Patents by Inventor Troy O. McBride

Troy O. McBride 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: 20190140585
    Abstract: In snowy climates, photovoltaic panels suffer from significant losses due to snow accumulation. The present invention is a device that can be attached to a photovoltaic panel in order to promote snow sliding, increasing the power output of the panel as a result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Joel STETTENHEIM, Troy O. McBride, Leif Johnson
  • Patent number: 9404675
    Abstract: A tubular heat-absorbing element partly enclosed in an insulating layer or jacket, has absorbing surface that is accessible to solar radiation. The thermal insulation is designed to provide entry to solar radiation by way of a cavity. The absorbing surface can be substantially planar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventors: Joel Stettenheim, Troy O. McBride, Oliver J. Brambles, Jifeng Liu
  • Publication number: 20160201947
    Abstract: A tubular heat-absorbing element partly enclosed in an insulating layer or jacket, has absorbing surface that is accessible to solar radiation. The thermal insulation is designed to provide entry to solar radiation by way of a cavity. The absorbing surface can be substantially planar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Applicant: Norwich Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Stettenheim, Troy O. McBride, Oliver J. Brambles
  • Patent number: 9297554
    Abstract: A tubular heat-absorbing element partly enclosed in an insulating layer or jacket, has absorbing surface that is accessible to solar radiation. The thermal insulation is designed to provide entry to solar radiation by way of a cavity. The absorbing surface can be substantially planar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: NORWICH TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Joel Stettenheim, Troy O. McBride, Oliver J. Brambles
  • Patent number: 8978642
    Abstract: A tubular heat-absorbing element partly enclosed in an insulating layer or jacket, has absorbing surface that is accessible to solar radiation. The thermal insulation is designed to provide entry to solar radiation by way of a cavity. The absorbing surface can be substantially planar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Joel Stettenheim, Troy O. McBride, Oliver J. Brambles
  • Publication number: 20140234123
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods for rapidly and isothermally expanding and compressing gas in energy storage and recovery systems that use open-air hydraulic-pneumatic cylinder assemblies, such as an accumulator and an intensifier in communication with a high-pressure gas storage reservoir on a gas-side of the circuits and a combination fluid motor/pump, coupled to a combination electric generator/motor on the fluid side of the circuits. The systems use heat transfer subsystems in communication with at least one of the cylinder assemblies or reservoir to thermally condition the gas being expanded or compressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Michael Izenson, Weibo Chen, Patrick J. Magari, Benjamin Cameron, Robert Cook, Horst Richter
  • Patent number: 8806866
    Abstract: In various embodiments, foam is compressed to store energy and/or expanded to recover energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Jon Bessette, Alexander Bell, Dax Kepshire, Arne LaVen, Adam Rauwerdink
  • Patent number: 8763390
    Abstract: In various embodiments, compressed-gas energy storage and recovery systems include a cylinder assembly for compression and/or expansion of gas, a reservoir for storage and/or supply of compressed gas, and a system for thermally conditioning gas within the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Bollinger, Troy O. McBride, Benjamin Cameron, Patrick Magari, Michael Izenson, Weibo Chen
  • Patent number: 8733095
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a mechanical assembly and/or storage vessel is fluidly coupled to a circulation apparatus for receiving pressurized heat-transfer fluid from an outlet at a first elevated pressure, boosting a pressure of the heat-transfer fluid to a second pressure larger than the first pressure, and returning heat-transfer fluid to an inlet at a third pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Sustainx, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Michael Neil Scott, Robert Cook, Patrick J. Magari
  • Patent number: 8733094
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods for rapidly and isothermally expanding and compressing gas in energy storage and recovery systems that use open-air hydraulic-pneumatic cylinder assemblies, such as an accumulator and an intensifier in communication with a high-pressure gas storage reservoir on a gas-side of the circuits and a combination fluid motor/pump, coupled to a combination electric generator/motor on the fluid side of the circuits. The systems use heat transfer subsystems in communication with at least one of the cylinder assemblies or reservoir to thermally condition the gas being expanded or compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Sustainx, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Michael Izenson, Weibo Chen, Patrick Magari, Benjamin Cameron, Robert Cook, Horst Richter
  • Publication number: 20140130490
    Abstract: In various embodiments, coupling losses between a cylinder assembly and other components of a gas compression and/or expansion system are reduced or eliminated via valve-timing control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Joel Berg
  • Patent number: 8713929
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and systems for the storage and recovery of energy using open-air hydraulic-pneumatic accumulator and intensifier arrangements that combine at least one accumulator and at least one intensifier in communication with a high-pressure gas storage reservoir on a gas-side of the circuits and a combination fluid motor/pump, coupled to a combination electric generator/motor on the fluid side of the circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Sustainx, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin Bollinger
  • Patent number: 8677744
    Abstract: In various embodiments, heat is exchanged with a gas being compressed or expanded within an energy storage and recovery system without the use of flexible hoses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: SustaioX, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger
  • Patent number: 8667792
    Abstract: In various embodiments, coupling losses between a cylinder assembly and other components of a gas compression and/or expansion system are reduced or eliminated via valve-timing control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Joel Berg
  • Publication number: 20140060027
    Abstract: In various embodiments, dead space and associated coupling losses are reduced in energy storage and recovery systems employing compressed air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger, John P. McCormick, Benjamin Cameron
  • Patent number: 8661808
    Abstract: In various embodiments, efficiency of energy storage and recovery systems employing compressed air and liquid heat exchange is improved via control of the system operation and/or the properties of the heat-exchange liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: SustainX, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Bollinger, Patrick Magari, Troy O. McBride
  • Publication number: 20140047826
    Abstract: In various embodiments, compressed-gas energy storage and recovery systems feature one or more valves, which may be disposed within end caps of cylinder assemblies in which gas is expanded and/or compressed, for admitting fluid to and/or exhausting fluid from the cylinder assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: SUSTAINX, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Bollinger, Lee Doyle, Michael Neil Scott, Troy O. McBride, Andrew Shang
  • Publication number: 20140047825
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and systems for the storage and recovery of energy using open-air hydraulic-pneumatic accumulator and intensifier arrangements that combine at least one accumulator and at least one intensifier in communication with a high-pressure gas storage reservoir on a gas-side of the circuits and a combination fluid motor/pump, coupled to a combination electric generator/motor on the fluid side of the circuits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger
  • Publication number: 20140020372
    Abstract: In various embodiments, energy is stored or recovered via super-atmospheric compression and/or expansion of gas in conjunction with substantially adiabatic compression and/or expansion from or to atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, Benjamin R. Bollinger
  • Publication number: 20140013735
    Abstract: In various embodiments, lined underground reservoirs and/or insulated pipeline vessels are utilized for storage of compressed fluid in conjunction with energy storage and recovery systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Troy O. McBride, David Perkins, Dax Kepshire, Benjamin R. Bollinger, Arne LaVen, Jon Bessette