System Having Plural Motors Or Having Diverse Types Of Energy Input Patents (Class 60/698)
  • Patent number: 11125204
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the utilization of wave energy and its conversion into operating motion of an electrical energy generating system. The system for generation of electrical energy through the conversion of aquatic wave motion includes floating bodies and a constant rotation mechanism, which converts the two-way linear motion of an inflexible transmission shaft or a flexible transmission shafts into one-way rotation of an output shaft of the constant rotation mechanism. This mechanism allows utilization of wave energy in two directions caused by the rise and fall of waves. The output shaft of the constant rotation mechanism is coupled to a force multiplier that is further coupled to a generator which generates electrical energy. Constant rotation mechanism can be driven by inflexible transmission shaft pivotally coupled to the floating bodies at one end, and the other end to an input gear of the constant rotation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Mile Dragic
  • Patent number: 11035447
    Abstract: The invention is an improvement for the infinitely variable transmission (IVT) that utilizes oscillating torque to vary the mechanical power transmitted to a load. The invention provides the torque amplitude control system that is a compact device that adjusts the torque amplitude by controlling the phase angle between the forward and aft drive units for the IVT. The IVT is transmission which transfers the engine torque and power to the driveshaft, differential and wheels of an automobile. The torque is generated from centrifugal forces of masses in the forward and aft drive unites of the input assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: William Terry Lester
  • Patent number: 10953368
    Abstract: A system includes a first fluid inlet and a single reverse osmosis membrane module having a permeate outlet and a first inlet/outlet channel and a second fluid inlet/outlet channel in fluid communication with the first fluid inlet. An energy transfer system has a second fluid inlet, a brine outlet, a first energy exchanging module and a second energy exchanging module. The first and second energy exchanging modules are adapted to reversibly operate in opposite flow phases where a flow direction for the expulsion flow phase in each energy exchanging module is constant and where a flow direction for the energy recover flow phase in each energy exchanging module is constant. The single reverse osmosis membrane module is adapted to reversibly receive a feed flow through one of the first and second fluid inlet/outlet channels and produce a brine outflow through the other of the first and second inlet/outlet channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Nanyang Technological University
    Inventors: Jie Song, Wing Keung Law
  • Patent number: 10941728
    Abstract: A machine, method of making, and method of using, along with necessary intermediates, illustratively, by way of a method, there can be a method of generating electrical power, the method including: inputting air, including adjusting flow rate of the air; inputting fuel, including throttling flow rate of the fuel, wherein: the fuel flow rate and the air flow rate are in stoichiometric proportions for combustion, and the fuel is comprised of at least one hydrocarbon, alcohol, or both; combusting a mixture of the fuel and a portion of the air with the remainder of the air to produce heat, wherein: prior to the combusting: combining the portion of the air with the fuel to produce the mixture that, when heated, stoichiometrically forms syngas; heating the mixture with the heat from the combusting; heating the remainder of the air with the heat from the combusting; and during the combusting, matching the remainder of the air with at least one of flow rate, pressure drop, and flow velocity of the mixture; generating
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Green Light Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald Peter Jackson, Joseph Matthew Zlotnicki
  • Patent number: 10737682
    Abstract: A drive force control system for hybrid vehicles configured to reduce a change in a drive force simultaneous execution of a starting operation of an engine and a shifting operation of a transmission. The drive force control is applied to a hybrid vehicle comprising: an engine connected to front wheels; a first motor connected to rear wheels; and a transmission that changes a speed ratio between the first motor and the rear wheels. A controller restricts execution of any one of an engine staring operation and a shifting operation of the transmission during execution of other one of the engine staring operation and shifting operation of the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tatsuya Imamura, Yasuhiro Oshiumi, Kazuma Aoki, Yukari Okamura
  • Patent number: 10649420
    Abstract: A method of determining an operation of at least one of a plurality of generators in a power generation system. The method includes identifying a system parameter that is related to operation of the power generation system; and determining which of the plurality of generators to operate to minimize fuel consumption of the power generation system based on the system parameter. Other methods include identifying a system parameter that is related to operation of the power generation system; and determining which of the plurality of generators to operate by optimizing an operating variable of the power generation system based on the system parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Isaac S. Frampton, Frank C. Formas, Joseph Petrus Eduardus Raats
  • Patent number: 10356952
    Abstract: A data center cooling system configured to cool one or more components of a data center thereby enabling a data center to be maintained at a higher overall temperature while still providing sufficient cooling to the components housed in the data center is disclosed. By maintaining the data center at a higher overall temperature, significant operational costs are realized due to savings in power costs. The data center cooling system may include one or more turbo-expanders having a rotary turbine positioned within a turbo-expander housing in which compressed air expands and drives the rotary turbine. The cooled expanded air is heated passing through a thermal transfer system that pulls heat from the data center component. The air is further heated passing through a brake system that generates heat by applying resistance to a shaft coupled to the rotary turbine. The heated air is exhausted outside of the data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon K. Meredith, William Cottrill, Brandon B. Hilliard
  • Patent number: 10247174
    Abstract: A solar thermal power generation system includes a solar heat collection system that generates superheated steam by solar heat, a main power generation system that performs power generation by part of the superheated steam generated by the solar heat collection system, a solar heat storage/release system that stores heat in a heat storage medium or releases the heat stored in the heat storage medium, and a secondary power generation system that performs power generation by saturated steam generated by the heat storage or the heat release in the solar heat storage/release system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi Mishima, Naoyuki Nagafuchi
  • Patent number: 10166836
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a plurality of ground-engaging members, a frame supported by the ground-engaging members, a powertrain assembly supported by the frame which includes an engine, an alternator coupled to the engine through a housing, and a heating, ventilation, and air condition (“HVAC”) assembly including a compressor operably coupled to the engine. The compressor is supported on a first side of the housing plate and the alternator is supported on a second side of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Rittenour, Derek M. Frie, William L. Barbrey, Andrew J. Miller
  • Patent number: 9905717
    Abstract: In an example, the present invention provides a solar tracker apparatus. In an example, the apparatus comprises a center of mass with an adjustable hanger assembly configured with a clam shell clamp assembly on the adjustable hanger assembly and a cylindrical torque tube comprising a plurality of torque tubes configured together in a continuous length from a first end to a second end such that the center of mass is aligned with a center of rotation of the cylindrical torque tubes to reduce a load of a drive motor operably coupled to the cylindrical torque tube. Further details of the present example, among others, can be found throughout the present specification and more particularly below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: NEXTRACKER INC.
    Inventor: Alexander W. Au
  • Patent number: 9890677
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a total emissions amount from a facility includes an emissions module structured to interpret data indicative of an emissions amount from a test cell system in the facility; an emissions threshold module structured to aggregate the emissions amount from each test cell system in the facility to determine a total emissions amount for the facility and compare the total emissions amount to a predetermined threshold for the facility; and an aftertreatment system control module structured to selectively control a component in an aftertreatment system associated with each test cell system responsive to the comparison of the total emissions amount to the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cummins, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Adams, Brian K. Rout, Duane A. Kruer
  • Patent number: 9738134
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a plurality of ground-engaging members, a frame supported by the ground-engaging members, a powertrain assembly supported by the frame which includes an engine, an alternator coupled to the engine through a housing, and a heating, ventilation, and air condition (“HVAC”) assembly including a compressor operably coupled to the engine. The compressor is supported on a first side of the housing plate and the alternator is supported on a second side of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Rittenour, Derek M. Frie, William L. Barbrey, Andrew J. Miller
  • Patent number: 9551407
    Abstract: The invention concerns a transmission mounted in a housing between a turbine and a generator on top of a tower of a wind turbine, comprising a gearbox and in the gearbox a main gear mounted on a main gear shaft and a pinion that engages a set of gear teeth of the main gear. The pinion is mounted on a pinion shaft and the pinion shaft is coupled to a hydraulic pump mounted on the gearbox, a hydraulic motor drives the generator. In accordance with the invention the main gear shaft and the rotor shaft together form a common shaft and a main gear shaft bearing is mounted between the common shaft and the gearbox and at least two tension bars prevent the rotation of the gearbox and leave the gearbox free to move in linear directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: HYDRAUTRANS BV
    Inventor: Bart Richard Van Neerbos
  • Patent number: 9464957
    Abstract: Systems and methods for estimating a base load in a combined cycle power plant with a steam turbine clutch are provided. According to one embodiment of the disclosure, a system may include a controller and a processor communicatively coupled to the controller. The processor may be configured to receive operating parameters associated with a combined cycle power plant. The combined cycle power plant may comprise a gas turbine permanently coupled to a generator and a steam turbine selectively coupled to the generator via a clutch. The processor may be further configured to receive an engagement status associated with the clutch and receive first data and second data. Based on the engagement status, the processor may select the first data or the second data and use that to estimate a base load. The base load estimation may be calibrated based on the operating parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Yuhui Chen
  • Patent number: 9466749
    Abstract: In an example, the present invention provides a solar tracker apparatus. In an example, the apparatus comprises a center of mass with an adjustable hanger assembly configured with a clam shell clamp assembly on the adjustable hanger assembly and a cylindrical torque tube comprising a plurality of torque tubes configured together in a continuous length from a first end to a second end such that the center of mass is aligned with a center of rotation of the cylindrical torque tubes to reduce a load of a drive motor operably coupled to the cylindrical torque tube. Further details of the present example, among others, can be found throughout the present specification and more particularly below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: NEXTRACKER INC.
    Inventor: Alexander W. Au
  • Patent number: 9360903
    Abstract: A system for controlling an electric power supply to devices is provided. The system includes a plurality of power supply sources, devices operated by an electric power, and a control part that determines the power supply source to be used for supplying the electric power to the devices. Further, the control part controls the amount of electric power to be supplied to the devices by the determined power supply source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyotaka Takehara, Yasuhiro Yanagi, Akiko Takamiya
  • Patent number: 9270131
    Abstract: In exemplary embodiments, a regenerative suspension system replaces or complements a standard shock absorber on a vehicle. A pump attaches via a hose to a central accumulator cylinder that is mounted on a vehicle. Pressurized fluid, air, or other material charges the accumulator. The Pressurized fluid, air, or other material is controllably released via a valve in order to perform work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Physics Lab of Lake Havasu, LLC
    Inventor: James A. Stansbury, III
  • Patent number: 9236516
    Abstract: A solar energy collector includes a generally tubular housing or multiple tubular housings each having an open end for receipt of solar rays which are then reflected from a generally conical mirror within the housing onto solar cells lining the inside surface of the housing. Various mechanisms are utilized to favorably orient the housing or otherwise direct the solar rays and to maximize the incidence of reflected solar rays onto solar cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Glenn M. Goldsby
  • Patent number: 9194356
    Abstract: A stop control system for an internal combustion engine, which is capable of ensuring the comfort of vehicle occupants in a vehicle compartment and improving the fuel economy of the engine along with automatic stoppage of the engine during both a cooling operation and a heating operation of an air conditioner. When the engine is automatically stopped, the stop control system sets a target blowout temperature which is a target value of the temperature of air blown out from the air conditioner into a vehicle compartment, and acquires a fan voltage indicative of the air volume blown by a fan of the air conditioner. Further, the stop control system calculates stop allowable time based on the target blowout temperature and the fan voltage, and restarts the engine when engine stoppage time period (stoppage time period-counting timer value) has reached the stop allowable time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichirou Wakou, Yoshihisa Tsuchiya, Shinji Yasuno, Masanobu Eguchi, Kanao Kogure, Nobuyuki Akahoshi
  • Patent number: 9188623
    Abstract: A method is provided for determining at least one operating parameter of a thermoelectric system in a vehicle, wherein the thermoelectric system comprises an energy conversion device having at least one photovoltaic element for converting thermal radiation, which is emitted by a heat source of the vehicle, into electrical energy. The method includes measuring an electrical power of the photovoltaic device, and determining an operating parameter of the thermoelectric system based on the measured electrical power of the photovoltaic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Joris Fokkelman, Karsten Hofmann, Martin Böld, Christoph Weigand
  • Patent number: 9160212
    Abstract: A multi-source passive energy power generation system that includes use of solar radiation to drive an air compressor and compressed air is then delivered to a power wheel positioned within a fluid tank. The air pressure is delivered to air chambers mounted upon tubular spokes of the power wheel and buoyancy force is used to drive rotation of the power wheel within the fluid tank. In some embodiments weights are added to translate along the tubular spokes under the guidance of cam surfaces to a rotational force to the power wheel from the force of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Byron A McCoy
  • Patent number: 9145868
    Abstract: A building with an integrated wind-powered electricity generation system includes a plurality of floors, wherein each of the plurality of floors includes usable space. The building further includes a vacuum space between adjacent ones of the plurality of floors and a plurality of vertical axis wind turbines, wherein each of the plurality of vertical axis wind turbines is positioned adjacent the open vacuum space. The building further includes at least one electricity generator operably coupled to the plurality of vertical axis wind turbines. At least one of the vertical axis wind turbines includes a plurality of louvers extending around a portion of the outer circumference of the vertical axis wind turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventor: George R. Berry
  • Patent number: 9140241
    Abstract: Manageable hybrid plant using photovoltaic and solar thermal technology and associated operating method, wherein said hybrid plant comprises three levels of generation: Level 1 (1) of photovoltaic generation (42) covering the self consumption of the plant; Level 2 (2) of generation of the solar thermal plant (44) and another part of photovoltaic generation (45) that covers the consumption of the auxiliary services of the solar thermal plant (43); Level 3 (3) of generation of another area of photovoltaic production (46) that improves the total production curve, the total power generated by the hybrid plant and discharged into the network (47), being the result of the sum of generation of the three levels. The photovoltaic modules of the invention are located in: in the north or south side of the tower not occupied by the cavity; the area surrounding the solar receivers of the tower; on covers or roofs of the plant at the rear of the heliostats; on land annexed to the tower plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Abengoa Solar New Technologies, S.A.
    Inventors: Juan Pablo Nuñez Bootello, Salvador Valenzuela Rubia, Lucia Serrano Gallar, Lucia Fernandez Calderon
  • Patent number: 9067661
    Abstract: A ship includes: a high-pressure injection engine using fuel gas as fuel to obtain a propulsion power of the ship; a generator engine using fuel gas as fuel to generate electricity; a motor generating a power by using the electricity generated from the generator engine; a propulsion propelling the ship; a main clutch connecting the high-pressure injection engine to the propulsion; an auxiliary clutch connecting the gear box to the propulsion; and a gear box disposed in a front side of the propulsion and power-connected to the main clutch and the auxiliary clutch. The high-pressure injection engine and the motor are selectively power-connected to the propulsion to obtain the propulsion power of the ship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: DAEWOO SHIPBUILDING & MARINE ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Kwang Lee, Dong Kyu Choi, Jung Han Lee
  • Publication number: 20150143806
    Abstract: Provided is a consumer to industrial scale renewable energy based quintuple-generation systems and energy storage facility. The present invention has both mobile and stationary embodiments. The present invention includes energy recovery, energy production, energy processing, pyrolysis, byproduct process utilization systems, separation process systems and handling and storage systems, as well as an open architecture for integration and development of additional processes, systems and applications. The system of the present invention primarily uses adaptive metrics, biometrics and thermal imaging sensory analysis (including additional input sensors for analysis) for monitoring and control with the utilization of an integrated artificial intelligence and automation control system, thus providing a balanced, environmentally-friendly ecosystem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin Lee Friesth
  • Patent number: 9038385
    Abstract: An inverted funnel-shaped columnar tower (115) includes a window region (120), a heat absorbing surface (130), an air entrance (116) and exit (117). Solar energy passes through the window region and heats the heat absorbing surface. A plurality of fans (145), each connected to a generator (150), are suspended within the tower and extract energy from convectively rising air, generating electricity. A fan (160) outside the tower intercepts wind and turns an internal fan (145?) that aids the convective flow, providing a self-starting feature. A plurality of rotors (100) with wings (705) are connected in groups to generators (725) and all are arranged adjacent the tower. The rotors intercept wind energy and deliver it to the generators for conversion to electricity. The rotors include a flap (800) that predetermines the direction of rotation of the rotor, providing a second self-starting feature. The convection and wind capture functions operate independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Kyung N. Khim
  • Publication number: 20150128595
    Abstract: Method for modifying a solar thermal power plant operating on conventional oil based technology into a hybrid solar thermal power plant, wherein the method comprises: providing an oil based solar thermal power plant comprising a solar collection system with at least one radiation absorber tube containing a heat transfer oil to be heated by means of the solar collection system, providing an molten salts solar thermal power plant, wherein the molten salts solar thermal power plant comprises a solar collection system to heat a molten salts mixture coupling of the respective plants such that the hybrid solar thermal power plant is configured to heat medium temperature steam that is generated by the oil based solar power plant by means of the molten salts mixture thereby producing high temperature steam and subsequently supplying it to a steam turbine to generate electricity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Gaetano Iaquaniello, Daniela Capoferri, Fabrizio Fabrizi, Michael Epstein
  • Publication number: 20150121878
    Abstract: Apparatus for generating energy in which an oscillating air column created by wave motion continuously drives a turbine in one direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Reginald Friedenthal
  • Patent number: 8997493
    Abstract: A generator includes a main cavity and a shaft located in the main cavity. The shaft is configured to be connected to an auxiliary power unit (APU) and rotated by the APU. The generator is configured to generate power based on the rotation of the shaft. A fluid system is configured to receive a fluid from the APU, flow the fluid through the main cavity and return the fluid to the APU through a fluid scavenge channel. A filter is configured to filter the fluid from the main cavity to the fluid scavenge channel and a sensor is configured to detect a characteristic of the fluid at the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Hamilton Sunstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Eric A. Brust, Eric A. Nager, Ted A. Martin, Jake A. Rohrig, Brady A. Manogue
  • Patent number: 8978386
    Abstract: Provided is a gas turbine system capable of dealing with a request for output increase even when high-pressure hot water generated using solar thermal energy cannot be used according to the operating state of the gas turbine system. A gas turbine system which sucks in intake air from an air intake duct by a compressor and drives a gas turbine by combustion gas obtained by burning air and fuel by a combustor, said gas turbine system being provided with pipes for generating high-pressure hot water by providing a solar collecting tube that utilizes solar heat and spraying the high-pressure hot water into the intake air sucked in by the compressor, and pipes for spraying normal temperature water into the intake air sucked in by the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takaaki Sekiai, Kazuhito Koyama, Shigeo Hatamiya, Fumio Takahashi, Naoyuki Nagafuchi, Kazuo Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8977402
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method and a system for operating a wind power plant (1) connected to a power grid (2), the wind power plant comprising a number of wind turbine generators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Jorge Martinez Garcia
  • Publication number: 20150047355
    Abstract: This invention provides for a production and research facility, which can be known as Ciudad Sinergia, for solving three problems confronting the United States: the need for safe, clean sources of electrical power; the need for adequate supplies of fresh water in arid regions; and the need to dispose of combustible waste in a responsible manner. A synergistic solution to these problems is provided, without the use of nuclear fission, coal or oil. Electrical power is produced by a variety of methods concurrently, including steam turbine-generators, wind turbines, solar cells and collectors, biomass, geothermal and other sources. Burnable trash is provided by cities. Fresh water is produced from desalination plants on the coasts powered by the facility and piped to a man-made lake located at the facility and into the Colorado River. Ciudad Sinergia provides for an emergency source of electrical power and fresh water to California in the event of a major earthquake.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Harold James Willard, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150027123
    Abstract: A machine for generating power by harnessing highly viscous fluids with invention is a hydro-electric motor with piston like reciprocating motion, two 250 gallon tanks one on bottom and one on top hold all fluids, viscous fluids are circulated throughout the motor invention via a water pump, there is no fluid loss, bearing and chain suspended top open square containers eight in all, fill from the top tank successively, and descend via gravitational forces and empty their contents to lower tank, top open square containers function like automobile pistons going up and down moving metal chain belts and two 6 inch free wheels , and free wheels turn two elastic belts that power two generators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Andreas Haikalis
  • Patent number: 8938967
    Abstract: An electrical power generation system comprising a tower, a nacelle supported by the tower, a wind turbine system supported on the nacelle, a fuel cell system, a battery system, a hybrid solar/fuel cell system; and a fuel line extending through at least a portion of the tower and to the fuel cell system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas McMaster
  • Patent number: 8936011
    Abstract: A method of imposing a variable load upon the internal combustion engine as it is typically used in the performance of degassing operations includes coupling a crankshaft of the internal combustion engine to a secondary internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: BRB/Sherline, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernhardt R. Bruns
  • Publication number: 20140352311
    Abstract: Thus, a method for operating a wind turbine, a wind farm or the like and a power-to-gas unit connected electrically thereto is provided. The wind turbine or the wind farm generates electric power if there is sufficient wind and feeds this power into an electrical grid connected to the wind turbine or to the wind farm. Each wind turbine is operated with a predetermined power curve. Electric power is generated by the wind turbine or the wind farm once a first wind speed (starting wind) has been reached. The wind turbine or the wind farm is in a partial-load operating mode as long as the wind speed is between the first wind speed (starting wind) and a second wind speed (nominal wind). The wind turbine or the wind farm is in a nominal power range when the wind speed is in a range which is greater than the second wind speed (nominal wind speed).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Joachim De Boer
  • Publication number: 20140356743
    Abstract: An energy generating apparatus including water molecule separating device, water molecule recombining device, and water molecule recycling device, which generates various energy outputs by various means. The water separating device can be a type of machine of several designs which operates chemically and produces H2 and O2 from the water molecule. It is attached to a water recombining device of several designs which operates chemically and produces several forms of energy when recombining H2 and O2 into the water molecule. There is also a recycling device which is used to return the water molecule and its atoms to the beginning of the cycle which may or may not be used depending upon application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Peter Vanderpan
  • Publication number: 20140338358
    Abstract: Hybrid internal detonation-gas turbine engines incorporating detonation or pulse engine technology (such as an internal detonation engine), and methods of manufacturing and using the same are disclosed. The internal detonation engine includes a detonation chamber having a fuel igniter therein, a stator at one end of the detonation chamber having at least a first opening to receive fuel, a rotor adjacent to the stator, and an energy transfer mechanism configured to convert energy from igniting or detonating the fuel to mechanical energy. The detonation chamber and fuel igniter are configured to ignite or detonate a fuel in the detonation chamber. Either the stator or the detonation chamber has a second opening to exhaust detonation gas(es). The rotor has one or more third openings therein configured to overlap with at least the first opening as the rotor rotates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Brent Wei-Teh LEE
  • Patent number: 8881527
    Abstract: Power plant systems and methods are presented. The power plant includes a steam turbine configured to release exhaust steam. The power plant further includes an electro-hydrodynamic system operatively coupled to the steam turbine. The electro-hydrodynamic system is configured to receive the exhaust steam from the steam turbine and generate auxiliary electric power using the exhaust steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Charles Erklin Seeley, Dmytro Floriyovych Opaits, Sunilkumar Onkarnath Soni, Chiranjeev Kalra
  • Publication number: 20140325988
    Abstract: An apparatus is described including a hybrid power train having an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. The apparatus includes a hybrid power system battery pack that is electrically coupled to the electric motor. The apparatus includes an energy securing device that is thermally coupled to the hybrid power system battery pack. The energy securing device selectively removes thermal energy from the hybrid power system battery pack, and secure removed thermal energy. The energy securing device secures the removed thermal energy by storing the energy in a non-thermal for, or by using the energy to accommodate a present energy requirement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Vivek Anand Sujan, Nazar Al-Khayat, Bhushan S. Nagabhushama
  • Patent number: 8875511
    Abstract: The Geothermal Wind System is a hybrid power production system using geothermal transfer of heat between native rock and an air mass circulating between two or more portals of substantially different vertical elevations by use of the stack effect and the buoyancy of heated air or gravity pulling cooled air to turn one or more wind turbines which drive one or more generators. This wind speed can be improved by use of a venturi valve in close proximity to the turbine(s). A novel example of an aerodynamic, adjustable radial venturi is also herein incorporated. Two modes of the GWS are herein described, one used at shallow depths having geothermal temperatures approximating the average exterior climate, and the second used with geothermal temperatures found at greater depths at substantially higher than outside temperatures. The GWS is a non-polluting, non-carbon burning, non-water-dependent power production system easily implemented in third world countries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Larry Clark Simpson
  • Patent number: 8869425
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) for processing waste material is provided which comprises a heat proof chamber (102), a hot gas inlet (106, 112) for heating the interior of the heat proof chamber (102), and a rotatable drum (118) for containing waste to be processed. The drum (118) has gaps (120) therein, is located within the heat proof chamber (102), and separated therefrom around its edge by a gap. The apparatus (100) is also provided with a drive (126, 128) for rotating the drum (118) at a speed such that, in use, waste material that is heat softened is centrifugally separated from the remainder of the waste and passes through the gaps (120) in the drum (118).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Chinook End-Stage Recycling Limited
    Inventors: Ophneil Henry Perry, Rifat Al Chalabi
  • Publication number: 20140290244
    Abstract: A binary power generation system includes: a first pressure reducing steam-liquid separator which reduces the pressure of geothermal heat source water to separate the geothermal heat source water into water steam and hot liquid water; a steam turbine which is driven by geothermal water steam; a medium turbine which is driven by medium vapor obtained by evaporating a medium liquid with the geothermal heat source water as a heat source; a condenser/evaporator which is configured to transfer the heat of the water steam discharged from the steam turbine to the medium liquid so that the water steam is condensed and the medium liquid is evaporated; and a gas cooler which leads a working medium discharged from the medium turbine to thereby cool condensed water obtained by the condenser/evaporator and separate and discharge noncondensable gas contained in the condensed water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Katsuya Yamashita, Osamu Furuya, Mohammand Ashari Hadianto, Mikio Takayanagi
  • Publication number: 20140283519
    Abstract: An aircraft (1) having at least one rotor (2) driven by a main gearbox (3), at least one fuel-burning engine (4), an on-board electricity network (7), and at least one electrical machine (10) corresponding to the engine (4) and capable of operating both in electric motor mode and also in electricity generator mode, each electrical machine (10) being mechanically connected to said main gearbox (3) by first connection means (20) and being electrically connected to said on-board electricity network (7). Second mechanical connection means (40) connect each electrical machine (10) mechanically to a gas generator (5) of an engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventors: Damien MARIOTTO, Matthieu CONNAULTE
  • Publication number: 20140250891
    Abstract: An engine for propelling vehicles on land, in the air and on the water. The engine is able to extract energy from a same fuel twice, including extracting a first amount of energy with a gas turbine and a second amount of energy by burning the fuel in a combustion engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Charles A. Evans, JR., Michael D. Strathman
  • Publication number: 20140250861
    Abstract: An aircraft power plant is disclosed having a plurality of bladed rotors in flow communication driven by separate work producing devices. The work producing devices can take a variety of forms including an internal combustion engine and electric motor, for example. The bladed rotors can be associated with an aircraft pylon and can be driven independently to separate operating conditions to provide optimum performance. For example, the bladed rotors can be driven to separate operating conditions that improve a noise signature or performance of the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE CORPORATION
    Inventor: David John Howard EAMES
  • Patent number: 8826638
    Abstract: Provided herein are geothermal power generating systems utilizing supercritical carbon dioxide as a working fluid and superheating the extracted the emitted carbon dioxide utilizing external combustion of the hydrocarbons concurrently extracted with the emitted carbon dioxide to increase enthalpy and thermodynamic cycle efficiency. Methods for producing power are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Gurin
  • Publication number: 20140182263
    Abstract: The Maphbe Turbine is a system of nozzles, rotors, and energy storage devices used to generate consistent power from intermittent energy sources specifically wind. It uses sails, cables, and poles as a way to form large nozzles and rotors for power generation, these systems can be paired with other renewable sources for co-generation, and can be used for powering pumped storage hydro stations, excess energy can be stored in multi-layer carbon nanotube capacitors. Another application for the invention is offshore floating wind farms to make giant collapsible nozzles and turbines paired with solar, and or wave energy devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Marc Gregory Allinson
  • Publication number: 20140174085
    Abstract: An improved heat engine is disclosed. The heat engine comprises at least one heat pipe containing a working fluid flowing in a thermal cycle between vapor phase at an evaporator end and liquid phase at a condenser end. Heat pipe configurations for high-efficiency/high-performance heat engines are disclosed. The heat pipe may have an improved capillary structure configuration with characteristic pore sizes between 1? and 1 nm (e.g. formed through nano- or micro-fabrication techniques) and a continuous or stepwise gradient in pore size along the capillary flow direction. The heat engine may have an improved generator assembly configuration that comprises an expander (e.g. rotary/turbine or reciprocating piston machine) and generator along with magnetic bearings, magnetic couplings and/or magnetic gearing. The expander-generator may be wholly or partially sealed within the heat pipe. A heat engine system (e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Elwha LLC.
    Inventors: JORDIN T. KARE, NATHAN P. MYHRVOLD, ROBERT C. PETROSKI, LOWELL L. WOOD, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140174086
    Abstract: An improved heat engine is disclosed. The heat engine comprises at least one heat pipe containing a working fluid flowing in a thermal cycle between vapor phase at an evaporator end and liquid phase at a condenser end. Heat pipe configurations for high-efficiency/high-performance heat engines are disclosed. The heat pipe may have an improved capillary structure configuration with characteristic pore sizes between 1? and 1 nm (e.g. formed through nano- or micro-fabrication techniques) and a continuous or stepwise gradient in pore size along the capillary flow direction. The heat engine may have an improved generator assembly configuration that comprises an expander (e.g. rotary/turbine or reciprocating piston machine) and generator along with magnetic bearings, magnetic couplings and/or magnetic gearing. The expander-generator may be wholly or partially sealed within the heat pipe. A heat engine system (e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: JORDIN T. KARE, NATHAN P. MYHRVOLD, ROBERT C. PETROSKI, LOWELL L. WOOD, JR.