Photoelectric Patents (Class 136/243)
  • Patent number: 10636540
    Abstract: In general, the present invention relates to an electro-conductive paste comprising an oxide additive and solar cells obtainable therefrom. More specifically, the present invention relates to electro-conductive pastes, solar cell precursors, processes for preparation of solar cells, solar cells and solar modules. The present invention relates to a conductive paste composition comprising the following paste constituents: a. at least about 70 wt. % Ag particles, based on the paste; b. a vehicle; c. a glass; d. an oxide additive comprising MI, MII, and O; wherein MI and MII are different; wherein MI is selected from the group consisting of: V, Nb, Ta, Cr, Mo, W, Ge, As, Sb, Se, Te, Pb and Bi; wherein MII is selected from the group consisting of: V, Nb, Ta, Cr, Mo, W, Ge, As, Sb, Se, Te, Pb, Bi, Mn, Ce, Zn, Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs, Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba; wherein the oxide additive is crystalline according to electron back scattering diffraction (EBSD) measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: HERAEUS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Markus König, Gerd Schulz, Daniel W. Holzmann, Matthias Hörteis
  • Patent number: 10630235
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an internal protection circuit structure of photovoltaic modules having independent power generating unit, which includes a plurality of solar cells. The plurality of solar cells is combined to form a power generating unit A and a power generating unit B. Polarities of the upper ends of the substrings of solar cell are positive, negative, positive, negative, positive, and negative sequentially from the first column of A to the sixth column of A. Polarities of the lower ends of the substrings of solar cell are positive, negative, positive, negative, positive, and negative sequentially from the first column of B to the sixth column of B. Moreover, the busbar is provided with three separate junction boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TONGWEI SOLAR ENERGY (HEFEI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Sun, Chengyin Jiang, Fushen Zhou, Taihong Xie, Yi Xie
  • Patent number: 10581371
    Abstract: A design is described for solar panel that allows for modular installation and efficient removal of panels irrespective of the panel's relative location in an array arrangement. A system is provided that includes a plurality of modular panels (such as solar power panels). These panels are rimmed by frames featuring one or more exterior-facing, grooved channels. A first channel—which may be used to mount the panel, and which replaces traditional railing installation systems—and a second channel that is configured to allow movement of one or more panel splices used to secure the panels together. Integrated electrical connection interfaces are provided on opposite side surfaces of the frames to couple with the electrical connection interfaces of adjacent panels to establish an electrical path between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: SPICE SOLAR, INC.
    Inventors: Barry Cinnamon, Wilson Leong, David Baker
  • Patent number: 10533717
    Abstract: A drone landing system includes a solar collector to charge the drone at a landing cite of the drone landing system. The solar collector may include a solar collector mounting assembly, preferably comprises a bi-facial solar active component mounted with its solar active face(s) orthogonal to the ground/horizon, at or near its perimeter frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventor: James A. Meringer
  • Patent number: 10509186
    Abstract: There is provided herein a fiber including a fiber body with a fiber body material having a longitudinal axis along a fiber body length. A plurality of devices is disposed as a linear sequence of devices within the fiber body. Each device includes at least one electrical contact pad. At least one electrical conductor is disposed within the fiber body. The electrical conductor is electrically connected to an electrical contact pad of devices in the plurality of devices. A weavable device includes at least one device material arranged in a planar device configuration and connected to an electrical contact pad. An electrically insulating, mechanically flexible fiber body material encapsulates the planar device configuration and contact pad and has a fiber body length greater than 10 m. An electrical conductor is electrically connected to a device contact pad and extends the fiber body length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Yoel Fink, Michael Rein
  • Patent number: 10499544
    Abstract: A system includes a housing (105) or enclosure for electrical components. The housing can include a base (106) and a lid (107) pivotably coupled to the base by one or more hinges (108,109). One or more heat-generating electrical components situated within the housing. One or more heat transfer devices (301,302,303,304) couple the housing to a thermal energy sink (207). The heat transfer devices transfer thermal energy generated by the one or more heat-generating electrical components from the housing to the thermal energy sink, thereby increasing the thermal dissipation capability of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: James K. Rahm, Jared M. Gordon
  • Patent number: 10491154
    Abstract: A defective photovoltaic cell module is identified without disconnection in a photovoltaic cell string. As a typical embodiment, in a photovoltaic power generation inspection system in a photovoltaic power generation system having a structure in which a plurality of photovoltaic cell strings are connected in parallel, the photovoltaic power generation system detecting a defective module among a plurality of modules included in a defective string, the photovoltaic power generation inspection system includes: a current detector that measures an output current of a photovoltaic cell string without disconnection; and a monitor unit that estimates a defective module based on change in a plurality of output currents each measured by the current detector while the photovoltaic cell modules included in the defective string are sequentially shielded from light by a light shielding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI SYSTEMS, LTD
    Inventors: Kazuki Watanabe, Hironori Wakana, Yoshihito Narita, Minoru Kaneko, Atsushi Suzuki, Tadanori Koike, Keiichi Nagashima
  • Patent number: 10491047
    Abstract: A system includes a power transfer device having an optical energy source connected to an optical energy transmitter on a first side of the power transfer device configured to transmit optical energy to a second side of the power transfer device via a channel. An optical energy receiver on the second side of the power transfer device is configured to convert received optical energy from the optical energy transmitter into electrical energy, in which the electrical energy is configured to supply power to an electrical load. The system also includes control circuitry configured to determine voltage and power characteristics of the electrical load, configure operational parameters of the optical energy transmitter based on the voltage and power characteristics of the electrical load, and control power transfer from the primary side to the secondary side of the power transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Masanori Ishigaki
  • Patent number: 10439084
    Abstract: An energy harvesting device includes prefabricated thin film energy absorption sheets that are each tuned to absorb electromagnetic energy of a corresponding wavelength. The energy harvesting device can include a prefabricated thin film converter sheet to convert the electromagnetic energy into electrical power. The energy harvesting device can include a prefabricated thin film battery sheet to store the electrical power. Each thin film energy absorption sheet can be fabricated using a roll-to-roll process. The energy harvesting device can be fabricated using a roll-to-sheet process from rolls of the thin film energy absorption sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hans-Juergen Eickelmann, Ruediger Kellman, Hartmut Kuehl, Markus Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10361379
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a photoelectric conversion element which exhibits excellent heat resistance and responsiveness, and a photosensor and an imaging device which include the photoelectric conversion element. The photoelectric conversion element of the present invention includes: a transparent conductive film; a conductive film; and a photoelectric conversion film and an electron blocking layer which are disposed between the transparent conductive film and the conductive film, wherein the electron blocking layer contains a compound represented by the following Formula (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Naoyuki Hanaki, Yosuke Yamamoto, Daigo Sawaki
  • Patent number: 10277165
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a photovoltaic module. A photovoltaic module according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises a solar cell module, a micro-inverter to convert DC power generated by the solar cell module into AC power, a controller to control the micro-inverter's operation, and an interface unit connected to power grid supplying external electrical power and to provide the AC power to the power grid, the controller to control operation of the micro-inverter such that the AC power is matched to the external electrical power flowing into the power grid. The photovoltaic module according to the present invention can provide electrical power generated at solar cell modules through a simple connection to power grid which supplies electrical power to home, reducing consumption of electrical power flowing into home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Daehee Jang, Seungyong Lee, Jaehyuk Park, Changuk Kim
  • Patent number: 10256362
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a flexible silicon (Si) substrate, such as a crystalline n-type substrate, and a heterostructure structure formed on the silicon substrate. The heterojunction structure includes a first layered structured deposited on a first side of the silicon substrate. The first layered structured includes a first amorphous intrinsic silicon layer, an amorphous n-type or p-type silicon layer, and a transparent conductive layer. The second layered structure includes a second amorphous intrinsic silicon layer, an amorphous p-type or n-type silicon layer, and a transparent conductive layer. The heterostructure structure is configured to operate as a photovoltaic cell and an infrared light emitting diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on Behalf of Arizona State University
    Inventors: Andre Filipe Rodrigues Augusto, Stanislau Herasimenka, Stuart Bowden
  • Patent number: 10250184
    Abstract: Fluid delivery systems and related structures and processes are provided, such as for use with water, treated water, and/or a cleaning solution, for any of cleaning, cooling or any combination thereof, for one or more solar panels in a power generation environment. Enhanced coatings are provided for the incident surface of solar panels, such as to avoid build up of dirt, scale, or other contaminants, and/or to improve cleaning performance. Reclamation, filtration, and reuse structures are preferably provided for the delivered fluid, and seal structures may preferably be implemented between adjoining panels, to minimize loss of the delivered water or cleaning solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Accurate Solar Power, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald M. Newdoll, Argil E. Shaver, II
  • Patent number: 10230012
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for light collection and conversion to electricity are disclosed herein. The disclosed method involves receiving, by at least one concentrating element (e.g., a lens), light from at least one light source, where the light comprises direct light and diffuse light. The method further involves focusing, by at least one concentrating element, the direct light onto at least one concentrator photovoltaic cell. Also, the method involves passing, by at least one concentrating element, the diffuse light onto at least one solar cell of an array of solar cells arranged on a flat plate, where at least one concentrator photovoltaic cell is bonded on top of at least one of the solar cells in the array. In addition, the method involves collecting, by at least one concentrator photovoltaic cell, the direct light. Further, the method involves collecting, by at least one solar cell, the diffuse light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Richard R. King, Philip T. Chiu, Nasser H. Karam
  • Patent number: 10204964
    Abstract: A color filter is disposed on a substrate. An organic photodiode is disposed on the color filter. The organic photodiode includes an electrode insulating layer having a recess region on the substrate, a first electrode on the color filter, the first electrode filling the recess region of the electrode insulating layer, a second electrode on the first electrode, and an organic photoelectric conversion layer interposed between the first electrode and the second electrode. The first electrode includes a seam extending at a first angle from a side surface of the recess region of the electrode insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gwi-Deok Ryan Lee, Jung Hun Kim, Chang Hwa Kim, Sang Su Park, Sang Hoon Uhm, Beom Suk Lee, Tae Yon Lee, Dong Mo Im
  • Patent number: 10205038
    Abstract: A photovoltaic device includes an intrinsic layer having two or more sublayers. The sublayers are intentionally deposited to include complementary concave and convex shapes. The sum of these layers resulting in a relatively flat surface for deposition of n- or p-doped layers. The photovoltaic device is optionally bifacial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Aptos Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Thanh Ngoc Pham, Joe Feng
  • Patent number: 10177706
    Abstract: A device for regulating the supply to a photovoltaic converter, the device comprising: a laser source (2); a photovoltaic converter (6) that feeds a DC-DC converter (8); circuit (100) for regulating the input impedance of said DC-DC converter (8) as a function of the operating voltage (Us) of the photovoltaic converter (6) and of its no-load voltage (Us0); and circuit (42) for measuring an output voltage of the DC-DC converter (8) and for producing a regulation signal (SR) for regulating the laser source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ALSTOM TECHNOLOGY LTD
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Dupraz
  • Patent number: 10156009
    Abstract: A method of making a semiconductor structure includes a step of sputtering silver, copper, indium, and gallium on a substrate in an ambient including at least one chalcogen to deposit an alloy of silver, copper, indium, gallium, and at least one chalcogen. A film of the alloy can be deposited on a continuously moving substrate with a high throughput to form a p-type semiconductor absorber layer of a photovoltaic cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING APOLLO DING RONG SOLAR TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rouin Farshchi, Neil Mackie
  • Patent number: 10132467
    Abstract: A luminaire includes an elongate supporting post including an upper head section that flares outwardly, and a cap positioned on top of the head of the supporting post, the cap including a plurality of LED lighting units arranged circumferentially, and a shield adapted to block a substantial amount of outwardly directed light emitted from the plurality of LED lighting units, such that the light emitted from the LED lighting units is directed substantially onto the supporting post. A method of fabrication is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: AMERLUX LLC
    Inventors: Tori Poppenheimer, P. David Ziolkowski
  • Patent number: 10128407
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for providing wireless personal area networks (PANs) and local area networks (LANs) using visible and near-visible optical spectrum. Various constructions and material selections are provided herein. According to one embodiment, a light-emitting diode (LED) includes a substrate, a carrier confinement (CC) region positioned over the substrate, an active region positioned over the CC region, and an electron blocking layer (EBL) positioned over the active region. The CC region includes a first CC layer comprising aluminum gallium antimonide and a second CC layer position over the first CC layer. The second CC layer and the electron blocking layer (EBL) also each include aluminum gallium antimonide. The active region is configured to have a transient response time of less than 500 picoseconds (ps).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Lumeova, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammad Ali Khatibzadeh, Arunesh Goswami
  • Patent number: 10128394
    Abstract: The solar cell structure according to the present invention comprises a nanowire (205) that constitutes the light absorbing part of the solar cell structure and a passivating shell (209) that encloses at least a portion of the nanowire (205). In a first aspect of the invention, the passivating shell (209) of comprises a light guiding shell (210), which preferably has a high- and indirect bandgap to provide light guiding properties. In a second aspect of the invention, the solar cell structure comprises a plurality of nanowires which are positioned with a maximum spacing between adjacent nanowires which is shorter than the wavelength of the light which the solar cell structure is intended to absorbing order to provide an effective medium for light absorption. Thanks to the invention it is possible to provide high efficiency solar cell structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: QUNANO AB
    Inventors: Lars Samuelson, Martin Magnusson, Federico Capasso
  • Patent number: 10116257
    Abstract: Fluid delivery systems and related structures and processes are provided, such as for use with water, treated water, and/or a cleaning solution, for any of cleaning, cooling or any combination thereof, for one or more solar panels in a power generation environment. Enhanced coatings are provided for the incident surface of solar panels, such as to avoid build up of dirt, scale, or other contaminants, and/or to improve cleaning performance. Reclamation, filtration, and reuse structures are preferably provided for the delivered fluid, and seal structures may preferably be implemented between adjoining panels, to minimize loss of the delivered water or cleaning solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Accurate Solar Power, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald M. Newdoll, Argil E. Shaver, II
  • Patent number: 10103547
    Abstract: A solar cell management system for increasing the efficiency and power output of a solar cell and methods for making and using the same. The management system provides an electric field across one or more solar cells. The imposed electric field exerts a force on both the electrons and holes created by light incident on the solar cell and accelerates the electron-hole pairs towards the electrodes of the solar cell. The solar cell management system considers variations in configuration of solar cells to maximize the power output of the solar cells. The accelerated electron-hole pairs have a lower likelihood of recombining within the cells' semiconductor's material. This reduction in the electron-hole recombination rate results in an overall increase in the solar cells' efficiency and greater power output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Solarlytics, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert P. McNamara, Douglas M. Raymond
  • Patent number: 10090361
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a mobile terminal, comprising a bottom frame; a glass cover; a screen module covering the bottom frame; wherein the glass cover covers the screen module and two edges of both sides of the glass cover connect to the bottom frame; both the screen module and the glass cover have an arch opposite to the bottom frame; two edges of both sides of the screen module extend over both sides of the glass cover and are covered by the bottom frame. The beneficial effect of the above technical solution is: by utilizing the arch of the screen module and the glass cover opposite to the bottom frame, the front surface of the screen module and two sides of screen module do not have black edge, so that the display effect is excellent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: EVERDISPLAY OPTRONICS (SHANGHAI) LIMITED
    Inventors: Jr Hong Chen, Chien Er Huang, Xinye Pan, Huanyu Huang, Tsunglin Yang, Junjun Chen
  • Patent number: 10084303
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a combiner box including input connections for string lines from a plurality of strings of photovoltaic modules, and output connections for a pair of output lines to an inverter. The combiner box further includes a switching device by means of which the strings are connected to the inverter and which comprises output-side switching contacts and, for each of the strings or for each pair of strings connected in parallel in a fixed manner in the combiner box, at least one separate input-side switching contact, and an overcurrent protection device, which interrupts occurring overcurrents from or to each of the strings or at least from or to each of the pairs of strings connected in parallel in a fixed manner in the combiner box. The switching device includes a switching-contact drive, which is controlled in order to selectively disconnect the strings from the inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SMA Solar Technology AG
    Inventor: Gerold Schulze
  • Patent number: 10069458
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an inverter includes a housing having a corner, a DC terminal, an electronic component, an AC terminal, a wireless communication module, and a projection mechanism. The DC terminal inputs DC power. The electronic component converts the DC power input to the DC terminal into AC power. The AC terminal outputs the AC power from the electronic component to the outside of the housing. The wireless communication module includes an antenna which receives or transmits a signal for controlling the electronic component. The projection mechanism projects at least a part of the antenna into the outside of the housing. The projection mechanism is provided in a portion of the housing other than the corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Koichi Sato, Shingo Yanagimoto
  • Patent number: 10056504
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module capable of suppressing separation of a tab electrode can be obtained. The photovoltaic module includes a plurality of semiconductor layers including a photoelectric conversion layer, a plurality of photovoltaic elements including a finger electrode for collecting generated currents, formed on the semiconductor layers on a side of a light receiving surface, and a tab electrode for electrically connecting the plurality of photovoltaic elements, in which the tab electrode is electrically connected to the finger electrode in a region corresponding to a power generation region of the photovoltaic element and bonded on the light receiving surface through an insulating bonding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Nakauchi, Shingo Okamoto, Toshio Yagiura
  • Patent number: 10056508
    Abstract: In general, the present invention relates to an electro-conductive paste comprising a metal additive and solar cells obtainable therefrom by application of the paste to a p-type doped face. More specifically, the present invention relates to electro-conductive pastes, solar cell precursors, processes for preparation of solar cells, solar cells and solar modules. The present invention relates to a precursor comprising the following paste constituents: a. A Si wafer with at least one p-type doped face and at least one n-type doped face; b. A conductive paste comprising the following paste constituents: i. at least about 70 wt. % Ag particles, based on the paste, ii. a vehicle, iii. a glass, iv. a metal compound comprising a metal M and which is one or more selected from the group consisting of: an organic metal oxide, a metal oxide, an organic metal compound and a silver metal oxide; wherein the conductive paste b. is superimposed on a p-type doped face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: HERAEUS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Markus König, Gerd Schulz, Daniel Winfried Holzmann, Matthias Hörteis, Nicole Georg, Christin Behl
  • Patent number: 10050210
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion element includes (a-1) a first electrode 21 and a second electrode 22 disposed apart from each other and (a-2) a photoelectric conversion material layer 30 disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode. The photoelectric conversion material layer contains a substance formed of the following structural formula (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Murata, Miki Sudou, Hiroshi Nishihara, Ryota Sakamoto, Junko Kakinuma
  • Patent number: 10042089
    Abstract: A coated glass article includes a glass substrate and a pyrolytic coating deposited over the glass substrate. The coating includes a first inorganic metal oxide layer deposited over a major surface of the glass substrate. The first inorganic metal oxide layer includes titanium dioxide or tin oxide, has a refractive index of 1.8 or more, and is deposited at a thickness of 40 nm or less. A second inorganic metal oxide layer is deposited directly on the first inorganic metal oxide layer. The second inorganic metal oxide layer includes silicon dioxide and has a refractive index of 1.6 or less. A third inorganic metal oxide layer is deposited directly on the major surface of the glass substrate. The third inorganic metal oxide layer comprises silicon dioxide. The first inorganic metal oxide layer is deposited directly on the third inorganic metal oxide layer. The coated glass article exhibits a total visible light reflectance of 6.5% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Pilkington Group Limited
    Inventor: Srikanth Varanasi
  • Patent number: 10014427
    Abstract: A solar cell module includes: a first optical system which concentrates sunlight; a power generation element which performs photoelectric conversion; a glass plate which supports the power generation element; and a second optical system which is on a light-exiting side of the first optical system and supports the glass plate. The second optical system includes a positioning portion, and a second lens on the first optical system side, and the glass plate is disposed at the positioning portion to position the power generation element at a focal point of the second lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tohru Nakagawa, Michihiko Takase, Masaharu Terauchi, Shutetsu Kanayama, Youichirou Aya, Nobuhiko Hayashi, Norio Kirita
  • Patent number: 9972741
    Abstract: In various embodiments, photovoltaic devices incorporate discontinuous passivation layers (i) disposed between a thin-film absorber layer and a partner layer, (ii) disposed between the partner layer and a front contact layer, and/or (iii) disposed between a back contact layer and the thin-film absorber layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SIVA POWER, INC.
    Inventors: Markus Eberhard Beck, Timothy J. Nagle, Sourav Roger Basu
  • Patent number: 9960730
    Abstract: A frame for mounting a plurality of solar tracking units is provided. The frame comprises a plurality of leg assemblies interconnected by trusses to provide a stable structure that is ballasted by the frame's own weight, rather than relying on external ballast such as concrete blocks. Each leg assembly is provided with a shaft with a mounting end for mounting a solar tracking unit. Each solar tracking unit includes an armature assembly and at least one motor for controlling the orientation and position of a solar panel mounted thereon. Solar tracking assemblies, each comprising the frame and plurality of solar tracking units, can be assembled in an array using connectors spacing the assemblies, thus providing enhanced stability. Each of the assemblies can be provided with a local control unit for controlling each individual solar tracking unit, and a global control unit may be used to control the local control units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: MORGAN SOLAR INC.
    Inventors: Michael Sinclair, John Paul Morgan, Philip M. Chang, Dhanushan Balachandreswaran, Abdelkader Chellabi, Porter Arbogast, Richard Iannello
  • Patent number: 9952453
    Abstract: Techniques, systems, and devices are disclosed for implementing nanostructures in the optical domain that highly localize the incident electromagnetic field to with a large spectral range from the visible to the infrared range. An optical nano antenna device is provided to include a substrate; a central conductive core formed on the substrate; and a peripheral conductive shell formed on the substrate and located peripheral to the central conductive core to surround at least a part of the central conductive core. The central conductive core and peripheral conductive shell form a coaxial structure with a dimension less than an optical wavelength of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Yeshaiahu Fainman, Alexei Smolyaninov, Lin Pang, Lindsay Freeman, Maxim Abashin
  • Patent number: 9940412
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating an array layout template. In one embodiment the method comprises scanning, using an installation application on a mobile device comprising at least one processor, a tag coupled to a splice box that is coupled to a trunk cable in a solar installation; and generating, via the installation application and based on information obtained by scanning the tag, a template that shows a physical layout of the splice box and a plurality of solar array components that are coupled to the trunk cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Enphase Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Chris Eich
  • Patent number: 9934334
    Abstract: Methods, non-transitory processor-readable storage media, devices, and systems for improving the designing of solar energy systems. An embodiment method may include receiving, by a processor of a solar energy system design computing system, at least one of lead data or inquiry data related to a property, querying predefined data related to the property using the received at least one of lead data or inquiry data, evaluating the queried predefined data to qualify the received at least one of lead data or inquiry data, and performing at least one action related to the solar energy systems based on the evaluation of the queried predefined data using the received at least one of lead data or inquiry data. The method may include rendering a solar energy system design and/or transmitting to third-party devices marketing information related to at least one of a solar energy system price, a design, and installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: SOLAR SPECTRUM HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Adam Pryor
  • Patent number: 9927827
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (PV) system can include one or more trackers that each includes a plurality of rows of PV collection devices. The rows of PV collection devices can be electrically independent from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Johnston, Nicholas Ford
  • Patent number: 9929216
    Abstract: A process for fabricating an organic x-ray detector is presented. The process includes forming a layered structure that includes disposing a first electrode layer on a thin film transistor array, disposing an organic photoactive layer on the first electrode layer and disposing a second electrode layer on the organic photoactive layer. The organic photoactive layer includes a fullerene or a fullerene derivative having a carbon cluster of at least 70 carbon atoms. The process further includes disposing a scintillator layer on the layered structure at a temperature greater than 50 degrees Celsius. An organic x-ray detector fabricated by the process is further presented. An x-ray system including the organic x-ray detector is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Jie Jerry Liu, Gautam Parthasarathy, Ri-An Zhao, Kwang Hyup An
  • Patent number: 9929561
    Abstract: A controller for a plurality of solar panels is provided. An input connector is configured to receive (a) power from the plurality of solar panels, and (b) information from the individual solar panels. An output is configured to forward from the input connector the power from the plurality of solar panels; A controller is configured to receive the information, and based on the information selectively enable or disable the flow of power from the input to the output. The controller enables the flow of power when (a) a number of solar panels connected to the input is within a first threshold, and (b) the total rated output of solar panels connected to the input is within a second threshold. The controller disables the flow of power when (a) a number of solar panels connected to the input exceeds the first threshold, and/or (b) the total rated output of solar panels connected exceeds the second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: SafeConnect Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Georgopapadakos, Mark Duda, Scott Sato
  • Patent number: 9917219
    Abstract: A solar cell includes: a crystal silicon substrate of a first conductivity type including a first principal surface and a second principal surface; a first amorphous silicon film of a second conductivity type provided on a side of the first principal surface; and a second amorphous silicon film of the first conductivity type provided on a side of the second principal surface. At least one of the first amorphous silicon film and the second amorphous silicon film has a multi-layer structure comprising layers. An oxygen-rich layer is provided between any adjacent two of the amorphous silicon layers in the multi-layer structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ayumu Yano
  • Patent number: 9911883
    Abstract: There is provided an electrical-energy harvester for a display panel, the harvester comprising: a transparent and flexible lower electrode; a transparent and flexible piezoelectric layer on the lower electrode; reflective particles dispersed in the piezoelectric layer for reflecting light beams incident into the piezoelectric layer; a transparent and flexible upper electrode on the piezoelectric layer, wherein the upper and lower electrodes are opposite to each other; and at least one solar cell disposed on at least one lateral side of the piezoelectric layer, wherein at least one solar cell is configured to receive the light beam reflected from the reflective particles and, thus, to generate electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Research & Business Foundation Sungkyunkwan University
    Inventors: Sang Woo Kim, Kang Hyuck Lee, Hey Jung Park, Sung Kyun Kim, Tae Yun Kim, Hong Joon Yoon
  • Patent number: 9905797
    Abstract: An OLED display device and a fabrication method thereof are provided. The OLED display device, includes: an array substrate and a package substrate cell-assembled, wherein, the array substrate includes a first base substrate, an anode layer, a cathode layer and an electroluminescent layer disposed between the anode layer and the cathode layer, the anode layer or the cathode layer is disposed as an upper most layer of the array substrate; the package substrate includes a second base substrate and a graphene layer, the graphene layer is disposed as an upper most layer of the package substrate; a conductive filler is provided between the array substrate and package substrate, the graphene layer is electrically connected with the anode layer or the cathode layer disposed as the upper most layer of the array substrate via the conductive filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI XINSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuting Zhang
  • Patent number: 9889635
    Abstract: A method of forming an article from a glass sheet (20) having a glass-sheet bonding surface (24) and a glass carrier (10) having a carrier bonding surface (14). At least one of the glass sheet and carrier bonding surfaces is coated with a surface modification layer (30), and then the glass sheet is connected with the carrier via the surface modification layer. From the perimeter of the glass sheet and the carrier while connected, there is removed a portion of the surface modification layer so as to expose a portion (19, 29) of the bonding surface on each of the glass sheet and the carrier. The glass sheet and carrier are then heated at a temperature ?400° C. so as to bond the perimeter of the glass sheet (26) with the perimeter of the carrier (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert Alan Bellman, Dana Craig Bookbinder, Robert George Manley, Prantik Mazumder
  • Patent number: 9878902
    Abstract: A method and system for changing a pressure within at least one enclosure in a MEMS device are disclosed. In a first aspect, the method comprises applying a laser through one of the at least two substrates onto a material which changes the pressure within at least one enclosure when exposed to the laser, wherein the at least one enclosure is formed by the at least two substrates. In a second aspect, the system comprises a MEMS device that includes a first substrate, a second substrate bonded to the first substrate, wherein at least one enclosure is located between the first and the second substrates, a metal layer within one of the first substrate and the second substrate, and a material vertically oriented over the metal layer, wherein when the material is heated the material changes a pressure within the at least one enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: INVENSENSE, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Dueweke, Martin Lim
  • Patent number: 9863404
    Abstract: A dual-type solar power generator comprising a dual capture panel. The dual capture panel comprises a reflective surface configured to reflect solar radiation having a reflecting wavelength and an absorbent surface configured to absorb solar radiation having an absorbent wavelength to create a released electron stream. A thermal transfer unit comprising a receiving zone configured to absorb heat energy, a heat engine that converts the heat energy to mechanical work energy, and a generator configured to convert the mechanical work energy to an electric current, an electric conditioning system comprising an electrical buffer configured to prevent a cross flow of the released electron stream and the electric current, a power converter configured to equalize a released electron stream voltage with an electric current voltage, an electrical connector configured to combine the released stream voltage with the electric current voltage to create a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Michael John Black, Abubaker Saeed
  • Patent number: 9854164
    Abstract: An image capture device includes two fixed position ultra-wide angle lenses, one or more components to optically direct light, and a single image sensor. The two fixed position ultra-wide angle lenses face substantially opposing directions. A field of view of each of the lenses is greater than one hundred and eighty degrees. Facing the lenses in substantially opposing directions results in an overlapping region of image capture of substantially a three hundred and sixty degree horizontal field of view and a two hundred and seventy degree (or more) vertical field of view. The one or more components optically direct light so that optically directed light from both of the two fixed position ultra-wide angle lenses strikes a single surface of a single image sensor. The single image sensor converts an optical signal into an electronic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Dmitry Kozko, Ivan Onuchin
  • Patent number: 9842949
    Abstract: Fabrication methods and structures relating to backplanes for back contact solar cells that provide for solar cell substrate reinforcement and electrical interconnects as well as Fabrication methods and structures for forming thin film back contact solar cells are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: OB REALTY, LLC
    Inventors: Mehrdad M. Moslehi, Pawan Kapur, K.-Josef Kramer, Virendra V. Rana, Sean Seutter, Anand Deshpande, Anthony Calcaterra, Gerry Olsen, Kamran Manteghi, Thom Stalcup, George D. Kamian, David Xuan-Qi Wang, Yen-Sheng Su, Michael Wingert
  • Patent number: 9842879
    Abstract: There is provided solid-state imaging devices and methods of forming the same, the solid-state imaging devices including: a semiconductor substrate; a glass substrate; an adhesion layer provided between the semiconductor substrate and the glass substrate; and a warpage correction film provided adjacent to one of the semiconductor substrate and the glass substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyasu Matsugai
  • Patent number: 9778117
    Abstract: The integrated electronic device detects the pressure related to a force applied in a predetermined direction within a solid structure. The device includes an integrated element that is substantially orthogonal to the direction of application of the force. First and second conductive elements are configured to face an operating surface. A measure module includes first and second measurement terminals which are electrically connected to the first and second conductive elements, respectively. A detecting element is arranged in the predetermined direction such that the operating surface is sandwiched between the first and second conductive elements and this detecting element. An insulating layer galvanically insulates the first and second conductive elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventor: Alberto Pagani
  • Patent number: 9749450
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of communication device technology, more particularly, to a smartphone, the structures such as the handset and the physical buttons of the mobile phone are configured on the side or the back side of the phone body, so as to extend the display area (namely touch operation area) of the mobile phone to the whole front surface of the mobile phone, to realize full-screen display without borders, and to enhance the beauty of the appearance of the smart phone, thus to effectively improve the user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: EVERDISPLAY OPTRONICS (SHANGAI) LIMITED
    Inventors: Ker Tai Chu, Jr Hong Chen, Chien Er Huang