Having Vehicle Feature; E.g., Cooling Cart, Car, Truck, Boat, Etc. Patents (Class 62/3.61)
  • Patent number: 10955188
    Abstract: A mobile storage apparatus includes a cabinet having an insulated, closable storage chamber adapted to accommodate one or more objects in a temperature controlled environment. The cabinet also has or associated with a system for changing a temperature level of the storage chamber when the system is powered by a power supply. A storage chamber liner is provided and preferably formed from thin, sheet-form material arranged within the chamber adjacent one or more sides of the chamber, but spaced from one or more sides such that the liner divides a volume of the storage chamber into a main central volume for accommodating one or more objects in a temperature controlled environment and a minor peripheral volume for receiving one or more thermally conductive passive temperature control devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Fridge-To-Go Limited
    Inventor: Chik Sum Chan
  • Patent number: 10925181
    Abstract: A converter comprises: a housing; a plurality of heat generating elements arranged at one surface of the housing; and a fluid channel arranged at the other surface of the housing, wherein the fluid channel includes an inlet and an outlet which connect and pass through an outside and an inside of the housing, is formed by a single line from the inlet to the outlet, has a constant cross-sectional area, and is arranged at a position where the fluid channel overlaps the plurality of heat generating elements in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Geun Ho Kim, Ji Hyeon Baik, Jae Hoo Jung
  • Patent number: 10913413
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to automatically adjusting a climate of a vehicle based on detecting the type of clothing a vehicle occupant is wearing. In one embodiment, the method includes, in response to acquiring an identifier from a reader, where the identifier being associated with a tag affixed to a wearable article in proximity of the reader, determining a type of the wearable article based on the identifier. The method includes controlling a climate control system based at least in part on the type of the wearable article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Paul Rowe
  • Patent number: 10913535
    Abstract: A cushion assembly such as an aircraft passenger seat cushion assembly including a solid foam component and an elastomeric lattice insert disposed in a void in the solid foam component, the elastomeric lattice insert having a compression profile that mimics a predetermined compression profile of a solid foam. The elastomeric lattice insert including repeating like cuboid structures such as interconnected repeating face-centered cube structures, interconnected repeating body-centered cube structures, or interconnected repeating kagome structures. The elastomeric lattice insert may be in thermal communication with an air conditioning system for delivering conditioned air through the elastomeric lattice insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel I. Udriste, Stephen A. Puglisi
  • Patent number: 10807439
    Abstract: A climate control system for a vehicle includes an infrared sensor disposed within a passenger compartment of the vehicle. The infrared sensor is configured to receive infrared radiation from a skin surface of a vehicle occupant. The climate control system further includes a controller configured to receive a signal indicative of a detected temperature detected at the skin surface. In response to the detected temperature deviating from a baseline temperature, the controller is configured to automatically control an HVAC system to add conditioned air into the passenger compartment and to control a thermoelectric device configured to adjust a seat surface temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Migneco, David Gallagher, Arjun Yetukuri, Vyachislav Ivanov
  • Patent number: 10757841
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (2) dedicated to heat treatment of an electric member (1) fitted to a motor vehicle, the device (2) comprising a Peltier-effect thermoelectric module (4) connected to one of the large faces (9, 10) of a casing (6) housing a circuit (5) for heat transfer fluid F, characterised in that, in the direction S of circulation of the heat transfer fluid F through the circuit (5), the circuit (5) comprises at least two successive fluid paths respectively arranged in distinct zones of the casing (6), including at least one upstream fluid path (5a) arranged inside a first zone Z1 and at least one downstream fluid path (5b) arranged inside a second zone, the casing (6) being delimited by a first large face (9) thermally connected to the thermoelectric module (4) and by a second large face (10) arranged to be thermally connected to the electric member (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventors: Lionel Robillon, Mohamed Ibrahimi, Jean Damien Muller
  • Patent number: 10688896
    Abstract: A bidirectional blower may include a blower body having a scroll rib making a length of an entire perimeter scroll guiding air flow in an internal space to an outlet end portion where air discharge is performed, and a fan in which a blade having an inlet angle of an acute angle and an outlet angle of an obtuse angle draws external air into the internal air, thereby realizing the characteristics of lowering an operating noise by preventing a generation of vortex while enhancing air volume performance suitable for a ventilation seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, KBAUTOTECH CO., LTD
    Inventors: Mu-Young Kim, Sang-Ho Kim, Chan-Ho Jung, Jun-Young Yun, Min-Seok Kim, Seon-Chae Na, Young-Bok Sung, Hee-Dong Kong
  • Patent number: 10605497
    Abstract: A device for regulating a temperature of at least one object. The device includes a thermoelectric element for release of heating and/or cooling energy to the object. The device includes a processor unit, which is coupled for regulation to the thermoelectric element. The device includes a sensor device, Which has at least one sensor for detecting a de facto temperature trending in an area of the thermoelectric element; and at least one additional sensor configured as a component of the processor unit for detecting a de facto temperature trending in an area of the processor unit. The processor unit is connected with the sensor device, and is configured for comparison of the detected de facto temperatures, and while allowing for the comparison, the processor unit can derive an assessment of a functional capability of the sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: GENTHERM GMBH
    Inventor: Alexander Rappl
  • Patent number: 10336223
    Abstract: A ventilation seat for a vehicle is provided. The ventilation seat is configured such that a through channel to directly discharge air is formed in a seat pad so that air supplied from an air supply unit is discharged over the seat pad through the through channel, whereby the through channel or the like can be prevented from becoming narrow or being blocked due to the weight of an occupant, resulting in increased or maximize air discharge rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Mu Young Kim, Sang Ho Kim, Chan Ho Jung, Jong Moon Yoo, Bong Ku Kim, Seon Chae Na, Soo Hyun Moon, Joo Hwan Son, Jun Yeol Heo, Young Bok Sung, Tae Hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 10196079
    Abstract: A temperature control device for temperature control of a steering device, characterized in that the temperature control device has at least one heat-conducting device, at least one thermoelectric device, and at least one fluid transport apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GENTHERM GMBH
    Inventors: John David Lofy, Michael WeiƟ, Denise Philipp, Martin Adldinger
  • Patent number: 10106188
    Abstract: Disclosed is a steering wheel having cooling system inside. A steering wheel includes a hub connected to a steering column, a rim provided with a hollow formed therein and spokes configured to connect the hub and the rim. Cooling units located at the hub or the spokes of the steering wheel is provided to supply cooling air. Heat pipes thermally connect the cooling units and the rim of the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Sang Shin Lee, Jae Woo Park, So Yoon Park, Man Ju Oh, Jae Woong Kim, So La Chung
  • Patent number: 9829219
    Abstract: A thermoelectric arrangement for use in a cooling system (4, 6) of a motor vehicle has a thermocouple (8) with a first, heat-outputting thermal element (10), a second, heat-absorbing thermal element (12) and a conductor element (14) through which current flows. At least two cooling circuits (16, 18, 20) are provided. The first thermal element (10) is arranged in at least one cooling circuit (16, 18, 20), and the second thermal element (12) is arranged in at least one heating circuit (48). The first thermal element (10) is arranged in a first connecting line (22) that is connected fluidically to the respective cooling circuits (16, 18, 20) via valve arrangements (24, 26; 28, 30; 32, 34) on the input and output sides of the first thermal element (10). A cooling system having such a thermoelectric arrangement also is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignees: Dr. Ing. h.c.f. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft, MAHLE BEHR GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Bastian Freese, Reyk Bienert, Robert Fleischhacker, Maik-Uwe Zillich, Martin Knorr, Markus Roesler, Christian Heneka, Dirk Neumeister
  • Patent number: 9791184
    Abstract: A portable medical refrigerator is provided that includes a cooling chamber having a housing, insulation and a cavity, where the insulation dissipates heat from the cooling chamber and insulates the cooling chamber, where the insulation includes a material and thickness disposed to hold the cooling chamber at a desired temperature, where the thickness of the insulation is according to an amount of heat entering the cooling chamber from the ambient surroundings, a thermoelectric cooling (TEC) device having a heat sink fan, and a planar heat pipe, where a first end of the planar heat pipe is connected to the cooling chamber and a second end of the planar heat pipe is connected to the TEC, where the TEC is disposed away from the cooling chamber, where the first end of the planar heat pipe is disposed to draw heat from the insulation to enable attainment of the desired temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Santa Clara University
    Inventors: Paul Novisoff, Ryne Sitar, Arturo Nunez Perez, Hohyun Lee, Brandon Ohara, Joseph Soares
  • Patent number: 9701215
    Abstract: A method of controlling temperature of a battery module in a battery cooling system for a vehicle may include driving the vehicle, setting an electrical equipment cooling start temperature A?, a coolant cooling start temperature B? of the battery module, and a refrigerant cooling start temperature B? of the battery module, detecting an electrical equipment temperature A and a battery module temperature B, determining whether the temperature B? is higher than the temperature B and is lower than the temperature B? and whether the temperature A is lower than the temperature A?, and closing when the temperature B? is higher than the temperature B and is lower than the temperature B? and the temperature A is lower than the temperature A?, each port of first and second valves, turning off operation of a second expansion valve, and terminating the control to prevent coolant from circulating to a cooler and the battery module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jae Yeon Kim
  • Patent number: 9630543
    Abstract: A cup holder for a vehicle may include a holder body having a thermoelectric element to perform cooling and/or heating of a cup stored in the holder body and having a blower to circulate air in the holder body to enhance heat convention, a heat exchanging part provided on a heat radiating surface of the thermoelectric element to perform heat exchange, and a moisture absorption part having one end portion disposed at a lower portion of the blower of the holder body to absorb moisture and the other end portion disposed at a side of the heat exchanging part to vaporize the moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Jae Woong Kim, Jae Woo Park
  • Patent number: 9251697
    Abstract: A refrigerated container system is described that includes a wireless personal area network (WPAN) including a plurality of wireless sensor nodes and a coordinator node through which the sensors provide sensor data to a controller for the refrigerated container system. The wireless sensors and the coordinator incorporate a variety of features that ensure efficient utilization of battery life by preventing unintended pairing of sensors with other WPANs and excessive sensor signal processing arising from door chatter. Finally, pairing is performed without pressing a button on the wireless door sensor. Instead, the sensor's magnetic reed switch is enlisted to detect swiping of a magnet by a user to enter a pairing mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Alan Johnson, Stephen Michael Pasek, Kimble Allyn Vitkus, Russell Lee Sanders, Mark Daniel Leasure
  • Patent number: 9234483
    Abstract: This invention relates to an engine cooling system in which the supply of fuel is cooled to prevent fuel vapors by cooling the fuel pump. The cooling system uses a thermoelectric material that, either entirely or partially, surrounds the fuel pump, is the housing of the fuel pump and/or is internal to the fuel pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Carter Fuel Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Dean Achor, Michael Shawn Richards
  • Patent number: 9224287
    Abstract: A refrigerated container system is described that includes a wireless personal area network (WPAN) including a plurality of wireless sensor nodes and a coordinator node through which the sensors provide sensor data to a controller for the refrigerated container system. The wireless sensors and the coordinator incorporate a variety of features that ensure efficient utilization of battery life by preventing unintended pairing of sensors with other WPANs and excessive sensor signal processing arising from door chatter. Finally, pairing is performed without pressing a button on the wireless door sensor. Instead, the sensor's magnetic reed switch is enlisted to detect swiping of a magnet by a user to enter a pairing mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kimble Allyn Vitkus, Stephen Michael Pasek, Mark Alan Johnson, Russell Lee Sanders, Mark Daniel Leasure
  • Patent number: 9147917
    Abstract: A battery system is disclosed, including: an airtight housing; a plurality of blowers disposed on a side end of an interior of the housing configured to suction air toward a middle of the airtight housing and discharge the suctioned air to the side of the airtight housing; a battery pack unit disposed inside the airtight housing to form a plurality of rows wherein an air passageway traverses through a front portion and a rear portion of each row and is disposed at a middle of each blower to form a suction flow path and a discharging flow path; and a heat exchange device disposed on the discharging flow path in the airtight housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Jae Woong Kim, Jae Woo Park
  • Patent number: 9139067
    Abstract: An air conditioner of an electric vehicle includes a blower. A Peltier unit is connected to the blower unit to receive air blown therefrom, and includes Peltier devices mounted on opposite side sections. One surface of each Peltier device is oriented inward and the other surface of each Peltier device is oriented outward in order to eject cooled or heated air to respective regions. A partition is mounted between the opposite side sections of the Peltier unit to divide a space inside the Peltier unit into first and second spaces, the Peltier device mounted on one side section is contained in the first space, and the Peltier device mounted on the other side section is contained in the second space. A guide case contains the Peltier unit therein and introduces outside air. Heat exchange occurs when the air sequentially passes through the first and second spaces of the Peltier unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Man Ju Oh
  • Patent number: 9103573
    Abstract: A heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system for a vehicle is disclosed, the HVAC system including at least one thermoelectric device for providing supplemental heating and cooling for air supplied to a passenger compartment of the vehicle to maximize an efficiency of operation of the vehicle during operation of the HVAC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: Lakhi Nandlal Goenka, Lon Edward Bell
  • Patent number: 9082296
    Abstract: A refrigerated container system is described that includes a wireless personal area network (WPAN) including a plurality of wireless sensor nodes and a coordinator node through which the sensors provide sensor data to a controller for the refrigerated container system. The wireless sensors and the coordinator incorporate a variety of features that ensure efficient utilization of battery life by preventing unintended pairing of sensors with other WPANs and excessive sensor signal processing arising from door chatter. Finally, pairing is performed without pressing a button on the wireless door sensor. Instead, the sensor's magnetic reed switch is enlisted to detect swiping of a magnet by a user to enter a pairing mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Alan Johnson, Stephen Michael Pasek, Kimble Allyn Vitkus, Russell Lee Sanders, Mark Daniel Leasure
  • Patent number: 9038400
    Abstract: Certain disclosed embodiments pertain to controlling temperature in a passenger compartment of a vehicle. For example, a temperature control system (TCS) can include an air channel configured to deliver airflow to the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The TCS can include a one thermal energy source and a heat transfer device connected to the air channel. A first fluid circuit can circulate coolant to the thermal energy source and a thermoelectric device (TED). A second fluid circuit can circulate coolant to the TED and the heat transfer device. A bypass circuit can connect the thermal energy source to the heat transfer device. An actuator can cause coolant to circulate selectively in either the bypass circuit or the first fluid circuit and the second fluid circuit. A control device can operate the actuator when it is determined that the thermal energy source is ready to provide heat to the airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventor: Lakhi Nandlal Goenka
  • Publication number: 20150121902
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a zonal conditioning system for a vehicle comprises a headliner assembly configured to be secured to the top surface of a vehicle interior, wherein the headliner assembly comprises a first side positioned away from the vehicle interior and hidden from the vehicle interior, and a second side positioned toward the vehicle interior, the headliner assembly comprising at least two vents through which air selectively passes. The zonal conditioning system further includes at least two fluid modules positioned along the first side of the headliner assembly, wherein each of the fluid modules comprises a fluid transfer device and an outlet. In some embodiments, at least one property of the air discharged through the first and second vents can be selectively regulated to create separate conditioning zones within the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Adam Joseph Steinman, Kenneth James Bunyak, Bruno Antonio Orlando
  • Patent number: 9016071
    Abstract: An air-conditioning apparatus for an electric vehicle, which includes a main core disposed on a ventilation channel, and a thermoelectric device having a first surface and a second surface performing heat generation or heat absorption. An air-conditioning channel through which cooling water circulates around the first surface of the thermoelectric device and the main core is also provided along with a waste heat channel through which the cooling water circulates around the second surface of the thermoelectric device and an electric component A controller configured to control the thermoelectric device so that the first surface and the second surface serve as a heat generating surface and a heat absorbing surface, respectively, and control circulation through the air-conditioning channel or the waste heat channel in a heating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kbautotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Jae Woong Kim, Jae Woo Park, Jae Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 8973377
    Abstract: An electric power generation system employs a thermoelectric generator placed between an aircraft inner skin and an aircraft outer skin. The thermoelectric generator is configured to utilize a thermal differential between the inner and outer skin to generate electricity. An electrical interface is provided for access to the electricity generated by said thermoelectric generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Nathan D. Hiller
  • Patent number: 8966913
    Abstract: An auxiliary air conditioning apparatus may include a blower unit, wherein a blower may be provided therein to forcibly blow intake air, a temperature control unit fluid-connected to the blower unit to receive air blown from the blower unit, wherein the temperature control unit includes an evaporator and a heater therein and may be connected to an air duct to exhaust air that may be cooled by the evaporator or heated by the heater, an auxiliary temperature control unit fluid-connected to the blower unit to receive air blown from the blower unit and fluid-connected to the air duct, wherein the auxiliary temperature control unit includes a heat exchanger core provided therein, the heat exchanger core having a thermoelectric device, an auxiliary power supply supplying electrical power to the blower and the heat exchanger core, and an auxiliary cooling/heating control unit controlling operation of the blower and the heat exchanger unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, KB Autotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Tae Soo Sung
  • Patent number: 8869543
    Abstract: A cooling assembly for cooling a thermal body for an aircraft. The cooling assembly has a Peltier element with a hot side and a cold side. Furthermore, the cooling assembly has a thermal body. The thermal body is arranged in heat-conductive contact with the cold side of the Peltier element. The hot side of the Peltier element is adapted to dissipate thermal energy to an aircraft structure, such that the thermal body may be cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Claus Hoffjann, Hansgeorg Schuldzig
  • Publication number: 20140305625
    Abstract: A climate control device includes a first and a second thermal module. The first module is configured to provide climate conditioned air to a first portion of a seat. The second module is configured to provide climate conditioned air to a second portion of the seat. A control system is provided for controlling the climate control device. The control system includes an input device for providing a set point for the system. A first control unit of the control system is provided for the first thermal module and a second control unit is provided for the second thermal module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Dusko Petrovski
  • Patent number: 8850829
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention support simultaneous operation of a cooling side and a heating side of an apparatus to change the temperatures of a cooling serving surface and a heating serving surface, respectively. A cooling semiconductor device (which may comprise one or more Peltier devices) transfers heat from its top to its bottom while a heating semiconductor device (which may similarly comprise one or more Peltier devices) transfers heat from its bottom to its top. A heat pipe transfers waste heat from the cooling semiconductor device's bottom to the heating semiconductor device's bottom and waste cold from the heating semiconductor device's bottom to the cooling semiconductor device's bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Spring (U.S.A.) Corporation
    Inventor: Francis Thomas Brija
  • Patent number: 8839633
    Abstract: Vehicle air comfort systems and methods. The systems and methods may comprise: (1) a plurality of flow tunnels for passage of a heat-transfer fluid; (2) a thermoelectric cooler in thermal communication with the flow tunnels for thermally conditioning the heat-transfer fluid in the flow tunnels; (3) an air inlet for receiving unconditioned air; (4) a thermal exchange assembly for facilitating thermal exchange between the thermally conditioned heat-transfer fluid and the unconditioned air to result in conditioning of the air; and (5) an air outlet for outputting the conditioned air into the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Thermotek, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony Quisenberry, Sam K. McSpadden, Christopher Alan Polser, Niran Balachandran
  • Patent number: 8839632
    Abstract: A climate control system of a vehicle and a method of controlling the climate control system to minimize vehicle energy consumption and maximize occupant comfort. The climate control system includes a main HVAC system for conditioning a fluid discharged into a passenger compartment of the vehicle, an auxiliary HVAC system for conditioning a localized fluid of at least one HVAC zones of the passenger compartment, a seat system, and an HVAC controller. The HVAC controller controls the main HVAC system, the auxiliary HVAC system, and the seat system based upon at least one parameter and condition which pertains to at least one of electrical energy consumption of the vehicle and occupant comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lakhi Nandlal Goenka, Clay Maranville
  • Publication number: 20140165609
    Abstract: An air-conditioning apparatus for an electric vehicle, which includes a main core disposed on a ventilation channel, and a thermoelectric device having a first surface and a second surface performing heat generation or heat absorption. An air-conditioning channel through which cooling water circulates around the first surface of the thermoelectric device and the main core is also provided along with a waste heat channel through which the cooling water circulates around the second surface of the thermoelectric device and an electric component A controller configured to control the thermoelectric device so that the first surface and the second surface serve as a heat generating surface and a heat absorbing surface, respectively, and control circulation through the air-conditioning channel or the waste heat channel in a heating mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicants: KBAUTOTECH CO., LTD., Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Jae Woong Kim, Jae Woo Park, Jae Hoon Kim
  • Publication number: 20140130519
    Abstract: A device and a method for defogging and/or defrosting a glazing unit of a motor vehicle with a partially or totally electric propulsion system is disclosed. The device comprises means (1) for cooling a coolant fluid, using at least one electric current source, and a thermal battery (2), the device being configured to allow, in certain phases, the cooling of the coolant fluid by the cooling means (1) and the storage of cold from the coolant fluid in the battery (2), and, in other phases, the release of cold from the battery (2) into the coolant fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: VALEO SYSTEMS THERMIQUES
    Inventors: Georges De Pelsemaeker, Kamel Azzouz
  • Publication number: 20140090829
    Abstract: A climate control device includes a first and a second thermal module. The first module is configured to provide climate conditioned air to a first portion of a seat. The second module is configured to provide climate conditioned air to a second portion of the seat. A control system is provided for controlling the climate control device. The control system includes an input device for providing a set point for the system. A first control unit of the control system is provided for the first thermal module and a second control unit is provided for the second thermal module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventor: Dusko Petrovski
  • Publication number: 20140069112
    Abstract: A cooling and heating cup holder may include a holder body being open in a top thereof and defining a space therein so as to receive a cup, a blower fluid-connected to first and second sides of the holder body, wherein the blower supplies air to the first side of the holder body and draws the air off from the second side of the holder body to circulate the air around the holder body, and a flow guide having a spiral shape provided along an inner circumferential surface of the holder body, wherein a first end of the flow guide may be fluid-connected to the first side of the holder body and a second end of the flow guide may be fluid-connected to the second side of the holder body so that the flow guide guides the air in the holder body to flow spirally outside an outer circumferential surface of the cup held in the holder body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jae Woo Park, Jae Woong Kim, Man Ju Oh
  • Patent number: 8631659
    Abstract: A heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system for a hybrid vehicle is disclosed, the HVAC system including at least one thermoelectric device for providing supplemental heating and cooling for air supplied to a passenger compartment of the vehicle. In some embodiments, the HVAC system has at least a first circuit and a second circuit. The first circuit can be configured to transfer heat to or from an electric side of the hybrid vehicle. The second circuit can be configured to transfer heat to or from a fuel-fed side of the hybrid vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: BSST LLC
    Inventor: Lakhi Nandlal Goenka
  • Patent number: 8613200
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include systems for heating and cooling the interior climate of a vehicle. In some embodiments, the system comprises a conduit having a first fluid channel, a second fluid channel, a fluid diversion channel configured to divert fluid flow between the first and second channels, and a thermoelectric device operatively connected to the fluid conduit. In certain embodiments, the thermoelectric device comprises a plurality of thermal zones. In some embodiments, the plurality of thermal zones comprises a first thermal zone connected to a first electric circuit switchable between a first polarity and a second polarity and a second thermal zone connected to a second electric circuit switchable between the first polarity and the second polarity independent of the polarity of the first electric circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: BSST LLC
    Inventors: John LaGrandeur, Lon E. Bell
  • Publication number: 20130333395
    Abstract: An air conditioning apparatus cools air sent to a passenger compartment by using a cooling machine which is a vapor compression heat pump. Heating of the air may be implemented by utilizing the heat of an internal combustion engine or via a Peltier element. As the cooling machine, a cooling machine provided in a conventional air conditioning apparatus may be utilized, thus eliminating the need for significant modification of the structure of the air conditioning apparatus. The air sent to the passenger compartment can be heated with the Peltier element so that the passenger compartment can be air-conditioned (heated), even when it is difficult to utilize the internal combustion engine as a heat source for air-conditioning the passenger compartment, such as when the vehicle is travelling solely on the motor generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaki Morita
  • Publication number: 20130319016
    Abstract: A method for cooling electronic components present in an aircraft turbojet engine, the method including disposing a first sensor in a first zone of the turbojet engine; disposing a second sensor in a second zone of the turbojet engine, the first zone and the second zone having a temperature gradient between them; generating, from the first sensor and the second sensor, electricity by the Seebeck effect; bringing about cooling of the electronic components by the Peltier effect, using the electricity generated by the Seebeck effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Eddy Fontanel, Morgan Balland, Lucie Mathilde Dawson
  • Patent number: 8561416
    Abstract: A method for managing thermal energy in an internal combustion engine including an exhaust gas recirculation system and an engine cooling system includes recirculating a portion of an exhaust gas through the exhaust gas recirculation system that is in thermal communication with a first side of a thermoelectric device, flowing an engine coolant into thermal communication with a second side of a thermoelectric device, and controlling electric current between an electrical energy storage device and the thermoelectric device to transfer thermal energy between the recirculated exhaust gas and the engine coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Xin He, Alexander Knafl, Russell P. Durrett
  • Publication number: 20130239592
    Abstract: A cooling system comprises a container that is conductively coupled or convectively coupled to a thermoelectric device to selectively cool and/or heat the container. A climate controlled container system for a vehicle includes a container or cavity and a conduction element configured to cool the cavity. In some embodiments, the cooling system comprises a housing, a housing inlet, a fluid passage and one or more thermoelectric devices and fluid transfer devices positioned within the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: GENTHERM INCORPORATED
    Inventor: John Lofy
  • Patent number: 8535104
    Abstract: A marine battery provides power to a marine vessel. A cooling system comprises a substantially air-tight housing; at least one battery disposed in the housing; a heat exchanger circulating cooling fluid through the housing; and a fan circulating cooling air along a series of flow paths comprising a first flow path across the heat exchanger and the at least one battery and a second flow path returning to the fan. In one example the cooling fluid comprises seawater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Nicholas E. Nida
  • Patent number: 8534093
    Abstract: A unit for an ejector-type refrigeration cycle includes an ejector, first and second evaporators connected in parallel to a downstream side of the ejector and configured to evaporate the refrigerant discharged from the outlet of the ejector, and a refrigerant distributor configured to distribute the refrigerant discharged from an outlet of the ejector to a side of the first evaporator and a side of the second evaporator. The ejector draws refrigerant from a refrigerant suction port by a high-velocity refrigerant flow jetted from a nozzle portion, and mixes the refrigerant injected from the nozzle portion with the refrigerant drawn from the refrigerant suction port so as to discharge the mixed refrigerant from the outlet of the ejector. The ejector and the refrigerant distributor are connected to each other such that the refrigerant discharged from the outlet of the ejector directly flows into the refrigerant distributor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Sugiura, Hirotsugu Takeuchi
  • Publication number: 20130232996
    Abstract: A climate control system of a vehicle and a method of controlling the climate control system to minimize vehicle energy consumption and maximize occupant comfort. The climate control system includes a main HVAC system for conditioning a fluid discharged into a passenger compartment of the vehicle, an auxiliary HVAC system for conditioning a localized fluid of at least one HVAC zones of the passenger compartment, a seat system, and an HVAC controller. The HVAC controller controls the main HVAC system, the auxiliary HVAC system, and the seat system based upon at least one parameter and condition which pertains to at least one of electrical energy consumption of the vehicle and occupant comfort.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Lakhi Nandlal Goenka, Clay Maranville
  • Patent number: 8516842
    Abstract: A climate control device includes a first and a second thermal module. The first module is configured to provide climate conditioned air to a first portion of a seat. The second module is configured to provide climate conditioned air to a second portion of the seat. A control system is provided for controlling the climate control device. The control system includes an input device for providing a set point for the system. A first control unit of the control system is provided for the first thermal module and a second control unit is provided for the second thermal module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventor: Dusko Petrovski
  • Publication number: 20130213632
    Abstract: A thermal control apparatus for a vehicle includes a first circulation circuit provided with an internal heat exchange unit, a cooling heat thermal storage unit, and a warming heat thermal storage unit, a second circulation circuit provided with an external heat exchange unit, and a Peltier element that transfers heat between a thermal medium in the circuit and a thermal medium in the circuit. When a request to cool a vehicle interior can be met by the cooling heat stored in the thermal storage unit, the vehicle interior is cooled using the cooling heat stored therein with the drive of the Peltier element stopped. When a request to heat the vehicle interior can be met by the warming heat stored in the thermal storage unit, the vehicle interior is heated using the warming heat stored therein with the drive of the Peltier element stopped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi Morita, Masaki Morita, Miyuki Goto, Satoru Shiga, Shuhei Koyama
  • Patent number: 8505320
    Abstract: According to certain embodiments disclosed in the present application, a climate controlled seating assembly includes a thermal module. The thermal module comprises at least one inlet channel, at least one outlet channel and a thermoelectric device (e.g., Peltier circuit) positioned upstream of the outlet channel. In one embodiment, the seating assembly includes a sensor positioned within an interior of the thermal module and configured to detect the presence of a liquid, such as water, relative humidity, condensation or other fluids, on or near said sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventor: John Lofy
  • Publication number: 20130167556
    Abstract: A cooling and heating apparatus for vehicle seats and a method of controlling the same, which can control the cooling or heating temperature by sensing the temperature of air before the air is introduced into a cooling and heating module. The apparatus includes: a blower fan installed in a housing so as to forcibly blow cool or hot air to an air supply channel of a vehicle seat; a temperature sensor mounted in the housing at a location at which the temperature sensor comes into contact with sucked air and senses a temperature of the sucked air; and a control unit receiving a temperature signal from the temperature sensor and controlling a cooling or heating temperature according to a characteristic value that corresponds to a state of the sucked air and is selected from characteristic values stored therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: KBAUTOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kbautotech Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8443613
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for conditioning air inside an enclosure. The systems and methods may comprise: (1) a plurality of flow tunnels for passage of a heat-transfer fluid; (2) a thermoelectric cooler in thermal communication with the flow tunnels for thermally conditioning the heat-transfer fluid in the flow tunnels; (3) an air inlet for receiving unconditioned air; (4) a thermal exchange assembly for facilitating thermal exchange between the thermally conditioned heat-transfer fluid and the unconditioned air to result in conditioning of the air; and (5) an air outlet for outputting the conditioned air into the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: ThermoTek, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony Quisenberry, Sam K. McSpadden, Christopher Alan Polser, Niran Balachandran