Patents Examined by Fritz M. Fleming
  • Patent number: 10351253
    Abstract: An electric propulsion system includes at least one generator. The electric propulsion system also includes at least one drive engine coupled to the at least one generator. The electric propulsion system further includes at least one electrical device. The electric propulsion system also includes at least one battery integrated isolated power converter (BIIC), where the at least one generator and at least one of the at least one BIIC and the at least one electrical device are coupled, and where the at least one BIIC and the at least one electrical device are coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Dong Dong, Manoj Ramprasad Shah, Rui Zhou, Hao Huang, Di Zhang
  • Patent number: 10348180
    Abstract: Various examples are directed to electrical converters and systems for operating the same. An electrical converter may comprise a first converter module configured to receive a first direct current (DC) input and provide a first output. The first converter module may comprise a first switch modulated according to a first switch control signal. A second converter module may be configured to receive a second DC input and provide a second output. The second converter module may be connected in series with the first converter module. The second converter module may comprise a second switch modulated according to a second switch control signal. A phase of the first switch control signal may be offset from a phase of the second switch control signal by a first phase offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: SINEWATTS, INC., THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE
    Inventors: Shibashis Bhowmik, Babak Parkhideh
  • Patent number: 10348087
    Abstract: The control method, for a storage battery 100 provided in a consumer site receiving electric power supply from a system 104, includes: a first monitoring step of monitoring a first electric energy supplied from the system 104 per unit time period, where the unit time period is shorter than a predetermined time limit; a second monitoring step of monitoring a second electric energy supplied from the system 104 per predetermined time limit; a calculation step of obtaining a change over time in the first electric energy; and an instruction step of instructing the storage battery to discharge electric power to supply a load 108 located in the consumer site in accordance with the change over time in the first electric energy and with a peak value in the past pertaining to the second electric energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Issei Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10343629
    Abstract: Embodiments include a vehicle power distribution unit comprising a plurality of connection paths respectively connecting a plurality of electric loads to a vehicle battery, and a power saving module configured to receive a key fob input indicating user selection of one of a plurality of vehicle power modes, and disconnect a subset of the plurality of electric loads from the vehicle battery based on specifications associated with the selected vehicle power mode. Other embodiments include a vehicle system comprising a power distribution unit including a plurality of connection paths respectively connecting a plurality of electric loads to a vehicle battery; a key fob configured to enable user selection of one of a plurality of vehicle power modes; and a power saving module configured to disconnect a subset of the plurality of electric loads from the vehicle battery based on specifications associated with the selected power mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Omar Makke, Haysam M. Kadry
  • Patent number: 10348131
    Abstract: Coupled inductor systems are disclosed in which transmitter and receiver inductors, or coils, are coupled in a configuration for wirelessly transferring power and/or data among them. In preferred implementations, the systems are used for transmitting both power and data in pairs of coupled coils. Primary side circuits in preferred embodiments of the systems of the invention employ Class D or Class G amplifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TRIUNE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Amer Atrash, Wayne Chen
  • Patent number: 10340749
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present invention, a method for wirelessly transmitting power by a power transmitter including a plurality of coils comprises the steps of: detecting a second power receiver while transmitting power to a first power receiver; determining at least one primary coil appropriate for transmitting power; determining, by using the determined at least one primary coil, whether the second power receiver supports a shared mode protocol; and when the second power receiver supports the shared mode protocol, transmitting power to the first and second power receivers according to the shared mode protocol, wherein the shared mode protocol may be a protocol which simultaneously manages an information exchange between the power transmitter and a plurality of power receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Yongcheol Park
  • Patent number: 10340739
    Abstract: A novel power receiving device and a novel power transmission device are provided. Power feeding and communication are performed using a magnetic resonance method. Specifically, in one embodiment of the present invention, power feeding is performed by generating a second high-frequency voltage based on a first high-frequency voltage induced in a resonant coil and communication is performed by modulating amplitude of the first high-frequency voltage induced in the resonant coil. Thus, it is possible to perform communication and power feeding based on data obtained by the communication in pseudo-parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koichiro Kamata
  • Patent number: 10340985
    Abstract: A system and method for transferring power includes a power transmitting unit for transmitting power and a power receiving unit for receiving power from the power transmitting unit. The power transmitting unit may be positioned outside a human body and the power receiving unit is located on an intrabody instrument adapted to be movable from the outside of the human body to inside the human body. The intrabody instrument may be a medical instrument connected to or incorporated within a robotic arm. The power transmitting unit may wirelessly transfer power to the power receiving unit in a continuous, non-interrupted manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Yong Ma
  • Patent number: 10333308
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for controlling voltage fluctuations of a microgrid including a plurality of distributed generators (DGs) is presented. The computer-implemented method includes collecting, by a resiliency controller, measurement data from the microgrid, using a model predictive control (MPC) module to distribute reactive power to each of the DGs of the microgrid, and using a droop based controller to guide operation of each of the DGs of the microgrid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Feng Guo, Ratnesh Sharma, Siqi Wang
  • Patent number: 10328812
    Abstract: A power supply system with automatic switchover voltage for vehicle control unit is proposed. The system comprises a supply communication module configured to communicate with a vehicle control unit, the supply communication module comprising a power supply module to provide power for a vehicle control unit; and a communication device coupled to the supply communication module for showing power supply status; wherein the supply communication module provides a first direct voltage and communicates with the vehicle control unit before supplying power, and if the supply communication module does not receive any message from the vehicle control unit within a first time interval, the supply communication module automatically switches to a second direct voltage from the first direct voltage or automatically increases the first direct voltage within a second time interval, and supplies power to the vehicle control unit; and wherein the second direct voltage is greater than the first direct voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Phihong Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Chen Chen, Jian-Hsieng Lee, Ying-Chieh Yeh, Hsiao-Tung Ku
  • Patent number: 10329019
    Abstract: Described are aircraft passenger seat assemblies with a passenger seat, a component with an outer surface attached the passenger seat. An inductive wireless power unit with a coil assembly is included with the aircraft passenger seat assembly, and the coil assembly is positioned within the component. A portion of the outer surface of the component covers the coil assembly. Wires connecting the coil assembly to a power supply are hidden from view within the aircraft passenger seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Safran Seats USA LLC
    Inventors: Mark E. Noske, C. Michael Parker
  • Patent number: 10330633
    Abstract: A system for communicating information from an array of sensors is disclosed. The system comprises a sensor array that includes a plurality of sensors, wherein each sensor senses a physical property of a material that is in communication with the sensor. The system further comprises signal processing circuitry associated with each sensor that integrates the output of the sensor over time and compares the integrated output to a threshold. The system further comprises a communication network coupled to the signal processing circuitry that outputs information indicating that the integrated output corresponding to a given sensor has reached the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Genia Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger J. A. Chen
  • Patent number: 10326283
    Abstract: Renewable electrical energy is provided with aspects and circuitry that can harvest maximum power from an alternative electrical energy source (1) such as a string of solar panels (11) for a power grid (10). Aspects include: i) controlling electrical power creation from photovoltaic DC-AC inverter (5), ii) operating photovoltaic DC-AC inverter (5) at maximal efficiency even when MPP would not be, iii) protecting DC-AC inverter (5) so input can vary over a range of insolation and temperature, and iv) providing dynamically reactive capability to react and assure operation, to permit differing components, to achieve code compliant dynamically reactive photovoltaic power control circuitry (41). With previously explained converters, inverter control circuitry (38) or photovoltaic power converter functionality control circuitry (8) configured as inverter sweet spot converter control circuitry (46) can achieve extraordinary efficiencies with substantially power isomorphic photovoltaic capability at 99.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: AMPT, LLC
    Inventors: Robert M. Porter, Anatoli Ledenev
  • Patent number: 10326270
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a DC power transmission device capable of supplying properly a previously agreed amount of power between the power transmission side and the power reception side when customers supply power to each other. [Solution] Provided is the DC power transmission device including: a power supply request acquisition unit configured to acquire a power supply request from a DC power reception device, the DC power reception device being configured to receive DC power from a DC bus line; and a transmission power decision unit configured to decide a parameter of DC power to be outputted to the DC power reception device via the DC bus line based on the power supply request and a characteristic of a power storage device, the power storage device being configured to supply DC power to the DC bus line. The parameter includes power transmission time of DC power that reflects a power transmission loss occurred until DC power reaches the DC power reception device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tadashi Morita
  • Patent number: 10326302
    Abstract: Examples disclose a power system comprising a first power supply to provide a first power to a load. Further, the power system comprises a second power supply to detect a droop in the first power to the load, the droop associated with a decrease in efficiency of the first power supply. Additionally, the second power supply is to balance the load based on the droop detection by providing a second power in addition to the first power to the load to increase the efficiency of the power system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT LP
    Inventors: Daniel Humphrey, Mohamed Amin Bemat
  • Patent number: 10326309
    Abstract: Provided is a transmitter in a wireless power transmission system, the transmitter including a Transmission (Tx) power converter for converting a Direct Current (DC) voltage into a first Alternating Current (AC) voltage, and converting the converted first AC voltage into a second AC voltage by amplifying the converted first AC voltage, a Tx matching circuit for matching an impedance thereof with that of a receiver for receiving the second AC voltage to transmit the second AC voltage, a Tx resonator for resonating the second AC voltage into resonant waves to transmit the second AC voltage to the receiver, and a Tx controller for determining an amplification rate of the first AC voltage and controlling the Tx power converter to convert the first AC voltage into the second AC voltage according to the determined amplification rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kyung-Woo Lee, Kang-Ho Byun, Young-Min Lee, Se-Ho Park
  • Patent number: 10326470
    Abstract: A converter includes: a terminal that receives code-modulated power that has been generated with a modulation code; and a circuit that intermittently converts the code-modulated power with a conversion code based on the modulation code. The code-modulated power is alternating-current power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoichi Hara, Atsushi Yamamoto, Taiki Nishimoto, Kohei Masuda
  • Patent number: 10320198
    Abstract: A connector to physically connect a plurality of devices, comprising: machine readable instructions, a user interface, and a processor wherein the connector is configured to sense a connection with a device and thereafter execute one or more commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Jain Agricultural Services Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Anthony Kahl, Simon Holmes A Court
  • Patent number: 10312807
    Abstract: Provided are a power control apparatus, a power supply system, and a method for controlling a power supply system that can reduce the power loss when charging a storage battery from a power generation apparatus. A power control apparatus (power conditioner) controls connection between a storage battery and a power generation apparatus and includes a controller capable of selecting between a first electrical path in which the storage battery is connected to an inverter via a first power converter and the power generation apparatus is connected to the inverter via a second power converter, and a second electrical path in which the power generation apparatus is connected to the inverter via the second power converter and the storage battery is connected to an intermediate point between the power generation apparatus and the second power converter via the first power converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohiro Miki
  • Patent number: 10312889
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device for generating a clock signal including a first photoresistor coupling a capacitive output node to a node receiving a first potential. A second photoresistor couples the capacitive node to a node receiving a second potential. The first and second photoresistors receive the same optical pulses of a mode-locked laser at instants in time offset by a first delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics SA
    Inventors: Denis Pache, Stephane Le Tual, Hanae Zegmout