Heat Accumulator Structures Patents (Class 126/400)
  • Patent number: 10492383
    Abstract: An irrigation device (10) including a solar collector (18) connected to a heating element (14). The heating element is embedded in a hydrated medium and heats this to produce water vapour. A semi-permeable membrane (34) allows the heated water vapour to be used for irrigation, thereby allowing marsh or sea water to be used to irrigate large tracts of arid soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Khalil Mahmoud Abu Al-Rubb
  • Patent number: 10436523
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermal battery (1) comprising an enclosure (3) comprising a fluid inlet and outlet and comprising within it tubes (5) of encapsulated phase-change material, said thermal battery (1) further comprising a device (7) for holding and spacing the tubes (5) of encapsulated phase-change material, said holding and spacing device (7) being arranged between the tubes (5) themselves and between the tubes (5) and the enclosure (3), said holding and spacing device (7) being porous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventors: Samuel Bry, Patrick Boisselle, Kamel Azzouz
  • Patent number: 10422141
    Abstract: An example of conversion of solar energy into other forms of useful energy is taking heat from an area below a roof and using the heat to generate mechanical energy or electrical power. An air duct opening is placed in a hottest area under the roof. An air fan is placed in the air duct to draw the heated air from the area below the roof. A heat exchanger coil is placed inside the air duct. A return air duct is routed back to the area below the roof. The heat exchanger coil is coupled to a turbine through a closed loop line. A heat transfer medium pump, a first valve and a second valve are retained in the closed loop line. The first valve, second valve and pump are used regulate heat transfer medium into and out of the turbine. An electrical generator may be connected to the turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel J. Harkins
  • Patent number: 10420175
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to wireless warmers are described. An embodiment integrates wireless warming into an article of clothing. For example, the article of clothing includes a heating element to receive electromagnetic energy from one or more wireless power transmitter coils based at least in part on one or more signals. Other embodiments are also disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Esa Ilmari Saunamäki
  • Patent number: 10386127
    Abstract: A thermal management system including a first vapor housing configured to receive a fluid that absorbs thermal energy from a first heat source, and a phase change material (PCM) housing thermally coupled to the first vapor housing, wherein the PCM housing is configured to receive a PCM that absorbs thermal energy from the first vapor housing, wherein the first vapor housing and the PCM housing are one-piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Magann Rush, Naveenan Thiagarajan, Hendrik Pieter Jacobus De Bock
  • Patent number: 10370742
    Abstract: A hypereutectic aluminum silicon high pressure die cast alloys is disclosed herein having 16% to 23% by weight silicon, 0.01% to 1.5% by weight iron, 0.01% to 0.6% by weight manganese, 0.01% to 1.3% by weight magnesium, 0.05% to 0.20% by weight strontium and the balance aluminum. The iron constituency may me modified to 0.01% to 0.7% by weight iron, or 0.01% to 0.2% by weight iron. The manganese constituency may be modified to 0.01% to 0.5% by weight manganese. The strontium constituency may be modified to 0.05% to 0.1% by weight strontium. The exhibits an elongation of at least 2%, an average ultimate tensile strength of greater than 250 MPa, and yield strength of greater than 200 MPa. The microstructure has a volume fraction of primary silicon at greater than 10% and a volume fraction of modified aluminum-silicon eutectic at 45% to 90%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond J. Donahue, Kevin R. Anderson, Terrance M. Cleary, Alexander K. Monroe
  • Patent number: 10330089
    Abstract: A thermal heat storage system is provided, including a storage tank, a heat injection system and a heat recovery system. The storage tank holds a material for thermal storage. The heat injection system is coupled to an intake on the storage tank. The heat recovery system is coupled to an output on the storage tank and also uses vapor under depressurized conditions for heat transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Sunlight Power, Inc.
    Inventor: David Baldwin
  • Patent number: 10267571
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a thermal energy storage system includes multiple thermal energy storage containers adapted to store thermal energy storage media, the containers having high emissivity inner surfaces that are adapted to radiate heat into the stored thermal energy storage media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Burton Krakow, Elias K. Stefanakos, Dharendra Yogi Goswami
  • Patent number: 10247439
    Abstract: A control mechanism for controlling an air conditioning system includes an optical sensor and an energy controller. The air conditioning system includes a solar power module, an outdoor unit, a fan, and a storage device containing a first liquid. The optical sensor detects sunlight received by the solar power module. The energy controller controls the outdoor unit based on luminance and temperature of the sunlight, an operation state of the fan, an operation state of the outdoor unit, a temperature of the first liquid, a flow speed of a second liquid in a conduit between the storage device and the fan, and temperatures of the second liquid at different portions of the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Chih-Hsiang Yang
  • Patent number: 10173827
    Abstract: Beverage container insulator assemblies include a beverage insulator having a beverage insulator interior. A retaining collar is carried by the beverage insulator and has a collar opening. A beverage container is in the beverage insulator interior of the beverage insulator. The beverage container extends through the collar opening of the retaining collar. An insulator sleeve includes a sleeve base encircling the beverage container and retained between the beverage insulator and the retaining collar. A thermally-insulating, flexible, expandable and contractible insulator sleeve body extends from the sleeve base through the collar opening of the retaining collar. The insulator sleeve body engages and substantially conforms to the beverage container. An expandable sleeve neck on the insulator sleeve body engages the beverage container. Insulator sleeves for beverage containers are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Jeff Foote, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10161248
    Abstract: A method for cooling a refuge chamber (100) with an emergency cooler (10) in an emergency situation includes cooling of a refrigerating agent (22) in a cold accumulator (20) with a cooling device (30) and detecting an emergency situation. Cold being stored in the refrigerating agent (22) of the cold accumulator (20) is released into the refuge chamber (100)—the refrigerating agent (22) of the cold accumulator (20) is exposed for heat transfer with the refuge chamber (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Christian Bode, Sven Neervoort, René Kiewitt
  • Patent number: 10145602
    Abstract: An active gas-gap heat switch may significantly reduce the time required to transition between the open and closed states, reduce the heat require to warm the getter, and reduce the heat that leaks from the getter to the switch body. A thermal interface at one end of the active gas-gap heat switch may include a plurality of fins. A getter assembly may be hermetically attached to the thermal interface and a containment tube may surround and house the plurality of fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Peter J. Shirron, Mark O. Kimball
  • Patent number: 10132536
    Abstract: The invention relates to a condenser receiver adapted to receive and house a fluid used in a cold loop of an air-conditioning circuit. The condenser receiver comprises an outer wall and an inner wall which define an intermediate space, said inner wall defining an inner space for housing the fluid. The intermediate space comprises a static component adapted to store and release a given quantity of heat in order to allow a heat exchange between the static component and the fluid contained in the inner space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventors: Kamel Azzouz, Dawid Szostek
  • Patent number: 10118461
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system for an electrically-powered vehicle (EV) having an electric motor powered by at least one battery is described. The HVAC system may comprise a blower, a conduit configured to carry air from the blower to vents leading to a passenger cabin of the EV, and an electric heater positioned in the conduit and configured to heat the air. The HVAC system may further comprise a thermal reservoir heater positioned in the conduit and including a thermal storage component configured to heat the air without using power from the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew D. Sutherland, Steven M. Myers
  • Patent number: 10115571
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods that provide a reagent gas in a foreline abatement system are provided herein. In some embodiments, a reagent delivery system includes a water tank having an inner volume that holds a reagent liquid when disposed therein, and a heat exchanger having a central opening disposed in the inner volume and configured to keep a top surface of the reagent liquid from freezing when reagent liquid is disposed within the water tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventor: Colin John Dickinson
  • Patent number: 10094622
    Abstract: A method for forming a crystal nucleus in a latent heat storage material contains a solvent and a dissolved substance. The solvent contains water as the main ingredient. The latent heat storage material retains latent heat in a supercooled state. The method includes: (a) separating out an anhydride of the dissolved substance by heating or cooling part of the latent heat storage material in the supercooled state; and (b) supplying a droplet comprising water to the anhydride, to terminate the supercooled state of the latent heat storage material, and make the latent heat storage material dissipate heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Renji Honda, Shigenori Maeda, Toyoji Gushima, Hironori Tomita, Toshiyasu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10060641
    Abstract: Roof drying processes and associated systems. A representative process includes drawing moisture-laden air from within the internal structure of a roof via a vacuum blower, a extraction insert and an extraction manifold, and removing moisture from the moisture-laden air via a dehumidifier. The dry air can be directed back into the roof through an injection insert and an injection manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Dri-Eaz Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Burton, William Bruders, Brett Bartholmey
  • Patent number: 10063186
    Abstract: The present technology is directed generally to phase change materials for cooling enclosed electronic components, including for solar energy collection, and associated systems and methods. In particular embodiments, a system directs warm air through an airflow path in thermal communication with a phase change material to liquefy the phase change material and cool the air. The system also directs the cool air into thermal communication with electronic components to cool the electronic components via conduction and/or convection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: GlassPoint Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Dylan Miller Fairbanks, Peter Emery von Behrens, Hayden Graham Burvill, William Durbin, Chiaki Treynor
  • Patent number: 10054267
    Abstract: An array of pressure vessels for storage of a compressed gas includes at least one Type 4 pressure vessel and at least one Type 1 pressure vessel. The Type 1 pressure vessel is in fluid communication with the at least one Type 4 pressure vessel. A metal wall of the at least one Type 1 pressure vessel has a Type 1 thermal conductance that is greater than a Type 4 thermal conductance of the at least one Type 4 pressure vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Yersak, Jerome P. Ortmann, Mahmoud H. Abd Elhamid
  • Patent number: 10024549
    Abstract: Heat buffer comprising at least mechanically coupled wall parts, wherein each of the wall parts comprises a substantially plate-like body; a liquid throughflow circuit incorporated in the body; one or more hydraulic couplings accessible from the outer side of the wall part for discharge and supply of liquid to the liquid throughflow circuit and configured for coupling to hydraulic couplings of a similar device; and is coupled at a mutual angle about a substantially vertical axis to a similar wall part, wherein the mechanically coupled devices are connected such that they enclose one space and wherein the heat buffer also comprises a floor and/or cover part for closing the enclosed space on an upper and/or underside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: ECOVAT IP B.V.
    Inventor: Adrianus Wilhelmus De Groot
  • Patent number: 10024551
    Abstract: A building using solar energy for heating and cooling is disclosed. The building comprises a fluid channel arranged for a fluid to transfer absorbed solar heat, a solar heat storage bank to store and supply the solar heat, and a mechanism for directing and controlling the flow of the fluid throughout the building. A insulating glass style solar heat collector (IGSHC) as a building element comprises a insulating glass means; a replaceable solar heat absorber removably received in a slot in the hollow space of the insulating glass, and separates the space into two subspaces; a fluid channel is thermally connected to the solar heat absorber for heat transferring; and a mechanism for directing and controlling the flow of said fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: W&E INTERNATIONAL (CANADA) CORP.
    Inventor: Huazi Lin
  • Patent number: 10012113
    Abstract: A combined cycle power plant for frequent stops and startups comprises at least one gas turbine, a heat recovery steam generator, at least one steam turbine and a thermal energy storage and retrieval system utilizing latent heat of fusion. Phase change materials receive thermal charge from two sources: (a) renewable energy generation plants, when their production exceeds demand and (b) gas turbine exhaust heat. The thermal energy storage and retrieval system, discharges efficiently thermal energy for steam production, which keeps the at least one steam turbine preheated and ready for fast startups, thus increasing the plant's flexibility and efficiency. A novel two stage latent thermal energy storage system provides at least supercritical steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Vassilios Vamvas
  • Patent number: 9999179
    Abstract: An enclosure temperature control system utilizes a renewable power source and a thermal sink to reduce the overall power requirements from a power grid. A renewable power source, such as a solar panel may provide power that drives the components required to maintain the greenhouse temperature within upper and lower limits, including a HVAC system and/or a heat transfer system coupled with a thermal sink. The thermal sink includes a phase change material that releases heat when it solidifies and this heat can be used to heat the greenhouse. Likewise, the phase change material absorbs heat during the day to reduce the temperature within the greenhouse. A heat transfer system may be coupled with the phase change material and a solid conductor component within the tank of a phase change material may increase thermal transfer rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOSE FAMILY TRUST
    Inventor: Ashoke Bose
  • Patent number: 9970687
    Abstract: The invention is provided with a support tube (101) and an inner tube (103) installed inside thereof, the diameter differentiation between the inner diameter of the support tube (101) and the outer diameter of the inner tube (103) is formed with a partitioned space for constituting a fluid path, the upper tube of the support tube (101) is installed with an electric energy application device assembly (108), and through the fluid pump (105) serially installed on the heat transfer fluid path to pump the heat transfer fluid to form a closed recycling flow, and through passing the support tube (101) of the mentioned closed recycling heat transfer fluid path and the exposed portion at the outer surface of the relevant structure, thereby enabling to perform temperature equalizing operation with the external gaseous or solid or liquid environment and/or the soil or liquid of the shallow ground natural thermal energy body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Tai-Her Yang
  • Patent number: 9944150
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system for an electrically-powered vehicle (EV) having an electric motor powered by at least one battery is described. The HVAC system may comprise a blower, a conduit configured to carry air from the blower to vents leading to a passenger cabin of the EV, and an electric heater positioned in the conduit and configured to heat the air. The HVAC system may further comprise a thermal reservoir heater positioned in the conduit and including a thermal storage component configured to heat the air without using power from the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew D. Sutherland, Steven M. Myers
  • Patent number: 9927180
    Abstract: A heat exchanger is provided that includes a housing and an exchanger region which is arranged in the housing and has tubes and at least one base, wherein the tubes are connected to the at least one base, wherein the housing is manufactured from a plastic and has a housing inner surface, wherein the housing inner surface is covered at least in regions or in sections by at least one metallic element for protecting the housing from a thermal load. The invention further relates to a method for producing a heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: MAHLE International GmbH
    Inventors: Karsten Emrich, Matthias Schuele, Bernd Kraemer, Albrecht Siegel, Gaelle Schmidgall
  • Patent number: 9915478
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for storing electric energy in the form of thermal energy. A thermoelectric energy storage system includes a working fluid circuit for circulating a working fluid through a heat exchanger, and a thermal storage medium circuit for circulating a thermal storage medium. The thermal storage medium circuit includes at least one hot storage tank, an intermediate temperature storage tank, and a cold storage tank connected together via the heat exchanger. A proportion of the storage medium is redirected to or from the intermediate storage tank from or to the hot or cold storage tank, joining another proportion which flows directly between the cold and hot storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaroslav Hemrle, Lilian Kaufmann, Mehmet Mercangoez
  • Patent number: 9915444
    Abstract: Our invention consists of two separate and discrete families of polymers, e.g. thermosetting Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics (“FRP”) and thermoplastics. Both are used as the materials of construction to fabricate solar thermal collectors. These families have the same general configuration and are based upon the same principles. Both families are used in a form that some of the walls of the collector are translucent. Both families incorporate a passage through which the thermal fluid flows. Both families make use of dyes to absorb energy from the sun in the fluid and the collector walls. Each of the families makes use of improved collector configurations and designs and special operating approaches. Each family can serve different markets for different solar thermal collectors. In particular, FRP stands alone as an emerging new category of materials for a broad range of applications including everything from novel solar thermal collectors to exotic airplanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: HELIOS PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Murray A. Luftglass, Louis Taschek, Clayton C. Gunheim, Kevin D. Dahm
  • Patent number: 9907461
    Abstract: A system and associated method are used for warming an endoscope, laparoscope, or other such instrument to minimize fogging. A flexible pad has a length, a width and a periphery for wrapping around the instrument. An activation disc and a mixture of water and sodium acetate are used to generate heat through an exothermic reaction initiated through manual manipulation of the disc. The disc may be exposed in a flexible tab in fluid communication with the pad. A housing includes an end bore to receive the instrument such that the instrument is surrounded by the folded or rolled pad within the housing. The housing may further include a slit or narrow opening enabling the tab and activation disc to extend therethrough and outside the housing for activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: John Temple
  • Patent number: 9903618
    Abstract: An integrated renewable energy and asset system is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Laurence Mackler, Brian Cuff, Hikaru Iwasaka, Alexander Keller, David Froelich
  • Patent number: 9885226
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method of extracting heat from a downhole device is disclosed, which method, in one non-limiting embodiment, may include: providing a heat exchange fluid that includes a base fluid and core-shell nanoparticles therein; circulating the heat exchange fluid in the downhole device proximate to a heat-generating element of the downhole to cause the core of the core-shell nanoparticles to melt to extract heat from the downhole device and then enabling the heat exchange fluid to cool down to cause the core of the core shell nanoparticles to solidify for recirculation of the heat exchange fluid proximate to the heat-generating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Oleg A. Mazyar, Bennett M. Richard
  • Patent number: 9867232
    Abstract: A heating element for heating gases to high temperatures includes at least one tube arranged for the flow of gas to be heated and an electrical heating wire in the tube, which transfers heat to the gas flowing past. A process heater and a corresponding heating element are provided to permit generation of gas temperatures up to 1000° C. or above and having a lifespan 10 times longer than conventional heating coils. The heating wire is formed as a heating rod extending along the tube axis, whose maximum clear distance to the inner wall of the tube does not exceed a value of 10 mm over at least 80% of the circumference and/or at least 80% of the overlapping length of the tube and heating rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SANDVIK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY DEUTSCHLAND GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Mann, Michael Kramer
  • Patent number: 9861015
    Abstract: A power conversion module, such as a power adapter, includes a heat removal system such as an active heat removal system, a passive heat removal system or a hybrid heat removal system. A small-size power conversion module having a heat removal system is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: FINsix Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Sagneri, Vanessa Green
  • Patent number: 9857100
    Abstract: There is provided a heat collector for solar thermal power generation that suppresses oxidization using a silicon-carbide ceramic sintered body as a base body. The heat collector includes the base body made of a silicon-carbide ceramic sintered body in which channels (cells) for passing through a heat medium are formed, a first glass layer of silicate glass that coats at least a part of surfaces of the base body and contains an alkali metal constituent and/or an alkaline-earth metal constituent, and a second glass layer of silicate glass that coats the first glass layer and has a sum of contents of an alkali metal constituent and an alkaline-earth metal constituent, which is smaller than a sum of contents of the alkali metal constituent and the alkaline-earth metal constituent in the first glass layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: TYK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taketomo Kageyama, Yasuta Koike
  • Patent number: 9856779
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a phase change material (PCM) integrated radiator. In one example, a method may include adjusting a radiator control valve into a first position to flow coolant only through a first zone of a radiator containing phase change material (PCM) and not through a second zone of the radiator not containing phase change material. The method may further include adjusting the radiator control valve into a second position to flow coolant only through the second zone of the radiator and not the first zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sunil Katragadda, Cary Cole, Michael Levin, Danrich Henry Demitroff, Mathew John Fast, Furqan Zafar Shaikh
  • Patent number: 9813012
    Abstract: A rail-less roof mounting system for installing photovoltaic (PV) modules on a roof structure comprises a base mount assembly that engages with a clamp assembly and attaches to the roof structure. The base mount assembly comprises a base member having a waterproof means, a block slider, a top slider and a covering means. An elevated seal portion of a block slider includes a borehole to receive the waterproof means. A vertical engaging portion of the block slider is attached with a sliding seal member of the top slider. The clamp assembly includes a clamp member and a plate member and the clamp member is attached with a track of the top slider. The clamp member interlocks the PV modules to provide a corner-to-corner coupling arrangement, which enables the connection of PV module corners to adjacent PV module corners by sandwiching above and beneath frame members of the PV modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Stuart Wentworth, Claudia Wentworth
  • Patent number: 9803123
    Abstract: A unique phase change material composition and method of maintaining pre-established environmental conditions and safeguards during the manufacturing process. A fabrication method and parameters which result in a more efficient and safe packaged phase change material. A microspherical form of Perlite is the chosen phase change material. The microspherical form of Perlite is vacuum packed in such a manner to exclude water and moisture as well as utilizing a sealing surface of sufficient width to maintain a vapor barrier at the sealed edges. Besides absorption and release of heat, the packaged phase change material may be used as a fire preventive article in residential and commercial properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Orville Thomas Neal
  • Patent number: 9791202
    Abstract: The present invention provides a refrigerator with improved refrigerator box strength and high heat insulating performance, which is configured such that external deformation due to entry of air into a vacuum heat insulating material, the entry of air being caused by aging degradation, is prevented. The present invention includes: a heat-insulated box including an inner casing and an outer casing, in which space between the inner casing and the outer casing is filled with a foamed heat insulating material; and a vacuum heat insulating material disposed in at least a side wall of the heat-insulated box together with the foamed heat insulating material, the vacuum heat insulating material including an outer skin material, the outer skin material including at least a core material and being decompression-sealed. The vacuum heat insulating material includes a gas adsorbent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Horio, Shinya Nagahata, Toshio Kobayashi, Tarou Yamaguchi, Shuhei Sugimoto, Kazuya Nakanishi, Junichi Kurita, Hiroki Hamano, Shinya Kojima, Noriyuki Miyaji
  • Patent number: 9766017
    Abstract: A thermal storage and exchange heating apparatus includes: a thermal storage tank that stores a heated heat medium; a circulation channel connected to high and low temperature sides of the thermal storage tank, and through which the heat medium circulates; a heat exchanger provided to the circulation channel and configured to exchange heat between the heat medium and a heating object, to heat the heating object; a circulation direction switch configured to switch circulation of the heat medium in the circulation channel between a forward direction from the high-temperature side to the low-temperature side and a reversed backward direction; and a controller configured to cause the heat medium to circulate in the forward direction by switching the circulation direction switch in a heating operation and causing the heat medium to circulate in the backward direction by switching the circulation direction switch after a stop of the heating operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masashi Fujitsuka, Kazunori Tsuchino
  • Patent number: 9732536
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a pool heater including a housing, a first tankless heater, a second tankless heater, and a controller. The controller is configured to activate only the first tankless heater when a first condition is met, activate only the second tankless heater when a second condition is met, and activate the first and the second tankless heaters simultaneously when a third condition is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Inc.
    Inventor: Azur Dzindo
  • Patent number: 9722190
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of a square planar transition metal complex as dopant, charge injection layer, electrode material or storage material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Novaled GmbH
    Inventors: Olaf Zeika, Rene Dathe, Steffen Willmann, Ansgar Werner
  • Patent number: 9714793
    Abstract: Provided is a chemical heat storage device including: a heat storage material accommodation unit which accommodates a chemical heat storage material which generates heat and a reaction product by reversible chemical reaction with a reaction medium, a driving unit which drives rotation of the heat storage material accommodation unit, and a heat exchange unit which includes a heat transfer unit which extends in at least one heat storage material accommodation unit, and is thermally communicated with the inside and the outside of the heat storage material accommodation unit, in which the chemical heat storage material is stirred by rotation of the heat storage material accommodation unit, heat exchange is performed between heat exchange fluid which flows through the heat transfer unit and the chemical heat storage material, and a temperature of the heat exchange fluid which flows through the heat transfer unit is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Ebata
  • Patent number: 9695587
    Abstract: The present application describes an automated structure for reception of modular constructions and respective automation system comprised by a lower structure (1), which contains an opening (4) for accommodation of a fixed shaft, comprised by the element of attachment of the shaft with the exterior, where, preferably, the structure and the fixed shaft of fixation to the exterior (5) can be coupled, a lifting mechanism (2) preferably located in the side sections of said lower structure (1) which is coupled to an upper structure (3) allowing its movement through the joint and support (6). The axial movement and the upper structure (3) are managed through an automated system based on a programmable automaton and a set of sensors and actuators, namely anemometers and frequency inverters that control these movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Manuel Vieira Lopes
  • Patent number: 9695349
    Abstract: A unique phase change material composition and method of maintaining pre-established environmental conditions and safeguards during the manufacturing process. A fabrication method and parameters which result in a more efficient and safe packaged phase change material. A microspherical form of Perlite is the chosen phase change material. The microspherical form of Perlite is vacuum packed in such a manner to exclude water and moisture as well as utilizing a sealing surface of sufficient width to maintain a vapor barrier at the sealed edges. Besides absorption and release of heat, the packaged phase change material may be used as a fire preventive article in residential and commercial properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Neal Energy Management, LLC
    Inventor: Orville Thomas Neal
  • Patent number: 9664422
    Abstract: A refrigerator-oven combination for an aircraft galley food service system includes a housing with a thermally insulated compartment, a heating device for heating the compartment in a heating mode, and a refrigeration device for cooling the compartment in a refrigeration mode. The heating device includes an electric heater and a steam injection valve disposed within the compartment for heating at least a portion of an interior of the compartment. A temperature sensor disposed within the compartment measures a temperature in the compartment during the heating mode. The refrigeration device may be a chiller that supplies chilled fluid to the compartment, or a separate refrigeration unit which is mounted to the compartment. A control unit connected to the steam injection valve, electric heater, temperature sensor, and refrigeration device is configured to monitor and control the temperature within the compartment during the heating and refrigeration modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: BE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, INC.
    Inventors: William Godecker, Farzin Kohanloo
  • Patent number: 9651030
    Abstract: A single thermal energy storage tank is used so that costs can be reduced and an installation space can also be reduced compared to a case where two tanks, i.e., a high temperature tank and a low temperature tank are provided. In addition, the single thermal energy storage tank includes a porous block so that passage of molten salt can be more easily performed and flow pressure drop can be reduced. In addition, the porous block is configured by stacking a plurality of unit blocks so that the capacity of the single thermal energy storage tank can be easily adjusted. Furthermore, a plurality of single thermal energy storage tanks are connected in parallel so that the plurality of single thermal energy storage tanks can be selectively used according to an operation load and thus the solar thermal power generation system can easily cope with the operation load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF ENERGY RESEARCH
    Inventors: Jong Kyu Kim, Hwan Ki Yoon, Yong Heack Kang, Hong Soo Kim, Sang Nam Lee
  • Patent number: 9643700
    Abstract: A selectively submersible vessel includes a combustor, a Stirling engine thermally coupled with the combustor, an electric generator mechanically coupled with the Stirling engine, a rechargeable battery electrically connected with the electric generator, a compressor electrically coupled with the rechargeable battery, a ballast tank fluidly coupled with the compressor, a snorkel fluidly coupled with the compressor, a controller electrically connected with the rechargeable battery, at least one sensor electrically connected with the controller, a data storage device electrically connected with the controller, and a data communications device electrically connected with the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AEROJET ROCKETDYNE, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph Carroll
  • Patent number: 9625216
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heat transfer system with one main capillary pumped diphasic fluid loop and a secondary capillary pumped diphasic fluid loop suitable for cooling at least one hot source. The main fluid loop and the secondary fluid loop have one evaporator, a vapor pipe capable of conveying the cooling fluid in the vapor state from the evaporator to a condenser, a condenser and a liquid pipe capable of conveying the cooling fluid in the liquid state from the condenser to the evaporator-so that the cooling fluid of the main fluid loop is in heat exchange with the cooling fluid of the secondary fluid loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space SAS
    Inventor: Christophe Figus
  • Patent number: 9618276
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for storing or releasing thermal energy by chemical reaction according to which a flow of heat-transfer gas is circulated through a layer (10) of a first hygroscopic salt A, then through a layer (20) of a second hygroscopic gas B, the gas being reactive with salts A and B, the thermodynamic equilibrium curve of salt A being located further to the left than that of second salt B in a pressure-temperature phase diagram, the circulation of the flow of gas causing a dehydration or hydration reaction of both first salt A and second salt B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT À L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Gwennyn Tanguy, Foivos-Epameinon Marias, Joël Wyttenbach
  • Patent number: 9605879
    Abstract: The molten salt solar tower system 100 is provided for controlling molten salt temperature in a solar receiver 130 for effective operation of the system 100 while without degrading physical properties of molten salt. The system 100 includes two circuits, first 140 and second 150. The first circuit 140 is configured to supply relatively cold molten salt in the solar receiver 130 for heating, and the second circuit 150 is configured to supply a predetermined amount of the relatively cold molten salt in the first circuit 140, as and when the temperature of the relatively hot molten salt circulating through the solar receiver 130 exceeds a predetermined set temperature value thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Abhinaya Joshi, James A. McCombe, Shizhong Yang