Worthington Industries has patented a fuel transfer station for refilling fuel canisters used in combustion-powered equipment. The system includes a base, frame, connection ports, fluid flow lines, supply tank, and a translucent refillable canister with a stop mechanism. The station operates using pressure gradients to transfer fuel efficiently. GlobalData’s report on Worthington Industries gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Worthington Industries, Hydrogen fuel dispensers was a key innovation area identified from patents. Worthington Industries's grant share as of March 2024 was 64%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Refillable fuel canister system with closed loop transfer station

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Worthington Industries Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11970385B2) discloses a system for fuel transfer that includes a refillable canister with a translucent body, a cap with a coupler having a stop mechanism, and a closed-loop fuel transfer station with various components like connection ports, couplers, check valves, and a pump. The system also features a pressure relief valve to prevent overfilling of the canister by releasing pressure when it reaches a defined level. Additionally, the system allows for detachable coupling of different supply tanks and fuel canisters with varying capacities, ensuring versatility in usage. The design includes keying features for proper alignment during coupling, enhancing user experience and safety.

Furthermore, the patent describes a refillable fuel canister with a translucent body, a cap with a coupler having a stop mechanism, and compressible material inside the canister that adjusts its volume based on internal pressure. The canister design allows for easy visibility of the fuel level and efficient storage. Additionally, the patent covers a fuel transfer device with a cylinder, piston, check valve, and fuel transfer nozzle for transferring fuel between a supply tank and a fuel canister. The device's mechanism enables controlled fuel flow through a spring-loaded valve in response to external forces, ensuring safe and efficient fuel transfer operations. The inclusion of a lubrication port in the fuel flow nozzle enhances the device's performance and longevity.

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