For Electrical Power Distribution Systems And Devices Patents (Class 361/601)
  • Patent number: 10868411
    Abstract: A structure to structure electrical service bridging assembly for electrically connecting a pair of structures includes a rack, a conduit, and a junction box, with each being one of a pair of racks, a pair of conduits, and a pair of junction boxes, respectively. Each rack, conduit, and junction box is mountable to a respective structure, such that each structure is engaged with one rack, one conduit, and one junction box. The rack is external to the structure and the conduit extends upwardly from the junction box to above the rack. The junction box is can be engaged to an electrical circuit of the structure. A set of wires is engaged to and extends between the racks. The wires extend through the conduits and electrically couple the junction boxes. The wires supply electricity from an electrical service of one structure to the electrical circuit of the other structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Merrion Fleming
  • Patent number: 10769734
    Abstract: Systems and methods for advanced energy settlements in electric power grid are proposed. At least one energy customer, at least one retail electric provider and at least one distributed generator connect to an advanced energy settlement platform communicatively. The advanced energy settlement platform is operable to summate a customer balance from all the settlement blocks during a billing period and collect payments from the at least one energy customer automatically; aggregate and settle distributed energy charges with distributed generators and fixed energy charges with the energy retailer or retail energy provider for the at least one energy customer during the billing period. The advanced energy settlement platform also provides interactive graphical user interface for different participants in the advanced energy settlement and for advanced energy settlements application development kit (ADK) for access to functionality within the advanced energy settlement platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: CAUSAM ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Forbes, Jr., Nathaniel Taylor Brockman
  • Patent number: 10755295
    Abstract: A method for determining an amount of electricity to purchase includes determining electrical power consumption characteristics of an electrical load at an end user of the electricity. A preference of the end user for an output of the electrical load is ascertained. The output varies with a rate of electrical power consumption by the load. A mathematical model is created of an amount of electrical power to be consumed by the load as a function of time and of monetary cost of the electricity. The model is dependent upon the electrical power consumption characteristics of the electrical load and the preference of the end user for an output of the electrical load. An amount of electricity is purchased based on the mathematical model of an amount of electrical power to be consumed by the load, and based on the monetary cost of the electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Marija Dragoljub Ilic, Jhi Young Joo, Burton Warren Andrews, Badri Raghunathan, Diego Benitez, Felix Maus
  • Patent number: 10693265
    Abstract: A current shaping phase leg bus bar for power electronics systems includes a first terminal connector, a second terminal connector, insulated from the first terminal connector, and a third terminal connector, insulated from the first and second terminal connectors. At least one of the terminal connectors is a current shaping terminal connector that includes one or more layers having a plurality of pre-defined locations for electrical connections, said plurality of pre-defined locations including one or more first locations and a plurality of second locations, and includes one or more gaps within or among its one or more layers, to provide substantially balanced conductive pathways among its one or more first locations and its plurality of second locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Henry Todd Young, Alvaro Jorge Mari Curbelo, Jason Daniel Kuttenkuler, Tiziana Bertoncelli, Sean Patrick Cillessen
  • Patent number: 10522982
    Abstract: A gas insulation switch cabinet and a switch device are provided. The gas insulation switch cabinet includes: a cabinet body; and a cable chamber, a breaker chamber and a busbar chamber which are in the cabinet body and configured that a current sequentially flows through the cable chamber, the breaker chamber and the busbar chamber. The gas insulation switch cabinet further includes a cable side disconnecting switch between the cable chamber and the breaker chamber in a flowing direction of the current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Haifeng Lu, Yanfang Ma, Jean-Pierre Meley
  • Patent number: 10305852
    Abstract: A system includes: a first telephone; a relay that manages first accommodation position information of the first telephone; and an exchange that includes a management table that manages second telephone identification information, second accommodation position information of a second telephone connected to the relay, and an extension number of each of a plurality of the second telephones, receives first telephone identification information and the first accommodation position information, when the first telephone identification information does not match with any one of the second telephone identification information registered, and the first accommodation position information matches with one of the second accommodation position information in the management table, changes second telephone identification information corresponding to the matched second accommodation position information to the first telephone identification information, and uses an extension number corresponding to the matched second accommod
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuki Nagai
  • Patent number: 10296278
    Abstract: A PDA (power distribution apparatus) having capability for color management has at least one PDU (power distribution unit). The PDU has a plurality of outlets and a display; wherein the screen color of the display can display different colors according to the management item, thereby enhancing visualization of the management of the PDA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: CYBER POWER SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Yu-Chen Kuo, Yung-Hao Peng, Shih-Chien Tang
  • Patent number: 10211619
    Abstract: A protection arrangement for inaccessibly located power distribution equipment includes a first enclosure with power equipment and sensors, a second enclosure adjacent the first enclosure and including a signal handling device, at least one sealed electrical conductor passage between the first and second enclosures, each comprising at least one penetrator through the walls of the first and second enclosures. The signal handling device in the second enclosure is connected to the sensors in the first enclosure via electrical conductors passing through said sealed electrical conductor passages and to an external protection device via a communication link. The signal handling device receives electrical sensor signals from the sensors and shapes them for submission to the external protection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Johan Gunnar, Carlo Coppo, Herbert Schmid, Kai Hansen, Roberto Celli
  • Patent number: 10134097
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a smart grid system and a method for distributing resources in the system. The smart grid system according to the present invention comprises at least one non-shiftable device; at least one controllable device; and at least one shiftable device; wherein price data are provided at each stage, the non-shiftable device is always provided with its resource requirements, the controllable device is provide with resources in the range of its resource requirements, and the shiftable device has its nominal resource requirements but not allowed to be provided with resources at the stage when resource price is highest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOUNDATION HANYANG UNIVERSITY ERICA CAMPUS
    Inventors: Seung-Ho Hong, Mengmeng Yu
  • Patent number: 10120375
    Abstract: A building management system (BMS) includes a controller that monitors performance values for a controlled process during a first time period relative to initial outlier detection limits and generates new outlier detection limits for the controlled process in response to a detected change in the controlled process during the first time period. The controller monitors the performance values relative to the new outlier detection limits during a second time period to detect outliers during the second time period. The controller calculates a confidence difference for an estimated confidence parameter based on a number of outliers detected using the new outlier detection limits during the second time period. The controller adjusts the new outlier detection limits in response to the confidence difference dropping below a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Andrew J. Przybylski, Michael J. Wenzel, Andrew J. Boettcher
  • Patent number: 10051760
    Abstract: A body part of a KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) switch includes a clamp that holds a cable and is movable in a horizontal direction, and a stay that is equipped with the cable clamp and is movable in a depth direction of the body part to eliminate of the cable hanging down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventor: Keiji Miyatsu
  • Patent number: 10020473
    Abstract: An electric storage device includes a first connection plate, a second connection plate, a fastening member, and a plurality of storage modules. The plurality of storage modules are provided between the first connection plate and the second connection plate in a stacking direction. Each of the plurality of storage modules includes a plurality of rectangular storage cells stacked in the stacking direction to provide a stack of storage cells. The plurality of storage modules are arranged next to each other in a direction that crosses the stacking direction. The plurality of storage modules are clamped between the first connection plate and the second connection plate and fastened together by the fastening member. At least one of the first connection plate and the second connection plate is fastened to the plurality of storage modules in the stacking direction by the fastening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuaki Ishibashi, Kanae Ohkuma
  • Patent number: 9979178
    Abstract: An AFCI protective system includes a MOV circuit that has a plurality of line terminals comprising at least one phase conductor, a neutral conductor or a ground conductor. A MOV is coupled to a pair of line terminals through a low impedance circuit, and a response circuit configured to activate a human readable indicator when the MOV is experiencing an end of life condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Pass & Seymour, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas N. Packard
  • Patent number: 9874900
    Abstract: A tablet computing device may include a main body, a video display, and a battery cavity. The main body may include a front side and a back side. The video display may be disposed on the front side. The video display may display images. The battery cavity is disposed on the back side to receive a battery to supply power to the main body. The battery may form an adjustable angle between the battery and the battery cavity. The video display may be selectively placed in one of a plurality of viewing orientations based on an amount of the adjustable angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Dimitre Mehandjiysky, Michael Delpier, Insun Hong
  • Patent number: 9820342
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a power supply apparatus for an LED lighting, comprising: a printed circuit board on which a circuit for converting input power into output power for driving the LED lighting is printed; an MCU, which comprises a driving voltage port, a ground port, and a voltage sensing port and is connected to the printed circuit board, for delivering control signals to the circuit so that a current applied to the LED lighting is converted based on a voltage inputted into the voltage sensing port; a first resistance of which one end is connected to the driving voltage port and the other end is connected to a voltage sensing node; a second resistance of which one end is connected to the ground port and the other end is connected to the voltage sensing node; a sensing wire of which one end is connected to the voltage sensing port and the other end is connected to the voltage sensing node; a first wire of which one end is connected to one end of the first resistance and the other end is open; a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Soo Lee, Jong Hyun Lee, Kwang Jong Kim, Seok Yoon
  • Patent number: 9813764
    Abstract: A set-top box device capable of providing electrical power to an antenna includes an insulation housing, a printed circuit board, a metal portion, and a conductive locking member. The insulation housing has at least one lateral arranged thereon a through hole portion. The printed circuit board is arranged in the insulation housing and includes a power supply module. The metal portion is arranged on the printed circuit board and includes a locking hole corresponding the through hole portion. The conductive locking member passes through the locking hole, the through hole portion, a conductive end portion of the power supply line, and the metal portion. The power supply module feeds a current into the antenna through a connection of the metal portion, the conductive locking member, and the conductive end portion, and the current flows to a ground portion of the signal line thereby forming a power supply loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: TATUNG TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Ming-Yih Lu, Jui-Shuan Wu, Wen-Pu Chou, Han-Chung Chang
  • Patent number: 9768570
    Abstract: An arrangement having two electronic devices which are each surrounded by a dedicated device housing and mounted side-by-side, wherein each electronic device has at least one electrical contact for electrically connecting the two devices, and a connecting plug with mating contacts and with a plug housing is provided, where each dedicated device housing has formed sections which are held in position in relation to one another, when the devices are mounted, via mating formed sections which are arranged on the plug housing, and where the contacts of the two devices are connected by means of the mating contacts such that rapid assembly is firstly allowed in one working step and such that the contacts cannot be loosened or become detached by changes in the position of the devices is secondly assured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellshaft
    Inventor: Martin Petricek
  • Patent number: 9722379
    Abstract: Quick-mount electrical components including a body and a receiver. The body includes a first protrusion, a connecting portion distal the first protrusion, the connecting portion containing a first set of one or more electrical contacts, and a second protrusion proximate the connecting portion. The receiver includes a guide, a wire trap proximate the guide, a receiving portion distal the guide, the receiving portion containing a second set of one or more electrical contacts, and a retainer proximate the receiving portion. The first protrusion has one or more recesses that match corresponding alignment elements on the guide such that the body is keyed to only fit certain receivers, depending upon the electrical characteristics of devices wired to the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Darren Veenker
  • Patent number: 9693464
    Abstract: A rack apparatus includes a frame having (i) a power and cooling area and (ii) a block chassis forming one or more information technology (IT) bays that enable insertion of IT components. A plurality of IT components are contained within a component cabinet inserted in the block chassis. When operational, enable the rack apparatus to function as one of an information handling system (IHS) and an extension of a modular, scalable/expandable rack-based IHS. A busbar physically located at a back of the block chassis within the power and cooling area and enables direct coupling to one of another busbar and a power source to supply power to the plurality of IT components from a power interface board. A block controller is contained in the block chassis and communicatively coupled to the other IT components. The block controller performs all localized, block level control for the rack apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Edmond Bailey, Joseph Andrew Vivio
  • Patent number: 9419413
    Abstract: An arc management system for an electrical enclosure assembly is provided. The electrical enclosure assembly includes a housing assembly and a conductive bus assembly. The arc management system includes a number of conductive bus extension assemblies, a number of first and second arc horn assemblies, and a number of ground conductor assemblies. Each conductive bus extension assembly includes a conductive member coupled to the conductive bus assembly. Each first arc horn assembly includes a conductive arc horn member. Each first arc horn member is in electrical communication with an associated bus extension conductive member. Each second arc horn assembly includes a conductive arc horn member. Each ground conductor assembly includes a ground conductive member. Each second arc horn member in electrical communication with an associated ground conductor assembly ground conductive member. Each first arc horn member is associated with a second arc horn member and disposed an effective distance therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel Garett Sims, John Joseph Shea, Michael Davis Pearce, Michael Howard Abrahamsen
  • Patent number: 9293896
    Abstract: An assembly for power connection and signal acquisition includes a power connection member and a patch panel. The power connection member includes a holder, a plurality of connection pieces disposed in the holder, and a protection shell mounted on the holder to protect the plurality of connection pieces. The patch panel includes a trough that defines a plurality of cable slots, a sampling cable received in each of the cable slots, and a protection cover mounted on the trough to protect the sampling cable received in the cable slot. A sampling terminal is disposed at an end of the sampling cable for electrically connecting the sampling cable with each of the connection pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignees: Shenzhen BYD Auto R&D Company Limited, BYD Company Limited
    Inventors: Jing Tan, Weixin Zheng
  • Patent number: 9025343
    Abstract: A telecommunication distribution box includes a housing and an electrical component mounted in the housing. A cover plate is movably connected to the housing and is movable between open and closed positions. A lip extends outwardly from the cover plate. The lip covers the electrical component when the cover plate is in the closed position to prevent accessing and removing the electrical component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Kent Lebo, David Owen Corp
  • Patent number: 9026473
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are representative embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems for distributing a resource (such as electricity) using a resource allocation system. In one exemplary embodiment, a plurality of requests for electricity are received from a plurality of end-use consumers. The requests indicate a requested quantity of electricity and a consumer-requested index value indicative of a maximum price a respective end-use consumer will pay for the requested quantity of electricity. A plurality of offers for supplying electricity are received from a plurality of resource suppliers. The offers indicate an offered quantity of electricity and a supplier-requested index value indicative of a minimum price for which a respective supplier will produce the offered quantity of electricity. A dispatched index value is computed at which electricity is to be supplied based at least in part on the consumer-requested index values and the supplier-requested index values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: David P. Chassin, Robert G. Pratt
  • Patent number: 9018798
    Abstract: A power supply circuit includes a comparator, first to third electronic switches, a D-trigger, a power supply unit (PSU), and a complex programmable logic device (CPLD). When a voltage from the PSU is greater than a reference voltage, the first electronic switch is turned on. An electronic device connected to the first electronic does not receive power from the PSU. The second electronic switch is turned on. The third electronic switch is turned off. The D-trigger outputs a low level signal to make the CPLD control the PSU stop supplying power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ya-Jun Pan, Ting Ge
  • Publication number: 20150105930
    Abstract: An overhead infrastructure platform includes at least one horizontal support member configured to be positioned over equipment racks contained in a data center. The overhead infrastructure platform includes a module network formed by the interconnection, through a module interconnection bus, of a controller module, at least one power module and at least one I/O module. Each power module and each input/output module is physically attached to the horizontal support member proximate an equipment rack to which the module is electrically coupled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Bryan Sparrowhawk, Jeffrey P. Seefried
  • Patent number: 9009288
    Abstract: An SNMP network comprises a power manager with an SNMP agent in TCP/IP communication over a network with an SNMP network manager. The power manager is connected to control several intelligent power modules each able to independently control the power on/off status of several network appliances. Power-on and load sensors within each intelligent power module are able to report the power status of each network appliance to the SNMP network manager with MIB variables in response to GET commands. Each intelligent power module is equipped with an output that is connected to cause an interrupt signal to the network appliance being controlled. The SNMP network manager is able to test which network appliance is actually responding before any cycling of the power to the corresponding appliance is tried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Server Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Carrel W. Ewing, Brian P. Auclair, James P. Maskaly
  • Patent number: 9001498
    Abstract: The invention relates to a control cabinet for a wind turbine including a cabinet body (24) defining an inner chamber (23) and having a peripheral wall (40). One or more electric circuits (19, 20, 21) are arranged in the inner chamber (23) and one or more electric energy storage modules (50) which are secured to the cabinet body (24). The energy storage modules (50) are arranged on an exterior side of the cabinet body and are detachably secured thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: SSB Wind Systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Fabio Bertolotti, Hermann Kestermann, Marc-Andre Thier, Tobias Bueltel, Josef Upsing, Tobias Daemberg, Norbert Wibben
  • Patent number: 8976526
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a medium voltage drive system includes a transformer, multiple power cubes each coupled to the transformer, and a manifold assembly. Each power cube includes cold plates each coupled to a corresponding switching device of the cube, an inlet port in communication with a first one of the cold plates and an outlet port in communication with a last one of the cold plates. The manifold assembly can support an inlet conduit and an outlet conduit and further support first and second connection members to enable blind mating of each of the first connection members to the inlet port of one of the power cubes and each of the second connection members to the outlet port of one of the power cubes to enable two phase cooling of the plurality of power cubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: TECO-Westinghouse Motor Company
    Inventors: Devdatta P. Kulkarni, Thomas Keister, Manzoor Hussain, Scott Simmons, Ut V. Pham, Rose Craft, Randall Pipho
  • Patent number: 8965594
    Abstract: A system for encouraging the use of renewable energy sources and suitable for the conservation of energy resources through the efficient management of energy storage and delivery includes connections to a power source, an energy storage subsystem, and a power grid. The system includes a power routing subsystem coupled to the source and grid, and adapted to operate in a bypass mode, in which energy is transferred from the source to the grid. The system includes a conversion subsystem coupled to the routing and storage subsystems, and switchable in substantially real-time between a storage mode, in which energy is transferred from the routing to the storage subsystem, and a generation mode, in which energy is transferred from the storage to the routing subsystem for delivery to the grid. The system also includes a controller for directing the modes based at least in part on a market factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: General Compression, Inc.
    Inventor: David Marcus
  • Patent number: 8947859
    Abstract: A power distributor for use in vehicles is provided. The power distributor includes a base module having a central power feed and at least two universal modules, thereby forming a modular structure of the power distributor. The universal modules have defined geometries and are mechanically and electrically removably connectable to corresponding locations on the base module. Each universal module includes at least one electrical component. The base module includes a printed circuit board having at least one of current conducting paths and at least one bus bar. The base module comprises contact connectors for connection to loads of the vehicle. An electrical component is also provided as a semi-finished product for further processing in vehicles. The electrical component includes a bus bar and a lamellar contact attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Lisa Dräxlmaier GmbH
    Inventors: Hubert Froschmeier, Peter Fussl
  • Patent number: 8934217
    Abstract: A power operator for switchgear for use in mains power distribution systems such as public medium high voltage distribution systems, where the switchgear comprises a closed cabinet (5) with an operating shaft protruding therefrom that is rotatable between two positions and has a coupling part. The motor operator includes a housing (11, 20, 21, 27) which is mountable on an external surface (4) of the switchgear cabinet (5), and a rotatable connection shaft connected to an electromechanical linear actuator. The connection shaft has a first coupling part which connects with the coupling part of the switchgear in a longitudinal axial sliding and non-rotational interlocking manner. The housing (11, 20, 21, 27) is a tube element which is tamper resistant, is relatively easy to seal against dust and moisture, and is inexpensive to manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Linak A/S
    Inventors: Bruno Christensen, Anders Lorenzen, Verner Smidt, Jens N. Paulsen, Glenn Smith
  • Patent number: 8917493
    Abstract: A power distribution device and a server rack system are provided. The server rack system includes a rack and at least one apparatus disposed therein. The power distribution device distributes electrical power to the apparatus. The power supply device includes a first conducting plate, an insulation layer and a second conducting plate that are sequentially superimposed, and a first and a second power columns inserted in the first and the second plates. The insulation layer is disposed between the first and the second conducting plates. The first and the second power columns are connected to a power supply unit in the rack to obtain electric power therefrom. Each output pin pair includes a first and a second output pins inserted in the first and the second conducting plates. The output pin pairs are connected to the apparatus in the rack to transfer electric power to the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventor: Shi-Feng Wang
  • Patent number: 8896987
    Abstract: A transformer station for high and medium voltages is installed beneath the earth's surface, with at least one access point to the switchgear assembly and the ventilation shafts being arranged above ground. The station includes at least one power transformer for converting high voltage to medium voltage, at least one medium-voltage switchgear assembly and auxiliary and secondary as well as protection and control devices, and at least one access or transport shaft configured for transporting all large equipment and operating means into the station and can be used as an exhaust air shaft. The access or transport shaft has ventilation channels and a movable closure element. A base surface for placing the operating means and power transformers is provided beneath the access shaft. The power transformers can be inserted into boxes, which may be adjacent to one another, once the power transformers have been placed on the base surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: ABB Technology AG
    Inventors: Stefan Kämpfer, Klaus Kaufmann, Richard Bornhoffer, Karlheinz Kraft, Patrick Komischke, Saikat Ghosh, Jens-Olaf Schneider
  • Patent number: 8891228
    Abstract: An enclosure for electrical equipment is provided. The enclosure includes a frame, a first plate, and a first member coupled to the frame and configured to receive the first plate. The first plate is configured to receive a transformer, movable between a first position and a second position, at least partially supported by the first member when the first plate is in the first position, and offset from the first member when the first plate is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Joseph P. Gerovac
  • Patent number: 8884160
    Abstract: A box main body which can smoothly attach cover members each other and prevent generation of abnormal noise is provided. An electric junction box has the box main body including two covers attached to each other and an electric power distribution unit. The box main body has two covers attached to each other. Furthermore, the box main body has a thin portion arranged in the inner wall of the upper cove, and a tapered portion projecting from a bottom surface of the thin portion toward the peripheral wall of the lower cover, and gradually tapering toward the peripheral wall of the lower cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Hara, Takuya Nakayama, Mitsuru Saito
  • Patent number: 8879242
    Abstract: A mobile power system comprises a plurality of energy sources, wherein at least one energy source is a solar powered generating device and at least one energy source is a wind powered generating device; a plurality of electronic and telecommunications components configured to receive the power generated by the plurality of energy sources and/or convert the power generated to direct current power; a plurality of batteries configured to store the direct current power; and at least one transportable housing configured to hold the plurality of energy sources, the plurality of electronic and telecommunications, and the plurality of batteries during transport of the housing, and wherein the housing is configured to remotely operate the at least one solar powered energy device and the at least one wind powered generating device when the mobile power system is in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sundial Power Pods, LLC
    Inventors: Eldon Prax, Stan Waldrop
  • Patent number: 8873222
    Abstract: An electric protective switching device is configured as a modular system and includes a switching device base module including first mechanical guide elements and an installation space with electric contacts. A control module including control electronics, first mechanical elements and electric counter-contact elements is installable into the installation space. A communication module including second mechanical elements is configured as an interface between the control electronics and an electronic bus system. The control module and the communication module are connectable mechanically and electrically to the switching device base module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Eaton Industries GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Dauer, Guenter Baujan, Anke Juelich
  • Patent number: 8873224
    Abstract: A parking lot power pedestal is described which has a single spring attaching a tubular body to a base. The spring flexes in response to a blow to enable the tubular body to be angularly offset relative to the base and the spring resiliently returns to its original state to reposition the tubular body in a position extending vertically relative to the base. The spring has a first end providing a weather seal with a central bore of the tubular body. The spring has a second end providing a weather seal surrounding an opening in the base. The spring is tightly wound to provide a weather seal for a central passage defined by the spring through which wires pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Stanley J. Rose
  • Patent number: 8867193
    Abstract: Systems and method for installing computer equipment and power distribution equipment in facilities is provided. In one aspect, the present invention provides a power distribution rack, and uninterruptible power supply rack and a plurality of equipment racks. A plurality of power cables are run from the power distribution rack to each of the plurality of equipment racks using power cable tracks located on the roofs of the equipment racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Schneider Electric IT Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Rasmussen, James Simonelli, John McNally, Kenneth G. Brill
  • Patent number: 8854794
    Abstract: A mobile electricity generator comprising a telescopic boom, a first retractable support leg, and a base. The telescopic boom comprises a first end and a second end. A wind turbine is attached to the second end of the telescopic boom and the wind turbine is capable of transforming wind into electricity. The first end of the telescopic boom and the first retractable support leg are attached to the base. The electricity generator has a movable solar panel assembly that may be stored in the base and deployed to a use position and a pair of doors each equipped with a solar panel swing having solar panels. The mobile electricity generator can further comprise a battery in electric communication with the solar panels for storing the electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: George Van Straten
  • Patent number: 8842420
    Abstract: A data center inside a shipping container having a lower plenum and an upper plenum in its interior. Heated air in the upper plenum exits therefrom into a plurality of heat exchangers adjacent thereto. Air cooled by the heat exchangers travels toward and enters the lower plenum. The data center includes a plurality of carriages each having an equipment receiving portion located between an open bottom portion in open communication with the lower plenum, and an open top portion in open communication with the upper plenum. Fans inside each of the carriages draw cooled air up from the lower plenum into the open bottom portion of the carriage, blow the cooled air up through the equipment receiving portion thereby cooling any computing equipment received therein, and vent the cooled air through the open top portion into the upper plenum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: David Driggers
  • Patent number: 8829348
    Abstract: A communications cable includes a plurality of longitudinally extending pairs of conducting elements, a low profile male connector secured to a first end of the cable, and a low profile female connector secured to an opposite second end of the cable. The plurality of pairs of conducting elements terminate at the male connector in a first orientation and terminate at the female connector in a second orientation. The first and second orientations are such that each respective conducting element can be connected to itself when the male and female connectors are matingly engaged with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventors: Wayne D. Larsen, Amid I. Hashim, Bryan Scott Moffitt
  • Patent number: 8830660
    Abstract: A mechanical power communicating device and a modular system of a host and a mechanical power communicating device for communicating a mechanical power service. A first component of the mechanical power communicating device communicates a mechanical power service from host to a second component of the mechanical power communicating device or to a functional device. The mechanical power communicating device may be a functional device, an adapter for coupling a functional device to a host, or a functional unit of an adapter and a functional device. The mechanical power communicating device may include a first component having a first interface connectable to the host, the first component pivotally connected to a second component having a second interface connectable to the functional device. The modular system may include a host having differently oriented mechanical power service interfaces and the mechanical power communicating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Steven J. Kuehl
  • Publication number: 20140240901
    Abstract: A high-voltage transformer module includes a transformer core including at least one winding, and a mechanical supporting structure having the transformer core integrated permanently therein. The mechanical supporting structure has corner points arranged in the form of a right-parallelepiped. The corner points are in the form of load transfer points and are arranged corresponding to the dimensions of a CSC (International Convention for Safe Containers) container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: ABB Technology AG
    Inventors: Matthias STEIGER, Guido Schulze, Janusz Szczechowski
  • Patent number: 8816528
    Abstract: A mobile power system comprises a plurality of energy sources, wherein at least one energy source is a solar powered generating device and at least one energy source is a wind powered generating device; a plurality of electronic and telecommunications components configured to receive the power generated by the plurality of energy sources and/or convert the power generated to direct current power; a plurality of batteries configured to store the direct current power; and one or more transportable housings configured to hold the plurality of energy sources, the plurality of electronic and telecommunications, and the plurality of batteries during transport of the housing, and wherein the at least one solar powered energy device and the at least one wind powered generating device are disposed remotely from the housing when the mobile power system is in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Sundial Power Pods, LLC
    Inventors: Eldon Prax, Stan Waldrop
  • Patent number: 8804313
    Abstract: Computational enclosures may be designed to distribute power from power supplies to load units (e.g., processors, storage devices, or network routers). The architecture may affect the efficiency, cost, modularity, accessibility, and space utilization of the components within the enclosure. Presented herein are power distribution architectures involving a distribution board oriented along a first (e.g., vertical) axis within the enclosure, comprising a power interconnect configured to distribute power among a set of load boards oriented along a second (e.g., lateral) axis and respectively connecting with a set of load units oriented along a third (e.g., sagittal) axis, and a set of power supplies also oriented along the third axis. This orientation may compactly and proximately position the loads near the power supplies in the distribution system, and result in a comparatively low local current that enables the use of printed circuit boards for the distribution board and load boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Eric C. Peterson, Shaun L. Harris
  • Patent number: 8797719
    Abstract: A mobile power system comprises a plurality of energy sources, wherein at least one energy source is a solar powered generating device and at least one energy source is a wind powered generating device; a plurality of electronic and telecommunications components configured to receive the power generated by the plurality of energy sources and/or convert the power generated to direct current power; a plurality of batteries configured to store the direct current power; and at least one transportable housing configured to hold the plurality of energy sources, the plurality of electronic and telecommunications, and the plurality of batteries during transport of the housing, and wherein the housing is configured to remotely operate the at least one solar powered energy device and the at least one wind powered generating device when the mobile power system is in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Sundial Power Pods, LLC
    Inventors: Eldon Prax, Stan Waldrop
  • Patent number: 8797842
    Abstract: A structure and a first panel are operably disposed with respect to the structure. A first plurality of nodes is disposed within the first panel, including a first plurality of power distribution network nodes in a first power distribution network, and wherein the first plurality of nodes further comprises a first group of nodes. A second panel is operably disposed with respect to the structure. A second plurality of nodes is disposed within the second panel, including a second plurality of power distribution network nodes in a second power distribution network isolated from the first power distribution network. The second plurality of nodes further comprises a second group of nodes. A bus guardian, separate from the two panels, electrically connects the first panel and the second panel. The bus guardian is configured to network the first group of nodes and the second group of nodes in a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Stephen G. Dame
  • Patent number: 8797720
    Abstract: A circuit protection system has a normal mode, and a maintenance mode with reduced potential arc flash energy. A downstream circuit breaker is mounted within a first enclosure comprising a first access panel. A locking mechanism locks the first access panel closed. An upstream breaker is mounted within a second enclosure comprising a second access panel. A current sensor senses current and is in communication with an electronic trip unit that controls current interruptions by the upstream breaker based on a trip setting. A user interface device is accessible when second enclosure is closed, and allows user selections of normal and maintenance modes. When maintenance mode is selected, the trip unit changes the trip setting such that potential arc flash energy is reduced. The system is configured to keep the first access panel locked closed based on normal mode being selected, and allow unlocking based on maintenance mode being selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignees: Utility Relay Company, Kirk Key Interlock Company LLC
    Inventors: Helmut Weiher, Sean McGuinness
  • Patent number: 8796562
    Abstract: A combiner box includes a combiner module and an electrical connector unit disposed in a casing. The combiner module includes an insulating board, and plural first and second input electrodes disposed on opposite surfaces of the insulating board along a first direction and corresponding respectively to plural first and second input sockets of the casing. The second input sockets are disposed below and alternatingly arranged with the first input sockets along the first direction. The electrical connector unit includes plural first and second input terminals disposed in the first and second input sockets and electrically connected to the first and second input electrodes, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Chi-Jen Yang