Patents Examined by Jared Fureman
  • Patent number: 10807473
    Abstract: An on-board network for a motor vehicle, having at least one energy storage system for the intermediate storage of electrical energy and an electrical power network, which has at least one energy-consuming device that can be operated with electrical energy from the energy storage system and at least one charging device for charging the energy storage system, wherein the energy storage system is electrically connected to the electrical power network by way of at least one contactor. In this case, it is provided that the energy-consuming device is present in a first electrical power sub-network of the electrical power network and the charging device is present in a second electrical power sub-network of the electrical power network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Roman Strasser
  • Patent number: 10811907
    Abstract: A wireless power transmission device includes a transmitter unit and a receiver unit. The transmitter unit converts an input DC power into an inverted AC power, the receiver unit receives the AC power through a coupling effect. A fault protection method is also provided in the present disclosure. If the receiver unit is abnormal, a main power circuit of the receiver unit is short-circuited. Then, a phase relationship between an inverted AC voltage and an inverted AC current of the inverted AC power is detected. A phase judgment signal is generated according to the phase relationship. An overcurrent judgment signal is generated according to the amplitude of the inverted AC current and a predetermined current threshold. A fault signal is generated according to the phase judgment signal and the overcurrent judgment signal. In response to the fault signal, the wireless power transmission device is controlled to shut down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS (THAILAND) PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Shuailin Du, Yongkai Liao, Kai Dong, Jinfa Zhang
  • Patent number: 10811912
    Abstract: A relay apparatus in a wireless power transmission system includes a relay power reception antenna that receives power transmission alternating current power from a power transmission power transmission antenna, a relay rectifier that converts the power transmission alternating current power into relay direct current power, a relay inverter circuit that converts the relay direct current power into relay alternating current power, and a relay power transmission antenna that wirelessly transmits the relay alternating current power. When transmitting data to the power transmission apparatus through amplitude modulation, the relay apparatus varies amplitude of voltage of the power transmission alternating current power received by the relay power reception antenna between a first amplitude and a second amplitude and performs control for eliminating a difference between a third amplitude of the relay alternating current power and a fourth amplitude of the relay alternating current power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Sakata, Hiroshi Kanno, Eiji Takahashi, Satoru Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10809783
    Abstract: A power source device includes a switching circuit configured to switch the power supply mode between a first power supply mode, in which power is supplied to a drive circuit for an electric motor by only a main power source, and a second power supply mode, in which power is supplied to the drive circuit utilizing both the main power source and an auxiliary power source. A control device includes: a determination unit that determines whether the operation state of the electric motor is a regeneration state or a power-running state; and a unit configured to limit power to be supplied to the drive circuit when the power supply mode is the second power supply mode and it is determined by the determination unit that the operation state of the electric motor is the regeneration state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fumihiko Sato
  • Patent number: 10811905
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a power transmission device including a housing for landing a vehicle, and a ferromagnetic material and a power transmission coil. An outer shape of a cross-section of the housing becomes larger from a top of the housing toward a bottom of the housing, the outer shape is a non-true circle, and the outer shape is similar to an inner shape of a frame provided in the vehicle. The ferromagnetic material is within the housing, the ferromagnetic material being continuous in an up-and-down direction of the housing. The power transmission coil is within the housing, the power transmission coil being configured to surround the ferromagnetic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Shuichi Obayashi
  • Patent number: 10807513
    Abstract: A microprocessor-controlled rechargeable brake light control circuit is a compact package with connectors that includes a rechargeable power source, a power supply sensor, and a non-volatile memory connected to a microprocessor. When power is abruptly disconnected, as when the brake is disengaged, there still is enough power to the device from the rechargeable power source for a period of time that allows a microprocessor to store an indication, such as a time stamp, of approximately where in time the pulse sequence terminated. When the brake is again depressed and power is restored to the circuit, that time stamp may be used as a reference point to restart the pulse sequence. Pulsing of the brake light is through a MOSFET switch pulse circuit that receives vehicle power when the brake pedal is depressed and imprints a pulse pattern on that vehicle power responsive to pulse sequence command from the microprocessor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Greg Paterno
  • Patent number: 10804752
    Abstract: Method for contactlessly transmitting electrical energy to a load (17) using a transmission system (1), having the steps of: converting alternating current from an alternating current source (4) into direct current using a primary rectifier (5), converting the direct current generated by the primary rectifier (5) into alternating current using a primary inverter (7), changing a primary parameter (di) at a component (38) of a primary part (2) of the transmission system, such that the electrical power consumed by a load (17) is changed as a result, contactlessly transmitting the electrical energy of the alternating current generated by the primary inverter (7) from a primary coil (9) to a secondary coil (12), converting the alternating current generated in the secondary coil (12) into direct current using a secondary rectifier (15), changing a secondary parameter at a component (16) of a secondary part (3) of the transmission system (1), such that the electrical power consumed by the load (17) is changed as a r
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Philipp Schumann, Bernhard Mader, Oliver Blum
  • Patent number: 10804694
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure discloses an over-temperature protection circuitry and a driving method. The circuit includes a source circuit, a comparator circuit and an output circuit, wherein the comparator circuit includes a thermistor, a first resistor and a comparator, the source circuit is connected to a first input terminal of the comparator via the thermistor and is connected to a second input terminal of the comparator via the first resistor; and the comparator circuit is configured to compare a first signal from the first input terminal with a second signal from the second input terminal, and output a control signal according to a comparison result, the control signal is an over-temperature control signal in the case that the comparison result indicates that the temperature is greater than or equal to a protection threshold, and the output circuit is configured to output an disenabling signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ran Jiang, Hai Kang, Donghui Wang, Lei Hua, Zhen Tang, Weiwei Pan, Hongxun Zhang
  • Patent number: 10804701
    Abstract: With conventional technology, since calculation of system stability is performed regarding all imaginable failure cases for the combinations of all objects to be controlled to determine an object to be controlled, there has been a problem of not being able to determine an object to be controlled in all the imaginable failure cases within a calculation period due to longer calculation time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Daichi Kato, Nao Saito, Masahiro Yatsu
  • Patent number: 10804891
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to diagnose an abnormality detecting circuit that detects an abnormality, such as an overcurrent of a power semiconductor, with the number of insulating elements to be additionally provided, inhibited from increasing. There are provided: a drive circuit configured to output a gate signal to a power semiconductor; an abnormality detecting circuit configured to detect an abnormality of the power semiconductor; and a diagnosis signal applying circuit configured to apply a diagnosis signal to the abnormality detecting circuit. The diagnosis signal applying circuit applies the diagnosis signal, on the basis of the gate signal output by the drive circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryoichi Inada, Teppei Hirotsu, Hideyuki Sakamoto, Kouichi Yahata, Keiji Kadota
  • Patent number: 10804695
    Abstract: A first circuit and a second circuit, which have different operating voltages, are connected through a level shifter, and a combination circuit below is provided in the level shifter. An enable signal, which is switched between active and inactive states according to whether or not a potential is supplied to a second high potential power line, is applied to the combination circuit. The combination circuit outputs a first signal and a second signal, which is acquired by logically inverting the first signal, to a level shift circuit according to an output signal of the first circuit, in a case where the enable signal is active, and causes both the first signal and the second signal to be at a low level in a case where the enable signal is inactive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeo Kitazawa
  • Patent number: 10804689
    Abstract: An arc flash validation system that detects incident energy produced by an arc flash is disclosed. The arc flash validation system comprises one or more power transformers (PT) and current transformers (CT). The voltage and current outputs from the PT and CT may indicate the incident energy of an arc flash. The PT and CT outputs may be stored in system memory. The arc flash validation system may analyze the stored data and compare the stored data to a predicted hazard level to generate a relay-event report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark L. Zeller
  • Patent number: 10800285
    Abstract: In an example, a battery control system is disclosed. The battery control system can include a plurality of batteries, a first terminal, a second terminal, and a third terminal. The battery control system also includes a plurality of switches configured to connect a first battery of the plurality of batteries to and from the first terminal and the third terminal and to connect a second battery of the plurality of batteries to and from the second terminal and the third terminal. The battery control system also discloses a switch resistance modulation module configured to modulate a resistance of at least one switch of the plurality of switches between zero ohms and infinity ohms based on a battery parameter and a control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Dave G. Rich, Lyall K. Winger, Saad Hasan, Varsha K. Sadekar, Robert A. De Stefano, Gary W. Gantt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10804698
    Abstract: Devices and methods for electrically decoupling a solar module from a solar system are described. In one embodiment, a solar system includes a string of a plurality of solar modules coupled with an inverter through a DC power line. An AC input is coupled with the DC power line. A device is also included and is configured to provide a closed circuit for one of the plurality of solar modules if an AC signal voltage from the AC input is present on the DC power line, and is configured to provide an open circuit for the one of the plurality of solar modules if no AC signal voltage from the AC input is present on the DC power line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventor: David DeGraaff
  • Patent number: 10804259
    Abstract: An electrostatic protection circuit, a display panel, and a display apparatus are disclosed. The electrostatic protection circuit comprises a switch control unit, a first electrostatic storage unit configured to store charges, and a second electrostatic storage unit configured to store charges, wherein the first electrostatic storage unit has a first terminal connected to a driving line and a second terminal connected to the switch control unit, and the second electrostatic storage unit has a first terminal connected to the switch control unit and a second terminal connected to a common electrode trace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xueguang Hao, Yong Qiao, Hongfei Cheng, Xinyin Wu
  • Patent number: 10804734
    Abstract: A redundant power supply system has power supplies and holdup control circuits. The power supplies are connected in parallel for connecting to an input capacitor of a load system. An OR-gate anti-reverse current element is connected between each of the power supplies and the input capacitor. The holdup control circuits correspondingly connect to the DC output sides of the power supplies. Each of the holdup control circuits has an inductor, an electronic switch and a controller. The inductor is connected in series to the OR-gate anti-reverse current element. The electronic switch is connected between the DC output side of the corresponding power supply and a node where the inductor and the OR-gate anti-reverse current element are connected. The controller turns on and off of the electronic switch according to the DC power output from the DC output sides, thereby prolonging the holdup time after a power failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: ACBEL POLYTECH INC.
    Inventors: Jui-Yang Chiu, Cheng-Yen Yeh, Chien-Ting Cho
  • Patent number: 10804742
    Abstract: A wireless power receiver includes one or more tunable capacitors in parallel with an inductor. The wireless power receiver adapted to receive an induced voltage input at the inductor due to a magnetic field generated by a wireless power transmitter. The rectifier has an output with a rectified voltage and a rectified current. A controller has a first input for receiving a signal representative of the rectified voltage and a first output for supplying an adjustment signal to the tunable capacitor. The controller includes a processor coupled to the first input and is configured to operate on the signal representative of rectified voltage to produce a desired capacitance value for capacitor and provide the adjustment signal determined so as to adjust a capacitance value of capacitor to the desired capacitance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Oguz Atasoy, Karl Twelker, Kylee Devro Sealy
  • Patent number: 10804749
    Abstract: A method for detecting a foreign object between a transmission pad and a reception pad for wireless power transfer (WPT) may comprise: performing, by a processor, a zero phase angle (ZPA) control for a power transfer converter included in or connected to the transmission pad; detecting, by the processor, a phase difference between an input current and an input voltage of the power transfer converter; and determining, by the processor, whether or not the foreign object exists between the transmission pad and the reception pad by comparing the phase difference with a reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Research & Business Foundation Sungkukwan University
    Inventors: Woo Young Lee, Gyu Yeong Choe, Jae Eun Cha, Min Jung Kim, Byoung Kuk Lee, Min Kook Kim, Sang Joon Ann, Jong Eun Byun
  • Patent number: 10796866
    Abstract: A direct current circuit breaker, including: n in number circuit breaker modules connected in series, one energy-absorbing and voltage-limiting module connected in parallel to the n in number circuit breaker modules, and a trigger module. The n in number circuit breaker modules each includes a mechanical switch and a commutation branch circuit which are connected in parallel; each commutation branch circuit includes a charging commutation module and a commutation capacitor which are connected in series; the charging commutation module is configured to charge up the commutation capacitor and produce reverse current to cut off the mechanical switch; the one energy-absorbing and voltage-limiting module is configured to absorb energy stored in inductive elements of power systems after a fault current is cut off, so as to limit voltage and protect the mechanical switch, and n is a positive integer greater than or equal to 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: HUAZHONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Zhao Yuan, Junjia He, Yuan Pan, Hui Xu, Wenting Zhao, Xiaogen Yin
  • Patent number: 10797519
    Abstract: A contactless power feeding apparatus includes a fixed electrode device and a movable electrode device that is movable with respect to the fixed electrode device, and the fixed electrode device and the movable electrode device can exchange electric power through electric field coupling. The fixed electrode device includes at least one fixed electrode plate extending in a longitudinal direction. The movable electrode device is movable along the fixed electrode plate in the longitudinal direction, and includes at least one movable electrode unit that is movable in the thickness direction of the fixed electrode plate. The movable electrode unit includes a pair of movable electrode plates opposed to both respective side faces of the fixed electrode plate, and a spacer member that holds the distance between the pair of movable electrode plates constant and brings the pair of movable electrode plates into conduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventor: Toshihiro Niitsu