Patents Examined by Pinping Sun
  • Patent number: 11569694
    Abstract: A wireless receiver system includes a receiver antenna, a sensor, a demodulation circuit, and a receiver controller. The sensor is configured to detect electrical information superimposed on an AC wireless signal. The demodulation circuit is configured to receive the electrical information from the at least one sensor, apply automatic bias control and gain control to generate modified electrical information, detect a change in the modified electrical information and determine if the change in the modified electrical information meets or exceeds one of a rise threshold or a fall threshold. If the change exceeds one of the rise threshold or the fall threshold, an alert is generated. Alerts are decoded into the electrical information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: NuCurrent, Inc.
    Inventors: Alberto Peralta, Anna Oleksiewicz, Michael Katz, Md. Nazmul Alam
  • Patent number: 11569689
    Abstract: A power receiving device is disposed underwater. The power receiving device includes a housing formed of a weak magnetic material, a ferromagnetic body that surrounds an outer side of the housing and is formed of a ferromagnetic material, and a power receiving coil wound around an outer side of the ferromagnetic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Hasaba, Kazuhiro Eguchi, Yoshio Koyanagi, Katsuya Okamoto, Souichi Kawata, Tatsuo Yagi
  • Patent number: 11569029
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a field device, comprising: a first inductive interface, at least for transmitting and receiving data, especially for transmitting a value dependent on the measured condition; at least one second interface at least for receiving energy; and a first coupling body comprising the first, inductive interface and the second interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Conducta GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventors: Sebastian Geissler, Ronny Michael, Torsten Pechstein, Stefan Robl, Michael Dieterich
  • Patent number: 11565595
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filter circuit arrangement, an electric vehicle and a method of operating an electric vehicle, comprising a rectifier-sided high voltage terminal and a rectifier-sided low voltage terminal, a network-sided high voltage terminal and a network-sided low voltage terminal, a vehicle ground connecting terminal, a first virtual ground circuit section, wherein the electrical connection of the network-sided high voltage terminal to the rectifier-sided high voltage terminal comprises at least one filter element of at least one filter circuit and the electrical connection of the network-sided high voltage terminal to the first virtual ground section comprises at least a first resistive element, wherein the electrical connection of the network-sided low voltage terminal to the rectifier-sided low voltage terminal comprises at least one filter element of at least one filter circuit and the electrical connection of the network-sided low voltage terminal to the first virtual ground section compri
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Bombardier Primove GmbH
    Inventor: Stephen Lund
  • Patent number: 11565594
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body and a charging pad. The body defines first and second wheel wells on opposing lateral sides of the body. The body defines a cavity along a bottom surface of the body between the wheel wells and a rear end of the vehicle. The charging pad is disposed within the cavity such that the charging pad spans a distance between the first and second wheel wells. The charging pad has a secondary coil disposed therein. The secondary coil is configured to receive electrical power from a primary coil of a charging station via induction to recharge a vehicle battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael John Harmon, Tithal Bhandari, Hussain Z Tajmahal, Yejin Han, Ryan Warner, Rachel Williams
  • Patent number: 11563326
    Abstract: A method of synchronization comprises receiving, at a first generator set, data indicating a characteristic for a component of a voltage for a source, and receiving, at a second generator set, the data indicating the characteristic for the component of the voltage for the source. The method also includes calculating, by each of the first and second generator sets, a speed offset parameter and a voltage offset parameter based on the received data. The first and second generator sets are configured to receive the same data indicating the component and independently calculate the same speed offset parameter and voltage offset parameter. The method further includes controlling operation of the first and second generator sets based on the calculated speed offset and voltage offset parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Cummins Power Generation IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark H. Schultz, Paul R. Dahlen
  • Patent number: 11563431
    Abstract: A reverse current suppression circuit for a PMOS transistor, which includes: a gate drive unit, when the source potential of the first PMOS transistor is lower than the drain potential, the gate drive unit making the gate potential of the first PMOS transistor equal to the drain potential, so that the first PMOS transistor comes into a reverse current suppression state; and a substrate switching unit, when the source potential of the first PMOS transistor is lower than the drain potential, the substrate switching unit short-circuiting the substrate of the first PMOS transistor with the drain of the first PMOS transistor. According to the present invention, when the source potential of the PMOS transistor is lower than the drain potential, the PMOS transistor can be controlled to operate in the reverse current suppression state, so that the PMOS transistor can be effectively protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventor: Hua Shen
  • Patent number: 11557921
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for a feed-forward control of an inverter to reduce, and potentially minimize, a DC link capacitor of a wireless power transfer system. The feed-forward control may be utilized to reduce the capacitance of the DC link capacitor in a single-phase series-series compensated WPT system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Veda Prakash Galigekere, Subho Mukherjee, Burak Ozpineci
  • Patent number: 11545289
    Abstract: A constant-current controller that supplies a constant-current to a solenoid driver for use with an electromechanical device. The controller comprises a PCB containing a constant-current control circuit. The circuit comprises a GaNFET primary switch and a secondary switch. The PCB is integrated with and made a part of the solenoid driver. A standard electromechanical device may be converted to a constant-current controlled electromechanical device by exchanging the solenoid driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Hanchett Entry Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Shaffer, Brett L. Davis
  • Patent number: 11532955
    Abstract: A charging module includes a low-frequency resonant unit, a high-frequency resonant unit, a first capacitor, a rectifier unit and a voltage conversion unit. The low-frequency resonant unit comprises a low-frequency coil and a low-frequency compensation capacitor connected in series. The high-frequency resonant unit comprises a high-frequency coil and a high-frequency tuning capacitor connected in series. The high-frequency tuning capacitor is used to make the difference between the AC voltage between two terminals of the high-frequency resonant unit when receiving high-frequency wireless power signals and the induced electromotive force between two terminals of the low-frequency coil generated by the current flowing through the high-frequency resonant unit is within a preset interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Halo Microelectronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ying Liu, Songnan Yang
  • Patent number: 11532953
    Abstract: A wireless power transfer system comprises a power transmitter (101) wirelessly providing power to a power receiver (105) via an electromagnetic power transfer signal. The power transmitter (101) comprises a transmitter coil (103) generating the power transfer signal and a driver (201) generating a drive signal for the transmitter coil (103) to generate the power transfer signal. A foreign object detector (207) executes a foreign object detection operation arranged to detect a presence of a foreign object in response to a property of the drive signal. A communicator (205) receives a power operating point indication from the power receiver (105) which represents a load power for a load of the power receiver (105). An adapter (209) adapts the foreign object detection operation in response to the operating point indication being indicative of a change in the load power meeting a criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Antonius Adriaan Maria Staring
  • Patent number: 11527919
    Abstract: A system for optical wireless power transmission to a power receiving apparatus generally situated in a mobile electronic device. The transmitter has an optical resonator with end reflectors and a gain medium positioned between them, such that an optical beam is generated. The frequency of the beam is selected such that it is absorbed by almost all transparent organic materials in general use. A beam steering unit on the transmitter can direct the beam in any of a plurality of directions, and the beam is absorbed on the receiver by means of an optical-to-electrical power converter, through a low reflection surface. The band gap of this power converter is selected to be smaller than that of the gain medium. The receiver has a voltage converter including an inductor, an energy storage device and a switch. A beam steerer controller ensures that the beam impinges on the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Wi-Charge Ltd.
    Inventors: Alexander Slepoy, Ori Refael Mor, Ortal Alpert, Lior Golan, Omer Nahmias, Victor Vaisleib
  • Patent number: 11521792
    Abstract: A wireless power transfer pad for wireless power transfer with active field cancellation using multiple magnetic flux sinks includes a ferrite structure, a center coil positioned adjacent to the ferrite structure, and a plurality of side coils positioned around a perimeter of the center coil and positioned adjacent to the ferrite structure. A direction of current flow of the center coil is opposite a current flow in each of the plurality of side coils such that current flowing in a portion of the center coil adjacent to a portion of a side coil of the plurality of side coils is in a same direction as current in the portion of the side coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Utah State University
    Inventors: Benny J. Varghese, Abhilash Kamineni, Regan A. Zane
  • Patent number: 11515731
    Abstract: A first detector detects a value of a current or voltage generated by an auxiliary coil. A second detector detects a value of a current flowing through a power transmitting coil. A coupling coefficient estimator estimates a first coupling coefficient between the power transmitting coil and a power receiving coil, based on the value of the current or voltage generated by the auxiliary coil, and estimates a second coupling coefficient between the power transmitting coil and the power receiving coil, based on the value of the current flowing through the power transmitting coil. A control circuit controls a power supply circuit to stop power transmission to a power receiver apparatus when a difference between the coupling coefficients is greater than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shingo Nagaoka, Taichi Mishima, Takeshi Uematsu
  • Patent number: 11515740
    Abstract: A power receiving apparatus includes a measurement unit that measures a first received voltage value from a power transmitting apparatus, which has a detection function for detecting an object as being different from a power receiving apparatus, based on a difference between power transmitted by the power transmitting apparatus and power received by the power receiving apparatus, as well as a first request unit that requests the power transmitting apparatus to adjust the transmitted power, a measurement unit that measures a second received voltage value from the power transmitting apparatus after the requesting, a determination unit that determines whether calibration process regarding the detection function is necessary, based on details of an adjustment of the transmitted power and the difference between the first and second received voltage values, and a request unit that requests the power transmitting apparatus to terminate power transmission and requests the power transmitting apparatus to perform the c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahiro Shichino
  • Patent number: 11515730
    Abstract: A detection circuit detects at least one of a value of a current flowing through a power transmitting coil, and a value of a current or voltage generated by an auxiliary coil. A control circuit determines a transmitting frequency based on the value detected by the detection circuit, the transmitting frequency at least locally minimizing load dependence. The control circuit determines a voltage for the transmitting power at which an output voltage of a power receiver apparatus is equal to a predetermined target voltage when generating the transmitting power having the transmitting frequency determined, and controls the power supply circuit to generate the transmitting power having the transmitting frequency and voltage determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shingo Nagaoka, Taichi Mishima, Takeshi Uematsu
  • Patent number: 11505077
    Abstract: A vehicle including a power receiving pad for wirelessly receiving power, a plurality of magnetic sensors for measuring a magnetic field of a power transmitting pad and obtaining magnetic field data, one or more processors, and one or more memory modules are provided. The one or more memory modules include a computer-readable medium storing computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to receive the magnetic field data from the plurality of magnetic sensors, and estimate a lateral misalignment of the power receiving pad with respect to a magnetic axis of the power transmitting pad. The magnetic sensors are arranged to detect at least an X-component and a Y-component of a magnetic field produced by a power transmitting pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Utah State University
    Inventors: Zeljko Pantic, Seyed Mohammad Reza Tavakoli, Chungchih Chou, Ercan Mehmet Dede
  • Patent number: 11509174
    Abstract: A power receiving apparatus comprises a power receiving unit that receives power transmitted wirelessly from a power transmitting apparatus, a communication unit that transmits, to the power transmitting apparatus, information regarding a received power received by the power receiving unit, and a control unit that determines whether or not it is necessary to update a reference value which is generated in the power transmitting apparatus on the basis of the information regarding the received power and is used for a detection of an object different from the power receiving apparatus by the power transmitting unit and requests the power transmitting apparatus to update the reference value when it is determined that it is necessary to update the reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuo Moritomo
  • Patent number: 11502548
    Abstract: A control system is provided that includes a power transmitting coil for wirelessly transmitting power supplied from a power source, a power receiving coil for wirelessly receiving power by electromagnetic coupling between the power transmitting coil and the power receiving coil, a driving circuit configured to drive a load portion using the power received via the power receiving coil, a transmitting coupler for wirelessly transmitting a transmission signal for controlling driving of the load portion, a receiving coupler for wirelessly receiving the transmission signal by electromagnetic coupling between the transmitting coupler and the receiving coupler, and a generation circuit configured to generate a driving signal for controlling the driving circuit from the transmission signal received via the receiving coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Ide
  • Patent number: 11492775
    Abstract: A manhole cover and a manhole management system are provided. A manhole cover according to one embodiment includes: a cover body; an electronic unit including at least one sensing unit configured to sense information inside a manhole and at least one communication module configured to transmit information which is obtained through the sensing unit to the outside, and embedded in the cover body; a battery providing driving power to the electronic unit; and a wireless power reception antenna embedded in the cover body to receive wireless power supplied from the outside and provide the wireless power to the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Amosense Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jin Pyo Park, Won San Na