Wind, Solar, Thermal, Or Fuel-cell Source Patents (Class 320/101)
  • Patent number: 11152863
    Abstract: Embodiments herein provide a system and method for controlling extraction of power from multiple Photo Voltaic (PV) arrays. At least two converters and at least two Photo Voltaic (PV) arrays are configured. The power extraction is controlled through one of an injection of Direct Current (Idc) into output current of each of the at least two converters, or by performing a phase shifting of each of the output current of each of the at least two converters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY BOMBAY
    Inventors: Abhijit Kadam, Anshuman Shukla
  • Patent number: 11152788
    Abstract: A power system includes: a storage battery; a water electrolyzer; a fuel cell that generates electricity using hydrogen supplied from a hydrogen reservoir that stores hydrogen generated by the water electrolyzer; a detector that detects whether there is a person in a building; and a controller that performs at least one of first control and second control. The first control determines a priority between the storage battery and the water electrolyzer, to which electric power is supplied from a power generation device using renewable energy, based on information detected by the detector. The second control determines a priority between the storage battery and the fuel cell, from which electric power is supplied to a power load provided in the building, based on the information detected by the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasufumi Takahashi, Tomoki Ito, Atsushi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11142332
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a power distribution system, includes providing, from a power source having a set of dischargeable power storage devices connected by way of selectable connections, a power supply to a voltage output, and switchably connecting the voltage output to a set of power outputs having different electrical characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems Limited
    Inventors: Russell Mark Compton, Colin John Halsey
  • Patent number: 11146114
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein for enabling, among other features, more effective wireless charging of devices in wireless power delivery environments through enhanced signal focusing over multiple paths in a multipath wireless power delivery environment. More specifically, the systems and methods discussed herein describe techniques for increasing effective charging of devices, including enhanced ability to focus charging utilizing multiple pathways, phase detection of incoming signals allowing for movement detection in a wireless environment, phase synchronization, and directional arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Ossia Inc.
    Inventors: Hatem Zeine, Siamak Ebadi
  • Patent number: 11146206
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for a solar power generator as it relates to a portable and expandable solar power generator that can form a micro-grid power system comprising any elements described, either individually or in combination with any other elements, in any order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: GRIDKICKER LLC
    Inventors: Kahrl Retti, Nicholas Richard Retti
  • Patent number: 11129129
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods for determining a geo-location are provided. The apparatus comprises a receiver, a sensor, a processor, and a transmitter. The receiver is configured to receive a first geo-location. The sensor is configured to determine a change in a pose of the apparatus. The processor is operatively coupled to memory, the receiver, and the sensor. The processor is configured to determine a second geo-location based on the first geo-location and the sensor utilizing a neural network. The first transmitter is configured to output the second geo-location of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Qirfiraz Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 11128117
    Abstract: A protection circuit includes: a high-side switch connected to a power terminal to which a predetermined power supply voltage VBB is supplied from an onboard battery; and an NMOS transistor MT1 connected to the high-side switch and configured to prevent an electrical conduction to the high-side switch when the onboard battery is reverse-connected to the power terminal, wherein a semiconductor integrated circuit is protected from a breakdown due to the reverse connection of the external power supply. A semiconductor integrated circuit apparatus includes the above-mentioned protection circuit configured to protect a semiconductor integrated circuit connected between the power terminal and the ground terminal, from an electro-static discharge breakdown. The protection circuit is connected to the clamp circuit unit inserted between the power terminal and the ground terminal, and is configured to protect the clamp circuit unit from a breakdown when the external power supply is reverse-connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Takahashi, Shuntaro Takahashi, Toru Takuma
  • Patent number: 11082003
    Abstract: This disclosure generally relates to an energy generation system. In one embodiment, the energy generation system comprises a plurality of solar panels that are connected in a series electrical connection. The energy generation system further includes a short-string optimizer which outputs direct current electricity to a direct current bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Zyntony, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Urry, Roger Johnsen
  • Patent number: 11070165
    Abstract: The invention relates to an autonomous and movable device (1) for generating, storing and distributing electrical power, comprising means (2) for generating electrical power, namely photovoltaic panels (20), resting on at least one supporting element (3), namely a standardized shipping container (3 qql, 32). The latter encloses internal means (6) for storing the electrical power generated by said generating means (2), said supporting element (3) also enclosing means for converting signals generated by the generating means (2) into signals suitable for supplying power to the storing means, and at least one electrical connector (8) for connecting external power-storing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: SOLARPLEXUS
    Inventors: Alain Orriols, Nicolas Namy
  • Patent number: 11056912
    Abstract: A power flow schedule of a cluster is determined by calculating sensitivity of the net power exchange bounds. Each cluster includes a different section of the power system. The cluster provides to another cluster the power flow schedule and the net power exchange bounds for determination of a second power flow schedule by another cluster based on collective net power exchange bounds, a forecast power supply of the plurality of clusters, and a forecast power demand schedule. The clusters are hierarchically arranged such that the another cluster is higher in a hierarchy than the cluster. The cluster receives from the another cluster the second power flow schedule. The first power flow schedule is adjusted locally within the cluster based on the second power schedule and the net power exchange bounds of the cluster. The power output of the cluster is controlled using the adjusted first power flow schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: PXiSE Energy Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Charles H. Wells, Raymond A. de Callafon, Sai Akhil Reddy Konakalla, Patrick T. Lee
  • Patent number: 11052774
    Abstract: A rail transit braking energy recovery system. The rail transit braking energy recovery system comprises a braking motor, a fuel battery, an electrolytic bath, and a hydrogen tank. The braking motor is used for converting braking energy of the rail transit into electric energy. An output end of the braking motor is connected to a power input end of the electrolytic bath. The electrolytic bath comprises a hydrogen output end and an oxygen output end, the hydrogen output end is connected to the hydrogen tank, and the hydrogen tank is connected to the fuel battery and is used for supplying hydrogen to the fuel battery. In the system, only the electrolytic bath is structurally added, and the existing vehicle-mounted hydrogen tank is directly used for storing hydrogen, therefore the structure is simple, the self weight of the vehicle body is reduced, the energy conversion efficiency is high, and at the same time, the injection of hydrogen is reduced and the operation cost is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: CRRC QINGDAO SIFANG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xu Zhang, Jianying Liang, Xiaojun Deng, Kelei Li, Wenchao Zhang, Yankun Li
  • Patent number: 11050256
    Abstract: Systems and methods regarding distributed energy resource systems (DERs) are described. Configurations and employed methods may include sending a command to a DER system to place the DER system in one or more of a charge state, a discharge state, an idle state, or a reactive power state. These DER systems may include an energy storage circuit, a dc/ac converter configured to receive a DC voltage from the storage circuit and convert the received DC voltage for receipt by an external AC circuit, and one or more controllers configured to designate operation state of the storage circuit in at least a charge state, a discharge state, and an idle state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory Kern
  • Patent number: 11050072
    Abstract: The present invention provides a technique capable of satisfying both the restoration of an output voltage of a fuel cell and an improvement of electric power responsiveness in a fuel cell system in a situation in which its operation status is restored to a normal operation from an operation having low power generation efficiency. A controller updates a lower limit voltage threshold in accordance with the restoration of an FC voltage until the operation status is restored to a normal operation from an operation having low power generation efficiency, such as an intermittent operation and a warmup operation (step S1). The controller increases an FC current in accordance with the updated lower limit voltage threshold (steps S2 and S3) to thereby satisfy both the requirements of the restoration of the output voltage of the fuel cell stack and the improvement of the electric power responsiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohiko Kaneko, Yoshiaki Naganuma, Yutaka Tano, Yohei Okamoto
  • Patent number: 11043807
    Abstract: A system for distributing locally generated energy from at least one renewable DC source to a plurality of local load units of the system, including, for each load unit: an input terminal configured to connect to a grid, and an output terminal configured to connect to at least one load. Further for each load the system includes an inverter including an inverter input and an inverter output, wherein the inverter input is connected to the at least one renewable DC source and the inverter output is connected to the input terminal and to the output terminal of the respective load unit, and wherein the inverter is configured to convert a direct current at the inverter input into an alternating current at the inverter output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: SMA Solar Technology AG
    Inventors: Claus Allert, Volker Wachenfeld, Aleksandra-Sasa Bukvic-Shaefer
  • Patent number: 11043835
    Abstract: This invention consists of an apparatus to interface an electric vehicle battery with a solar photovoltaic system and a method of using the apparatus to provide back up power during grid outages and ancillary service revenue from the grid. The apparatus uses the solar PV inverter to provide bidirectional power flow from the battery during night-time hours, or whenever the solar array is producing insufficient power. The apparatus thus consists only of switches and control and measurement equipment. It relies on the otherwise underutilized inverter and the on-board vehicle battery charger as the power electronic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Paul Harriman Kydd
  • Patent number: 11038357
    Abstract: An electricity storage system includes a main body and a portable unit. The main body includes a casing, a first storage battery module that stores power, and a first terminal unit to supply the power. The portable unit includes a second terminal unit and a second storage battery module, and is attachable to and detachable from the first terminal unit. The second terminal unit is electrically connectable to the first terminal unit and receives the power supplied from the main body. The second storage battery module has a storage capacity less than the first storage battery module. The portable unit further includes a charging controller, upon determination of power supply from the system power supply has been stopped, the charging controller controls a charging rate for the second storage battery module to be charged at least one of a normal mode and a high-speed mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoichi Toya, Takeshi Nakashima, Yohei Yamada, Masaharu Kawakatsu
  • Patent number: 11021066
    Abstract: A vehicle having wheels for riding the vehicle over a carrier such as a road or rails, said vehicle having a battery and a generator connected thereto, said generator being arranged to generate electrical power for charging said battery, said generator being further mechanically connected to at least one of said wheels such that said wheel drives the rotor of said generator, characterized in that said generator is an asynchronous generator or a permanent magnet generator, wherein an AC/DC inverter/charger is connected between said generator and said battery for regulating the current and the voltage of the charging power to said battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eeuwe Durk Kooi
  • Patent number: 11025768
    Abstract: An information displaying method and a terminal are provided. The method includes: obtaining audio data to be played in a chronological order; determining, based on attribute information at any moment of a sound represented by the audio data, a shape of a graph corresponding to the any moment, where the graph corresponding to the any moment including a closed curve with a bump, and a maximum distance in distances from points on the bump to a center of the graph is positively correlated to a value indicated by the attribute information at the any moment; and displaying the graph corresponding to the any moment. The bump in the graph changes with the value indicated by the attribute information of the sound, and such graph is presented to a user, to enhance perception of the user on the attribute information of the audio data and improve user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Simon Ekstrand, Hang Li, Zhiming Fan, Xueyan Huang, Zewen Li, Sha Qian, Shouyu Wang
  • Patent number: 11014837
    Abstract: Disclosed are an energy self-contained oceanic drone for AI-based marine information survey and surveillance and a method using the same. A method of monitoring, by a marine vessel system, an ocean condition may include taking in a given amount of seawater or fresh water, performing advanced water treatment on the taken-in seawater or fresh water, performing water electrolysis treatment on the water obtained through the advanced water treatment, generating electric energy using a fuel cell based on hydrogen obtained from the water through the water electrolysis treatment, and supplying the generated electric energy as electric power for the marine vessel system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: KWaterCraft Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sun Cheol Gwon, Dong Ha Lee, Nam Ju Jo, Tae Yoon Kim, Sung Hoon Hong, Gwang Hyo Jeong, Jae-Myung Lee
  • Patent number: 11014680
    Abstract: A power supply and distribution device for solar-powered aircraft includes at least two power supply and distribution sub-systems having same configurations. A disconnection of an electrical connection between a plurality of components of each power supply and distribution sub-system can be controlled through a first switch. An electrical connection between the same components of the power supply and distribution sub-systems can be established by controlling a second switch. The power supply and distribution device for solar-powered aircraft has a centralized-distribution design. Specifically, each power supply and distribution sub-system is designed in a centralized mounting manner and has separated power supply and power distribution functions that can work separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Beihang University
    Inventors: Kangwen Sun, Ming Zhu, Jiaqi Dong, Haoquan Liang, Mou Sun, Lifeng Shi
  • Patent number: 11011320
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bus stop using a large-scale perovskite solar cell in which a perovskite solar cell is prepared using a hybrid structure including a graphene-carbon nanotube. The bus stop includes a body unit fixed to the ground to maintain the overall shape, a solar cell unit for producing electrical energy from sunlight, and an energy storage system (ESS) for storing the electrical energy produced by the solar cell part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Pusan National University Industry-University Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Sung Ho Jin, Jinhwan Yoon, Heon Cheol Shin, Yang Do Kim, Jin Woo Oh, Sung Il Ahn, Hyun Deog Yoo, Hyung Woo Lee, Mi Ra Kim
  • Patent number: 11011916
    Abstract: An energy storage system includes a first energy storage device having a first energy storage chemistry, a second energy storage device having a second energy storage chemistry different than the first energy storage chemistry, and a link device. The link device is configured to facilitate electrically coupling the second energy storage device to the first energy storage device, regulate a first power profile of first power provided by the first energy storage device to the second energy storage device such that the first energy storage device can selectively charge the second energy storage device, and regulate a second power profile of second power provided by the second energy storage device to the first energy storage device such that the first energy storage device can selectively draw power from the second energy storage device to increase a power capacity thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Goal Zero LLC
    Inventors: Keyvan Vasefi, Robert Kerback, Sterling Robison, Evan Price
  • Patent number: 10985643
    Abstract: A system for using the Earth's magnetic field to provide supplemental power to a machine having a motor, the system comprising: a computer; a water wire; and an energy storing device; the computer being in electrical communication with the water wire and the energy storing device; the water wire comprising: a tube having a length and an inner diameter; a pair of conductive pins attached at each end of the tube; and a water solution having a conductive solute, the water solution being provided within the tube such that to contact the pair of conductive pins; wherein the water wire can collect electrical energy from the Earth's magnetic field when the machine is put in motion by a power source powering the motor; and wherein the collected electrical energy is stored in the energy storing device or used to provide the supplemental power to the machine or other machine components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Albert James Lovshin, Neal Rogers
  • Patent number: 10985570
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (PV) energy storage system having a plurality of hybrid cells operable to generate DC electrical power. Each hybrid cell includes at least one solar power generation unit and a power storage device connected in parallel. The power storage devices of the plurality of hybrid cells are connected in series and the DC electrical power derived from the series of these power storage devices energizes a DC power load. The PV energy storage system has an inverter operable to convert DC electrical power into AC electrical power and is electrically coupled to the series of the power storage devices. The PV energy storage system energizes an AC power load, such as a power grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: THE PENN STATE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Hosam K. Fathy
  • Patent number: 10971936
    Abstract: A renewable energy generation and storage system forms a current control loop for controlling a current charge operation and a current discharge operation to a plurality of energy storage cells at the same time. As a result, renewable energy from multiple sources may be stored while providing output voltage to a load, and therefore the renewable energy generation and storage system of the present invention may achieve energy generation and storage at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Chi-Sheng Wu, Gwo-Huei You, Jin-Kuan Chang
  • Patent number: 10965134
    Abstract: A portable solar power management system includes (i) a solar panel interface to one or more solar panels, (ii) an energy storage interface to one or more energy storage devices, (iii) a charging circuit which routes the electrical currents from the solar panels to the energy storage devices; (iv) a load interface to one or more load devices, the load devices being powered independently on primary and secondary load circuits; and (v) a controller for controlling the operations of solar panel interface, the energy storage interface, the charging circuit, and the load interface. In addition, a secondary load control circuit and a programmable controller may be provided which route the electrical currents from the energy storage devices to the load interface, wherein the programmable controller, based on the sensing signals, also activates and deactivates the secondary load circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: We Care Solar
    Inventors: Brent Moellenberg, Hal Robin Aronson, David M. Miller, Laura Ethel Stachel
  • Patent number: 10957947
    Abstract: The present invention provides a high-voltage detection circuit, detector, battery device and vehicle, the high-voltage detection circuit includes: a controller including a first signal input port, a second signal input port, and a signal output port; a current detection sub-circuit for sampling a current signal of internal side of a main negative switch and for transmitting the current signal to the first signal input port; a switch detection sub-circuit, a first end of the switch detection sub-circuit being configured to sample a first electric signal of external side of a to-be-detected switch, and a second end of the switch detection sub-circuit being configured to transmit the first electric signal to the second signal input port; and a switch driving sub-circuit, configured for sampling a switch control signal via the signal output port and generating a switch driving signal according to the switch control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: CONTEMPORARY AMPEREX TECHNOLOGY CO., LIMITED
    Inventors: Zhimin Dan, Yizhen Hou, Zhanyu Sun, Jiechao Luo, Jia Xu
  • Patent number: 10946762
    Abstract: A system for charging electric vehicles (EVs) includes at least one transportable battery-energy-storage DC systems (BESDCS), at least one renewable direct-current (DC) power supply station at a first location. The system also includes at least one DC charging station for charging of the at least one EV at a second location different from the first location. The system further includes at least one electric tanker transport comprising at least one electric truck vehicle configured to be coupled to the at least one BESDCS. The electric tanker transport is configured to transport the at least one BESDCS from the first location to the second location for charging of the at least one EV and transport the at least one BESDCS from the second location to the first location for charging the at least one BESDCS from renewable DC power supply station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: StorEdgeAI LLC
    Inventor: Ranjan Kumar Gupta
  • Patent number: 10938044
    Abstract: A control method for a fuel cell system including a solid oxide fuel cell, an anode gas and a cathode gas being supplied to the fuel cell, the fuel cell performing electric generation corresponding to a load, the fuel cell system controlling gas supply to the fuel cell and the electric generation. The control method including: an electric generating operation step of controlling flow rates of the anode gas and the cathode gas that flow into the fuel cell depending on a magnitude of the load; and a self-sustained operation step of causing the fuel cell to perform self-sustained operation when the load is equal to or less than a predetermined value. The self-sustained operation step includes a gas supply step of supplying the anode gas with a predetermined flow rate and the cathode gas with a predetermined flow rate to the fuel cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Shiomi
  • Patent number: 10936083
    Abstract: A self-powered module for gesture recognition is presented that utilizes small, low-cost photodiodes for both energy harvesting and gesture sensing. Operating in the photovoltaic mode, photodiodes harvest energy from ambient light. In the meantime, the instantaneously harvested power from individual photodiodes is monitored and exploited as a clue for sensing finger gestures in proximity. Harvested power from all photodiodes is aggregated to drive the whole gesture-recognition module including a micro-controller running the recognition algorithm. A robust, lightweight algorithm is provided to recognize finger gestures in the presence of ambient light fluctuations. Two prototypes are fabricated to facilitate user's interaction with smart glasses and smart watches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Trustees of Dartmouth College
    Inventors: Yichen Li, Tianxing Li, Ruchir A. Patel, Xing-Dong Yang, Xia Zhou
  • Patent number: 10930950
    Abstract: A process for starting a PEM fuel cell module includes blowing air through the cathode side of the module using external power. An amount hydrogen is released into the anode side of the module under a pressure greater than the pressure of the air on the cathode side, while the anode is otherwise closed. Cell voltages in the module are monitored for the appearance of a charged state sufficient to start the module. When the charged state is observed, the module is converted to a running state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Nathaniel Ian Joos, Paolo Forte, Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 10931138
    Abstract: A sheath for convenient charging having a left side, a right side and a top side, a first closed end, a second open end and a surrounding bottom portion surrounding at least a portion of the sides and ends of the sheath. At least a portion of the sheath extends above an outer surface of a body, wherein the body has an inner surface, an outer surface and an opening between the inner surface and the outer surface. The sheath is at the opening and the sheath receives a female end of a USB cable having four sides, an operative end, a cord end and a cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Li Zhijian
  • Patent number: 10926656
    Abstract: A vehicle for supplying solar charging panel generated power to a high-voltage battery or an auxiliary battery based on a SOC is provided. The vehicle includes a motor, an electric field load, a high-voltage battery that supplies power to the motor, and an auxiliary battery that supplies the power to the electric field load. A battery sensor measures a SOC of each battery. A solar charging panel measures an amount of solar light and generates the power based on solar energy. A controller calculates generable power through the solar charging panel based on the measured amount of light when starting of the vehicle is off. The solar charging panel is operated to generate power when the generable power is greater than the power consumption in the power generation through the solar charging panel, and supplies the generated power to one of the batteries based on the SOC of each.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seungwan Son, Jungsoo Park, Kyujin Lee, Dong Jun Shin, Kyoungcheol Oh
  • Patent number: 10915128
    Abstract: Method and system for facilitating auditing of power generation and allocation thereof to consumption loads, and a method and system of certifying generation and consumption transactional pairings over a contiguous power grid network. The method of facilitating auditing of power generation and allocation thereof to consumption loads comprises determining respective power generation time series for one or more power sources connected to a power grid; pairing the generation time series with one or more consumption loads connected to the power grid such that one generation time series is paired with one or more consumption loads and vice versa; and publishing publication data representing power generated by the power sources according to the measured power generation time series and an allocation of the generated power to the consumption loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Matthew Peloso, Jean-Francois Vezina
  • Patent number: 10910867
    Abstract: An electricity recharging device includes a motor provided with an elongated shaft, a coil unit mounted on the motor, a rotary disk secured on the elongated shaft of the motor, a rectifier connected with the coil unit, and a storage battery connected with the rectifier. The coil unit includes at least one coil pole. The rotary disk encompasses the coil unit and has an interior provided with at least one magnet. Thus, when the motor is operated, the elongated shaft drives and rotates the rotary disk relative to the coil unit to produce a magnetic force and to generate an electric current that flows into the storage battery to prolong the usage time of the storage battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Yu-Kun Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10903780
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery powered generator for quiet, off-grid power production includes a housing having a front panel separated from a rear panel, a top panel separated from a bottom panel, and a left panel separated from a right panel forming an inner compartment. A plurality of solar panels is coupled to the top panel. A plurality of batteries, a generator, and an electrical system are coupled to the housing. A plurality of outlets is coupled to the housing. The electrical system converts energy from the plurality of solar panels to charge the plurality of batteries, powers the generator from the plurality of batteries, and converts power from the plurality of batteries and the generator to the plurality of outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Bill Wilson
  • Patent number: 10899242
    Abstract: An exemplary charging assembly includes, among other things, a charge port within a vehicle wheel. The charge port intersects a rotational axis of the vehicle wheel. An exemplary charging method includes, among other things, coupling a charger to a charge port at a position that intersects a rotational axis of a vehicle wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mario Contreras Sosa, Enrique Emanuel Farias
  • Patent number: 10899234
    Abstract: A power source ECU transmits a first message for inquiring whether or not a vehicle is parked at a location provided with a power transmission device, after full-scale power transmission is completed. A vehicle ECU transmits a second message for informing that the vehicle is parked, when it receives the first message. When the power source ECU does not receive the second message for informing that the vehicle is parked after transmitting the first message, the power source ECU determines that the vehicle is not parked at the location provided with the power transmission device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinji Ichikawa, Satoshi Taniguchi, Shinpei Takita
  • Patent number: 10900260
    Abstract: A portable protective case for the safe transport and storage of measuring devices and other electrical equipment. The protective case is designed to protect a valuable and sensitive measuring device located inside it against theft, unauthorized use and/or potentially harmful environmental influences. The case comprises communication means for sending and receiving data via a wireless network, as well as for receiving localization data, which enable the communication unit to provide at least a rough location of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Thomas Harring, Katherine Broder, Burkhard Böckem
  • Patent number: 10889196
    Abstract: An architecture that can autonomously service a vehicle, such as an autonomous, battery powered electric car, in a manner that can be environmentally conscious, expeditious, efficient, and cost-effective. For example, the vehicle can be cleaned, repaired, maintained, or otherwise serviced, and charged by autonomous apparatuses of a point of distribution (POD) station. The autonomous apparatuses can be controlled by procedures developed by machine learning techniques. The charging can be accomplished by drawing power from an energy storage device that is charged in response to a determination that a demand for energy is below a defined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Dirk Michels, Nathan Hightower, Alexander von Welczeck
  • Patent number: 10879740
    Abstract: Systems and methods for receiving near-field wireless power at an electronic device. An electronic device includes a receiver with one or more receiving antenna elements formed by respective conductive lines in a meandering pattern. Each receiving antenna element is configured to receive near-field radio-frequency signals radiated from a transmitting antenna element of a near-field power transmitter. The receiving antenna elements are configured to receive the near-field radio-frequency signals radiated from the transmitting antenna element of the near-field power transmitter when the electronic device is on a surface of the near-field power transmitter, and the transmitting antenna element is formed by respective conductive lines in a meandering pattern. The transmitting antenna element is selectively activated from among a plurality of available transmitting antenna elements of the near-field transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: ENERGOUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Alister Hosseini
  • Patent number: 10879738
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus including a hand-held electronic device and a platform device is provided. The platform device is detachably connected to the hand-held electronic device. The platform device includes a power supply, a power management device, a wireless power management circuit and an antenna. The power supply is used to provide a supply power. The power management device generates at least one operation power according to the supply power. The wireless power management circuit generates a wireless power according to the at least one operation power. The antenna of the platform device performs a charging operation on at least one to-be-charged device through an electromagnetic induction according to the wireless power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Yi-Fang Yang, Wei-Cheng Chiu, Wen-Hsin Hsiao
  • Patent number: 10873192
    Abstract: An energy storage system includes a first energy storage device having a first energy storage chemistry, a second energy storage device having a second energy storage chemistry different than the first energy storage chemistry, and a link device. The link device is configured to facilitate electrically coupling the second energy storage device to the first energy storage device, regulate a first power profile of first power provided by the first energy storage device to the second energy storage device such that the first energy storage device can selectively charge the second energy storage device, and regulate a second power profile of second power provided by the second energy storage device to the first energy storage device such that the first energy storage device can selectively draw power from the second energy storage device to increase a power capacity thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Goal Zero LLC
    Inventors: Keyvan Vasefi, Robert Kerback, Sterling Robison, Evan Price
  • Patent number: 10873197
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a power storage device configured to be charged with electric power supplied from an external electric power installation, and a human machine interface (HMI) device having a display. On the HMI device, a state of charge (SOC) of the power storage device is displayed distinguishably for each derivation of electric power stored in the power storage device. Specifically, on the HMI device, a SOC indicator is displayed for a user to visually recognize the SOC of the power storage device. In the SOC indicator, a solar electric power area indicative of the SOC indicating electric power derived from solar electric power and a grid electric power area indicative of the SOC indicating electric power derived from grid electric power are distinguishably displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinji Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10857897
    Abstract: A system for energy conversion with electric vehicle (EV) charging capability includes a hybrid inverter comprising a DC/DC converter stage for receiving power from a photovoltaic array, a capacitor bank, and a DC-AC inverter coupled to the capacitor bank. The DC-AC inverter includes a battery pack connection for supplying energy to or receiving energy from a battery pack, an AC grid connection for supplying power to or receiving power from an AC grid, a connection for supplying power to a load, and an EV connection for supplying power to or receiving power from an EV battery. The system also includes a controller for generating control signals to control the flow of power within the hybrid inverter, which converts power received from at least one of the photovoltaic array and the battery pack and provides the converted power to charge the EV battery via the EV connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventor: Sandeep Narla
  • Patent number: 10857892
    Abstract: A system includes processor. The system includes a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to identify, in a vehicle at a first location, a second location receiving reflected light. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to navigate the vehicle from the first location to the second location receiving the reflected light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10862317
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for a Battery Management System (BMS) for the controlling of the charging and discharging of a plurality of battery cells (12). Each battery cell has an associated plurality of control circuits (32, 36) which monitor and control the charging of individual battery cells. These units are controlled by a central microcontroller (14) which shunts current around the battery cell if fully charged and stops discharge if a battery cell is fully discharged in order to prevent damage to the other cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: LITHIUM BALANCE A/S
    Inventor: Ivan Loncarevic
  • Patent number: 10855097
    Abstract: A method, an information handling system, and a thermal management system providing a power and thermal solution are provided. In accordance with at least one embodiment, the information handling system includes a battery having a low temperature cell configured to operate over a lower temperature range and a high temperature cell configured to operate over a higher temperature range, a computational electronic circuit operable to dissipate waste heat as a consequence of performing computation, and a thermal conductor thermally coupled to the high temperature cell and to the computational electronic circuit but not to the low temperature cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Rick C. Thompson, Mitchell A. Markow, Travis C. North
  • Patent number: 10852037
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and devices related to fixed and transportable structures and vehicles utilizing the integration of solar and wind technologies for generation of electricity. The system generates electricity using solar panels (and/or solar thermal units) and wind turbines, stores and converts electricity, and can be located in various locations either as fixed or portable embodiments including on land, on water, underwater, air and space and may also be housed in a structure to provide electricity for various facilities and uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: SPECTRA SYSTEMS & TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Sant'Anselmo, Arnold Stephen Arch
  • Patent number: 10854960
    Abstract: An electromagnetic energy harvesting device includes an emitting body at least partially embedded within a dielectric medium, and a receiving antenna disposed in proximity to the emitting body, where the receiving antenna is configured to collect thermal electromagnetic energy emitted by the emitting body. The device also includes a rectifier electrically coupled to the receiving antenna, where the rectifier is configured to convert the thermal electromagnetic energy to direct current electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Richard A. Bean