Source Comprises Or Includes Energy Derived From Force Of Nature (e.g., Sun, Wind) Patents (Class 180/2.2)
  • Patent number: 10569638
    Abstract: An electric powered vehicle having a battery pack capable of storing electric energy and a clean fuel engine operated with a clean fuel. A first D/C alternator communicating with the clean fuel engine, supplying electric energy to the electric driving motor. A timing gear belt driven starter/alternator that is connected directly to the clean fuel engine, activating the clean fuel engine when the battery pack reaches loss at a maximum of 30% capacity remaining. Thereafter, a second D/C alternator and yet thereafter a third D/C alternator communicating with the clean fuel engine during periods when no electrical communication exists between the electric driver motor and battery packs. The D/C alternators maintain an electrical output to the battery packs until recharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Heinz Welschoff
  • Patent number: 10513180
    Abstract: A refrigeration system can include an electrical generator coupled to a mechanical interface, the mechanical interface configured to transfer mechanical energy from a vehicle to the electrical generator, and a control module connected to the electrical generator via electrical wiring. The refrigeration system can also include an electrically-driven refrigeration unit coupled to the control module, and a battery coupled to the control module via electrical wiring. The control module can be adapted to provide electrical power to the refrigeration unit from the electrical generator or the battery and is further adapted to charge the battery with electrical energy not needed for operating the refrigeration unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Michael A. Quill
  • Patent number: 10500963
    Abstract: Systems and methods effective to reduce a drag coefficient in a vehicle are described. A system methods may receive first air directed towards an air intake structure at a first speed. The air intake structure may transform the first air into second air of a second speed. The system may direct the second air from the air intake structure to a tunnel structure. The tunnel structure may include an entrance and an exit, where a cross-sectional area of the entrance may be less than a cross-sectional area of the exit. The tunnel structure may expand the second air into expanded air. A third speed of the expanded air may be less than the second speed of the second air. The system may create a second drag coefficient, where the second drag coefficient may be less than the first drag coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SMART AUTO LABS INC.
    Inventors: Shivam Sikroria, Divyam Sikroria
  • Patent number: 10479197
    Abstract: Provided is a wind powered system which includes a plurality of wind tunnels, a plurality of rotary fans provided in each wind tunnel, a plurality of alternators connected to the plurality of rotary fans to generate electricity, a transformer connected to the plurality of alternators, electric components connected to the transformer, and a battery connected to the transformer and the electric components. The transformer is supplied with the electricity generated by the alternators and outputs electrical energy with a voltage to be supplied to at least one of the electric components and the battery. The plurality of wind tunnels have a plurality of intake inlets which are separated and apart from each other and a single outlet shared by the plurality of wind tunnels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Chuil Peter Kim
  • Patent number: 10377243
    Abstract: An exemplary electrified vehicle assembly includes a coolant circuit and a controller configured to selectively direct energy into at least one component of the coolant circuit to provide a negative wheel torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Reuel Badger, Christopher Michael Kava, Mark Anthony Rockwell, Donald Mitchem
  • Patent number: 10309373
    Abstract: A diffuser system for a vehicle comprises a diffuser component mounted on the vehicle in a position to receive airflow when the vehicle is in motion. Further, a turbine component is provided in or associated with the diffuser component. The turbine component is driven by the airflow when the vehicle is in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Pedro Serramalera, Hector Ortega
  • Patent number: 10252620
    Abstract: In an electric vehicle having a primary battery powered source of energy with a primary electric motor driven and connected to one or more ground engagement wheels of the electric vehicle, has a device utilizing a sprocket and chain for collecting energy from the inner rim edge of the rear wheel of the electric vehicle. This sprocket mechanism device collects this energy then transfers that energy to a plurality of alternators on mounted framework such as in the trunk compartment by way of a chain. The alternators with their sitting pilot voltages, then transfer it by electrically conductive cables to the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Newberry Francis
  • Patent number: 10207588
    Abstract: The vehicle turbine charging system is adapted for use with a vehicle. The vehicle is further defined with one or more body panels, a brake system, and an electrical system. The electrical system is further defined with a brake signal and a battery. The vehicle turbine charging system is a regenerative braking device. The operation of the vehicle turbine charging system is initiated upon the application of the brake system on the vehicle. The vehicle turbine charging system comprises one or more regeneration devices. Each individual regeneration device selected from the one or more regeneration devices diverts air flow from around the vehicle through the turbine. The turbine powers the regeneration circuit to provide electrical energy that recharges battery. The control circuit opens and closes the intake that diverts the air flow to the turbine. The intake is open during brake system operation and is otherwise closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: William Roden
  • Patent number: 10181771
    Abstract: A wind turbine panel is configured to distribute electricity to a load. The wind turbine panel includes a frame further includes a first slot having a first slot first end and a first slot second end. A first alternator is located in a first panel mount on the first slot first end. A second alternator is located in a second panel mount on the first slot second end. A first alternator shaft, connects the first alternator and the second alternator. A wind turbine is connected to the first alternator shaft. The load is electrically coupled to the first alternator and the second alternator. Wind traveling through the frame rotates the wind turbine and thus turns the alternator shafts that generates the electricity which is transferred to the load for use in downstream applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Valod Menaskanian
  • Patent number: 10173663
    Abstract: An electric vehicle receives propulsion power from two sources of Static, stored, electric power and three sources of Dynamic, generated electric power. The two stored sources are a Battery and a supercapacitor system. The three sources of Dynamic power are: (1) Regenerative power in both the braking, deceleration phase of travel, the downward slope of travel over some extended distance, and part of cruise control; (2) Power from a modified Squirrel Cage Generator; and (3) Power through the solar silicon panels. The Static and Dynamic powers are fed into the current Consolidator, Distributer, and Controller (CDC) systems to provide electric power to the drive motors. The total distance travelled is the sum of the Static, stored power plus the generated power of the Dynamic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Cloyd J. Combs
  • Patent number: 10054104
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a small, inexpensive, long-lived underwater beacon locator. The beacon locator can illustratively include a housing, a communications link, a processor, a plurality of hydrophones and a motion generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: AJC Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Almond J. Cote
  • Patent number: 10023061
    Abstract: A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, charging a battery pack of an electrified vehicle using an amount of harvested energy from an energy harvesting device and an amount of energy from a grid. The amount of harvested energy is predicted based on at least a weather forecast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Douglas Raymond Martin, Kenneth James Miller
  • Patent number: 10001110
    Abstract: In one illustrative embodiment, a wind-driven charging system includes a wind-driven rotation device coupled to a rotatable shaft, and a plurality of electric generators disposed at different longitudinal locations along the rotatable shaft and each of the plurality of electric generators are rotationally driven simultaneously by the rotatable shaft. By having the electric generators disposed at different longitudinal locations, more electric generators may be simultaneously driven by a common shaft. In some instances, a controller may be configured to enable more of the electric generators to provide electrical current to recharge a battery when the speed of rotation of the rotatable shaft increases, and may disable more of the plurality of electric generators to not provide electrical current when the speed of rotation of the rotatable shaft decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Richard Rogers
  • Patent number: 9926004
    Abstract: A power steering system includes a first steering mechanism designed to control the steering of at least one of the wheels of a steered axle and includes a mechanical transmission of the movement from a steering wheel of the vehicle to the wheel, a first actuator controlled by a parameter related to the steering wheel movement and capable of providing a steering assistance effort to the wheel. The power steering system further includes a second steering mechanism which includes a second actuator capable of providing a steering assistance effort to at least one of the wheels of the same axle, the second actuator having a housing which is secured to the axle, a first and a second piston rods able to slide through the housing and extending, on opposite sides, beyond the housing, with the piston rods being substantially parallel to the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventor: Jean-Marc Blond
  • Patent number: 9884558
    Abstract: In an electric vehicle having a primary battery powered source of energy with a primary electric motor driven and connected to one or more ground engagement wheels of the electric vehicle, has a device utilizing a sprocket and chain for collecting energy from the inner rim edge of the rear wheel of the electric vehicle. This sprocket mechanism device collects this energy then transfers that energy to a plurality of alternators on mounted framework such as in the trunk compartment by way of a chain. The alternators with their sitting pilot voltages, then transfer it by electrically conductive cables to the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Newberry Francis
  • Patent number: 9878682
    Abstract: A charge controller for a vehicle passive energy system employs an interface to a plurality of charge sources including intermittent sources, such as vehicle mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and the vehicle engine and alternator, and an interface to a plurality of charge loads, such as a comfort heating ventilation, refrigeration and air conditioning (HVAC) system and auxiliary vehicle loads. Charge logic computes which of the plurality of sources will supply the charge current and which of the plurality of loads will receive the charge current, and a switch responsive to the charge logic will direct the charge current from at least one of the plurality of sources to at least one of the loads, the plurality of charge sources mutually exclusive from simultaneously powering a common load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: ENOW, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip R. Pierce, Robert Doane, Jeffrey C. Flath, Stephen Lasher
  • Patent number: 9849800
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices are provided for transferring energy between a mobile unit and another discrete unit. One such method involves a mobile unit configured as a vehicle. During this method, energy is stored with an energy storage configured with the vehicle. At least some of the stored energy is transferred from the energy storage to an energy receiver using an energy transmitter, where the vehicle is discrete from the energy receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Daniel Theobald
  • Patent number: 9841003
    Abstract: A fluidic rotor rotary machine has a rotor comprising at least one blade (4) mounted on an arm (2) rotating about a main axis (1) of the rotor, the rotor being held by a support structure (5) in an orientation such that said axis (1) is essentially perpendicular to the fluid flow direction, the blade (4) being pivotally mounted about a rotational axis (3) parallel to the main axis (1), the machine being characterized in that it comprises means for generating a relative rotational movement of the blade (4) relative to the arm (2) at the rotational axis (3), thereby varying the blade angle, said means comprising an eccentric mechanism rotating on said blade rotational axis. Application in particular to propellers and generators operating according to Lipp-type or Voith-Schneider-type kinematics, with possible mode switching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: ADV TECH
    Inventors: Arnaud Curutchet, Stephane Grosmangin, Renaud Fourton, Gabriel Corde
  • Patent number: 9809117
    Abstract: In an electric vehicle having a primary battery powered source of energy with a primary electric motor driven and connected to one or more ground engagement wheels of the electric vehicle, has a device called a sprocket used for collecting energy form the inner rim edge of the rear wheel of the electric vehicle. This sprocket mechanism device collects this energy then transfers that energy to alternators one and two on its mounted framework in the trunk compartment by way of a chain. The two alternators with its sitting pilot voltages, then transfer it by required electrically conductive cables sending energy to the battery bank source thus completing the on board charging system cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Newberry Francis
  • Patent number: 9802492
    Abstract: A system comprising an air intake structure, a tunnel structure, and an energy generation device is described. The air intake structure may include a first entrance and a first exit. The air intake structure may receive air directed towards the first entrance. A size difference between the first entrance and the first exit may cause a compression of the received air into first compressed air. The tunnel structure may include a second entrance and a second exit. The tunnel structure may receive the first compressed air. A size difference between the second entrance and the second exit may cause a compression of the first compressed air into second compressed air. The energy generation device may receive the second compressed air, and may transform a portion of the second compressed air into energy. The system may further include elements effective to facilitate cooling of components of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: SMART AUTO LABS INC.
    Inventors: Shivam Sikroria, Siddhant Chouksey, Shiv Gupta
  • Patent number: 9797379
    Abstract: The invention is on the one hand a power generating apparatus exploiting wind energy, comprising a body (10), a main rotor unit (12) comprising a front rotating part being fitted with front blades being adjustable at an angle, and a rear rotating part being fitted with rear blades adjustable at an angle, said front rotating part and rear rotating part have rotation axes aligned parallel to each other, preferably being coincident with each other, a blade adjustment unit being adapted for adjusting of the front blades and the rear blades to rotate in opposite directions, a cable (18) enabling kiting of the body (10), a generator unit adapted for generating electric power from rotation of the front rotating part and the rear rotating part, and a wire adapted for conducting electric power generated by the generator unit, and the main rotor unit (12) is arranged in an opening (11) of and coupled to the body (10), and the main rotor unit (12) comprises blades being turnable into a covering position covering at leas
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: ELITE ACCOUNT KFT.
    Inventors: Endre Ori, Gabor Deme
  • Patent number: 9759194
    Abstract: A portable generator includes: a case having a front, symmetrical air-foil shaped sidewalls, Kamm tail rear and flat base; a wind turbine; a telescoping shaft hingedly connected to the case base for supporting the wind turbine, in a horizontal and a range of vertical positions for receiving wind without the case; an offset air entrance hole within the case front for directing ambient air towards the wind turbine when in the case; an elliptical, funnel-shaped channel extending from the air entrance hole towards the turbine blades capturing the wind from the air entrance hole and directing it towards the turbine blade assembly; an air escape hole within the case rear for directing air out of the case; ties for holding the pole in a vertical position; one or more batteries for supplying DC power to an AC inverter; an inverter DC for converting AC from the generator unit; a solar array for augmenting and supplying DC power to the batteries; the AC inverter to supply energy to AC electrical equipment; an electrica
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: John Tucciarone
  • Patent number: 9744927
    Abstract: A system for generating electricity is provided. The system includes a vehicle and a wind turbine installed at one end of the vehicle. The wind turbine includes a plurality of input ports and a plurality of exit ports. The airflow around the vehicle enters the wind turbine via the plurality of input ports and exits the wind turbine via the plurality of exit ports causing the wind turbine to rotate and generate electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Mehdi KarimiRozbahani
  • Patent number: 9744864
    Abstract: In an electric vehicle having a primary battery powered source of energy with a primary electric motor driven and connected to one or more ground engagement wheels of the electric vehicle, has a device called a sprocket used for collecting energy form the inner rim edge of the rear wheel of the electric vehicle. This sprocket mechanism device collects this energy then transfers that energy to alternators one and two on its mounted framework in the trunk compartment by way of a chain. The two alternators with its sitting pilot voltages, then transfer it by required electrically conductive cables sending energy to the battery bank source thus completing the on board charging system cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Newberry Francis
  • Patent number: 9669702
    Abstract: A fuel saving system includes a vehicle. A housing is coupled to the vehicle and the housing captures air when the vehicle is driven. A baffling unit is coupled to the housing and the baffling unit selectively inhibits the air from entering the housing. A turbo is rotatably positioned within the housing and the turbo is rotated by the air passing through the housing. Thus, the turbo produces rotational torque. A drive is coupled between the vehicle and the turbo. The drive transfers the rotational torque to the vehicle thereby increasing a fuel efficiency of the vehicle when the vehicle is driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Jaime Lozano
  • Patent number: 9643729
    Abstract: A system for providing regenerative power for an aircraft to sustain flight includes multiple energy cells disposed within the aircraft, the energy cells being configured to supply power to a propulsion motor and electronics of the aircraft, a fan generator harnessing propeller blast created by an aircraft propeller and converting kinetic energy of the propeller blast into electrical energy, a charger receiving the electrical energy generated by the fan generator and using the electrical energy to recharge one or more of the energy cells, and a power transfer switch selectively connecting one of the energy cells to the propulsion motor and electronics of the aircraft, such that the energy cells are rotated one at a time to power the propulsion motor and electronics. During recharging, the one or more of the energy cells are disconnected by the power transfer switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: ElectronAir LLC
    Inventor: Dale Martin Walter-Robinson
  • Patent number: 9635990
    Abstract: A pivot suspension has two separate wheels and a channel, which has two ends axially extending across a floor cleaning or burnishing machine. One wheel is attached to a first end of the channel and the other wheel is attached to a second end of the channel. The pivot suspension further has a pivot rod that is pivotably attached to and is in line from front to rear with the machine. The pivot rod is fixedly connected to the channel at a location between the two channel ends. As a result, the wheels and channel are pivotably attached to the machine, by way of the pivot rod. In combination with at least one wheel or caster that is attached to a frame of the machine, the two channel wheels form three points of contact with a floor, even if there is dirt, debris, and unevenness on or in the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: NSS Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffery R. Fellhauer
  • Patent number: 9611038
    Abstract: A system is disclosed including an aerial vehicle to perform a task to an object, while in an aerial mode that includes at least one of a hover mode or a slow movement mode during a predominant phase of the task being performed, the aerial vehicle has a command and control system, a removable mobile computing device that when attached to the aerial vehicle assists in control of the aerial vehicle and when detached assists in control of the aerial vehicle with user intervention through the mobile device, wherein assist in control is further performed through the command and control system and at least one attachment attachable to the aerial vehicle for facilitating the task performed to the object by the aerial vehicle while the aerial vehicle is in the aerial mode, the at least one attachment is controlled by the removable mobile computing device. Methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: WORKING DRONES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert L. Dahlstrom
  • Patent number: 9428061
    Abstract: A system for harnessing wind energy to charge the electric storage battery of a vehicle, whether the vehicle is parked or in motion. While the vehicle is being driven, a roof-mounted, internal wind turbine harnesses wind energy and causes rotation of the shaft of an electric generator mounted to an interior surface of the roof. For charging the battery while the vehicle is parked, an external wind turbine is storable in the vehicle when not in use and attaches to the internal wind turbine. Cups of the kind used in cup anemometers are attached to radial arms that extend from an external shaft of the external wind turbine and catch ambient wind currents while the vehicle is parked, causing the external shaft and the generator shaft to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Peter W. Ripley
  • Patent number: 9388793
    Abstract: The vehicle wind turbine system includes at least one wheel, the at least one wheel having at least one fan blade adapted to generate airflow from the rotation of the at least one wheel, at least one turbine blade coupled to a corresponding shaft, the at least one turbine blade receiving the generated airflow from the at least one fan blade to rotate the at least one turbine blade, the rotation of the at least one turbine blade rotating the corresponding shaft to generate mechanical energy, and at least one electrical generator respectively in communication with the corresponding shaft, the at least one electrical generator to generate electrical power from the mechanical energy generated by the rotation of the corresponding at least one turbine blade, the generated mechanical energy driving the at least one electrical generator to generate the electrical power for use by a vehicle or to be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: UMM AL-QURA UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Saleh Abdullah Al Salameh
  • Patent number: 9297358
    Abstract: The invention relates to a Magnus rotor having a cylindrical body of revolution for converting wind power into a feed force using the Magnus effect. The Magnus rotor having: a rotational shaft about which the body of revolution rotates; a support member on which the body of revolution is mounted; and a body of revolution which has stiffening ribs for the reinforcement thereof. The body of revolution is primed in at least two planes arranged at a mutual spacing in the axial direction perpendicular to the rotational shaft of the body of revolution in order to accommodate balancing weights. The invention further relates to a method for balancing a body of revolution according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: WOBBEN PROPERTIES GMBH
    Inventors: Rolf Rohden, Thomas Bohlen
  • Patent number: 9272627
    Abstract: In an energy storage system that includes a battery and an ultracapacitor, the state of charge (SOC) of the capacitor is the subject of a dynamic set-point. This dynamic set-point control is a function of the load regime to which the storage system is exposed, for example a hybrid automobile or electric automobile. The control may be based in part upon real-time fast Fourier transform analysis of load current, permitting real-time adjustment of control coefficients. In this way, it is possible to minimize the occurrence of the capacitor being fully charged at a time when it would be desired to be able to absorb high current, for example from regenerative braking. Likewise it is possible to minimize the occurrence of the capacitor being nearly discharged at a time when it would be desirable to have boost power available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Maxwell Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John M. Miller
  • Patent number: 9242554
    Abstract: A vehicle roof structure includes a solar cell unit having a plurality of solar cells arranged in a planar form at intervals from one another, a roof panel disposed to cover the solar cell unit from above, and a reinforcing member disposed under the solar cell unit. The reinforcing member supports the solar cell unit with a plurality of supporting parts provided at positions corresponding to the intervals left between the plurality of solar cells. The vehicle roof structure can prevent the solar cells from breaking down under stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Yusuke Shima, Kazumasa Okumura
  • Patent number: 9228565
    Abstract: The wind propelled generator is an electrical generator uniquely adapted for installation and use with a pitched roof of a house. The electrical generator includes a housing that is suspended from a bottom surface of the sub-surface of the pitched roof. A hole is included to enable the rotor of said electrical generator to extend vertically there through and from which the wind vanes are positioned above the pitched roof surface whereby outdoor wind is able to actuate and rotate said wind vanes thereby producing electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Mary K. Culver
  • Patent number: 9090163
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle may include a plurality of solar cells electrically connected to form a solar panel array having a minimum output voltage at a specified standard solar irradiance. The vehicle may also include a battery pack having an output voltage at least equal to the minimum output voltage of the array and configured to provide energy for moving the vehicle. The vehicle may further include a controller configured to selectively electrically connect the array and battery pack to trickle charge the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Fazal Urrahman Syed, Ming Lang Kuang, Shailesh Shrikant Kozarekar, Venkatapathi Raju Nallapa, Robert K. Taenaka, Ryan Abraham McGee, Venkateswa Anand Sankaran
  • Patent number: 9088055
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a vehicle cover having a plurality of photovoltaic cells, an inverter, a vehicle battery connector, a plug, and a switch assembly configured to operatively couple the inverter selectively to one of the vehicle battery connector and the plug based, at least in part, on a charge level of the battery. Another apparatus may include a receptacle configured to receive a plug having an identification tag; an identification tag reader to obtain, from the identification tag, identification data associated with a customer of a power company providing a power distribution system; and a controller to receive the identification data and provide the identification data to an account server associated with the power company. A method may include receiving a plug including an identification tag, reading identification data, contacting an account server, and providing the identification data to the account server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Adipietro, Darcee M. Kolevar-Brunson, Thomas L. Cheney, Paul C. Demshur
  • Patent number: 9067500
    Abstract: Wheels may be equipped with a stator and rotor to induce current to generate electricity as the wheels rotate or to slow down the wheels in response to the application of a brake of the vehicle. Air may be sucked through the wheels through mesh screens to create air flow that passes through ductwork to reach a turbine generator, which generates electricity in response to blade rotation from air flow. A roof mounted solar energy conversion system may generate electricity. A vehicle power supply boosts its energy from all the electricity generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Krassimire Mihaylov Penev
  • Publication number: 20150129325
    Abstract: A solar battery mounting structure for a vehicle mounts a solar battery module on the roof of a vehicle body. The solar battery module includes a glass panel and sealant located on a side of the glass panel that faces the inside of the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Solar battery cells are sealed in the sealant. A roof reinforcing member bridges over the roof of the vehicle body. The solar battery module includes a through portion that extends to the glass panel through the sealant. Adhesive is provided in the through portion. The adhesive bonds and fixes the glass panel to the roof reinforcing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Yasuhiro SHIRAI, Kazutaka KIMURA, Yuki KUDO
  • Patent number: 9022150
    Abstract: The present invention regard an improvement for the electric car object of the patent for industrial invention n. 0001389629, Italian, title “electric car” name: Cunico Michele application n. RM2010A000115, dep. Sep. 4, 2008, Particularly the present invention improves the efficiency and the reliability of the complex constituted by the guide of the air 16, the wind generator 4 and relative structures of support, introducing some valves in the element of guide of the air 16. It also allows the car to acquire energy from the back and side wind by providing of channels empty equipped with wind generator that cross transversally the car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Michele Cunico
  • Publication number: 20150107914
    Abstract: An electric vehicle may include a first drive axle to drive a first wheel of the electric vehicle, a first electric motor mounted directly on the first drive axle, a power supply such as a battery to power the first electric motor, and a controller to control the electric motor. The electric vehicle may include a second drive axle to drive a second wheel and a second electric motor mounted on the second drive axle. The electric motor may be only mounted on the first drive axle. The battery may be formed from an array of batteries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Dezhou David Zhao
  • Patent number: 8997901
    Abstract: A vehicular body panel energy generator system is disclosed. An illustrative embodiment of the system includes a vehicle body and a plurality of body panels forming the vehicle body. At least one of the body panels comprises a vehicular solar panel. A method of generating and utilizing electrical power in a vehicle is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aric Shaffer, Joseph Patterson, Ronald Miller, Perry Macneille
  • Publication number: 20150075880
    Abstract: An electric cart for facilitating the harvesting of berries and other crops comprising a steering side wheel assembly with a front steering wheel and a rear drive wheel connected by a first connecting member and a caster side wheel assembly comprising a front caster wheel and a rear drive wheel connected by a second connecting member. Both drive wheels are connected to battery-powered motors. A main cross-bar connects the castor side wheel assembly to the steering side wheel assembly and maintains an adjustable distance between the first and second connecting members. The invention preferably includes a plurality of solar panels that charge the batteries that supply power to the first and second battery-powered motors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: GK Machine, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Grossen, Scott Grossen, Nathan Keeley
  • Patent number: 8967302
    Abstract: A vehicle air turbine has a vehicle body and an air turbine assembly includes an air turbine blade mounted on a turbine frame. The turbine frame is mounted on a rotating axle, and the rotating axle is mounted to the vehicle body. An air inlet is mounted in front of the air turbine with an air outlet behind the air turbine. A front wing is connected to a wing frame to form an airfoil for directing air through the turbine. The front wing is movable relative to the wing frame, and the airfoil is inverted to draw air into the air inlet. A turbine inlet deflector directs air flow towards a turbine inlet portion. A generator can be mounted to the rotating axle for generating electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Don Tran
  • Publication number: 20150021106
    Abstract: A cooler cart including: a cooler, where the cooler includes a tub insert; a lid, where the lid provides access to the tub insert; a solar panel array, where the solar panel provides an energy source; a motor, where a rechargeable battery provides power for the motor; and at least two wheels, wherein the wheels are propelled by the motor. In one particular embodiment, the motor may be powered by a 12-volt rechargeable battery. The battery may also supply power to a portable adaptor, wherein the portable adaptor provides a means to recharge portable electronic devices. The tub insert comprises a main portion of the cooler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Robert LaRosa
  • Publication number: 20140374174
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes a frame, at least two wheels carried by the frame, an internal combustion subsystem driving at least one of the two wheels, an electrical subsystem driving at least one of the two wheels and recapturing kinetic energy during deceleration events, a pneumatic subsystem driving at least one of the two wheels and recapturing kinetic energy during deceleration events, and a control subsystem selectively operating the internal combustion, electrical and pneumatic subsystems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: HIGH GAS MILEAGE, LLC
    Inventor: Prasit Viengchai
  • Publication number: 20140358342
    Abstract: The invention provides an electrical vehicle power system that compares power use to anticipated need and regulates power use so that the anticipated need is satisfied by available power, thus ensuring ample power for a user to complete an activity such as playing a round of golf. The system uses a controller coupled to a photovoltaic cell on a golf car in a lightweight and durable solar roof apparatus that can retrofit to existing cars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: E-CAR SOLAR LLC
    Inventor: John Marks
  • Publication number: 20140326520
    Abstract: A kinetic power system for DC motor-driven vehicles, the system comprising a chassis-based power generating assembly and an optional roof-based power generating assembly, the former being in electrical communication with the vehicle's DC motor(s) and battery array, the latter being in electrical communication with the battery array only. Both assemblies include at least one fan blade rotatably mounted to a rotor shaft of a DC generator. The fan blades turn under the influence of air velocity provided by the wind and/or via motion of the vehicle (kinetic energy) to drive the generator(s) and produce an electric current which is then delivered either directly to the DC motor or indirectly to the battery array via an onboard inverter which converts the direct current to alternating current. Embodiments including photovoltaic cells are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Emery C. Stewart, JR.
  • Patent number: 8860357
    Abstract: A universal power generating system, having a rechargeable battery bank with a plurality of rechargeable batteries; a computer; and an outside power source. The outside power source has a shaft, propellers are fixedly mounted onto the shaft. The shaft extends through electromagnetic generator systems. The universal power generating system also has at least one ultracapacitor and electrical circuitry. Fixedly mounted onto the shaft are hubs, each of the hubs have fan blades mounted thereon and permanent magnetic elements. The fan blades are shaped to cause the hubs, and therefore the shaft to rotate by wind force. The electromagnetic generator systems convert mechanical energy generated from rotation of the shaft to electrical energy that flows to a rotary alternative inverter, to a transformer and a power supply through electrical wiring and to the rechargeable battery bank. The at least one ultracapacitor provides power for electrical components of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Robillard Decady
  • Patent number: 8851560
    Abstract: The device is a vehicle with a carefully designed multi-layered roof and with a solar array consisting of at least five solar panels mounted on various parts of that roof. When the vehicle is being driven none of the solar panels will extend beyond the outer perimeter of the vehicle. When the vehicle is parked, the driver will be able to cause the at least four solar panels to be repositioned in such a way that their total footprint is more than twice the total footprint of the vehicle. This vehicle will also feature an onboard computer that can help the driver do a variety of tasks that are not normally necessary for typical vehicles and which involve levels of information processing which a normal person would be better off allowing the onboard computer to accomplish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Benjamin David Freeman
  • Patent number: 8836157
    Abstract: A power generation device for a vehicle comprises a housing adapted to removably affix to a rear of a vehicle and a rotatable support member for rotatably supporting a first device, the rotatable support member operatively connected to the housing, wherein the first device includes rotor blades for producing electrical energy when exposed to a flow of air. Further, the rotatable support member is adapted to be articulated between a range from a first position, wherein the rotatable support member and the rotor blades of the first device are disposed within the housing, and a second position, wherein the rotatable support member and the rotor blades of the first device are disposed outside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Hoang Luu Vo