Patents Examined by Jagdeep Dhillon
  • Patent number: 10245959
    Abstract: There is provided a power converter system including a power bus, a plurality of power converter modules connected to the power bus in parallel, a plurality of energy storage modules, each energy storage module coupled to the power bus via a corresponding one of the plurality of power converter modules, and a controller module configured to control at least one of the power converter modules to operate in one of a plurality of operating modes. In particular, the plurality of operating modes of the power converter module includes a plurality of charging power conversion modes for connecting an input power source to the corresponding energy storage module for charging power to the corresponding energy storage module. There is also provided a corresponding method of manufacturing the power converter system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Nanyang Technological University
    Inventors: Anshuman Tripathi, Satyajit Athlekar, Nishanthi Duraisamy
  • Patent number: 10230310
    Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to a methods and apparatuses for disconnecting, by a device, elements at certain parts of an electrical system. The method may include measuring operational parameters at certain locations within the system and/or receiving messages from control devices indicating a potentially unsafe condition, disconnecting and/or short-circuiting system elements in response, and reconnection the system elements when it is safe to do so. Certain embodiments relate to methods and apparatuses for providing operational power to safety switches during different modes of system operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Solaredge Technologies Ltd
    Inventors: Yakir Loewenstern, Ilan Yoscovich, David Braginsky, Tzachi Glovinsky, Izak Assia
  • Patent number: 10224730
    Abstract: A capacitor discharge circuit according to one or more embodiments includes a capacitor connected in parallel to an alternating-current power source; a rectification element; a first discharge circuit that includes a first diode and a second diode, and causes the capacitor to discharge; a first series circuit including a first capacitor and a second capacitor connected in series between one end of the alternating-current power source and a ground terminal of the rectification element; a second discharge circuit that causes the second capacitor to discharge such that an absolute value of voltage across opposite ends of the second capacitor does not reach a predetermined voltage; and a predetermined period generator that actuates the first discharge circuit after an elapse of a predetermined period of time from stoppage of a discharge operation of the second discharge circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SANKEN ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Osamu Ohtake
  • Patent number: 10224723
    Abstract: Described is a wireless power system. The wireless power system can include a wireless charging coil, a driving circuit connected to the wireless charging coil, and a filter element coupled to the wireless charging coil. The driving circuit can be configured to drive the wireless charging coil at a power transmission frequency. The filter element can be configured to filter one or more interference signal components from the wireless power system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Esa Ilmari Saunamäki
  • Patent number: 10218205
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods of wireless power transmission/reception are described. In one wireless power transmission/reception device, a planar resonator capable of generating magnetic fields has one or more ferrite members mounted thereon such that the magnetic fields generated by the planar resonator have an overall direction substantially tilted or parallel to its opening/face, i.e., to the plane of the planar resonator. In a wireless power reception device, the planar resonator generates magnetic fields and an induced current when being resonated by external magnetic fields; in a wireless power transmission device, the planar resonator generates magnetic fields when being supplied with power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jae-Hyun Park, Young-Ho Ryu, Kyu-Sub Kwak, Sang-Wook Kwon, Do-Won Kim, Dong-Zo Kim, Keum-Su Song, Chi-Hyung Ahn
  • Patent number: 10211667
    Abstract: Provided in some embodiments is an uninterruptable electrical power supply system. The system includes an electrical power distribution network (having a consumer side network coupled to one or more electrical loads that consume electrical power and a utility side network that supplies electrical power to the consumer side network), a primary power source (coupled to the utility side network, and that supplies electrical power to the utility side network for supply to the consumer side network), a secondary power source coupled to the utility side network, and a terminal between the consumer side network and the utility side network. The secondary power source supplies backup power to the utility side network (in response to a power shortage on the utility side network) and sinks surplus power from the utility side network (in response to a power surplus on the utility side network).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Piller USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Landis
  • Patent number: 10193550
    Abstract: A switching device adapted to be installed behind an opaque wall (32) so as not to be visible from the outside of the wall and intended to switch at least one electrical device (44) on. This switching device includes a first module (10) and a second module (12) adapted to make the connection between the device and a power source. The first module includes a capacitive sensor (16) having a capacitor on a printed circuit board adapted to change its capacitance value when the hand (34) of a user on the outside is placed near the wall where the device is installed. The capacitor is included in a metal frame whose function is to define the capacitive field due to the capacitor in the plane of the board and to maximize this field perpendicular to the plane of the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Roberto Airoldi
  • Patent number: 10193445
    Abstract: A control device is applied for a power supply system that includes two boost converters. The two boost converters boosts inputted direct-current voltages to predetermined output voltages and output ends of the two boost converters are connected in parallel with each other. The control device includes a switching portion and a control portion. The switching portion controls switching of a switching element included in each of the two boost converters. The control portion shifts switching timings of the switching elements of the two boost converters from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Suekawa, Mitsunori Kimura
  • Patent number: 10177592
    Abstract: A wireless power transmitter is disclosed. The wireless power transmitter, which is capable of charging a plurality of wireless power receivers, includes: a plurality of coil cells; a main half-bridge inverter to which a main pulse signal is applied; a plurality of sub half-bridge inverters to which a first sub pulse signal or second sub pulse signal is applied; a current sensor that monitors the current through the coil cells; and a communications and control unit that controls the pulse signals applied to the main half-bridge inverter and sub half-bridge inverters and that communicates with the wireless power receivers, wherein the sub half-bridge inverters may be respectively connected to the coil cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yongcheol Park, Hyunbeom Lee, Jaesung Lee, Byungsang Jung, Jinmoo Park, Seonghun Lee, Jihyun Lee, Jeongkyo Seo
  • Patent number: 10170916
    Abstract: An energy storage device including at least one battery pack; a communication module configured to transmit power-on information or energy storage amount information to a power management device and to receive a charge command or discharge command from the power management device; a connector configured to receive alternating current (AC) power, supplied to an internal power network through a photovoltaic module, from the internal power network based on the charge command or to output AC power to the internal power network based on the discharge command; and a power converter configured to, when the charge command is received from the power management device, convert the AC power from the internal power network into direct current (DC) power based on the charge command, or, when the discharge command is received from the power management device, convert DC power stored in the at least one battery pack into AC power based on the discharge command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seungyong Lee, Jaehyuk Park, Heesoo Moon
  • Patent number: 10170977
    Abstract: The supplemental circuit is for a power supply equipped with a power management integrated circuit (PMIC). The supplemental circuit includes a detection circuit producing input signals, a switch, a signal generation circuit producing a control signal controlling the switch's open and close according to the input signals, and a RC circuit. When the switch is closed, the PMIC and the RC circuit are series-connected to ground. The supplemental circuit resolves the reduced performance of the PMIC due to the field effect transistors (FETs) inside the PMIC suffering greater switching loss when the PMIC is constantly series-connected to ground through RC circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co. Ltd
    Inventor: Dan Cao
  • Patent number: 10164436
    Abstract: In a power control system including a first controller configured to control supply of power from a photovoltaic module to a plurality of loads and a second controller configured to control charge/discharge of a storage battery, which is one of the plurality of loads, the first controller controls output following power consumption by the plurality of loads, and the second controller increases, during a self-sustaining operation, charging power of the storage battery and detects output fluctuation from the photovoltaic module or from the first controller along with the increase in the charging power, then based on the detected output fluctuation, controls charge of the storage battery, thus, even if connection to the grid is disconnected, supply power may be replenished by the load power used for supply to the predetermined loads, thereby allowing a stable power supply to the other loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuya Takenaka
  • Patent number: 10158256
    Abstract: A contactless connector apparatus is provided with a first coil closely opposed to a second coil so as to be electromagnetically coupled thereto. The first coil includes: an inner transmitter coil wound around an axis passing through its center; and an outer transmitter coil wound around the axis and outside the inner coil. One end of the outer transmitter coil is connected to one end of the inner transmitter coil such that, when a current flows through the transmitter coils, a direction of a loop current generated around the axis by a current flowing through the inner transmitter coil is opposite to that of a loop current generated around the axis by a current flowing through the outer transmitter coil. A self-inductance of the outer transmitter coil is larger than that of the inner transmitter coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenichi Asanuma, Atsushi Yamamoto, Tsutomu Sakata, Akio Hidaka, Toshiaki Kikui
  • Patent number: 10137788
    Abstract: A power electronic device includes at least one inductor configured to couple to a first capacitor and a second capacitor. The power electronic device includes a controller configured to control a first current conducting through the inductor and a second current conducting through the inductor. The first and second currents conduct in opposite directions with respect to each other, and the first and second currents interact with each other through the inductor such that a net direct current (DC) component through the inductor is approximately zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Pierluigi Tenca, Paolo Soldi, Fabio Carastro
  • Patent number: 10141769
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wireless power transfer system-charger for wireless power transmission. The wireless power transfer system-charger includes: a power converting unit to convert a DC signal into an AC signal; a control unit to control the power converting unit with a first or second operating frequency; and an induction-type antenna system and a resonance-type antenna system connected in parallel to each other, wherein power is transmitted through the induction-type antenna system or the resonance-type antenna system according to a control of the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Su Ho Bae
  • Patent number: 10141746
    Abstract: A cascade of safety switches includes safety switches for the monitoring of accesses of an automation system, at least one connection unit for the arrangement between two safety switches, and a terminator for the termination of the cascade of safety switches. Each safety switch has a first conductor and a second conductor. The first conductor includes conductor cores for transmitting signals and for receiving voltage. The second conductor includes conductor cores for receiving signals and for forwarding the voltage. The connection unit has a first circuit and a second circuit. The first circuit is provided for receiving the signals of a subsequent safety switch and for forwarding the signals of the subsequent safety switch to an upstream safety switch and the second circuit is provided for connecting the connection unit to a voltage source and to a conductor core for receiving the voltage of the subsequent safety switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventors: Adrian Schwarz, Shinde Geeta, Victor Kok Heng Phay
  • Patent number: 10141747
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring electrical power and data includes a primary circuit comprising a source of electrical energy (10), at least a pair of transmitting armatures (100, 100?), a first of the armatures (100) being connected in use to a different electrical potential with respect to a second of the armatures (100?), at least an electric power transmitter (12) connected to the source of electrical energy (10) and to at least one of the armatures (100, 100?), and at least a transceiver (20) connected to at least one of the transmitting armatures (100, 100?). The transceiver (20) is particularly suitable for use in receiving and/or transmitting data via the transmitting armatures (100, 100?) independently of the power transmitted by the power transmitter (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: EGGTRONIC ENGINEERING S.R.L.
    Inventor: Igor Spinella
  • Patent number: 10141788
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for dynamically tuning circuit elements. One aspect includes a variable capacitance device. The device includes a first capacitor, a first switch, a second capacitor, a second switch, and control circuitry. The control circuitry is configured to adjust respective capacitances of the first and second capacitors by causing a first control signal to be applied to the first-switch control terminal for a duration of time in response to detecting a zero voltage condition across the first switch, and by causing a second control signal to be applied to the second-switch control terminal for the duration of time in response to detecting a zero voltage condition across the second switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Curt Karnstedt, Christopher Buenrostro
  • Patent number: 10128686
    Abstract: An example method disclosed herein includes: acquiring, by at least one sensor in communication with a transmitter, data indicating a location of an electrical apparatus within a transmission field of the transmitter. The transmitter is in communication with a mapping memory that stores information that identifies a set of receivers that has each been designated to receive power waves from the transmitter. The method also includes: determining, by the transmitter, using the mapping memory and the data indicating the location of the electrical apparatus, whether the electrical apparatus is a respective receiver of the set of receivers. The method further includes: transmitting, by the transmitter, power waves to the electrical apparatus upon determining that the electrical apparatus is the respective receiver, wherein the power waves are transmitted to converge in a three dimensional space to form one or more pockets of energy at the location associated with the electrical apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventor: Michael A. Leabman
  • Patent number: 10110056
    Abstract: A system for banking energy is provided. The system includes a rechargeable battery and a controller selectively controlling a supply of electricity from the rechargeable battery and from at least one additional energy source to a plurality of electrically powered devices of a facility. The controller directs electricity from the at least one additional energy source to the rechargeable battery at selective times when the rechargeable battery is not supplying electricity to the plurality of electrically powered devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Lightening Energy
    Inventors: Christopher K. Dyer, Michael L. Epstein, Duncan Culver