Patents by Inventor Mark W. Miles

Mark W. Miles 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).

  • Publication number: 20190101310
    Abstract: A solar thermal system is provided. The system comprises at least one solar thermal collector for heating a heat transfer fluid (HTF); and at least one conduit for transporting the HTF into and out of the at least one solar thermal collector; wherein said at least one conduit is of a foam or plastics material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventor: Mark W. MILES
  • Patent number: 10215446
    Abstract: A solar thermal collector is provided. The collector comprises a housing defining an inlet, and an outlet for a heat transfer fluid, said housing comprising a window to allow sunlight to pass there through; a heat transfer core disposed within the interior of the housing said housing designed to be heated by exposure to said sunlight; and a heat absorbing component in proximity to the heat transfer core, said heat absorbing component designed to at least partially absorb heat losses from the heat transfer core; wherein a positioning the components within the housing defines at least one path for the heat transfer fluid for preheating of the heat transfer fluid prior to said heat transfer fluid passing through the heat transfer core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Mark W Miles
  • Publication number: 20180299167
    Abstract: A solar collector is provided. The collector comprises a monolithic flow control component to direct a flow of the heat transfer fluid between an inlet and outlet; and a solar absorber supported by the monolithic flow control component. The monolithic flow control component is able to support the solar absorber without any additional structural components to lend mechanical strength to the monolithic flow control component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventor: Mark W. MILES
  • Publication number: 20180238592
    Abstract: In one embodiment, solar-thermal system is provided. The solar-thermal system comprises a generator component; an evaporator component; a heat pump ejector comprising a mixing chamber; said heat pump ejector coupled to the generator component and the evaporator component; wherein the generator component emits a vapor stream into said mixing chamber and the heat pump ejector is configured to extract a working fluid vapor from the evaporator component into said mixing chamber through entrainment thereby to form a mixed flow; and a condenser component configured to cool said mixed flow via a cooling loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventor: Mark W MILES
  • Publication number: 20180209305
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the invention provides a method for using heat to perform work, comprising: operating a first thermodynamic cycle wherein heat for a first working fluid is provided by combustion of a fuel-based (FB) energy source; operating a second thermodynamic cycle wherein heat for a second working fluid is from a combination of a non-fuel-based (NFB) energy source and waste heat from the first thermodynamic cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventor: Mark W. MILES
  • Publication number: 20170338766
    Abstract: A hybrid solar thermal collector is provided. The hybrid solar collector comprises a photovoltaic element to convert sunlight into electricity; and a solar thermal collector device comprising an absorber element to convert sunlight into heat; wherein the absorber element is immersed in a heat transfer fluid in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventor: Mark W. Miles
  • Patent number: 9816729
    Abstract: In one embodiment a solar collector is provided. The collector has a modular heat transfer component, which includes a heat transfer core to heat up a heat transfer fluid in the form of an aerogel. The heat transfer core positioned comprises a light absorption element, and a fluid transfer element in the form of an aerogel. The aero gel comprises voids shaped and dimensioned to support passive pumping of the heat transfer fluid therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Mark W Miles
  • Patent number: 9748890
    Abstract: A hybrid solar thermal collector is provided. The hybrid solar collector comprises a photovoltaic element to convert sunlight into electricity; and a solar thermal collector device comprising an absorber element to convert sunlight into heat; wherein the absorber element is immersed in a heat transfer fluid in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Mark W Miles
  • Patent number: 9557077
    Abstract: In one embodiment a solar collector is provided. The collector has a modular heat transfer component, which includes a heat transfer core to heat up a heat transfer fluid. The collector makes use of the heat transfer fluid itself to prevent heat loss through radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Mark W Miles
  • Patent number: 9541306
    Abstract: In one embodiment a solar collector is provided. The collector has a modular heat transfer component, which includes a heat transfer core to heat up a heat transfer fluid. The collector makes use of the heat transfer fluid itself to prevent heat loss through radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Mark W. Miles
  • Publication number: 20160341448
    Abstract: A solar thermal collector is disclosed. The collector comprises a body defining a housing; a solar absorber located, within the housing; a transparent insulating medium in proximity to the solar absorber; and a heat exchanger integrated, with the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventor: Mark W. MILES
  • Patent number: 9110289
    Abstract: Improvements in an interferometric modulator that has a cavity defined by two walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM MEMS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Mark W. Miles
  • Publication number: 20150226458
    Abstract: In one embodiment a solar collector is provided. The collector has a modular heat transfer component, which includes a heat transfer core to heat up a heat transfer fluid. The collector makes use of the heat transfer fluid itself to prevent heat loss through radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Inventor: Mark W Miles
  • Publication number: 20150226457
    Abstract: In one embodiment a solar collector is provided. The collector has a modular heat transfer component, which includes a heat transfer core to heat up a heat transfer fluid. The collector makes use of the heat transfer fluid itself to prevent heat loss through radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Inventor: Mark W. Miles
  • Publication number: 20150226456
    Abstract: In one embodiment a solar collector is provided. The collector has a modular heat transfer component, which includes a heat transfer core to heat up a heat transfer fluid in the form of an aerogel. The heat transfer core positioned comprises a light absorption element, and a fluid transfer element in the form of an aerogel. The aero gel comprises voids shaped and dimensioned to support passive pumping of the heat transfer fluid therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Inventor: Mark W. Miles
  • Patent number: 9057538
    Abstract: In one embodiment a solar collector is provided. The collector has a modular heat transfer component which includes a heat transfer core to heat up a heat transfer fluid. The collector makes use of the heat transfer fluid itself to prevent heat loss through radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: Mark W Miles
  • Publication number: 20150153072
    Abstract: A solar thermal system is provided. The system comprises a solar thermal collector, comprising: a solar absorber to convert incident sunlight into heat; a transparent insulating component positioned relative to the solar absorber to allow sunlight to pass through to the solar absorber, and to reduce heat losses from the solar absorbed; wherein the transparent insulating component comprises a nano-porous matrix; and a heat exchanger coupled to the solar thermal collector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Inventor: Mark W. Miles
  • Patent number: 8928967
    Abstract: Improvements in an interferometric modulator that has a cavity defined by two walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Qualcomm MEMS Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark W. Miles
  • Publication number: 20140360557
    Abstract: A hybrid solar thermal collector is provided. The hybrid solar collector comprises a photovoltaic element to convert sunlight into electricity; and a solar thermal collector device comprising an absorber element to convert sunlight into heat; wherein the absorber element is immersed in a heat transfer fluid in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Mark W. Miles
  • Publication number: 20140251311
    Abstract: A solar thermal collector is provided. The collector comprises a housing defining an inlet, and an outlet for a heat transfer fluid, said housing comprising a window to allow sunlight to pass there through; a heat transfer core disposed within the interior of the housing said housing designed to be heated by exposure to said sunlight; and a heat absorbing component in proximity to the heat transfer core, said heat absorbing component designed to at least partially absorb heat losses from the heat transfer core; wherein a positioning the components within the housing defines at least one path for the heat transfer fluid for preheating of the heat transfer fluid prior to said heat transfer fluid passing through the heat transfer core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Mark W. Miles