Patents by Inventor Nigel P. Cook

Nigel P. Cook 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: 20200355158
    Abstract: A system for generating power from wind and/or solar energy. The system comprises an array of rotors exposed and configured to capture wind power. The array of rotors is installed or set in a rotor panel having members that carries each of rotor of the array of rotors in a freewheeling state. The system further comprises a generator connected to a subset of the rotors of the array of rotors. The generator is configured to generate electric power from the subset of the rotors when the rotors rotate at a speed exceeding a threshold rotational speed. The system further comprises a converter connected to an output of the generator. The converter is configured to convert the electric power into another electric power suitable for transmission to and consumption by an electric consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventor: Nigel P. Cook
  • Publication number: 20200298714
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless charging and wireless power alignment of wireless power antennas associated with a vehicle. A wireless power charging apparatus includes an antenna including first and second orthogonal magnetic elements for detecting a horizontal component of a magnetic field generated from a second charging base antenna. A processor determines a directional vector between the antennas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Hans Peter Widmer, Nigel P. Cook, Lukas Sieber
  • Patent number: 10493853
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to bidirectional wireless power transfer using magnetic resonance in a coupling mode region between a charging base (CB) and a battery electric vehicle (BEV). For different configurations, the wireless power transfer can occur from the CB to the BEV and from the BEV to the CB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Hanspeter Widmer, Nigel P. Cook, Lukas Sieber
  • Publication number: 20190275901
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless charging and wireless power alignment of wireless power antennas associated with a vehicle. A wireless power charging apparatus includes an antenna including first and second orthogonal magnetic elements for detecting a horizontal component of a magnetic field generated from a second charging base antenna. A processor determines a directional vector between the antennas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Hans Peter Widmer, Nigel P. Cook, Lukas Sieber
  • Patent number: 10343535
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless charging and wireless power alignment of wireless power antennas associated with a vehicle. A wireless power charging apparatus includes an antenna including first and second orthogonal magnetic elements for detecting a horizontal component of a magnetic field generated from a second charging base antenna. A processor determines a directional vector between the antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Nigel P. Cook, Lukas Sieber, Hanspeter Widmer
  • Patent number: 10090885
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a wireless power antenna alignment systems and methods for electric vehicles. A system may include a sensor configured to detect the strength of an electromagnetic field in multiple dimensions and a processor configured to determine at least one of a direction and a position of a transmitted beacon signal based on an output of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Hanspeter Widmer, Lukas Sieber, Nigel P. Cook
  • Patent number: 9979230
    Abstract: Method and system for wireless power transmission are disclosed. In one aspect, the system includes a charging base positioned on a desktop component and configured to be positioned on a desktop. The system also includes a transmitter located in the charging base and including a transmit coil wound about a plane, the transmitter being configured to wirelessly transfer power, via a wireless field, from the transmit coil to a first receiver. The system further includes a power relay configured to be positioned on the desktop and configured to relay power received from the transmitter to at least one peripheral device different from the first receiver when the peripheral device is positioned on the desktop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Nigel P. Cook, Hanspeter Widmer, Lukas Sieber
  • Patent number: 9966188
    Abstract: A wireless power bridge that allows magnetic transmission of energy across a solid barrier such as a wall. A circuit is described for controlling the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Nigel P. Cook, Lukas Sieber, Hanspeter Widmer
  • Patent number: 9793765
    Abstract: A wireless power transmission system is disclosed. In one aspect, the system includes a transmitting antenna configured to transmit power, via a magnetic field, to a receiving antenna to power a load. The system also includes a tuning loop electrically isolated from the transmitting antenna and being movable relative to the transmitting antenna to adjust a coupling between the transmitting antenna and the tuning loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Nigel P. Cook, Hanspeter Widmer, Lukas Sieber
  • Patent number: 9774086
    Abstract: Wireless energy transfer system. Antennas are maintained at resonance with High Q. Techniques of maintaining the high-Q resonance matching are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Nigel P. Cook, Paul Meier, Lukas Sieber, Marc Secall, Hanspeter Widmer
  • Publication number: 20170267110
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to bidirectional wireless power transfer using magnetic resonance in a coupling mode region between a charging base (CB) and a battery electric vehicle (BEV). For different configurations, the wireless power transfer can occur from the CB to the BEV and from the BEV to the CB.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Hanspeter Widmer, Nigel P. Cook, Lukas Sieber
  • Patent number: 9716402
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless power. A wireless charging device may comprise a charging region configured for placement of one or more chargeable devices. The charging device may further include at least one transmit antenna configured for transmitting wireless power within the charging region. Furthermore, the charging device is configured to exchange data between at least one chargeable device of the one or more chargeable devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Miles Alexander Lyell Kirby, Ernest Tadashi Ozaki, Rinat Burdo, Virginia Walker Keating, Michael John Mangan, Anne Katrin Konertz, Paul Eric Jacobs, William Henry Von Novak, III, Roy Franklin Quick, Jr., Roy Howard Davis, Nigel P. Cook, Lukas Sieber, Hanspeter Widmer
  • Publication number: 20170194819
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure provides a power receiver configured to wirelessly transfer power from at least one power transmitter. The power receiver comprises a plurality of magnetic oscillators, each magnetic oscillator of the plurality of magnetic oscillators having a mechanical resonant frequency substantially equal to a first frequency, the plurality of magnetic oscillators configured to generate a first time-varying magnetic field in response to exposure to a second time-varying magnetic field. The power receiver further comprises at least one current circuit configured to generate a time-varying electric current in response to exposure to the first time-varying magnetic field. The first time-varying magnetic field has an operating frequency substantially equal to the first frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Hanspeter Widmer, Nigel P. Cook, Markus Bittner
  • Patent number: 9634730
    Abstract: A power transmission system produces a magnetic field at a source that is wirelessly coupled to a receiver. Both the source and receiver are capacitively coupled LC circuits, driven at or near resonance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Nigel P. Cook, Paul Meier, Lukas Sieber, Marc Secall, Hanspeter Widmer
  • Patent number: 9601267
    Abstract: A power transmitter is configured to wirelessly transfer power to at least one power receiver. The power transmitter includes at least one excitation circuit configured to generate a time-varying first magnetic field in response to a time-varying electric current flowing through the at least one excitation circuit. The time-varying first magnetic field has an excitation frequency. The power transmitter further includes a plurality of magnetic oscillators. Each magnetic oscillator of the plurality of magnetic oscillators has a mechanical resonant frequency substantially equal to the excitation frequency. The plurality of magnetic oscillators is configured to generate a time-varying second magnetic field in response to the first magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Hanspeter Widmer, Nigel P. Cook, Markus Bittner
  • Patent number: 9561730
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to bidirectional wireless power transfer using magnetic resonance in a coupling mode region between a charging base (CB) and a battery electric vehicle (BEV). For different configurations, the wireless power transfer can occur from the CB to the BEV and from the BEV to the CB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Hanspeter Widmer, Nigel P. Cook, Lukas Sieber
  • Patent number: 9461714
    Abstract: A wireless power system includes a power source, power receiver, and components thereof. The system can also include a parasitic antenna that can improve the coupling to the power source in various modes. The antenna can have both a variable capacitor and a variable inductor, and both of those can be changed in order to change characteristics of the matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Nigel P. Cook, Hanspeter Widmer, Lukas Sieber
  • Patent number: 9450456
    Abstract: A wireless power transmission system and method for transmitting power from a charging base to receivers located both on and outside the charging base. The system utilizes wireless power transmission of a transmitter with a wound transmit coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Nigel P. Cook, Hanspeter Widmer, Lukas Sieber
  • Patent number: 9425653
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless power transfer. A wireless power transmitter includes a transmit antenna configured as a resonant tank including a loop inductor and an antenna capacitance. The transmitter further includes an amplifier configured to drive the transmit antenna and a matching circuit operably coupled between the transmit antenna and the amplifier. The transmitter also includes a capacitor integrating the antenna capacitance and a matching circuit capacitance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Nigel P. Cook, Lukas Sieber, Hanspeter Widmer
  • Patent number: 9126490
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods and apparatus for wirelessly transferring power using parasitic resonators. In one aspect a wireless power receiver apparatus for powering or charging an electric vehicle is provided. The wireless power receiver apparatus includes a receive circuit including a first coil. The receive circuit is configured to wirelessly receive power so as to power or charge or power the electric vehicle. The wireless power receiver apparatus further includes a passive circuit including a second coil. The passive circuit is configured to wirelessly receive power from a transmit circuit including a third coil. The passive circuit is further configured to wirelessly retransmit power received from the transmit circuit to the receive circuit. The wireless power receiver apparatus further includes a controller configured to displace the second coil from the first coil is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Nigel P. Cook, Hanspeter Widmer, Lukas Sieber