Patents by Inventor William O. Radtke

William O. Radtke 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: 7965193
    Abstract: A system, device, and method of detecting an overload condition of a distribution transformer that supplies power to one or more customer premises via a low voltage subnet is provided. In one embodiment, the method comprises determining the power output of the transformer; storing in a memory a threshold power value for the transformer; determining whether the power output exceeds the threshold power value; and, if the output power exceeds the threshold power value, providing a notification. Providing the notification may include wirelessly transmitting the notification and/or transmitting the notification over a medium voltage power line. The low voltage subnet may comprise a low voltage feeder that supplies power to a plurality of low voltage supply lines that extend to the customer premises in which case determining the output power may comprise measuring a voltage of the low voltage feeder and measuring a current traversing the low voltage feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Current Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian J. Deaver, Sr., William O. Radtke
  • Patent number: 7876174
    Abstract: A power line coupler for communicating data signals between a communication device and a power distribution system having one or more overhead energized medium voltage power line conductors is provided. One embodiment comprises a first lightening arrestor having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first lightening arrestor is configured to be connected to the first power line conductor and the second end of the first lightening arrestor is configured to be communicatively coupled to a first terminal of the communication device. The embodiment further includes a second lightening arrestor having a first end and a second end and wherein the first end of the second lightening arrestor is configured to be connected to a second power line conductor, and the second end of the second lightening arrestor is configured to be communicatively coupled to a second terminal of the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Current Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: William O. Radtke
  • Patent number: 7804280
    Abstract: A device for providing power factor correction of a low voltage subnet that includes a low voltage feeder line that is connected to one or more low voltage power supply lines that supply power to one or more customer premises is provided. In one embodiment, the device includes a power factor measurement module configured to measure power parameters for determining a power factor of the power traversing the low voltage subnet; a power factor correction assembly configured to vary a capacitance connected to the low voltage feeder of the low voltage subnet; a controller in communication with the power factor measurement assembly and the power factor correction assembly. The controller may be configured to cause the power factor correction assembly to change the capacitance based on the determined power factor. The controller may form part of a power line communication device configured to provide communications to the one or more customer premises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Current Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian J. Deaver, Sr., William O. Radtke, William H. Berkman
  • Patent number: 7795877
    Abstract: A power line communication device is provided that in one embodiment includes a parameter sensor device configured to measure a parameter of a power line, a modem configured to transmit parameter data over a power line, and a controller communicatively coupled to the current sensor device and modem. The parameter sensor device may include a current sensor device that includes a Rogowski coil. For measuring the current or other parameter of a higher voltage power line conductor, the parameter sensor device may be configured to provide data to the controller via a non-conductive communication link, such as via a wireless, fiber optic, or radio frequency transponder link. In addition, the parameter sensor device may include an isolated power source and receive power via a fiber optic conductor or inductively from the power line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Current Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William O. Radtke, Andrew T. Rayno
  • Patent number: 7795994
    Abstract: A power line coupler for communicating data signals over a power distribution system having a first and second overhead energized medium voltage power line conductors is provided. In one embodiment, the coupler includes a first lightening arrestor having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first arrestor is connected to the first power line conductor. The coupler further includes a first high frequency impedance having a first end connected to the second end of the first lightening arrestor and the first impedance having a second end connected to a neutral conductor of the power line distribution system. The coupler may further include a second lightening arrestor having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the second arrestor is connected to the second power line conductor. The coupler further including a second high frequency impedance having a first end connected to the second end of the second lightening arrestor and a second end connected to the neutral conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Current Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: William O. Radtke
  • Patent number: 7764943
    Abstract: An underground power line is coupled to an overhead power line at a riser pole. In a power line communication system, a first and a second communication device are communicatively coupled to the underground power line at different locations. A third communication device is located in the vicinity of the riser pole. The third communication device is coupled to one of either the underground power line or the overhead power line. The first communication device is configured to transmit data received from said second communication device for reception by said third communication device. The third communication device may include a backhaul link for communicating via a non-power line medium, such as to an upstream node or aggregation point coupled to an IP network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Current Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: William O. Radtke
  • Publication number: 20100156649
    Abstract: A system, device, and method of detecting an overload condition of a distribution transformer that supplies power to one or more customer premises via a low voltage subnet is provided. In one embodiment, the method comprises determining the power output of the transformer; storing in a memory a threshold power value for the transformer; determining whether the power output exceeds the threshold power value; and, if the output power exceeds the threshold power value, providing a notification. Providing the notification may include wirelessly transmitting the notification and/or transmitting the notification over a medium voltage power line. The low voltage subnet may comprise a low voltage feeder that supplies power to a plurality of low voltage supply lines that extend to the customer premises in which case determining the output power may comprise measuring a voltage of the low voltage feeder and measuring a current traversing the low voltage feeder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Brian J. Deaver, Sr., William O. Radtke
  • Patent number: 7714682
    Abstract: A device and method for attenuating high frequency signals on a power line carrying power is provided. In one embodiment the device may include a toroid shaped core formed of magnetically permeable material and having an inner surface to be disposed substantially around the entire circumference of the power line and a winding formed of a conductor that encircles the toroid. The conductor may include a first spiral coil comprised of a plurality of insulated loops such as concentric loops. The first coil is configured to act as an impedance to high frequency signals traversing the conductor and to allow signals below one hundred hertz to traverse the conductor substantially unimpeded to thereby prevent saturation of the core by the power carried by the power line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Current Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: William O. Radtke
  • Patent number: 7714592
    Abstract: A system and method of detecting changes in the impedance of a segment of medium voltage power line is provided. In one embodiment, the method comprises receiving voltage data comprising data of the voltage of the power lines at locations at a plurality of different points in time, receiving current data that comprises data of the current flowing between adjacent locations at the plurality of points in time, intermittently determining an impedance of the power lines between adjacent locations based on the voltage data and current data, monitoring the impedance of the power lines between adjacent locations over time, and providing a notification of a change in the impedance of a power line between adjacent locations upon detection of a change in the impedance beyond a threshold change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Current Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William O. Radtke, David G. Kreiss
  • Patent number: 7701357
    Abstract: A system, device, and method of detecting an overload condition of a distribution transformer that supplies power to one or more customer premises via a low voltage subnet is provided. In one embodiment, the method comprises determining the power output of the transformer; storing in a memory a threshold power value for the transformer; determining whether the power output exceeds the threshold power value; and, if the output power exceeds the threshold power value, providing a notification. Providing the notification may include wirelessly transmitting the notification and/or transmitting the notification over a medium voltage power line. The low voltage subnet may comprise a low voltage feeder that supplies power to a plurality of low voltage supply lines that extend to the customer premises in which case determining the output power may comprise measuring a voltage of the low voltage feeder and measuring a current traversing the low voltage feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Current Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian J. Deaver, Sr., William O. Radtke
  • Patent number: 7675427
    Abstract: A system, device and method of determining an efficiency of a distribution transformer that receives power from a medium voltage power line and that provides power to a plurality of customer premises via a low voltage subnet is provided. In one embodiment, the method includes determining an input power to the transformer from the medium voltage power line, determining an output power from the transformer, determining a transformer efficiency based on the input power and the output power, comparing the transformer efficiency with a threshold efficiency, and providing a notification when the transformer efficiency is below a threshold efficiency. Determining the input power may include measuring the current input and estimating the voltage input based on a voltage measure of the low voltage subnet and the turns ratio of the transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Current Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian J. Deaver, Sr., William O. Radtke
  • Patent number: 7671701
    Abstract: A transmit and receive circuit for use in power line communication devices is provided. One embodiment of the circuit includes a receive channel with a first delay circuit coupled to a first switch having an open configuration and a closed configuration a first switch. The circuit also may include a transmit channel coupled to the receive channel at a node and including a second delay circuit coupled to a second switch having an open configuration and a closed configuration. When the switch of either channel is closed, the switch of the other channel is open. Data signals traversing either channel when that channel's switch is closed, are phase shifted approximately three hundred and sixty degrees and conducted back to the node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Current Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: William O. Radtke
  • Publication number: 20090289637
    Abstract: A system and method of using a computer system to provide utility information related to a plurality of underground power line cable segments connected on opposite ends to different distribution transformers is provided. In one embodiment the method comprises monitoring the impedance of each of the plurality of underground power line cable segments over time, detecting a change in the impedance of a set of the plurality of underground power line cable segments, storing in a memory information sufficient for identifying each underground power line cable segment of the set of the plurality of underground power line cable segments for which a change in impedance is detected, generating a report that identifies the set of the plurality of underground power line cable segments for which a change in impedance is detected, and outputting the report.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventor: William O. Radtke
  • Publication number: 20090115427
    Abstract: A system and method of detecting changes in the impedance of a segment of medium voltage power line is provided. In one embodiment, the method comprises receiving voltage data comprising data of the voltage of the power lines at locations at a plurality of different points in time, receiving current data that comprises data of the current flowing between adjacent locations at the plurality of points in time, intermittently determining an impedance of the power lines between adjacent locations based on the voltage data and current data, monitoring the impedance of the power lines between adjacent locations over time, and providing a notification of a change in the impedance of a power line between adjacent locations upon detection of a change in the impedance beyond a threshold change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: William O. Radtke, David G. Kreiss
  • Publication number: 20090085726
    Abstract: A method and device for providing communications via one or more underground power lines is provided. Underground power lines may comprise a plurality of segments disposed in series with each other and carrying a power having a voltage greater than one thousand volts on an internal conductor, and wherein each segment is coaxial in structure and includes a neutral conductor. In one embodiment, the device may comprise a first inductor having a first end connected to a first node and a second end connected to ground, a second inductor having a first end connected a second node and a second end connected to ground, and a transformer having a first winding having a first end and a second end. The first node may be connected to a neutral conductor of a first segment of the power line and to the first end of the first winding of said transformer. The second node may be connected to a neutral conductor of a second segment of the power line and to the second end of the first winding of said transformer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventor: William O. Radtke
  • Publication number: 20090002094
    Abstract: A power line coupler for communicating data signals over a power distribution system having a first and second overhead energized medium voltage power line conductors is provided. In one embodiment, the coupler includes a first lightening arrestor having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first arrestor is connected to the first power line conductor. The coupler further includes a first high frequency impedance having a first end connected to the second end of the first lightening arrestor and the first impedance having a second end connected to a neutral conductor of the power line distribution system. The coupler may further include a second lightening arrestor having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the second arrestor is connected to the second power line conductor. The coupler further including a second high frequency impedance having a first end connected to the second end of the second lightening arrestor and a second end connected to the neutral conductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventor: William O. Radtke
  • Publication number: 20090002137
    Abstract: A power line coupler for communicating data signals between a communication device and a power distribution system having one or more overhead energized medium voltage power line conductors is provided. One embodiment comprises a first lightening arrestor having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first lightening arrestor is configured to be connected to the first power line conductor and the second end of the first lightening arrestor is configured to be communicatively coupled to a first terminal of the communication device. The embodiment further includes a second lightening arrestor having a first end and a second end and wherein the first end of the second lightening arrestor is configured to be connected to a second power line conductor, and the second end of the second lightening arrestor is configured to be communicatively coupled to a second terminal of the communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventor: William O. Radtke
  • Publication number: 20080315971
    Abstract: A device and method for attenuating high frequency signals on a power line carrying power is provided. In one embodiment the device may include a toroid shaped core formed of magnetically permeable material and having an inner surface to be disposed substantially around the entire circumference of the power line and a winding formed of a conductor that encircles the toroid. The conductor may include a first spiral coil comprised of a plurality of insulated loops such as concentric loops. The first coil is configured to act as an impedance to high frequency signals traversing the conductor and to allow signals below one hundred hertz to traverse the conductor substantially unimpeded to thereby prevent saturation of the core by the power carried by the power line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventor: William O. Radtke
  • Patent number: 7450000
    Abstract: A device and method for providing power line communications via an underground residential distribution power system is provided. One embodiment of the present invention includes a medium voltage interface device that may include a first port configured to communicate over the power line and a network interface. A first amplifier may form part of a first communication path between the first port and the network interface and be configured to amplify data signals transmitted via the first port. In addition, a second amplifier may form part of a second communication path between the first port and the network interface and be configured to amplify data signals received via the first port. In addition, the embodiment may include a diplexer forming part of the first communication path between the first amplifier and the first port and forming part of the second communication path between the second amplifier and the first port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Current Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brett D. Gidge, William O. Radtke
  • Patent number: 7382232
    Abstract: A device and method for providing power line communications via an underground residential distribution power system is provided. One embodiment of the present invention includes a power line bridge having though section and processing section. The through section may include a first and second amplifying circuit for amplifying data signals traveling in opposite directions. The processing section may include a first, a second modem, and a controller that may process commands and perform routing functions. The power line bridge may be co-located with a URD distribution transformer and provide communications to the user devices communicatively coupled to the LV power lines of the distribution transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Current Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brett D. Gidge, William O. Radtke