Patents Examined by Robert L. DeBeradinis
  • Patent number: 11370555
    Abstract: A method is provided that includes causing an operational member of a system to move. The method includes driving a power or control signal through a conductive coupling member. The conductive coupling member is connected between a first terminal and a second terminal in a power circuit, and the coupling member secures the operational member to a structural member of the system. The method includes detecting an electrical disconnect between the first terminal and a second terminal. The method includes determining a mechanical break associated with the coupling member based on the electrical disconnect between the first terminal and the second terminal. The method includes causing the operational member of the system to stop moving based on determining the mechanical break associated with the coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: WING AVIATION LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Jenkins, André Prager, Brandon Jones, John FitzSimons
  • Patent number: 11374406
    Abstract: A micro grid system comprises a secondary energy source and a power controller. The secondary energy source is associated with a micro grid that includes a fixed or mobile facility, and the secondary energy source is configured to generate first DC power signal. The power controller is in communication with the secondary energy source and an electric grid, and configured to receive first AC power signal from the electric grid and the first DC power signal from the secondary energy source and output a second AC power signal to loads in communication with the power controller. The power controller comprises an AC to DC frequency converter configured to change frequency and/or voltage of the second AC power signal, a processor, and a memory configured to store instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to control the frequency converter to change the frequency and/or voltage of the second AC power signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: NEWORLD.ENERGY LLC
    Inventors: Paul W. Donahue, Ryan Paul Donahue, Jeffrey Alan Dankworth
  • Patent number: 11368025
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hybrid power plant with a plurality of energy assets comprising several renewable power generating units, preferably in turn comprising wind turbines and/or solar power units, and an energy storage unit, such as battery energy system. A power plant controller receives information indicative of a power limitation from the energy storage unit, and dynamically modify the active power set points by corresponding weighting factors according to the capabilities of the respective energy assets in response to this power limitation so as to produce active power from the hybrid power plant. The invention may compensate for this power limitation by modifying correspondingly the active power set points of the hybrid power plant according to the capability of the energy assets so as to maintain a desired power production, and maintain a sufficiently smooth ramp rate when changing a parameter related to the power production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventor: Dumitru-Mihai Valcan
  • Patent number: 11368045
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods for storing energy. A photon battery assembly may comprise a light source, phosphorescent material, a photovoltaic cell, and a waveguide. The phosphorescent material can absorb optical energy at a first wavelength from the light source and, after a time delay, emit optical energy at a second wavelength after a time delay. The photovoltaic cell may absorb the optical energy at the second wavelength and generate electrical power. In some instances, a first waveguide may be configured to direct the optical energy at the first wavelength from the light source to the phosphorescent material and/or a second waveguide may be configured to direct the optical energy at the second wavelength from the phosphorescent material to the photovoltaic cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Nimbus Engineering Inc.
    Inventor: Alex Diggins
  • Patent number: 11355933
    Abstract: Provided is a method for feeding electrical power into an electrical supply network at a network connection point by means of a converter-controlled infeed apparatus, in particular by means of a wind power system. The electrical supply network has a network voltage having a network frequency and a network phase angle rotating with the network frequency and is characterized by a rated network frequency. The infeed is effected by means of a converter operating in a current-impressing manner. An infeed current is generated by the converter with an infeed phase angle rotating with the network frequency for the purpose of controlling the infeed phase angle. A guide angle rotating with the network frequency is predefined. The guide angle has a predefinable lead angle with respect to the network phase angle such that the guide angle lags the network phase angle by the lead angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Wobben Properties GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Brombach, Ingo Mackensen, Florian Stelmaszek
  • Patent number: 11354205
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method of efficiently configuring a power distribution system includes the provision of a dual-bus power distribution assembly, each bus of which may be connected to power sources and where the circuit breakers are adapted such that power from either of the two buses can be routed to an electrical load to provide redundant or non-redundant power, as required. Each circuit breaker position is capable of being configured to connect between either of the two buses and an individual load equipment supply bus. The circuit breaker may be a plug-in type where one of the terminals is adapted by a part that may be installed in one of two orientations. In the first orientation a first bus is connected to the individual load equipment supply bus and in the second orientation the second bus is connected to the individual load equipment supply bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: C&C Power, Inc.
    Inventors: William Fechalos, Kevin Long
  • Patent number: 11355960
    Abstract: Methods, Systems, and Computer program products can use grid telemetry to generate a fingerprint. One of these methods includes generating a first grid telemetry fingerprint based on characteristics of an electrical grid. The method also includes verifying a transaction based on the first grid telemetry fingerprint and a second grid telemetry fingerprint associated with the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: LO3 Energy Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Orsini
  • Patent number: 11349344
    Abstract: A mobile side circuit of a wireless power transmission system comprises a mobile side resonant circuit inductively coupled to a stationary side resonant circuit of the wireless power transmission system. A mobile side control circuit is adapted to change the operative mode of a mobile side rectifier upon occurrence of a failure state in the mobile side circuit. The present invention ensures a safe operation of the wireless power transmission system while effectively avoiding damage to the mobile side circuitry upon occurrence of a failure state at the mobile side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Wiferion GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Tritschler, Benriah Goeldi
  • Patent number: 11338702
    Abstract: The application provides a control system and method for a battery pack heating system. The control system includes: a battery management system configured to acquire a state parameter of a battery pack, and send heating request information to a vehicle controller when determining the state parameter of the battery pack meets a preset heating condition; a motor controller configured to send, to the vehicle controller, feedback information indicating that a motor of the battery pack heating system is in a non-operating state, when determining the motor is in the non-operating state, and control, in response to a first control signal, a target upper bridge arm switch module and a target lower bridge arm switch module to be periodically turned on or off; and the vehicle controller configured to send the first control signal to the motor controller in response to the heating request information and the feedback information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Tiancong Wang, Xiyang Zuo, Zhimin Dan, Xiong Zheng, Bao Li
  • Patent number: 11342595
    Abstract: A power consumption control device includes: a storage battery; a heating unit; a storage unit storing a combination of a temperature of the storage battery and a remaining capacity of the storage battery in association with an increase amount in an effective capacity of the storage battery when the storage battery is heated by the heating unit which is supplied with each of the heating powers; a control unit configured to determine a first power which can be charged to the storage battery and to distribute the first power to the storage battery and the heating unit so that the increase amount in the effective capacity of the storage battery is maximized based on the first power, the increase amount for each of heating powers corresponding to the temperature of the storage battery and the remaining capacity of the storage battery, and the heating powers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Ogaki, Naoya Okada, Keisuke Fujimaki, Kodai Kasai
  • Patent number: 11335495
    Abstract: An Insulated Core Transformer (ICT) high voltage DC power supply is disclosed. The power supply comprises a plurality of printed circuit boards, each comprising a secondary winding and a voltage doubler circuit. These voltage doubler circuits are arranged in series. The stacked printed circuit boards are surrounded by a plurality of grading rings. The last grading ring is electrically connected to the output voltage. High voltage resistors are then disposed between adjacent grading rings to form a voltage divider. The voltage of the first grading ring may be used as part of a feedback system to regulate the output of the AC power supply. By disposing the high voltage resistors on the grading rings, a more uniform voltage gradient may be created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Vasu Mogaveera, Piotr R. Lubicki
  • Patent number: 11336099
    Abstract: A photovoltaic system and a control method therefor are disclosed. A photovoltaic system according to an embodiment of the present disclosure comprises: a solar cell array for converting solar energy into electric power; a power management device for monitoring the power generation amount of the solar cell array and the reverse power from an external power grid; an energy storage device charged by receiving the electric power produced by the solar cell array or the power of the external power grid; and a power control device for supplying, to the energy storage device, the electric power generated by the solar cell array or the power of the external power grid in response to a valid power command, wherein the power management device generates the valid power command which has different values according to whether the reverse power is generated by the external power grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: LS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ju Ho Lim
  • Patent number: 11336094
    Abstract: An inverter includes an inverter circuit; an alternating current filter, where an input port of the alternating current filter is connected to an output port of the inverter circuit; an alternating current electromagnetic interference (EMI) filter; and a first alternating current switch, connected between an output port of the alternating current filter and an input port of the alternating current EMI filter. The first split capacitor is disposed between the first alternating current switch and the input port of the alternating current EMI filter; and when the first alternating current switch is turned off, the first split capacitor is disconnected from the output port of the alternating current filter, and the first split capacitor is connected to a circuit in which an alternating current system connected to the output port of the alternating current EMI filter is located, to suppress harmonic distortion of the alternating current system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rongliang Shi, Zhangping Shao, Kai Xin
  • Patent number: 11329602
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device and method for simulating the power consumption by a power load, which uses data collected over a long period of time on the inclined insolation, the horizontal insolation, the external temperature, the photovoltaic module temperature, the solar power generation facilities and generated solar power corresponding to the solar power generation facilities for each region. The device and method of the present invention simulates or estimates the power consumption by power loads provided by a user and shows a result of the simulation when a user desires to design or build a renewable solar power energy system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: HYMATICS, INC.
    Inventor: Hyeong Seob Yoon
  • Patent number: 11329370
    Abstract: Disclosed is a combo antenna module in which an accommodation groove is formed in a coil pattern and a connection pattern connected to a coil pattern disposed on another surface is disposed in the accommodation groove so as to minimize a mounting space and provide antenna performance greater than or equal to that of a conventional antenna module. The disclosed combo antenna module comprises a coil pattern for short-range communication and a coil pattern for wireless power transmission. The coil pattern for wireless power transmission has the accommodation groove formed by varying the line width of the coil pattern disposed on one surface, and the connection pattern for connecting the coil patterns disposed on the other surface is disposed in the accommodation groove so as to minimize a mounting space and provide antenna performance greater than or equal to that of a conventional antenna module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: AMOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kil Jae Jang, Chol Han Kim
  • Patent number: 11329600
    Abstract: A method for rectifying degradation of a photovoltaic module in a photovoltaic power station, includes: controlling a to-be-rectified photovoltaic module in a photovoltaic power station to stop outputting; and then injecting a rectification current into a positive or negative electrode of the to-be-rectified photovoltaic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: HUAWEI DIGITAL POWER TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xin Gu, Peijun Shen, Xianmiao Zhang
  • Patent number: 11322972
    Abstract: Shade mitigation systems and devices to mitigate adverse effects of shade on a primary photovoltaic cell powering a load via an output terminal. The shade mitigation devices include a relay switch and a secondary photovoltaic cell. The relay switch selectively completes a circuit between the primary photovoltaic cell and the load when energized. The secondary photovoltaic cell is electrically coupled to the relay switch and is mounted in a position to monitor illumination on the primary photovoltaic cell. The secondary photovoltaic cell energizes the relay switch to selectively complete the circuit between the primary photovoltaic cell and the load when the secondary photovoltaic cell is illuminated by at least a threshold illumination. The secondary photovoltaic cell stops energizing the relay switch to selectively open the circuit between the primary photovoltaic cell and the load when the secondary photovoltaic cell is shaded sufficiently to illuminate it below the threshold illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: John Ickes
  • Patent number: 11320713
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein relate to systems for powering electrochromic windows in a building. Systems may include photovoltaic panels configured to generate electrical power, energy storage device(s) configured for storing generated power, and one or more controllers on a network of electrochromic windows that are configured to receive power from the energy storage device(s) and power tint transitions in one or more electrochromic windows. Systems may include various additional circuit components described herein for regulating and/or controlling the generation, storage, and application of electric power. The systems and techniques described herein can be used to design networks of electrochromic windows that are hybrid-solar or off-the-grid (“OTG”).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Tinianov, Dhairya Shrivastava, Stephen Clark Brown, Erich R. Klawuhn
  • Patent number: 11322964
    Abstract: An automatic control method and device for a solar supercapacitor power supply, including: obtaining a current state of a power supply device and a capacitor voltage of an energy storage element; if the capacitor voltage exceeds an initial discharge voltage in a pure charging state, the power supply device switches to a power supply state and begins to discharge; if the power supply device has been switched to the power supply state and the capacitor voltage is lower than the termination discharge voltage, the power supply device is switched to the pure charging state wherein, the initial discharge voltage is higher than the termination discharge voltage, and a charge and discharge with hysteresis effect is achieved. The method and device provided by the disclosure can achieve the charge and discharge with hysteresis effect of the power supply device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Shijie Bi
  • Patent number: 11309104
    Abstract: A superconducting electrical power distribution network has a superconducting bus bar and superconducting cables electrically connected to the bus bar at respective joints distributed along the bus bar. The network further has a first coolant system for providing first cryogenic fluid and first circuits for circulating the first cryogenic fluid provided by the first coolant system. The first circuits comprise: a bus bar flow path which extends along and thereby cools the bus bar, cable flow paths which respectively extend along and thereby cool the cables, cooling junctions where the bus bar and cable flow paths meet at the electrical connection joints, inflow lines which send the first cryogenic fluid from the first coolant system to the flow paths, and outflow lines which remove the first cryogenic fluid from the flow paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventor: Chloe J. Palmer