Patents Examined by Pinping Sun
  • Patent number: 10734843
    Abstract: A wireless power transfer system includes a power transmitter configured to provide a power transfer to a power receiver via a power transfer signal. The power receiver includes a first mode controller configured to transmit a standby mode exit request to the power transmitter by changing a loading of a communication inductor of the power transmitter. The power transmitter includes a mode controller configured to control the power transmitter to operate in a standby mode where a presence of the power receiver is detected but no power transfer signal is generated. A detector is configured to detect an impedance change of the communication inductor. The mode controller is configured to initiate a transition from the standby mode to a power transfer mode in response to the detector detecting the impedance change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Neil Francis Joye, Andries Van Wageningen, Simon George Abernethy, Klaas Jacob Lulofs
  • Patent number: 10720776
    Abstract: A control apparatus controls an optimizer that steps up a DC input voltage from a solar photovoltaic power generation panel to a predetermined DC high voltage and converts the stepped-up DC voltage into a grid connection voltage, and includes a microprocessor; a sensor group; and a MOS driver group. The microprocessor includes: a control logic unit; a maximum power point tracking control unit; a PWM control unit; a PFM control unit; an I/O port; a timer control unit; and an initial measurement unit. The sensor group includes a solar photovoltaic panel voltage detection circuit; a solar photovoltaic panel current detection circuit; an optimizer output voltage detection circuit; and an optimizer output current detection unit. Thus, even when the solar photovoltaic power generation panel is at a low power in a low output state, stable operation can be continued, and transistors can be protected from a surge voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10707779
    Abstract: A three-phase switching unit including three identical switching cells, each including at least one first electrically-controlled switch in series with at least one second spontaneous conduction switch, wherein the cells are arranged, around a conductive central area of a substrate, with a symmetry of revolution of order 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Commissariat √† I'√Čnergie Atomique et aux √Čnergies Alternatives
    Inventors: Guillaume Lefevre, Luis-Gabriel Alves Rodrigues, Jean-Paul Ferrieux
  • Patent number: 10707038
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring energy use in an electronic device. In one embodiment, an energy monitoring system includes a processor and an energy monitor module. The energy monitor module includes instructions that when executed cause the processor to receive values of measured parameters of a pulse signal that controls the switching of energy to an energy storage device in a switch mode power supply that provides power to an electronic device. The instructions also cause the processor to determine, based on the values of measured parameters, attributes of operation of the electronic device powered by the energy source during an interval corresponding to the measured parameters. The instructions further cause the processor to generate, based on the attributes of operation, a control signal that causes the electronic device to change the loading of the power supply by the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Horst Diewald, Johann Zipperer, Peter Weber, Anton Brauchle
  • Patent number: 10707682
    Abstract: A method for optimizing consumption of reactive power in an electrical network includes a system for monitoring and adjusting electrical power supply, the system including an electrical generator, electrical loads, a power compensation system, an electric transmission line, an electro-digital processor and a remote-readable meter. The method further includes: measuring the dataset of the electrical loads via at least one remote-readable meter; collecting the dataset of the electrical loads and transmitting it to the electro-digital processor in order to establish data curves; calculating a power factor of the electrical loads; enabling reactive power compensation by setting the type and configuration of the compensation systems to be installed, when the calculated power factor has a value lower than or equal to a predefined threshold value; and compensating for reactive power by actuating the installed compensation systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Mathieu Perchais
  • Patent number: 10703308
    Abstract: Systems devices and methods are disclosed for a vehicle power distribution system having a flat wire harness with integrated voltage converters. An example power distribution system includes a battery having a nominal voltage, a plurality of electrical loads, each corresponding to a respective rated voltage, and a flat wire harness. The flat wire harness includes a plurality of wire branches, each configured to couple the battery to a respective electrical load. The flat wire harness also includes a plurality of voltage converters, each integrated into a respective wire branch, configured to provide the respective rated voltage to each electrical load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Amin Emrani, Paul J. Nicastri, Senate Ghanim
  • Patent number: 10700611
    Abstract: A current fed power supply circuit, a method for producing DC voltages from a current source, and a power delivery system are provided herein. One embodiment of a current fed power supply circuit includes: (1) input terminals, (2) an energy storage device having a first end coupled to the input terminals, (3) power switching circuitry coupled to a second end of the energy storage device and including a transformer having a primary winding and a plurality of secondary windings, and (4) multiple output terminals that are each uniquely coupled to one of the plurality of secondary windings, wherein the power switching circuitry converts a current received at the input terminals to a plurality of regulated voltages at the multiple output terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: George David Goodman
  • Patent number: 10700547
    Abstract: An improved D.C. power supply for an emergency locator transmitter ELT mounted on an aircraft that does not require lithium batteries but instead uses conventional alkaline batteries in conjunction with a supercapacitor network to provide a reliable power source even when the ELT that is airborne is subjected to extreme cold temperatures that can affect the alkaline battery operation. Alkaline battery pack with a 12 V output is connected to a supercapacitor network board. The supercapacitors are charged when the ELT is activated ON using the comparator network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: William Cox, Isaac Johnson, Irek Gora
  • Patent number: 10693313
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a power apparatus operating method includes receiving a mode switching signal to control an operating of a power apparatus to provide and/or receive a preconfigured load; sensing an enable route current of an enable route, and a bypass route current of a bypass route, wherein the enable route current flowing through a battery module including one or more batteries, and the bypass route current does not flowing through the battery module; and controlling driving a first and a second switches by using a negative feedback control and an open loop control, to perform a current switching between an enable mode and a bypass mode of the power apparatus, based on the mode switching signal, the enable route current and the bypass route current, wherein the enable mode uses the power apparatus and the bypass mode bypasses the power apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Chung-Lin Tseng, Horng-Jzer Shih, Kai-Cheung Juang
  • Patent number: 10688882
    Abstract: Embodiments include a power device for an electric vehicle. The power device includes a first bus associated with a first voltage, and a second bus associated with a second voltage, different than the first voltage. The power device includes a plurality of switching elements coupled to a first battery, a second battery, the first bus and the second bus. On/off states of the plurality of switching elements control electrical connections to the first bus, the second bus, the first battery and the second battery according to an operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaodong Liu, Bo Guo
  • Patent number: 10685780
    Abstract: There are provided an electric power feed apparatus, an electric power feed system, and an electronic apparatus which are capable of performing transmission efficiency control corresponding to positions of apparatuses when electric power transmission is performed between the apparatuses through a magnetic field. The electric power feed apparatus includes an electric power transmission section including an electric power transmission coil for performing electric power transmission through a magnetic field and an auxiliary resonance section including one or a plurality of resonators. A main resonant frequency in a main resonance operation with use of the electric power transmission coil during the electric power transmission and an auxiliary resonant frequency in the resonator are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10686331
    Abstract: A signal modulation method for a receiving-end module of an induction type power supply system includes configuring a plurality of modulation periods corresponding to a modulation signal; performing modulation on a first terminal of an induction coil of the receiving-end module during the ith modulation period among the plurality of modulation periods, wherein i is an odd number; and performing modulation on a second terminal of the induction coil of the receiving-end module during the jth modulation period among the plurality of modulation periods, wherein j is an even number; wherein the second terminal does not undergo modulation when the first terminal is being modulated, and the first terminal does not undergo modulation when the second terminal is being modulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Fu Da Tong Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Chiu Tsai, Chi-Che Chan
  • Patent number: 10678286
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an electrical wiring device that includes a housing assembly having a plurality of terminals at least partially disposed therein, the plurality of terminals being configured to be coupled to an AC power source and at least one electrical load, the plurality of terminals being configured to provide the electrical wiring device with regulated AC power in a device energized state. At least one variable control mechanism is coupled to the housing assembly, the at least one variable control mechanism being configured to regulate power to the at least one electrical load by way of a control knob being user settable between a first adjustment stop and a second adjustment stop. A user accessible calibration button is included. At least one series pass element coupled to the at least one variable control mechanism, the at least one series pass element being configured to provide load power to the at least one electrical load in accordance with a user setting of the control knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Pass & Seymour, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Testani, Brian Mueller
  • Patent number: 10680319
    Abstract: The various embodiments described herein include methods, devices, and systems for reducing mutual coupling between antennas. In one aspect, a wireless charging system includes: (1) two antennas configured to direct electromagnetic waves toward a wireless power receiver such that the electromagnetic waves interfere constructively at the receiver; and (2) a housing structure configured to receive the antennas, including: (a) a metallic base, (b) a first set of isolating components extending upwardly and defining a first region configured to receive a first antenna, and (c) a second set of isolating components extending upwardly and defining a second region configured to receive a second antenna, the second set including at least some isolating components distinct from those in the first set. The first and second sets of isolating components configured to: (i) create a physical gap between the antennas, and (ii) reduce a mutual coupling between the antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Alister Hosseini, Michael A. Leabman
  • Patent number: 10668812
    Abstract: There is provided a power supply system that is mounted on a vehicle and that comprises an accumulator connected with a power line via a system main relay including a precharge circuit; a smoothing capacitor mounted to the power line; and a power converter configured to use a DC power from the power line and supply an AC power to an electric load. When a precharge control that uses the precharge circuit to pre-charge the capacitor at a system start time fails in pre-charging the capacitor, the power supply system diagnoses a place of a failure, based on a change in common voltage of the accumulator during the precharge control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tsubasa Migita
  • Patent number: 10672557
    Abstract: Disclosed are a wireless power transmitter and a method of controlling power thereof. A wireless power transmitter includes a power supply device to supply AC power to the wireless power transmitter; and a transmission coil to transmit the AC power to a reception coil of a wireless power receiver by resonance. The wireless power transmitter controls transmission power to be transmitted to the wireless power receiver based on a coupling state between the transmission coil and the reception coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Su Ho Bae
  • Patent number: 10668876
    Abstract: An in-vehicle network system includes a plurality of controllers; a plurality of communication lines connected to the controllers, respectively, a relay device connected to the controllers via the communication lines, and a retention determiner configured to determine whether retention of data occurs in the relay device. The relay device is configured to relay data between the communication lines, and configured to preferentially relay data having a priority equal to or higher than a predetermined priority such that the data reaches the controller that is a transmission destination among the controllers within a first predetermined time when the retention determiner determines that the retention occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Hiroya Ando, Shu Ishizuka, Taichi Matsumura, Masashi Amesara, Yutaka Ueda, Yoshifumi Ohmori, Toshio Kawamura, Tomomi Kawamura, Toshio Shimada, Yoshiroh Hirata
  • Patent number: 10673346
    Abstract: The present disclosure proposes a circuit for reducing power consumption and a liquid crystal. The circuit includes a transformer, a first output loop, and a second output loop. The transformer includes a secondary driving winding with a first output terminal, a ground terminal, and a second output terminal arranged between the first output terminal and the ground terminal. When a voltage output by the second output terminal is less than a predetermined voltage, the first output loop is conducted and the second output loop is terminated. When a voltage output by the second output terminal is greater than the predetermined voltage, the first output loop is terminated and the second output loop is conducted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: XueKun Yu, Wendong Li
  • Patent number: 10673239
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a control system for monitoring and control of a micro-grid (100). The control system comprises a first controller for controlling of at least one of a power generation source and an electrical load, and a second controller (245) for controlling a rotating electrical machine (246). The rotating electrical machine (246) is electrically connectable to an electrical bus (205) of the micro-grid (100) for one of receiving electrical power and supplying electrical power. The second controller (245) is configured to coordinate with the first controller for operating the rotating electrical machine (246) by engaging the clutch (244) to couple the rotating electrical machine (246) to the prime mover (242), for supplying power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ABB Power Grids Switzerland AG
    Inventor: Giandomenico Testi
  • Patent number: 10664020
    Abstract: A highly convenient electronic device used while being worn on a body is provided. The electronic device is an arm-worn electronic device including a display panel, a power storage device, a circuit, and a sealing structure. The display panel displays an image with power supplied from the power storage device. The circuit includes an antenna and charges the power storage device wirelessly. Inside the sealing structure, the display panel, the power storage device, and the circuit are provided. The sealing structure includes a portion that transmits visible light. The sealing structure can be worn on an arm or is connected to a structure body that can be worn on an arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Yoshitani, Hideaki Kuwabara, Natsuko Takase