Patents by Inventor Philippe Giguere

Philippe Giguere 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: 20150056074
    Abstract: A system and method for deicing a wind turbine rotor blade includes simultaneously directing heated air through an internal leading edge circulation loop and a separate internal trailing edge circulation loop within the rotor blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bart Jan Veldkamp, Philippe Giguere
  • Patent number: 8834127
    Abstract: A rotor blade assembly for a wind turbine and a method for increasing a loading capability of a rotor blade within a maximum load limit for a wind turbine are disclosed. The rotor blade assembly includes a rotor blade having surfaces defining a pressure side, a suction side, a leading edge, and a trailing edge extending between a tip and a root. The rotor blade assembly further includes an extension connected to a surface of the rotor blade, the extension having at least one design characteristic configured for increasing a loading capability of the rotor blade within a maximum load limit for the wind turbine. The design characteristic is one of extension length, extension width, extension curvature, span-wise extension location, chord-wise extension location, or extension angle with respect to a chord line of the rotor blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Philippe Giguere, Stefan Herr, Peter James Fritz, Scott Gabell Riddell, Jeffrey Eric Bergman
  • Publication number: 20120141269
    Abstract: A rotor blade assembly for a wind turbine and a method for increasing a loading capability of a rotor blade within a maximum load limit for a wind turbine are disclosed. The rotor blade assembly includes a rotor blade having surfaces defining a pressure side, a suction side, a leading edge, and a trailing edge extending between a tip and a root. The rotor blade assembly further includes an extension connected to a surface of the rotor blade, the extension having at least one design characteristic configured for increasing a loading capability of the rotor blade within a maximum load limit for the wind turbine. The design characteristic is one of extension length, extension width, extension curvature, span-wise extension location, chord-wise extension location, or extension angle with respect to a chord line of the rotor blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Philippe Giguere, Stefan Herr, Peter James Fritz, Scott Gabell Riddell, Jeffrey Eric Bergman
  • Patent number: 8141416
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an approach by which low-performing turbines may be identified from among a plurality of wind turbines, such as may be present at a wind power plant. In accordance with one embodiment, low-performing turbines are identified from among pairs of turbines and based upon a comparison of the observed and expected performance of the turbines within each pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vineel Chandrakanth Gujjar, Colin Craig McCulloch, Philippe Giguere, Abhishek Kumar Srivastava, Angshuman Saha, Pameet Singh
  • Publication number: 20110270450
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an approach by which low-performing turbines may be identified from among a plurality of wind turbines, such as may be present at a wind power plant. In accordance with one embodiment, low-performing turbines are identified from among pairs of turbines and based upon a comparison of the observed and expected performance of the turbines within each pair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Vineel Chandrakanth Gujjar, Colin Craig McCulloch, Philippe Giguere, Abhishek Kumar Srivastava, Angshuman Saha, Pameet Singh
  • Patent number: 8050899
    Abstract: A method for determining wind turbine location within a wind power plant based on at least one design criteria. A wind turbine layout including at least one wind turbine location is prepared and site conditions at each wind turbine location are determined. One or more plant design metrics are evaluated in response to the site conditions. The plant design metrics are analyzed in response to the site conditions. The method further includes applying constraints to the wind turbine layout and comparing the plant design metrics to the design criteria and constraints. Thereafter, the wind turbine locations are selectively adjusted within the layout in response to the comparing step until a stop criteria is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Philippe Giguere, Venkatarao Ryali, Manish Gupta, Karsten Hilt, Srinivasa Reddy Gujju
  • Patent number: 8038397
    Abstract: A system for deicing a wind turbine blade includes an electrically powered active plasma actuator applied to a desired portion of a wind turbine blade. The activated plasma actuator energizes the air in the vicinity of the plasma actuator to increase the surface temperature of the wind turbine blade in the vicinity of the plasma actuator sufficiently to reduce or eliminate the collection of ice on a desired portion of the wind turbine blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Seyed Gholamali Saddoughi, Bruce John Badding, Philippe Giguere, Matthew Patrick Boespflug, Grover Andrew Bennett, Jr., Anurag Gupta
  • Publication number: 20110223018
    Abstract: A control system for a wind turbine configured to generate an acoustic emission during operation includes a communication device. The communication device is configured to receive at least one penalty notification identifying a penalty to be assessed based on the acoustic emission generated. The control system also includes a processor coupled to the communication device. The processor is configured to calculate an acoustic emission level to be generated by the wind turbine based on the penalty and based on at least one of a power generated by the wind turbine and an economic value attributed to the wind turbine, and adjust at least one characteristic of the wind turbine to cause the wind turbine to operate at the calculated acoustic emission level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventors: Prashant Srinivasan, Philippe Giguere, Manish Gupta, Rwitam Mitra
  • Patent number: 7987067
    Abstract: A method for optimizing an operation of at least one wind turbine includes defining a plurality of test parameters that include a plurality of test points for at least one wind turbine operational parameter, wherein each test point includes a plurality of test values for the wind turbine operational parameter, and defining at least one test sequence of the plurality of test points. The method also includes initiating a test that executes the plurality of test points within the at least one randomized test sequence and measures at least one operating condition of the at least one wind turbine at each test point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paula Marie Harrison, Angela Patterson, Philippe Giguere, Nicholas Tobergte, Colin McCulloch
  • Publication number: 20110133458
    Abstract: A method for optimizing an operation of at least one wind turbine includes defining a plurality of test parameters that include a plurality of test points for at least one wind turbine operational parameter, wherein each test point includes a plurality of test values for the wind turbine operational parameter, and defining at least one test sequence of the plurality of test points. The method also includes initiating a test that executes the plurality of test points within the at least one randomized test sequence and measures at least one operating condition of the at least one wind turbine at each test point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Paula Marie Harrison, Angela Patterson, Philippe Giguere, Nicholas Tobergte, Colin McCulloch
  • Publication number: 20110135467
    Abstract: A system for deicing a wind turbine blade includes an electrically powered active plasma actuator applied to a desired portion of a wind turbine blade. The activated plasma actuator energizes the air in the vicinity of the plasma actuator to increase the surface temperature of the wind turbine blade in the vicinity of the plasma actuator sufficiently to reduce or eliminate the collection of ice on a desired portion of the wind turbine blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Seyed Gholamali Saddoughi, Bruce John Badding, Philippe Giguere, Matthew Patrick Boespflug, Grover Andrew Bennett, JR., Anurag Gupta
  • Publication number: 20090295165
    Abstract: A method for determining wind turbine location within a wind power plant based on at least one design criteria. A wind turbine layout including at least one wind turbine location is prepared and site conditions at each wind turbine location are determined. One or more plant design metrics are evaluated in response to the site conditions. The plant design metrics are analyzed in response to the site conditions. The method further includes applying constraints to the wind turbine layout and comparing the plant design metrics to the design criteria and constraints. Thereafter, the wind turbine locations are selectively adjusted within the layout in response to the comparing step until a stop criteria is reached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: GE WIND ENERGY GMBH
    Inventors: Philippe GIGUERE, Venkatarao RYALI, Manish GUPTA, Karsten HILT, Srinivasa Reddy GUJJU
  • Publication number: 20090192868
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method is provided to track performance of a strategy to perform an analysis on a product using a global portal system. The method includes providing the strategy to customers and obtaining, from the customers, customer input relating to the performance of at least some products and corresponding components. For each customer who provides customer input, the method further includes providing the customer input to the system to perform a relative analysis on the components of the corresponding product and using the results of the relative analysis to determine whether a specific analysis is to be performed and on which of the components. If a specific analysis is to be performed, the specific analysis is performed on the determined components using the system and using results of the specific analysis to provide service and/or operational recommendations for the corresponding product to the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Vrinda Rajiv, Mark M. Kornfein, Michael R. Lablanc, Philippe Giguere, Stephen H. Black
  • Patent number: 7427220
    Abstract: A control system for a robotic device maneuverable in at least a liquid medium, the system having at least one visual sensor retrieving an image of the device's environment, an image analyzing module receiving the image, determining a presence of an object of a given type therein and analyzing at least one property of the object, a motion calculator determining a desired motion of the device based on the property, and a controller operating a propulsion system of the device to obtain the desired motion. Also, a legged robotic device having a control system including at least one sensor providing data about an environment of the device, the control system using sensor data to determine a desired motion of the device, determining a corresponding required leg motion of each of the legs to produce the desired motion and actuating the legs in accordance with the corresponding required leg motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignees: McGill University
    Inventors: Greg Dudek, Chris Prahacs, Shane Saunderson, Philippe Giguere, Junaed Sattar, Michael Jenkin
  • Patent number: 7387491
    Abstract: A wind turbine blade is situated on a wind turbine and includes a side and a tip. The blade is configured to rotate about an axis upon an impact of a wind flow on the blade. An active flow modification device is disposed on the blade. The active flow modification device is configured to receive active flow instructions and to modify the wind flow proximate to the blade. The resulting wind turbine blade uses these active flow modifications to achieve reduced loads, reduced aerodynamic losses, reduced noise, enhanced energy capture, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Seyed Gholamali Saddoughi, Anurag Gupta, Philippe Giguere
  • Publication number: 20080032571
    Abstract: A control system for a robotic device maneuverable in at least a liquid medium, the system having at least one visual sensor retrieving an image of the device's environment, an image analyzing module receiving the image, determining a presence of an object of a given type therein and analyzing at least one property of the object, a motion calculator determining a desired motion of the device based on the property, and a controller operating a propulsion system of the device to obtain the desired motion. Also, a legged robotic device having a control system including at least one sensor providing data about an environment of the device, the control system using sensor data to determine a desired motion of the device, determining a corresponding required leg motion of each of the legs to produce the desired motion and actuating the legs in accordance with the corresponding required leg motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventors: Gregory Dudek, Chris Prahacs, Shane Saunderson, Philippe Giguere, Junaed Sattar, Michael Jenkin
  • Publication number: 20070231151
    Abstract: A method for operating a wind turbine with at least one blade includes providing at least one blade with an active flow control actuator configured to increase an angle of attack range in which the blade or blades can generate torque without flow separation, and using the flow control actuator to adjust this angle of attack range in accordance with load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2005
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventors: Stefan Herr, Philippe Giguere, Anurag Gupta
  • Publication number: 20060140760
    Abstract: A wind turbine blade is situated on a wind turbine and includes a side and a tip. The blade is configured to rotate about an axis upon an impact of a wind flow on the blade. An active flow modification device is disposed on the blade. The active flow modification device is configured to receive active flow instructions and to modify the wind flow proximate to the blade. The resulting wind turbine blade uses these active flow modifications to achieve reduced loads, reduced aerodynamic losses, reduced noise, enhanced energy capture, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Publication date: June 29, 2006
    Inventors: Seyed Saddoughi, Anurag Gupta, Philippe Giguere