Patents Examined by Jayne Mershon
  • Patent number: 9960286
    Abstract: A bus bar for a silicon solar cell. The bus bar is a strip of electrically conductive material with a plurality of protrusions extending from at least one side of the bus bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: UTILIGHT LTD.
    Inventor: Moshe Finarov
  • Patent number: 9960336
    Abstract: An integrated circuit may include a substrate and a dielectric layer formed over the substrate. A plurality of p-type thermoelectric elements and a plurality of n-type thermoelectric elements may be disposed within the dielectric layer that are connected in series while alternating between the p-type and the n-type thermoelectric elements. The integrated circuit may include first and second substrates each having formed thereon a plurality of thermoelectric legs of a respective type of thermoelectric material. The first and second thermoelectric substrates also may have respective conductors, each coupled to a base of an associated thermoelectric leg and forming a mounting pad for coupling to a thermoelectric leg of the counterpart substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Jane Cornett, Baoxing Chen, William Allan Lane, Patrick M. McGuinness, Helen Berney
  • Patent number: 9954186
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a delayed fluorescence compound of Formula 1: or Formula 2: The excitons in the triplet state are engaged in emission such that the emitting efficiency of the delayed fluorescent compound is increased. Embodiments also relate to a display device with an organic light emitting diode (OLED) that includes the delayed fluorescence compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joong-Hwan Yang, Kyung-Jin Yoon, Hyo-Jin Noh, Dae-Wi Yoon, In-Ae Shin, Jun-Yun Kim
  • Patent number: 9947854
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present invention relate to a thermoelectric element and a thermoelectric module used for cooling, and the thermoelectric module can be made thin by having a first substrate and a second substrate with different surface areas to raise the heat-dissipation effectiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong Sang Cho, Sang Gon Kim, Sook Hyun Kim, Chae Hoon Kim, Myoung Lae Roh, Jong Bae Shin, Boone Won, Jong Min Lee
  • Patent number: 9941480
    Abstract: A method for processing a perovskite photoactive layer. The method comprises depositing a lead salt precursor onto a substrate to form a lead salt thin film, depositing a second salt precursor onto the lead salt thin film, annealing the substrate to form a perovskite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: HEE Solar, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael D. Irwin, Jerred A. Chute, Vivek V. Dhas
  • Patent number: 9911909
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a thermoelectric material comprising providing an initial feedstock of silicon metal particulates, providing an extracting liquid to extract oxidants from the silicon metal particulates, combining the silicon metal particulates and the extracting liquid into a mixture and milling said mixture, withdrawing at least a portion of the milled mixture, within the withdrawn portion of the milled mixture, separating milled silicon metal particulates from the extracting liquid, and mixing the milled silicon metal particulates with a dopant to form a thermoelectric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Mossey Creek Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John Carberry
  • Patent number: 9911539
    Abstract: Provided are FeS2 based photovoltaic battery devices comprising a transparent substrate, an active layer disposed over the transparent substrate, the active layer comprising a porous film of FeS2 nanocrystals and a halide ionic liquid infiltrating the porous film, and an electrode disposed over the active layer. The device may be configured such that under exposure to light, photons incident on the active layer are absorbed by the FeS2 nanocrystals, generating a current and a voltage, whereby a separation of charge within the active layer is created, which is discharged in the absence of the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: University of Kansas
    Inventors: Shenqiang Ren, Maogang Gong
  • Patent number: 9911540
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a solar cell includes a transparent electrode, a photoactive layer, and an electron transport layer positioned between the transparent electrode and the photoactive layer, the electron transport layer being made of a piezoelectric material that is mechanically deformed such that it generates a voltage or charge that modifies an energy barrier between the electron transport layer and the photoactive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Arash Takshi, Anand Kumar Santhanakrishna
  • Patent number: 9905708
    Abstract: A panel of the present invention includes a substrate, an electrode provided on the substrate, and a transparent conductive layer provided on the substrate along a side of the electrode. The electrode includes a contact region in contact with the transparent conductive layer and a non-contact region out of contact with the transparent conductive layer. Preferably, a part of the electrode is exposed through the transparent conductive layer. Preferably, the conductive layer is separated into one side and the other side of the electrode extending a predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Jun Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 9887312
    Abstract: A solar cell wherein: an emitter layer is formed on a light-receiving-surface side of a crystalline silicon substrate, with a dopant of the opposite conductivity type from the silicon substrate added to said emitter layer; a passivation film is formed on the surface of the silicon substrate; and an extraction electrode and a collector electrode are formed. Said extraction electrode extracts photogenerated charge from the silicon substrate, and said collector electrode contacts the extraction electrode at least partially and collects the charge collected at the extraction electrode. The extraction electrode contains a first electrode that consists of a sintered conductive paste containing a dopant that makes silicon conductive. Said first electrode, at least, is formed so as to pass through the abovementioned passivation layer. The collection electrode contains a second electrode that has a higher conductivity than the aforementioned first electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hashigami, Takenori Watabe, Mitsuhito Takahashi, Shintarou Tsukigata, Takashi Murakami, Ryo Mitta, Yoko Endo, Hiroyuki Otsuka
  • Patent number: 9884966
    Abstract: Photovoltaic devices such as solar cells, hybrid solar cell-batteries, and other such devices may include an active layer disposed between two electrodes. The active layer may have perovskite material and other material such as mesoporous material, interfacial layers, thin-coat interfacial layers, and combinations thereof. The perovskite material may be photoactive. The perovskite material may be disposed between two or more other materials in the photovoltaic device. Inclusion of these materials in various arrangements within an active layer of a photovoltaic device may improve device performance. Other materials may be included to further improve device performance, such as, for example: additional perovskites, and additional interfacial layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hee Solar, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael D. Irwin, Jerred A. Chute, Vivek V. Dhas
  • Patent number: 9882153
    Abstract: A method for inorganic surface passivation in a photovoltaic device includes etching a native oxide over an inorganic substrate, the inorganic substrate having a surface; and forming an organic monolayer on the surface of the inorganic substrate to form a heterojunction, the organic monolayer having the following formula: ˜X—Y, wherein X is an oxygen or a sulfur; Y is an alkyl chain, an alkenyl chain, or an alkynyl chain; and X covalently bonds to the surface of the inorganic substrate by a covalent bond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Ali Afzali-Ardakani, Bahman Hekmatshoartabari, Davood Shahrjerdi
  • Patent number: 9865762
    Abstract: The thin-film photoelectric conversion device of the present invention includes: a transparent electroconductive film having zinc oxide as a main component; a contact layer; a photoelectric conversion unit having a p-type semiconductor layer, an i-type semiconductor layer and an n-type semiconductor layer in this order; and a back electrode layer, in this order, on one main surface of a substrate. The contact layer has an intrinsic crystalline semiconductor layer and a p-type crystalline semiconductor layer in this order from the substrate side, and the intrinsic crystalline semiconductor layer of the contact layer and the transparent electroconductive film are in contact with each other. The p-type crystalline semiconductor layer of the contact layer is preferably a layer having as a main component a silicon alloy selected from the group consisting of a silicon oxide; a silicon nitride; and silicon carbide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Tomomi Meguro, Kenji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9866168
    Abstract: Provided are flexible photovoltaic modules having flaps for supporting junction boxes. Junction boxes are used for making electrical connections to photovoltaic cells sealed inside the modules. A flap may be formed by one or two flexible sealing sheets extending beyond the boundary of the photovoltaic cells. A junction box is attached to the front surface of the flap. In certain embodiments, a flap is formed by one sealing sheet, such as a back side sheet. Materials of the back side sheet may be different from materials of the front side sheet and be selected to ensure support to the junction box. Additional support to the junction box may be provided by extending one of its edges in between the two sealing sheets. This edge extension or other features may be used for mechanical protection of electrical leads extending between the junction box and photovoltaic cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Beijing Apollo Ding Rong Solar Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Todd Krajewski
  • Patent number: 9862866
    Abstract: An electrically conductive adhesive composition comprising electrically conductive particles containing a metal of which melting point is 220° C. or less, a thermosetting resin, and a thermal cationic polymerization initiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Shinichirou Sukata
  • Patent number: 9866167
    Abstract: A mobile solar generator for autonomous and continuous supply of electricity in a transportable automatically or semi-automatically unfolding/folding system. The mobile solar generator generally includes photovoltaic modules, energy storage (lithium ion batteries), power converters, and a mechanical system to fold/unfold the photovoltaic modules. The mobile solar generator may also optionally include a detachable trailer. The mobile solar generator typically has the ability to provide alternating current at a voltage of 120 or 230V single-phase or three-phase 400 V/460V 50 or 60 HZ. Electricity is generally provided by 12, 16 or 24 photovoltaic modules 347 W depending on the version of the product is typically a photovoltaic power 4, 5, or 8 KWp. The mobile solar generator can preferably be folded on itself for shipping purposes. The SMG can also include skids for water treatment or other skids which use the power generated by the SMG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Eric Chambe, Gilles Essertel, Lionel Guyot, Maurice Kahn
  • Patent number: 9847439
    Abstract: Titania is a semiconductor and photocatalyst that is also chemically inert. With its bandgap of 3.0, to activate the photocatalytic property of titania requires light of about 390 nm wavelength, which is in the ultra-violet, where sunlight is very low in intensity. A method and devices are disclosed wherein stress is induced and managed in a thin film of titania in order to shift and lower the bandgap energy into the longer wavelengths that are more abundant in sunlight. Applications of this stress-induced bandgap-shifted titania photocatalytic surface include photoelectrolysis for production of hydrogen gas from water, photovoltaics for production of electricity, and photocatalysis for detoxification and disinfection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventor: John M. Guerra
  • Patent number: 9843287
    Abstract: An improvised Solar Concentrator and Absorber/Receiver Subsystem using a Dual-Stage Parabolic Concentrator for Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) (Thermal) system comprises of two parabolic mirrored reflectors wherein their apertures face each other with their focal point/line and axes coincides with each other, a plurality of absorber tubes/cavities placed on the non-reflecting side of the primary and/or secondary reflectors to carry heat transfer fluid, combined with relevant mechanisms to prevent/minimize thermal loss, mounted on a Sun tracking mechanism. For Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) and Concentrating Hybrid Thermo-Photovoltaic (CHTPV) Systems, all or a portion of the reflectors' reflecting and/or exterior surfaces would be covered or substituted with suitable photovoltaic panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Karthigueyane Lakshmanan, Rajaganapathy Lakshmanan
  • Patent number: 9837565
    Abstract: A method (200) and deposition zone apparatus (300) for fabricating thin-film optoelectronic devices (100), the method comprising: providing a potassium-nondiffusing substrate (110), forming a back-contact layer (120); forming at least one absorber layer (130) made of an ABC chalcogenide material, adding at least two different alkali metals, and forming at least one front-contact layer (150) wherein one of said at least two different alkali metals is potassium and where, following forming said front-contact layer, in the interval of layers (470) from back-contact layer (120), exclusive, to front-contact layer (150), inclusive, the comprised amounts resulting from adding at least two different alkali metals are, for potassium, in the range of 500 to 10000 ppm and, for the other of said at least two different alkali metals, in the range of 5 to 2000 ppm and at most ½ and at least 1/2000 of the comprised amount of potassium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignees: FLISON AG, EMPA
    Inventors: Adrian Chirila, Stephan Buecheler, Fabian Pianezzi, Patrick Reinhard, Ayodhya Nath Tiwari
  • Patent number: 9825191
    Abstract: Methods of passivating light-receiving surfaces of solar cells with high energy gap (Eg) materials, and the resulting solar cells, are described. In an example, a solar cell includes a substrate having a light-receiving surface. A passivating dielectric layer is disposed on the light-receiving surface of the substrate. A Group III-nitride material layer is disposed above the passivating dielectric layer. In another example, a solar cell includes a substrate having a light-receiving surface. A passivating dielectric layer is disposed on the light-receiving surface of the substrate. A large direct band gap material layer is disposed above the passivating dielectric layer, the large direct band gap material layer having an energy gap (Eg) of at least approximately 3.3. An anti-reflective coating (ARC) layer disposed on the large direct band gap material layer, the ARC layer comprising a material different from the large direct band gap material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignees: SunPower Corporation, Total Marketing Services
    Inventors: Michael C. Johnson, Kieran Mark Tracy, Seung Bum Rim, Jara Fernandez Martin, Périne Jaffrennou, Julien Penaud