Patents by Inventor John Christopher Shelton

John Christopher Shelton 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: 10286792
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for managing at least one renewable energy source for supply of power via an electric grid are disclosed. A method supplies power to mobile devices from the renewable energy source and balances power realized by the mobile devices with the supply of power from the renewable energy source by controlling the supply of power realized by the mobile devices. An apparatus includes a processor for monitoring power from the renewable energy source and sending signals to mobile devices connected to the electric grid to balance monitored power from the renewable energy source with power realized by the mobile devices. Another method identifies a fixed account associated with a grid connection point used by a plug-in electric vehicle for realizing power during a connection event; determines a quantity of energy realized during the event; and adjusts the account based on energy realized by the vehicle during the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: THE AES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Christopher Shelton, John Michael Zahurancik
  • Patent number: 9847648
    Abstract: Approaches for controlling power supplied to an electric grid are disclosed. In embodiments, methods and systems control power supplied to an electric grid using an energy storage device. In an embodiment, a method receives an indication of power to be supplied to the electric grid, generates power from a power generator and adjusts, using the generated power, an energy level of the energy storage device to control power supplied to the grid in accordance with the received indication. In another embodiment, a system comprises a grid indication receiver for receiving an indication of power to be supplied to the electric grid; a power generator connected to the grid; an energy storage device coupled to the power generator; and a controller for adjusting, using the generated power from the generator, an energy level of the energy storage device to control power supplied to the grid in accordance with the received indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: THE AES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Christopher Shelton, Jay Craig Geinzer, Brett Lance Galura, Steven Christianne Gerard Meersman
  • Publication number: 20170110882
    Abstract: Approaches for controlling power supplied to an electric grid are disclosed. In embodiments, methods and systems control power supplied to an electric grid using an energy storage device. In an embodiment, a method receives an indication of power to be supplied to the electric grid, generates power from a power generator and adjusts, using the generated power, an energy level of the energy storage device to control power supplied to the grid in accordance with the received indication. In another embodiment, a system comprises a grid indication receiver for receiving an indication of power to be supplied to the electric grid; a power generator connected to the grid; an energy storage device coupled to the power generator; and a controller for adjusting, using the generated power from the generator, an energy level of the energy storage device to control power supplied to the grid in accordance with the received indication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: The AES Corporation
    Inventors: John Christopher SHELTON, Jay Craig GEINZER, Brett Lance GALURA, Steven Christianne Gerard MEERSMAN
  • Patent number: 9559520
    Abstract: Approaches for controlling power supplied to an electric grid are disclosed. In embodiments, methods and systems control power supplied to an electric grid using an energy storage device. In an embodiment, a method receives an indication of power to be supplied to the electric grid, generates power from a power generator and adjusts, using the generated power, an energy level of the energy storage device to control power supplied to the grid in accordance with the received indication. In another embodiment, a system comprises a grid indication receiver for receiving an indication of power to be supplied to the electric grid; a power generator connected to the grid; an energy storage device coupled to the power generator; and a controller for adjusting, using the generated power from the generator, an energy level of the energy storage device to control power supplied to the grid in accordance with the received indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: THE AES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Christopher Shelton, Jay Craig Geinzer, Brett Lance Galura, Steven Christianne Gerard Meersman
  • Patent number: 9452684
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for managing energy services are disclosed. One method includes: reporting, by a respective asset of the first type, an identifier associated with a grid connection point that establishes a location of the respective asset of the first type at the grid connection point on the electric grid; receiving, by the respective asset of the first type, operating conditions for realizing the energy service, the received conditions being based on the established location of the respective asset of the first type on the grid; and operating the respective asset of the first type in accordance with the received operating conditions to realize the energy service. An energy service controller includes a communication unit for receiving, from a mobile asset, an identifier associated with a grid connection point connected to the asset and a processor for determining a location of the asset on the grid based on the identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: THE AES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Christopher Shelton, John Michael Zahurancik
  • Patent number: 9358894
    Abstract: Methods and systems for reconciling a charging event are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method establishes an identity tag at a grid connection point that uniquely identifies the point and receives tag information to uniquely identify the point at a mobile charging device. The method monitors charge event information indicating attributes of the charging event, associates event information with the identity tag information, and sends the information for reconciliation of billing accounts associated with the point and the mobile device. In another embodiment, a method receives an energy storage device for powering a mobile asset, couples the storage device to an electric grid during a connection event, realizes energy services from the connected storage device to the grid, determines a quantity of energy services realized by the storage device during the connection event, and reports the quantity of energy services realized and a unique identifier of the energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: THE AES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Christopher Shelton, John Michael Zahurancik
  • Patent number: 9283857
    Abstract: An electrical outlet, an electrical outlet cover for use with an electrical outlet and methods of identifying a grid connection point for bill processing of a charging event and managing energy services are disclosed. The electrical outlet cover includes a cover unit having a receptacle opening configured to align with a receptacle of the electric outlet and an identification unit configured to present a unique identification that is associated with the electrical outlet. In an embodiment, a method includes establishing an identity tag at a grid connection point (GCP) that unique identifies the GCP, receiving identity tag information to uniquely identify the GCP and monitoring charge event information indicating attributes of the charging event. The method further includes associating the charge event information with the identity tag information, as associated information; and sending the associated information for reconciliation of billing accounts associated with the GCP and the mobile charging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: THE AES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Christopher Shelton, John Michael Zahurancik
  • Patent number: 9020800
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, computer readable media and methods for controlling power realized by energy service equipment based on market data are disclosed. A method simulates execution of control models, as simulation results; selects one of the control models during a first period; and controls operation of the energy services equipment in a second period, using the selected control model. According to an exemplary apparatus, each control model is based on a set of changing market data and controls operation of energy service equipment. A system controls power realized from different energy service equipment using market data. The system includes a model processor that simulates execution of model sets using market data to generate a simulation result; a model selector that selects a model of each set based on simulation results; and a processor that controls operation of the different energy service equipment using the selected model of each respective model set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: The AES Corporation
    Inventors: John Christopher Shelton, Jay Craig Geinzer, Brett Lance Galura, Isaiah Dallas Jefferson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8983875
    Abstract: Methods and adapters for realizing energy services by a device via a grid connection point are disclosed. An adapter includes a detection unit for measuring a quantity of energy services realized by a mobile device; an identification unit for detecting the identifier of the grid connection point electrically connected to the device; and a communication unit to report connection event information including: quantity of the energy service realized by the device; an identifier associated with the adapter; and the identifier of the grid connection point. In another embodiment, a method receives an energy service signal indicating operating set points for a mobile device; communicates the indicated operating set points to the device; and measures a quantity of energy services realized by the device. The method communicates quantity information of energy services realized by the device and sends updated operating set points for the device based on the communicated quantity information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: The AES Corporation
    Inventors: John Christopher Shelton, John Michael Zahurancik
  • Publication number: 20140336840
    Abstract: Approaches for managing and maintaining a state of charge of an energy storage device by adjusting (biasing) responses to electrical grid operator commands to perform ancillary services are disclosed. In embodiments, methods and systems regulate a set point regulation in an energy system. In an embodiment, a method determines when the set point needs to be changed, calculates a new set point, and moves the output of the system from an old set point to the new set point at a defined ramp rate. The method then incorporates, as part of a set point algorithm, the capability to restore the energy storage device to a desirable state of charge (SOC). Embodiments implement Dynamic Bias, SOC and Signal Bias Range Maintaining, Operational Limits, and Fixed Signal Bias algorithms and perform Intelligent Algorithm Selection to manage and maintain the SOC of an energy storage device by biasing responses to grid operator commands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Jay Craig Geinzer, John Christopher Shelton, Brett Lance Galura
  • Publication number: 20120323396
    Abstract: Approaches for controlling power supplied to an electric grid are disclosed. In embodiments, methods and systems control power supplied to an electric grid using an energy storage device. In an embodiment, a method receives an indication of power to be supplied to the electric grid, generates power from a power generator and adjusts, using the generated power, an energy level of the energy storage device to control power supplied to the grid in accordance with the received indication. In another embodiment, a system comprises a grid indication receiver for receiving an indication of power to be supplied to the electric grid; a power generator connected to the grid; an energy storage device coupled to the power generator; and a controller for adjusting, using the generated power from the generator, an energy level of the energy storage device to control power supplied to the grid in accordance with the received indication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: The AES Corporation
    Inventors: John Christopher SHELTON, Jay Craig GEINZER, Brett Lance GALURA, Steven Christianne Gerard MEERSMAN
  • Publication number: 20120323389
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, computer readable media and methods for controlling power realized by energy service equipment based on market data are disclosed. A method simulates execution of control models, as simulation results; selects one of the control models during a first period; and controls operation of the energy services equipment in a second period, using the selected control model. According to an exemplary apparatus, each control model is based on a set of changing market data and controls operation of energy service equipment. A system controls power realized from different energy service equipment using market data. The system includes a model processor that simulates execution of model sets using market data to generate a simulation result; a model selector that selects a model of each set based on simulation results; and a processor that controls operation of the different energy service equipment using the selected model of each respective model set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: The AES Corporation
    Inventors: John Christopher Shelton, Jay Craig Geinzer, Brett Lance Galura, Isaiah Dallas Jefferson, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120109402
    Abstract: An electrical outlet, an electrical outlet cover for use with an electrical outlet and methods of identifying a grid connection point for bill processing of a charging event and managing energy services are disclosed. The electrical outlet cover includes a cover unit having a receptacle opening configured to align with a receptacle of the electric outlet and an identification unit configured to present a unique identification that is associated with the electrical outlet. In an embodiment, a method includes establishing an identity tag at a grid connection point (GCP) that unique identifies the GCP, receiving identity tag information to uniquely identify the GCP and monitoring charge event information indicating attributes of the charging event. The method further includes associating the charge event information with the identity tag information, as associated information; and sending the associated information for reconciliation of billing accounts associated with the GCP and the mobile charging device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: AES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Christopher Shelton, John Michael Zahurancik
  • Publication number: 20120109401
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for managing at least one renewable energy source for supply of power via an electric grid are disclosed. A method supplies power to mobile devices from the renewable energy source and balances power realized by the mobile devices with the supply of power from the renewable energy source by controlling the supply of power realized by the mobile devices. An apparatus includes a processor for monitoring power from the renewable energy source and sending signals to mobile devices connected to the electric grid to balance monitored power from the renewable energy source with power realized by the mobile devices. Another method identifies a fixed account associated with a grid connection point used by a plug-in electric vehicle for realizing power during a connection event; determines a quantity of energy realized during the event; and adjusts the account based on energy realized by the vehicle during the event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: AES Corporation
    Inventors: John Christopher Shelton, John Michael Zahurancik
  • Publication number: 20120109798
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for managing energy services are disclosed. One method includes determining a quantity of the energy service realized during the connection event; identifying an account associated with the grid connection point; and adjusting the identified account based on the quantity determined. Another method includes receiving an indicator indicating an asset identifier or a grid connection point identifier; determining a location of the asset on the grid based on the indicator; determining operating conditions for realizing the energy service based on the determined location; sending the conditions; identifying an account associated with the point based on the indicator; and adjusting the account based on a quantity of energy services realized by the asset in accordance with the conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: The AES Corporation
    Inventors: John Christopher Shelton, John Michael Zahurancik
  • Publication number: 20120109797
    Abstract: Methods and systems for reconciling a charging event are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method establishes an identity tag at a grid connection point that uniquely identifies the point and receives tag information to uniquely identify the point at a mobile charging device. The method monitors charge event information indicating attributes of the charging event, associates event information with the identity tag information, and sends the information for reconciliation of billing accounts associated with the point and the mobile device. In another embodiment, a method receives an energy storage device for powering a mobile asset, couples the storage device to an electric grid during a connection event, realizes energy services from the connected storage device to the grid, determines a quantity of energy services realized by the storage device during the connection event, and reports the quantity of energy services realized and a unique identifier of the energy storage device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: AES Corporation
    Inventors: John Christopher SHELTON, John Michael Zahurancik
  • Publication number: 20120109403
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for managing energy services are disclosed. One method includes: reporting, by a respective asset of the first type, an identifier associated with a grid connection point that establishes a location of the respective asset of the first type at the grid connection point on the electric grid; receiving, by the respective asset of the first type, operating conditions for realizing the energy service, the received conditions being based on the established location of the respective asset of the first type on the grid; and operating the respective asset of the first type in accordance with the received operating conditions to realize the energy service. An energy service controller includes a communication unit for receiving, from a mobile asset, an identifier associated with a grid connection point connected to the asset and a processor for determining a location of the asset on the grid based on the identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: AES Corporation
    Inventors: John Christopher SHELTON, John Michael Zahurancik
  • Publication number: 20120106672
    Abstract: Methods and adapters for realizing energy services by a device via a grid connection point are disclosed. An adapter includes a detection unit for measuring a quantity of energy services realized by a mobile device; an identification unit for detecting the identifier of the grid connection point electrically connected to the device; and a communication unit to report connection event information including: quantity of the energy service realized by the device; an identifier associated with the adapter; and the identifier of the grid connection point. In another embodiment, a method receives an energy service signal indicating operating set points for a mobile device; communicates the indicated operating set points to the device; and measures a quantity of energy services realized by the device. The method communicates quantity information of energy services realized by the device and sends updated operating set points for the device based on the communicated quantity information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: The AES Corporation
    Inventors: John Christopher Shelton, John Michael Zahurancik