Patents by Inventor Robert Dean Gudgel

Robert Dean Gudgel 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: 10277035
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for a modular inverter system having a system controller module that includes several electronic switches that may be controlled to couple various nodes in the system controller module to various circuits coupled to input/output terminals at the modular inverter system to realize various modes of operation. Such modes of operation may include powering a local load (e.g., a house) with locally generated power as well as charging a local battery stack and selling excess power to a utility company that provides a grid tie-in. Such control may be automated based on monitoring various control signals or may be manually invoked by a system operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Midnite Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Wayne Gudgel, Robert Dean Gudgel, Justin A King
  • Patent number: 10270252
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for receiving a first magnitude of AC-sourced current at an inverter/charger from an AC bus and receiving a second magnitude of DC-sourced current at the inverter/charger from a DC bus. Then, a third magnitude of current is delivered to a load coupled to the AC bus. Given the dual originating sources of possible current to supply power to the load, the method may determine if the third magnitude of current being delivered to the load is less than the second magnitude of DC-sourced current and then, in response, converting a portion of the first magnitude of AC-sourced current into DC current to charge a DC source. Similarly, the method may determine if the third magnitude of current being delivered to the load is greater than the second magnitude DC-sourced current, and then, in response, inverting the DC-sourced current into an AC current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Midnite Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Wayne Gudgel, Robert Dean Gudgel
  • Patent number: 10211636
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for a modular inverter system having a single device enclosure with a plurality of module receptacles capable of receiving one or more modules having tailored functionality. Such modules work in conjunction with each other to handle control of various power sources and power sinks in a mixed use power generation and consumption system. In various embodiments, these swappable modules include a charge controller module configured to control charging a battery, an inverter/charger module configured to convert an AC voltage to a DC voltage for charging the battery and configured to invert a DC voltage to an AC voltage for supplying AC power, a controller module configured to control the plurality of inverter/charger modules and the charge controller module; and a backplane disposed in the enclosure such that each module receptacle facilitates engaging a respective module with the backplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Midnite Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Wayne Gudgel, Robert Dean Gudgel, Justin A. King, Mario A. Rodriguez Perez, Robert Anthony Quarterman
  • Publication number: 20180076663
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for a modular inverter system having a system controller module that includes several electronic switches that may be controlled to couple various nodes in the system controller module to various circuits coupled to input/output terminals at the modular inverter system to realize various modes of operation. Such modes of operation may include powering a local load (e.g., a house) with locally generated power as well as charging a local battery stack and selling excess power to a utility company that provides a grid tie-in. Such control may be automated based on monitoring various control signals or may be manually invoked by a system operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Robin Wayne Gudgel, Robert Dean Gudgel, Justin A. King
  • Publication number: 20180076624
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for a modular inverter system having a single device enclosure with a plurality of module receptacles capable of receiving one or more modules having tailored functionality. Such modules work in conjunction with each other to handle control of various power sources and power sinks in a mixed use power generation and consumption system. In various embodiments, these swappable modules include a charge controller module configured to control charging a battery, an inverter/charger module configured to convert an AC voltage to a DC voltage for charging the battery and configured to invert a DC voltage to an AC voltage for supplying AC power, a controller module configured to control the plurality of inverter/charger modules and the charge controller module; and a backplane disposed in the enclosure such that each module receptacle facilitates engaging a respective module with the backplane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Robin Wayne Gudgel, Robert Dean Gudgel, Justin A. King, Mario A. Rodriguez Perez, Robert Anthony Quarterman
  • Publication number: 20180076625
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for receiving a first magnitude of AC-sourced current at an inverter/charger from an AC bus and receiving a second magnitude of DC-sourced current at the inverter/charger from a DC bus. Then, a third magnitude of current is delivered to a load coupled to the AC bus. Given the dual originating sources of possible current to supply power to the load, the method may determine if the third magnitude of current being delivered to the load is less than the second magnitude of DC-sourced current and then, in response, converting a portion of the first magnitude of AC-sourced current into DC current to charge a DC source. Similarly, the method may determine if the third magnitude of current being delivered to the load is greater than the second magnitude DC-sourced current, and then, in response, inverting the DC-sourced current into an AC current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Robin Wayne Gudgel, Robert Dean Gudgel
  • Publication number: 20180076626
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for realizing a modular inverter system having an orientation of two or more DC busses and an AC bus disposed on the same backplane having peripheral interfaces for engaging one or more swappable modules. Such a modular inverter system includes a backplane having a first side and a second opposite side, the first side supports the DC busses and an AC bus while the second side includes a plurality of peripheral interfaces. One or more power modules may be engaged with the backplane through one of the plurality of peripheral interfaces such that the at least one power module is electrically coupled to a DC bus and electrically coupled to the AC bus. With the DC busses and the AC bus disposed on the opposite side of the peripheral interfaces, the power module is physically isolated from the back side of the backplane and allows for more than one local power generator to be coupled to the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Robin Wayne Gudgel, Robert Dean Gudgel
  • Publication number: 20020135983
    Abstract: An energy conversion apparatus comprising a heat conductive base, a heat insulating cover operable to mate with the base so as to form a sealed space bounded by the cover and the base to prevent ingress of moisture, and a mount inside the space, for securing an energy conversion circuit to at least one of the cover and the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Publication date: September 26, 2002
    Inventors: Christpher Freitas, Robert Dean Gudgel, Amar Kant Nanda, Robin Wayne Gudgel