Patents Examined by Rexford N. Barnie
  • Patent number: 11190057
    Abstract: A wireless power transmission apparatus for multiple simultaneous charging is disclosed. The disclosed apparatus, which may be a wireless power transmission apparatus configured to provide charging power simultaneously to a multiple number of wireless power reception apparatuses, may include: a driving coil configured to transmit wireless power; a magnetic coupler inductively coupled with the driving coil; and a resonance frequency adjustment part configured to adjust a resonance frequency of the magnetic coupler, where the magnetic coupler includes a multiple number of coils, and a variable capacitor is joined to each of the multiple coils. The disclosed apparatus can improve power transfer efficiency while providing power simultaneously to a multiple number of wireless power reception apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Yongshik Lee, Taejun Lim, Jaemin Lee
  • Patent number: 11183843
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing one or more loads powered by an alternating current power source in order to prevent and mitigate overloads and other abnormal conditions of the power source. The management includes monitoring the amount of power supplied to one or more or all loads by the power source and selectively connecting, disconnecting, limiting and controlling various loads which are powered thereby. The method and apparatus include conveying information by use of AC frequency to controllable loads and load control devices, the frequency relating to the amount of power being supplied by the power source, overloading and other power source conditions. The amount of power consumed by the loads is controllable by the loads and load control devices in response to the frequency of the AC power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventor: J. Carl Cooper
  • Patent number: 11177102
    Abstract: A power relay is controlled by the presence of Volatile Organic Compounds that are often emitted by outgassing from electronic components during overheat and failure conditions. The relay housing contains a standard power relay of single pole single throw (SPST) or a multi-pole double throw relay depending on the application. A micro VOC integrated circuit is placed within the housing allowing access to ambient air through ports in the side of the relay. Air quality is sampled periodically or continuously as is required by the system to adequately monitor for fault events and, in the event of a fault, latch the relay mechanism OPEN breaking the flow of electrical energy the circuit downstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Jouper
  • Patent number: 11173803
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a converter, outlets, and a switching arrangement electrically between the outlets and the converter. A controller is programmed to, responsive to a first request, operate the switching arrangement to electrically connect a line and a neutral to a first outlet and operate the converter to output single-phase power to the first outlet. Responsive to a second request, the controller is configured to operate the switching arrangement to electrically connect a plurality of lines and not the neutral to a second outlet, and operate the converter to output three-phase power to the second outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Krishna Prasad Bhat, Jacek Brauner, Xi Lu, Theodore Joseph Filippi, Ke Zou, Allan Roy Gale, Michael W. Degner
  • Patent number: 11177770
    Abstract: A controllable system for shutting down the connection between photovoltaic panels is provided. A connector with the function described in the present invention is arranged on a current transmission line between two photovoltaic panels adjacent to each other. A signal processing system, a power supply system, a control circuit, and an electronic switch element are arranged in the connector. The signal generator inputs a signal into the current transmission line, and the signal processing system separates the signal. A part of the signal continues to be transmitted along the current transmission line to other connectors on the current transmission line, and the other part of the signal is divided into a control signal and a power supply signal. The control signal passes through the control circuit and controls the electronic switch element to be turned on or off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Jianming Xu, Zhongming Xia
  • Patent number: 11170931
    Abstract: In a system for an inductive energy transmission from a primary-conductor system, in particular a stationary primary conductor system, to a vehicle having a secondary winding, the secondary winding is inductively coupled with the primary-conductor system. The primary conductor is installed as a primary-conductor loop installed in elongated form, which has a feed conductor and a return conductor in a line section, in particular a return conductor that is installed parallel thereto, and the return conductor is electrically grounded in that at least one inductance is disposed between the return conductor and the electrical ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventors: Leobald Podbielski, Jochen Mahlein, Thomas Uhl, Andreas Böser
  • Patent number: 11161613
    Abstract: A device module for a galley of a passenger aircraft contains electrical consumers with a maximum total electrical power, a power input for an on-board power supply system of the passenger aircraft to feed in electrical input power, an energy storage device for energy from the power input for the consumers, and a control unit to limit the input power to a maximum value less than the maximum power, and to feed a power surplus of the input power to the energy storage device in order to feed additional power for consumers from the energy storage device. A galley contains the device module. In a method for operating the device module, the input power is limited to the maximum value, a power surplus is fed to the energy storage device, and additional power is fed to the consumers from the energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventors: Erik Fischer, Juergen Spaeh
  • Patent number: 11159053
    Abstract: Coupled inductor systems are disclosed in which transmitter and receiver inductors, or coils, are coupled in a configuration for wirelessly transferring power and/or data among them. In preferred implementations, the systems are used for transmitting both power and data in pairs of coupled coils. Primary side circuits in preferred embodiments of the systems of the invention employ Class D or Class G amplifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Amer Atrash, Wayne Chen
  • Patent number: 11159157
    Abstract: A circuit is provided for converting alternating current power into direct current (DC) power and providing a digitally stable ground for operation of a processor-based device. Embodiments of the circuit include a transformer isolating (e.g., via galvanic isolation) a primary side from a secondary side of the circuit. A controller (e.g., a pulse width modulation (PWM) controller) on the primary side directs a switching circuit to selectively permit current flow through a primary side of the transformer to a first ground node on the primary side. A secondary winding of the transformer sources a rectified DC output relative to a second ground node that is isolated from the first ground node. In some cases, compensation on the secondary winding side provides isolated feedback to the controller via an optical isolator or some other circuit. The controller directs the switching circuit based at least in part on the error correction feedback and input from an auxiliary winding of the transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ubicquia, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradford Brian Hutson, Ronald B. Zimmerman, III, Ian B. Aaron, Yevgeny Frenkel
  • Patent number: 11150711
    Abstract: Devices and methods for selectively providing a voltage to an external device. A power adapter comprises a switch between an input voltage line and an output voltage line, a voltage generator configured to produce an output test voltage for delivery to the external device via a test voltage path, a return voltage path for receiving a return voltage from the external device, and a comparator coupled to the return voltage path and configured to control the switch. The switch completes a path between the input voltage line and the output voltage line only if the return voltage matches the reference voltage. The external device comprises an interface for connection to the power adapter and a voltage generator configured to receive the output test voltage from the power adapter and, using the output test voltage, produce and provide the return voltage to the power adapter over the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Shyam Chavali
  • Patent number: 11150697
    Abstract: An electrical power supplying system including: a module docking station with a module docking receptacle and base station portion having integrated external power cord storage compartments; and a multi-function dockable module is docked in the module docking receptacle and can be manually removed and used locally as well as at remote locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: PUCLINE LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Fleisig
  • Patent number: 11152863
    Abstract: Embodiments herein provide a system and method for controlling extraction of power from multiple Photo Voltaic (PV) arrays. At least two converters and at least two Photo Voltaic (PV) arrays are configured. The power extraction is controlled through one of an injection of Direct Current (Idc) into output current of each of the at least two converters, or by performing a phase shifting of each of the output current of each of the at least two converters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventors: Abhijit Kadam, Anshuman Shukla
  • Patent number: 11152793
    Abstract: A resonant transformer connected between a ground terminal and elevated terminal draws current from the earth's electric field through a primary winding of the transformer. An impulse generator applies a high voltage impulse to the primary winding of the resonant transformer to cause current to flow from the ground terminal through the primary winding. The flow of current through the primary winding of the resonant transformer induces a current in the secondary winding, which may be converted and filtered to a usable form, e.g. 60 Hz AC or DC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: EARTH ENERGIES, INC.
    Inventors: John Dinwiddie, Terry L. Wright, David R. Ames
  • Patent number: 11142149
    Abstract: A track assembly includes a rail cartridge slidably coupled with a track. A first electrical connector is positioned within the rail cartridge. A connection cartridge defines a channel and includes a second electrical connector configured to selectively engage with the first electrical connector. An actuation member is positioned within the channel of the connection cartridge and is coupled with the second electrical connector. A spring is operably coupled to the actuation member and is configured to bias the actuation member in a first position. An actuator is operably coupled with the actuation member. The actuator is moved upward against the bias of the spring to move the actuation member to a second position when the actuator contacts the rail cartridge of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Joseph Michael Kish, David James Tippy, Jimmy Moua, Gregory Hagedorn, Adam Ewel, Joshua Gauthier, Macit Aktas
  • Patent number: 11146210
    Abstract: A method of repowering a photovoltaic power plant from a first configuration is described, wherein in the first configuration, a pair of combiners is connected in series between two homeruns via a PV tie device. The combiners are configured to combine DC power produced by solar generators respectively connected thereto and provide the combined DC power at outputs thereof, and the PV tie device is configured to couple a midpoint potential of the series connected combiners to ground during operation of the power plant. The homeruns transmit the combined DC power to an old inverter for conversion into AC power for feeding into an AC grid connected to the old inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: SMA Solar Technology AG
    Inventor: Thorsten Hoefer
  • Patent number: 11135894
    Abstract: A climate control system for use in a transport vehicle is disclosed. The climate control system includes a variable speed electric load, a controller configured to determine a load of the variable speed electric load, and a battery pack voltage configurator circuit. The battery pack voltage configurator circuit includes a first battery bank providing a first voltage and a first current, a second battery bank providing a second voltage and a second current, and a plurality of switches. The controller is configured to control the plurality of switches based on the determined load of the variable speed electric load. The battery pack voltage configurator circuit is configured to provide an output voltage and an output current to drive the variable speed electric load. The output voltage and the output current vary in magnitude based on the control of the plurality of switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Thermo King Corporation
    Inventors: Marcelo Andrade Dias, Ryan Wayne Schumacher
  • Patent number: 11139689
    Abstract: A power transmitting device for a contactless power supply, can include: a power transmitting antenna having a plurality of transmitting coils; where each of the plurality of transmitting coils comprises a coil turn or a plurality of concentric coil turns with a substantially coplanar setting and having a coil surface; where an axis of each of the plurality of transmitting coils is axially perpendicular to the power transmitting antenna; and where the axis of each of the plurality of transmitting coils forms a predetermined angle with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Silergy Semiconductor Technology (Hangzhou) LTD
    Inventors: Chen Zhao, Tong Sun, Wang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11130662
    Abstract: Methods and systems for wirelessly transmitting power and/or data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Cascade Corporation
    Inventors: Pat S. McKernan, Gregory A. Nagle
  • Patent number: 11133576
    Abstract: A rectenna for high efficiency RF-to-DC wireless energy harvesting that includes an off-center-fed patch (OCFP) antenna and a rectifying circuit. The input impedance of the antenna may be tunable and directly conjugate matched to an impedance of the rectifying circuit over a wide range of frequencies and/or under different operating conditions. An impedance matching network required by rectenna systems may therefore be eliminated using the methods disclosed for the design and implementation of the OCFP rectenna. The OCFP rectenna offers consistently high RF-to-DC power conversion efficiency over a wide range of frequencies and under different operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Aeternum, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Carter, Yi Huang, Chaoyun Song
  • Patent number: 11117476
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of power electronics and provides a power generating system and method for a vehicle. The present disclosure provides an alternative system for charging an energy storage device that is used to drive a vehicle and also to reduce dependency of the vehicle on the energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Hemant Karamchand Rohera