Patents Examined by Jayne L Mershon
  • Patent number: 11909037
    Abstract: A positive electrode includes a composite material including a positive active material and a coating layer on a surface of the positive active material, wherein the coating layer includes a copolymer including a first repeating unit represented by Formula 1 below and a second repeating unit represented by Formula 2 below: wherein Ar1, R1 to R6, A, A1, Y?, m, and n are the same as defined in the specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hongsoo Choi, Hyeokjo Gwon, Soyeon Kim, Hyunseok Kim, Wonseok Chang
  • Patent number: 11908964
    Abstract: A method is provided for fabricating and inspecting a photovoltaic assembly including a base, at least one photovoltaic module, and at least one adhesion layer based on a crosslinkable polymer material. The method includes depositing the at least one adhesion layer on the base; an assembly step; a partial crosslinking step; an electrical connection step; inspecting for mechanical and electrical functioning; in the event of correct functioning being detected, a crosslinking finalization step; in the event of incorrect functioning being detected removing at least one defective photovoltaic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Philippe Voarino, Romain Cariou
  • Patent number: 11901856
    Abstract: The present invention provides a transmission device applied to a photovoltaic tracking support. The photovoltaic tracking support comprises a stand column and a main beam. The main beam is rotatably supported on the stand column, and the main beam supports a photovoltaic assembly. The transmission device comprises a composite chain gear set and a composite chain wheel set. The composite chain gear set has multiple chain gears. The multiple chain gears are coaxially arranged and are arranged in a manner that the teeth are staggered. The composite chain wheel set has multiple chain wheels. The multiple chain wheels are coaxially arranged, and are in one-to-one correspondence to and meshing transmission with the multiple chain gears. One of the composite chain gear set and the composite chain wheel set is rotatably disposed on the stand column, and the other is connected to the main beam. The present invention also provides a photovoltaic tracking support comprising the transmission device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Mokun Renewable Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiabao Guo, Xiao Liu
  • Patent number: 11901857
    Abstract: Solar array (1) comprising solar modules (3) distributed in rows (10), each solar module comprising solar collector (5) carried by a single-axis solar tracker (4), a reference solar power plant (2) comprising a central reference solar module and at least one secondary reference solar module, and a piloting unit (7) adapted for: piloting the angular orientation of the central reference module according to a central reference orientation setpoint corresponding to an initial orientation setpoint, piloting the orientation of each secondary reference module according to a secondary reference orientation setpoint corresponding to the initial orientation setpoint shifted by a predefined offset angle; receiving an energy production value from each reference module; piloting the orientation of the modules, except for the reference modules, by applying the reference orientation setpoint associated to the reference module having the highest production value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: NEXTRACKER LLC
    Inventors: Madyan Michotte De Welle, Jérôme Arliaud
  • Patent number: 11894802
    Abstract: A solar module racking system including a frame. The frame includes pre-wired receptacles for rapid assembly of solar modules. The frame receives and mechanically supports each solar module. The frame arranges the solar modules in a first planar direction, in a second planar direction, and in a vertical direction that is normal to the first and second planar directions. Each pre-wired receptacles individually and electrically connect each of the solar modules after insertion of that module into the frame. The solar module racking system provides a 2 by 1 by 1 configuration or a 1 by 2 by 1 configuration for the plurality of solar modules corresponding to the first planar direction, the second planar direction, and the vertical direction. A first module and a second module are arranged in the first planar direction or the second planar direction, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: CONTI INNOVATION CENTER, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt G. Conti, Cullin J. Wible
  • Patent number: 11884424
    Abstract: A panel deployment apparatus includes a guide provided on a first hinge axis of a main hinge; a guide provided on a second hinge axis of a side hinge; and a deployment stop arm that stops deployment of a second side panel by sequential engagement with the guide and the guide, the deployment stop arm being fixed to the second side panel, wherein the second main panel is deployed in a state of the deployment stop arm being engaged with the guide and, when the deployment stop arm is disengaged from the guide and then engaged with the guide, the first side panel is deployed in a state of the deployment stop arm being engaged with the guide and, when the deployment stop arm is disengaged from the guide, the second side panel is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taichi Hirose, Naoyuki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 11888437
    Abstract: Disclosed are a photovoltaic frame and a photovoltaic module. The photovoltaic frame includes a top support portion, a bottom support portion, a transverse edge portion, a first side edge portion and a second side edge portion. The top support portion, the transverse edge portion and the second side edge portion enclose a holding slot, and the top support portion has a bearing surface facing the holding slot. The photovoltaic frame alternatively includes a third side edge portion configured to connect the top support portion and the bottom support portion. The photovoltaic frame further includes a weather-resistant protective layer, covering a part of outer surfaces, that are in contact with external environment, among the top support portion, the bottom support portion, the first side edge portion, the second side edge portion, the transverse edge portion, and the third side edge portion if included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignees: JINKO SOLAR CO., LTD., ZHEJIANG JINKO SOLAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xinxin Gong, Zhiqiu Guo, Junhui Liu, Zehui Zhang
  • Patent number: 11863120
    Abstract: A solar array may include a first rigid composite solar panel including solar cells secured to a first substrate. The solar array may further include a second rigid composite solar panel including solar cells secured to a second substrate. The solar array may also include solar panel modules including solar cells secured to a flexible sheet of material. The solar panel modules may be coupled between the first composite solar panel and the second composite solar panel. The solar array may be configured to be retained in a stowed arrangement with the solar panel modules between the first rigid composite solar panel and the second rigid composite solar panel. The solar array further configured to be extended with an extendable arm until each of the first rigid composite solar panel, the second rigid composite solar panel and the solar panel modules are arranged in a substantially straight line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael I. Eskenazi, Michael Edward McEachen, Christopher Peterson
  • Patent number: 11856806
    Abstract: There is a disubstituted diaryloxybenzoheterodiazole compound having general formula (I): This disubstituted diaryloxybenzoheterodiazole compound having general formula (I) may advantageously be used as a spectrum converter in luminescent solar concentrators (“Luminescent Solar Concentrators”—LSCs) which, in turn, are capable of improving the performance of photovoltaic devices (or solar devices) selected, for example, from photovoltaic cells (or solar cells), photovoltaic modules (or solar modules), on either a rigid or flexible support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: ENI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Luigi Abbondanza, Antonio Alfonso Proto, Giuliana Schimperna
  • Patent number: 11848642
    Abstract: There is provided a solar photovoltaic panel fog/mist cooling system which comprises at least one solar photovoltaic panel, and at least one nozzle arranged at a back side of the at least one solar photovoltaic panel and configured to generate a fog/mist applied onto a back side of the at least one solar photovoltaic panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH
    Inventors: Zafar Said, Ahmed Amine Hachicha
  • Patent number: 11831053
    Abstract: Various designs and configurations of and methods of operating fuel cell units, fuel cell systems and combined heat and power systems are provided that permit efficient thermal management of such units and systems to improve their operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: WATT Fuel Cell Corp.
    Inventors: Caine Finnerty, Paul DeWald
  • Patent number: 11824485
    Abstract: The invention relates to a photovoltaic roof covering comprising a base tile having an anchor portion to anchor the base tile to part of a roof in use and wherein a spacer is provided to support a portion of another overlaid base tile in use by spacing the overlaid tile from the photovoltaic panel. Also included is a roof covering with a base tile having a first planar upper face and a second opposing lower face. The base tile comprises an anchor portion located towards one end of the second lower face of the base tile and is configured to anchor the base tile to part of a roof structure in use. A connecting portion is configured to connect the base tile to an adjacent base tile in use. The roof covering further comprises a rectilinear cover panel having upper and lower opposing faces and a width that is smaller relative to a width of the first planar upper face of the base tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventors: Stewart William Brown, Antonio Lanzoni
  • Patent number: 11817514
    Abstract: A blocking diode board (“BDB”) for use with a rollable solar power module (“RSPM”) array is disclosed. The DBD includes a blocking diode, first flat electrical conductor, second flat electrical conductor, first tubular hook, and second tubular hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Rina S. Bardfield, Thomas P. Crocker, Dale H. Waterman, William G. Wise
  • Patent number: 11799414
    Abstract: A passively deployable solar panel array. A truss backing is attached to the back of the solar panels, and has top segments, bottom segments, and hinge linkages that form a series of moveable parallelograms operable to fold and unfold. The truss backing further has springs and trusses, with at least one spring and one truss associated with each of the parallelograms. The springs are operable to deploy the solar panels from a folded position to a deployed position. Each truss is operable to become in tension diagonally across its associated parallelogram once the solar panels are deployed into a final position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Toby J. Harvey, Thomas J. Harvey, Thomas J. Rose, Randy J. Rose
  • Patent number: 11791426
    Abstract: A photovoltaic cell is provided, including a substrate having a front surface with metal pattern regions and a rear surface, first pyramid structures in each metal pattern region, platform protrusion structures on the rear surface, a first tunneling layer and a first doped conductive layer on a portion of the front surface in a respective metal pattern region, and a second tunneling layer and a second doped conductive layer on the rear surface. A height of each first pyramid structure is greater than that of each platform protrusion structure. A one-dimensional dimension of a bottom portion of each first pyramid structure is less than that of each platform protrusion structure. A doping element type of the first doped conductive layer is the same as that of the substrate. A doping element type of the second doped conductive layer is different from that of the first doped conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignees: ZHEJIANG JINKO SOLAR CO., LTD., JINKO SOLAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jie Mao, Zhao Wang, Peiting Zheng, Jie Yang, Xinyu Zhang
  • Patent number: 11784344
    Abstract: In accordance with at least selected embodiments, a battery separator or separator membrane comprises one or more co-extruded multi-microlayer membranes optionally laminated or adhered to another polymer membrane. The separators described herein may provide improved strength, for example, improved puncture strength, particularly at a certain thickness, and may exhibit improved shutdown and/or a reduced propensity to split.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Celgard, LLC
    Inventors: Kang Karen Xiao, Eric Joseph Penegar, Takahiko Kondo, Robert Nark, Eric Robert White, Xiaomin Zhang, Kristoffer K. Stokes
  • Patent number: 11777138
    Abstract: The invention provides compositions containing a solid state electrolyte (SSE) containing an alkali metal and a sulfide for use as the electrolyte matrix in a solid state rechargeable battery. The SSE compositions may further contain phosphorous, silicon, or a dopant atom, such as a halogen. These compositions are advantageous as they use Earth-abundant elements, have high voltage stability, excellent battery cycle performance, and are fabricated and used under conditions that do not require excessive external pressures which would otherwise limit their use in a production battery. In particular, the SSEs have a controllable microstructure, e.g., core-shell structure, that enhances their inherent stability while obviating the need for excessively large pressures to control the electrolyte stability. Methods of producing the compositions and rechargeable batteries including the composition are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Xin Li, Fan Wu, William Fitzhugh
  • Patent number: 11770096
    Abstract: A system for attaching a solar panel to a support, includes a support connector and a solar panel connector, where the support connector includes a U-shaped profile having a lower wall and two side walls, where an upper end of the side walls is bent inwards to provide vertical rails for receiving the panel connector; and the panel connector include a profile having: an upper C-shaped portion configured for receiving a side edge of a solar panel; a lower, upwardly oriented channel portion configured for receiving the vertical rail of the support connector; and at least one box-shaped portion connecting the upper C-shaped portion and the lower channel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: SOLTEC INNOVATIONS, S.L.
    Inventors: Francisco Javier Carpio Obre, Pablo Sánchez Huertas
  • Patent number: 11769906
    Abstract: A solid state ionic conductive electrolyte membrane may include a garnet-like structure oxide material. A solid state ionic conductive electrolyte membrane may include a multi-channel porous support structure and a solid state ionic conductive electrolyte in the multi-channel porous support structure. Systems and methods for selectively extracting alkaline metals include the solid state ionic conductive electrolyte membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: AMPCERA INC.
    Inventors: Hui Du, Sumin Zhu, James Emery Brown
  • Patent number: 11764724
    Abstract: A solar tracker with orientable solar panels arranged in rows, having at least two rows of photovoltaic modules (1) carrying the solar panels (2), arranged on pillars (6), the solar panels (2) mounted on respective rotation axes (3) longitudinally associated with each other by rotation transmission (5), driven by at least one motor (4) establishing the movement of all the solar panels (2) from a single actuation point, the rows of photovoltaic modules (1) related to each other by at least one transmission bar (7), joined by universal joints (8), to respective rotation transmission (5), the drive motor (4) is coupled in longitudinal alignment with respect to a transverse transmission (12) that meshes with a rotation transmission (5) and with respect to which the universal joint (8) of one end of the corresponding transmission bar (7) is joined in longitudinal alignment on the other side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: TRINA SOLAR, S.L.U
    Inventors: Shunwey Duan, Peng Quan, Juan Manuel Gomez Garcia