Lightweight And Collapsible Or Foldable Patents (Class 136/245)
  • Patent number: 10435182
    Abstract: Techniques for two-axis articulation of a deployed spacecraft solar array are disclosed. In one aspect, an arrangement mechanically coupling a solar array with a sidewall of a body of a spacecraft includes a proximal appendage, a distal appendage rotatably coupled with the proximal appendage by way of a hinge, and a closed cable loop (CCL) system coupled with the proximal appendage and the distal appendage. In an on-orbit configuration, a long axis of the proximal appendage defines an ? axis that is substantially orthogonal to the sidewall. The hinge includes CCL disengagement mechanism configured to de-couple the CCL system from the proximal appendage and the distal appendage and a rotation driving mechanism configured to cause the distal appendage to rotate about a ? axis when the proximal appendage is in the on-orbit configuration, the ? axis being not aligned with the ? axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Space Systems/Loral, LLC
    Inventor: Varouj G. Baghdasarian
  • Patent number: 10411642
    Abstract: Various aspects provide for a solar assembly. The solar assembly may be a mechanical structure that allows many small solar cells to be integrated into the wing design of an aircraft without placing them on the surface area of the wing or the vehicle. Additional aspects may provide for an adjustable solar assembly. The adjustable solar assembly may be configured to be installed into a structure having a structural profile. When installed, the solar assembly may conform to the structural profile such that the structural profile is maintained. The solar assembly may further comprise an adjustable carrier system comprising a plurality of solar cells attached thereto. The adjustable carrier system may be configured to dynamically adjust the orientation of the solar cells so as to maintain an optimal angle with respect to an external light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: James L. Grimsley
  • Patent number: 10396224
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a solar cell integrated film material includes a film material, a solar cell, a glass fiber sheet and bonding layers. The film material includes a heat-resistant fabric and a fluorocarbon resin layer formed on both sides of the heat-resistant fabric. The glass fiber sheet is provided between the film material and the solar cell. The bonding layers are provided between the film material and the glass fiber sheet, and between the glass fiber sheet and the solar cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Chukoh Chemical Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Funo, Yoshihisa Fujita, Taisuke Yumura, Shigenori Tamura
  • Patent number: 10370126
    Abstract: A solar panel array assembly is provided that is adapted to transition between a stowed condition in which at least two solar panels are stacked and a deployed condition in which the solar panels are unstacked relative to the stowed condition and that exhibits a low-profile when in the stowed condition. In one embodiment, the assembly includes at least two solar panels, a flexible hinge connecting and extending between the panels that allows relative rotation of the panels to one another, a torsion bar for providing the force for causing the rotation of the panels for the transition between the stowed and deployed conditions, and a truss structure that transitions from a relatively flat, inoperative state when the panels are stowed to an operative state for use with deployed panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: M.M.A. DESIGN, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Jeffrey Harvey
  • Patent number: 10364601
    Abstract: There are provided various implementations of a solar shade for covering a transmissive panel such as a window, door, sunroof or skylight of a vehicle, building, or home. Such a solar shade includes a photovoltaic sheet, which may be a flexible sheet. The solar shade is configured to absorb heat produced due to sunlight transmitted through the transmissive panel and impinging on the solar shade. The photovoltaic sheet is configured to generate an electrical current using the sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: KARMA AUTOMOTIVE LLC
    Inventor: Mark G. Piekny
  • Patent number: 10353187
    Abstract: This invention includes a flexible Fresnel lens assembly which can be efficiently stowed into a small volume, and then deployed with a mechanism, including structural elements, that provides tensioning at the ends of the lens assembly to position and support the lens assembly in proper position relative to a photovoltaic receiver, onto which the lens assembly focuses sunlight for conversion into electricity. The flexible stretched lens assembly includes a transparent prismatic polymer film, comprising a refractive optical element, attached to flexible cords, fibers, or wires that carry the bulk of the tension load in the stretched lens assembly when it is deployed in its final functional position. This present invention represents a critical and mission-enabling improvement to an earlier stretched lens array invention described in U.S. Pat. No. 6,075,200 (Reference 1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Mark Joseph O'Neill
  • Patent number: 10340698
    Abstract: A space-based solar power station, a power generating satellite module and/or a method for collecting solar radiation and transmitting power generated using electrical current produced therefrom, and/or compactible structures and deployment mechanisms used to form and deploy such satellite modules and power generation tiles associated therewith are provided. Each satellite module and/or power generation tile may be formed of a compactable structure and deployment mechanism capable of reducing the payload area required to deliver the satellite module to an orbital formation within the space-based solar power station and reliably deploy it once in orbit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Sergio Pellegrino, Harry A. Atwater, Seyed Ali Hajimiri, Manan Arya, Nicolas Lee, Melanie Delapierre
  • Patent number: 10326278
    Abstract: A modular photovoltaic (PV) array system includes a PV array installed onto a fleet vehicle such as a trailer, bus etc., a host control system into which a plurality of fleet vehicles can connect to collectively generate electricity, and a subscriber system which collectively tracks energy generation and allocates respective contributions to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: PV Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Tomlinson
  • Patent number: 10308121
    Abstract: A solar cell system may include a first power converting device connected to an output of a first solar cell; a second power converting device which an input connected to an output of a second solar cell connected to the first solar cell in parallel and an output connected to a circuit between the output of the first solar cell and the input of the first power converting device; a bypass circuit at the output of the second solar cell and connected to the circuit between the output of the first solar cell and the input of the first power converting device; a first circuit opening/closing device disposed in a circuit between the second solar cell and the first power converting device; a second circuit opening/closing device in the bypass circuit; and a path control device controlling opening or closing of the first and second circuit opening/closing devices, and a control method thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Eun Yeong Lee, In Woo Song, Sang Hak Kim, Mi Yeon Song
  • Patent number: 10298171
    Abstract: Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems provide for solar panel arrays that can be aesthetically pleasing to an observer. BIPV systems can be incorporated as part of roof surfaces as built into the structure of the roof, particularly as multi-region roofing modules that have photovoltaic elements embedded or incorporated into the body of the module, in distinct tiles-sized regions. Such multi-region photovoltaic modules can replicate the look of individual roofing tiles or shingles. Further, multi-region photovoltaic modules can include hinged support structures along the upper edge of the modules, allowing for lifting of portions of an installed module, giving access to the underlying roof deck for more efficient installation, maintenance, or removal of roofing structures down-roof of the installed module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Almy
  • Patent number: 10291030
    Abstract: A space-based solar power station, a power generating satellite module and/or a method for collecting solar radiation and transmitting power generated using electrical current produced therefrom, and/or compactible structures and deployment mechanisms used to form and deploy such satellite modules and power generation tiles associated therewith are provided. Each satellite module and/or power generation tile may be formed of a compactable structure and deployment mechanism capable of reducing the payload area required to deliver the satellite module to an orbital formation within the space-based solar power station and reliably deploy it once in orbit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Sergio Pellegrino, Harry A. Atwater, Seyed Ali Hajimiri, Manan Arya, Nicolas Lee, Melanie Delapierre
  • Patent number: 10286622
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing a sandwich component having a first and a second flat side, in a pre-assembly state all components of the sandwich component in relation to one another are placed in a nominal position: at least one shape-imparting structural layer and a conductor layer having an electrical conductor, and are connected in an assembly step with an adhesive, wherein in the pre-assembly state on both sides of the conductor layer two barrier layers which are vapor-tight are placed as further components and interconnected in such a manner that said two barrier layers enclose the conductor in a vapor-tight manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Diehl Aircabin GmbH
    Inventor: Norbert Staudigel
  • Patent number: 10290763
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are approaches to fabricating solar cells, solar cell strings and solar modules using roll-to-roll foil-based metallization approaches. Methods disclosed herein can comprise the steps of providing at least one solar cell wafer on a first roll unit and conveying a metal foil to the first roll unit. The metal foil can be coupled to the solar cell wafer on the first roll unit to produce a unified pairing of the metal foil and the solar cell wafer. We disclose solar energy collection devices and manufacturing methods thereof enabling reduction of manufacturing costs due to simplification of the manufacturing process by a high throughput foil metallization process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Hamilton Sewell, Gabriela Elena Bunea
  • Patent number: 10243508
    Abstract: Disclosed is a solar module, comprising a plurality of lamellar solar panels, which are mounted on a common axis so as to be able to pivot between a first position, in which they are positioned one on top of the other in a substantially coincident manner, and a second position, in which they are fanned out substantially adjacently, wherein, of every two adjacent solar panels, only the axis-side end section of the one solar panel has at least one guide and only the axis-side end section of the other solar panel has two stops which interact with the guide and are spaced from each other in the tangential direction, and wherein the solar panels are spaced from each other in the fanned out second position in their radially projecting sections that adjoin the aforementioned end sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SFS Acquisition, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Swatek, Elmar Stoger, Alfred Kaser, Manfred Prasent
  • Patent number: 10239642
    Abstract: A roll-out solar array includes a first mandrel having first and second ends and a second mandrel having first and second ends. A hinge extends between the first and second mandrels, such that the roll-out solar array can transition between a stowed position where the mandrels are in a substantially parallel configuration and a deployed position where the mandrels are in a series configuration. A latch may be provided to lock the roll-out solar array in the stowed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Deployable Space Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Spence, Stephen F. White
  • Patent number: 10214302
    Abstract: A deployable structure comprises a mast and two storage rollers each supporting a flexible solar generator, the two storage rollers being articulated on the mast. The mast comprises at least one longitudinal rod and two lateral arms, inclined angularly in two opposite directions that are symmetrical relative to the longitudinal rod, each lateral arm comprising an end provided with a hollow guide. Each storage roller has a longitudinal axis comprising a bent end forming a pivot respectively articulated inside the hollow guide of a corresponding lateral arm, the pivot of each storage roller having an axis of revolution different from the longitudinal axis of the corresponding storage roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Yannick Baudasse, Stéphane Vezain, Olivier Bardel, Didier Stanek
  • Patent number: 10211353
    Abstract: A photovoltaic device includes a plurality of photovoltaic cells disposed in an array in which each cell is adjacent to another cell. Each of the cells includes first and second photovoltaic modules. The first photovoltaic module of each cell is configured to convert a first part of light energy incident thereon into electrical energy and to reflect to the second photovoltaic module of an adjacent cell at least some of a remaining portion of light energy incident thereon. The second photovoltaic module of each cell is configured to convert into electrical energy the remaining portion of the light energy received from the first photovoltaic module of an adjacent cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SUNLIGHT PHOTONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sergey Frolov, Michael Cyrus, Allan James Bruce
  • Patent number: 10189582
    Abstract: An elastically deployable panel structure for space solar array applications includes a support structure having a first stowed configuration and a second deployed configuration. The stowed configuration has elastic strain energy that powers deployment of the support structure. The elastically deployable panel structure does not include a boom. Longitudinal edges of the support structure may be curved downward to form an open cylinder when in the deployed configuration. The support structure is configured to be operable as a mounting surface for solar cell arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: DEPLOYABLE SPACE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian R Spence, Stephen F White, Mark V Douglas
  • Patent number: 10183764
    Abstract: A spacecraft includes a first deployable module and a second deployable module and is reconfigurable from a launch configuration to an on-orbit configuration. In the launch configuration, the first deployable module is adjacent to the second deployable module. The first deployable module includes a first solar array, the first solar array being rotatable, in the on-orbit configuration, about a first axis of rotation, and the second deployable module includes a second solar array, the second solar array being rotatable, in the on-orbit configuration, about a second axis of rotation, the second axis of rotation being separated by a substantial distance from the second axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Space Systems/Loral, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Y. Chu
  • Patent number: 10170655
    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: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hans-Juergen Eickelmann, Ruediger Kellman, Hartmut Kuehl, Markus Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10161582
    Abstract: A solar-powered, collapsible lantern that employs a frame assembly of an umbrella and which is movable between a collapsed, storage position and an expanded, deployed position. The solar-powered lantern includes a plurality of light sources supported by the frame assembly for illumination of the lantern and the surrounding environment when the lantern is manipulated from a collapsed, storage position to an expanded, deployed position. The solar-powered lantern may include a removable hook to suspend the lantern from a suspension point. The hook may be interchanged with a removable stake that is insertable into a support surface, to support or otherwise anchor the lantern on the support surface. The power source may include at least one solar panel configured for selective movement to permit adjustable orientation of the at least one solar panel relative to the sun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Fei Qiu, Lin hui Sun, Lynda Scott Musante
  • Patent number: 10128793
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for compensating for spatial non-uniformities in solar simulators. This is accomplished in part by acquiring a spatial map of the intensity distribution that the solar simulator produces across the illumination plane using a reference cell, identifying an area of an arbitrary solar cell within the illuminated area, and then calculating the expected illumination levels for that solar cell in that specific location based on the spatial mapping. The results of that process can then be used to determine the efficiency of the arbitrary solar cell during a test in which the reference cell (of known efficiency), located in a different part of the illuminating beam, simultaneously measures the illumination in one area of the illumination beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Douglas R. Jungwirth, Philip T. Chiu, Ricardo Anaya
  • Patent number: 10129626
    Abstract: Provided is a case including a speaker for outputting sound using earphones, the case including a master earphone for receiving an audio signal from an external device through Bluetooth communication, a slave earphone separate from the master earphone to receive the audio signal from the master earphone through Bluetooth communication, and the case including a pair of coupling parts capable of individually accommodating the master and slave earphones, wherein the case further includes a charging unit for supplying power to the master and slave earphones, and the speaker for outputting the audio signal received from at least one of the master and slave earphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: ALON INC.
    Inventors: Han Deok Jung, Jung Kyu Choi
  • Patent number: 10116254
    Abstract: A solar-powered vending machine includes a photovoltaic (PV) panel assembly connected to a vending machine. The PV panel assembly includes a panel subassembly and mounting subassembly connecting the panel subassembly to the vending machine. The panel subassembly includes a plurality of PV panels foldably interconnected to expand to a deployed width greater than a vending machine width and collapse to a stowed width less than or approximately equal to the vending machine width. The mounting frame supports the PV panels for movement between a deployed position above the vending machine and a stowed position adjacent a side of the vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Brian Bosley
  • Patent number: 10114409
    Abstract: A portable terminal device according to one aspect of the present invention includes a portable terminal (1) provided with a housing (11), a housing (21), and a coupling (31) that couples the housings (11, 21) rotatably about an axis of rotation (30), and a cover (50) that covers at least a portion of the portable terminal (1) and that is foldable about the axis (53), wherein the end section (28) of the housing (21) on the side opposite to the end section on the side of the axis of rotation (30) is installed on the cover (50) rotatably about the axis (53). Accordingly, it is possible to provide a portable terminal device provided with a cover that can enhance convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryota Michino
  • Patent number: 10079503
    Abstract: A sun visor assembly for a motorized vehicle includes first and second panels configured to be pivotally mounted to a sun visor support rod. The second panel includes a solar panel to generate power to charge a portable device. The sun visor assembly includes a solar panel voltage regulator configured to generate a regulated electric power from electric power generated by the solar panel. The solar panel voltage regulator is operatively coupled with a device charging output port to output the regulated electric power to charge the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Valencia Burton, Michael Horton
  • Patent number: 10059471
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a method of deploying an extensible boom from a housing. Sheets supporting respective arrays of photovoltaic devices are deployed substantially simultaneously so that a first sheet is deployed in a first direction from the housing and a second sheet is deployed in an opposite direction from the housing. Angular momentum imparted by deploying the first sheet is canceled by angular momentum imparted by deploying the second sheet. The housing can be part of a space satellite, such that the first and second sheets are deployed without causing the satellite to move out of its orbit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: SolAero Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Kenneth Loyd Steele, Theodore Garry Stern
  • Patent number: 10014820
    Abstract: This invention provides solar applications with a strong, light, universal solar panel mount that pivots inside the solar panel frame for compact storage or transport with no disassembly. It also pivots out at adjustable angles to work with any latitude or season without assembly. The mount is adjustable to a wide range of solar panel angles to allow the solar panel to best match the sun angle for multiple latitudes and seasons of the year. It can be temporarily free standing or permanently placed via the use of the attachment points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas J Brennan
  • Patent number: 10005571
    Abstract: A solar panel assembly for a spacecraft includes a bracket and first and second booms each having a first end secured to the bracket and a second end extending away from the bracket. Each boom is formed from a plurality of tubes that telescope between a stowed condition nested within one another and a deployed condition aligned end-to-end with one another. A solar panel is secured to the first and second booms for receiving solar energy and converting the solar energy to electrical power. The solar panel has a stowed condition collapsed between the first and second booms and a deployed condition extending in a plane between the first and second booms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Geoffrey W. Marks, David J. Rohweller, Christian J. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 9975407
    Abstract: A vehicle sun visor assembly includes a sun visor body and an electrical system. The electrical system includes a power source tray configured to receive a power source. The sun visor body includes a mounting feature configured to couple the power source tray to the sun visor body and to facilitate removal of the power source tray from the sun visor body. In addition, the electrical system includes at least one electrical contact coupled to the sun visor body and configured to establish an electrical connection with the power source while the power source tray is engaged with the mounting feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Motus Integrated Technologies
    Inventors: Kevin Andrew Still, Philip Allen Lehman
  • Patent number: 9975652
    Abstract: A solar generator deployment device includes at least one primary tape-spring supporting a flexible membrane with a set of flexible photovoltaic cells on one face, at least one secondary tape-spring, and a reinforcing structure attached to the primary tape-spring and secondary tape-spring, said device having a wound state in which the primary tape-spring supporting the flexible membrane and secondary tape-spring and reinforcing structure are co-wound around a mandrel; and an unwound state in which said primary tape-spring and secondary tape-spring are unwound. The device comprises, at the level of said mandrel, means for offsetting, in the unwound state, the root of said secondary tape-spring so that the reinforcing structure is deployed within a volume situated on the side opposite the face of the flexible membrane comprising flexible photovoltaic cells and supports said flexible membrane, the device then being in the deployed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Laurent Blanchard, Julien Ducarne, Yannick Baudasse
  • Patent number: 9893228
    Abstract: A solar cell includes a metal layer and a chalcopyrite compound semiconductor layer in this order on a polyimide film. A manufacturing method according to the present invention includes the following steps in the order: cast applying a polyimide precursor solution onto a support base containing an alkali metal; imidizing the polyimide precursor by heating to form a stacked body including a polyimide film on the support base; forming a metal layer on the polyimide film of the stacked body; and forming a chalcopyrite compound semiconductor layer on the metal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi Hino, Mitsuru Ichikawa, Tomomi Meguro
  • Patent number: 9882330
    Abstract: A solar panel array includes a number of elongate printed circuit boards (PCBs), each PCB supporting a number of individual solar cells linearly mounted thereon and electrically connected in series to form a solar panel, and a number of hinge assemblies, each hinge assembly including two or more hinge bodies, two backing plates, one spring, and one hinge pin, the hinge assemblies mounted between adjacent solar panels using conventional hardware in a manner connecting them together such that they may be folded over one another in a fanfold arrangement or deployed out to one hundred and eighty degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Andrew E. Kalman
  • Patent number: 9866167
    Abstract: A mobile solar generator for autonomous and continuous supply of electricity in a transportable automatically or semi-automatically unfolding/folding system. The mobile solar generator generally includes photovoltaic modules, energy storage (lithium ion batteries), power converters, and a mechanical system to fold/unfold the photovoltaic modules. The mobile solar generator may also optionally include a detachable trailer. The mobile solar generator typically has the ability to provide alternating current at a voltage of 120 or 230V single-phase or three-phase 400 V/460V 50 or 60 HZ. Electricity is generally provided by 12, 16 or 24 photovoltaic modules 347 W depending on the version of the product is typically a photovoltaic power 4, 5, or 8 KWp. The mobile solar generator can preferably be folded on itself for shipping purposes. The SMG can also include skids for water treatment or other skids which use the power generated by the SMG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Eric Chambe, Gilles Essertel, Lionel Guyot, Maurice Kahn
  • Patent number: 9865903
    Abstract: A portable renewable energy power system, the system having a first solar panel attached to an enclosure; a second solar panel hingeably attached to the enclosure; in an open position wherein the second solar panel is exposed and extends out from the enclosure; in a closed position; a battery module; a user interface comprising at least one input device and at least one display; an alternating current/direct current (AC/DC) converter; a direct current/alternating current (DC/AC) converter; and, a control module configure to provide: a solar charge configuration; a battery only configuration; a solar only configuration; and a solar and battery configuration, and a handle attached to the enclosure for carrying the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Unlimited Power, LTD.
    Inventor: Christopher J. Petrella
  • Patent number: 9837568
    Abstract: A combined window frame and solar-powered electricity generating device for supplying power to an existing in-house appliance includes a combined window frame and solar-powered electricity generating device including a window frame, and a solar-powered electricity generating device removably coupled to the window frame in such a manner that the solar-powered electricity generating device is accessible from an interior side of the window frame. Advantageously, upon receiving a user input, the solar-powered electricity generating device cooperates with the window frame thereby generating and transmitting power to an existing in-house appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Akwesi Frimpong
  • Patent number: 9831366
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to apparatuses, systems, and methods associated with the stowing, deploying, and deployment of a solar cell array. With reference to some exemplary embodiments this disclosure teaches apparatuses, systems, and methods directed to a solar cell array system that is a relatively lightweight, compact, and self-contained structure that securely stores, protects, and deploys the solar array. With reference to some exemplary embodiments this disclosure teaches apparatuses, systems, and methods for deploying a solar cell array that is held in the deployed configuration by self-contained compressive force and tensile force members such that no loads are carried through the solar cell panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ray Stribling, Darren S. Cokin, Andrew R. Streett
  • Patent number: 9824582
    Abstract: Methods and system for alerting a vehicle driver via wireless communications. One or more conditions with respect to a vehicle are monitored. A change in the condition can be detected and a signal automatically and wirelessly transmitted to a computing device, wherein the signal is indicative of the change in condition(s). The driver is then alerted to the change in condition(s) in response to transmitting the signal to the computing device (e.g., a tablet computing device, smartphone, smartwatch, other wearable device, in-vehicle system, etc.) associated with the driver and/or a vehicle passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brennan T. Lopez-Hinojosa, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 9786802
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to photovoltaic devices, and more particularly to photovoltaic roofing products in which photovoltaic elements are affixed to roofing substrates. In one embodiment of the invention, a photovoltaic roofing panel comprising a roofing panel substrate having a top surface; and at least six discrete photovoltaic elements affixed to the roofing panel substrate with their photovoltaically-active areas exposed at the top surface of the roofing panel. Another embodiment of the invention is a photovoltaic roofing assembly comprising: a plurality of discrete photovoltaic roofing elements, each comprising one or more photovoltaic elements affixed to a roofing substrate; and a joining member, wherein the plurality of photovoltaic roofing elements are disposed on and affixed to the joining member and are electrically interconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: CertainTeed Corporation
    Inventors: Ming-Liang Shiao, Husnu M. Kalkanoglu, Wayne E. Shaw, Gregory F. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 9764861
    Abstract: Space craft comprising a body, at least one pair of supporting arms, a first device mounted on a first supporting arm and a second device mounted on a second supporting arm. The first arm is rotatably mounted on the body of the craft about an axis of rotation. The second arm is fixed to the body, and in which craft of the first device and the second device at least one is offset from the axis of rotation of the first arm. The pair of supporting arms further comprises a hollow module for the rotatable mounting of the first arm on the body. The mounting module comprising an opening through which the axis of rotation and the second supporting arm pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space SAS
    Inventor: Andrew Nicholas Walker
  • Patent number: 9758260
    Abstract: Micro satellite is disclosed with foldable solar panels that may be winded around the body of the micro satellite so that the growth in outer dimensions of the satellite is no more than 10-20 mm along each one of the length, width and height of the microsatellite so that the micro satellite may be launched in an auxiliary payload volume of a launcher. The foldable solar panels may be deployed to employ area that exceeds 9 times the product of the length by the width of the satellite and 6 times the product of the height by the length. The solar power produced by the solar panel and their light weight enable carrying of cargo that is at least 0.6 of the of the total mass of the satellites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: EFFECTIVE SPACE SOLUTIONS R&D LTD
    Inventor: Arie Halsband
  • Patent number: 9731843
    Abstract: A joint for unfolding and locking a solar generator or a reflector, or other aerospace components that can be unfolded, includes two half joints, a joint axis, and a drive. A drive spring of the drive has a progressive characteristic curve over the unfolding angle of the two half joints, which increases over the unfolding, to compensate for a frictional torque that varies over the unfolding angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Astrium GmbH
    Inventors: Raoul Knorrn, René Meurer
  • Patent number: 9729103
    Abstract: A solar module (2) comprising: (a) a plurality of interconnected photovoltaic cells (4); (b) a forward protective layer (22); (c) a rearward protective layer (24); and (d) an reinforcement (10); wherein the reinforcement is integrally located within the solar module and extends from a location substantially proximate to the forward protective layer to a location substantially proximate to the rearward protective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Keith L. Kauffman, Kwanho Yang, Jie Feng, Hua Liu, Scott T. Burr, Rebekah K. Feist, Rahul Sharma, Leonardo Lopez
  • Patent number: 9718639
    Abstract: A device is provided for unfurling and refurling comprising at least one tape spring having an axis of unfurling and of refurling parallel to an axis X and a rotor capable of rotating about an axis Y perpendicular to the axis X, the tape spring being able, autonomously, to pass from a state in which it is wound around the rotor to an unwound state. The tape spring is mounted bent in two in the shape of a U and comprises a first end fixed rigidly to a first anchor point that may be secured to a stator or to the rotor and a second end wound around the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignees: THALES, CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES
    Inventors: Yannick Baudasse, Stephane Vezain, Bernard Boulanger, Francois Guinot
  • Patent number: 9669949
    Abstract: A deployable structure comprises: a support, a tape spring fixed to the support, able to pass from a wound configuration wound about an axis Z, to a deployed configuration, and a mobile arm able to rotate with respect to the support about the Z-axis, able to form a first contact with the tape spring so as to control the deployment of the tape spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Yannick Baudasse, Stéphane Vezain, François Guinot
  • Patent number: 9637248
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for deploying a group of panels. An apparatus comprises a group of panels in a folded configuration against a side of a spacecraft, a group of flexible members connected to the group of panels, and an interface system associated with the group of panels and the group of flexible members. The interface system is configured to move the group of panels from the folded configuration to a deployed configuration when the group of flexible members is extended from the spacecraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Hugh Quenten Cook, Jr., Andrew R. Streett
  • Patent number: 9637247
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for deploying a group of panels. An apparatus comprises a group of panels in a folded configuration against a side of a spacecraft, a group of flexible members connected to the group of panels, and an interface system associated with the group of panels and the group of flexible members. The interface system is configured to move the group of panels from the folded configuration to a deployed configuration when the group of flexible members is extended from the spacecraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Hugh Quenten Cook, Andrew R. Streett
  • Patent number: 9610893
    Abstract: Methods and system for alerting a vehicle driver via wireless communications. One or more conditions with respect to a vehicle are monitored. A change in the condition can be detected and a signal automatically and wirelessly transmitted to a computing device, wherein the signal is indicative of the change in condition(s). The driver is then alerted to the change in condition(s) in response to transmitting the signal to the computing device (e.g., a tablet computing device, smartphone, smartwatch, other wearable device, in-vehicle system, etc.) associated with the driver and/or a vehicle passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Car1st Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brennan T. Lopez-Hinojosa, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 9608156
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of fabricating a solar cell panel in an automated process by applying an adhesive pattern to a support, positioning a solar cell assembly over the pattern, and applying pressure to adhere the assembly to the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: SolAcro Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Marvin B. Clevenger, Benjamin C. Richards, Cory Tourino
  • Patent number: 9590558
    Abstract: A solar module comprising at least a plurality of lamellar solar panels, which are mounted pivotably, about a common axis, on an elongate support and can be and which can be moved between a first position, in which they are disposed on top of each other substantially congruently and parallel to the support, and a second position, in which they lie substantially next to each other in a fanned out manner about the aforementioned axis, wherein the support can be pivoted out of a housing, which accommodates the support together with the solar panels in the first position of the panels, characterized in that the solar module comprises two supports of the aforementioned type equipped with solar panels in the manner described, wherein the two supports are pivotably hinged at the diametrical longitudinal ends of an elongate base support, which is mounted rotatably, about an approximately vertical axis, in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Smart Flower Energy Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Swatek, Elmar Stoger, Michael Hoffmann, Peter Matisovits