Time Based Control (e.g., Real Time Or Duty Cycle) Patents (Class 700/296)
  • Patent number: 11308563
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with predicting energy efficiency program participation are described. Embodiments of a method include obtaining load data for an energy customer, and determining an empirical load shape for the energy customer based on the obtained load data. A defined load shape that most closely matches the empirical load shape is selected for the energy customer. A data structure is generated to include the defined load shape, demographic data and/or site parcel data. It is determined that the energy customer is more likely to participate in an energy efficiency program than a different energy customer by applying a trained predictive model to the data structure. Transmission of information about the energy efficiency program is controlled by assigning a higher priority to a transmission to the energy customer than to a second transmission to the different energy customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Oren Benjamin, Ben Packer, Justine Kunz, Erik Shilts
  • Patent number: 11265989
    Abstract: A low voltage lighting system including a fixture (200) having an array of LEDs (204) and an LED driver circuit (202). The LED driver circuit (202) includes a Switch-mode Power Supply (SMPS) unit (206), a current sensing unit (210), a control unit (208) and a dimming input level shifting and signal conditioning unit (212). The SMPS unit (206) produces an adequate DC power (+VLED, ?VLED) for driving the LEDs (204). The control unit (208) receives a sensed current signal from the current sensing unit (210) and controls the SMPS unit (206) to maintain the output current within a pre-determined range. The control unit (208) receives a dimming signal from the dimming unit (212) or an emergency signal from a supply unit (104) to alter the output power of the SMPS unit (206) from normal mode to dimming mode or emergency mode respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Appleton Grp LLC
    Inventors: Timothy E. Graff, Pankaj P. Tikle, Ajay Tripathi
  • Patent number: 11239660
    Abstract: A demand response method, a demand response system, and a recording medium are provided. The response control method includes: determining priorities of devices to be controlled to participate in a demand response; generating respective participation profiles for the devices based on the determined priorities; and changing the priorities of the devices included in the participation profiles, based on whether participation in the demand response according to the generated participation profiles succeeds. Therefore, the user easily participates in the demand response, and thus energy can be saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: KOREA ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Sang Hak Lee
  • Patent number: 11181444
    Abstract: A method for detecting glow plug replacement or an aging glow plug. The glow plugs are heated and monitored. When a threshold value is reached for a first glow plug, a first value of a temperature-dependent variable is measured for all other glow plugs and is stored as reference values associated with the first glow plug. This process is repeated until reference values associated with each glow plug have been determined and stored for each glow plug. The process is repeated to determine a set of comparative values. The comparative values are compared with the reference values. A deviation of a comparative from a reference value of less than a specified tolerance value is considered an agreement. The inventive process concludes which of the glow plugs of the engine are unaltered and which have a resistance-temperature characteristic that has been altered to an extent indicating replacement, aging or a defect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: BorgWarner Ludwigsburg GmbH
    Inventors: Karen Gonzalez, Karsten Volland, Jörg Stöckle, Andreas Klingebiel
  • Patent number: 11171519
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for wireless power transmission by a power transmitting apparatus is provided. The method includes transmitting detection power towards a power receiving apparatus, detecting an impedance change made by the power receiving apparatus, transmitting driving power for communication with the power receiving apparatus towards the power receiving apparatus, receiving a search signal from the power receiving apparatus within a preset time, and determining whether the impedance change is within a first acceptable range based on the received search signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventors: Kang-Ho Byun, Kyung-Woo Lee, Young-Min Lee, Se-Ho Park, Yu-Su Kim, Sung-Ku Yeo
  • Patent number: 11144022
    Abstract: A method of monitoring an electrical system having a plurality of electrical loads may include operating the plurality of electrical loads, obtaining a combined power profile for the plurality of electrical loads, decomposing the combined power profile into individual electrical load profiles from the combined power profile, and controlling operation of one or more electrical loads of the plurality of electrical devices according to the individual electrical load profile of the one or more electrical loads. Decomposing the combined power profile may include applying multi-dimensional event decomposition to the combined power profile to identify and disaggregate the combined power profile into the individual electrical load profiles. Decomposing the combined power profile may include detecting power consumption events of the plurality of electrical loads. Decomposing the combined power profile may include classifying the detected power consumption events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Yi Yang, Mikhail Goykhman, David W. Ganger
  • Patent number: 11126212
    Abstract: A controller for controlling an energy discharge from an energy saving device to a power grid. The system includes decision logic to implement a local response responsive to events currently occurring in a power grid and in addition remote commands sent from a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Systemex Energies Inc.
    Inventor: Simon Jasmin
  • Patent number: 11098921
    Abstract: An HVAC system for automatically adjusting setpoint boundaries of a space includes building equipment configured to provide heating or cooling to the space to affect an environmental condition of the space and a controller. The controller obtains occupant setpoint adjustment data indicating occupant setpoint increases or occupant setpoint decreases at multiple times during a time interval and partitions the occupant setpoint adjustment data into time period bins based on the multiple times associated with the occupant setpoint adjustment data, each of the time period bins containing occupant setpoint adjustment data characterized by a common time attribute. The controller determines a number of occupant setpoint increases and a number of occupant setpoint decreases indicated by the occupant setpoint adjustment data within each time period bin and adjusts a setpoint boundary of the space based on the number of occupant setpoint increases or the number of occupant setpoint decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings LLP
    Inventors: Matthew J. Ellis, John H. Burroughs, Juan Esteban Tapiero Bernal, Anas W. I. Alanqar
  • Patent number: 11096141
    Abstract: Method, systems and devices for location information determination based on timing measurements are described. One example method includes transmitting, by a communication apparatus, a timing request to a plurality of network devices, where the timing request comprises a respective expected response time for each of the plurality of network devices, receiving, at a plurality of times, a plurality of timing measurements from each of the plurality of network devices, wherein each of the plurality of times is based on the corresponding expected response time, and the plurality of timing measurements comprises a respective time of arrival (ToA) timestamp and a respective time of departure (ToD) timestamp, and determining a location information of the communication apparatus based on an estimate of a round trip delay that is computed using a difference of the respective ToA and ToD timestamps from the plurality of timing measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventor: Yonggang Fang
  • Patent number: 11022947
    Abstract: An energy optimization system for a building includes a processing circuit configured to generate a user interface including an indication of one or more economic load demand response (ELDR) operation parameters, one or more first participation hours, and a first load reduction amount for each of the one or more first participation hours. The processing circuit is configured to receive one or more overrides of the one or more first participation hours from the user interface, generate one or more second participation hours, a second load reduction amount for each of the one or more second participation hours, and one or more second equipment loads for the one or more pieces of building equipment based on the received one or more overrides, and operate the one or more pieces of building equipment to affect an environmental condition of the building based on the one or more second equipment loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Mohammad N. ElBsat, Michael J. Wenzel, Nicole A. Madison, Tricia J. Valentine, Collin W. Eggert, Matthew J. Asmus, James P. Kummer, Carol T. Tumey, Peter A. Craig
  • Patent number: 11007891
    Abstract: A system and method for providing extreme fast charging of electric vehicles that mimics the typical gas station experience while also supporting local grid energy management using a distributed network of extremely fast charging stations to form a large virtual resource for the grid. The system consists of a controller unit responsible for system operation tasks, a high-voltage battery pack capable of rapid discharge rates to support extreme fast charging, a cloud-based database to persist and manage system and network data, a DC electric vehicle outlet for providing charging, safety systems, and power electronic equipment configured to allow bi-directional flow of power between a local, low-voltage AC grid and the extreme fast charging station. The bi-directional capabilities of the power electronic circuits within the system allow the charging station to provide power resources, stored within the high-voltage battery pack, to help support local grid power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: ELECTRICFISH ENERGY INC.
    Inventors: Anurag Kamal, Nelio Batista do Nascimento, Jr., Vincent Curtis Wong
  • Patent number: 10992756
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a reception unit and a notification unit. The reception unit receives a function of an apparatus. The notification unit transmits a notification indicating a warning in a case where when the function is executed, it is presumed that electric power exceeds a threshold and at least one of the function received by the reception unit and a function does not operate normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kengo Tokuchi
  • Patent number: 10932346
    Abstract: Control-source devices may be associated with control-target devices of a load control system during a configuration procedure, such that the control-target devices are responsive to the associated control-source devices during normal operation. The configuration procedure may be executed using a network device having a visual display for associating the control-source devices and control-target devices. The control-source devices may be associated with the control-target devices on an area-by-area basis using an area configuration procedure. The control-target devices may be configured to flash a controlled lighting load according to a flashing profile during the configuration procedure. The flashing profile may be characterized by at least one abrupt transition between off and on, and at least one gradual transition between off and on, where the abrupt and gradual transitions are repeated on a periodic basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Arya Abraham, Nicholas J. Braskey, Brian M. Courtney, William H. Howe
  • Patent number: 10928795
    Abstract: A system for controlling a plurality of power consuming devices is disclosed including a plurality of nodes, a gateway that communicates with the plurality of nodes, and a controller configured to send command signals to the nodes via the gateway. The controller associates each node with a region, each region representing a physical area and having a target profile associated therewith. The controller includes a command signal generation unit that determines command signals for a node based on the associated target profile, each node providing control signals to a corresponding power consuming device in response to a command signal received from the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Shields Energy Services Limited
    Inventor: Christopher Jones
  • Patent number: 10930412
    Abstract: Energy and a control signal may be provided using a coupled power and control cable. The coupled power and control cable may comprise a power cable, a control cable, and an overall jacket. The power cable may be connected between a switch and a fixture and may provide energy to the fixture from the switch. The control cable may be connected between the control circuit and the fixture and may provide the control signal to the fixture from the control circuit. The power cable and the control cable may be disposed beneath the overall jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SOUTHWIRE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Randy D. Kummer, Scotty Joe Ledbetter
  • Patent number: 10913374
    Abstract: Provided is a control device for controlling a home energy management system (HEMS). The control device for controlling the HEMS includes a communication unit configured to receive energy management information comprising a photovoltaic (PV) power generation amount, a power consumption amount of a home appliance, a remaining power amount of a battery of an electric vehicle (EV), and a minimum charging amount of the EV from a gateway of the HEMS, and a control unit configured to control power of the battery provided in the EV so that the EV operates in one of a charging mode and a discharging mode on the basis of the energy management information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Dongmin Son, Jiyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 10873209
    Abstract: A control system for controlling an energy storage system includes a controller including a plurality of layered nodes configured to form an artificial neural network trained to generate a forecasted transmission level load and confidence value for an entire jurisdiction of a utility distribution system. The controller includes at least one memory and at least one processor configured for: identifying a potential coincident peak for the utility distribution system based on the forecasted transmission level load and confidence value generated by the artificial neural network; and upon identifying a potential coincident peak, transmitting signals to cause the electrical infrastructure to consume energy stored at the energy storage system thereby reducing the energy drawn from the utility distribution system during the identified potential coincident peak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: PEAK POWER INC.
    Inventors: Yiran Li, Peisen Hu, Derek Lim Soo, Matthew Sachs
  • Patent number: 10788538
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods are provided for determining remaining lifetime of a battery, such as a battery used to power a pitch drive system in a wind turbine. In one example implementation, a method can include controlling a discharge of the battery through a load. The method can include obtaining data indicative of a discharge voltage and a discharge current of the battery during discharge through the load. The method can include obtaining data indicative of a temperature associated with the battery during discharge through the load. The method can include determining data indicative of remaining lifetime of the battery as a function of the discharge voltage, discharge current, and the temperature. The method can include performing at least one control action based at least in part on the data indicative of remaining lifetime of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Alan Melius, Darren John Danielsen, Parag Rameshchandra Dharmadhikari, Christopher Lee Tschappatt
  • Patent number: 10694604
    Abstract: A lighting system controller for a lighting system having lighting units and sensors which together form a communications network. A new sensor may be added to the network as a new network node. In response to this, a high sensitivity mode is implemented, for assisting the user in testing the new sensor function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Daniel Martin Goergen, Song Heng Chua, Ying Zhao
  • Patent number: 10693322
    Abstract: A wireless power transfer control method for a system including at least one power source and at least two power receivers, wirelessly transfers power from the power source to each of the power receivers using one of magnetic field resonance and electric field resonance, including a simultaneous power transfer mode in which power is simultaneously transferred to the power receivers; and a time-division power transfer mode in which power is sequentially transferred to the power receivers by time-division switching. The wireless power transfer control method includes setting an evaluation index for each of the power receivers; and performing wireless power transfer by switching between the simultaneous power transfer mode and the time-division power transfer mode, on the basis of the evaluation index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Akiyoshi Uchida
  • Patent number: 10568184
    Abstract: A presence sensing method for a light comprises detecting a presence of a user by a sensing module having a first sensitivity while the light is off; turning on the light when identifying the presence of the user and keeping the light on for a delay time period which has a preset length; increasing a sensitivity of the sensing module to a second sensitivity after turning on the light; detecting actions of the user by the sensing module having the second sensitivity while the light is on; determining a length of a next delay time period based on the actions of the user during the previous delay time period immediately prior to the next delay time period; and keeping the light on for the next delay time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Consumer Lighting (U.S.), LLC
    Inventors: Dong Xing, Aijun Wang, Xin Luo, Xin Zhou, Jiyong Zhang, Charles Shi, Fanbin Wang
  • Patent number: 10564689
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a smart plug-based power management method for preventing a power failure and an apparatus for the method. The power management method includes acquiring load amount information for each of multiple loads corresponding to power management targets, checking a maximum amount of power that is capable of being generated by a solar power generator, setting a power supply mode based on at least one of whether power is being supplied from a power system and a result of a comparison of the load amount information with the maximum amount of power, and performing power management so as to prevent a power failure by interrupting a supply of power so as to correspond to the power supply mode based on multiple smart plugs for controlling corresponding ones of the multiple loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Se-Wan Heo, Wan-Ki Park, Il-Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 10547936
    Abstract: The examples relate to implementations of apparatuses, such as lighting devices, and a system that uses a speech-based user interface to provide speech-based navigation services. The speech-based user interface provides navigation instructions that direct a person to the location of an item within a premises. The person interacts with a speech-based apparatus to receive the navigation instructions as speech-based directions through the premises from a specified location to the item location, or as static navigation instructions enabling the person to navigate from the specified location to the item location. A directional microphone and a controllable speaker receive audio inputs from and output audio outputs to a specified location or subarea of the premises to a person using the speech-based user interface. The audio outputs are directed to the person in the subarea of the premises, and have a higher amplitude within the subarea than outside the subarea of the premises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Vernon J. Nagel, Jenish S. Kastee, Jack C. Rains, Jr., Nathaniel W. Hixon, Youssef F. Baker, Daniel M. Megginson, Sean P. White, Niels G. Eegholm
  • Patent number: 10497493
    Abstract: Energy and a control signal may be provided using a coupled power and control cable. The coupled power and control cable may comprise a power cable, a control cable, and an overall jacket. The power cable may be connected between a switch and a fixture and may provide energy to the fixture from the switch. The control cable may be connected between the control circuit and the fixture and may provide the control signal to the fixture from the control circuit. The power cable and the control cable may be disposed beneath the overall jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Southwire Company, LLC
    Inventors: Randy D. Kummer, Scotty Joe Ledbetter
  • Patent number: 10487442
    Abstract: There are disclosed a laundry machine and a control method of a laundry machine including a heat pump module having an evaporator, a condenser and a compressor; and a blower for supplying the air heated by the heat pump module to a laundry accommodation unit, the control method including an initial operation step for operating the compressor at a first operation frequency; and a frequency decreasing step for decreasing the operation frequency of the compressor, when one or more of a compressed refrigerant temperature which is a temperature of refrigerant having passed the compressor and a condensed refrigerant temperature which is a temperature of a refrigerant having passed the condenser are a preset temperature of higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Injae Han, Cheolsoo Ko
  • Patent number: 10436470
    Abstract: Unique systems, methods, techniques and apparatuses of building power management are disclosed herein. One exemplary embodiment is a system comprising a load management controller and a power circuit interrupter. The load management controller is configured to repeatedly perform a first test wherein a time rate of change of temperature of building regions is determined, repeatedly perform a second test wherein a lighting controller is operated to rank a plurality of lighting loads according to ambient light of building regions associated with the plurality of lighting loads, assign the plurality of HVACR loads and lighting loads to a plurality of load shed groups, and reduce power consumption by the plurality of HVACR loads and the plurality of lighting loads in order of the ranked load shed groups effective to minimize occupant perceptibility of the power consumption reduction while implementing the operator specified priority criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventors: Alexander Brissette, Joseph A Carr
  • Patent number: 10416626
    Abstract: An electric appliance includes a driving unit operating on the basis of energy information including information with respect to an energy price, a communication unit requesting the energy information to an external component, a memory unit for storing the energy information received through the communication unit, and a control unit controlling the communication unit such that the communication unit receives first energy information corresponding to a present time of the energy information and receives second energy information that is information except for the first energy information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yanghwan Kim, Changhan Ahn, Chansung Jeon
  • Patent number: 10396577
    Abstract: The instant disclosure provides an electronic apparatus with environmental sensing function including an electronic device and a power cable. The power cable includes a plug and a cable connected between the electronic device and the plug. The plug has a sensor module and at least two power pins. The cable has at least an AC power cable and at least a DC transmission cable. The AC power cable is electrically connected to the two power pins, and the DC transmission cable is connected to the sensor module. The power cable is configured to transmit AC electrical power to the electronic device through the AC power cable. The electronic device executes a control command according to a sensing signal detected by the sensor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: POWERTECH INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yi-Hsiung Chou, Yu-Lung Lee
  • Patent number: 10389124
    Abstract: A power distribution priority controller and a controlling method of a photovoltaic power generation system. The controller includes a calculating unit configured to calculate an electric device priority list according to running state information of electric devices and photovoltaic power generation data and to determine a preferred power distribution schemes; a controlling unit configured to acquire in real time the running state information of all electric devices, and control the electric devices according to the preferred power distribution schemes determined by the calculating unit; a communicating unit configured to transmit the photovoltaic power generation data, the running state information of electric devices, and control command information; a storage unit configured to store, in time units, the photovoltaic power generation data, the running state information of electric devices, and the preferred power distribution schemes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. of Zhuhai
    Inventors: Du Yang, Yuhai Su, Guohua Jin, Huanming Xiao, Wencan Wang
  • Patent number: 10359776
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems, apparatus, and methods for power distribution operated under automatic generation control (AGC) based on comprehensive control performance standard (CPS) green zone control. Embodiments include a plurality of power generating resources operating within a control area; a plurality of power consuming loads; a power transmission network coupling the resources to the loads; and an energy management system (EMS) in communication with the resources and configured to control operation of the resources within the control area. The EMS is operative to: determine a control performance standard (CPS) green zone; operate an automatic generation control (AGC) system of the EMS in the determined CPS green zone; and output electricity to the loads from the resources under the control of the AGC of the EMS operating in the green zone. Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventor: Dingguo Chen
  • Patent number: 10354655
    Abstract: System and method examples offer ways to count occupants in an area by sound. A system includes a data network, a light fixture having intelligent driver circuitry coupled to a light source, a lighting control device to control a light output and operations of the light source in an area, and a microphone coupled to the lighting control device. The lighting control device includes programming that configures a processor to control the microphone to sample and detect sound in the area, determine a location of the detected sound relative to a position of the microphone coupled to the lighting control device, and increment an occupant counter to correspond to each newly determined location of sound in the area for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Sean P. White, Jenish S. Kastee, Daniel M. Megginson, Nathanial W. Hixon, Niels G. Eegholm
  • Patent number: 10291033
    Abstract: A power storage management system, a power storage apparatus, a power storage management method are provided. The power storage management system includes a receiver part, a sender identifying part, a memory part and a deterioration degree estimating part. The sender identifying part identifies an external apparatus that transmitted a control signal received by the receiver part. The memory part stores apparatus information related to the external apparatus identified by the sender identifying part and power storage status information related to the status change of the power storage apparatus caused by charging or discharging performed according to the control signal transmitted from the external apparatus. The deterioration degree estimating part estimates the deterioration degree of the power storage apparatus to which a charge/discharge control is performed according to the control signal transmitted from the sender apparatus based on the apparatus information and the power storage status information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Hiromasa Takatsuka, Kazuki Kasai, Fumiji Aita, Hiroshi Imai
  • Patent number: 10220719
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, electrical supply systems including Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) are provided. The EVSE includes a communication gateway that provides internet accessibility by a user through an EVSE server. In some embodiments, the EVSE allows communication with other smart devices, and/or communication of status of loads coupled to a load center. The user or the utility service provider can perform, through the EVSE server, energy management and home automation tasks using this communication gateway of the EVSE and may send control signals to smart devices through the EVSE. This EVSE may also provide a protection mechanism for smart devices coupled to the load center in case of emergencies like brown-outs or power surges on the electric grid. Methods of operating the system and EVSE are provided, as are other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventors: Harry Price Haas, Paul Terricciano, Sesha Yeruva
  • Patent number: 10209729
    Abstract: Lower-level information processing devices (20-1 to 20-n) obtain parameters used for estimating power consumption in accordance with the statuses of electric devices (30-1 to 30-n), estimate the power consumption of the electric devices (30-1 to 30-n) on the basis of the parameters, and transmits the estimated value of the estimated power consumption to an upper-level information processing device (10). The upper-level information processing device (10) determines an assignment of distribution of supply and demand on the basis of the power supply-demand capacity in a predetermined power network and the estimated value of the power consumption and transmits the determined assignments to the lower-level information processing devices (20-1 to 20-n). The lower-level information processing devices (20-1 to 20-n) controls the operations of the electric devices (30-1 to 30-n) on the basis of the assignment of distribution of supply and demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Hashimoto, Hitoshi Yano, Koji Kudo, Hisato Sakuma
  • Patent number: 10162374
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a signal processing technique for characterization of baseline noise, and for determining load reduction in presence of baseline noise. The method utilizes sparse signal processing algorithm to recover demand resource response signal and a plurality of SNR enhancement strategies are then applied to demand resource response signal for enhancing the signal to noise ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: AutoGrid Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Amit Narayan, Abishek Bahl, Vijay Srikrishna Bhat
  • Patent number: 10165435
    Abstract: To efficiently use a wireless communication resource. An information processing device includes a communication unit and a control unit. The communication unit transmits a device discovery request signal for performing direct inter-device wireless communication. The control unit changes a detection threshold for detecting a wireless communication signal at timing after transmission of the device discovery request signal. Further, when predetermined information is included when the device discovery request signal for performing direct-inter-device wireless communication is received from another information processing device, the control unit transmits a device discovery response signal to the another information processing device, based on the predetermined information included in the device discovery request signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoya Yamaura, Takeshi Itagaki
  • Patent number: 10133333
    Abstract: A method includes a power supply system receiving a first request for a first quantity of power for a first time period from a first unit. The system generates a first quote based on an available power generation capacity, environmental factors and a forecasted level of power consumption. The system transmits the first quote to the first unit. The system receives a second request for a second quantity of power for a second time period. The system generates a second quote based on the same factors as the first quote. The system transmits the second quote to the second unit. The value of the first quote and the value of the second quote are set to discourage demand in a first mode and to encourage demand in a second mode to maximize efficient operating levels of the power generation sources in both the first mode and the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Robert F. Cruickshank, III
  • Patent number: 10050799
    Abstract: It is a problem to be solved to provide Electric power control systems and methods which do not require one-to-one communications in both directions, in which the communications traffic does not rapidly increase even if the number of electric power consumption elements increases and which have good expandability. In addition, it is also a problem to be solved to provide information transfer capability control systems and methods which can be worked by the similar principles. In over to solve the problems, information representing an indication value for adjusting total consumed electric power which is a function of the difference between a current value and a reference value of the total consumed electric power in the group is transmitted by broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: PATCHED CONICS, LLC.
    Inventor: Junichiro Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 10048705
    Abstract: An HVAC controller may include a user interface, along with a memory for storing a recurring programmable schedule having two or more time periods. The user interface may be configured to allow manual modification by a user of the recurring schedule stored in the memory, wherein the user can associate an HVAC-off control mode with any of the two or more time periods. In the HVAC-off control mode, the HVAC controller may not cycle the HVAC unit on regardless of the temperature of the air in the inside space. The HVAC controller further may include an output that is configured to issue operational commands to the HVAC unit in accordance with the programmable schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel Albert Bergman, Chris Mullarkey, Cary Leen, David Schultz, Milos Cabel
  • Patent number: 10003128
    Abstract: Disclosed is a resonant type power transmission antenna device provided with a plurality of transmission antennas 12 and a plurality of reception antennas 13, the resonant type power transmission antenna device including a transmission shield antenna 22 arranged between the plurality of transmission antennas 12, a reception shield antenna 23 arranged between the plurality of reception antennas 13, transmission and reception circuits 21 and 24 to operate the transmission and reception shield antennas 22 and 23 in electromagnetic field resonance having a phase opposite to that of the transmission and reception antennas 12 and 13 respectively adjacent to the transmission and reception shield antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC ENGINEERING COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Akuzawa, Kiyohide Sakai, Toshihiro Ezoe, Yuki Ito
  • Patent number: 9969288
    Abstract: A power control system, a power control method, a power control device and a power control program supplies power to an electric device and charge an electric vehicle. A control device and method includes a receiver that receives charge information pertaining to the charging of the rechargeable battery prior to an arrival of the electric vehicle at a location where power is supplied to the electric vehicle, and a control determination unit that determines an operation start time of starting the operation of the electric device on the basis of the charge information received by the receiver. A non-transitory computer readable recording medium stores a control program that controls the charging of a rechargeable battery of an electric vehicle and controls operation of the electric device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihisa Ikeda, Yasuo Yoshimura, Satoshi Tsujimura, Naofumi Nakatani, Kazunori Kurimoto, Tetsuya Kouda
  • Patent number: 9921258
    Abstract: A network analyzer device, including a control unit configured to determine network topology information related to impedance mismatches in a voltage distribution network on the basis of an evaluation of measured signals received from the voltage distribution network in response to probe signals supplied to the voltage distribution network and/or phase or running time information about noise signal components generated by appliances connected to the voltage distribution network and received by the network analyzer via different receiving paths. The network analyzer device outputs network information related to impedance mismatches in the voltage distribution network, wherein the output network information contains information about a total number of the impedance mismatches, wiring lengths between impedance mismatches, and characteristics of the impedance mismatches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andreas Schwager, Dietmar Schill
  • Patent number: 9899837
    Abstract: A method (100) for electricity demand shaping through load shedding and shifting in an electrical smart grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rodrigo Carrasco, Ioannis Akrotirianakis, Amit Chakraborty
  • Patent number: 9819219
    Abstract: The various embodiments herein provide an energy efficient DC off-grid home system and a method for operating the same. The system generates, stores and delivers the solar energy to the connected equipments in a controlled and efficient manner. The system has several solar panels, a battery bank, a home control unit, several appliances and equipments which run on electric power and a remote terminal unit. The solar panels are used to capture maximum solar energy from the sun. The battery bank has several batteries arranged in series and parallel combinations to store maximum electrical energy. The home control unit is a central control station which assists in storing energy in the battery bank, delivering optimum energy to the electrical appliances and monitoring the healthy operating status of the entire system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Ravi Annavajjhala, Srinivasan Sivaram
  • Patent number: 9780562
    Abstract: A power system stabilization method includes: receiving a power command value from a power control center that monitors a power system; transmitting the power command value to a power supply device; causing the power supply device to supply power to the power system according to the power command value; generating a prediction command value according to past power command values received from the power control center, the prediction command value being a prediction value of a power command value to be transmitted from the power control center next after the power command value; transmitting the prediction command value to a power supply device; causing the power supply device to supply power to the power system according to the power prediction command value; receiving the next power command value from the power control center; transmitting the next power command value to the power supply device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichi Watanabe, Seiya Miyazaki, Takahiro Kudoh, Yutaka Yamamoto, Masaaki Nagahara, Gou Nishida
  • Patent number: 9775221
    Abstract: A lamp control apparatus includes a radio signal control module configured to receive a dimming signal from the outside, to generate a lamp control signal, and to amplify the lamp control signal by a predetermined amount, a driver configured to receive the lamp control signal amplified by the radio signal control module and to control a lamp, and a power supply module configured to supply driving power to the radio signal control module or the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joo Hoon Kim, Sang Beom Kim, Dong Yeol Han
  • Patent number: 9768617
    Abstract: The invention relates to a power management system, comprising: a power source; a source of renewable energy; a power converter; a first selection means arranged to connect the input of the power converter either to the power source or to the source of renewable energy; a second selection means arranged to connect the outlet of the power converter either to the power source or to a system for storing power; and a means for synchronizing the first selection means and the second selection means, which operates according to pre-established operation rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Schneider Toshiba Inverter Europe SAS
    Inventor: Allan Pierre Barauna
  • Patent number: 9742189
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for controlling microgrid facilities. In particular, the microgrid control system provided is capable of controlling multiple facilities according to characteristics of the facilities in order to achieve economic efficiency, environmental friendliness, and continued operability. The microgrid control system for controlling the operations of the multiple power facilities is provided with: a power supply activation/suspension planning unit that has a prediction unit for predicting outputs or loads of power supply facilities or load facilities and a prediction unit for predicting prediction errors contained therein; and an economical load allocation unit that determines command values related to the distribution of loads to be borne by currently running power supply facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Tohru Watanabe, Juichiro Atsumi, Masahiro Sekoguchi, Masanori Kaminaga, Kosho Aikawa, Hisayuki Magoroku, Tomoharu Nakamura, Yuichi Nagayama, Shigeki Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 9735587
    Abstract: A wireless power supply system includes a power-supplying device having a power-supplying coil and a power-receiving device having a power-receiving coil and wirelessly supplies electric power from the power-supplying coil to the power-receiving coil, and the power-supplying device and the power-receiving device communicate with each other using an acoustic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: IHI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Motonao Niizuma
  • Patent number: 9692486
    Abstract: A wireless power transmitter and receiver, and related methods are provided. In one embodiment, a wireless power receiver may include: a receiving unit configured to receive wireless power from a source resonator; a detecting unit configured to detect a current value, a voltage value, or both of the wireless power; a controller configured to determine whether the detected current value, the detected voltage value, or both have a peak value, in a relation to a load which the wireless power is to be transmitted to; and a communication unit configured to transmit a result of the determination to the source resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nam Yun Kim, Sang Wook Kwon, Young Tack Hong, Dong Zo Kim