Patents by Inventor Christos Gougoussis

Christos Gougoussis has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11569401
    Abstract: A solar panel includes a plurality of photovoltaic cells embedded in a layer of encapsulant. A textured and/or colored layer is positioned on a back side of the layer of encapsulant. The textured and/or colored layer matches a color and/or texture of the plurality of photovoltaic cells. A top layer is positioned on a front side of the layer of encapsulant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Pilliod, Christos Gougoussis, Michael M. Laurin, Scott Tandoi, Javier Verdura, Franz Von Holzhausen, Caroline Park, Radu Muntean, Kate Kuzina, Dante Lamastra
  • Publication number: 20230012646
    Abstract: Automotive glass structures having curves and feature lines and methods for forming the same are provided. An example method includes applying localized heat (e.g., via a laser, heating element) to a location of a substantially planar glass structure and bending the glass structure at that location (e.g., along a line of the planar glass structure) to form a feature line in the glass structure. The bending can be formed to have a radius of curvature of between 2 mm and 5 cm. Additional layers of curved or joined glass layers may further be included to form a curved multi-layer glass structure for automotive use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Publication date: January 19, 2023
    Inventors: Christos Gougoussis, William S. Sweney, Rosemary Mottsmith, Michael Pilliod, Gregoire Hamel
  • Publication number: 20230009094
    Abstract: Exemplary systems that may reduce or eliminate the visibility of a boundary between the displaying portions of the system and the non-displaying portions of the system are disclosed. An exemplary system includes a display screen including a plurality of pixels forming a first periodic structure and a frame surrounding at least a portion of the display screen. The frame may include a holographic structure having a second periodic structure. The first pitch of the first periodic structure may be within 0.5 percent to 20 percent of the second pitch of the second periodic structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Publication date: January 12, 2023
    Inventor: Christos Gougoussis
  • Patent number: 11511523
    Abstract: A multilayer glass stack for a vehicle windshield with improved durability is described. The multilayer glass stack includes an external-facing glass layer, an internal-facing glass layer, and an adhesive interlayer positioned between the external-facing and internal-facing glass layers. The external-facing glass layer may include borosilicate and/or does not include soda lime glass. Methods of manufacturing the multilayer glass stack are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Rosemary Mottsmith, Michael Pilliod, William S. Sweney, Dante Lamastra, Christos Gougoussis
  • Patent number: 11449005
    Abstract: Systems may reduce or eliminate the visibility of a boundary between the displaying portions of the system and the non-displaying portions of the system. An exemplary system includes a display screen including a plurality of pixels forming a first periodic structure and a frame surrounding at least a portion of the display screen. The frame may include a holographic structure having a second periodic structure. The first pitch of the first periodic structure may be within 0.5 percent to 20 percent of the second pitch of the second periodic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventor: Christos Gougoussis
  • Publication number: 20220127179
    Abstract: Systems and methods for texturing substrates (e.g., glass, metal, and the like) and the textured substrates produced using such systems and methods are disclosed. An exemplary textured substrate includes a surface having a portion with a root-mean-square roughness between 40 to 1000 microns and an autocorrelation function greater than 0.5 for distances less than 50 microns. An exemplary system for texturing a substrate includes a plunger with a textured surface, where a portion of the textured surface has a root-mean-square roughness between 40 to 1000 microns and an autocorrelation function greater than 0.5 for distances less than 50 microns. An exemplary method for texturing a substrate includes the steps of generating a pattern defining a texture, and 3-D printing the pattern on the substrate to form the texture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2022
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Inventors: William S. SWENEY, Michael PILLIOD, Christos GOUGOUSSIS
  • Patent number: 11220450
    Abstract: Systems and methods for texturing substrates (e.g., glass, metal, and the like) and the textured substrates produced using such systems and methods are disclosed. An exemplary textured substrate includes a surface having a portion with a root-mean-square roughness between 40 to 1000 microns and an autocorrelation function greater than 0.5 for distances less than 50 microns. An exemplary system for texturing a substrate includes a plunger with a textured surface, where a portion of the textured surface has a root-mean-square roughness between 40 to 1000 microns and an autocorrelation function greater than 0.5 for distances less than 50 microns. An exemplary method for texturing a substrate includes the steps of generating a pattern defining a texture, and 3-D printing the pattern on the substrate to form the texture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: William S. Sweney, Michael Pilliod, Christos Gougoussis
  • Publication number: 20210202768
    Abstract: A solar panel includes a plurality of photovoltaic cells embedded in a layer of encapsulant. A textured and/or colored layer is positioned on a back side of the layer of encapsulant. The textured and/or colored layer matches a color and/or texture of the plurality of photovoltaic cells. A top layer is positioned on a front side of the layer of encapsulant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Michael PILLIOD, Christos GOUGOUSSIS, Michael M. LAURIN, Scott TANDOI, Javier VERDURA, Franz VON HOLZHAUSEN, Caroline PARK, Radu MUNTEAN, Kate KUZINA, Dante LAMASTRA
  • Publication number: 20210154980
    Abstract: A multilayer glass stack for a vehicle windshield with improved durability is described. The multilayer glass stack includes an external-facing glass layer, an internal-facing glass layer, and an adhesive interlayer positioned between the external-facing and internal-facing glass layers. The external-facing glass layer may include borosilicate and/or does not include soda lime glass. Methods of manufacturing the multilayer glass stack are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventors: Rosemary Mottsmith, Michael Pilliod, William S. Sweney, Dante Lamastra, Christos Gougoussis
  • Patent number: 10937915
    Abstract: A solar panel includes a backsheet layer, a bottom encapsulant layer adjacent the backsheet layer, a plurality of photovoltaic cells adjacent the bottom encapsulant layer, a top encapsulant layer adjacent the plurality of photovoltaic cells having a plurality of louvers constructed therein to block side view of the plurality of photovoltaic cells, and a top layer adjacent the top encapsulant layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Pilliod, Christos Gougoussis, Michael M. Laurin, Scott Tandoi, Javier Verdura, Franz Von Holzhausen, Caroline Park, Radu Muntean, Kate Kuzina, Dante Lamastra
  • Publication number: 20190302694
    Abstract: Exemplary systems that may reduce or eliminate the visibility of a boundary between the displaying portions of the system and the non-displaying portions of the system are disclosed. An exemplary system includes a display screen including a plurality of pixels forming a first periodic structure and a frame surrounding at least a portion of the display screen. The frame may include a holographic structure having a second periodic structure. The first pitch of the first periodic structure may be within 0.5 percent to 20 percent of the second pitch of the second periodic structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventor: Christos GOUGOUSSIS
  • Publication number: 20190241455
    Abstract: Systems and methods for texturing substrates (e.g., glass, metal, and the like) and the textured substrates produced using such systems and methods are disclosed. An exemplary textured substrate includes a surface having a portion with a root-mean-square roughness between 40 to 1000 microns and an autocorrelation function greater than 0.5 for distances less than 50 microns. An exemplary system for texturing a substrate includes a plunger with a textured surface, where a portion of the textured surface has a root-mean-square roughness between 40 to 1000 microns and an autocorrelation function greater than 0.5 for distances less than 50 microns. An exemplary method for texturing a substrate includes the steps of generating a pattern defining a texture, and 3-D printing the pattern on the substrate to form the texture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: William S. SWENEY, Michael PILLIOD, Christos GOUGOUSSIS
  • Publication number: 20190241465
    Abstract: Exemplary antireflective coatings that have antireflective properties for light of non-normal angular incidence are disclosed. An exemplary antireflective coating includes a multilayer having alternating optical layers of high refractive index material and low refractive index material and a second layer directly contacting a first optical layer of the multilayer. The sum of the optical thickness of the second layer and the optical thickness of the first optical layer of the multilayer is between 146 nanometers and 190 nanometers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventor: Christos GOUGOUSSIS
  • Publication number: 20180269824
    Abstract: A solar tile having an obscured photovoltaic layer is described. The solar tile includes a back-sheet layer. The solar tile includes a bottom encapsulant layer adjacent to the back-sheet layer. One or more photovoltaic cells is provided adjacent to the bottom encapsulant layer. The solar tile includes a louver layer having porous louvers. A top encapsulant layer is provided adjacent to the one or more photovoltaic cells. The top encapsulant layer has a plurality of louvers constructed therein to block side view of the one or more photovoltaic cells. The solar tile further includes a top layer adjacent to the top encapsulant layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Christopher Mayer, Christos Gougoussis
  • Publication number: 20180122973
    Abstract: A solar panel includes a backsheet layer, a bottom encapsulant layer adjacent the backsheet layer, a plurality of photovoltaic cells adjacent the bottom encapsulant layer, a top encapsulant layer adjacent the plurality of photovoltaic cells having a plurality of louvers constructed therein to block side view of the plurality of photovoltaic cells, and a top layer adjacent the top encapsulant layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Pilliod, Christos Gougoussis, Oliver Lefevre, Mike Laurin, John Liu