Patents Examined by Daniel E Namay
  • Patent number: 10562368
    Abstract: A method for heating the passenger compartment of an electric vehicle, including the following steps: pre-heating at least one part of the passenger compartment by at least one electric heater when the vehicle is connected to an external energy source, and heating the at least one part of the passenger compartment by a combustion heater when the vehicle is in use. Also provided is a system implementing such a method and an electric vehicle, in particular of the electric bus type, utilizing such a method or such a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: BLUEBUS
    Inventors: Alexandre Desneux, Fabien Durand, Christophe Bardot
  • Patent number: 10551074
    Abstract: The system includes: a heat pump unit; a hot water supply heat exchanger; heating heat exchangers; a pump; heat medium pipes that connect a discharge side of the pump, the heat pump unit, the hot water supply heat exchanger, the heating heat exchangers, and a suction side of the pump in order; a first bypass pipe that bypasses the hot water supply heat exchanger from the heat medium pipe; a second bypass pipe that bypasses the heating heat exchangers from the heat medium pipe; a four-way valve that regulates flow distribution of the heat medium between the hot water supply heat exchanger and the first bypass pipe 22, and between the heating heat exchangers and the second bypass pipe; and a control unit for controlling the four-way valve in accordance with a hot water supply request and a heating request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Hirokazu Minamisako
  • Patent number: 10544945
    Abstract: A heat supply system with a first temperature detection unit that detects a first temperature of hot water in a tank and a second temperature detection unit that detects a second temperature above the first temperature detection unit. When the first temperature is a first lower limit temperature or less, where a temperature increase operation by a combined heat and power supply device is permitted, a control device operates the combined heat and power supply device and flow state adjustment devices such that a heat medium circulates between the combined heat, power supply device, and hot water storage device. When the second temperature is a second lower limit temperature or less, where a temperature increase operation by a boiler device is permitted, the control device operates the boiler device and the flow state adjustment devices such that the heat medium circulates between the boiler device and hot water storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Shibata
  • Patent number: 10544937
    Abstract: A lighter comprises a container that is configured to hold a liquid fuel, a cap attachable to a top portion of the container, a fuel cap attachable to a bottom portion of the container, a first watertight seal formed by a first sealing element between the cap and the container, and a second watertight seal formed by a second sealing element between the fuel cap and the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Exotac, Inc.
    Inventors: Rob Falkenhayn, Colin Reilly
  • Patent number: 10533772
    Abstract: A furnace system featuring baffles, each set of baffles including one or more movable vanes, and systems for controlling the positioning of movable vanes during furnace operation. Actuators may be used to move vanes between deployed and retracted positions, the actuators controlled by units within the furnace or linked to the power sources for furnace elements which are specific to either heating or cooling operations. The movable vanes may alternately be positioned by using springs with stiffness selected to place vanes in a deployed position when under heating airflows and in a retracted position when under cooling airflows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Angus Robert Lemon, Nathan Wagers
  • Patent number: 10532751
    Abstract: A vehicle air-conditioning apparatus includes: a hot water heater core provided in a hot water circuit in which cooling water circulates in a heat source to recover waste heat of the heat source, and configured to exchange heat between the cooling water heated by the waste heat of the heat source and air to heat the air, thereby heating an inside of a vehicle by using the heated air; a heat pump configured to exchange heat between a refrigerant discharged from a refrigerant compressor and air by using an indoor heat exchanger to heat the air, thereby heating the inside of the vehicle by using the heated air; an electric heater configured to heat air to heat the inside of the vehicle; and a controller configured to select at least one of the hot water heater core, the heat pump and the electric heater to perform a heating operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yukitaka Mijin
  • Patent number: 10532661
    Abstract: An exemplary electrified vehicle includes a passenger cabin, and an infrared heater configured to radiate heat for conditioning the passenger cabin. The vehicle further includes a heating device configured to heat airflow for conditioning the passenger cabin. Further, the vehicle includes a controller configured to selectively command a change in an output of the heating device based on an amount of power available to the infrared heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: William Samuel Schwartz, Angel Fernando Porras, Timothy Noah Blatchley
  • Patent number: 10532629
    Abstract: A radiant heating system includes a radiant heating element, a steering wheel position monitoring device and a controller configured to control the radiant heating element in response to steering wheel position data received from the steering wheel position monitoring device. A method of controlling operation of a radiant system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Craig Elson, Kerrie Kathleen Gath, Clay Wesley Maranville, Victoria Leigh Schein, Donald Peter Schneider, III, Manfred Koberstein
  • Patent number: 10533754
    Abstract: A support grate for a household cooking appliance includes a plurality of spokes with at least one portion on which a cooking article can be supported and at least one pad of elastic material for supporting the grate on a surface of the household appliance. The pad is of a polymeric material having a thermochromic pigment dispersed therein and causing the pad to change in a color thereof at a first preset temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Leonardo Arteconi, Alberto Gasparini
  • Patent number: 10527295
    Abstract: A microcomputer-based controller has control outputs operably connected to a hydronic boiler of a building, a network connection for receiving weather forecast information from a meteorological server, and an input operably connected to an outside temperature transducer. The controller is configured to an appropriate set-point temperature for the boiler based on both the current outside temperature and a forecasted outdoor temperature from the meteorological server. Remote zone temperature sensors report zone temperatures to the controller, based on which further adjustment of the set point temperature are made if a notable number of zones all have temperatures notably shifted in a same direction from a normally expected zone temperature. The zone temperature sensors and controller are connected as nodes in a mesh network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: IoT Cloud Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew James Lewis
  • Patent number: 10519390
    Abstract: Process of producing a treated coal and combusting the treated coal, by heating the coal to remove volatiles and drying the product to produce a treated coal containing carbon and hydrogen. The treated coal is combusted by introducing a slipstream of natural gas alongside the treated coal in a quantity sufficient to sustain a stable burn in an industrial boiler configured to burn bituminous coals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Clean Coal Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ignacio Ponce de Leon, Anton Dilo Paul
  • Patent number: 10519399
    Abstract: A scented candle is provided. The candle has a body made of a flammable material and a wick. The body of the candle is provided with one or more bores adapted for receiving a respective scent element therein as selected by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventors: Lucy M. Campbell, A. Keith Campbell
  • Patent number: 10502454
    Abstract: A heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system includes a furnace having a primary heat exchanger and a secondary heat exchanger, where the primary heat exchanger and the secondary heat exchanger form a heat exchange relationship between an airflow and an exhaust gas, and where the primary heat exchanger is positioned upstream of the secondary heat exchanger, a burner configured to generate the exhaust gas, a sensor configured to monitor an ambient temperature, and a control system configured to receive feedback from the sensor, compare the feedback to a threshold, operate the furnace in a first mode when the ambient temperature exceeds the threshold, and operate the furnace in a second mode when the ambient temperature is at or below the threshold, where the furnace operates above a condensation temperature when in the second mode, such that the exhaust gas does not condense when operating in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Stephen C. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10502418
    Abstract: A device for mixing combustible gas and combustion air, hot water installation, and corresponding thermal mass flow sensor and method. The device includes an air line, a gas line with a control valve, a first measuring line connecting the air and gas lines, and a second measuring line connecting the first measuring line to the gas and/or air line, forming a three-way intersection. A thermal mass flow sensor includes first and second temperature sensors in the first measuring line, positioned respectively in a gas flow between the three-way intersection and the air line and in a gas flow between the three-way intersection and the gas line. A controller controls the control valve based on a difference, measured by the flow sensor, between mass flow rate of gas between the three-way intersection and the air line and mass flow rate of gas between the three-way intersection and the gas line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: INTERGAS HEATING ASSETS B.V.
    Inventor: Peter Jan Cool
  • Patent number: 10502434
    Abstract: A support for the heating elements of radiant coverings and floors is disclosed. One example of a support disclosed herein includes bosses having a concave portion. In some examples, defined on the surface of the concave portion is at least one adhering low relief, for example four adhering low reliefs may be provided per concave portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: PROGRESS PROFILES S.P.A.
    Inventor: Dennis Bordin
  • Patent number: 10488057
    Abstract: Controlling under surface heating/cooling by supplying liquid to at least two supply loops in an under surface heating/cooling system, and controlling the flow of the liquid on and off such that during the duty cycle the flow is high and between the duty cycles the flow is off. Room temperature is controlled by controlling the percentage of the duty cycles, which percentage is determined on the basis of the heating demand of the rooms. Different loops are controlled such that at least in two different loops the duty cycles start at different moments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Uponor Innovation AB
    Inventor: Ulf Jonsson
  • Patent number: 10473362
    Abstract: The invention, in some embodiments, relates to solar energy collectors, and methods of use thereof. In some embodiments, the invention relates to liquid-air transpired solar energy collectors, and methods of use thereof. In some embodiments, the invention relates to thermal energy transfer systems that comprise solar energy collectors, and methods of use thereof. In some embodiments of the invention, methods of constructing solar energy collectors are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Khalifa University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Peter Ross Armstrong, Abdul Qadir, Matteo Chiesa
  • Patent number: 10473326
    Abstract: In a method and a plant for chemical looping oxidation-reduction combustion (CLC) of a gaseous hydrocarbon feed, for example natural gas essentially containing methane, catalytic reforming of the feed is performed within the reduction zone where combustion of the feed is conducted on contact with an oxidation-reduction active mass in form of particles. The reforming catalyst comes in form of untransported fluidized particles within the reduction zone. The catalyst thus confined in the reduction zone does not circulate in the CLC loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignees: IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES, TOTAL RAFFINAGE CHIMIE
    Inventors: Mahdi Yazdanpanah, William Pelletant, Tiago Sozinho, Stephane Bertholin, Hélène Stainton, Ann Cloupet, Florent Guillou
  • Patent number: 10462933
    Abstract: A modular fan assembly for use in a multi-device storage enclosure. In some embodiments, the fan assembly has a rigid open frame with opposing first and second ends. A first fan is connected to the first end and a second fan is connected to the second end. The first and second fans are configured to establish a fluidic airflow through the frame. An airflow diverter positioned in an intermediate portion of the frame between the first and second ends divert at least a portion of the fluidic airflow through a first aperture of the frame to cool an active element outside the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Gray Daniel Milligan, Anthony John Pronozuk
  • Patent number: 10451284
    Abstract: A gas hearth including a combustion chamber, a gas supplier for supplying combustible gas into the combustion chamber to a firebed simulator disposed in the combustion chamber, an ignitor for igniting the combustible gas in the combustion chamber, a flue-gas discharge duct connected to the combustion chamber for discharging combustion flue gases from the combustion chamber, and a metering means disposed in the combustion chamber for metering a pyrotechnical additive into the flames of the burning combustible gas during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: KAL-FIRE BEHEER B.V.
    Inventor: Beijko Martijn Eli Van Melick