Patents Examined by Susan D Leong
  • Patent number: 10847724
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a manufacturing method of an organic solar cell module and an organic solar cell module, and more particularly, to an organic solar cell module and a manufacturing method thereof, in which lower electrodes are spaced and etched in a staggered pattern and upper electrodes are coated to correspond to the lower electrodes to reduce a photoactive area of a sub cell and arrange more sub cells than sub cells in the related art in a predetermined area. Further, the present invention relates to an organic solar cell module and a manufacturing method thereof, which can reduce the installation cost and the manufacturing cost by coating a buffer layer and a photoactive layer on the lower electrode etched in the staggered pattern using a slot die coating apparatus in the related art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Younshin Kim, Jaechol Lee, Hangken Lee, Songrim Jang, Doowhan Choi
  • Patent number: 10818811
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a power source and method of forming such power source are disclosed. The power source can include a substrate and a cavity disposed in a first major surface of the substrate. The power source can also include radioactive material disposed within the cavity, where the radioactive material emits radiation particles; and particle converting material disposed within the cavity, where the particle converting material converts one or more radiation particles emitted by the radioactive material into light. The power source further includes a sealing layer disposed such that the particle converting material and the radioactive material are hermetically sealed within the cavity, and a photovoltaic device disposed adjacent the substrate. The photovoltaic device can convert at least a portion of the light emitted by the particle converting material that is incident upon an input surface of the photovoltaic device into electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas A. Fenner, David A. Ruben, Jennifer Lorenz Marckmann, James R. Wasson
  • Patent number: 10818809
    Abstract: A solar cell module includes: a sealing layer in which power generating elements are sealed; a front surface layer formed from resin and joined to a light-receiving surface side of the power generating elements in the sealing layer; and a rear surface layer joined to an opposite side from the light-receiving surface side of the power generating elements in the sealing layer, wherein the front surface layer has a solar cell installation area that forms a portion of a solar cell, and an antenna installation area that extends at a vehicle front side or a vehicle rear side of the solar cell installation area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Motoya Sakabe, Kazuyoshi Ogata, Hirotaka Inaba
  • Patent number: 10812015
    Abstract: A micro-inverter assembly for use in a photovoltaic system includes a housing, a direct current (DC)-to-alternating current (AC) micro-inverter disposed within the housing, and a DC connector electrically coupled to the DC-to-AC micro-inverter. The DC connector is positioned within a recess formed in a bottom surface of the housing such that at least one electrical contact of the DC connector is accessible from outside the housing. According to alternative embodiments, the DC connector comprises a plug-and-play connector constructed for one of a rotational engagement and a translational engagement with a DC connector of a photovoltaic (PV) panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Philip Michael Cioffi, Maja Harfman Todorovic, Michael Scott Herzog, Charles Steven Korman, Donald M. Doherty, Neil Anthony Johnson
  • Patent number: 10804453
    Abstract: A Peltier element for a thermoelectric heat exchanger may include n-doped n-type semiconductors, p-doped p-type semiconductors, and a plate structure for electrically contacting the semiconductors. The plate structure may include first plate sections and second plate sections, which may be alternately arranged along an extension of the Peltier element. The first plate sections may form a first side of the Peltier element, and the second plate sections may form a second side of the Peltier element, the second side being spaced from the first side. The plate structure may further include a plurality of legs. Each leg may interconnect adjacent first and second plate sections and may extend inclined relative to the adjacent first and second plate sections. An n-type semiconductor and a p-type semiconductor may be alternately integrated in the legs along the plate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Gruenwald, Christian Heneka, Dirk Neumeister
  • Patent number: 10797190
    Abstract: An optoelectronic device comprising a substrate comprising a groove having a first and a second face. The first face of the groove is coated with a semiconductor material and the second face of the groove is coated with a conductor material. The conductor material and the semiconductor material are in contact with another semiconductor material in the groove. The first face of the groove is longer than the second face of the groove or the second face of the groove is longer than the first face of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: POWER ROLL LIMITED
    Inventor: Alexander John Topping
  • Patent number: 10797184
    Abstract: An optoelectronic device comprising a substrate comprising a groove having a first and a second face. The first face of the groove is coated with a conductor material and the second face of the groove coated with a semiconductor material. The conductor material and the semiconductor material are in contact with another semiconductor material in the groove. There is an aperture in the another semiconductor material. The first face, second face, the conductor material and the semiconductor material are all in contact with the another semiconductor material in the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: POWER ROLL LIMITED
    Inventor: Alexander John Topping
  • Patent number: 10790513
    Abstract: The present application provides a lithium ion battery and a negative electrode thereof. The negative electrode comprises: a negative electrode active material layer and an additive comprising a metal sulfide, wherein the additive is distributed in the negative electrode active material layer, distributed on the surface of the negative electrode active material layer, or both in the negative electrode active material layer and on the surface of the negative electrode active material layer. The negative electrode of the present application may effectively improve the performance of the lithium ion battery, and greatly improve the capacity and cycle performance of the lithium ion battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ningde Amperex Technology Limited
    Inventors: Jing Jiang, Qiao Zeng, Kefei Wang
  • Patent number: 10790493
    Abstract: A lithium-sulfur battery includes a cathode, an anode, a lithium-sulfur battery separator and an electrolyte. The lithium-sulfur battery separator includes a pristine seperator (PSL) and a functional layer (FL). The FL is located on a surface of the PSL. The FL includes a plurality of graphene sheets and a plurality of MoP2 nanoparticles uniformly mixed with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Feng Luo, Jia-Ping Wang, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 10784815
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module remote-access module switch and real-time temperature monitoring system is provided. In one embodiment, a remote-access module switch and monitoring circuit capable of communicating with a remote receiver and having a pair of output electrical leads, and a pair of input electrical leads connected to a pair of electrical power leads of a solar photovoltaic module is provided, and which further includes a series switch, a module voltage measurement circuit, a module current measurement circuit, a temperature sensor, and a communication circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Sigmagen, Inc.
    Inventor: Mehrdad M. Moslehi
  • Patent number: 10784392
    Abstract: A solar cell module includes: a solar cell having a front surface and a back surface; a front surface side encapsulant disposed on a front surface side of the solar cell, the front surface side encapsulant including a transparent resin sheet; a light reflector protruding from an end portion of the solar cell, the light reflector including a light reflection layer that reflects incident light, and a substrate layer that is disposed on the light reflection layer on a light incident side; and an ultraviolet absorber disposed closer to the light incident side than the light reflection layer, the light incident side being a back surface side of the front surface side encapsulant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akimichi Maekawa, Youhei Murakami, Haruhisa Hashimoto, Junpei Irikawa
  • Patent number: 10770736
    Abstract: Structures and methods are disclosed for removing water, and particularly for preventing ice blockages, in solid polymer electrolyte fuel cells comprising reactant vias that fluidly connect a reactant transition region to a reactant port. Water can be removed from the reactant via by making its surface superhydrophobic while incorporating at least one additional via with a hydrophilic surface in parallel therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Alireza Roshanzamir, Yunsong Yang
  • Patent number: 10756225
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a photovoltaic module, comprising at least two electrically connected photovoltaic cells, the module comprising an insulating substrate covered with a layer of a first conductive material. The method comprises: a) forming a groove defining a first and second lower electrode; and b) forming, on each lower electrode, a stack comprising an upper electrode and a photo-active layer. The method further comprises, between steps a) and b), forming: a first insulating step on the groove; then a conductive strip partially covering the first insulating strip; then a second insulating strip partially covering the conductive strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: ARMOR
    Inventors: Fran├žois Allais, Damien Hau, Jeremiah Mwaura
  • Patent number: 10746695
    Abstract: In one aspect, a biological sequencing device comprising a cartridge configured to be removed from the instrument is disclosed. In various embodiments the cartridge can include one or more capillaries suitable for capillary electrophoresis, a reservoir and a pump. In various embodiments the reservoir can contain a separation matrix. In various embodiments the pump can load a capillary with separation matrix. In another aspect the biological sequencing device can include one or more capillaries and an integrated valve assembly. In various embodiments the integrated valve assembly can provide a polymer to the one or more capillaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Ian Walton, Robert Cobene, Alexander Dukhovny, Adam Sannicandro, John Dixon, Achim Karger, Dan Kline
  • Patent number: 10749053
    Abstract: A multijunction solar cell and its method of fabrication, including an upper and a lower solar subcell each having an emitter layer and a base layer forming a photoelectric junction; a near infrared (NIR) wideband reflector layer disposed below the upper subcell and above the lower subcell for reflecting light in the spectral range of 900 to 1050 nm which represents unused and undesired solar energy and thereby reducing the overall solar energy absorptance in the solar cell and providing thermodynamic radiative cooling of the solar cell when deployed in space outside the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: SolAero Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Daniel Derkacs, Bed Pantha, Samantha Cruz, Nathaniel Miller, Pravin Patel, Alexander Haas
  • Patent number: 10718732
    Abstract: Electrochemical sensing of biomolecules eliminates the need for bulky optical instruments required in traditional fluorescence-based sensing assays. Integration of the sensor interface electrodes and active electrochemical detection circuitry on CMOS substrates miniaturizes the sensing platform, enhancing portability for point-of-care applications, while enabling high-throughput, highly-parallel analysis. One embodiment includes a four-by-four active sensor array for multiplexed electrochemical biomolecular detection in a standard 0.25-?m CMOS process. Integrated potentiostats, including control amplifiers and dual-slope ADCs, stimulate the electrochemical cell and detect the current flowing through on-chip gold electrodes at each sensor site resulting from biomolecular reactions occurring on the chip surface. Post-processing techniques for fabricating biologically-compatible surface-electrode arrays in CMOS that can withstand operation in harsh electrochemical environments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Trustees Of Columbia University In The City of New York
    Inventors: Peter M. Levine, Kenneth L. Shepard, Ping Gong, Levicky Rastislav
  • Patent number: 10714726
    Abstract: A lithium-sulfur battery separator includes a pristine separator (PSL) and a functional layer (FL). The FL is located on a surface of the PSL. The FL includes a plurality of carbon nanotubes and a plurality of MoP2 nanoparticles uniformly mixed with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Feng Luo, Jia-Ping Wang, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 10714727
    Abstract: A lithium-sulfur battery includes a cathode, an anode, a lithium-sulfur battery separator and an electrolyte. The lithium-sulfur battery separator includes a pristine separator (PSL) and a functional layer (FL). The FL is located on a surface of the PSL. The FL includes a plurality of carbon nanotubes and a plurality of MoP2 nanoparticles uniformly mixed with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Feng Luo, Jia-Ping Wang, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 10714648
    Abstract: Disclosed are a solar cell and a method of manufacturing the same. The solar cell with a graphene-silicon quantum dot hybrid structure according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes a hybrid structure including a silicon quantum dot layer, in which a silicon oxide layer includes a plurality of silicon quantum dots; a doped graphene layer formed on the silicon quantum dot layer, and an encapsulation layer formed on the doped graphene layer; and electrodes formed on upper and lower parts of the hybrid structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY COOPERATION GROUP OF KYUNG HEE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Suk Ho Choi, Sung Kim, Jong Min Kim
  • Patent number: 10707468
    Abstract: A lithium-sulfur battery includes a cathode, an anode, a lithium-sulfur battery separator and an electrolyte. The lithium-sulfur battery separator includes a PSL and a FL. The FL is located on a surface of the PSL. The FL comprises carbon nanotube structure and a plurality of MoP2 nanoparticles. The carbon nanotube structure defines a plurality of micropores. The plurality of MoP2 nanoparticles is located on surface of the carbon nanotube structure and filled in micropores in the carbon nanotube structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Feng Luo, Jia-Ping Wang, Shou-Shan Fan