US 11,655,069 B2
Pallet with thermal energy storage
Paul Robbins, Houston, TX (US); Michael P. Crisman, Houston, TX (US); Roger Ansted, Houston, TX (US); Andres Barron, Houston, TX (US); Robert Reyes, Houston, TX (US); and Sandra Jameson, Houston, TX (US)
Assigned to Viking Cold Solutons Inc., Houston, TX (US)
Filed by Viking Cold Solutions, Inc., Houston, TX (US)
Filed on Jan. 7, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/143,697.
Application 17/143,697 is a continuation of application No. 15/726,945, filed on Oct. 6, 2017, granted, now 10,919,665.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/405,054, filed on Oct. 6, 2016.
Prior Publication US 2021/0122524 A1, Apr. 29, 2021
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. B65D 19/38 (2006.01); B65D 19/00 (2006.01); B65D 81/38 (2006.01); F25D 3/06 (2006.01)
CPC B65D 19/38 (2013.01) [B65D 19/0018 (2013.01); B65D 19/0028 (2013.01); B65D 19/0038 (2013.01); B65D 81/3813 (2013.01); F25D 3/06 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00029 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00034 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00044 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00064 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00069 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00079 (2013.01); B65D 2519/0094 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00268 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00273 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00288 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00293 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00318 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00323 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00333 (2013.01); B65D 2519/00338 (2013.01); F25D 2303/0845 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A thermal energy storage pallet comprising:
a first sheet formed with a first plurality of bends defining a first higher portion, a first lower portion, and first sidewalls;
a second sheet formed with a second plurality of bends defining a second higher portion, a second lower portion, and second sidewalls, the second plurality of bends matching the first plurality of bends;
wherein the first and second pluralities of bends define a first set of recesses and a second set of recesses, the first set of recesses operable to receive a fork of a forklift along a first axis and the second set of recesses operable to receive a fork of a forklift along a second axis that is perpendicular to the first axis, thereby allowing the thermal energy storage pallet to be picked up from four sides using a forklift;
wherein the first sheet and the second sheet each formed of a rigid material to provide structural support for the thermal energy storage pallet;
wherein the first higher portion of the first sheet forms a structured deck onto which goods may be loaded for transport; and
a phase change material disposed in compartments defined by and located between the first and second sheets, the phase change material operable to change state in response to heat exchange between the thermal energy storage pallet, the transported goods, and an environment surrounding the pallet.
 
12. A thermal energy storage pallet comprising:
a first sheet formed with a first plurality of bends;
a second sheet formed with a second plurality of bends, the second plurality of bends matching the first plurality of bends;
wherein the first and second pluralities of bends define a first set of recesses and a second set of recesses, the first set of recesses operable to receive a fork of a forklift along a first axis and the second set of recesses operable to receive a fork of a forklift along a second axis that is perpendicular to the first axis, thereby allowing the thermal energy storage pallet to be picked up from four sides using a forklift;
wherein a portion of the first sheet forms a structured deck onto which goods may be loaded for transport; and
a phase change material disposed in compartments defined by and located between the first and second sheets, the phase change material operable to change state in response to heat exchange between the thermal energy storage pallet, the transported goods, and an environment surrounding the pallet.