Differing Voltages Patents (Class 307/75)
  • Patent number: 10872753
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a high voltage power supply includes a DC voltage input, a converter for converting a DC voltage at the DC voltage input to an AC voltage, a booster for boosting the AC voltage to a boosted AC voltage, a rectifier in DC isolation from the DC voltage input, the rectifier operable to convert the boosted AC voltage to a high DC voltage at an isolated rectifier output, a high voltage DC output for outputting the high DC voltage, a voltage control input, and an error circuit coupled to the voltage control input and operable to reduce variation in the high DC voltage by driving a return side of the isolated rectifier output in response to feedback based on the high DC voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: David Deford
  • Patent number: 10840825
    Abstract: A voltage balance control method applicable to a three-phase DC-AC inverter is provided, the voltage balance control method including: multiplying, by a first multiplier, an actual value of a line capacitance voltage by a sine function to generate a first voltage; capturing, by a first filter, a DC part of the first voltage to generate an error DC component; subtracting, by a first subtractor, the error DC component from a target voltage amplitude to generate a second voltage; adjusting, by a first proportional-integral controller, the second voltage to generate an amplitude error compensation value; and adding, by an adder, the amplitude error compensation value with the target voltage amplitude to generate an amplitude reference value. A voltage balance control device applicable to a three-phase DC-AC inverter is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Meng-Yi Lin, Yoshihiro Konishi, Zong-Zhen Yang
  • Patent number: 10814862
    Abstract: There is provided a hybrid vehicle comprising an engine; a first motor configured to generate a reverse voltage by rotation; a planetary gear mechanism configured such that three rotational elements are respectively connected with a driveshaft coupled with an axle, with the engine, and with the first motor; a second motor configured to input and output power from and to the driveshaft; a first inverter configured to drive the first motor; a second inverter configured to drive the second motor; a power storage device; and a converter placed between the power storage device and the first inverter along with the second inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yu Shimizu, Takashi Ando
  • Patent number: 10749435
    Abstract: A DC/DC converter system includes a bidirectional DC/DC converter converting between voltage levels at first and second ports and a control system for controlling the DC/DC converter. The bidirectional DC/DC converter includes a first conversion stage connected to the first port and a second conversion stage interfaced with the first conversion stage and connected to the second port. The control system includes outer and inner control loops. The outer control loop compares a command for one of a voltage level, a current level or power at one of the first and second ports to an actual value of voltage level, current level or power level and outputs an interface current command based on the comparison. The inner control loop compares the interface current command to an actual interface current at an interface of the first and second conversion stages, and controls a switching signal duty value based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DYNAPOWER COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Apurva Somani, Xiaorong Xia, Anup Thapa, Gysler Castelino
  • Patent number: 10723296
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is proposed for controlling the electrical connection and disconnection between a battery unit and a supercapacitor on an automobile with the objective of preventing the electrical connection between the battery unit and the supercapacitor from being exceedingly long that would otherwise cause degraded power supply performance or even damage to the battery unit due to the self-discharging property of the supercapacitor. This feature can help to improve the power supply performance and extends the battery life. The proposed method and apparatus is characterized by the steps that the supercapacitor is electrically connected to the battery unit only at a temporal point when there is a need to use the supercapacitor, and immediately disconnected from the supercapacitor whenever there is no more need to use the supercapacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Yung-Sheng Huang
  • Patent number: 10483871
    Abstract: When short-circuit between DC lines is detected, a control device of a power conversion device performs protection control to turn off semiconductor switching elements in a power converter, and when elimination of the short-circuit between the DC lines is detected, the control device performs restart control of the power converter by giving a voltage command value for causing negative-polarity current in flowing through a diode in an upper arm of a second series body of a second converter cell to flow to a phase arm 4, to each converter cell in first and second arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Kikuchi, Toshiyuki Fujii, Ryosuke Uda
  • Patent number: 10483765
    Abstract: A power generation and distribution system for a drilling rig includes (1) an AC bus and a DC bus, (2) an AC generator electrically connected to the AC bus, (3) an AC bus load electrically connected to the AC bus, (4) a first power transformer configured to convert a plurality of voltage phases of the AC bus into a plurality of corresponding secondary side voltage phases, (5) a first unidirectional AC-DC power converter connected between the secondary side voltage phases of the first power transformer and the DC bus, (6) one or more DC bus loads connected to the DC bus, and (7) a second AC-DC power converter connected between the DC bus and at least one of an auxiliary transformer winding of the first power transformer and a second power transformer for supplying power from the DC bus to the AC bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: MAERSK DRILLING A/S
    Inventor: John Røn Pedersen
  • Patent number: 10263520
    Abstract: A DC/DC power converter connected to a DC power source having first and second DC terminals. The DC/DC power converter operates in voltage step-up and step-down modes. The converter includes first and second DC buses connected to the first and second DC terminals and third and fourth DC buses defining a DC link. Energy storage devices are connected between the third and fourth buses. A first converter leg includes a first branch with switches and a second branch. Each switch includes a controllable semiconductor switch and an anti-parallel connected freewheeling diode. A controller switches the controllable semiconductor switches between a conducting and non-conducting state, in the step-up and step-down modes, switching to supply power from the DC power source to the DC link in the step-up mode and to supply power from the DC link to the DC power source in the step-down mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GE ENERGY POWER CONVERSATION TECHNOLOGY LTD
    Inventors: Teng Long, Allan David Crane, Martin Charles Southall, Mounir Louati
  • Patent number: 10232728
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrochemical composite storage system and to an electrical circuit comprising an electrochemical composite storage system of this type. The circuit and system comprise branches (ST1, ST2, ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6), which are connected in parallel, of electrochemical storage modules (10), said storage modules (10) having first connection terminals and each module having an electrical circuit. The composite storage system is designed to operate the branches (ST1, ST2, ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6) inside the composite storage system optionally as a current source or a voltage source, by means of the electrical circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Butzmann
  • Patent number: 10199954
    Abstract: A voltage source converter includes DC terminals, a plurality of single-phase limbs, and a controller. Each single-phase limb includes a phase element and switching elements. Each limb is connected between the DC terminals and is controllable to generate an AC voltage at the AC side of the corresponding phase element so as to draw a respective phase current from a multi-phase AC electrical network. The controller is configured to selectively generate a modified AC voltage demand for at least one limb in response to an imbalance in the phase currents and/or a change in electrical rating of at least one limb. The controller is configured to selectively control, in accordance with the or the respective modified AC voltage demand, the or each corresponding limb independently of the or each other limb to modify the voltage at the AC side of its phase element and thereby modify the corresponding phase current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: David Reginald Trainer, Omar Fadhel Jasim, Dumisani Simfukwe
  • Patent number: 10130016
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a power cell module includes: a high frequency line converter (HFLC) to receive a phase of input power from a utility source, the HFLC including a first silicon carbide (SiC) stage and a second SiC stage; a transformer having a primary coil coupled to the HFLC and a secondary coil coupled to a high frequency motor converter (HFMC); the HFMC to output a phase of output power to a load, the HFMC including a third SiC stage and a fourth SiC stage; and a two-phase cooling system having conduits that are adapted to provide a flow of cooling media through the HFLC, the transformer and the HFMC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: TECO—Westinghouse Motor Company
    Inventors: Enrique Ledezma, Ryan Edwards, Paulo Guedes-Pinto, Bhaskara Palle, Randall Pipho, Alex Skorcz
  • Patent number: 10084391
    Abstract: An inverter, a method and a device for controlling the inverter are provided, to improve efficiency of the inverter. The inverter includes a three-level active clamped topology including a first and second bus capacitors and an inverter circuit, the inverter circuit includes a first switch transistor to a sixth switch transistor. The inverter further includes a seventh switch transistor and an eighth switch transistor; the seventh switch transistor and the eighth switch transistor are connected in series between the positive direct current bus and the negative direct current bus in a same direction, and a serial point of the seventh switch transistor and the eighth switch transistor is connected to a serial point of the second switch transistor and the third switch transistor; and the seventh switch transistor and the eighth switch transistor are anti-parallel connected to corresponding diodes respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Vertiv Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fubin Xu, Yonghui Zhang, Yang Bing
  • Patent number: 9978510
    Abstract: A planar transmitter having a vertical extent and a horizontal extent, having a layer structure with a plurality of electrical circuits, wherein a first electrical circuit and a second electrical circuit are electrically conductively disconnected from one another. The transmitter also has at least one magnetic core which at least partially surrounds the layer structure and acts at least on the first electrical circuit and on the second electrical circuit, wherein the first electrical circuit and the second electrical circuit lie substantially in one plane and form one layer of the layer structure. Provision is further made for at least the first electrical circuit or the second electrical circuit to be subdivided into a plurality of electrical circuits which are electrically conductively disconnected from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Peter-Dominik Scholz
  • Patent number: 9917530
    Abstract: A reconfigurable converter includes a power circuit receives a direct current (DC) power signal and provides an alternating current (AC) output signal across at least three phases. The power circuit comprises a plurality of legs, each leg comprising an output node. A coupling device provides a first output configuration and a second output configuration for the plurality of legs. In the first output configuration, the coupling device comprises a coupling portion coupling at least two output nodes to provide a common output terminal. In the second output configuration, the coupling device comprises separate output terminals, each connected to one of the at least two output nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cummins Power Generation IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Dziuba, Filip Stepancik, Jaroslaw Leonarski, Yefrem I. Pekar
  • Patent number: 9912218
    Abstract: For defining an electric potential of input lines of an inverter with respect to ground, in all current-carrying output lines of the inverter capacitors are arranged and charged to a DC voltage in order to shift the electric potential of the input lines with respect to a reference potential present at the current-carrying output lines of the inverter by this DC voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SMA Solar Technology AG
    Inventor: Wilfried Vogt
  • Patent number: 9835659
    Abstract: A power distribution management apparatus (10) includes acquiring the amount of demand obtained by forecasting the amount of power to be used by load equipment of a customer, and the amount of power generation obtained by forecasting the amount of power to be generated by power generation equipment of the customer, and setting a plurality of voltage values as a plurality of candidates for a transmission voltage from a substation of a power distribution system, and calculating a voltage at a connection point of the load equipment of the customer and equipment of the power distribution system at each of the plurality of candidates by utilizing a difference between the demand amount and the power generation amount of each customer, and determining the transmission voltage of the substation from the plurality of candidates based on a result of the calculating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Tetsuya Kashiwagi, Yuichi Matsufuji
  • Patent number: 9780685
    Abstract: An electrical power converter includes: AC voltage terminals U, V, and W; DC voltage terminals P and N; a converter cell series unit composed of one or more converter cells connected in series between the AC voltage terminals U, V, and W and the DC voltage terminals P and N, each converter cell including a semiconductor element and a capacitor; and a first inductance connected in series to the converter cell series unit, between, of the DC voltage terminals P and N, a DC voltage terminal at the lowest potential with respect to the ground, and the AC voltage terminals U, V, and W.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignees: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Takushi Jimichi, Kimiyuki Koyanagi, Satoshi Azuma, Sadao Funahashi, Shinzo Tamai, Yasuhiko Hosokawa, Kotaro Higashi
  • Patent number: 9774048
    Abstract: A data signal accurately reflecting the actual state of a storage vessel is sent to a station side. A fuel cell system (1) includes a hydrogen supply line (32) that connects a tank main body (311) and a fuel cell stack (2), and a main stop valve provided to the hydrogen supply line (32). A communicative filling system (6) generates a data signal based on the state of a hydrogen tank (31), and sends the generated data signal to a station (9). A vehicle (V) includes an FCV-ECU (11) that assumes processing related to control of the fuel cell system (1), and a communicative filling ECU (61) that assumes processing related to control of the communicative filling system (6). Then, the communicative filling ECU inhibits start of communication with the station (9) at least when determined that a main stop valve (312) is in a completely closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chihiro Wake, Koichi Takaku
  • Patent number: 9694697
    Abstract: A method of balancing current in a vehicle electric system having a system bus, a first battery, a first bi-directional battery voltage converter selectively transferring a first current between the first battery and the system bus, a second battery, a second bi-directional battery voltage converter selectively transferring a second current between the second battery and the system bus, and a controller controlling the first bi-directional battery voltage converter and the second bi-directional battery voltage converter. The method includes sensing the first current and sensing the second current. The first bi-directional battery voltage converter and the second bi-directional battery voltage converter are controlled so that the first current and the second current are equal portions of a load current supplied to an electrical load connected to the system bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: THERMO KING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ladislaus Joseph Brabec
  • Patent number: 9520819
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method for controlling the operation of a power generation system configured to supply power to an electrical grid may generally include detecting an occurrence of an islanding event associated with the power generation system and adjusting a regulator gain applied within a regulator of the power generation system to an islanding gain value in response to the detection of the islanding event, wherein the islanding gain value exceeds a maximum gain value defined for the regulator in the event of an occurrence of any ride-through transient event. In addition, the method may include controlling a power converter of the power generation system based on a control signal generated by the regulator as the power generation system is being isolated from the electrical grid and shutting down the power generation system upon isolation of the power generation system from the electrical grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Sidney Allen Barker
  • Patent number: 9401655
    Abstract: An inverter circuit including a DC capacitor is connected in series to an AC power supply, and at the stage subsequent to the inverter circuit, a smoothing capacitor is connected via a converter circuit. A short-circuit period T for short-circuiting the AC terminals of the converter circuit is provided in one cycle, whereby the converter circuit is controlled, and PWM control is performed for the inverter circuit so as to improve an AC power supply power factor. When current control by the inverter circuit cannot be performed, the PWM control is switched to PWM control for the converter circuit, to perform current control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Ryota Kondo, Satoshi Murakami, Masaki Yamada
  • Patent number: 9374023
    Abstract: The present application presents a power conversion control device that does not reduce electric power conversion efficiency. A mode judging section judges whether a direction of current flowing through an inductor has been reversed or not based on both an average value of current flowing through the inductor, the average value being calculated by an average current calculating section, and a difference (i.e peak current) between a maximum value and a minimum value of a current flowing through the inductor, the difference being calculated by a peak current calculating section. And then if the judging section has determined that the direction of current flowing through an inductor has been reversed, the power conversion control device makes the switching elements ON/OFF-operation corresponding to either one of a power running mode or an electric power regenerating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seikoh Arimura
  • Patent number: 9337689
    Abstract: A power supply system and a method for controlling the same are disclosed. The power supply system includes: a first AC source and a second AC source; a circuit switching module; a controllable AC/DC conversion module electrically coupled to the circuit switching module; a subsequent stage power supply module electrically coupled to the controllable AC/DC conversion module; and a control module electrically coupled to the circuit switching module and the controllable AC/DC conversion module, and when failure occurs in any one of the first AC source and the second AC source, configured to control the circuit switching module to switch to the other one of the first AC source and the second AC source which is in normal operation. By employing the power supply system and the method for controlling the same provided by the present application, the cost may be reduced and the reliability may be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Hongguang Liu, Yaoning Xia, Xingguo Wang, Kai Dong
  • Patent number: 9331614
    Abstract: A motor controller is provided that includes an inverter configured to drive an electric motor, a rectifier configured to rectify an alternating current (AC) input current and to output the rectified AC input current to the inverter, and a controller coupled to the inverter. The controller is configured to improve a power factor of the motor controller by controlling the AC input current based on a direct current (DC) link voltage measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Carlos Becerra, Yao Da, Ludovic Andre Chretien, Peizhong Yi
  • Patent number: 9312745
    Abstract: A universal power supply system allows each board mounted DC power module or each AC/DC power supply device therein having identical dimensions and appearance to further have a specification setting circuit. When the board mounted DC power module or the AC/DC power supply device is plugged in a backboard module, the specification setting terminal outputs a specification identification signal to a monitoring circuit of the backboard module. As built in with a specification mapping table, the monitoring circuit can compare the specification identification signal to find a model number corresponding to the signal, and automatically sets a critical current value or critical power value of each board mounted DC power module for over-current protection or over-power protection. Accordingly, the universal power supply system can be adapted to different board mounted DC power modules or AC/DC power supply devices without redesigning the backboard module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: ACBEL POLYTECH INC.
    Inventors: Wei-Dar Chen, Chung-Wei Yang
  • Patent number: 9136733
    Abstract: A system switches between application of a first supply voltage and a second supply voltage to a load. The second supply voltage is a regulated voltage that is generated from the first supply voltage, or is alternatively generated from a reference voltage, such as bandgap. When the load is supplied from the first supply voltage, the regulated voltage is also generated from the first supply voltage. At or after switching the load to the second supply voltage, the regulated voltage is generated instead from the reference voltage. The load is a clock circuit, such as an oscillator. The controlled switching of the supply voltage for the load in the manner described addresses concerns over introducing errors in the output clock signal when the clock circuit's supply voltage is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics International N.V.
    Inventors: Rajesh Narwal, Shantanu Goel
  • Patent number: 9112360
    Abstract: A power supply device includes battery interfaces configured to removably receive at least three batteries and a connection circuit configured to electrically connect the at least three batteries to each other. The connection circuit is capable of connecting at least two batteries in parallel and connecting at least one other battery to the at least two parallel-connected batteries in series. According to this power supply device, it is possible to supply high power to an electric device by connecting the batteries in series. In addition, it is possible to supply almost all of the electric power stored in the batteries to the electric device, even if amount of the remaining electric power in each battery is substantially uneven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiko Goto, Masaaki Fukumoto, Kazuyuki Sakakibara
  • Publication number: 20150130274
    Abstract: A controller area network (CAN) installed on a hybrid electric vehicle provides one node with control of high voltage power distribution system isolation contactors and the capacity to energize a secondary electro-mechanical relay device. The output of the secondary relay provides a redundant and persistent backup signal to the output of the node. The secondary relay is relatively immune to CAN message traffic interruptions and, as a result, the high voltage isolation contactor(s) are less likely to transition open in the event that the intelligent output driver should fail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Jay E. Bissontz
  • Patent number: 9025980
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, a charging unit, an exposure unit, a developing unit, and a transfer unit. The transfer unit includes a bias power supply and transfers a developed image onto a transfer body. The bias power supply includes a first power supply unit, a second power supply unit, a threshold setting unit, a detector, and an output controller. The first power supply unit generates a transfer electric field. The second power supply unit generates a non-transfer electric field. The threshold setting unit has a first threshold and a second threshold, and performs a change from the first threshold to the second threshold when switching from the non-transfer electric field to the transfer electric field is performed. The detector detects the current which is caused to flow by the first power supply unit. The output controller controls the first power supply unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Terasaki
  • Patent number: 8987937
    Abstract: To include an internal voltage generating circuit that includes a capacitor having a first electrode and a second electrode and generates an internal voltage by repeating a charge operation for charging the capacitor to a VDD level and a discharge operation for applying the VDD level to the first electrode of the capacitor to generate a voltage of two times the VDD level on the second electrode, and a control circuit that performs a control to apply a voltage that is lower than the VDD level to the capacitor when the internal voltage generating circuit is in a standby state. According to the present invention, when the internal voltage generating circuit is in a standby state, because a voltage applied to both ends of the capacitor is reduced, it is possible to reduce the power consumption due to a leakage current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: PS4 Luxco S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Koichiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8987939
    Abstract: A hybrid power system is disclosed. The hybrid power system may include a primary power source configured to provide a primary power, and an energy storage device coupled to the primary power source, the energy storage device configured to store excess primary power provided by the primary power source. The hybrid power system may further include a variable speed genset, the variable speed genset including a secondary power source configured to operate at a variable rotor speed to provide a secondary power responsive to power requirements of a load. The hybrid power system may also include a central controller communicatively coupled to the primary power source, the energy storage device, and the variable speed genset, the central controller configured to control the primary power source, the energy storage device, and the variable speed genset based on the power requirements of the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Dachuan Yu, Michael Parry Liechty, Mahesh Sitaram Illindala, Matthew Thomas Muller
  • Patent number: 8963456
    Abstract: A power converter includes a first electric power conversion unit having an inverter for converting a first DC electric power to an AC electric power, an AC circuit connected to the first electric power conversion means; a second electric power conversion unit for receiving the first DC electric power and converting the same to a second DC electric power having a voltage level that differs from the voltage level of the first DC electric power, a power storage unit for storing the second DC electric power of the second electric power conversion unit; and a ripple suppressor having a first inductance for guiding the second DC electric power of the second electric power conversion unit to the power storage means and a second inductance for suppressing the ripple component included in the second DC electric power arranged between the second electric power conversion unit and the power storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsu Sugiura, Masahiro Nagasu, Motomi Shimada, Ryoichi Oishi, Tadanori Sato, Toshio Sekine
  • Patent number: 8963372
    Abstract: Disclosed is an inverter having improved power conversion efficiency. The inverter (200) converts direct current power supplied from a plurality of direct current power supplies (V1, V2) having different voltages into alternating current power. The inverter (200) is provided with a control unit (20). The control unit (20) generates modified sine waves using a power supply voltage (E1) of the power supplied from the first direct current power supply (V1), a power supply voltage (E2) of the power supplied from the second direct current power supply (V2), and a potential difference (E1?E2) between the two power supply voltages. The control unit (20) generates the modified sine waves by controlling H bridge circuits provided for the direct current power supplies (V1, V2), respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoh Takano, Tetsuya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8947112
    Abstract: Provided is a switching apparatus that switches a connection state between two terminals, comprising a switch that switches the connection state between the two terminals according to a control voltage supplied thereto; a driving section that provides the switch with the control voltage corresponding to a control signal supplied thereto; and a changing section that changes the control voltage output from the driving section, according to a designated switching time. The changing section may change power supplied as a power supply to the driving section, according to the designated switching time. The changing section may change the control voltage output from the driving section prior to switching of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Advantest Corporation
    Inventor: Itaru Yamanobe
  • Publication number: 20140368045
    Abstract: A method for improving grid power quality despite the presence of rapidly changing loads and a rapidly changing supply. The inventive method includes an energy generation mode that is used when grid demand is relatively high and an energy storage mode that is used when the energy supply exceeds the grid demand. The method is able to rapidly switch between the two modes. In the energy storage mode some of the energy available from a source is transferred to a storage unit. In the energy generation mode, available energy and stored energy is transferred to the grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald David Conry
  • Patent number: 8896156
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to techniques for automatically controlling a dual mode component of a device to operate according to a first mode or a second mode. According to these techniques, a device or circuit may include a first power supply input terminal and a dual mode component that includes a second power supply input terminal. The device or circuit further includes an automatic power supply selection module configured to compare a voltage level at the first power supply input terminal to a predetermined threshold, and based on the comparison, supply one of a first mode voltage level or a second mode voltage level to the second power supply input terminal. The first mode voltage level may cause the dual mode component to operate in a first mode, while the second mode voltage level may cause the dual mode component to operate in a second mode different than the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Vijaya Reddy, Abhik Giri
  • Publication number: 20140265599
    Abstract: Power flow in a hybrid AC-DC power system is analyzed by determining DC power injection variables as a function of AC state information for common coupling buses which connect AC and DC grids. The AC state information includes voltage magnitude and phase angle information for the common coupling buses and buses in the AC grid(s). The DC power injection variables indicate AC power injection into the one or more AC grids at the common coupling buses from the DC grid(s). The AC state information is revised iteratively as a function of the DC power injection variables and the sensitivity of the DC power injection variables to the AC state information, and the DC power injection variables and the sensitivity of the DC power injection variables are revised iteratively as a function of the revised AC state information until the power mismatch is acceptable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: ABB Technology AG
  • Patent number: 8829711
    Abstract: A power supply arrangement for producing polysilicon with a central control unit and a basic supply unit, which are regulated and controlled by control means. The basic supply unit supplies the supply module with electric energy, an output for connecting to loads which are supplied with electric energy from the mains via basic supply unit, and controllable switches, which are connected to the input and to the output and which are configured for adjusting the energy to be supplied to the loads. The switches are controllable. The control unit is supplied with electric energy. The power supply includes a communication bus. The control module and the basic supply module are connectable to the control module and the basic supply module to the communication bus. The control module and the basic supply module provide connections to the control module and the basic supply module to the communication bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: AEG Power Solutions B.V.
    Inventor: Peter Wallmeier
  • Patent number: 8772981
    Abstract: A multiplexer includes: a first switch unit coupled between a first input terminal and an output terminal and including a series connection of first and second switches; a second switch unit coupled between a second input terminal and the output terminal; and a third switch unit coupled to a third input terminal and a common node between the first and second switches. Different first and second voltages, and a third voltage greater than one of the first and second voltages and less than the other one of the first and second voltage are applied respectively to the first, second and third input terminals. The multiplexer is operable between a first mode, where the first voltage is transmitted to the output terminal, and a second mode, where the second voltage is transmitted to the output terminal and the third voltage is transmitted to the common node between the first and second switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Ili Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Chen-Jung Chuang, Chien-Kuo Wang
  • Patent number: 8729733
    Abstract: A reception unit sequentially receives input of voltage values indicating an AC input voltage from an AC power supply. A ROM stores a power control table in which a power control parameter corresponding to the AC power supply voltage is matched with each group of the voltage values indicating the same AC power supply voltage. A decision unit determines to which group the received voltage values belong among the plurality of groups, whenever the reception unit receives the input of the voltage value and decides the group, to which a predetermined number of voltage values belongs among the plurality of voltage values sequentially received by the reception unit, among the plurality of groups using the determination result. A power control unit controls power supply according to the power control parameter matched with the decided group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Tomokazu Takeuchi, Yuusuke Kohri
  • Patent number: 8716893
    Abstract: A VSC converter includes in each valve one first semiconductor device of turn-off type with a voltage blocking capacity rating of a first, high level and connected in parallel therewith a series connection of a plurality of second semiconductor devices of turn-off type with a voltage blocking capacity rating of a second, lower level. A control arrangement of the converter is configured to switch a said valve into a conducting state starting from a forward biased blocking state of the valve by controlling the second semiconductor devices to be turned on and then the first semiconductor devices to be turned on with a delay, and at the end of the conducting state to turn off the first semiconductor device in advance of turning the second semiconductor devices off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: ABB Technology AG
    Inventor: Gunnar Asplund
  • Publication number: 20140077607
    Abstract: A power distribution system such as a marine power distribution and propulsion system. The system includes an ac busbar and a plurality of active front end power converters. Each AFE power converter includes a first active rectifier/inverter connected to the busbar and a second active rectifier/inverter connected to an electrical load such as an electric propulsion motor. Power sources are connected to the dc link of the AFE power converters and can be operated under the control of a power management controller or power management system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: GE Energy Power Conversion Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Nicholas James Clarke, Stephen Paul Hudson
  • Publication number: 20140049114
    Abstract: A relay driving device includes first and second power supply modules, a switching circuit, and a control module. The first power supply module outputs a first voltage that has a magnitude sufficient to activate the relay. The second power supply module outputs a second voltage that has a magnitude sufficient to maintain an activated state of the relay. The control module is configured to control the switching circuit to connect the relay to the first power supply module so as to provide the first voltage to the relay for activating the relay, and to subsequently connect the relay to the second power supply module so as to provide the second voltage to the relay for maintaining the activated state of the relay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicants: LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY CORP., LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED
    Inventors: Chih-Tai CHEN, Ming-Yang TSAI
  • Patent number: 8643217
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for boosting output of a generator set are provided. The output of the generator set is connected to an electrical load. The apparatus includes an energy storage unit, and a power-electronic unit. The energy storage unit uses batteries and capacitors to store electric energy. The power-electronic unit measures an electrical parameter of the output of the generator set. Based on the measured electrical parameter and a predefined criterion, the power-electronic unit determines additional energy required by the electrical load. Thereafter, the power-electronic unit supplies the additional energy to the electrical load. The additional energy is drawn from the energy storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Gietzold, Jeffrey J. Burchill, Da Zhang, Weiqian Hu
  • Patent number: 8629575
    Abstract: A description is given of a method for charge reversal of a circuit part of an integrated circuit from a first electrical potential to a second electrical potential of a first voltage network. In this case, the circuit part is connected to the first voltage network for charge reversal. Furthermore, the circuit part is connected to a second voltage network for charge reversal, said second voltage network providing a third electrical potential between the first and the second electrical potential. The circuit part is automatically isolated from the second voltage network before its electrical potential reaches the second electrical potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Qimonda AG
    Inventors: Harald Roth, Helmut Schneider
  • Patent number: 8620504
    Abstract: An ECU executes a program including the steps of: setting a target boost voltage to a maximum value when a request for changing a sub power supply is made; temporarily increasing discharge electric power of a main power supply and then restricting discharge electric power of the sub power supply before switching; shutting off a gate of a converter on the sub power supply side; performing processing for shutting off an SMR corresponding to the sub power supply before switching; connecting an SMR corresponding to a sub power supply after switching when an absolute value of a current is equal to or lower than a predetermined value; canceling shut-off of the gate of the converter on the sub power supply side; canceling temporary increase in discharge electric power of the main power supply and restriction of discharge electric power of the sub power supply; and canceling the setting of the maximum value as the target boost voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Komata, Noritake Mitsutani
  • Publication number: 20130293021
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices relating to the provision of system control support in the form of reactive power support or voltage control support to power transmission or distribution networks using inverter based power generation facilities that are coupled to the power transmission or distribution networks. An inverter based power generation facility, such as a photovoltaic based solar farm or a wind farm, can task all or a portion of its inverter capacity to provide reactive power support or voltage control support to the power transmission or distribution network. This invention applies to the operation of PV solar systems anytime during the day (even during peak power generation times) and other inverter based DGs during the entire 24-hour period. The power generation facility disconnects at least one of its power generation modules from the power transmission or distribution network and makes available required inverter capacity for providing system control support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Rajiv Kumar VARMA, Vinay SHARMA
  • Patent number: 8564249
    Abstract: A charging unit comprises a first input connectable to a first power source, a second input connectable to a second power source, and an output for connection to a battery to be charged. The charging unit also comprises a power supply unit operable simultaneously to provide power from the first input and power from the second input to the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Timo Tapani Lundqvist, Jari Tuomo Pistemaa
  • Publication number: 20130270916
    Abstract: Systems and methods for limiting voltage on an auxiliary bus are described. The voltage-limited auxiliary bus may be comprised of a DC auxiliary bus comprised of a positive conductor and a negative conductor; a chopper, wherein the chopper is normally in a non-conducting state; a resistor in series with the chopper, wherein the chopper and the resistor are connected between the positive conductor and the negative conductor of the DC auxiliary bus; and a chopper control, wherein an overvoltage on the DC auxiliary bus causes the chopper control to cause the chopper to begin conducting and the conducting limits the voltage on the DC auxiliary bus and dissipates energy from the overvoltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Einar Vaughn Larsen, John Leo Bollenbecker
  • Patent number: 8560137
    Abstract: An over-current input conditioning limiter is disclosed for remote equipment. The over-current input conditioning limiter includes a current sensing apparatus, a semiconductor switch, and a programmable controller for controlling the peak current drawn from a pair of supply lines. The over-current input conditioning limiter is particularly useful for overcoming voltage collapse and over-current shutdowns of network power supplies feeding remote apparatus known in the art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Simon Whittam, Marcos Vivas