Heat Accumulator Structures Patents (Class 126/400)
  • Patent number: 11898778
    Abstract: A solar thermal cladding structure includes a frame, a membrane extending along the frame, the membrane having a first layer and a second layer, and an inflation blower connected to the membrane and in fluid communication with a space between the first layer and the second layer of the membrane. The frame includes a plurality of connectors and a plurality of beam struts. The plurality of connectors connect the plurality of beam struts together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Stephen Kenin
  • Patent number: 11808526
    Abstract: A thermal energy storage system including an enclosure having an internal volume. An incompressible phase change material (PCM) is provided within the internal volume of the enclosure, where the PCM contracts into a solid state when its temperature falls below a certain temperature and expands into a liquid state when its temperature goes above the certain temperature. An elastic bladder is positioned adjacent to the PCM within the internal volume of the enclosure and is filled with a compressible material, where the PCM pushes against the bladder when it is expanded to the liquid state and causes the compressible material to be compressed within the bladder and the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Inventors: Michael T. Barako, Juan C. Garcia, Jack S Rechtin, Nadine Y. Kawabata
  • Patent number: 11808523
    Abstract: Methods and devices for long-duration electricity storage using low-cost thermal energy storage and high-efficiency power cycle, are disclosed. In some embodiments it has the potential for superior long-duration, low-cost energy storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Zhiwen Ma, Patrick Gordon Davenport, Janna Martinek
  • Patent number: 11678459
    Abstract: A ventilation and air conditioning system (6) is for a room (2) containing a heat source and the ventilation and air conditioning system (6) comprising a cooled air supply (12) and a ventilation duct (10). The ventilation duct (10) includes a primary inlet (24) connected to the cooled air supply (12) and an outlet (14) leading into the room (2). A number of heat storage elements (30) is arranged inside the ventilation duct (10) between the primary inlet (24) and the outlet (14), such that during operation of the cooled air supply (12) there is a forced stream of cooled air through the ventilation duct (10), thereby cooling and preferably freezing the heat storage elements (30). A secondary inlet (36) into the ventilation duct (10) is in flow communication with the room (2) and during operation of the cooled air supply (12) is closed by a damper (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: FRAMATOME GmbH
    Inventors: Christof Da Silva Weber, Laura Klaus
  • Patent number: 11654746
    Abstract: Disclosed is an element for cooling the air in a motor vehicle, including a composite phase-change material (40) made of at least one first material which is a phase-change material (42) and one second material (44) of which the structure forms a support matrix for the phase-change material (42), the composite phase-change material (40) being covered with a heat-conducting protective layer (46).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventors: Georges De Pelsemaeker, Kamel Azzouz
  • Patent number: 11549725
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices and systems for collecting and storage of solar energy, wherein the system for storing and retrieving captured temperature based energy comprising: one or more thermal collectors (5, 60), an energy carrier (29), a piping system (3, 7, 34, 35, 36), pumping device for controlling the flow of the energy carrier (29), and one or more ground thermal storage systems (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: NMBU
    Inventors: Petter Hieronymus Heyerdal, Johan Wilhelm Huus-Hansen
  • Patent number: 11378346
    Abstract: Embodiments herein relate to systems, apparatuses, processing, and techniques related to patterning one or more sides of a thin film capacitor (TFC) sheet, where the TFC sheet has a first side and a second side opposite the first side. The first side and the second side of the TFC sheet are metal and are separated by a dielectric layer, and the patterned TFC sheet is to provide at least one of a capacitor or a routing feature on a first side of a substrate that has the first side and a second side opposite the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Je-Young Chang
  • Patent number: 11329603
    Abstract: A hybrid supplemental solar energy collection and dissipation system with one or more heat pumps is featured. The system includes one or more commercially available photovoltaic panels configured to convert incident radiation to electricity. One or more supplemental solar energy collectors having a flow of fluid therein are selectively coupled to the one or more photovoltaic panels. The one or more supplemental solar energy collectors are configured to collect thermal energy from the one or more photovoltaic panels, radiate thermal energy to space, collect thermal energy from the environment and/or dissipate thermal energy to the environment to heat or cool one or more loads. One or more heat pumps are coupled to the one or more supplemental solar energy collectors and the one or more loads and are configured to amplify heating and/or cooling of the one or more loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Sun Drum Solar, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Intrieri, Albert Nunez
  • Patent number: 11293646
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a water storage tank and a gas water heater. The water storage tank includes: a tank body provided with an interface at one end; an adapter provided with a water inlet connector, a water outlet connector, and a waste discharge connector; and a connection pipe installed in the tank body, one end of the connection pipe communicating with the water outlet connector, another end of the connection pipe being spaced apart from an end of the tank body away from the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Kiweon Kim, Guorong Liang, Sheng Liu, Zuan Lu, Guanxian Huang, Xiaowen Du, Meiling He
  • Patent number: 11248830
    Abstract: A storage unit comprises a casing defining an interior space for holding at least one item, a thermal element lining an interior surface of at least one side of the casing, and at least one thermal battery thermally coupled to the thermal element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventors: Vladimir Goldstein, Jessica Currey, Alexander Chong
  • Patent number: 11208559
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides dye compounds for use in dyeing textiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: The H.D. Lee Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Sudhakar Puvvada, Dennis Scheer, Paul Gerard Hoertz, Amsarani Ramamoorthy, Rajeev Rajbhandari, Caroline Elizabeth Hagerman, Alexander Peter Dirk Massey, Alexander Mark Hellawell, Asadollah Fallah, Ruhksana Quyoum
  • Patent number: 11199366
    Abstract: There is herein described energy storage systems. More particularly, there is herein described thermal energy storage systems and use of energy storable material such as phase change material in the provision of heating and/or cooling systems in, for example, domestic dwellings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Sunamp Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Bissell, John Field
  • Patent number: 11130896
    Abstract: A heat-storage material that provides a sufficiently large amount of thermal energy as a latent-heat storage material including a semiclathrate hydrate and that improves hysteresis between the solidifying temperature and the melting starting temperature and a refrigerator and a cooling container that include the heat-storage material are provided. The heat-storage material that changes phase at a predetermined temperature includes water, a main agent including a quaternary ammonium salt that forms a semiclathrate hydrate, a pH adjuster that maintains alkaline properties, and a nucleating agent that generates a cation that exhibits positive hydration. In such an aqueous solution maintained to be alkaline, the nucleating agent becomes a nucleus in solidification, and thus, the temperature difference between the solidifying temperature and the melting temperature can be decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Satoru Motonami, Yuka Utsumi, Masao Urayama, Hisanori Bessho, Daiji Sawada, Takashi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11072464
    Abstract: In a multi-functional storage container and fitness training system, a storage container of the system includes additional functionality and utility as one or more of a combination of a fitness exercise station, a portable cooler or personal storage container, and a platform to secure smart electronic devices thereon such as smartphones, tablet-like devices, and the like, providing a charging station function to charge these smart devices. The example system may alternatively be understood as a fitness exercise station having multi-functional utility beyond exercise, or a storage container having multi-functional utility beyond the storage of articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: GOL-FIT.com LLC
    Inventors: Richard A. Freedman, Quincy R. Heard
  • Patent number: 11060783
    Abstract: A transport container for transporting temperature-sensitive transport goods includes an interior for receiving the transport goods and an enclosure enclosing the interior and provided with a heat insulation, wherein at least one latent heat accumulator and at least one active temperature-control element are provided for controlling the temperature in the interior. The enclosure is preferably a multilayer enclosure, wherein a heat insulation, a latent heat accumulator, and optionally an active temperature-control element, are configured as mutually separate, superimposed layers of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: REP IP AG
    Inventor: Nico Ros
  • Patent number: 11049794
    Abstract: Various circuit board embodiments are disclosed. In one aspect, an apparatus is provided that includes a circuit board and a first phase change material pocket positioned on or in the circuit board and contacting a surface of the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Manish Arora, Nuwan Jayasena
  • Patent number: 11002492
    Abstract: The present invention provides an energy storage system (10) for a use with a boiler (20). The energy storage system (10) comprises a plurality of thermal energy storage banks (101, 102, 103, 104). Each thermal energy storage bank (101, 102, 103, 104) comprises phase changeable material having a predetermined phase transformation temperature. The energy storage system (10) also includes an extraction device (105; 1 15) configured to recover waste energy from the boiler (20). The extraction device (105, 1 15) is operable to extract waste energy from the boiler (20) and feed that energy to at least one (101) of the thermal energy storage banks (101, 102, 103, 104). A controller (106) is arranged, in use, to activate the extraction device (105, 115) in response to operation of the boiler (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: SUNAMP LIMITED
    Inventors: Andrew John Bissell, Santokh Singh Gataora
  • Patent number: 10968572
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices for making a pedestrian, vehicular, or other surface resistant to frost, snow and ice by use of heat are disclosed. A composite base or deck element includes a recess to accommodate heating element. A thermal insulator has an upward facing layer of heat-conductive aluminum foil, above which sits the heating element. On top is a pedestrian, vehicular, or other exposed surface, for example a tactile warning surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Szekely
  • Patent number: 10948242
    Abstract: A heat storage reactor, comprising: a plurality of heat storage layers including first flow paths through which a first fluid can flow, each of the first flow paths being filled with heat storage materials; and a plurality of heat exchange layers including second flow paths through which a second fluid can flow. In the heat storage reactor, the plurality of heat storage layers and the plurality of heat exchange layers are alternately stacked. Further, open ends for the second flow paths are formed on a surface different from a surface on which open ends of the first flow paths are formed. Furthermore, at least a part of the second flow paths is formed in parallel to the first flow paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignees: NGK Insulators, Ltd., National University Corporation Nagoya University
    Inventors: Masaaki Masuda, Yukio Miyairi, Atsuhiro Ichinose, Noriyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10935328
    Abstract: A phase change cell includes a housing enclosing a phase change chamber that holds a phase change material and a gas pocket. The housing includes a side wall extending between first and second end walls. A capillary is disposed in an interior surface of the side wall. In response to heating of the phase change cell, the capillary is configured to draw the phase change material in a liquid phase towards the periphery of the phase change chamber. A temperature sensor is coupled to the housing in a vicinity of the capillary to measure the phase change temperature. According to another aspect, the housing includes a moveable surface that bounds a portion of the phase change chamber. The phase change temperature of the phase change material changes based on the position of the moveable wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Rachele B. Cocks, Robert E. Kartman, Blaine L. Hershberger, James A. Isca
  • Patent number: 10890383
    Abstract: Phase change material modules for use in a heat exchanger are described. The phase change material module comprises two or more set of a plurality of substantially aligned hollow structures arranged to form a porous structure. A phase change material capable of undergoing a phase change as a result of heat exchange between it and a fluid is housed within the hollow tubes. Also described is a phase change material module with hollow tubes having a cross-sectional area through the phase change material selected from elliptical, rectangular, stadium-shaped, teardrop-shaped, airfoil-shaped, rounded rectangle and ovoid. A heat exchanger comprising a plurality of the phase change material modules, a first fluid inlet and outlet, and a second fluid inlet and outlet, wherein the phase change material modules are repeated circulated from alignment with the first fluid inlet and the second fluid inlet is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Ying Sun, Matthew McCarthy, Young I. Cho, Philipp Boettcher, Han Hu, Baolan Shi, Qinghua Xie, Kent Zammit
  • Patent number: 10837647
    Abstract: A barbecue and fireplace combination assembly for grilling, heating, and entertainment includes a housing that defines an interior space. A barbecue, which is fuel gas powered, is mounted to a top of the housing. Fuel gas that flows to the barbecue is configured to be ignited by a user to barbecue a food item. A fireplace, which also is fuel gas powered, is coupled to the housing and is positioned in the interior space. Fuel gas that flows to the fireplace is configured to be lighted by the user to heat an area proximate to the fireplace. An opening is positioned in a front of the housing. A window is coupled to the front of housing so that the window substantially sealably closes the opening. The window is configured to allow visual enjoyment of the fireplace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Denis Therrien
  • Patent number: 10818944
    Abstract: Disclosed is a heat exchange apparatus for cooling water of a fuel cell, the heat exchange apparatus including a body, through which a cooling water pipe, through which cooling water that is to be supplied to a fuel cell stack flows, passes, and a heat accumulator provided in the interior of the body and filled with a PCM heat accumulation material that is to exchange heat with the cooling water. The body includes a medium space provided between the cooling water pipe and the heat accumulator and filled with a medium material. The PCM heat accumulation material exchanges heat with the cooling water by the medium material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Nam Woo Lee, Hyuck Roul Kwon, Sung Wook Na
  • Patent number: 10809014
    Abstract: A cooling system for a heat source, such as a laser system, that includes a mixing valve mixing a cooling fluid from a hot line and a cold line and providing the mixed cooling fluid to the heat source, and a bladder tank having a bladder and including a hot side on one side of the bladder in fluid communication with the hot line and a cold side on an opposite side of the bladder in fluid communication with the cold line. A heat exchanger cools the cooling fluid flowing through the cold line. The cooling system is configured so that when the heat source is on and generating heat, cold cooling fluid from the cold side of the bladder tank is provided to the mixing valve and when the heat source is off and not generating heat, cold cooling fluid from the cold line fills the cold side of the bladder tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: George M. Harpole
  • Patent number: 10781350
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a latent heat accumulator of expanded graphite by expanding a graphitic starting material. The invention is characterized in that the graphitic starting material is introduced into a mold which corresponds at least in sections to the negative mold of the latent heat accumulator, and that the graphitic starting material is subsequently expanded in the closed mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: Günter Rinn, Klaus Reiser
  • Patent number: 10718573
    Abstract: An oblong absorption body (1) for a capsule (10) for a refrigeration apparatus for containing a phase-change material. The body has a flexible casing (2) filled with gas at atmospheric pressure, a main portion which is generally cylindrical, a circular cross-section and ends in hemispherical end portions. Also disclosed are capsules provided with such an absorption body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: CRYOGEL
    Inventor: Jean Patry
  • Patent number: 10703951
    Abstract: Disclosed is a heat transport medium to be transported with a fluid that is liquid in an operating temperature range containing a porous material and a latent heat storage material penetrated in the pores of the porous material, wherein the latent heat storage material is incompatible with the fluid and has a melting point within the operating temperature range, and the porous material has a liquid repellency to the fluid, an affinity for the latent heat storage material, and a sponge hardness of not more than 50. This invention achieves stable heat transport with a high heat conversion efficiency even by circulating the medium through a pipeline over a long period of time. The porous material has an apparent density of about 0.05 to 0.5 g/cm3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Masao Iwaya, Tomoya Mizuta, Naotaka Nishio, Yutaka Isobe, Masatake Kudoh, Masanori Yoshikane
  • Patent number: 10678173
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein generally relate to a heater, comprising an insulator substrate, a first member, a plurality of electrodes, and a second member. The first member is configured to generate heat on an upper surface of the insulator substrate across a first direction. The first member has a first end opposite a second end. The plurality of electrodes are formed on both the first end and the second end of the first member, respectively, and each electrode is disposed in a direction perpendicular to the first direction. The second member is configured to store heat. The second member comprises a latent heat material having latent heat in a target temperature zone. Furthermore, the latent heat material is fixed to a side surface or a bottom surface of the insulator substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Osamu Takagi
  • Patent number: 10663232
    Abstract: Provided is an energy storage system coupling phase change material(s) and dissipation heat pipe(s). The energy storage system includes several energy storage units serially connected along a same central axis. Each of the energy storage units includes a heat charge flow channel, an annular heat release passage, and an annular energy storage passage disposed concentrically from inside to outside. A dissipation pulsating heat pipe is disposed in the energy storage unit, and the dissipation pulsating heat pipe includes several pulsating-heat-pipe branches uniformly arranged in a circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: China University of Mining and Technology
    Inventors: Zhonghao Rao, Jiateng Zhao
  • Patent number: 10582573
    Abstract: An induction cooker has a temperature sensor mount that includes a reciprocating sensor holder and a flexible diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Richard Hoare, David Davenport, Vyvyan Rose, Brendan John Foxlee, Tibor Hegedis, Marian Silviu Rosian
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    Inventors: Thomas A. Yersak, Jerome P. Ortmann, Mahmoud H. Abd Elhamid
  • 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
    Inventor: Huazi Lin