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"Offshore Facility" in Patent Application Approval Process (USPTO 20150375832)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Weekly News -- A patent application by the inventor SU, Hsin Chi (

Taipei
City, TW), filed on January 27, 2014, was made available online on January 7, 2016, according to news reporting originating from
Washington, D.C.
, by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application has not been assigned to a company or institution.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Conventionally, certain types of industrial plants and factories are known to consume high amount of electrical power, which may possibly cause disruption to the power supply on the land based grid, and also produce significant amount of pollution as a by-product. Some examples of such plants and factories include metal processing facilities, scrap metal processing facilities, refineries etc.

"It is also known that land-based power generation by burning coal, natural gas or petroleum is inefficient and produces emissions that may be harmful and/or may cause pollution in areas near the power plant. Danger of explosion or risk of fire to the storage facilities of these flammable substances is also a concern when these land-based power generation facilities are located near populated areas. With regard to hydroelectric dams, wind turbines and solar power, the challenge lies in finding a geographical location that is able to harness these natural forces and yet close enough to transmit the harnessed power to the grid. For example, for land based wind power generation, it is known that coastal shoreline are suitable for setting up wind turbines because coastal wind are rather consistent and has an average wind speed of between 4 m/s to 18 m/s. However, usable coastal shorelines are typically limited and/or may be located over a large distance away from the grid, thus resulting in significant transmission losses. With regards to nuclear power, handling of nuclear waste and/or the danger of a nuclear leak is always a concern.

"A need therefore exists to address at least some of the above problems."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "According to an aspect, there is provided an offshore facility comprising a floating platform; a metal processing apparatus disposed on the floating platform; and a power management module adapted to manage and provide a stable power supply to the metal processing apparatus.

"The offshore facility may further comprise a power generation system adapted to supply power to the metal processing apparatus.

"The power generation system may comprise a plurality of wind turbines.

"The power generation system may comprise at least one gas turbine generator.

"The power generation system may comprise a combination of a plurality of wind turbines and at least one gas turbine generator.

"The offshore facility may further comprise a substation for consolidating the power output from the power generation system.

"The offshore facility may further comprise a LNG regasification system.

"The LNG regasification system may comprise a shell and tube vaporizer for heat exchange between the LNG and an intermediate fluid.

"The LNG regasification system may further comprise a plurality of air fan heaters for heat exchange between the intermediate fluid and ambient air.

"An exhaust gas from the gas turbine generator may be directed to the intermediate fluid for heat exchange between the exhaust and the intermediate fluid.

"The offshore facility may further comprise an exhaust air blower system for directing an exhaust gas from the gas turbine generator towards the plurality of wind turbines.

"The offshore facility may further comprise a mooring system.

"The mooring system may be configured to transmit electrical power from the offshore facility to another location.

"The mooring system may be further configured to supply gas to another location.

"The mooring system may be a turret mooring system.

"The metal processing apparatus may be adapted to melt the metal.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

"Embodiments of the invention will be better understood and readily apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art from the following written description, by way of example only, and in conjunction with the drawings, in which:

"FIG. 1 schematically illustrates a floating offshore facility according to an example embodiment.

"FIG. 2 illustrates a flow diagram of a method of metal processing incorporated on an offshore facility according to an example embodiment.

"FIG. 3 schematically illustrates a floating offshore facility with power generation systems according to an example embodiment.

"FIG. 4 schematically illustrates a floating offshore facility with wind power generation systems according to an example implementation.

"FIG. 5 schematically illustrates the top view of the floating offshore facility with power generation as illustrated in FIG. 3.

"FIGS. 6A and 6B illustrates different arrangements of wind turbines on the floating offshore facility with power generation as illustrated in FIGS. 3 and 5.

"FIGS. 6-9 schematically illustrates the side view of a floating offshore facility with power generation according other example embodiments."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: SU, Hsin Chi. Offshore Facility. Filed January 27, 2014 and posted January 7, 2016. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=6697&p=134&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20151231.PD.&OS=PD/20151231&RS=PD/20151231

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Oil & Gas, Wind Energy.

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