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Troy O McBride, Robert Cook, Benjamin R Bollinger, Lee Doyle, Andrew Shang, Timothy Wilson, Michael Neil Scott, Patrick Magari, Benjamin Cameron, Dimitri Deserranno: Energy storage and generation systems and methods using coupled cylinder assemblies. SustainX, Bingham McCutchen, October 18, 2011: US08037678 (38 worldwide citation)

In various embodiments, pneumatic cylinder assemblies are coupled in series pneumatically, thereby reducing a range of force produced by or acting on the pneumatic cylinder assemblies during expansion or compression of a gas.


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Troy O McBride, Michael Neil Scott, Jeffrey Modderno, Benjamin R Bollinger: High-efficiency energy-conversion based on fluid expansion and compression. SustainX, Bingham McCutchen, August 14, 2012: US08240140 (17 worldwide citation)

In various embodiments, motor-pump efficiency is increased by limiting the fluid pressure communicated to the motor-pump to a range smaller than that communicated by other components of an energy storage and/or recovery system.


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Troy O McBride, Benjamin R Bollinger, Michael Neil Scott, Robert Cook, Patrick Magari: Systems and methods for efficient pumping of high-pressure fluids for energy storage and recovery. Sustainx, Bingham McCutchen, January 29, 2013: US08359856 (13 worldwide citation)

In various embodiments, a mechanical assembly and/or storage vessel is fluidly coupled to a circulation apparatus for receiving pressurized heat-transfer fluid from an outlet at a first elevated pressure, boosting a pressure of the heat-transfer fluid to a second pressure larger than the first press ...


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Troy O McBride, Robert Cook, Benjamin R Bollinger, Lee Doyle, Andrew Shang, Timothy Wilson, Michael Neil Scott, Patrick Magari, Benjamin Cameron, Dimitri Deserranno: Energy storage and generation systems and methods using coupled cylinder assemblies. SustainX, Bingham McCutchen, June 25, 2013: US08468815 (9 worldwide citation)

In various embodiments, cylinder assemblies are coupled in series pneumatically, thereby reducing a range of force produced by or acting on the cylinder assemblies during expansion or compression of a gas.


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Troy O McBride, Michael Neil Scott, Benjamin Bollinger, Andrew Shang, Robert Cook, Lee Doyle: Systems and methods for reducing dead volume in compressed-gas energy storage systems. SustainX, Bingham McCutchen, July 9, 2013: US08479505 (7 worldwide citation)

In various embodiments, dead space and associated coupling losses are reduced in energy storage and recovery systems employing compressed air.


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Benjamin R Bollinger, Lee Doyle, Michael Neil Scott, Troy O McBride, Andrew Shang: Fluid-flow control in energy storage and recovery systems. SustainX, Bingham McCutchen, November 12, 2013: US08578708 (3 worldwide citation)

In various embodiments, compressed-gas energy storage and recovery systems feature one or more valves, which may be disposed within end caps of cylinder assemblies in which gas is expanded and/or compressed, for admitting fluid to and/or exhausting fluid from the cylinder assembly.


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Troy O McBride, Benjamin R Bollinger, Michael Neil Scott, Robert Cook, Patrick J Magari: Systems and methods for efficient pumping of high-pressure fluids for energy. Sustainx, Occhiuti & Rohlicek, May 27, 2014: US08733095

In various embodiments, a mechanical assembly and/or storage vessel is fluidly coupled to a circulation apparatus for receiving pressurized heat-transfer fluid from an outlet at a first elevated pressure, boosting a pressure of the heat-transfer fluid to a second pressure larger than the first press ...


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Troy O McBride, Benjamin R Bollinger, Michael Neil Scott, Robert Cook, Patrick Magari: Systems and methods for efficient pumping of high-pressure fluids for energy storage and recovery. September 15, 2011: US20110219763-A1

In various embodiments, a mechanical assembly and/or storage vessel is fluidly coupled to a circulation apparatus for receiving pressurized heat-transfer fluid from an outlet at a first elevated pressure, boosting a pressure of the heat-transfer fluid to a second pressure larger than the first press ...


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Benjamin R Bollinger, Lee Doyle, Michael Neil Scott, Troy O McBride, Andrew Shang: Fluid-flow control in energy storage and recovery systems. April 12, 2012: US20120085086-A1

In various embodiments, compressed-gas energy storage and recovery systems feature one or more valves, which may be disposed within end caps of cylinder assemblies in which gas is expanded and/or compressed, for admitting fluid to and/or exhausting fluid from the cylinder assembly.


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Troy O McBride, Michael Neil Scott, Jeffrey Modderno, Benjamin R Bollinger: High-efficiency energy-conversion based on fluid expansion and compression. January 12, 2012: US20120006013-A1

In various embodiments, motor-pump efficiency is increased by limiting the fluid pressure communicated to the motor-pump to a range smaller than that communicated by other components of an energy storage and/or recovery system.