Patents Assigned to Florida Power & Light Company
  • Patent number: 8750594
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring degradation of a device having a metal layer and a composite layer, such as a vehicle-mounted boom arm. The system can include a collar mounted on an outer surface of the device, a radiography device movably coupled to the collar, and a monitor. The radiography device can include a source of radiography signals positioned to direct radiography signals through at least a portion of the device and a detector to detect radiography signals that have passed through the device. The monitor can be connected to the detector to display an image of the device generated from the detected radiography signals. Anomalies in the device image can represent degradation in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Florida Power and Light Company
    Inventors: James J. Kovarik, Brent D. Burns, Kevin J. Urness
  • Publication number: 20140136424
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for providing a view of energy usage data or events generated by at least one AMI meter and customer profile information. The system and method involves the collection of information about a customer by different business units which are part of a service provider. The system and method includes a user computer having the capability of gathering data about a customer from the different business units, including energy usage data. The user computer may calculate a level of satisfaction of the customer with respect to that customer's interactions with the different business units and display icons reflecting such levels of satisfaction through use of widgets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventors: Anuja Nakkana, Radhakrishnan Swaminathan, Hitendra Savdas, Paul Conway
  • Patent number: 8721363
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, an adapter for connecting a network device is provided. The adapter includes adapter housing. The adapter housing further includes a base and a wall, such that the wall extends axially from the base. The base of the adapter housing also includes an inner surface and an outer surface. The adapter includes a plurality of socket openings that extend across the base between the inner surface and the outer surface. The plurality of socket openings extend axially, the socket openings continue across the inner surface of the base through the first end of the rim and the second end of the rim. In one embodiment, the adapter includes a bypass circuit. The bypass circuit allows a network device to get power from a line side of a power meter and the consumer to get power from the load side of the power meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventors: Raymond E. Garwood, Nicholas F. Santoro, Carlos M. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8645239
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a system is provided that uses historical and current energy usage data generated by advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) meters to allow users conduct an analysis of energy usage via a portal. In accordance with one embodiment, a tool is provided to allow customers to display an estimated next month bill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventors: Radhakrishnan Swaminathan, Paul J. Ollukaren, John Alan McCormick, Timothy Wayne Moore, Steven David Shnider, Robert Obeso
  • Publication number: 20130208858
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring degradation of a device having a metal layer and a composite layer, such as a vehicle-mounted boom arm. The system can include a collar mounted on an outer surface of the device, a radiography device movably coupled to the collar, and a monitor. The radiography device can include a source of radiography signals positioned to direct radiography signals through at least a portion of the device and a detector to detect radiography signals that have passed through the device. The monitor can be connected to the detector to display an image of the device generated from the detected radiography signals. Anomalies in the device image can represent degradation in the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventor: Florida Power & Light Company
  • Publication number: 20130181829
    Abstract: A system for measuring and reporting changing levels of liquids in a storage tank includes a sensing device having a fluid level sensor, an accelerometer, a wireless transceiver, and a microcontroller for detecting the volume of liquid in the storage tank in response to determining that the storage tank is not moving and sending an alert message if the volume of liquid in the storage tank has changed from a previous volume by a threshold amount. The system also includes a central tracking computer having a tracking database and being interfaced to the Internet, and a master control unit attached to the storage tank. The master control unit is for: receiving the alert message from the sensing device; obtaining the location of the storage tank; and communicating the alert message and the location of the storage tank to the central tracking computer for storage in the tracking database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicants: Florida Power & Light Company, TrackPoint Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Schnitz, Claude T. Masters, George D. Survant
  • Publication number: 20130144769
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a system is provided that uses historical and current energy usage data generated by advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) meters to allow users conduct an analysis of energy usage via a portal. In accordance with one embodiment, a tool is provided to allow customers to display an estimated next month bill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventor: Florida Power & Light Company
  • Publication number: 20130145452
    Abstract: A system for maintaining and hosting an AMI command and control application is disclosed. The system includes an AMI command and control application module in a network compartment for measuring energy usage from customer meters, managing an AMI network, and executing connect/disconnect orders; and a plurality of firewalls to provide a security perimeter to the AMI command and control application module when the module is accessed by a vendor network or a utility network. The AMI command and control application module includes a VPN concentrator and a 6 in 4 router to provide a security perimeter between the AMI command and control application module and the AMI network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventor: Florida Power & Light Company
  • Publication number: 20130120156
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for remotely controlling an AMI is disclosed. The method includes receiving at an AMI controller module, meter event data from a remote command and control module; generating, at a third module, rules for the management, implementation and compliance documentation of connect/disconnect orders; processing, at the third module, the meter event data based on those rules to aggregate, batch, filter, or prioritize execution of individual connect/disconnect orders; communicating the connect/disconnect execution orders and policy compliance verification information to the AMI controller module; and, at the AMI controller module, executing connect/disconnect operations via the command and control module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventor: Florida Power & Light Company
  • Publication number: 20130092155
    Abstract: A focal display panel is situated in a parabolic solar energy collection array having reflective surfaces and a tube containing a working fluid to be heated. The panel comprises a target area to display patterns of light and shadow reflected from the array, and provides a visual means for determining the amount, if any, by which the focal point of the parabolic array misses the center of the tube containing the heated working fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventors: Matthew B. McCord, Thomas Matlosz, Michael Forsythe
  • Publication number: 20120314341
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a gateway node having a housing, a bracket mounted relay and wireless communication capabilities. The gateway node is connected to a pad mount transformer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventors: Gary Wayne Sterkel, George Alexander Pantouris, Alfred F. Arias
  • Publication number: 20120276775
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, an adapter for connecting a network device is provided. The adapter includes adapter housing. The adapter housing further includes a base and a wall, such that the wall extends axially from the base. The base of the adapter housing also includes an inner surface and an outer surface. The adapter consists of a plurality of socket opening that extend across the base between the inner surface and the outer surface. The plurality of socket openings extending axially, the socket opening continue across the inner surface of the base through the first end of the rim and the second end of the rim. In addition, the adapter may have a bypass circuit. The bypass circuit may allow a network device to get power for a line side of a power meter and the consumer may get power from the load side of the power meter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventors: Raymond E. Garwood, Nicholas F. Santoro, Carlos M. Rodriguez
  • Publication number: 20120124950
    Abstract: Combustion turbine air intake filter assemblies, their components, and methods of use are disclosed. In certain embodiments, the assemblies may be useful, inter alia, for extending high efficiency filter life, reducing turbine downtime for filter assembly changeouts, or adjusting filter assemblies to address changing local conditions after the assemblies have been put into service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventors: Robert Jacob Sessions, Martin P. Domenech, James A. Keener, William A. Spanks, JR.
  • Patent number: 8170835
    Abstract: A system and method of monitoring equipment performance and predicting failures. The system can include a data historian that stores data for a piece of equipment and designates the data to tags. The tags can correspond to sensors that gather the data from the piece of equipment. A matrix model builder application can allow a user to generate regression models for various time spans to determine whether new data is within a normal operating range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventors: Donville Smith, Marcos Suero, Eduardo J. More, Gary Moncrief, Jr., Jennifer D. Chaney
  • Patent number: 7966150
    Abstract: A system and method of monitoring equipment performance and predicting failures. The system can include a data historian that stores data for a piece of equipment and designates the data to tags. The tags can correspond to sensors that gather the data from the piece of equipment. A matrix model builder application can allow a user to generate regression models for various time spans to determine whether new data is within a normal operating range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventors: Donville Smith, Marcos Suero, Eduardo J. More, Gary Moncrief, Jr., Jennifer D Chaney
  • Publication number: 20110125461
    Abstract: A system and method of monitoring equipment performance and predicting failures. The system can include a data historian that stores data for a piece of equipment and designates the data to tags. The tags can correspond to sensors that gather the data from the piece of equipment. A matrix model builder application can allow a user to generate regression models for various time spans to determine whether new data is within a normal operating range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventors: Donville Smith, Marcos Suero, Eduardo J. More, Gary Moncrief, JR., Jennifer D. Chaney
  • Patent number: 7912273
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring degradation of a device having a metal layer and a composite layer, such as a vehicle-mounted boom arm. The system can include a collar mounted on an outer surface of the device, a radiography device movably coupled to the collar, and a monitor. The radiography device can include a source of radiography signals positioned to direct radiography signals through at least a portion of the device and a detector to detect radiography signals that have passed through the device. The monitor can be connected to the detector to display an image of the device generated from the detected radiography signals. Anomalies in the device image can represent degradation in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventors: George D. Survant, Glenn Martin
  • Patent number: 7436312
    Abstract: System and method for monitoring and controlling one or more valves. The method can include sensing a condition of a valve, transmitting the condition to a sensor server, and transmitting a data stream including the condition to an assessment application. The method can also include generating a predictive model and comparing the condition to the predictive model. The method can further include transmitting a control instruction to at least one of a valve positioner and the sensor server and varying the position of the valve based on the control instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventor: Paul C. Schultz
  • Patent number: 7173539
    Abstract: System and method for monitoring and controlling one or more valves. The method can include sensing a condition of a valve, transmitting the condition to a sensor server, and transmitting a data stream including the condition to an assessment application. The method can also include generating a predictive model and comparing the condition to the predictive model. The method can further include transmitting a control instruction to at least one of a valve positioner and the sensor server and varying the position of the valve based on the control instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Florida Power and Light Company
    Inventor: Paul C. Schultz
  • Patent number: 7161678
    Abstract: Excess oxygen in the combustion process of a facility that bums carbon-based fuels may cause a visible plume in the atmosphere at the stack of the facility. Traditional optical based opacity monitors may be unable to detect this plume or the plume may form at a location downstream from the opacity monitor toward the stack. The present invention discloses methods to utilize common combustion control variables to detect and signal the presence of a visible plume of exhaust gasses. Also disclosed are systems that detect the visible plume and provide a signal so that the combustion process may be manually or automatically adjusted to reduce or eliminate the visible plume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Florida Power and Light Company
    Inventor: Paul Clarence Schultz