Patents by Inventor James F. Corum

James F. Corum 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: 10175048
    Abstract: Disclosed are various approaches for determining positions of a navigation unit and correcting for errors. The navigation unit can receive a guided surface wave using a guided surface wave receive structure. The navigation unit can then determine a potential location of the guided surface wave receive structure. Finally, the navigation unit can determine an accuracy of the potential location based at least in part on a secondary data source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, James D. Lilly
  • Patent number: 10175203
    Abstract: Disclosed are various systems and methods for remote surface sensing using guided surface wave modes on lossy media. One system, among others, comprises a guided surface waveguide probe configured to launch a guided surface wave along a surface of a lossy conducting medium, and a receiver configured to receive backscatter reflected by a remotely located subsurface object illuminated by the guided surface wave. One method, among others, includes launching a guided surface wave along a surface of a lossy conducting medium by exciting a charge terminal of a guided surface waveguide probe, and receiving backscatter reflected by a remotely located subsurface object illuminated by the guided surface wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum
  • Patent number: 10177571
    Abstract: Disclosed are various receive circuits by which to receive a plurality of guided surface waves transmitted by a plurality of guided surface waveguide probes over a surface of a terrestrial medium according to various embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, Joseph F. Pinzone, James D. Lilly
  • Publication number: 20190006854
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of a guided surface wave transmitter/receiver configured to transmit a guided surface wave at a first frequency and to receive guided surface waves at a second frequency, concurrently with the transmission of guided surface waves at the first frequency. The various embodiments can be configured to retransmit received power and applied the received power to an electrical load. The various embodiments of the guided surface wave transmitter/receiver also can be configured as an amplitude modulation (AM) repeater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, James D. Lilly, Basil F. Pinzone, JR., Joseph F. Pinzone
  • Publication number: 20180366804
    Abstract: Disclosed are various systems and methods directed to the launching of a Zenneck surface wave embodying a modulated signal using a guided surface waveguide probe. A modulated signal is generated and coupled to a guided surface waveguide probe. A resulting Zenneck surface wave is launched that decays exponentially as a function of distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum
  • Publication number: 20180366808
    Abstract: Various examples are provided for site specification for directional guided surface wave transmission in a lossy media. In one example, a probe site includes a propagation interface including first and second regions comprising different lossy conducting mediums. A guided surface waveguide probe positioned adjacent to the first and second regions can generate at least one electric field to launch a guided surface wave along the propagation interface in a radial direction defined by the first region and restricted by the second region. The propagation interface can also include additional regions comprising the same or different lossy conducting mediums. One or more of the regions can be prepared regions. In some cases, the regions can correspond to a terrestrial medium (e.g., a shoreline) and water (e.g., seawater along the shoreline).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: James F. CORUM, Kenneth L. CORUM, John E. ROSS, III
  • Publication number: 20180366805
    Abstract: Disclosed is a guided surface waveguide probe including a charge terminal configured to generate an electromagnetic field and a support apparatus that supports the charge terminal above a lossy conducting medium, wherein the electromagnetic field generated by the charge terminal synthesizes a wave front incident at a complex Brewster angle of incidence (?i,B) of the lossy conducting medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, Basil F. Pinzone, JR., Joseph F. Pinzone, Paul Kendall Carlton, JR.
  • Patent number: 10153638
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for transmitting energy conveyed in the form of a guided surface-waveguide mode along a lossy conducting medium such as, e.g., the surface of a terrestrial medium by exciting a polyphase waveguide probe. A probe control system can be used to adjust the polyphase waveguide probe based at least in part upon characteristics of the lossy conducting medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum
  • Patent number: 10148132
    Abstract: Aspects of return coupled wireless power transmission systems are described. In one embodiment, a system includes a guided surface waveguide probe including a charge terminal elevated at a height over a lossy conducting medium, and a feed network. The system further includes a conductor coupled to the guided surface waveguide probe that extends a distance away from the guided surface waveguide probe across the lossy conducting medium, and at least one guided surface wave receivers coupled to the conductor. The conductor can help to provide additional efficiency in power transfer between the guided surface waveguide probe and the guided surface wave receivers, especially when the operating frequency of the probe is in the medium, high, or very high frequency ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum
  • Publication number: 20180342879
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for frequency-division multiplexing for wireless power providers using Zenneck surface waveguide probes to transmit power. Zenneck surface waveguide probes may transmit power on multiple frequencies with potentially overlapping service areas. Frequency-agile Zenneck surface wave receivers may tune to one or more frequencies. Cost, availability, and/or other information may be provided to the Zenneck surface wave receivers. Power usage may be reported by the Zenneck surface wave receivers to power providers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, Basil F. Pinzone, JR., Michael J. D'Aurelio
  • Publication number: 20180342983
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for embedding data on a guided surface wave. A guided surface waveguide probe emits power as a guided surface wave received by a guided surface wave receive structure circuit. An aggregate electric load of the receiver circuit is modulated with reference to a data signal. A current at the guided surface waveguide probe is monitored. A data signal is recaptured at the guided surface waveguide probe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, James D. Lilly, Basil F. Pinzone, JR., Joseph F. Pinzone
  • Patent number: 10141622
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to mobile guided surface waveguide probes and receivers. In a representative embodiment, an excitation source such as a generator is coupled to a guided surface waveguide probe. The excitation source and the guided surface waveguide probe mounted to a rigid frame for transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, Michael W. Miller, Paul Kendall Carlton, Jr., Michael J. D'Aurelio
  • Publication number: 20180337535
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for distributing power to loads and classifying loads that receive electrical energy in the form of guided surface waves that are transmitted by guided surface waveguide probes along a terrestrial medium. A request can be received for power from one or more guided surface wave receive structures. The guided surface wave receive structures can be assigned to a discrete transmission frequency from one of a plurality of frequency sets. The assignment can occur in response to the request for power. The frequency set can correspond to one or more guided surface waveguide probes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, Joseph F. Pinzone, Michael W. Miller
  • Patent number: 10135301
    Abstract: Disclosed is a guided surface waveguide probe including a charge terminal configured to generate an electromagnetic field and a support apparatus that supports the charge terminal above a lossy conducting medium, wherein the electromagnetic field generated by the charge terminal synthesizes a wave front incident at a complex Brewster angle of incidence (?i,B) of the lossy conducting medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, Basil F. Pinzone, Jr., Joseph F. Pinzone, Paul Kendall Carlton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10132845
    Abstract: Disclosed are various approaches for measuring and reporting the amount of electrical power consumed by an electrical load attached to a guided surface wave receive structure. A guided surface wave receive structure is configured to obtain electrical energy from a guided surface wave traveling along a terrestrial medium. An electrical load is coupled to the guided surface wave receive structure, the electrical load being experienced as a load at an excitation source coupled to a guided surface waveguide probe generating the guided surface wave. An electric power meter coupled to the electrical load and configured to measure the electrical load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, Joseph F. Pinzone, James D. Lilly, Michael W. Miller, Stephen W. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10135298
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments for a guided surface waveguide probe and a guided surface wave receiver, where the guided surface wave receiver comprises processing circuitry that (a) identifies at least one frequency from a plurality of available frequencies associated with a transmission of Zenneck surface waves along a terrestrial medium, and (b) adjusts a frequency at which the guided surface wave receiver receives electrical energy from the Zenneck surface waves via the terrestrial medium to a predetermined frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum
  • Publication number: 20180323651
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of load shedding techniques for a guided surface wave power delivery system. In one embodiment, among others, a guided surface waveguide probe is configured to transmit a guided surface wave along a lossy conducting medium; and a load shedding controller device is configured to send load shedding instructions to a plurality of user devices. The load shedding instructions regulate user device consumption of electrical energy provided by the guided surface wave amongst the plurality of user devices by spreading out activation and deactivation of load shedding conservations amongst the plurality of user devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, James D. Lilly, Stephen W. Wilson, Basil F. Pinzone, JR., Joseph F. Pinzone, Richard T. Devereaux, John Robert Ashcroft, Michael W. Miller
  • Patent number: 10122218
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for long distance transmission of offshore generated power. A turbine is located offshore. The turbine can be mechanically coupled to a generator. A guided surface waveguide probe is electrically coupled to the generator and configured to launch a guided surface wave on a terrestrial medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, John Robert Ashcroft, Stephen W. Wilson, Michael W. Miller
  • Publication number: 20180309289
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for transmitting energy conveyed in the form of a guided surface-waveguide mode along a lossy conducting medium such as, e.g., the surface of a terrestrial medium by exciting a polyphase waveguide probe. A probe control system can be used to adjust the polyphase waveguide probe based at least in part upon characteristics of the lossy conducting medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum
  • Patent number: 10103452
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of an electromagnetic hybrid phased array system. One such embodiment includes a guided surface waveguide probe, and a contrawound toroidal helix antenna collocated with the guided surface waveguide probe in which the contrawound toroidal helix comprises ring elements spaced from each other and wrapped around the guided surface waveguide probe. The system further includes a signal source applied to at least the guided surface waveguide probe, such that the guided surface waveguide probe and the contrawound toroidal helix contribute individual vertical electric fields to form a radiation pattern based on the phase and amplitude characteristics of the individual vertical electric fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, Basil F. Pinzone, Jr.