Patents by Inventor Stephen E. Porter

Stephen E. Porter 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: 20200076208
    Abstract: An energy storage system comprising a main bus, a transfer bus, and a pair of anti-parallel thyristors electrically coupled to the main bus and the transfer bus. The system also includes a first and second group of battery cells electrically coupled to the main bus and the transfer bus, and a switching network including a plurality of switches that selectively connect the first and second groups of battery cells to the main bus and the transfer bus. A controller controls the position of the switches and a bias voltage applied to the first and second thyristors so as to seamlessly transition power from the first group of battery cells to the second group of battery cells when the group of battery cells are being discharged and seamlessly transition power between the first group of battery cells and the second group of battery cells when the battery cells are being charged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: S&C Electric Company
    Inventors: Stephen E. Williams, David G. Porter
  • Publication number: 20190245343
    Abstract: A method for detecting a voltage disturbance in a utility having a micro-grid. The method transforms current and voltage measurements into first and second voltage values and first and second current values in a stationary reference frame, and transforms the first and second voltage values and the first and second current values to third and fourth voltage values and third and fourth current values in a rotating reference frame, where the third voltage value defines an average magnitude of the three-phase power signals. The method multiplies the third current value by the third voltage value to obtain an instantaneous power value and multiplies the fourth current value by the third voltage value to obtain an instantaneous volt-ampere reactive (VAR) value. The method opens the switch if the VAR value has a magnitude above a predetermined value and a direction indicating the fault is outside of the micro-grid in the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: S&C Electric Company
    Inventors: David Glenn Porter, Stephen E. Williams
  • Patent number: 6711841
    Abstract: A display device has a support, a tubular light source, and a cover. The light source is interconnected to the support, and the cover is placed over the light source. The cover is an arc-shaped partially translucent elongated member. The cover is colored to create a glowing effect when light emitted from the light source passes through the cover in a forward direction. Light emitted from the light source in a rearward direction reflects off of the support. The cover allows the light source to create both a glowing effect and a back-lit effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Everbrite, Inc.
    Inventors: John Glueckstein, Stephen E. Porter
  • Publication number: 20020184805
    Abstract: A display device has a support, a tubular light source, and a cover. The light source is interconnected to the support, and the cover is placed over the light source. The cover is an arc-shaped partially translucent elongated member. The cover is colored to create a glowing effect when light emitted from the light source passes through the cover in a forward direction. Light emitted from the light source in a rearward direction reflects off of the support. The cover allows the light source to create both a glowing effect and a back-lit effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2002
    Publication date: December 12, 2002
    Inventors: John Glueckstein, Stephen E. Porter