Patents by Inventor Daniel Carlson

Daniel Carlson 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: 11316471
    Abstract: A manually controlled coupling mechanism for onsite energy generation and storage systems includes a first contact portion having a first electrical contact for coupling to an utility grid and a second electrical contact for coupling to an on-grid AC terminal of an inverter, a second contact portion having a third electrical contact for coupling to an off-grid output terminal of the inverter, and a manually activated multi-position switch, wherein in a first position, only the first contact portion is activated to allow power transfer between the utility grid, the on-grid AC terminal of the inverter and a main electrical panel, and in the second position, only the second contact portion is activated to allow power transfer from the off-grid output terminal of the inverter to the main electrical panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandeep Narla, Eric Daniel Carlson, Andrew Russell Lutkus
  • Publication number: 20210242684
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for implementing a scalable hierarchical energy distribution grid utilizing homogeneous control logic are disclosed that provide distributed, autonomous control of a multitude of sites in an energy system using abstraction and aggregation techniques. A hierarchical energy distribution grid utilizing homogeneous control logic is provided that includes multiple control modules arranged in a hierarchy. Each control module can implement a same energy optimization scheme logic to directly control site energy resources and possibly energy resources of sites associated with control modules existing below it in the hierarchy. Each control module can act autonomously through use a similar set of input values to the common optimization scheme logic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Inventors: Peter RIVE, Eric Daniel CARLSON
  • Patent number: 11013535
    Abstract: A vertebral fixing system having a flexible elongated member, a connecting part, and an anchor, where the anchor may engage a bone structure (e.g., a vertebra) through an opening of the connecting part and the flexible elongated member may connect to the connecting part. In some cases, the vertebral fixing system may include a tightening part configured to apply a tension to the elongated member and/or secure the elongated member with respect to the connecting part. The vertebral fixing system may be configured to receive a rod and may be capable of connecting thereto. The connecting part may have a plurality of connecting members, where at least one of the connecting members includes an opening for receiving the anchor and at least one of the connecting members connects to the elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Carlson, Hugh Hestad
  • Patent number: 10989175
    Abstract: The present invention utilizes operation of a valve actuator to generate electrical power. A portion of the mechanical energy generated by operation of a valve actuator is converted to electrical energy. The mechanical energy may be converted to electrical energy at the same time as the valve actuator is operating or the mechanical energy may be stored for later conversion. A valve actuator may be operated manually, electrically, pneumatically, or hydraulically. Generated electrical energy may also be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Flowserve Management Company
    Inventors: William T. Dolenti, Daniel J. Morris, Daniel Carlson, Byron A. Fleury, David R. Simons
  • Patent number: 10962941
    Abstract: Techniques for controlling a distributed generation management system may be provided. Real-time power generation information may be collected from sensors of energy generation systems that make up a grid of controlled systems. An aggregate real-time power generation requirement may be determined for the grid based on the real-time power generation information. Using the aggregate requirements, a power profile may be calculated for the grid that indicates a level of power generation for the grid. In some examples, a control signal to control power generation may be generated and provided to the controlled systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventor: Eric Daniel Carlson
  • Patent number: 10892621
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for implementing a scalable hierarchical energy distribution grid utilizing homogeneous control logic are disclosed that provide distributed, autonomous control of a multitude of sites in an energy system using abstraction and aggregation techniques. A hierarchical energy distribution grid utilizing homogeneous control logic is provided that includes multiple control modules arranged in a hierarchy. Each control module can implement a same energy optimization scheme logic to directly control site energy resources and possibly energy resources of sites associated with control modules existing below it in the hierarchy. Each control module can act autonomously through use a similar set of input values to the common optimization scheme logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Rive, Eric Daniel Carlson
  • Publication number: 20200255073
    Abstract: A motorized wheel is connected to a single boom pivotally connected to a body having front wheels. The body carries a power supply for the motorized wheel in the form of batteries and a generator. A work piece is removably carried on the body by extending across horizontal supports or in a tray having pivot extrusions slideably received on attachment brackets while support extrusions abut with the horizontal supports. The body includes first and second frames including first, second and third legs extending at obtuse angles from each other and a handle extending between the third legs. The body further includes support components holding the first and second frames in a spaced, parallel relation and supporting the batteries and the generator. A sulky is slideably connected to the single boom and upon which a worker stands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Jacob Daniel Carlson, Lance Richard Hartmann
  • Publication number: 20200052492
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for implementing a scalable hierarchical energy distribution grid utilizing homogeneous control logic are disclosed that provide distributed, autonomous control of a multitude of sites in an energy system using abstraction and aggregation techniques. A hierarchical energy distribution grid utilizing homogeneous control logic is provided that includes multiple control modules arranged in a hierarchy. Each control module can implement a same energy optimization scheme logic to directly control site energy resources and possibly energy resources of sites associated with control modules existing below it in the hierarchy. Each control module can act autonomously through use a similar set of input values to the common optimization scheme logic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Peter Rive, Eric Daniel Carlson
  • Patent number: 10523008
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for implementing a scalable hierarchical energy distribution grid utilizing homogeneous control logic are disclosed that provide distributed, autonomous control of a multitude of sites in an energy system using abstraction and aggregation techniques. A hierarchical energy distribution grid utilizing homogeneous control logic is provided that includes multiple control modules arranged in a hierarchy. Each control module can implement a same energy optimization scheme logic to directly control site energy resources and possibly energy resources of sites associated with control modules existing below it in the hierarchy. Each control module can act autonomously through use a similar set of input values to the common optimization scheme logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Rive, Eric Daniel Carlson
  • Patent number: 10458266
    Abstract: Gas turbine engines and turbines thereof including a stator section having a plurality of vanes, a rotating section having a plurality of blades, the rotating section being axially adjacent the stator section along an axis of the turbine, the stator section being aftward of the rotating section along the axis of the turbine, and a primary tangential onboard injector located radially inward from the stator section and configured to direct an airflow from the stator section in a forward direction toward the rotating section, the primary tangential onboard injector turning the airflow in a direction of rotation of the rotating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel Carlson, Jonathan Ortiz, Matthew A. Devore, Raymond Surace
  • Patent number: 10359797
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving power measurement data for a photovoltaic (PV)-based energy generation (EG) sites, determining if cloud cover is present over the EG site based on a difference between a present and historical power output for the EG site, calculating a density of the cloud cover over the EG site based on the present and historical power outputs, and controlling load characteristics of the EG site based on the determined presence and calculated density of the cloud cover. The density of the cloud cover is based on a percentage difference in power output between the present power output and the historical power output. A vector for the cloud cover can be determined based on movement of a detected storm system with a boundary defined by a location of a plurality of EG sites, or by a movement of the cloud density from one EG site to the next.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventor: Eric Daniel Carlson
  • Patent number: 10277031
    Abstract: Techniques for provisioning energy generation and/or storage systems. In one embodiment, a method is provided that can comprise automatically determining, by a site gateway, information pertaining to one or more components of an energy storage system, where the site gateway and the one or more components are located at a customer site. The method can further comprise configuring, by the site gateway, the energy storage system based on the automatically determined information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Daniel Carlson, Karthikeyan Varadarajan
  • Publication number: 20190110820
    Abstract: A vertebral fixing system having a flexible elongated member, a connecting part, and an anchor, where the anchor may engage a bone structure (e.g., a vertebra) through an opening of the connecting part and the flexible elongated member may connect to the connecting part. In some cases, the vertebral fixing system may include a tightening part configured to apply a tension to the elongated member and/or secure the elongated member with respect to the connecting part. The vertebral fixing system may be configured to receive a rod and may be capable of connecting thereto. The connecting part may have a plurality of connecting members, where at least one of the connecting members includes an opening for receiving the anchor and at least one of the connecting members connects to the elongated member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel A. Carlson, Hugh Hestad
  • Patent number: 10247436
    Abstract: Techniques for controlling a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system at a site are disclosed. A disclosed method includes obtaining or calculating a net load at the site and obtaining a temperature of the site during a time period. The method further includes comparing the net load to a threshold load value and comparing the temperature to a lower threshold temperature or an upper threshold temperature. The method also includes determining one or more operation parameter values for the HVAC system based at least in part on the comparison of the net load to the threshold load value and the comparison of the temperature to the lower threshold temperature or the upper threshold temperature, and setting the HVAC system based on the one or more operation parameter values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Daniel Carlson, Brian L. Zimmerly
  • Publication number: 20190097427
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for controlling energy generation interactions that bypass the grid may be provided. Flow control devices may be directly connected with one another independent of electrical connections to the utility grid. In some examples, the direct connections between the devices may enable sharing of power, controlling power flow over the direct connections, and/or recording relative power flows between the devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Peter Joshua Rive, Eric Daniel Carlson
  • Patent number: 10199863
    Abstract: Techniques for curtailing a power generation system utilizing a message bus may be provided. Power generation data of a message bus system associated with an energy generation system may be subscribed to over a network. The message bus system may be configured to manage messages between the energy generation system, a system load metering device, and/or a server computer. The power generation data of the energy generation system may be received from the message bus system. In some examples, a control signal may be generated to curtail an overgeneration condition of the energy generation system based at least in part on the received power generation data when the overgeneration condition is occurring. The control signal may be published to the message bus system for communication to the energy generation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventor: Eric Daniel Carlson
  • Patent number: 10188429
    Abstract: A vertebral fixing system having a flexible elongated member, a connecting part, and an anchor, where the anchor may engage a bone structure (e.g., a vertebra) through an opening of the connecting part and the flexible elongated member may connect to the connecting part. In some cases, the vertebral fixing system may include a tightening part configured to apply a tension to the elongated member and/or secure the elongated member with respect to the connecting part. The vertebral fixing system may be configured to receive a rod and may be capable of connecting thereto. The connecting part may have a plurality of connecting members, where at least one of the connecting members includes an opening for receiving the anchor and at least one of the connecting members connects to the elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Zimmer Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Carlson, Hugh Hestad
  • Patent number: 10193932
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present technology may include a method to enable real-time data requests. The method may include subscribing to real-time data enable requests for a device on an energy generation (EG) network. The method may also include intercepting, from a requester, a request for real-time data for the device on an EG system within the EG network. The method may further include publishing a single request to the device to post a single measurement corresponding to the real-time data request. The single request may be published at less than or equal to a predetermined frequency for a request cycle that lasts for a predetermined duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Daniel Carlson, Karthikeyan Varadarajan, Franklin Aguinaldo
  • Patent number: 10153898
    Abstract: A wireless mesh network provides secure communication by encrypting data using one or more encryption keys. A configuration device in communication with a security manager of the network provides a temporary secure communication path between the security manager and a new field device to be added to the mesh network. Cryptographic material and other configuration data can then be transferred between the security manager of the network and the new field device securely via the configuration device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc
    Inventors: Robert J. Karschnia, Marcos Peluso, Daniel Carlson, Jeffrey D. Potter
  • Patent number: 10128659
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for controlling energy generation interactions that bypass the grid may be provided. Flow control devices may be directly connected with one another independent of electrical connections to the utility grid. In some examples, the direct connections between the devices may enable sharing of power, controlling power flow over the direct connections, and/or recording relative power flows between the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Joshua Rive, Eric Daniel Carlson