Patents Examined by Dustin Q Dam
  • Patent number: 10931227
    Abstract: A light-heat gathering solar energy device belonging to the energy device, which is a device for decreasing the area occupied by the solar energy device and increasing the light-heat absorbing efficiency of the sun light, comprising: a bracket structure, which is a structural member having a hollow body; at least one solar energy absorbing device disposed within the hollow body of said bracket structure, the hollow body is formed by the container wall having a geometry structure of upper-wide lower-narrow shape, and at least one cup-shaped bottom structure is disposed therein, said container wall is composed of an outer wall and an inner wall, said outer wall is made of a light-heat absorbing material, said inner wall is made of a light reflecting material, allowing invisible light to penetrate, inward and downward reflection is enabled in the energy absorbing device through the inner wall when the sun light irradiates from the top to the bottom such that the light-heat energy gathering effect is produced wit
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Jiwen Zhang, Xinyun Zhang
  • Patent number: 10680154
    Abstract: In a known method in which a cooling pipe that is fixed and rigid is used, variation in a distance from the center of an exhaust heat pipe to the outer surface of a thermoelectric conversion module, variation in the radius of curvature of the curved surface of a cooling pipe, and other factors produce a gap between the outer surface of the thermoelectric conversion module and the inside surface of the cooling pipe. The gap prevents the achievement of desired cooling performance and the improvement of power generation efficiency. A thermoelectric conversion module of the present invention includes two flexible substrates each made of a thin resin film and having mounting lands formed thereon, and a plurality of thermoelectric elements mounted on the mounting lands at high density, wherein one of the two flexible substrate has a plurality of slits to make the module easy to bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: E-ThermoGentek Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Kohtani, Michio Okajima, Keiichi Ohata, Shutaro Nambu
  • Patent number: 10680122
    Abstract: A solar cell and a method for manufacturing the same are disclosed. The solar cell includes a substrate, an emitter layer at a front surface of the substrate, a first anti-reflection layer on the emitter layer, a back surface field layer at a back surface of the substrate, and a second anti-reflection layer on the back surface field layer. The first anti-reflection layer and the second anti-reflection layer overlap may each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Philwon Yoon, Changseo Park, Yoonsil Jin, Jinsung Kim, Goohwan Shim, Youngho Choe, Jaewon Chang
  • Patent number: 10666185
    Abstract: A rapidly deployed photovoltaic (PV) apparatus (2) providing a PV array (10) housed within an easily transportable standardized container. The PV array (10) is movable between a stowed position in a V-shape configuration and a fully deployed flat position. Dual function hydraulic cylinders are provided for movement of the array (10) in the fully deployed position and movement of the container when the array (10) is in the stowed position. Solar tracking of the array (10) is facilitated by linear compensation translators which are attachable to the hydraulic cylinders upon full deployment. A retractable roof structure is provided which allows trickle charging to occur when the array (10) is in the V-shaped stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Justin S. Aikens
  • Patent number: 10622937
    Abstract: Photovoltaic modules are mounted onto a solar tracker array torque tube via pairs or left-handed and right-handed photovoltaic array connectors having spring latch assemblies. The left-handed and right-handed photovoltaic array connectors have orientation projections that couple with and extend into the interior body of the torque tube. The orientation projections on the spring latch assemblies of each pair of left-handed and right-handed photovoltaic array connector allow for the photovoltaic array connectors to fit over and settle on a torque tube, and thereby support and mount a photovoltaic module as part of a solar tracker array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventors: Kathryn Austin Pesce, Charles Bernardo Almy
  • Patent number: 10573578
    Abstract: An integrated circuit has thermoelectric cooling devices integrated into bondpads. A method for operating the integrated circuit includes turning a thermal switch to a thermoelectric cooler operate position when the integrated circuit is powered up, turning the thermal switch to a thermoelectric cooler operate position to allow the thermoelectric cooler to operate when the integrated circuit powers down, and turning the thermal switch to a thermoelectric cooler off position when a predetermined integrated circuit chip temperature is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Henry L. Edwards
  • Patent number: 10483419
    Abstract: On a projected plane in parallel to the main surface of the solar cell module 100, an output interconnection 10 includes: a first output interconnection section 10a arranged along an conductive member 4 in a power non-generating field; and a second output interconnection section 10b leading to the first output interconnection section 10a in a power generating section X.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takaaki Nakajima, Atsushi Nakauchi, Teruhiko Ienaga, Shingo Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10424678
    Abstract: Double groove diffraction gratings are used in combination with various types of photoelectrodes including dye-sensitized and organic photoelectrodes to increase absorption efficiency as well as to provide one or more of a variety of functions including transparency and reflectivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hideo Iizuka, Yasuhiko Takeda, Hisayoshi Fujikawa
  • Patent number: 10381500
    Abstract: A fluid cooled photovoltaic module in which a polymer heat exchanger transfers heat from the photovoltaic module to a circulated fluid. The photovoltaic module is maintained at a cool temperature enabling increased power output while the heat transferred to the circulated fluid can be useful for applications that require heat. A polymer heat exchanger is specifically utilized to achieve a robust design that is cost effective; high performance; easily adaptable to various photovoltaic module types and sizes; compatible with conventional photovoltaic module balance of systems; light weight; resistant to water sanitizers and other chemicals; resistant to lime-scale buildup and heat exchanger fouling; corrosion resistant; easily transported, assembled, installed, and maintained; and leverages high production manufacturing methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: FAFCO INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Michael R. Rubio, Robert Leckinger, Alexander P. Ward
  • Patent number: 10370126
    Abstract: A solar panel array assembly is provided that is adapted to transition between a stowed condition in which at least two solar panels are stacked and a deployed condition in which the solar panels are unstacked relative to the stowed condition and that exhibits a low-profile when in the stowed condition. In one embodiment, the assembly includes at least two solar panels, a flexible hinge connecting and extending between the panels that allows relative rotation of the panels to one another, a torsion bar for providing the force for causing the rotation of the panels for the transition between the stowed and deployed conditions, and a truss structure that transitions from a relatively flat, inoperative state when the panels are stowed to an operative state for use with deployed panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: M.M.A. DESIGN, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Jeffrey Harvey
  • Patent number: 10355221
    Abstract: The present specification relates to a heterocyclic compound and an organic solar cell including the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Bogyu Lim, Doowhan Choi, Jaechol Lee, Keun Cho
  • Patent number: 10340401
    Abstract: Photovoltaic (PV) cell structures are disclosed. In one example embodiment, a PV cell includes an emitter layer, a base layer adjacent to the emitter layer, and a back surface field (BSF) layer adjacent to the base layer. The BSF layer includes a first layer, and a second layer adjacent to the first layer. The first layer includes a first material and the second layer includes a second material different than the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Xing-Quan Liu, Daniel C. Law, Eric Michael Rehder, Christopher M. Fetzer, Richard R. King
  • Patent number: 10164135
    Abstract: Certain example embodiments of this invention relate to the use of graphene as a transparent conductive coating (TCC). In certain example embodiments, graphene thin films grown on large areas hetero-epitaxially, e.g., on a catalyst thin film, from a hydrocarbon gas (such as, for example, C2H2, CH4, or the like). The graphene thin films of certain example embodiments may be doped or undoped. In certain example embodiments, graphene thin films, once formed, may be lifted off of their carrier substrates and transferred to receiving substrates, e.g., for inclusion in an intermediate or final product. Graphene grown, lifted, and transferred in this way may exhibit low sheet resistances (e.g., less than 150 ohms/square and lower when doped) and high transmission values (e.g., at least in the visible and infrared spectra).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Guardian Glass, LLC
    Inventor: Vijayen S. Veerasamy
  • Patent number: 9893223
    Abstract: A solar electricity generator including an array of photovoltaic power generating elements, and a single continuous smooth solar reflecting surface, the surface being arranged to reflect light from the sun onto the array of photovoltaic power generating elements, wherein the flux per area at a point of minimum flux per area on the array is approximately 75% of the flux per area at a point of maximum flux per area, the intercept factor of the array is at least 70%, and the optical fill factor of the array is at least 60%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SUNCORE PHOTOVOLTAICS, INC.
    Inventors: Rani Moran, Haim Chayet, Ori Kost
  • Patent number: 9601678
    Abstract: A thermoelectric device and a method for manufacturing the same are provided. The thermoelectric device includes a middle substrate, electrodes, N-type thermopiles, and P-type thermopiles, in which the N-type thermopile and the P-type thermopile are electrically connected to each other by the electrodes in series. The thermoelectric device includes further includes an upper substrate bonded to an upper surface of the middle substrate and a lower substrate bonded to a lower surface of the substrate, such that a temperature difference is provided between opposite sides of each of the N-type thermopiles and the P-type thermopiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jin-woo Cho
  • Patent number: 9539574
    Abstract: This invention provides methods and systems for injection of analytes into a separation channel for resolution and detection. Samples can be preconditioned and concentrated by isotachophoresis (ITP) before the injection is triggered by a detected voltage event. Separation of analytes from other sample constituents can be enhanced using skewing channel ITP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Caliper Life Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Park, Persefoni Kechagia, Michael Spaid, Morten Jensen, Irina G. Kazakova, Josh Molho
  • Patent number: 9391255
    Abstract: The present invention generally provides multistage thermoelectric coolers and methods for their fabrication. For example, in one aspect, a multistage thermoelectric cooler is disclosed that includes at least two cooling stages, each of which comprises a p-type leg portion and an n-type leg portion coupled to form a p-n junction. The p-n junctions of the two stages are thermally and electrically coupled such that at least a portion of a current flowing, during operation of the device, through one stage is coupled to the other. Further, at least one of the p- or n-type leg portions of one stage forms a unitary structure with a corresponding p- or n-type leg portion of the other stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Gang Chen, Xiaoyuan Chen, Ronggui Yang
  • Patent number: 9337435
    Abstract: A dye sensitized solar cell, wherein a compacting compound whose molecular structure comprises a terminal group, a hydrophobic part and an anchoring group is co-adsorbed together with the dye on the semi-conductive metal oxide layer of the photoanode, forming a dense mixed self-assembled monolayer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL)
    Inventors: Peng Wang, Shaik Mohammad Zakeeruddin, Michael Graetzel
  • Patent number: 9331216
    Abstract: Materials and methods for fabrication of rear tabbing, front busbar, and fine grid line layers for silicon based photovoltaic cells are disclosed. Materials include conductive metallization pastes that contain core-shell nickel based particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: PLANT PV, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian E. Hardin, Stephen T. Connor, James Randy Groves, Craig H. Peters
  • Patent number: 9105779
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a flexible photovoltaic film cell with an iron diffusion barrier layer. The method includes: providing a foil substrate including iron; forming an iron diffusion barrier layer on the foil substrate, where the iron diffusion barrier layer prevents the iron from diffusing; forming an electrode layer on the iron diffusion barrier layer; and forming at least one light absorber layer on the electrode layer. A flexible photovoltaic film cell is also provided, which cell includes: a foil substrate including iron; an iron diffusion barrier layer formed on the foil substrate to prevent the iron from diffusing; an electrode layer formed on the iron diffusion barrier layer; and at least one light absorber layer formed on the electrode layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hariklia Deligianni, Lian Guo, Marinus Johannes Petrus Hopstaken, Maurice Mason, Lubomyr T Romankiw