Patents by Inventor Herbert L. Williams

Herbert L. Williams 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: 9188108
    Abstract: A floating wind farm having wind machines positioned on a generally V-shaped floating platform, the platform being tethered to an anchor such that the platform is free to be repositioned by the wind for optimum production. The wind machines power air compressors and the floating platform itself comprises large storage chambers to receive the compressed air, or storage chambers to receive liquefied air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams
  • Publication number: 20150056076
    Abstract: A floating wind farm having wind machines positioned on a generally V-shaped floating platform, the platform being tethered to an anchor such that the platform is free to be repositioned by the wind for optimum production. The wind machines power air compressors and the floating platform itself comprises large storage chambers to receive the compressed air, or storage chambers to receive liquefied air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams
  • Patent number: 8884458
    Abstract: A floating wind farm having wind machines positioned on a generally V-shaped floating platform, the platform being tethered to an anchor such that the platform is free to be repositioned by the wind for optimum production. The wind machines power air compressors and the floating platform itself comprises a large storage tank to receive the compressed air, the compressed air being used to power electrical generators or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams
  • Publication number: 20130019591
    Abstract: An offshore floating wind farm producing compressed air in varying quantities depending on the wind speed, the compressed air being delivered to a large-volume, thin-walled, underwater storage bladder or tank, the compressed air then being delivered to an electricity-generating power plant to power generators as needed. The system may also include an onshore wind farm that produces compressed air in varying quantities depending on wind speed, the compressed air being delivered directly to the power plant. When compressed air production exceeds the needs of the power plant, the excess compressed air is delivered to the underwater storage tank. When onshore production is inadequate, compressed air is brought from the underwater storage tank to the power plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams
  • Publication number: 20130023377
    Abstract: A variable speed drive apparatus having a pair of bevel pinions connecting a pair of bevel gears, the bevel pinions being mounted in a cage able to rotate independently of the bevel gears, which are connected to an input shaft and an output shaft. The rotational speed of the output shaft is monitored and is decreased if needed by retarding rotation of the cage in response to a higher than desired rate of rotation of the input shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams
  • Patent number: 8343008
    Abstract: A variable speed drive apparatus having a pair of bevel pinions connecting a pair of bevel gears, the bevel pinions being mounted in a cage able to rotate independently of the bevel gears, which are connected to an input shaft and an output shaft. The rotational speed of the output shaft is monitored and is decreased if needed by retarding rotation of the cage in response to a higher than desired rate of rotation of the input shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams
  • Publication number: 20120269657
    Abstract: A water pumping system having a wind machine driving an air compressor. The tower extends underground into the water saturated ground below the water table. The base of the tower has a water accumulator chamber with a one-way inlet valve such that water can pass into the water chamber. An outlet conduit communicates with the water chamber such that water within the chamber can be delivered to an external water tank by the compressed air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams
  • Publication number: 20120267897
    Abstract: A floating wind farm having wind machines positioned on a generally V-shaped floating platform, the platform being tethered to an anchor such that the platform is free to be repositioned by the wind for optimum production. The wind machines power air compressors and the floating platform itself comprises a large storage tank to receive the compressed air, the compressed air being used to power electrical generators or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams
  • Patent number: 7399162
    Abstract: A fluid turbine, such as a wind or hydro turbine, for generating electrical power, the turbine having a rotor assembly comprising a hub, a rim and a plurality of tensioned cable members joining them together, the cable members being grouped into sets to define a plurality of supports for individual skin members to create a plurality of lightweight blade members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams
  • Patent number: 7378750
    Abstract: A hydroelectric turbine for the production of electricity from tidal flow forces, the turbine having a rotor preferably with an open center such that the blades are mounted between an inner rim and outer rim, wherein retaining members and anti-friction members are provided to limit movement of the rotor relative to the housing in either axial direction, such that water flow in either direction operates the turbine, but wherein the retaining members and the anti-friction members allow the rotor to shift in either axial direction in response to water flow, thereby reducing the amount of energy required to initiate rotation. The anti-friction members limiting rotor travel in the axial direction are preferably of increased thickness, such that as the anti-friction members wear down, the rotor is able to shift relative to the housing in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Openhybro Group, Ltd.
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams
  • Patent number: 7258523
    Abstract: A hydro electric turbine having a flexible, collapsible front shroud, the upstream open end of the front shroud being controlled by a draw line passing through purse rings, whereby the upstream end can be closed by drawing on the draw line, thereby stopping water flow through the turbine. Decreased drag allows the turbine to rise to the surface. Opening the upstream end so that water flows into the turbine increases drag to lower the turbine into the water and causes rotation of the turbine blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: OpenHydro Group Limited
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams
  • Patent number: 7190087
    Abstract: A hydroelectric turbine for the production of electricity from tidal flow forces, the turbine having a rotor with an open center such that the blades are mounted between an inner rim and outer rim, where retaining members and anti-friction members are provided to prevent excessive movement of the rotor relative to the housing in either axial direction, such that water flow in either direction operates the turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams
  • Patent number: 6729840
    Abstract: A powerplant for use in high head applications (dams) which allows marine animals (fish, otters, turtles, etc.) to swim safely from one side of the dam to the other. The turbine blades which take energy from the water to produce electricity have a large hole through their center. They are arranged one behind the other in such a way that the velocity of the water is decreased as it passes through each blade. The large holes through the center of the turbine blades and the decreasing of the water flow, while increasing the amount of energy produced, will allow marine life to easily swim back and forth through the dam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams
  • Publication number: 20040013510
    Abstract: A powerplant for use in high head applications (dams) which allows marine animals (fish, otters, turtles, etc.) to swim safely from one side of the dam to the other. The turbine blades which take energy from the water to produce electricity have a large hole through their center. They are arranged one behind the other in such a way that the velocity of the water is decreased as it passes through each blade. The large holes through the center of the turbine blades and the decreasing of the water flow, while increasing the amount of energy produced, will allow marine life to easily swim back and forth through the dam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams
  • Publication number: 20020047274
    Abstract: The invention produces electricity by the use of a continuous loop cable drawn by a water current through the use of sea anchors (chutes).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Publication date: April 25, 2002
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams
  • Patent number: 5592816
    Abstract: A hydroelectric turbine and a method of using the turbine in an open body of water to produce electric power is described. A turbine has a large opening to allow a stream of water to pass through. The turbine is supported by a plurality of rubber tires such that a reaction force from the stream of water holds against the tires. A frame with a floatation chamber is used to lower the turbine into position in the stream of water, and to raise the turbine to a horizontal position on the surface of the body of water. The floatation chamber is partially filled with water to lower the turbine in the body of water such that an air pocket exists in the chamber to orient the turbine in a vertical position. When the chamber is purged of water, the turbine is raised to the surface. Rotation of the turbine drives the tires, which drive pumps to pump fluid to a motor, which drives an electric generator to produce power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams
  • Patent number: D543495
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams
  • Patent number: RE38336
    Abstract: A hydroelectric turbine and a method of using the turbine in an open body of water to produce electric power is described. A turbine has a large opening to allow a stream of water to pass through. The turbine is supported by a plurality of rubber tires such that a reaction force from the stream of water holds against the tires. A frame with a floatation chamber is used to lower the turbine into position in the stream of water, and to raise the turbine to a horizontal position on the surface of the body of water. The floatation chamber is partially filled with water to lower the turbine in the body of water such that an air pocket exists in the chamber to orient the turbine in a vertical position. When the chamber is purged of water, the turbine is raised to the surface. Rotation of the turbine drives the tires, which drive pumps to pump fluid to a motor, which drives an electric generator to produce power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Inventor: Herbert L. Williams