Patents Assigned to Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
  • Patent number: 10684128
    Abstract: Thermal methods and systems are described for the batch and/or continuous monitoring of films and/or membranes and/or electrodes produced in large-scale manufacturing lines. Some of the methods described include providing an energy input into a film, measuring a thermal response of the film, and correlating these to one or more physical properties and/or characteristics of the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignees: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Bhushan Lal Sopori, Michael Joseph Ulsh, Przemyslaw Rupnowski, Guido Bender, Michael Mihaylov Penev, Jianlin Li, David L. Wood, III, Claus Daniel
  • Patent number: 10662918
    Abstract: Described herein are wave energy conversion systems including actuated geometry components. An example system may include at least one body portion configured to transfer wave energy to a power take off device, and at least one actuated geometry component that is connected to the at least one body portion, the at least one actuated geometry component operable to modify a geometric profile of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Thresher, Michael Lawson, Nathan Tom, Jason Cotrell, Yi-Hsiang Yu, Alan Wright
  • Patent number: 10662289
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a polymer that includes a first repeat unit having the structure where m is between 1 and 1,000, R1 includes a first organic group, and R2 includes a second organic group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Gregg Tyler Beckham, Nicholas Rorrer, Derek Richard Vardon
  • Patent number: 10648697
    Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure is a receiver for receiving radiation from a heliostat array that includes at least one external panel configured to form an internal cavity and an open face. The open face is positioned substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis and forms an entrance to the internal cavity. The receiver also includes at least one internal panel positioned within the cavity and aligned substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis, and the at least one internal panel includes at least one channel configured to distribute a heat transfer medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Wagner, Zhiwen Ma, Janna Martinek, Ty Neises, Craig Turchi
  • Patent number: 10648743
    Abstract: A system comprising a first plurality of microchannels, a second plurality of microchannels in thermal communication with the first plurality of microchannels such that the first plurality of microchannels and second plurality of microchannels form a heat exchanger, and a phase change composite in thermal communication with the heat exchanger and methods of operating are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Kozubal, Jason David Woods, Eric Jason Bonnema, Ramin Teimouri Faramarzi
  • Patent number: 10646821
    Abstract: Techniques for hydrogen sensing and mitigation are provided. As one example, a device includes a chamber and a membrane that is permeable to a first gas and is impermeable to a second gas. The membrane separates the chamber from a gas mixture that contains the first gas, such that the first gas in the gas mixture can only enter the chamber via the membrane. The device also includes a pressure sensor configured to measure a pressure within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory C. Glatzmaier
  • Patent number: 10651323
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include CdS/CdTe PV devices (100) having a back contact (110,112) with oxygen gettering capacity. Also disclosed are back contact structures (110, 112) and methods of forming a back contact in a CdS/CdTe PV device (100). The described contacts and methods feature a contact having a contact interface layer (100) comprising a contact interface material, a p-type dopant and a gettering metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy A. Gessert
  • Patent number: 10622941
    Abstract: A device includes at least one processor configured to determine a target irradiance value based on an operating current value of a photovoltaic (PV) device, a short-circuit current value of the PV device, and an operating irradiance value of the PV device. The at least one processor is also configured to determine an open-circuit voltage value of the PV device at the target irradiance value, determine a series resistance value of the PV device based on an operating voltage value of the PV device, the operating current value, and the open-circuit voltage value at the target irradiance value, and execute at least one programmatic action based on the series resistance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Gardner Deceglie
  • Patent number: 10611783
    Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure is a method that includes combining a first organic salt (A1X1), a first metal salt (M1(X2)2), a second organic salt (A2X3), a second metal salt (M2Cl2), and a solvent to form a primary solution, where A1X1 and M1(X2)2 are present in the primary solution at a first ratio between about 0.5 to 1.0 and about 1.5 to 1.0, and A2X3 to M2Cl2 are present in the primary solution at a second ratio between about 2.0 to 1.0 and about 4.0 to 1.0. In some embodiments of the present disclosure, at least one of A1 or A2 may include at least one of an alkyl ammonium, an alkyl diamine, cesium, and/or rubidium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Kai Zhu, Donghoe Kim, Joseph Jonathan Berry, Jaehong Park
  • Patent number: 10598614
    Abstract: Methods for determining desired doping conditions for a semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotube (s-SWCNT) are provided. One exemplary method includes doping each of a plurality of s-SWCNT networks under a respective set of doping conditions; determining a thermoelectric (TE) power factor as a function of a fractional bleach of an absorption spectrum for the plurality of s-SWCNT networks doped under the respective sets of doping conditions; and using the function to identify one of the TE power factors within a range of the fractional bleach of the absorption spectrum. The identified TE power factor corresponds to the desired doping conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Azure Dee Avery, Jeffrey Lee Blackburn, Andrew John Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10586657
    Abstract: Described herein is a device that includes an alkyl ammonium metal halide perovskite layer, and a nanostructured semiconductor layer in physical contact with the alkyl ammonium metal halide perovskite layer. The alkyl ammonium metal halide perovskite layer may include methyl ammonium cations. The alkyl ammonium metal halide perovskite layer may include anions of at least one of chlorine, bromine, astatine, and/or iodine. The alkyl ammonium metal halide perovskite layer may include cations of a metal in a 2+ valence state. The metal may include at least one of lead, tin, and/or germanium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lee Blackburn, Kai Zhu, Mengjin Yang, Anne-Marie Dowgiallo, Rachelle Rosemarie Ihly
  • Patent number: 10577633
    Abstract: Polypeptide scaffolds comprising enzymatic proteins are provided. The enzymatic polypeptide scaffolds comprise heterologous enzymes to form a heterologous metabolic pathway, and can be targeted to a substrate through a surface anchoring domain. The enzymatic polypeptide scaffolds leverage the high specificity and affinity protein/protein interaction between the cohesins and dockerins of microorganismal cellulosomes to form custom enzymatic arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Yannick J. Bomble, Michael E. Himmel, Jeffrey Linger, Roman Brunecky, John Aikens
  • Patent number: 10566143
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes solution methods for manufacturing perovskite halide films for use in solar cells. The methods include the use of additives that facilitate the formation of transitory, intermediate films that are later transformed into the final target perovskite halide films, such that the final films provide improved physical characteristics and operational performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Kai Zhu, Joseph M. Luther, Yixin Zhao
  • Patent number: 10554172
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method that includes applying a first condition to a photovoltaic (PV) device, and applying a second condition to the PV device, where the first condition results in a first luminescing of a surface of the PV device at a first intensity, the second condition results in a second luminescing of the surface at a second intensity, measuring the first intensity using a detector to create a first representation of the surface, measuring the second intensity using the detector to create a second representation of the surface, and comparing the first representation with the second representation to create a third representation of the surface that identifies a defect in the surface, if present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Gardner Deceglie, Timothy J. Silverman
  • Patent number: 10544168
    Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure is a nanocrystal that includes a nanocrystal core and a ligand coordinated to a surface of the nanocrystal core, where the ligand includes a functionalized aromatic molecule. In some embodiments of the present disclosure, the functionalized aromatic molecule may include at least one of cinnamic acid (CAH) and/or a functionalized CAH molecule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignees: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, Colorado School of Mines, The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate
    Inventors: Matthew C. Beard, Daniel McCray Kroupa, Alan Sellinger
  • Publication number: 20200028104
    Abstract: Visually undistorted thin film electronic devices are provided. In one embodiment, a method for producing a thin-film electronic device comprises: opening a scribe in a stack of thin film material layers deposited on a substrate to define an active region and an inactive region of the thin-film electronic device, the stack comprising at least one active semiconductor layer. The active region comprises a non-scribed area of the stack and the inactive region comprises a region of the stack where thin film material was removed by the scribe. The method further comprises depositing at least one scribe fill material into a gap opened by the scribe. The scribe fill material has embedded therein one or more coloring elements that alter an optical characteristics spectrum of the inactive region to obtain an optical characteristics spectrum of the active region within a minimum perceptible difference for an industry defined standard observer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Applicants: SolarWindow Technologies, Inc., Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Scott R. Hammond, Marinus Franciscus Antonius Maria van Hest, John A. Conklin
  • Patent number: 10532927
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a composition that includes, in order: a first layer that includes MAw; a second layer that includes MOyAz; and a third layer that includes MOx, where M includes a transition metal, A includes at least one of sulfur, selenium, and/or tellurium, w is between greater than zero and less than or equal to five, x is between greater than zero and less than or equal to five, y is between greater than zero and less than or equal to five, and z is between greater than zero and less than or equal to five. In some embodiments of the present disclosure, the transition metal may include at least one of molybdenum and/or tungsten. In some embodiments of the present disclosure, A may be sulfur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: John Augustus Turner, Jing Gu, Jeffery Andrew Aguiar, Suzanne Ferrere, Kenneth Xerxes Steirer, Yong Yan, Chuanxiao Xiao, James Luke Young, Mowafak Al-Jassim, Nathan Richard Neale
  • Patent number: 10533196
    Abstract: Presented herein are oleaginous strains of yeast such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae that have been modified to allow for xylose utilization. Such strains are also modified to allow for higher lipid accumulation utilizing a broad range of sugar monomers such as those released during pretreatment and enzymatic saccharification of lignocellulosic biomass. Methods of producing lipids and ethanol using these yeast strains are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Eric P. Knoshaug, Min Zhang, Arjun Singh, Michael T. Guarnieri
  • Patent number: 10528687
    Abstract: Virtual oscillator control systems, devices, and techniques are provided. One example device includes a processor configured to implement a virtual oscillator circuit and output an oscillating waveform based on the virtual oscillator circuit and power electronics operatively coupled to the processor and configured to convert, based on the oscillating waveform, direct current (DC) electricity to alternating current (AC) electricity. The processor may be further configured to extract, from the virtual oscillator circuit, a virtual current based on an output current of the AC electricity, and output the oscillating waveform further based on an input voltage of the DC electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignees: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, ETH Zürich
    Inventors: Brian Benjamin Johnson, Nathan Ainsworth, Sairaj Vijaykumar Dhople, Mohit Sinha, Florian Anton Dörfler
  • Patent number: 10516269
    Abstract: An example device includes a processor configured to receive a plurality of voltage values corresponding to voltage nodes in a first portion of a power system and determine, for each voltage node, a respective value of first and second voltage-constraint coefficients. The processor is also configured to receive a power value corresponding to a connection point of the first portion of the power system with a second portion of the power system and determine for the connection point, a respective value of first and second power-constraint coefficients. The processor is also configured to cause at least one energy resource connected to the first portion of the power system to modify an output power of the at least one energy resource based on the value of the first and second voltage-constraint coefficients for each voltage node and the value of the first and second power-constraint coefficients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignees: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, Université catholique de Louvain
    Inventors: Emiliano Dall'Anese, Andrey Bernstein, Andrea Simonetto