurized LNG to compressed natural gas (CNG); and

at least one CNG dispensing unit in fluid communication with the vaporizer.



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Other Abstract Info: DERABS C2004-814215

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    Application Number Filed Notes

    US2003000435166 2003-05-09  is a related to the prior publication
         US20040250871A1 issued 2004-12-16  Method and apparatus for dispensing compressed natural gas and liquified natural gas to natural gas powered vehicles

    US2003000435166 2003-05-09  is a related to the prior publication
         US20060169352A1 issued 2006-08-03  Apparatus for dispensing compressed natural gas and liquified natural gas to natural gas powered vehicles

    11050032   is a division of
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