Patents by Inventor Michael Kvam

Michael Kvam 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: 10787695
    Abstract: A system includes a bacteria culture array that includes a plurality of chambers each configured to receive a portion of a sample that includes bacteria. Each individual chamber of the plurality of chambers includes a chamber opening configured to permit access of the portion of the sample to the individual chamber. The system also includes one or more sensors configured to collect data from the individual chamber. The sensors are configured to contact the sample. Additionally, the system includes a monitoring and analysis system that includes a processor configured to receive the data from the one or more sensors at a first time and a second time, compare the data received at the second time to the data received at the first time, and identify a portion of the plurality of chambers of the bacteria culture array based on the comparing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Puleo, Christine Lynne Surrette, Erik Leeming Kvam, Steven Yuehin Go, Feng Chen, John Richard Nelson, Craig Patrick Galligan, Radislav Alexandrovich Potyrailo, Gregory Andrew Grossmann
  • Patent number: 10574107
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system includes a machine segment that includes multiple coils. Each coil is electrically isolated from the other coils in the machine segment, and each coil is electrically coupled to at least one electrical terminal to provide electrical access to the coil. Each electrical terminal provides electrical access to the coil to which it is electrically coupled such that the coil can be removably electrically coupled to an electrical circuit. The machine segment is also configured to be removably mechanically coupled to a second machine segment to form at least a portion of a stator or a portion of a rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: BWP Group
    Inventors: James S. Smith, Marc W. Eichinger, Stephane A. Eisen, James D. Jore, Michael A. Kvam, Brian J. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10518196
    Abstract: A separation device, system and associated method are provided herein for separation of particulates form a base fluid. The separation device comprises a first microchannel comprising a fluid inlet and a mesofluidic collection chamber. The mesofluidic collection chamber has a first side and a second side, wherein the mesofluidic collection chamber is operatively coupled to the first microchannel on the first side, and wherein the mesofluidic collection chamber comprises a first fluid outlet at the second side, such that the fluid inlet, first microchannel, and first fluid outlet are in fluidic communication via the mesofluidic collection chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Puleo, Craig Patrick Galligan, Gregory Andrew Grossman, Erik Leeming Kvam, Robert Scott Duthie, Kenneth Wayne Rigby, Paul Michael Smigelski, Jr., Victoria Eugenia Cotero, Jason William Castle, John Donald Burczak, James Edward Rothman
  • Publication number: 20190245421
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first member that supports a magnetic flux carrying member and a second member that supports a magnetic flux generating member disposed for movement relative to the first member. An air gap control system is coupled to at least one of the first member or the second member and includes an air gap control device that is separate from a primary magnetic flux circuit formed between the first member and the second member. The air gap control device is configured to exert a force on one of the first and second members in response to movement of the other of the first and second members in a direction that reduces a distance between the first and second members to maintain a minimum distance between the first and second members and/or substantially center the one of the first and second members within the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. SMITH, Matthew B. JORE, Michael A. KVAM, David SAMSEL, Charles Perry BUTTERFIELD, JR., Brian J. SULLIVAN, James David DUFORD
  • Publication number: 20190123607
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system includes a machine segment that includes multiple coils. Each coil is electrically isolated from the other coils in the machine segment, and each coil is electrically coupled to at least one electrical terminal to provide electrical access to the coil. Each electrical terminal provides electrical access to the coil to which it is electrically coupled such that the coil can be removably electrically coupled to an electrical circuit. The machine segment is also configured to be removably mechanically coupled to a second machine segment to form at least a portion of a stator or a portion of a rotor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Smith, Marc W. Eichinger, Stephane A. Eisen, James D. Jore, Michael A. Kvam, Brian J. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10193429
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first member that supports a magnetic flux carrying member and a second member that supports a magnetic flux generating member disposed for movement relative to the first member. An air gap control system is coupled to at least one of the first member or the second member and includes an air gap control device that is separate from a primary magnetic flux circuit formed between the first member and the second member. The air gap control device is configured to exert a force on one of the first and second members in response to movement of the other of the first and second members in a direction that reduces a distance between the first and second members to maintain a minimum distance between the first and second members and/or substantially center the one of the first and second members within the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Smith, Matthew B. Jore, Michael A. Kvam, David Samsel, Charles Perry Butterfield, Jr., Brian J. Sullivan, James David Duford
  • Patent number: 10177620
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system includes a machine segment that includes multiple coils. Each coil is electrically isolated from the other coils in the machine segment, and each coil is electrically coupled to at least one electrical terminal to provide electrical access to the coil. Each electrical terminal provides electrical access to the coil to which it is electrically coupled such that the coil can be removably electrically coupled to an electrical circuit. The machine segment is also configured to be removably mechanically coupled to a second machine segment to form at least a portion of a stator or a portion of a rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Smith, Marc W. Eichinger, Stephane A. Eisen, James D. Jore, Michael A. Kvam, Brian J. Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20180219445
    Abstract: An axial rotary energy device including a segmented stator assembly having a plurality of segments arranged in an annular array. Each stator segment is constructed by stacking a plurality of PCB power conductor layers and a plurality of PCB series layers. Each layer having radial conductors extending from an inner via to an outer via. The vias electrically connect selected radial conductors of the series conductor layer and power conductor layer. Each power conductor layer includes a pair of positive and negative terminal vias for one phase of the electric current connected to selected outer vias. A daughter PCB layer electrically connects two adjacent segments together by having a first portion electrically connected to a negative terminal via located in one segment and a second portion electrically connected to a positive terminal via located in an adjacent segment together with a current conductor electrically connecting the two terminal vias together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew B. JORE, James David DUFORD, Michael KVAM, Lincoln M. JORE, David SAMSEL, James D. JORE
  • Patent number: 9762099
    Abstract: An axial rotary energy device including a segmented stator assembly having a plurality of segments arranged in an annular array. Each stator segment is constructed by stacking a plurality of PCB power conductor layers and a plurality of PCB series layers. Each layer having radial conductors extending from an inner via to an outer via. The vias electrically connect selected radial conductors of the series conductor layer and power conductor layer. Each power conductor layer includes a pair of positive and negative terminal vias for one phase of the electric current connected to selected outer vias. A daughter PCB layer electrically connects two adjacent segments together by having a first portion electrically connected to a negative terminal via located in one segment and a second portion electrically connected to a positive terminal via located in an adjacent segment together with a current conductor electrically connecting the two terminal vias together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew B. Jore, James David Duford, Michael Kvam, Lincoln M. Jore, David Samsel, James D. Jore
  • Publication number: 20170040878
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first member that supports a magnetic flux carrying member and a second member that supports a magnetic flux generating member disposed for movement relative to the first member. An air gap control system is coupled to at least one of the first member or the second member and includes an air gap control device that is separate from a primary magnetic flux circuit formed between the first member and the second member. The air gap control device is configured to exert a force on one of the first and second members in response to movement of the other of the first and second members in a direction that reduces a distance between the first and second members to maintain a minimum distance between the first and second members and/or substantially center the one of the first and second members within the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Applicant: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. SMITH, Matthew B. JORE, Michael A. KVAM, David SAMSEL, Charles Perry BUTTERFIELD, JR., Brian J. SULLIVAN, James David DUFORD
  • Patent number: 9479038
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first member that supports a magnetic flux carrying member and a second member that supports a magnetic flux generating member disposed for movement relative to the first member. An air gap control system is coupled to at least one of the first member or the second member and includes an air gap control device that is separate from a primary magnetic flux circuit formed between the first member and the second member. The air gap control device is configured to exert a force on one of the first and second members in response to movement of the other of the first and second members in a direction that reduces a distance between the first and second members to maintain a minimum distance between the first and second members and/or substantially center the one of the first and second members within the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Smith, Matthew B. Jore, Michael A. Kvam, David Samsel, Charles Perry Butterfield, Brian J. Sullivan, James David Duford
  • Publication number: 20150318751
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system includes a machine segment that includes multiple coils. Each coil is electrically isolated from the other coils in the machine segment, and each coil is electrically coupled to at least one electrical terminal to provide electrical access to the coil. Each electrical terminal provides electrical access to the coil to which it is electrically coupled such that the coil can be removably electrically coupled to an electrical circuit. The machine segment is also configured to be removably mechanically coupled to a second machine segment to form at least a portion of a stator or a portion of a rotor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Applicant: BOULDER WIND POWER, INC.
    Inventors: James S. Smith, Marc W. Eichinger, Stephane A. Eisen, James D. Jore, Michael A. Kvam, Brian J. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9154024
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improved generators are described. One embodiment includes an assembly for an axial flux generator, the assembly comprising an arc-shaped rotor section that includes a rotor support configured to rotate around an axis of a generator, and an at least one rotor element for power generation that is connected to the rotor support; an arc-shaped stator section comprising a stator support and an at least one stator element for power generation connected to the stator support; wherein the rotor section and the stator section are configured to provide an axial air gap between the at least one rotor element and the at least one stator element, and wherein the at least one rotor element and the at least one stator element are positioned to be at substantially the same radial distance from the axis of the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew B. Jore, Lincoln Jore, Michael A. Kvam, James D. Jore, David Samsel, James David Duford, James S. Smith
  • Patent number: 8823241
    Abstract: An axial rotary energy device including a segmented stator assembly having a plurality of segments arranged in an annular array. Each stator segment is constructed by stacking a plurality of PCB power conductor layers and a plurality of PCB series layers. Each layer having radial conductors extending from an inner via to an outer via. The vias electrically connect selected radial conductors of the series conductor layer and power conductor layer. Each power conductor layer includes a pair of positive and negative terminal vias for one phase of the electric current connected to selected outer vias. A daughter PCB layer electrically connects two adjacent segments together by having a first portion electrically connected to a negative terminal via located in one segment and a second portion electrically connected to a positive terminal via located in an adjacent segment together with a current conductor electrically connecting the two terminal vias together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew B. Jore, James David Duford, Michael Kvam, Lincoln M. Jore, David Samsel, James D. Jore
  • Publication number: 20140175922
    Abstract: An axial rotary energy device including a segmented stator assembly having a plurality of segments arranged in an annular array. Each stator segment is constructed by stacking a plurality of PCB power conductor layers and a plurality of PCB series layers. Each layer having radial conductors extending from an inner via to an outer via. The vias electrically connect selected radial conductors of the series conductor layer and power conductor layer. Each power conductor layer includes a pair of positive and negative terminal vias for one phase of the electric current connected to selected outer vias. A daughter PCB layer electrically connects two adjacent segments together by having a first portion electrically connected to a negative terminal via located in one segment and a second portion electrically connected to a positive terminal via located in an adjacent segment together with a current conductor electrically connecting the two terminal vias together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew B. Jore, James David Duford, Michael Kvam, Lincoln M. Jore, David Samsel, James D. Jore
  • Publication number: 20140152136
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an electromagnetic machine includes a rotor element configured for movement relative to a stator. The rotor element includes a magnetic support, a magnetic pole assembly, and a retainer. The magnetic support is formed, at least in part, from a ferromagnetic material and is configured to be coupled to the magnetic support. The retainer is coupled to both the magnetic support and the magnetic pole assembly. The retainer is further configured to be in a first state during a first time period and a second state during a second time period, after the first time period, such that during the second time period, the coupling of the magnetic pole assembly to the magnetic support is maintained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: BOULDER WIND POWER, INC.
    Inventors: James David Duford, Marc Eichinger, Stephane Eisen, Michael A. Kvam, Derek Petch, David Samsel, James S. Smith, Brian J. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8716913
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an electromagnetic machine includes a rotor element configured for movement relative to a stator. The rotor element includes a support member, a backing member, and a magnetic pole assembly. The support member includes a first coupling portion. The backing member is formed, at least in part, from a ferromagnetic material and the magnetic pole assembly is configured to be coupled to the backing member. The magnetic pole assembly and/or the backing member include a second coupling portion configured to removably couple the backing member and the magnetic pole assembly collectively to the first coupling portion of the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Kvam, Brian J. Sullivan, James David Duford, James D. Jore, Matthew B. Jore, David Samsel, James S. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140049130
    Abstract: An axial rotary energy device including a segmented stator assembly having a plurality of segments arranged in an annular array. Each stator segment is constructed by stacking a plurality of PCB power conductor layers and a plurality of PCB series layers. Each layer having radial conductors extending from an inner via to an outer via. The vias electrically connect selected radial conductors of the series conductor layer and power conductor layer. Each power conductor layer includes a pair of positive and negative terminal vias for one phase of the electric current connected to selected outer vias. A daughter PCB layer electrically connects two adjacent segments together by having a first portion electrically connected to a negative terminal via located in one segment and a second portion electrically connected to a positive terminal via located in an adjacent segment together with a current conductor electrically connecting the two terminal vias together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: Matthew B. Jore, James David Duford, Michael Kvam, Lincoln M. Jore, David Samsel, James D. Jore
  • Publication number: 20140042868
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an electromagnetic machine includes a rotor element configured for movement relative to a stator. The rotor element includes a support member, a backing member, and a magnetic pole assembly. The support member includes a first coupling portion. The backing member is formed, at least in part, from a ferromagnetic material and the magnetic pole assembly is configured to be coupled to the backing member. The magnetic pole assembly and/or the backing member include a second coupling portion configured to removably couple the backing member and the magnetic pole assembly collectively to the first coupling portion of the support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: BOULDER WIND POWER, INC.
    Inventors: Brian J. Sullivan, James David Duford, James D. Jore, Matthew B. Jore, Michael A. KVAM, David Samsel, James S. Smith
  • Patent number: 8362731
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first member that supports a magnetic flux carrying member and a second member that supports a magnetic flux generating member disposed for movement relative to the first member. An air gap control system is coupled to at least one of the first member or the second member and includes an air gap control device that is separate from a primary magnetic flux circuit formed between the first member and the second member. The air gap control device is configured to exert a force on one of the first and second members in response to movement of the other of the first and second members in a direction that reduces a distance between the first and second members to maintain a minimum distance between the first and second members and/or substantially center the one of the first and second members within the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Boulder Wind Power, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Smith, Matthew B. Jore, Michael A. Kvam, David Samsel, Charles Perry Butterfield, Jr., Brian J. Sullivan, James David Duford