Patents Examined by Michael Y Sun
  • Patent number: 10825944
    Abstract: A device for converting electromagnetic radiation into electricity comprises an expander that includes a conical shape having an axis and a curved surface that is configured to reflect electromagnetic radiation away from the axis to expand a beam of the electromagnetic radiation; and one or more energy conversion components configured to receive a beam of electromagnetic radiation expanded by the expander, and to generate electricity from the expanded beam of electromagnetic radiation. With the expander's curved surface, a beam of electromagnetic radiation that is highly concentrated—has a large radiation flux—may be converted into a beam that has a larger cross-sectional area. Moreover, one can configure, if desired, the curved surface to provide a substantially uniform distribution of radiation across the expanded cross-sectional area. With such an expanded beam the one or more energy conversion components can efficiently convert some of the electromagnetic radiation into electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: LASERMOTIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Jordin T Kare, Thomas J. Nugent, Jr., David Bashford
  • Patent number: 10825945
    Abstract: What is proposed is a method of producing at least two differently heavily doped subzones (3, 5) predominantly doped with a first dopant type in a silicon substrate (1), in particular for a solar cell. The method comprises: covering at least a first subzone (3) of the silicon substrate (1) in which a heavier doping with the first dopant type is to be produced with a doping layer (7) of borosilicate glass, wherein at least a second subzone (5) of the silicon substrate (1) in which a lighter doping with the first dopant type is to be produced is not covered with the doping layer (7), and wherein boron as a dopant of a second dopant type differing from the first dopant type and oppositely polarized with respect to the same is included in the layer (7), and; heating the such prepared silicon substrate (1) to temperatures above 300° C., preferably above 900° C., in a furnace in an atmosphere containing significant quantities of the first dopant type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSITÄT KONSTANZ
    Inventors: Sebastian Gloger, Barbara Terheiden, Daniel Sommer, Axel Herguth, Josh Engelhardt
  • Patent number: 10819270
    Abstract: Tailoring the emission spectra of a solar thermophotovoltaic emitter away from that of a blackbody, thereby minimizing transmission and thermalization loss in the energy receiver, is a viable approach to circumventing the Shockley-Queisser limit to single junction solar energy conversion. Embodiments allow for radically tuned selective thermal emission that leverages the interplay between two resonant phenomena in a simple planar structure—absorption in weakly-absorbing thin films and reflection in multi-layer dielectric stacks. A virtual screening approach is employed based on Pareto optimality to identify a small number of promising structures for a selective thermal emitter from a search space of millions, several of which approach the ideal values of a step-function selective thermal emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: UChicago Argonne, LLC, William Paterson University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Alex B. Martinson, Nari Jeon, Stephen K. Gray, Jonathan J. Foley, IV
  • Patent number: 10797192
    Abstract: a p-type amorphous oxide semiconductor including gallium, a method of manufacturing the same, a solar cell including the same and a method of manufacturing the solar cell are disclosed. The p-type oxide semiconductor where gallium (Ga) is further combined with combination of one or more components selected from a group of CuS, SnO, ITO, IZTO, IGZO and IZO is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY COOPERATION GROUP OF KYUNG HEE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jin Jang, Christophe Vincent Avis, Hyeong Pil Kim
  • Patent number: 10775339
    Abstract: A membrane is provided, as well as membrane electrode assemblies and sensors utilizing the membrane of the present technology. The membrane includes a membrane material with a top surface and a bottom surface; and a protonic ionic liquid disposed at least between the top surface and the bottom surface of the membrane material where the protonic ionic liquid is of Formula I.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Joel C. Nemes
  • Patent number: 10770663
    Abstract: Germanium-centered dendrimer compounds and organic optoelectronic devices comprising the same are provided. The organic optoelectronic device comprising the compound is capable of implementing high light-emitting ability and light-emitting efficiency, and improving thermal stability (heat resistance) of the organic optoelectronic devices, thereby increasing the lifetime thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Chung-Ang University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Kwang Yong Park, Ho Jun Shon, Tae Won Lee
  • Patent number: 10763442
    Abstract: A compound having a structure wherein at least 8-position or 9-position of fluoranthene is replaced by a nitrogen atom, a material for organic electroluminescence devices including the compound, and an organic electroluminescence device and an electronic equipment each including the material are provided. The compound is represented by formula (1): wherein A represents CR0 or N; R0 to R8 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent; at least one selected from R0 to R8 represents a substituent other than hydrogen atom; and groups selected from R0 to R8 which are bonded to adjacent carbon atoms may be bonded to each other to form a saturated or unsaturated ring structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: IDEMITSU KOSAN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Kashiwamura, Kiyoshi Ikeda, Hironori Kawakami, Masahiro Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10720561
    Abstract: A thermoelectric energy harvesting device including a first thermal-coupling interface, a second thermal-coupling interface, and a membrane. The membrane arranged between the first thermal-coupling interface and the second thermal-coupling interface and connected to the first thermal-coupling interface by a supporting frame. A thermal bridge between the second thermal-coupling interface and a thermal-coupling portion of the membrane. A thermoelectric converter on the membrane configured to supply an electrical quantity as a function of a temperature difference between the thermal-coupling portion of the membrane and the supporting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.r.l.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Antonio Maria Nastasi, Roberta Giuffrida, Agatino Minotti, Giuseppe Catania, Salvatore Leonardi
  • Patent number: 10707366
    Abstract: A solar cell comprising a bulk germanium silicon growth substrate; a diffused photoactive junction in the germanium silicon substrate; and a sequence of subcells grown over the substrate, with the first grown subcell either being lattice matched or lattice mis-matched to the growth substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SolAero Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: John Hart, Zachary Bittner, Samantha Whipple, Nathaniel Miller, Daniel Derkacs, Paul Sharps
  • Patent number: 10690619
    Abstract: A method for measuring a concentration of an analyte in a bio-sample using an electrochemical bio-sensor according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention is characterized by a step of obtaining predetermined features from induced currents obtained by applying a DC voltage according to chronoamperometry in which, after a whole blood sample is injected to the electrochemical bio-sensor, a concentration of an analyte is obtained from an induced current obtained by applying a DC voltage for a certain time and from all induced currents obtained by further applying several step-ladder perturbation potentials for a short time subsequent to the DC voltage for the certain time, and is also characterized by minimization of a measurement error caused by a hindering material by forming a calibration equation by combining the at least one feature in a function and optimizing various conditions of the bio-sample through DeletedTextsmultivariable analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: I-SENS, INC.
    Inventors: Geun Sig Cha, Hakhyun Nam, Seok-Won Lee, Sung Hyuk Choi, Youngjea Kang, Myeongho Lee, Ho Dong Park, Sung Pil Cho
  • Patent number: 10686399
    Abstract: An apparatus for mechanically coupling a power conditioner to a photovoltaic (PV) module frame. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises: a bracket, adapted for mechanically coupling the power conditioner to the PV module frame, comprising at least one inner-flange tab and at least one outer-flange tab for trapping a flange of the PV module frame between them; and at least one self-locking mounting structure for locking the bracket to the PV module frame without requiring any holes in the PV module frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Enphase Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Linderman
  • Patent number: 10665745
    Abstract: A magnetically polarized photonic device is provided. The magnetically polarized photonic device (100) includes substrate (102), an annihilation layer (106) and a graded band gap layer (142). The annihilation layer (106) is deposed on a surface (104) of substrate (102) with graded band gap layer (142) disposed on annihilation layer (106). Contacts (116, 128) are disposed on ends (146, 150) of magnetically polarized photonic device (100). A magnetic field (159) is applied to graded band gap layer (142) and annihilation layer (106) to drive charges to contacts (116, 128).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TAE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Scott Marshall
  • Patent number: 10665737
    Abstract: A method of producing a structure comprising a substrate (11) having at least one integral first face at a first angle relative to a normal from the substrate, at least one second integral second face at a second angle relative to a normal from the substrate; with a cavity in the structure between the first and second faces; the method comprising the steps of: coating a portion (15) of the first face with a first conducting layer; coating a portion (18) of the second face with a second conducting layer; and depositing in the cavity an active material (31) to provide ohmic and rectifying contacts for insertion or extraction of charge from the active material by way of the first and second conducting layers. The active material may be photovoltaic, light emitting or ion conducting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: POWER ROLL LIMITED
    Inventor: Alexander John Topping
  • Patent number: 10651389
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a compound of a formula (I), in which an electron-deficient group and an arylamino group are connected to one another via an intermediate group. The compound of the formula (I) is suitable as functional material in electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Anja Jatsch, Christof Pflumm, Thomas Eberle, Amir Hossain Parham, Jonas Valentin Kroeber, Philipp Stoessel, Joachim Kaiser
  • Patent number: 10644182
    Abstract: A solar cell module includes: an at least one solar cell disposed between a first cover and a second cover; a sealing material that fills a gap between the first cover and the second cover to join them together, and seals the solar cell; and a tab line as a conductor electrically connected to the solar cell and enclosed by the sealing material between the first cover and the second cover, the tab line having a plurality of bases, and an expansion and contraction portion that can expand and contract in a longitudinal direction and connects the plurality of bases, the plurality of bases each being provided with a through hole and a connection base electrically connected to the solar cell, at least one of the first cover and the second cover having a boss as a positioning unit that positions the tab line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hirotaka Inaba
  • Patent number: 10644241
    Abstract: The present specification relates to a polymer and an organic solar cell including the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Jiyoung Lee, Jinseck Kim, Donggu Lee, Jaechol Lee
  • Patent number: 10636919
    Abstract: In the present invention, a p-type silicon substrate is produced, a solution containing aluminum is misted, and the misted solution is sprayed onto the back surface of the p-type silicon substrate under non-vacuum to form a back surface passivation film made of the aluminum oxide film on the back surface of the p-type silicon substrate. Thereafter, a light irradiation processing in which an interface between the p-type silicon substrate and the back surface passivation film is irradiated with ultraviolet light is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Hiramatsu, Hiroyuki Orita
  • Patent number: 10637392
    Abstract: A solar module (and its fabrication method) is presented where a supporting substrate comprises a network of finger traces connected to bus bars. Photo-active layer portions and upper electrode layer portions are deposited on the substrate thereby forming a network of cells. The cells are connected in series by connecting the bus bar of one cell to the upper electrode layer of the adjacent cell, and the bus bars of two adjacent cells are coupled through a bypass element for protecting the cell array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
    Inventor: Edward Willem Albert Young
  • Patent number: 10636927
    Abstract: A solar cell stack having a first semiconductor solar cell that has a p-n junction of a first material with a first lattice constant and a second semiconductor solar cell that has a p-n junction of a second material with a second lattice constant. The solar cell stack has a metamorphic buffer that includes a sequence of a first, lower layer and a second, center layer, and a third, upper layer, and includes an InGaAs or an AlInGaAs or an InGaP or an AlInGaP compound. The metamorphic buffer is formed between the first and second semiconductor solar cells and the lattice constant in the metamorphic buffer changes along the buffer's thickness dimension. The lattice constant of the third layer is greater than the lattice constant of the second layer, and the lattice constant of the second layer is greater than the lattice constant of the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Azur Space Solar Power GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Guter, Matthias Meusel
  • Patent number: 10629826
    Abstract: To provide an organic compound represented by the following general formula (1): where R1 is a C2-C6 alkyl group or a hydrogen atom, R2 and R3, which may be identical or different, are each a C2-C12 alkyl group, and R4 and R5, which may be identical or different, are each a C6-C12 alkyl group that may be a branched chain or a straight chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: RICOH COMPANY, LTD., KYUSHU UNIVERSITY, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryota Arai, Takuma Yasuda, Yu Hidaka, Woong Shin