Patents Assigned to CPG Technologies, LLC
  • Patent number: 10153638
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for transmitting energy conveyed in the form of a guided surface-waveguide mode along a lossy conducting medium such as, e.g., the surface of a terrestrial medium by exciting a polyphase waveguide probe. A probe control system can be used to adjust the polyphase waveguide probe based at least in part upon characteristics of the lossy conducting medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum
  • Patent number: 10148132
    Abstract: Aspects of return coupled wireless power transmission systems are described. In one embodiment, a system includes a guided surface waveguide probe including a charge terminal elevated at a height over a lossy conducting medium, and a feed network. The system further includes a conductor coupled to the guided surface waveguide probe that extends a distance away from the guided surface waveguide probe across the lossy conducting medium, and at least one guided surface wave receivers coupled to the conductor. The conductor can help to provide additional efficiency in power transfer between the guided surface waveguide probe and the guided surface wave receivers, especially when the operating frequency of the probe is in the medium, high, or very high frequency ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum
  • Patent number: 10141622
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to mobile guided surface waveguide probes and receivers. In a representative embodiment, an excitation source such as a generator is coupled to a guided surface waveguide probe. The excitation source and the guided surface waveguide probe mounted to a rigid frame for transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, Michael W. Miller, Paul Kendall Carlton, Jr., Michael J. D'Aurelio
  • Patent number: 10135301
    Abstract: Disclosed is a guided surface waveguide probe including a charge terminal configured to generate an electromagnetic field and a support apparatus that supports the charge terminal above a lossy conducting medium, wherein the electromagnetic field generated by the charge terminal synthesizes a wave front incident at a complex Brewster angle of incidence (?i,B) of the lossy conducting medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, Basil F. Pinzone, Jr., Joseph F. Pinzone, Paul Kendall Carlton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10135298
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments for a guided surface waveguide probe and a guided surface wave receiver, where the guided surface wave receiver comprises processing circuitry that (a) identifies at least one frequency from a plurality of available frequencies associated with a transmission of Zenneck surface waves along a terrestrial medium, and (b) adjusts a frequency at which the guided surface wave receiver receives electrical energy from the Zenneck surface waves via the terrestrial medium to a predetermined frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum
  • Patent number: 10132845
    Abstract: Disclosed are various approaches for measuring and reporting the amount of electrical power consumed by an electrical load attached to a guided surface wave receive structure. A guided surface wave receive structure is configured to obtain electrical energy from a guided surface wave traveling along a terrestrial medium. An electrical load is coupled to the guided surface wave receive structure, the electrical load being experienced as a load at an excitation source coupled to a guided surface waveguide probe generating the guided surface wave. An electric power meter coupled to the electrical load and configured to measure the electrical load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, Joseph F. Pinzone, James D. Lilly, Michael W. Miller, Stephen W. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10122218
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for long distance transmission of offshore generated power. A turbine is located offshore. The turbine can be mechanically coupled to a generator. A guided surface waveguide probe is electrically coupled to the generator and configured to launch a guided surface wave on a terrestrial medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, John Robert Ashcroft, Stephen W. Wilson, Michael W. Miller
  • Patent number: 10103452
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of an electromagnetic hybrid phased array system. One such embodiment includes a guided surface waveguide probe, and a contrawound toroidal helix antenna collocated with the guided surface waveguide probe in which the contrawound toroidal helix comprises ring elements spaced from each other and wrapped around the guided surface waveguide probe. The system further includes a signal source applied to at least the guided surface waveguide probe, such that the guided surface waveguide probe and the contrawound toroidal helix contribute individual vertical electric fields to form a radiation pattern based on the phase and amplitude characteristics of the individual vertical electric fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, Basil F. Pinzone, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10101444
    Abstract: Disclosed are various systems and methods for remote surface sensing using guided surface wave modes on lossy media. One system, among others, includes a guided surface waveguide probe configured to launch a guided surface wave along a surface of a lossy conducting medium, and a receiver configured to receive backscatter reflected by a remotely located object illuminated by the guided surface wave. One method, among others, includes launching a guided surface wave along a surface of a lossy conducting medium by exciting a charge terminal of a guided surface waveguide probe, and receiving backscatter reflected by a remotely located object illuminated by the guided surface wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum
  • Patent number: 10084223
    Abstract: Disclosed are various systems and methods directed to the launching of a guided surface wave embodying a modulated signal using a guided surface waveguide probe. A modulated signal is generated and coupled to a guided surface waveguide probe. A resulting guided surface wave is launched that decays exponentially as a function of distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum
  • Patent number: 10079573
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for embedding data on a guided surface wave. A guided surface waveguide probe emits power as a guided surface wave received by a guided surface wave receive structure circuit. An aggregate electric load of the receiver circuit is modulated with reference to a data signal. A current at the guided surface waveguide probe is monitored. A data signal is recaptured at the guided surface waveguide probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, James D. Lilly, Basil F. Pinzone, Jr., Joseph F. Pinzone
  • Patent number: 10074993
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of a guided surface wave transmitter/receiver configured to transmit a guided surface wave at a first frequency and to receive guided surface waves at a second frequency, concurrently with the transmission of guided surface waves at the first frequency. The various embodiments can be configured to retransmit received power and applied the received power to an electrical load. The various embodiments of the guided surface wave transmitter/receiver also can be configured as an amplitude modulation (AM) repeater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, James D. Lilly, Basil F. Pinzone, Jr., Joseph F. Pinzone
  • Patent number: 10031208
    Abstract: A method of tracking an object including producing a guided surface wave with a guided surface waveguide probe, the guided surface wave having sufficient energy density to power object identification tags across an area of interest; receiving return signals from a tag of interest at plural receivers, the tag of interest associated with an object and the receivers that receive the return signals change over time as the tag moves with the associated object in the area of interest; and identifying a series of geolocations at which the object was present as a function of time according to the received reply signals from the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James D. Lilly, Kenneth L. Corum, James F. Corum, Joseph F. Pinzone
  • Patent number: 10033197
    Abstract: An object identification system includes a guided surface waveguide probe that produces a guided surface wave; and an object identification tag having a receive structure and a tag circuit, the tag circuit coupled to the receive structure and electrically powered as a load on the probe by conversion of the guided surface wave to electrical current at the receive structure, the tag circuit configured to emit a return signal containing a tag identifier when electrically powered by presence of the guided surface wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James D. Lilly, Kenneth L. Corum, James F. Corum, Joseph F. Pinzone
  • Patent number: 10033198
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for frequency-division multiplexing for wireless power providers using guided surface waveguide probes to transmit power. Guided surface waveguide probes may transmit power on multiple frequencies with potentially overlapping service areas. Frequency-agile wireless power receivers may tune to one or more frequencies. Cost, availability, and/or other information may be provided to the wireless power receivers. Power usage may be reported by the wireless power receivers to power providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, Basil F. Pinzone, Jr., Michael J. D'Aurelio
  • Patent number: 10027177
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of load shedding techniques for a guided surface wave power delivery system. In one embodiment, among others, a guided surface wave receive structure is configured to obtain electrical energy from a guided surface wave traveling along a lossy conducting medium. A user device is coupled to the guided surface wave receive structure as an electrical load, where a load shedding application of the user device is configured to receive load shedding instructions from a controller device coupled to the guided surface waveguide probe and is configured to regulate user device consumption of the electrical energy provided by the guided surface wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, James D. Lilly, Stephen W. Wilson, Basil F. Pinzone, Jr., Joseph F. Pinzone, Richard T. Devereaux, John Robert Ashcroft, Michael W. Miller
  • Patent number: 10027116
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for transmitting energy conveyed in the form of a guided surface-waveguide mode along a lossy conducting medium such as, e.g., the surface of a terrestrial medium by exciting a polyphase waveguide probe. A probe control system can be used to adjust the polyphase waveguide probe based at least in part upon characteristics of the lossy conducting medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum
  • Patent number: 10001553
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for fixing a navigational position using guided surface waves launched from guided surface wave waveguide probes at various ground stations. A navigation unit may fix its position by determining the travel time of guided surface waves from the ground stations to the navigation unit. In another embodiment, the navigation unit may also fix its position by determining the change in intensity of the guided surface waves after travelling from the ground stations to the navigation unit. In other embodiments, the navigation unit may also fix its position by determining the difference in phases of phase-locked guided surface waves as they travel from the ground stations to the navigation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, James D. Lilly, Joseph F. Pinzone
  • Patent number: 9997040
    Abstract: Disclosed is a disaster warning device with a guided surface wave receive structure, an impedance matching network, a power circuit, a data processing circuit, and a warning output. The power circuit and the data processing circuit may be coupled to the guided surface wave receive structure. The power circuit may supply electrical energy to power to the data processing circuit and warning output. The power circuit may receive power from a guided surface wave. The data processing circuitry may receive data communications from a guided surface wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, Basil F. Pinzone, Jr., Joseph F. Pinzone, Michael J. D'Aurelio
  • Patent number: 9973037
    Abstract: An object identification system includes a guided surface waveguide probe that produces a guided surface wave from which object identification tags obtain electrical power to operate, each tag associated with an object; and a plurality of receivers deployed at strategic locations to receive return signals from one or more of the tags as the tags move with the associated objects during a lifecycle of the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James D. Lilly, Kenneth L. Corum, James F. Corum, Joseph F. Pinzone