Patents Examined by Hal Kaplan
  • Patent number: 11075772
    Abstract: The present invention provides a support system for supporting the commissioning of a networked power distribution system (1). The networked power distribution system comprises at least one power supply (2) with one or more power connectors (12, 12a) for supplying power to the one or more power connectors and a data communication interface for exchanging communication data. The support system (6) comprises one or more load device detectors (7) for detecting the connecting and/or disconnecting of a load device (3a) to/from a power connector (12a), and a commissioning tool (8) for performing steps of commissioning the networked power distribution system with regard to the load device. The commissioning tool is adapted to automatically perform at least some of the commissioning steps in response to the detection of the connecting and/or disconnecting of the load device. This can allow for a relatively easy commissioning of the networked power distribution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Bozena Erdmann, Matthias Wendt, Michael Alex Van Hartskamp, Willem Franke Pasveer
  • Patent number: 11075463
    Abstract: A metasurface antenna can be configured to focus a paraxial beam, such as a Gaussian beam, on a target within a Fresnel zone region. The focused beam can be used to wirelessly deliver power to the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Searete LLC
    Inventors: Guy S. Lipworth, David R. Smith, Yaroslav Urzhumov, Okan Yurduseven
  • Patent number: 11070062
    Abstract: Different systems to achieve solar power conversion are provided in at least three different general aspects, with circuitry that can be used to harvest maximum power from a solar source or strings of panels for DC or AC use, perhaps for transfer to a power grid three aspects can exist perhaps independently and relate to: 1) electrical power conversion in a multimodal manner, 2) alternating between differing processes such as by an alternative mode photovoltaic power converter functionality control, and 3) systems that can achieve efficiencies in conversion that are extraordinarily high compared to traditional through substantially power isomorphic photovoltaic DC-DC power conversion capability that can achieve 99.2% efficiency or even only wire transmission losses. Switchmode impedance conversion circuits may have pairs of photovoltaic power series switch elements and pairs of photovoltaic power shunt switch elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: AMPT, LLC
    Inventors: Anatoli Ledenev, Robert M. Porter
  • Patent number: 11070059
    Abstract: A frequency converter and a method in a frequency converter. The frequency converter is adapted to drive an electrical load, wherein the frequency converter comprises a communications interface through which the frequency converter is adapted to receive external requests to change input power of the frequency converter, means adapted to hold one or more conditions for allowing to change the input power of the frequency converter, and processing means adapted to change the input power of the frequency converter upon receipt of the external request in the limits set by the one or more conditions. (FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventor: Simo Säynevirta
  • Patent number: 11070063
    Abstract: Different systems to achieve solar power conversion are provided in at least three different general aspects, with circuitry that can be used to harvest maximum power from a solar source (1) or strings of panels (11) for DC or AC use, perhaps for transfer to a power grid (10) three aspects can exist perhaps independently and relate to: 1) electrical power conversion in a multimodal manner, 2) alternating between differing processes such as by an alternative mode photovoltaic power converter functionality control (27), and 3) systems that can achieve efficiencies in conversion that are extraordinarily high compared to traditional through substantially power isomorphic photovoltaic DC-DC power conversion capability that can achieve 99.2% efficiency or even only wire transmission losses. Switchmode impedance conversion circuits may have pairs of photovoltaic power series switch elements (24) and pairs of photovoltaic power shunt switch elements (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: AMPT, LLC
    Inventors: Anatoli Ledenev, Robert M. Porter
  • Patent number: 11063634
    Abstract: In a first aspect of the present invention, a wireless power transmission link is proposed, which while substantially maintaining resonant coupling condition (resonance frequency of the source resonant circuit is substantially equal to the resonance frequency of the load resonant circuit) detects a coupling condition of the wireless power transmission link. In a further aspect of the present invention, a wireless power transmission link is suggested, which while substantially maintaining resonant coupling condition (resonance frequency of the source resonant circuit is substantially equal to the resonance frequency of the load resonance circuit) controlling the operating state of the wireless power transmission link such, that the coupling condition of wireless power transmission link is substantially limited to the critical coupling condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Markus Rehm
  • Patent number: 11059384
    Abstract: A system includes a first power net in a vehicle electrically coupled to a first control unit. The first control unit controls first lights included in a second light set when the first power net is operational. A second power net in the vehicle is electrically coupled to the second light set and a second control unit. The second control unit controls the first lights when the first power net includes a fault condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tsung-Han Tsai, Ray C. Siciak
  • Patent number: 11063468
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for transferring, during a predetermined transfer duration, the electric power supply of an electric distribution line (7) from a first source (1) to a second source (2), without overlapping of the two sources. The invention also relates to a source inverter implementing such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Belletto, Pascal Reymond
  • Patent number: 11063556
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for improved bifacial solar modeling. A method may comprise measuring an albedo of a surface on which an array of bifacial solar modules is disposed and setting an albedo parameter of a bifacial gain model. The method may further comprise measuring a backside irradiance of the array and setting a backside irradiance parameter. The method may further comprise setting a shed transparency parameter using the measured backside irradiance and a geometric model of the array. The method may further comprise setting a rear shading parameter using a shading model of the array. The method may further comprise computing an expected bifacial gain of the array. The method may further comprise determining an actual bifacial gain of the array. The method may further comprise setting a rear mismatch parameter to minimize a loss function of the expected bifacial gain and the actual bifacial gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: 8me Nova, LLC
    Inventors: Clayton Gregory Piatt, Tirumalai Tejas
  • Patent number: 11050294
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing a collection of power supply units (PSUs), such as those used in a datacenter environment, can include detecting changes in an output load on the PSUs to less than a target output load that is based on a target efficiency of the PSUs. In response to the indication that the output load is decreasing, PSUs can be selectively deactivated so that that an average output load of remaining, active PSUs of the collection of PSUs remains above the target output load corresponding to the target efficiency of the PSUs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Afshin Majd, Michael Moen
  • Patent number: 11040675
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a generator, a battery, a plurality of electrical devices configured to receive power from the generator and the battery, and a power controller. The power controller may group the plurality of electrical devices into a plurality of groups, and control an operation of an electrical device belonging to a group to which at least one electrical device among the plurality of electrical devices belongs, according to a fluctuation of an input voltage of the at least one electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 11038353
    Abstract: An output controlling apparatus of an energy storage apparatus for a reliability of an output of a photovoltaic power generation is provided. The output controlling apparatus includes a power generation amount predictor configured to predict a next day's power generation amount of a photovoltaic power generator, a target output generator configured to determine a target output based on a charging state of an energy storage apparatus used for a photovoltaic power generation, a real-time output criterion generator configured to generate an output criterion used for outputs from the photovoltaic power generator and the energy storage apparatus to a system in units of time based on the target output and the charging state of the energy storage apparatus, and a charging/discharging controller configured to control charging and discharging of the energy storage apparatus such that an output to the system follows the output criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Sewan Heo, Wan Ki Park, Jinsoo Han
  • Patent number: 11038415
    Abstract: In a power supply device, a first switching power supply is disposed in a first power line connecting a receiver for receiving power from an external power supply and the power storage device and converts the power received from the external power supply to supply it to the power storage device. A second switching power supply is disposed in the second power line including a first end connected the first power line at a branch point, and a second end connected to the load device, and converts the power received from the power storage device to supply it to the load device. The first noise removal filter is disposed between the branch point and the power storage device in the first power line. The second noise removal filter is disposed between the branch point and the second switching power supply in the second power line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kento Mochizuki, Shuhei Chizuwa
  • Patent number: 11031763
    Abstract: An electrical connection and control system is provided including a power source configured to provide a direct current output and an electrically powered element configured to receive power from the power source. The power is supplied via strips of nanowire material applied upon a surface. Controllers are provided to control the electrically powered elements via switches and/or via network connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Budderfly, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Subbloie, Kenneth Buda
  • Patent number: 11025079
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device with an electric load and a replaceable electric energy store. The energy store has at least one first storage unit with a first initial energy quantity and at least one second storage unit with a second initial energy quantity, wherein an electronic circuit is designed to actuate the first storage unit or the second storage unit according to an algorithm. By actuating the first storage unit or the second source unit, the energy supply of the device is ensured by the respective storage unit, and by actuating the first storage unit or the second storage unit, it is ensured that when a remaining energy quantity or an applied energy quantity of one storage unit is low, the respective other storage unit has a remaining energy quantity of at least 10% of a total energy quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Flowtec AG
    Inventors: Antoine Simon, Markus Rüfenacht, Ronald Wicki
  • Patent number: 11025069
    Abstract: Electrical power distribution system for supplying a set of fixed-frequency loads and a set of variable-frequency loads, includes a set of at least one fixed-frequency AC voltage generator and a set of at least one variable-frequency AC voltage generator, a DC distribution network supplying the variable-frequency loads by means of inverter stages, a first set of rectifier stages connected between the fixed-frequency generators and the distribution network, and a second set of rectifier stages connected between the variable-frequency generators and the DC distribution network. The first set of rectifier stages includes bidirectional rectifiers capable of providing a bidirectional transfer of power and protection means against fault currents connected between the bidirectional rectifiers and the distribution network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: GE ENERGY POWER CONVERSION TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Pouliquen, Loic Leclere
  • Patent number: 11014809
    Abstract: Provided is a transportation device which is capable of continuously travelling without being supplied with hydrogen from the outside. According to the present invention, a transportation device is provided with an ammonia storage means, a hydrogen production device, a fuel cell, a motor, a battery and a control unit. The hydrogen production device produces hydrogen by decomposing ammonia; and the fuel cell is supplied with hydrogen from the hydrogen production device and generates electric power. The motor operates by being supplied with some or all of the electric power generated by the fuel cell. The battery is supplied with some or all of the electric power generated by the fuel cell, and supplies electric power to the motor and the hydrogen production device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SAWAFUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomonori Miura
  • Patent number: 11007887
    Abstract: An induction coil for wireless charging of a vehicle battery is described. The induction coil includes an electrically conductive tube configured as multiple windings, and an electrically conductive coupler configured for attachment to the electrically conductive tube. The electrically conductive tube and the electrically conductive coupler are adapted to conduct an alternating current. Alternating current flow in the tube and the plurality of windings generates a magnetic field for wireless inductive charging of the vehicle battery. The electrically conductive tube and the electrically conductive coupler are each configured for passage of a coolant therethrough. A coolant flow through the electrically conductive tube transfers heat from the electrically conductive tube generated by alternating current flow through the electrically conductive tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ajmal Imran Ansari, William J. Hayes, Randall Todd Sinnaeve
  • Patent number: 11007876
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a battery, an electric power acquirer, a power supply unit, first and second relays, and a controller. The electric power acquirer acquires charging electric power from outside. The power supply unit is able to provide a power supply from the battery to a device other than a traveling motor. The first relay connects and disconnects the battery to and from a power supply line. The second relay connects and disconnects the electric power acquirer to and from the power supply line. The controller changes a switching procedure of the first relay and the second relay, in accordance with a state of use of the power supply unit, at an end of charging of the battery through the electric power acquirer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fumiyuki Moriya, Yuta Totsuka, Hidehiro Takagi
  • Patent number: 11011914
    Abstract: A high efficiency solar power system combining photovoltaic sources of power (1) can be converted by a base phase DC-DC photovoltaic converter (6) and an altered phase DC-DC photovoltaic converter (8) that have outputs combined through low energy storage combiner circuitry (9). The converters can be synchronously controlled through a synchronous phase control (11) that synchronously operates switches to provide a conversion combined photovoltaic DC output (10). Converters can be provided for individual source conversion or phased operational modes, the latter presenting a combined low photovoltaic energy storage DC-DC photovoltaic converter (15) at string or individual panel levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: AMPT, LLC
    Inventor: Anatoli Ledenev