Patents Examined by Robert L. DeBeradinis
  • Patent number: 10985541
    Abstract: A wire harness capable of combining low voltage wires and high-voltage wires without using shielded wires. The harness is provided with high-voltage wires, which are passed through a pipe possessing shielding properties and shape retention properties, and a low voltage wire, in which a shape-retaining conductor that runs parallel to the pipe and possesses electrically conductive properties and shape retention properties is encased by an insulating member. The low voltage wire is placed on the outside of the pipe and, as a result, the low voltage wire is not affected by the electromagnetic noise of the high voltage wires, which makes it possible to combine the high-voltage wires and the low voltage wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Sugino
  • Patent number: 10985567
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and a system for the production and storage of electric energy. The method performed by a central control unit includes providing the power supply to a customer location from an electrical power supply system. The method further includes determining whether power supply is available from a remote power system. The availability of the power supply is determined based on determining whether electric power is being exchanged with an interface electrically connecting a gateway AC battery of the electrical power supply system to the remote power system. The method further includes charging and discharging of the AC batteries using power supply that is being exchanged between the gateway AC battery and the remote power system for providing power supply from the gateway AC battery to the customer location, and from photovoltaic panels equipped with AC/DC converters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Zola Electric Labs Inc.
    Inventors: Claudio Vergara, Xavier Helgesen, Joshua Pierce
  • Patent number: 10985659
    Abstract: A DC-DC power converter comprises: first, second and third input nodes for connection to one or more DC input power sources; a pair of upper switches TH1, TH2 connected in series between the first and second input nodes; and a pair of lower switches TL1, TL2 connected in series between the second and third input nodes. An output port is connected, via one or more output capacitors and one or more output inductors, to an upper switching node between the pair of upper switches and a lower switching node between the pair of lower switches TL1, TL2. The converter is connectable to a pair of DC input power sources, with a first DC input power source connected between the first and second input nodes and a second DC input power source connected between the second and third input nodes, and, when so connected, the pair of upper switches TH1, TH2 and the pair of lower switches TL1, TL2 are switchable to provide DC output power at the output por.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Rasvan Catalin Mihai, Helmine Serban
  • Patent number: 10978876
    Abstract: Controlling an energy storage system includes accessing monitored sensor data and component data, if the DC bus voltage is less than the renewable energy power module (REPM) output voltage then selecting battery modules in combination with a power-network inverter to source power to the bus, else if greater than the REPM voltage then selecting battery modules in combination with the inverter to sink power from the bus, instructing respective control processors of the selected battery modules and a control processor of the inverter to either source/sink power respectively to/from the DC bus, accessing updated DC bus voltage and updated REPM output voltage, and if the DC bus voltage and the REPM output voltage are about equal, then periodically accessing sensor data and component data, else reselecting and reinstructing the battery modules in combination with the inverter. A system for implementing the method and a non-transitory computer-readable medium are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Joshua Webb, Kenneth Rush, Luca Tonini
  • Patent number: 10978907
    Abstract: A management system comprises a control device and a plurality of apparatuses. Each of the plurality of apparatuses comprises a transmitter configured to transmit an instance list of the apparatus by broadcasting or multicasting after a restart of the apparatus. The control device comprises: a management unit configured to manage the plurality of apparatuses as a plurality of management apparatuses before a stop state in which supply of power is stopped; and a transmitter configured to transmit a request command requesting transmission of the instance list to a non-reception apparatus for which the control device could not receive the instance list in a resumed state in which the supply of power is resumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuri Sato, Kazutaka Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10978916
    Abstract: A power transmission device includes an inverter, an oscillator, a foreign substance detector, and power transmission control circuitry. The foreign substance detector performs a series of multiple processes to determine whether or not a foreign substance is present between two resonators. The power transmission control circuitry repeats a foreign substance detection period and a power transmission period alternately. The foreign substance detection period is a period in which the foreign substance detector performs one of the series of multiple processes. The power transmission period is a period in which the inverter transmits AC power. The power transmission control circuitry also causes the foreign substance detector to divide the series of multiple processes and determine whether or not the foreign substance is present as a result of performing all of the divided series of multiple processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Sakata, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Hiroshi Kanno, Kenichi Asanuma
  • Patent number: 10969809
    Abstract: A low dropout (LDO) includes voltage inputs to receive input from voltage sources. The LDO voltage regulator includes a regulated voltage output, blocking diodes, and circuitry configured to block leakage from a first voltage input with a first blocking diode when the first voltage input is less than the regulated voltage output, and to provide the regulated voltage output from the first voltage input and a second voltage input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Microchip Technology Incorporated
    Inventor: Philippe Deval
  • Patent number: 10971871
    Abstract: A method and apparatus utilize a data connector, a connection adapter, and a matching transformer. The data connector receives a data signal from a communication line. The connection adapter, coupled to the data connector, receives the data signal with the data connector, adapts the data signal from the data connector to a coax connector, and communicates the data signal to the coax connector. The matching transformer, coupled to a coax cable, performs impedance matching between a first impedance associated with the coax connector and a second impedance associated with the coax cable communicating the data signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: IXI Technology Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Denes Molnar, David Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10962579
    Abstract: A wireless power transmission device includes: a power transmission antenna; a radiation direction determiner; an orientation direction changer; and a transmission signal generator. The power transmission antenna is a phased array antenna including: a plurality of element antennas to radiate radio waves; and a plurality of element modules, each of the plurality of element modules including a phase shifter to change a phase of a transmission signal and an amplifier to amplify the transmission signal from the power transmission antenna. A phase offset value for the phase shifter included in each of the plurality of element modules is calculated by performing a REV (rotating element electric field vector) method using an aerial moving body hovering over the power transmission antenna and mounting a measurement antenna to receive a radio wave and a radio wave measurer to measure received radio wave data including an amplitude of the radio wave received by the measurement antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yukihiro Homma, Maho Sato, Manabu Sawa
  • Patent number: 10965122
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a fan, a plurality of power supply units, and a reception unit. The plurality of power supply units supplies power to the fan. The reception unit receives, from the fan, a signal indicating a state of the fan. At least one of the plurality of power supply units that supplies power to the fan also supplies power to the reception unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeru Imamura
  • Patent number: 10965150
    Abstract: The present teaching provides a power supply system capable of appropriately performing replacement or repairing of a component of a module where a problem occurs without stopping the entire operation, in a case where the problem occurs in of the module in a plurality of modules. The power supply system includes a plurality of sweep modules, a problem detector, an indicator, and a controller. Each sweep module includes a battery module and an electric power circuit module. The problem detector detects a problem for each sweep module. The indicator indicates a sweep module in which a problem is detected. In a case where a problem is detected in the sweep module (S4: YES), the controller causes the indicator to indicate a failure sweep module in which the problem is detected (S5). The controller disconnects the failure sweep module from a main line, and continues sweep control (S6 through S8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Juni Yasoshima, Junta Izumi, Kenji Kimura, Toshihiro Katsuda, Kohei Matsuura, Junichi Matsumoto, Shuji Tomura, Shigeaki Goto, Naoki Yanagizawa, Kyosuke Tanemura, Kazuo Ootsuka, Takayuki Ban, Hironobu Nishi
  • Patent number: 10965157
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a housing including a first surface facing in a first direction, a second surface facing in a second direction opposite to the first direction, and a side surface enclosing a space between the first surface and the second surface, a display exposed at least partially through the first surface, a first conductive coil positioned inside the housing, positioned above the display when viewed from above the second surface, and having an axis substantially perpendicular to the first direction or the second direction, and a second conductive coil and a third conductive coil positioned inside the housing, positioned above the first conductive coil when viewed from above the second surface, and having an axis substantially horizontal to the first direction or the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Sungmin Lee, Seongyeol Kim, Jaewoong Lee, Yujin Jeong
  • Patent number: 10958078
    Abstract: A power generation module including: a power generation element; an AC generation circuit configured to convert DC current output from the power generation element into AC current; a module-side inductance element configured to generate a magnetic field from the AC current; a phase information acquiring circuit; and a control circuit; and a power-collector closed circuit including a power collector-side inductance element configured to electromagnetically couple to the module-side inductance element to generate an induced electromotive force, wherein, when reference AC current flowing in the power-collector closed circuit flows through the power collector-side inductance element, the module-side inductance element electromagnetically coupled to the power collector-side inductance element generates AC current corresponding to the reference AC current, and the control circuit acquires phase information related to the reference AC current via the phase information acquiring circuit so that the control circuit co
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toru Sawada
  • Patent number: 10958109
    Abstract: A method in which a power transmitter comprising multi coils transmits wireless power, includes detecting a second power receiver while transmitting power to a first power receiver, determining at least one primary coil appropriate for power transmission, determining whether the second power receiver supports a shared mode protocol using the determined at least one primary coil, and transmitting, if the second power receiver supports a shared mode protocol, power to the first and second power receivers according to the shared mode protocol, wherein the shared mode protocol is a protocol that simultaneously manages information exchange between the power transmitter and a plurality of power receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Yongcheol Park
  • Patent number: 10958111
    Abstract: Magnetic coupling structures for wireless power transfer include overlapping coils which are configured to provide improved flux patterns. Control methods are used to determine the variation in coupling factor relative to alignment between the primary magnetic coupling structures and energise one or more coils of the primary magnetic coupling structure dependent on the relative alignment of the coupling structures to maximise coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Auckland UniServices Limited
    Inventors: Grant Anthony Covic, Seho Kim, Feiyang Lin
  • Patent number: 10958107
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a non-contact power supply device includes an inverter circuit configured to convert power supplied from a direct current (DC) power supply into alternating current (AC) power, a resonant circuit configured to supply the AC power to an external power receiving device in a non-contact manner, a current sensor electrically connected the inverter circuit, a voltage subtractor circuit configured to detect a voltage difference between a predetermined reference voltage and a voltage value of the AC power as detected by a voltage sensor in the external power receiving device, a current subtractor circuit configured to detect a current difference between a predetermined reference current and a current value of the AC power as detected by the current sensor, and a controller configured to control the inverter circuit to reduce the voltage difference and the current difference when the voltage is outside a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hirokazu Matsuno
  • Patent number: 10951156
    Abstract: This system is directed to a mobile platform having a solar array carried by the mobile platform, connected to a distribution hub adapted to provide power to a base power source; an input controller having input computer readable instructions adapted to deliver power to a set of storage units from the base power source, the set of storage power units carried by the mobile platform; an output controller connected to the set of storage units having output computer readable instructions adapted to receive charge requirements from a load connected to the output controller, retrieving from a device lookup table included in the output controller a load type having charge specifications, and delivering power to the load according to the charge specifications; and, an external power source connected to the distribution bus for proving power to the base power source form the external power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ravensafe, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher J. Petrella
  • Patent number: 10951068
    Abstract: A wireless power transmission system includes: a wireless power transmission apparatus including: a transmission coil configured to form mutual coupling with an auxiliary coil disposed outside of a living body; and a controller configured to control a supply of power by a power source to the transmission coil to wirelessly transmit the power from the transmission coil, using the auxiliary coil, to a wireless power reception apparatus disposed inside the living body through the mutual coupling, wherein a distance between the transmission coil and the auxiliary coil is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaechun Lee, Sang Joon Kim, Hankyu Lee, Seungchul Jung, Yeunhee Huh
  • Patent number: 10951030
    Abstract: A method for reactive power control of a wind farm having a plurality of clusters of wind turbines with a cluster transformer connecting each cluster of wind turbines to a power grid is provided. The method includes receiving, via a plurality of cluster-level controllers, a reactive power command from a farm-level controller. The method also includes generating, via the cluster-level controllers, a cluster-level reactive current command for each cluster of wind turbines based on the reactive power command. Further, the method includes distributing, via the cluster-level controllers, a turbine-level reactive current command to turbine-level controllers of the wind turbines based on the cluster-level reactive current command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Govardhan Ganireddy, Rajni Burra, Wei Ren, Anthony Michael Klodowski, Saurabh Shukla, Zhuohui Tan, Robert Gregory Wagoner
  • Patent number: 10951039
    Abstract: Systems and methods relating to power inverters for power generation systems. A power inverter suitable for renewable power sources is configured with a data processing module that receives power related data from a power grid and from a battery backup inverter. The data processing module calculates mode of operation data based on the power related data and, if the mode of operation data exceeds a threshold, then the power generation system is operating in an off-grid mode (i.e. the system is decoupled from the power grid). If the mode of operation data is equal or less than the threshold, then the power generation system is operating in an on-grid operating mode. The system is also self-tuning with respect to the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Sparq Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Snehal Bagawade, Ryan Fernandes, Majid Pahlevaninezhad, Praveen Jain