Patents Examined by Jerry D Robbins
  • Patent number: 12012007
    Abstract: A battery charger capable of receiving AC power and delivering both AC and DC power to an electric power storage battery in accordance to different embodiments disclosed herein using a rectifier circuit supplying the DC load and absorbing power as a five-level active rectifier with low harmonics on the AC input. In one aspect, the battery charger may have a bidirectional rectifier/inverter converter providing power conversion between a DC source and AC enabling the user to not only charge an electrical vehicle (“EV”) but also convert the energy charged in the EV/battery or solar panel to AC for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Inventors: Hani Vahedi, Marc-André Forget, Peter Ibrahim
  • Patent number: 12015281
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments, a system is provided. The system includes a power device implantable within a patient for powering an implantable medical device. The power device includes a first coil configured to receive wireless power signals for powering the implantable medical device and processing circuitry configured to determine at least one measurable electrical characteristic in a plurality of electrical pathways in the power device including an electrical pathway to the first coil, and detect reduced performance in receiving wireless power signals based at least in part on the determined at least one measurable electrical characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Schilling, David J. Peichel, Jonathan P. Roberts, Joel Artmann, Michael Reinert
  • Patent number: 12009689
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing a material includes a circuit in communication with a battery and a rechargeable energy storage device. The circuit places the battery and the rechargeable energy storage device in series during a dispense event such that an actuator that facilitates dispensing the material during the dispense event receives power from the battery and the rechargeable energy storage device during the dispense event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackson William Wegelin, Chip W. Curtis
  • Patent number: 12005801
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product resolve the problem of unbalanced loads in an EVSE cluster of multiple EVSE charging stations. A signal is provided to the EVSEs identifying which phase of the three-phase power source has the highest current. When one of the EVSEs in the cluster determines whether it is connected to an EV's on board charging device, determines whether it is already charging the connected EV, and determines whether the EVSE is using the phase that has the highest current, then the EVSE may transmit a cluster load balancing control signal as a control pilot signal to the EV's onboard charging device to adjust the charging rate of the current that the EV is consuming from the EVSE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin M. Jefferies, Benjamin W. Edwards, Matthew L White, Konstantin A. Filippenko, Richard K. Weiler
  • Patent number: 12005797
    Abstract: An electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) includes a thermal management system that includes a dual-sided heatsink that includes a first side that faces internal ambient air of the EVSE and a second side that faces external ambient air. A first fan circulates the internal ambient air of the EVSE across the first side to reject heat from the internal ambient air into the first side. A first airflow guide guides the internal ambient air across the first side of the dual-sided heatsink. A second fan draws external ambient air that flows across the second side to reject heat from the second side out of the thermal management system. A second airflow guide guides the external ambient air across the second side. An airflow seal prevents the external ambient air and the internal ambient air from mixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: CHARGEPOINT, INC.
    Inventors: Jacob Heth, Jaana Behm, William Rich, Kevin Fetterman, Aaron Dayton Little, Stephen Eric Sidle, Pasquale Romano
  • Patent number: 12005793
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include systems, vehicles, and methods to switchably provide electric power to a battery system and an external system, such as another battery system, from a single charging system or other source of electric power. In an illustrative embodiment, a charging input coupling couplable to an electric power source; a charging output coupling; a battery system coupling couplable to a rechargeable battery system; and an electric switching device electrically couplable to the charging input coupling, the charging output coupling, and the battery system coupling, and configured to selectively operate in an operating mode including at least one of a first mode and a second mode, wherein: in the first mode, the electric switching device directs the electric power to a the battery system coupling, and in the second mode, the electric switching device directs the electric power to the charging output coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, L.L.C
    Inventors: Tyler Erikson, Kyle Underhill, Tyler Jennings Bennett, Trent Warnke
  • Patent number: 11999251
    Abstract: A charging station assembly capable of generating and delivering a conditioned airflow while charging a battery of a vehicle. The temperature and flow rate of this conditioned airflow may be controlled based on the ambient conditions and battery status. The conditioned airflow may be directed toward an outside heat exchanger of a refrigerant system of the vehicle to enhance capacity. The conditioned airflow may also be routed to a battery pack for direct cooling or heating through additional ventilation system. In hot ambient conditions, the charging station provides cool air to facilitate battery cooling. In cold ambient conditions, the charging station provides hot air to facilitate battery heating. This charging station assembly shifts the load from the vehicle refrigerant system to the charging system, thereby improving battery thermal management capability, while eliminating the need for an oversized refrigerant system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jing He, Henry Huang
  • Patent number: 11999245
    Abstract: A diagnosis apparatus includes a vehicle including a battery and a BMS connected to the vehicle. The vehicle is configured to generate a signal having a predetermined period and a predetermined width, and the BMS is configured to diagnose a communication state between the vehicle and the BMS and a state of the battery based on the signal, and to determine the communication state and the state of the battery as a normal state when a period of the signal is the same as a reference period and a width of the signal is the same as a reference width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: LG Energy Solution, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dae Gon Jeon, Jang Hyeok Choi
  • Patent number: 11999244
    Abstract: An active discharge system for electric or hybrid motor vehicles including an active discharge circuit operatively connected in parallel to a charge circuit, which is supplied by a high voltage power source and defines an electrically-charged equivalent capacitance of an electric charge, wherein the active discharge circuit is configured to discharge the electric charge accumulated by the equivalent capacitance in the event of the high voltage power source being disconnected from the charge circuit; a control circuit/device/unit/component of the active discharge circuit which are configured to receive an activation signal, suitable to activating the active discharge circuit in case of receiving the activation signal, so as to discharge the equivalent capacitance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: META SYSTEM S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Simonazzi, Cesare Lasagni, Severino Bigliardi
  • Patent number: 11993180
    Abstract: An in-vehicle solar charge control system includes a path switching unit provided in parallel with the first DC-to-DC converter on an electrical circuit that connects a solar DC-to-DC converter and a first battery and through which electricity having output power flows, and a switching unit controller which switches the path switching unit between a first state in which the output power is supplied to the first battery without being input to the first DC-to-DC converter, and a second state in which the output power is allowed to be input to the first DC-to-DC converter that is switched to the first operating state by a converter control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuma Miyamoto, Kohki Ohkoshi, Masahiro Takahashi, Akinori Kawamura, Taisuke Hayashi, Takashi Fukai
  • Patent number: 11981222
    Abstract: A system may include at least one stationary inductive charging device for inductively charging a motor vehicle and at least one compressor. The charging device may include a base plate, a cover, an interior volume defined between the base plate and the cover, a coil, a magnetic flux guiding unit, an intermediate wall, an inlet, and an outlet. The intermediate wall may divide the interior volume into a distribution chamber and a receiving chamber. The coil and the magnetic flux guiding unit may be arranged in the receiving chamber. The inlet may be arranged on a pressure side of the compressor such that compressed gas flows into the distribution chamber via the inlet. The intermediate wall may define at least one passage fluidically connecting the distribution chamber and the receiving chamber such that gas flows into the receiving chamber via the passage with reduced pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Himmer, Holger Schroth
  • Patent number: 11984740
    Abstract: The present invention provides a temperature protective device for a filter capacitor bank. The capacitor bank comprises two or more capacitors which are arranged in an array manner. The temperature protective device comprises a temperature measurement device which comprises: a cover body covering the capacitor bank; a single temperature sensor fixed at a center area of the cover body, which is used for measuring a temperature value of the capacitor bank; and a heat conduction pad located between the cover body and the capacitor bank, wherein the heat conduction pad and the cover body have fitted shapes. The temperature protective device of the present invention saves cost and can accurately realize temperature protection of the capacitor bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Santak Electronic (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dan Liu, Dawei Zheng, Sui Ouyang, Lingfu Ou, Dewu Kang
  • Patent number: 11975626
    Abstract: An example operation includes one or more of providing to a charging station a distance desired to be driven by a transport and determining, by the charging station, an amount of energy to retrieve from the transport such that a residual amount of energy in the transport is equivalent to the distance desired to be driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Norman Lu
  • Patent number: 11979054
    Abstract: A solar power generation control device controls a solar power generation system storing electric power generated by a solar panel in a battery. The solar power generation control device includes a detection unit configured to detect a state of the battery, and a controller configured to control, based on the state of the battery, a sleep time for temporarily stopping the solar power generation system when a predetermined sleep condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tatsuya Miyoshi, Kazumi Yamada, Koichi Go, Haruki Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 11973365
    Abstract: An inverter and battery charger system that uses no power magnetic components to convert DC power supply from a plurality of batteries to AC power and achieves very high efficiency and small size. The inverter takes advantage of the different voltages in a series string of batteries to create small voltage steps to approximate a sinewave or other waveforms. By changing the timing where the voltage steps are selected, different frequencies can be obtained. The low frequency operation of the inverter produces little radio frequency interference. The battery charger applies charging current to the various nodes in the series string of battery cells to charge each one as needed to accommodate the differing levels of discharge used to make a sinewave or other waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventor: William Jeffrey Schlanger
  • Patent number: 11967847
    Abstract: A battery bank control device is provided for setting a power limit value of a battery bank in which a plurality of battery racks (BRs) are connected in parallel. The device includes: a voltage measurement unit measuring a voltage of each BR of the plurality of BRs; a first power limit calculation unit calculating a first power limit value according to a state of charge (SOC) calculated based on the voltage of each BR with respect to each BR; a capacity ratio calculation unit calculating a capacity ratio of each BR based on capacity information of the plurality of BRs; a second power limit calculation unit calculating a second power limit value using the capacity ratio and the first power limit value of each BR; and a battery bank power limit calculation unit calculating a battery bank power limit value using the second power limit value of each BR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: LG ENERGY SOLUTION, LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Yul Yoon, Yoon Joon Choi, Hae In Choi, Jae Sung Im, Hyo Seok Lee
  • Patent number: 11962271
    Abstract: The solar USB charger comprises a first solar panel, a second solar panel, a spine, a controller, and a pocket. The first solar panel and the second solar panel may be adapted to convert incident light from a light source into an electrical potential. As a non-limiting example, the light source may be the sun. The electrical potentials from the first solar panel and the second solar panel may be electrically coupled to the controller where the electrical potential may be operable to recharge a battery, to power one or more USB charging ports, to illuminate a plurality of LEDs, or combinations thereof. The first solar panel and the second solar panel may be hingedly coupled via the spine. The plurality of LEDs may be operable to provide illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventor: Dalia Cunning
  • Patent number: 11945331
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes an automotive battery system that uses switching devices to increase operational performance and reliability. The battery system includes a battery cell, a primary switching device electrically coupled to a terminal of the battery cell, and a secondary switching device electrically coupled to the terminal of the battery cell and in parallel with the primary switching device. The primary switching device includes an electromechanical switching device that enables charging or discharging of the battery and generates a boosted voltage. A secondary switching device includes a solid-state switching device and a diode, electrically coupled in series, which detect short circuit conditions in a power-efficient manner and remove the short circuit condition by using the boosted voltage to actuate the armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: CPS Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Michael R Blemberg, Ronald J. Dulle, Mark R. Johnson, Bryan L. Thieme
  • Patent number: 11942815
    Abstract: An electronic device powered by a solar panel and a rechargeable battery. The electronic device prevents draining of the rechargeable battery through the solar panel when the solar panel is unable to provide sufficient energy to power the electronic device. The electronic device prevents unnecessary charging and discharging of the rechargeable battery by disconnecting the rechargeable battery when the rechargeable battery is fully charged. The electronic device detects and reports a defective rechargeable battery by powering the electronic device off of the solar panel. The electronic device detects and handles brownout conditions when powered by the solar panel by re-connecting the rechargeable battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Geotab Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Bean, Joseph James Deppong, Andrew James Murfin
  • Patent number: 11932134
    Abstract: An electric vehicle charger includes a power supply and a controller. The power supply is for supplying electric power over a charging connection to an electric vehicle. The charging connection employs charging conductors to supply electric power from the power supply to the electric vehicle for charging. The power supply is adapted to send data to and receive data from the electric vehicle over the charging conductors according to a power-line communications protocol. The controller coupled to the power supply to control supply of electric power to the electric vehicle, The controller is adapted to, prior to initiating supply of electric power by the power supply to the electric vehicle for charging, communicate with the electric vehicle to identify a payment method associated with the electric vehicle and with the payment network to authorize the payment method for payment for electric power supplied to the electric vehicle for charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: The Toronto-Dominion Bank
    Inventors: Milos Dunjic, Asad Joheb, Vipul Kishore Lalka, Ravivarma Raveenthran