Patents Examined by Phillip Decker
  • Patent number: 11505035
    Abstract: An air conditioning system using a fuel cell system can reduce energy consumption for air conditioning and can use the electricity produced by operating the fuel cells, where a fuel cell blower that is used to operate fuel cells is also used for air conditioning. The air conditioning system includes an air intake line connected between an interior and an exterior of a building; an air blower disposed in the air intake line to supply external air to the interior; a first intake shut-off valve for opening or closing the air intake line; a fuel cell system receiving air in the interior by operation of the fuel cell blower and producing electrical energy; and a controller controlling operation of the first intake shut-off valve to open the air intake line when the fuel cell system is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Min Su Hyeon
  • Patent number: 11493211
    Abstract: A heater is described. The heater includes a fuel cell to produce heated air, electricity and water vapor. The heater further includes a heating element operatively coupled to the fuel cell to convert the electricity to heat and a control system operatively coupled to the fuel cell and the heating element, the control system being configured to monitor and control the fuel cell and heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Anderson Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Ewert, Joel Jorgenson
  • Patent number: 11472259
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling air conditioning and ISG systems for a vehicle are provided. The system includes a heater controller that detects a defrost mode selection signal or an A/C blower operation signal and transmits the signal to a cluster controller. The cluster controller then transmits the defrost mode selection signal or the A/C blower operation signal to an engine ECU. The engine ECU determines ISG entry prevention or ISG release after ISG entry in response to receiving the defrost mode selection signal or the A/C blower operation signal from the cluster controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Ji Min Park, Sang Ku Hur
  • Patent number: 11460214
    Abstract: In a duct device that includes a duct body 9 having: an air flow path 90 defined thereinside; and a first divisional body 1 and a second divisional body 5 combined in a combining direction in which the first and second divisional bodies 1 and 5 approach each other, at time of positioning when a first duct portion 2 and a second duct portion 6 oppose each other, and an engagement portion 33 and an engagement projection 7 do not engage with each other, an outer wall portion 65 covers, from an outer side, a tip portion 21 that is a front end of the first duct portion 2, and the engagement portion 33 contacts with the engagement projection 7 in the combining direction, and covers a second engagement surface 72 that is a rear end of the engagement projection 7, with an engagement wrap portion 35, from the outer side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Yoshimura, Tomohiro Hirano
  • Patent number: 11460204
    Abstract: An automated cooling system and method for energy efficient use with a building structure by adjusting operational parameters is provided. The automated cooling system can adjust operational parameters in response to conditions (e.g., temperature, humidity) detected by sensors located at one or more strategically selected locations inside or outside the building structure. The automated cooling system can ramp speeds of a motor that rotates fan blades in response to changes in the air temperature in the building structure so as to maintain a desired temperature without switching on and off the motor to preserve fan blade inertia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: QC MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Dana Charles Stevenson, Dustin Martin Stevenson
  • Patent number: 11454404
    Abstract: A local energy distributing system includes a local feed conduit; a local return conduit; a central heat exchanger connected to a heating grid having a feed conduit for an incoming flow of heat transfer fluid having a first temperature in the range of 50-120° C., and a return conduit for a return flow of heat transfer fluid having a second temperature, the second temperature being lower than the first temperature, wherein the central heat exchanger is configured to exchange heat from the incoming flow of heat transfer fluid to an outgoing flow of local heat transfer fluid in the local feed conduit. The system also includes a plurality of local heating systems, each having an inlet connected to the local feed conduit and an outlet connected to the local return conduit, wherein each local heating system is configured to provide hot water and/or comfort heating to a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: E.ON SVERIGE AB
    Inventor: Fredrik Rosenqvist
  • Patent number: 11415374
    Abstract: A hybrid heating system is disclosed. The hybrid heating system includes a compressor that is configured to compress refrigerant. The hybrid heating system further includes a first heat exchanger that is configured to adjust a temperature of water by exchanging heat between the water and refrigerant compressed by the compressor. The hybrid heating system further includes a second heat exchanger that is configured to evaporate refrigerant by exchanging heat exchange with exterior air. The hybrid heating system further includes a first boiler heat exchanger that is configured to increase a temperature of water using heat generated by combustion. The hybrid heating system further includes a second boiler heat exchanger that is configured to exchange heat between exhaust gas discharged from the first boiler heat exchanger and refrigerant flowing into the second heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Minsoo Kim, Jihyeong Ryu, Youngmin Lee, Eunjun Cho
  • Patent number: 11400796
    Abstract: A combined luminaire and air conditioning nozzle includes a front panel (101) with an opening. A nozzle frame (103) is pivotably connected to the opening of the front panel (101) so as to separate an air cavity (105) located behind the front panel (101) from a front side of the front panel (101). The structure includes a controller element (106) with a closing mechanism mechanically coupled thereto and arranged to adjustably limit an air passage (107) from the air cavity (105) to the front side of the front panel (101) in response to a movement of the controller element (106). A luminaire element (108) forms part of the closing mechanism and is provided with a light source arranged to output light to the front side of the front panel (101). The closing mechanism is arranged to convert a movement of the controller element (106) into a movement of the luminaire element (108), so that said adjustable limiting of the air passage (107) occurs as a result of said movement of the luminaire element (108).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Teknoware Oy
    Inventor: Keny Muesa
  • Patent number: 11397010
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a heating adjustment method and device, which belongs to the field of thermal system management technologies. The method includes: calculating an average indoor temperature of a cell, wherein the average indoor temperature of the cell is an average value of a real-time indoor temperature of each dwelling unit in the cell; judging whether the average indoor temperature is within a standard temperature range; and adjusting at least one of a water pump flow and a water temperature supplied to the cell when the average indoor temperature is not within the standard temperature range. When the average indoor temperature of the current cell is abnormal, the temperature of the cell is restored to a standard value by adjusting the water pump flow and the water temperature for heating, thus the response speed is fast, the reliability is high, the user experience is improved and energy is saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: QINGDAO HAIER AIR CONDITIONER GENERAL CORP. LTD.
    Inventors: Shifang Song, Li Guo, Yongfu Cheng, Dong Chen
  • Patent number: 11384941
    Abstract: An exhaust hood may have an exhaust inlet; a shroud having a lower edge and being movable, the shroud being configured to define an enclosed space over and adjacent a cooking surface, the enclosed space being in communication with the exhaust inlet. The shroud is movable to a first position providing clearance between the cooking surface and the shroud lower edge and a second position providing substantially less than the clearance provided by the first position. A vertical jet at the lower edge is aimed upwardly and along an inside of the shroud when the shroud is in the second position and the vertical jet is in the enclosed space. A horizontal jet is provided at a top of the shroud and aimed along an inside of the shroud when the shroud is in the second position and the vertical jet being in the enclosed space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Oy Halton Group Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrey V. Livchak, Derek W. Schrock, Olli Sipila, Philip J. Meredith, Rick A. Bagwell, Andrew C. Faller
  • Patent number: 11383581
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a two-layered blower unit of an air conditioner for a vehicle, which includes a means for smoothly guiding axially flowing air to flow in a radial direction and has optimized structure and arrangement for fixing the guide means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: In Keun Kang, Jae Woo Ko, Young Keun Kim, Gyu Ik Han
  • Patent number: 11376924
    Abstract: A vehicle air conditioning apparatus is provided. The vehicle air conditioning apparatus includes: a plurality of seat air conditioning units configured to selectively perform cooling or heating for corresponding seats installed in a cabin, respectively; and a plurality of exhaust ducts for discharging, outside the cabin, part of air used in the plurality of seat air conditioning units. At least part of the plurality of exhaust ducts is merged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Imaizumi, Kazuhiko Seki, Subaru Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11376928
    Abstract: An air register assembly may include a vent housing having an outlet, an inlet, and a body portion disposed therebetween. The body portion may include a first portion disposed adjacent to the inlet, and a second portion that is wider than the first portion disposed adjacent to the outlet. At least one panel may be slideably coupled to the first portion of the vent housing between extended and retracted positions. The at least one panel may be substantially disposed within the first portion of the vent housing when the at least one panel is in the retracted position, and further wherein the at least one panel may be substantially disposed within the second portion of the vent housing when the at least one panel is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jorge Araujo nieto, Gustavo Llamas Maldonado, Jose Carlos Hernandez
  • Patent number: 11371720
    Abstract: A thermal energy network interconnecting a plurality of thermal loads and methods of providing thermal energy therebetween, the network and methods including: a primary circuit loop for working fluid, at least two thermal loads thermally connected to the primary circuit loop, at least one of the thermal loads being capable of taking heat from the primary circuit loop and at least one of the thermal loads being capable of rejecting heat into the primary circuit loop, an energy centre connected to the loop and capable of acting as a heat source or a heat sink, and a control system adapted to provide to the primary circuit loop a positive or negative thermal input from the energy centre as a balancing thermal input to compensate for net thermal energy lost to or gained from the at least two thermal loads by the primary circuit loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Erda Master IPCO Limited
    Inventors: Dmitriy Zaynulin, Michael Ardis, Kevin Stickney, Gregory Davis, Alban Leiper, John Hayes
  • Patent number: 11370273
    Abstract: Provided is an instrument panel structure including: a lower panel portion that is provided with an air-conditioning device at an interior thereof, the lower panel portion having, in a vehicle upper portion thereof, a placement surface portion that extends in a vehicle width direction and a vehicle front-rear direction, and having an open portion, for the air-conditioning device, that opens toward a side of the placement surface portion; an upper panel portion that covers the placement surface portion as seen from a vehicle upper side and that is placed on the placement surface portion; and a slit-shaped air outlet portion that is formed between the lower panel portion and the upper panel portion, that extends in the vehicle width direction while facing a seat side, and that communicates the open portion with a vehicle cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takahiro Miwa
  • Patent number: 11351840
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an air conditioner for a vehicle, which can perform a bleeding function to discharge air to a rear seat floor vent in a rear seat vent mode, and optimize the size of an outlet and the shape of doors to adjust a bleeding amount of a rear seat floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Yong Eun Seo, Myoung Jun Kim, Tae Wan Kim, Jeong Hun Seo, Jong Gon Lee, Tae Gun Lee
  • Patent number: 11351566
    Abstract: A portable variable volume paint spray enclosure or booth includes a frame assembled from longitudinal members and detachable clamps. The clamps secure together adjacent ends of the longitudinal members. The paint spray enclosure further includes a flexible cover disposed upon the frame such that a relatively air tight enclosure having a predetermined configuration is formed. The assembled frame and flexible cover extends from grade level to a predetermined elevation to encase an object to be painted. The paint spray enclosure also includes an air flow input apparatus for allowing air flow into the enclosure, and an air extraction apparatus/air scrubber for removing air from the enclosure, such that air mixed with vaporized paint inside the enclosure is removed from the enclosure before the paint vapor and air combine to form an explosive mixture, thereby preventing an explosion and/or fire from occurring inside the enclosure, and preventing operators from being exposed to harmful fumes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Bart J Mariani, John Cheney
  • Patent number: 11338649
    Abstract: A vehicle air vent includes a volume control door pivotally mounted in a housing, a primary vane pivotally mounted in the housing to direct an air flow from an outlet of the vehicle air vent in an up/down direction, and a roller knob mounted on the primary vane and connected to the volume control door such that a rotation of the roller knob causes a rotation of the volume control door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Angel R. Munoz, Steven J. Leathorn, Olivier Poulet, Keunhyuk Choi, Harish Kumar, Colin L. Kuzniar, Roman Szocinski
  • Patent number: 11343938
    Abstract: A cooling system includes one or more air channeling sub-systems that provide cooling air to electronic equipment, at least one heat removal sub-system that removes heat from the cooling air in at least one of the air channeling sub-systems, at least one temperature sensor measures a wet bulb temperature of outside air, and at least one controller. At least one of the air channeling sub-systems includes an outside air damper operable allow outside air into the air channeling sub-system. The at least one controller at least partially opens the outside air damper if a wet bulb temperature measured at the at least one temperature sensor drops to or below a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Osvaldo P. Morales
  • Patent number: 11333391
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an air port component and an air conditioner, wherein the air port component includes a first plate body and a second plate body, wherein two longitudinal ends of the first plate body and the second plate body are elastically connected respectively. When the working environment temperature difference is relatively large, even if the difference between the linear expansion coefficients of materials used by the two plate bodies is relatively large, extension or shrinkage generated between the plate bodies due to temperature changes is be compensated by the elastic connection so as to reduce the degree of plastic deformation of the plate bodies due to temperature changes after being used for a period of time, thereby improving the reliability of the operation of the air port component, preventing blockage during the operation, as well as ensuring that the airflow of the air outlet meets the design requirements to prevent condensation due to local overcooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignees: Gree Electric Appliances (Wuhan) Co., Ltd., Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. of Zhuhai
    Inventors: Xiaolong Chi, Jingzhong Zhuang