Patents by Inventor Thomas Faust

Thomas Faust 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: 7713089
    Abstract: A low profile integrated solar roofing tile connecting system for the formation of a solar roof. The system is aesthetically appealing because the tiles lay relatively flat with a very low profile without any bulges or ridges because all wires and connectors embedded in the tiles. This low profile optimizes the roof's ability to withstand wind loads as well as minimizes cracking or breaking of the tiles due to external load forces. The connectors produce uniform spaces between adjacent tiles as well as providing an easy way to extend or exchange tiles. An integrated shunting or bypasses diode provides a current shunt path in the event of a modules' impedance upsurge cause by shading or by non-functioning tiles. This also allows for the flexible arrangement of the PV roofing tiles for a variety of system configurations, e.g. grid-tied, and off-grid systems, while maintaining system reliability and a modularized design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas Faust, Jonathan Carter Hebert, Osbert Cheung
  • Publication number: 20090215304
    Abstract: A low profile integrated solar roofing tile connecting system for the formation of a solar roof. The system is aesthetically appealing because the tiles lay relatively flat with a very low profile without any bulges or ridges because all wires and connectors embedded in the tiles. This low profile optimizes the roof's ability to withstand wind loads as well as minimizes cracking or breaking of the tiles due to external load forces. The connectors produce uniform spaces between adjacent tiles as well as providing an easy way to extend or exchange tiles. An integrated shunting or bypasses diode provides a current shunt path in the event of a modules' impedance upsurge cause by shading or by non-functioning tiles. This also allows for the flexible arrangement of the PV roofing tiles for a variety of system configurations, e.g. grid-tied, and off-grid systems, while maintaining system reliability and a modularized design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas Faust, Jonathan Carter Herbert, Osbert Cheung
  • Publication number: 20070118450
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for administering a tax-managed, buy-write investment fund having a plurality of units available for sale to the public. An index representing a first portfolio of assets having desired performance characteristics is identified. A second portfolio of assets is configured to have performance characteristics similar to those of the index, while having less than 70 percent overlap therewith. Shares of the second portfolio are purchased, while call options against the index are written.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Publication date: May 24, 2007
    Inventors: James Hawkes, Thomas Faust
  • Patent number: 6579482
    Abstract: Roofing tiles, sheet rubber, and other rubber-based articles are formed from devulcanized crumb rubber by compounding the rubber with sulfur, a compound containing bound water, and a flame retardant. The articles have a high rubber content and are moldable and formable without the need for added polymeric binders, and are self-extinguishing upon exposure to flame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Redwood Rubber LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Faust, Fridrikh S. Diatchkovski, Gretchen Faust, Dmitri F. Diatchkovski