Patents by Inventor Philippe Hart Gow

Philippe Hart Gow 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: 10140670
    Abstract: Energy management methods and systems based on financial impact are disclosed herein, wherein an energy management system at a site monitors metered energy consumption, establishes a peak consumption level, determines whether energy consumption will result in an increased peak consumption level, and if it will, calculates the financial value and costs of mitigating an increase in the peak consumption level, including an increase in demand charge prospectively avoided, and mitigates the peak in consumption to the peak consumption level using an energy storage system or other energy providing device if the value of mitigating the peak offsets the inherent costs. Embodiments may further use confidence factors or incremental changes to a peak consumption level to optimize the process and utilize energy devices to their greatest effectiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: ENGIE Storage Services NA LLC
    Inventor: Philippe Hart Gow
  • Patent number: 9614373
    Abstract: Modular consumption management systems provide benefits of adaptability, customization, and progressive investment to electrical utility customers, particularly those with loads and electrical systems capable of curtailment and mitigation. Providing modules based on measurements made and consumption patterns detected in load profiles of individual loads and the site as a whole is described. Control and mitigation capabilities and methods are described in conjunction with identifying correlative modules that will best serve the needs of the site being monitored by a measurement module. Combined measurement and control modules or control and mitigation modules are also described, as well as interchangeable modules that can be put in place when excess consumption patterns at the site change over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Green Charge Networks LLC
    Inventors: Philippe Hart Gow, Luke Asher Wilhelm, Kevin James McIntyre, Ronald D. Prosser
  • Publication number: 20140067140
    Abstract: Energy management methods and systems based on financial impact are disclosed herein, wherein an energy management system at a site monitors metered energy consumption, establishes a peak consumption level, determines whether energy consumption will result in an increased peak consumption level, and if it will, calculates the financial value and costs of mitigating an increase in the peak consumption level, including an increase in demand charge prospectively avoided, and mitigates the peak in consumption to the peak consumption level using an energy storage system or other energy providing device if the value of mitigating the peak offsets the inherent costs. Embodiments may further use confidence factors or incremental changes to a peak consumption level to optimize the process and utilize energy devices to their greatest effectiveness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: GREEN CHARGE NETWORKS LLC
    Inventor: Philippe Hart Gow
  • Publication number: 20130052490
    Abstract: Systems and methods related to controlling the environment within a cabin-external battery pack of a vehicle are generally described. In some embodiments, the cabin and the battery have independent cooling and/or heating loops. The inventors have found that effective environment control can be achieved by controlling the cooling system dynamically, that is, determining a suitable cooling element (e.g., evaporator) operating temperature based on a multitude of vehicle operating parameters without implementing a fixed set point, and then cooling and/or heating the battery pack accordingly. In some embodiments, the battery pack temperature control system includes a controller configured to determine a condition related to the operating state of the vehicle (e.g., by receiving a signal corresponding to the condition) and alter a temperature set point in the control system based at least in part upon the condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: Coda Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Broc William TenHouten, Philippe Hart Gow
  • Publication number: 20120244397
    Abstract: Battery assemblies for automobiles include cell trays for holding battery cells within a battery enclosure. In some embodiments, battery assemblies described may incorporate the ability to monitor the temperature of one or more battery cells in the assembly where a thermal sensing strip is positioned between battery cells. In other embodiments, battery assemblies may employ a plurality of tensioned straps that may be used to firmly fix battery cells relative to one another and/or allow a user to carry a number of battery cells together. In further embodiments, battery assemblies may include cell trays that are adjustable in configuration to receive varying arrangements of battery cells. Battery assemblies may include a battery module having an upper cell tray and a lower cell tray where battery cells are disposed in receptacles of the upper and lower cell trays such that the battery cells are spaced from one another allowing for air to flow between battery cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: Coda Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Broc William TenHouten, Philippe Hart Gow, Zachary Meyer Omohundro
  • Publication number: 20120245751
    Abstract: Modular consumption management systems provide benefits of adaptability, customization, and progressive investment to electrical utility customers, particularly those with loads and electrical systems capable of curtailment and mitigation. Providing modules based on measurements made and consumption patterns detected in load profiles of individual loads and the site as a whole is described. Control and mitigation capabilities and methods are described in conjunction with identifying correlative modules that will best serve the needs of the site being monitored by a measurement module. Combined measurement and control modules or control and mitigation modules are also described, as well as interchangeable modules that can be put in place when excess consumption patterns at the site change over time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: GREEN CHARGE NETWORKS LLC
    Inventors: Philippe Hart Gow, Luke Asher Wilhelm, Kevin James McIntyre, Ronald D. Prosser
  • Publication number: 20120013113
    Abstract: Systems and methods providing improved aerodynamic performance in passenger vehicles are generally described. The underbody of the passenger vehicle can be, in some cases, relatively smooth to reduce aerodynamic drag on the vehicle. In addition, the contour of the underbody can include one or more recessed portions that maintain relatively constant air pressure as air passes under the vehicle. The wheel fairings of the vehicle can also include one or more features that reduce aerodynamic drag. For example, the vehicle can include wheel fairings comprising one or more contours adjacent the interface between the wheel well and the underbody that serve to reduce pressure buildup adjacent the wheel well. In some embodiments, one or more wheels can include a wheel well cover that at least partially encloses the outside of the wheel well, such that air can pass smoothly along the side of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: Coda Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney Jason Trenne, Richard Hoyle, Kevin Robert Czinger, Broc William TenHouten, Philippe Hart Gow
  • Publication number: 20120015242
    Abstract: A battery or battery cell may include a casing, a battery cell core housed within the casing and at least one terminal electrically connected to the cell core. The battery or cell may also include a lid or sealing plate to seal the cell core within the casing. The terminal may be mounted to the lid with a pair of fasteners, such as rivets, that are aligned along a longitudinal axis that is offset relative to the terminal so that a portion of the terminal on one side of the axis is larger than a portion of the terminal on the other side of the axis. Such an arrangement may provide a relatively large surface portion for connection to the terminal. The battery or cell may include a pair of terminals that are each mounted to the lid by a pair of fasteners. One terminal may be mounted with fasteners having a size and/or spacing that is different from the size and/or spacing of the fasteners mounting the other terminal. Such an arrangement may provide a keying-like feature for the terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: Coda Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Hart Gow, Broc William TenHouten
  • Publication number: 20110307130
    Abstract: Electric vehicle driving modes and methods of use thereof are described. A vehicle includes a driving mode selection unit. The driving mode selection unit can be used to select a particular driving mode from amongst a plurality of driving modes. A vehicle may be capable of using more energy in a first driving mode than in a second driving mode. A driving mode may comprise at least three vehicle system operating profiles comprising at least three of motor torque curve profile, regenerative braking level profile, electronic power steering profile, electronic stability control profile, antilock braking system profile, and top speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: Coda Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Hart Gow, Broc William TenHouten, David Brian TenHouten
  • Publication number: 20110304202
    Abstract: Systems and methods for disconnection of battery power from vehicular components in an electric vehicle upon the occurrence of a crash event are described. In an embodiment of an electric vehicle, upon detection of a crash event, an appropriate signal is transmitted through a controller area network (CAN). A battery management unit (BMU) detects the signal and then severs a power connection between the battery and one or more vehicular components of the electric vehicle. In another embodiment of an electric vehicle, a crash event is detected and a signal to deploy an airbag and/or a pretensioner is emitted. Once a decision is made to deploy the airbag and/or the to pretensioner, the BMU then cuts off battery power to one or more vehicular components of the electric vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: Coda Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Broc William TenHouten, David Leslie Edwards, Zhanping (Joseph Z.) Wu, Philippe Hart Gow, James Howard Frasher, III, Phillip John Weicker, Peter Fredrick Nortman
  • Publication number: 20110304298
    Abstract: Systems and methods providing improved battery charging using systems comprising multiple chargers are generally described. In some embodiments, the chargers can communicate with each other. In some embodiments, a battery management unit (BMU) can be used to communicate with at least one of the chargers, and, in some cases, all of the chargers. The system can be configured such that the charging load can be distributed among multiple chargers, or to a single charger, depending on the amount of charging power required at a given time. The system can also be configured to alternate which charger(s) handle the charging load over a period of time. For example, when only a single charger is needed to handle the total charging load, the system can be configured such that the load is handled by a first charger over a first period of time, a second charger of a second period of time, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: Coda Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Hart Gow, David Leslie Edwards, Alex Hamade
  • Publication number: 20110256432
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling humidity in gases exposed to batteries, which can be applied to humidity control in climate control gases in battery packs, for example those used in electric vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: Coda Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Broc William TenHouten, Alex Hamade, Philippe Hart Gow
  • Publication number: 20110256431
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling battery temperature, for example those used in electric vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: Coda Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Broc William TenHouten, Philippe Hart Gow