Patents by Inventor Neil Anthony Johnson

Neil Anthony Johnson 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: 9893678
    Abstract: An alternating current (AC) harness for a photovoltaic (PV) system includes a wire assembly having a first end and a second end, the wire assembly having a plurality of lead wires, and at least one AC connection module positioned at a location along a length of the wire assembly between the first end and the second end. Further, the at least one AC connection module includes a first connection terminal electrically coupled to the plurality of lead wires of the wire assembly and constructed to electrically couple the wire assembly with an output of a first PV module of the PV system. The at least one AC connection module also includes a second connection terminal electrically coupled to the plurality of lead wires of the wire assembly and constructed to electrically couple the wire assembly with an output of a second PV module of the PV system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Philip Michael Cioffi, Maja Harfman Todorovic, Michael Scott Herzog, Charles Steven Korman, Donald M. Doherty, Neil Anthony Johnson
  • Publication number: 20170264239
    Abstract: A micro-inverter assembly for use in a photovoltaic system includes a housing, a direct current (DC)-to-alternating current (AC) micro-inverter disposed within the housing, and a DC connector electrically coupled to the DC-to-AC micro-inverter. The DC connector is positioned within a recess formed in a bottom surface of the housing such that at least one electrical contact of the DC connector is accessible from outside the housing. According to alternative embodiments, the DC connector comprises a plug-and-play connector constructed for one of a rotational engagement and a translational engagement with a DC connector of a photovoltaic (PV) panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Philip Michael Cioffi, Maja Harfman Todorovic, Michael Scott Herzog, Charles Steven Korman, Donald M. Doherty, Neil Anthony Johnson
  • Patent number: 9685904
    Abstract: A micro-inverter assembly includes a housing having an opening formed in a bottom surface thereof, and a direct current (DC)-to-alternating current (AC) micro-inverter disposed within the housing at a position adjacent to the opening. The micro-inverter assembly further includes a micro-inverter DC connector electrically coupled to the DC-to-AC micro-inverter and positioned within the opening of the housing, the micro-inverter DC connector having a plurality of exposed electrical contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Philip Michael Cioffi, Maja Harfman Todorovic, Michael Scott Herzog, Charles Steven Korman, Donald M. Doherty, Neil Anthony Johnson
  • Publication number: 20160233822
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (PV) grounding system includes a first grounding path comprising an electrical connection between a plurality of support bars of a rail system and a connection box coupled to the rail system. The PV grounding system also includes a second grounding path comprising an electrical connection between the connection box and a plurality of PV modules disposed within the rail system, the second ground path extending from micro-inverter ground leads of the plurality of PV modules, through an extension harness electrically connected to the plurality of PV modules, to a ground connection within the connection box. The PV grounding system further includes a third grounding path that includes an electrical connection between the ground connection within the connection box and a building load panel. The first grounding path, the second grounding path, and the third grounding path are electrically connected within the connection box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: Charles Steven Korman, Neil Anthony Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150179848
    Abstract: A deployable solar panel system including a basic unit of a plurality of photovoltaic (PV) panels electrically interconnected to each other and mechanically interconnected to each other by a hinge bonded to each PV panel, thereby allowing the basic unit to be folded for transportation and storage into a compact form and then unfolded for installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Inventors: Charles Steven Korman, Neil Anthony Johnson, Michael Scott Herzog, Donald Michael Doherty, Kevin Sean Myers
  • Publication number: 20150103497
    Abstract: An alternating current (AC) harness for a photovoltaic (PV) system includes a wire assembly having a first end and a second end, the wire assembly having a plurality of lead wires, and at least one AC connection module positioned at a location along a length of the wire assembly between the first end and the second end. Further, the at least one AC connection module includes a first connection terminal electrically coupled to the plurality of lead wires of the wire assembly and constructed to electrically couple the wire assembly with an output of a first PV module of the PV system. The at least one AC connection module also includes a second connection terminal electrically coupled to the plurality of lead wires of the wire assembly and constructed to electrically couple the wire assembly with an output of a second PV module of the PV system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Philip Michael Cioffi, Maja Harfman Todorovic, Michael Scott Herzog, Charles Steven Korman, Donald M. Doherty, Neil Anthony Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150101653
    Abstract: A micro-inverter assembly includes a housing having an opening formed in a bottom surface thereof, and a direct current (DC)-to-alternating current (AC) micro-inverter disposed within the housing at a position adjacent to the opening. The micro-inverter assembly further includes a micro-inverter DC connector electrically coupled to the DC-to-AC micro-inverter and positioned within the opening of the housing, the micro-inverter DC connector having a plurality of exposed electrical contacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Philip Michael Cioffi, Maja Harfman Todorovic, Michael Scott Herzog, Charles Steven Korman, Donald M. Doherty, Neil Anthony Johnson
  • Patent number: 8922972
    Abstract: An integral solar module power conditioning system includes one or more solar module support frames. Each frame includes a plurality of plug-and-play electrical connectors integrated therewith. A microinverter or microinverter connector is also integrated with each frame. Each frame is configured to receive a respective solar electric module and to carry electrical power through a plurality of solar electric modules and corresponding microinverters connected together via a plurality of solar module support frames connected together via the plurality of integrated plug-and-play electrical connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Charles Steven Korman, Neil Anthony Johnson, Michael Andrew de Rooij
  • Publication number: 20140216530
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (PV) mounting system includes at least one PV module, a pair of metallic rail sections, and a grounding bar connected to each end of the metallic rail sections for grounding the metallic rail sections. The system also includes a wiring harness for electrically connecting several PV modules, a locking cover for covering and protecting the wiring harness, a standard connector box electrically connected to one end of the wiring harness, and a home run cable electrically connected to the connector box. A method for grounding the PV mounting system is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Charles Steven Korman, Neil Anthony Johnson, Christian Joseph Wagner
  • Publication number: 20140037857
    Abstract: A method for applying a fixed image onto at least one surface of a component in an electrochemical device is described. The component is usually formed of an alumina material. An image-forming material is first applied onto the component surface in its green state. The mark or image is applied in a desired pattern by an additive process, such as direct-write or screen-printing. The component is then heated at a sintering temperature sufficient to ensure conversion from the green state into a fired ceramic state. The sintering temperatures are also sufficient to fix the image upon the surface of the component. The image can be read by the human eye, or by various machine-readable techniques. Related methods for monitoring the location and status of a ceramic electrochemical cell component during its manufacture and during other processing steps are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Allen Cheverton, Neil Anthony Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140007926
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (PV) grounding system includes a first grounding path comprising an electrical connection between a plurality of support bars of a rail system and a connection box coupled to the rail system. The PV grounding system also includes a second grounding path comprising an electrical connection between the connection box and a plurality of PV modules disposed within the rail system, the second ground path extending from micro-inverter ground leads of the plurality of PV modules, through an extension harness electrically connected to the plurality of PV modules, to a ground connection within the connection box. The PV grounding system further includes a third grounding path that includes an electrical connection between the ground connection within the connection box and a building load panel. The first grounding path, the second grounding path, and the third grounding path are electrically connected within the connection box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Charles Steven Korman, Neil Anthony Johnson
  • Patent number: 8595996
    Abstract: A photovoltaic framed module array apparatus for mounting a first framed photovoltaic (PV) module and a second framed PV module is provided. The photovoltaic framed module array apparatus comprises a first rail. The first rail includes an insert slot for accommodating an insert edge of the first framed PV module, and a capture slot for accommodating a capture edge of the second framed PV module. The capture slot is positioned substantively parallel to the insert slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Charles Steven Korman, Neil Anthony Johnson, Jian Mi, Donald Michael Doherty
  • Publication number: 20130143110
    Abstract: A terminal apparatus for an energy storage cell is presently disclosed. The terminal apparatus includes a terminal body with a peripheral edge extending substantially around a perimeter of the terminal body such that the terminal body is configured to be secured to a cell housing to retain an electrochemical cell in the cell housing, a terminal connector extending from the peripheral edge forming a first terminal for an energy storage cell, a sealable vacuum port extending through the terminal body, and an aperture in the terminal body configured to receive a second terminal of the energy storage cell. A method of manufacturing an energy storage cell is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Roger Neil BULL, Neil Anthony Johnson, Owen Scott Quirion, James Lowe Sudworth, Paul Sudworth, Alec Roger Tilley, Edward James Balaschak
  • Patent number: 8455752
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (PV) ac-module grounding system includes a plurality of PV dc-voltage modules. Each PV dc-voltage module is integrated with a corresponding dc-ac micro-inverter to provide a corresponding PV ac-voltage module. Each PV ac-voltage module includes an ac-voltage plug and play connector that includes a dc ground conductor. Each dc-ac micro-inverter is internally electrically connected to its own chassis ground or metal enclosure which in turn is electrically connected to a corresponding dc ground conductor. A dc ground path is carried through an ac power bus from ac-voltage module to ac-voltage module through the plug and play connectors via the dc ground conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Charles Steven Korman, Neil Anthony Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130071705
    Abstract: Manufacturable and serviceable packaging configurations for multi-cell array batteries. A cell alignment structure is provided for positioning and securing an array of electrochemical cells. An inner battery packaging assembly is also provided having the cell alignment structure, a base plate configured to be disposed below the cell alignment structure, and a removable cover configured to fit over the cell alignment structure and attach to the base plate. Furthermore, an outer battery packaging assembly is provided having the inner battery packaging assembly, an outer support plate configured to be disposed below the inner battery packaging assembly, a removable thermal insulating material surrounding the inner battery packaging assembly, and a removable outer battery cover configured to fit over the inner battery packaging and over the surrounding thermal insulating material and attach to the outer support plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kristopher John Frutschy, Kanthilatha Bhamidipati, David T. VanDerwerker, William Waters, Roger Neil Bull, Neil Anthony Johnson, Owen Scott Quirion, John Raymond Krahn, Kashyap Shah, Preston J. McCreary, William Schank
  • Publication number: 20130048815
    Abstract: A mounting system is presented. An embodiment of a mounting system that includes a support platform configured to fasten the mounting system to a mounting surface. The mounting system further includes a stud operatively coupled to the support platform and disposed substantially perpendicular to the support platform. In addition, the mounting system includes an elevating unit operatively coupled to the stud, wherein the elevating unit includes a fastener operatively coupled to one end of the stud and configured to vary a height of the mounting system, and a rail-clip coupled to the fastener, wherein a rotational motion of the rail-clip is independent of a rotational motion of the fastener. Furthermore, the mounting system includes a rail operatively coupled to the rail-clip and configured to support at least one module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Christian Joseph Wagner, Neil Anthony Johnson, Charles Steven Korman, Donald Michael Doherty
  • Publication number: 20130039028
    Abstract: An integral solar module power conditioning system includes one or more solar module support frames. Each frame includes a plurality of plug-and-play electrical connectors integrated therewith. A microinverter or microinverter connector is also integrated with each frame. Each frame is configured to receive a respective solar electric module and to carry electrical power through a plurality of solar electric modules and corresponding microinverters connected together via a plurality of solar module support frames connected together via the plurality of integrated plug-and-play electrical connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Charles Steven Korman, Neil Anthony Johnson, Michael Andrew de Rooij
  • Publication number: 20120255596
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (PV) mounting system includes at least one PV module, a pair of metallic rail sections, and a grounding bar connected to each end of the metallic rail sections for grounding the metallic rail sections. The system also includes a wiring harness for electrically connecting several PV modules, a locking cover for covering and protecting the wiring harness, a standard connector box electrically connected to one end of the wiring harness, and a home run cable electrically connected to the connector box. A method for grounding the PV mounting system is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Charles Steven Korman, Neil Anthony Johnson, Christian Joseph Wagner
  • Patent number: 8273980
    Abstract: A photovoltaic roofing system and a method of installing the photovoltaic ridge cap structure have been provided. The photovoltaic roofing system includes a ridge cap adapted to cover a ridge of a roof structure. The system also includes at least one photovoltaic cell disposed within the ridge cap. The method of installing a photovoltaic ridge cap structure includes mounting the ridge cap over multiple photovoltaic cells along a ridge of a roof structure. The method further includes routing electrical leads from each photovoltaic cell through one or more openings along the ridge of the roof structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Donald Seton Farquhar, Charles Steven Korman, Neil Anthony Johnson, Ali Esat Iz
  • Publication number: 20120141851
    Abstract: An enclosure for an energy storage device is presently disclosed. The enclosure includes a cell housing having a base portion and at least one side portion seamlessly extending from the base portion to define a volume and having a peripheral edge defining an aperture distal from the base portion through which an electrochemical cell may be disposed within the volume, and a cover securable to the peripheral edge of the housing, where the housing and cover are configured to house at least one electrochemical cell at an operating temperature greater than about 100 degrees Celsius. The enclosure may also include an environmental housing configured to nestingly receive the cell housing, and an insulating element disposed between the environmental housing and the cell housing. Also disclosed is a method of packaging the energy storage device utilizing the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventors: Suyu Hou, Anthony Giammarise, John Dowell, Roland Sedziol, Peter Kalish, Kristopher Frutschy, Neil Anthony Johnson, David Vanderwerker, George Hansen