With Concentrator, Housing, Cooling Means, Or Encapsulated Patents (Class 136/259)
  • Patent number: 11300711
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a structure having a low reflectance surface, wherein the structure comprises: a base plate; and a plurality of inclined rods protruding from a first face of the base plate and inclined relative to a normal line to the first face, wherein the inclined rods are spaced from each other. Travel paths of light beams in the structure may be longer along the inclined rods. As a result, a larger amount of light may be absorbed by the structure having a low reflectance surface. The amount of light-beams as reflected from the structure having a low reflectance surface may be significantly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: AJOU UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Chang-Koo Kim, Jun-Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 11245354
    Abstract: One embodiment can provide a photovoltaic roof tile module. The photovoltaic roof tile module can include a first photovoltaic roof tile and a second photovoltaic roof tile positioned adjacent to each other and a spacer coupled to and positioned between the first and second photovoltaic roof tiles. A respective photovoltaic roof tile can include a front glass cover and a back cover, which includes a glass substrate and a pre-laid circuit attached to the glass substrate. The pre-laid circuit is electrically coupled to the plurality of photovoltaic structures. The spacer can include a thermal plastic body and one or more metallic strips embedded within the thermal plastic body, and both ends of a respective metallic strip extend beyond edges of the thermal plastic body to facilitate electrical coupling between pre-laid circuits of the first and second photovoltaic roof tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter P. Nguyen, Piotr Zajac
  • Patent number: 11239378
    Abstract: A solar cell is provided. The solar cell includes a p-n junction and a coating. The p-n junction includes upper and lower layers. The coating overlies the upper layer of the p-n junction. The coating includes a transparent conductive layer and a gate dielectric layer, which is interposed between the transparent conductive layer and the upper layer of the p-n junction. The solar cell further includes a front-contact and a back-contact, which are electrically communicative with each other. The front-contact is electrically communicative with the upper layer of the p-n junction through the coating. The back-contact is electrically communicative with the lower layer of the p-n junction. The solar cell can also include a contact via electrically communicative with the back-contact and with the transparent conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chen Zhang
  • Patent number: 11231551
    Abstract: An optical device is formed of a plurality of optical parts arranged on a carrier, at least one optical element of which has a main face provided with a first microstructured zone for intercepting incident luminous radiation propagating along a first determined optical path, the first microstructured zone spatially modifying the phase of the incident luminous radiation according to a determined spatial profile. The first microstructured zone is used to form, via a plurality of reflections or transmissions off/through the one or more optical elements, transformed luminous radiation. The optical device comprises an input stage for guiding the injection of positioning luminous radiation, along a second optical path, and the main surface of the optical element includes a second microstructured zone that is configured to reflect the positioning luminous radiation and to back-propagate the positioning radiation along the second optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: CAILabs
    Inventors: Guillaume Labroille, Nicolas Barré
  • Patent number: 11189747
    Abstract: A method for producing a solar panel includes producing a tile. Producing the tile includes bonding an electrical insulation layer and a front face sheet layer together to produce a front portion of a substrate. Producing the tile also includes bonding the front portion of the substrate and a cell together. Producing the tile also includes bonding the front portion of the substrate and a wire together. The method also includes bonding a honeycomb core layer and a back face sheet layer to produce a back portion of the substrate. The method also includes bonding the tile and the back portion of the substrate together to produce the solar panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin B. Van Gaever, James P. Hanley, Christopher M. Fetzer
  • Patent number: 11127872
    Abstract: An apparatus including a photovoltaic panel; a first fluid container thermally attached to a bottom of the photovoltaic panel; and a temperature sensor for sensing temperature of a fluid inside the first fluid container is part of a sub-system for a power generation system using solar energy. The sub-system further includes a heating assembly, including a second fluid container, a second temperature sensor, and an electrical heating element. The second fluid container is fluidically connected to the first fluid container. The heating element is configured to heat the pre-heated fluid in the second fluid container to its vapor state. The sub-system additionally includes a turbine generator fluidically connected to the second fluid container to generate AC power from the vapor. A system employing a plurality of sub-systems and a method for using the sub-systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Hans Se-young Cho
  • Patent number: 11128951
    Abstract: The article of invention is referred herein as a prime polygon reflector. In its various forms it is a device of predetermined geometric shape with aspects and scalable dimensions derived from a prime number and its mathematical square root. Geometric shapes based on the prime polygon have reflective surfaces that cause multiple internal reflections of incident waveform energy. When used in conjunction with absorptive media, coatings, or linings, the waveform energy is forced to pass through absorptive media multiple times, thereby increasing effectiveness of the media, coating, or lining. Prime polygon reflectors as disclosed herein produce waveform reflections that are non-inverted by causing an even number of internal reflections. Applications include but are not limited to acoustic, solar, and radar energy absorption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Todd F. Rady
  • Patent number: 11105678
    Abstract: A light sensor includes a fixer tube, a sensor component, and holder. The sensor component is disposed at a bottom terminal of the fixer tube and fixed to the fixer tube. The sensor component senses incident lights. The holder is movably coupled to the fixer tube. The holder encompasses the sensor component. The holder further includes a first opening. The sensor component faces the first opening for receiving incident lights passing through the first opening. The holder further moves along an axis of the fixer tube for adjusting an incident light angle of the sensor component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaosong Wen, Jianxin Xie, Zhongyuan Liang
  • Patent number: 11073306
    Abstract: A lens, a solar cell unit including the lens and a joining method for the solar cell unit, wherein the lens has a main body with a substantially planar base, a receiving surface opposite the base, a side surface area connecting the base and the receiving surface and an optical axis extending perpendicular to the base and at least one bulge is arranged on the main body of the lens at a first height above the base on the side surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: AZUR SPACE Solar Power GmbH
    Inventor: Ruediger Loeckenhoff
  • Patent number: 11024758
    Abstract: A layer structure for a thin-film solar cell and production method are provided. The layer structure for the thin-film solar cell includes a photovoltaic absorber layer doped, at least in a region which borders a surface of the photovoltaic absorber layer, with at least one alkali metal. The layer structure has an oxidic passivating layer on the surface of the photovoltaic absorber layer, which is designed to protect the photovoltaic absorber layer from corrosion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Zentrum fuer Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Wuerttemberg
    Inventors: Roland Wuerz, Michael Powalla, Philip Jackson, Dimitrios Hariskos
  • Patent number: 10996384
    Abstract: The present application relates to an optical isolation element comprising a first optical path changing element, a second optical path changing element and a third optical path changing element, each of those comprises a light entrance surface and a light exit surface. The optical isolation element has an excellent optical isolation ratio, may not require separate external force when driven, and can be applied to various applications such as the field of optical communication or laser optics, the field of security or privacy protection, brightness enhancement of displays, or a use for hiding and covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Seong Min Park, Sang Choll Han
  • Patent number: 10985086
    Abstract: Information handling system thermal rejection of thermal energy generated by one or more components, such as a central processing unit and graphics processing unit, is enhanced by disposing boron arsenide between the one or more components and a heat transfer structure that directs thermal energy from the one or more components to a heat rejection region, such as cooling fan exhaust. For instance, the boron arsenide is a layer formed with chemical vapor deposition on a copper heat pipe or a layer of thermal grease infused with the boron arsenide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Travis C. North, Deeder M. Aurongzeb, Claire Hao Wen Hsu
  • Patent number: 10964826
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion section of a solar cell has a first electrode layer and a collecting electrode that are formed in this order on a first principal surface, and has a second electrode layer that is formed on a second principal surface. The collecting electrode includes a first electroconductive layer, an insulating layer, and a second electroconductive layer in this order on the first electrode layer. The first and second electroconductive layers are electrically connected via an opening section in the insulating layer. At peripheral edge of the first and second principal surfaces, the photoelectric conversion section has an insulating region excluding the first or second electrode layer. On the side of the principal surface having no insulating region, the first or second electrode layer is formed up to the peripheral end of the relevant principal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Adachi, Kunta Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10957659
    Abstract: A method for making a photovoltaic device is provided that includes the steps of providing a silicon substrate having a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (“CMOS”); bonding a first layer of silicon oxide to a second layer of silicon oxide wherein the bonded layers are deposited on the silicon substrate; and forming a III-V photovoltaic cell on a side of the bonded silicon oxide layers opposite the silicon substrate, wherein when the III-V photovoltaic cell is exposed to radiation, the III-V photovoltaic cell generates a current that powers a memory erasure device to cause an alteration of a memory state of a memory cell in an integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth Rodbell, Davood Shahrjerdi
  • Patent number: 10952359
    Abstract: This application relates to a substrate pick-and-place equipment and method. The equipment includes: a bearer platform, configured to bear a substrate; a retractable apparatus, including: a foldable bracket, disposed above the bearer platform and foldable along a horizontal direction; a plurality of suction structures, disposed on a bottom of the foldable bracket, where the suction structures are evenly distributed in a coverage area of the foldable bracket, and are configured to suck the substrate; a first drive unit, configured to drive the foldable bracket to extend and retract along the horizontal direction; and a second drive unit, configured to drive the retractable apparatus to rise and descend along a vertical direction; and a conveying apparatus, operating between the bearer platform and the foldable bracket. In the substrate pick-and-place method, a substrate is picked and placed from an upward side by using a suction structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignees: HKC CORPORATION LIMITED, CHONGQING HKC OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Li Song
  • Patent number: 10935992
    Abstract: A system includes a tracker configured to collect solar irradiance and attached to a rotational mechanism for changing a plane of the tracker and a controller. The controller is programmed to store a plurality of positional and solar tracking information and detect a first amount of DHI and a first amount of DNI at a first specific point in time. If the first amount of SHI exceeds the first amount of DNI, the controller is programmed to calculate a first angle for the tracker to maximize an amount of irradiance received by the tracker. Otherwise, the controller is programmed to calculate the first angle for the tracker based on a position of the sun associated with the first specific point in time and the plurality of positional and solar tracking information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: FTC Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Joseph Morse, Nagendra Srinivas Cherukupalli, Tamilarasan Mouniandy
  • Patent number: 10923535
    Abstract: An organic semiconductor detector for detecting radiation has an organic conducting active region, an output electrode and a field effect semiconductor device. The field effect semiconductor device has a biasing voltage electrode and a gate electrode. The organic conducting active region is connected on one side to the field effect semiconductor device and is connected on another side to the output electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Bardash
  • Patent number: 10903381
    Abstract: An electronic device module including a glass cover sheet, a polymeric front polymeric material, an electronic device, a polymeric back material and a backsheet, wherein the polymeric front and/or back materials have a trilayer structure including a back layer which is adhered to a surface of the electronic device, a front layer which is adhered to the glass cover sheet or the backsheet and an intermediate layer between the back layer and the front layer, wherein each of the back layer and the front layer includes an ethylene interpolymer grafted with silane, wherein the ethylene interpolymer grafted with silane has a density of at most 0.905 g/cm3, and the intermediate layer is a non-grafted ethylene interpolymer having a density of at most 0.905 g/cm3, which is crosslinked with the aid of a crosslinking initiator and optionally a crosslinking coagent, and optionally additives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: YPAREX B.V.
    Inventors: Egbert Willem Kuijk, Erik Cornelis Bijleveld
  • Patent number: 10880955
    Abstract: A ceramic member includes a voltage supply rod capable of reducing a local temperature drop of the ceramic member. The ceramic member comprises a ceramic base, a metal body disposed inside the ceramic base, and a voltage supply rod made of an electrically conductive material and having a far end portion electrically connected to the metal body. The far end portion is located at an end of the voltage supply rod in a longitudinal direction. The voltage supply rod also includes a heat-transfer reducing portion continuous with the far end portion. The heat-transfer reducing portion has thermal conductivity k2 and a cross-sectional area A2 in a cross section taken perpendicularly to the longitudinal direction. The thermal conductivity k2 and the cross-sectional area A2 satisfy a formula k2·A2<k1·A1, where k1 denotes thermal conductivity of the base end portion, and A1 denotes a cross-sectional area of the base end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: NGK Spark Plug Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 10854766
    Abstract: The present application relates to an encapsulant for a PV module, a method of manufacturing the same, and a PV module. The encapsulant according to an embodiment of the present application has excellent heat resistance or the like and improved creep properties, exhibits a haze with a certain level or less and excellent optical properties such as transparency or the like, when the encapsulant is applied to a PV module, physical properties such as durability, transparency, or the like are improved, and thus excellent generating efficiency of the PV module may be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Je Sik Jung, Hyun Cheol Kim, Jung Youn Lee
  • Patent number: 10856413
    Abstract: A fabrication method for stretchable/conformable electronic and optoelectronic circuits and the resulting circuits. The method may utilize a variety of electronic materials including, but not limited to Silicon, GaAs, InSb, PbSe, CdTe, organic semiconductors, metal oxide semiconductors and related alloys or hybrid combinations of the aforementioned materials. While a wide range of fabricated electronic/optoelectronic devices, circuits, and systems could be manufactured using the embodied technology, a hemispherical image sensor is an exemplary advantageous optoelectronic device that is enabled by this technology. Other applications include but are not limited to wearable electronics, flexible devices for the internet-of-things, and advanced imaging systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Kyle Renshaw, Zhao Ma
  • Patent number: 10822484
    Abstract: Described herein are polymer compositions comprising a polymer and a molecular sieve having a framework type of AEL, AFO, EUO, FER, HEU, MEL, MTW, MTT, MFI, OFF, or TON. The present polymer composition comprises a toluene content of less than 1.0 mg/m3 and a C6-C16 volatile organic compounds content of less than 3.0 mg/m3. Described herein also are a method of reducing the toluene content contained in polymers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
    Inventors: Na Li, Wei Hu, Joseph G. M. Flendrig, Machteld M. Mertens
  • Patent number: 10826426
    Abstract: An earth mount enabled utility scale solar photovoltaic array has plural rows of solar panels supported on the ground so as to establish an earth orientation of the solar panels. Edge portions of the panels rest on a ground support area and provide mechanical support, and an end curb member abuts at least one edge of the arrangement. The panels are interconnected in at least one series-connected string extending in at least two rows so that the string has a distance between terminal ends of the series connection less than a lengthwise dimension of the solar panels constituting the string, routed to reduce “home run” connections at the end of the string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ERTHOS INC.
    Inventors: James Scott Tyler, Willie Hammack, Michael Gladkin
  • Patent number: 10818695
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an anti-reflective substrate and a method for preparing the same, an array substrate, and a display device. The anti-reflective substrate includes a base substrate and an anti-reflective film having an optical path control structure. The anti-reflective film is disposed on the base substrate, and the optical path control structure is configured to reduce a reflection of an incident light from a side of the base substrate on which the anti-reflective film is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., Hefei Xinsheng Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Donghui Zhang, Jing Li, Xiaoye Ma, Haifeng Liu
  • Patent number: 10818811
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a power source and method of forming such power source are disclosed. The power source can include a substrate and a cavity disposed in a first major surface of the substrate. The power source can also include radioactive material disposed within the cavity, where the radioactive material emits radiation particles; and particle converting material disposed within the cavity, where the particle converting material converts one or more radiation particles emitted by the radioactive material into light. The power source further includes a sealing layer disposed such that the particle converting material and the radioactive material are hermetically sealed within the cavity, and a photovoltaic device disposed adjacent the substrate. The photovoltaic device can convert at least a portion of the light emitted by the particle converting material that is incident upon an input surface of the photovoltaic device into electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas A. Fenner, David A. Ruben, Jennifer Lorenz Marckmann, James R. Wasson
  • Patent number: 10763468
    Abstract: Sealing cell for encapsulating a microelectronic component arranged on a substrate, with a cap, said sealing cell including: a bottom including a receiving zone for the substrate and a peripheral zone surrounding the receiving zone, a side wall formed of an internal face, an external face and an upper face, the upper face being configured to support the cap facing the receiving zone, an opening, arranged in the bottom of the cell, in the side wall, or in the cap, the opening being configured to be connected to a pumping system, in such a way as to be able to place under controlled atmosphere a cavity delimited by the side wall, the bottom and the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT À L'ÉNERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ÉNERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Messaoud Bedjaoui, Jean Brun, Johnny Amiran
  • Patent number: 10756221
    Abstract: Materials and methods for preparing Cu2XSnY4 nanoparticles, wherein X is Zn, Cd, Hg, Ni, Co, Mn or Fe and Y is S or Se, (CXTY) are disclosed herein. The nanoparticles can be used to make layers for use in thin film photovoltaic (PV) cells. The CXTY materials are prepared by a colloidal synthesis in the presence of labile organo-chalcogens. The organo-chalcogens serves as both a chalcogen source for the nanoparticles and as a capping ligand for the nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Nanoco Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nathalie Gresty, James Harris, Ombretta Masala, Nigel Pickett, Laura Wylde, Christopher Newman
  • Patent number: 10742161
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module installation roof renewal method for installing a photovoltaic module on a roof of a building constructed with a roof frame having a repetitively formed crest and root includes the steps of: interposing an insulator at the roots of the roof frame; producing a photovoltaic module installation roof panel in a length corresponding to the length of the roof at a roof renewal site by using a portable roll foaming machine to transport the photovoltaic module installation roof panel onto the roof; installing the photovoltaic module installation roof panel on the roof frame at which the insulator is interposed; fastening a bracket for installing a photovoltaic module on the photovoltaic module installation roof panel; and installing the photovoltaic module on the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: I-SOLAR ENERGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sukkyu Yoon
  • Patent number: 10729912
    Abstract: An implantable photovoltaic device. The implantable photovoltaic device includes: at least two solar microcells configured to absorb sunlight; a thin film wire configured to connecting the at least two solar microcells to each other; a film configured to support the solar microcells; an upper encapsulation layer configured to encapsulate an upper side of the solar microcells and shield the solar microcells from the outside; and a lower encapsulation layer configured to encapsulate a lower side of the film and connect to the encapsulation layer. According to the idea of the present invention, it is possible to obtain a photovoltaic device which stably and harmlessly operates in a living body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: GWANGJU INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Jongho Lee, Kwangsun Song, Yong Chul Kim, Jung Hyun Han
  • Patent number: 10724086
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a substrate, a semiconductor device disposed over the substrate, the semiconductor device having a surface electrode structure, and a saccharide coating formed over the surface electrode structure. The saccharide coating can be removed prior to use. The semiconductor device can further include a well and optionally a bead disposed in the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Phil Waggoner, James A. Ball, Wolfgang Hinz, Michael L. Minto, Scott Parker, David M. Cox, Alexander Mastroianni, Jeremy Gray, Marc Glazer, Kimberly Gorrell
  • Patent number: 10690811
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a structure having a low reflectance surface, wherein the structure comprises: a base plate; and a plurality of inclined rods protruding from a first face of the base plate and inclined relative to a normal line to the first face, wherein the inclined rods are spaced from each other. Travel paths of light beams in the structure may be longer along the inclined rods. As a result, a larger amount of light may be absorbed by the structure having a low reflectance surface. The amount of light-beams as reflected from the structure having a low reflectance surface may be significantly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: AJOU UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Chang-Koo Kim, Jun-Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10673375
    Abstract: An electromagnetic energy receiving device includes an energy conversion component and an opto-mechanical coupling. The opto-mechanical coupling is arranged to receive a fiber-based conduit. The energy conversion component includes at least one internal surface having an arced profile of radius R, and the internal surface has a plurality of photovoltaic (PV) assemblies arranged thereon such that each one of the plurality of PV assemblies is shingled upon at least one adjacent PV assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: LASERMOTIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas W. Bashford, Thomas J. Nugent, Jr., David Bashford
  • Patent number: 10658969
    Abstract: A method of manufacture of a photovoltaic solar roof tile assembly can include forming a laminated structure by laminating one or more sheets that include at least one photovoltaic solar cell, and attaching a junction box to the laminated structure to form a photovoltaic solar panel. The junction box can include a first DC connector and a second DC connector. Attaching the junction box to the laminated structure can include sealing the first DC connector to the laminated structure. The method of manufacture can include forming a roof tile with a hole that extends from a front side of the roof tile to a rear side of the roof tile, and locating the junction box in the hole by inserting the first DC connector from a front side of the roof tile and attaching the second DC connector from the rear side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SOLARMASS ENERGY GROUP LTD.
    Inventors: Paul Julian Cropper, David Allan Stirling
  • Patent number: 10649098
    Abstract: A light converting nanoparticle represented by Chemical Formula 1, AXx??Chemical Formula 1 wherein, in Chemical Formula 1, A comprises an alkaline metal element, an alkaline-earth metal element, or a combination thereof, X comprises a halogen element, and x is 1 or 2 and is selected such that Chemical Formula 1 is electrically neutral, and a dopant substituted for a portion of A, wherein the dopant comprises Tl+, In+, Pb2+, Bi3+, Ag+, Cu+, Eu2+, Mn2+, or a combination thereof, wherein a content of the dopant is less than 15 mole percent, based on a total moles of A, wherein the light converting nanoparticle has a particle diameter of less than or equal to about 100 nanometers, and the light converting nanoparticle has a structure, cubic structure, an orthorhombic structure, a rhombic dodecahedron structure, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Kwanghee Kim, Yehonadav Bekenstein, Yong Chul Kim, Paul Alivisatos, In Taek Han
  • Patent number: 10641929
    Abstract: Planar optical module (100, 100?) for capturing, converging and collimating incident light (3, 3?) with a variable incident direction comprising: —a first optical arrangement (10) with an optical layer able to converge the incident light-beam (3, 3?), forming thereby a converging light-beam (4, 4?) and —a second optical arrangement (20) placed downstream said first optical arrangement (10), said second optical arrangement (20) having an optical layer collimating said converging light-beam(s) (4, 4?), forming thereby a collimated and concentrated beam (5, 5?), wherein the first and second optical arrangements (10, 20) are movable one relative to the other such that the relative position of first and second optical arrangements (10, 20) allows said collimated and concentrated beam (5, 5?) to have an orientation which is, in a plane perpendicular to the main plane (P) of the planar optical module (100, 100?), predetermined, fixed and independent from the direction of the incident light (3, 3?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: INSOLIGHT SA
    Inventors: Mathieu Ackermann, Laurent Coulot, Florian Gerlich
  • Patent number: 10619015
    Abstract: Methods of modifying polymeric compositions include exposing a polydiorganosiloxane polyoxamide copolymer composition to UV radiation at or below the B spectral range to effect de-polymerization of at least a portion of the polydiorganosiloxane polyoxamide copolymer. The polydiorganosiloxane polyoxamide copolymer composition may include additional components and the modified polydiorganosiloxane polyoxamide copolymer compositions can be included into articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Paul E. Humpal, Audrey A. Sherman
  • Patent number: 10622499
    Abstract: A solar cell module includes a plurality of cell strings having a plurality of solar cells, each solar cell having a semiconductor substrate, and a first conductivity-type electrode and a second conductivity-type electrode provided on a first surface of the semiconductor substrate, an interconnector electrically connecting a first conductivity-type electrode of a first solar cell, among the plurality of solar cells included in the plurality of cell strings, and a second conductivity-type electrode of a second solar cell adjacent to the first solar cell in a first direction, to connect the first and second solar cells in series, and a first shield positioned on a front surface of the interconnector between the first and second solar cells, and extending in a second direction crossing the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Bojoong Kim, Minpyo Kim, Hyunjung Park, Goohwan Shim, Hyeyoung Yang, Joonhan Kwon, Daeseon Hyun, Byungjun Kang
  • Patent number: 10611783
    Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure is a method that includes combining a first organic salt (A1X1), a first metal salt (M1(X2)2), a second organic salt (A2X3), a second metal salt (M2Cl2), and a solvent to form a primary solution, where A1X1 and M1(X2)2 are present in the primary solution at a first ratio between about 0.5 to 1.0 and about 1.5 to 1.0, and A2X3 to M2Cl2 are present in the primary solution at a second ratio between about 2.0 to 1.0 and about 4.0 to 1.0. In some embodiments of the present disclosure, at least one of A1 or A2 may include at least one of an alkyl ammonium, an alkyl diamine, cesium, and/or rubidium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Kai Zhu, Donghoe Kim, Joseph Jonathan Berry, Jaehong Park
  • Patent number: 10566297
    Abstract: A method for making a photovoltaic device is provided that includes the steps of providing a silicon substrate having a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (“CMOS”); bonding a first layer of silicon oxide to a second layer of silicon oxide wherein the bonded layers are deposited on the silicon substrate; and forming a III-V photovoltaic cell on a side of the bonded silicon oxide layers opposite the silicon substrate, wherein when the III-V photovoltaic cell is exposed to radiation, the III-V photovoltaic cell generates a current that powers a memory erasure device to cause an alteration of a memory state of a memory cell in an integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth Rodbell, Davood Shahrjerdi
  • Patent number: 10553736
    Abstract: Provided is a photovoltaic power converter receiver, including a photovoltaic cell, a waveguide coupled to the photovoltaic cell, and an optical transmission device of which an end is coupled to the waveguide for transmitting an optical wave to the photovoltaic cell through the waveguide, wherein the end of the optical transmission device is offset from a longitudinal central axis of the waveguide by a distance Doffset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: MH GO POWER COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Mei-huan Yang, Terry Zahuranec, Cheng-Liang Wu, Remigio Perales, Wei-Sheng Chao, Kuo-Hsien Wu, Ying-Lin Tseng, Mu-Kai Su, Jonathan Jackson
  • Patent number: 10539735
    Abstract: A backlight source includes: an LED light source for emitting a visible light, a light guide plate and an infrared quantum point, wherein the LED light source is arranged on a light incidence side of the light guide plate and the infrared quantum point is arranged on at least one face of the light guide plate. And the infrared quantum point is excited by a part of the visible light emitted from the LED light source to emit an infrared light. The other part of visible light emitted from the LED light source exits uniformly a light exit face of the light guide plate along with the infrared light. The infrared quantum point is arranged on at least one face of the light guide plate other than the light incidence face and the light exit face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ruijun Dong, Dong Chen, Haiwei Sun, Chenru Wang, Jianjie Wu, Lili Chen
  • Patent number: 10535786
    Abstract: Provided is a light receiving element with high light receiving sensitivity. The light receiving element comprises: a light absorbing layer that absorbs light to generate a carrier; and a diffraction element that converts the optical path of first polarized light, which is obliquely incident on a plane formed by the light absorbing layer, so that the first polarized light propagates in a first direction along the light absorbing layer, and that converts the optical path of second polarized light incident from the same direction as the first polarized light so that the second polarized light propagates in a second direction, opposite the first direction, along the light absorbing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: PHOTONICS ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Kenichiro Yashiki, Jun Ushida, Masatoshi Tokushima, Kazuhiko Kurata
  • Patent number: 10462562
    Abstract: The article of invention is referred herein as a prime polygon reflector. In its various forms it is a device of predetermined geometric shape with aspects and scalable dimensions derived from a prime number and its mathematical square root. Geometric shapes based on the prime polygon have reflective surfaces that cause multiple internal reflections of incident waveform energy. When used in conjunction with absorptive media, coatings, or linings, the waveform energy is forced to pass through absorptive media multiple times, thereby increasing effectiveness of the media, coating, or lining. Prime polygon reflectors as disclosed herein produce waveform reflections that are non-inverted by causing an even number of internal reflections. Applications include but are not limited to acoustic, solar, and radar energy absorption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Todd F. Rady
  • Patent number: 10396226
    Abstract: A masterbatch for a solar battery sealing sheet containing: at least one ethylene resin selected from the group consisting of an ethylene-?-olefin copolymer, an ethylene homopolymer and an ethylene-unsaturated ester copolymer; and at least one compound selected from the group consisting of silicon dioxide and zeolite, wherein a degree of aggregation of silicon is 0 or more and 0.350 or less and the ignition loss of the compound is more than 1.7% to 15% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Hiroaki Yoda
  • Patent number: 10389294
    Abstract: In an example, a clamp assembly for a glass on glass solar module for a tracker is included. The assembly has a lower clamp structure characterized by a top-hat shaped rail structure having a length extending from a first end to a second end. In an example, the assembly has an upper clamp structure configured to sandwich a pair of edges of a pair of solar modules with a portion of the lower clamp structure. In an example, the assembly has a locking spacer configured to the pair of edges of the pair of solar modules. In an example, the pair of edges comprises substantially glass material. In an example, the assembly has a pair of key structures configured with the locking spacer. Each of the key structures is affixed to each of the solar modules to physically lock each of the solar modules to the upper clamp structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: NEXTracker Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander W. Au
  • Patent number: 10386580
    Abstract: In an optical signal transmission system for transmitting signal light through a transmitting fiber, an optical connector, and a receiving fiber to an optical receptacle, the relationships ?1ex<?2en and ?pd<?2en are satisfied, where ?1ex is the core diameter of the transmitting fiber at the exit face of the transmitting fiber, ?2en is the core diameter of the receiving fiber at the entrance face of the receiving fiber, and ?pd is the diameter of a receiving surface of a light receiving element in the optical receptacle, and the relationship NA1ex>Na2en is satisfied, where, in the optical connector, NA1ex is the numerical aperture (NA) of the signal light emitted from the transmitting fiber, and NA2en is the NA of the signal light incident on the receiving fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiaki Suzuki, Yasuhiro Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10333014
    Abstract: Methods of and apparatuses for making a photovoltaic cell are provided. The photovoltaic cell is able to have a substrate made of a composite material. The composite material is able to be formed by mixing a binder and a physical property enhancing material to form a mixer. The binder is able to be pitch, such as mesophase pitch. The physical property enhancing material is able to be fiber glass. The substrate of the photovoltaic cell is able to be flexible, such that the photovoltaic cell is able to be applied on various surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Cyprian Emeka Uzoh, Emeka Nchekwube
  • Patent number: 10284135
    Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure provides solar panel mounting and charging system comprising a hub and a girder assembly. The hub may comprise a plurality of attachment points on its exterior. The girder assembly may comprise a plurality of top girders configured to be mechanically fastened to each other at their proximal ends, and having a distance between their distal ends that is greater than a distance between the proximal ends of the top girders. The girder assembly may also comprise a plurality of bottom girders configured to be mechanically fastened to each other at their proximal ends and the plurality of top girders at their distal ends. The system may further comprise an electric vehicle charging system affixed to the pole, wherein the electric vehicle charging system is configured to receive electrical power from at least one solar panel affixed to the girder assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Forrest Collins
  • Patent number: 10236823
    Abstract: Disclosed is a solar cell module. The solar cell module includes a support substrate; a plurality of solar cells on a front surface of the support substrate; a bus bar electrically connected to the solar cells; and a cover member surrounding the bus bar, wherein the bus bar extends along an edge of the front surface of the support substrate to an edge of a rear surface of the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyung Ho Kang
  • Patent number: 10211358
    Abstract: A solar cell unit, comprising a solar cell with a light receiving surface, and a transparent optical element frictionally connected to the receiving surface. The optical element having a portion of surface formed substantially convex such that sunlight striking the receiving surface is bundled by the convex receiving surface. The light receiving surface is surrounded by a shoulder-shaped ledge that has a first rim surface and a second rim surface. A first alignment mark is provided in association with the first rim surface and a second alignment mark is provided in association with the second rim surface to position the optical element in regard to the receiving surface of the solar cell via the two alignment marks. The first alignment mark being spaced apart from the second alignment mark in order to guide the incident sunlight totally or at least largely to the receiving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Azur Space Solar Power GmbH
    Inventor: Ruediger Loeckenhoff