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Electric Grid-related patent applications - as published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).


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Universal smart energy transformer module
Kaspar Llc
October 05, 2017 - N°20170285081

A universal smart energy transformer module (usetm) that uses an array of sensors to monitor and measure characteristics of the electrical power delivered and utilized at a location, along with other conditions in the area surrounding the location. The invention then uses the data from these sensors to determine the condition and performance of the transformer (for example, its input ...
Generator control device and method
General Electric Technology Gmbh
August 17, 2017 - N°20170237374

The present disclosure relates to a generator control device and a method to control the output power of at least one generator connected to an electric grid. It is an object of the invention to provide a fast solution to counteract electric grid frequency instabilities. Disclosed is a generator control device and method to control the output power of at ...
Method, device, and computer-readable medium for correcting at least one error in readings of electricity ...
King Fahd University Of Petroleum And Minerals
August 17, 2017 - N°20170236410

A device, method, and computer-readable medium for correcting at least one error in readings of electricity meters, the method including receiving first readings of regular meters measuring electric energy delivered in each of a group of cables fed from a same distribution node in an electric grid during a period of time, receiving second readings of check meters measuring electric ...
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Configurable inverter apparatus, photovoltaic system comprising such an inverter apparatus
Abb Schweiz Ag
August 03, 2017 - N°20170222439

A photovoltaic inverter apparatus adapted to be connected at the input to a photovoltaic panel and at the output to a public electric grid and to a user, wherein said inverter apparatus comprises a dc input stage adapted to receive dc electricity generated by said photovoltaic panel; an alternating conversion stage coupled to said input stage, adapted to convert said ...
Premagnetizing of mmc connected transformer
Abb Schweiz Ag
August 03, 2017 - N°20170222429

The present invention is concerned with pre-magnetizing a modular multilevel power converters connected transformer in order to moderate inrush currents upon connecting the transformer to an electric grid. The invention takes advantage of the high amount of stored energy in mmc converters as compared to other converter types. This stored energy is used to pre-magnetize the converter-connected transformer, therefore no ...
Time-skew correction unit and a method thereof
Abb Schweiz Ag
May 25, 2017 - N°20170147023

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a time-skew correction unit and a method thereof. The time-skew correction unit classifies the electric grid into plurality of regions with one or more generators in said plurality of regions and obtains response time of one or more generators corresponding to each of the plurality of regions from a simulator. The time-skew correction ...
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Apparatus and method for electric hot water heater primary frequency control
Oregon State University
April 13, 2017 - N°20170102165

An energy storing apparatus is provided which comprises: a first region having a thermostat which includes: a temperature sensor; a controller coupled to the temperature sensor; and a power-converter coupled to the controller; and a second region thermally coupled to the first region. An apparatus is provided which comprises: an interface to be coupled to an electric grid; a temperature ...
Method for printing an electronic label
Eastman Kodak Company
March 23, 2017 - N°20170086302

A method for forming an electronic label including using laser imaging to form a pattern of conductive lines on a conductive film, thereby forming a patterned conductive layer. A phosphorescent layer and a dielectric layer are added over the patterned conductive layer. A conductive trace layer is printed over the dielectric layer using a conductive ink including a pattern of ...
Cmos image sensor structure with crosstalk improvement
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
March 16, 2017 - N°20170077157

A semiconductor device includes a substrate, a device layer, an anti-reflective coating layer, reflective structures, a composite grid structure, a passivation layer and color filters. The device layer is disposed on the substrate, in which trenches are formed in the device layer and the substrate. The anti-reflective coating layer conformally covers the device layer, the substrate and the trenches. The ...
Fuel cell system ride-through of electric grid disturbances
Fuelcell Energy, Inc.
March 09, 2017 - N°20170070088

A fuel cell system includes a fuel cell assembly configured to generate a direct current (dc) signal. The fuel cell system also includes one or more inverters coupled to the fuel cell assembly by way of one or more first bus lines. The fuel cell system also includes a variable frequency drive (vfd) coupled to an output of the one ...
Cmos image sensor structure with crosstalk improvement
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
March 09, 2017 - N°20170069678

A semiconductor device includes a substrate, a device layer, a composite grid structure, a passivation layer and color filters. The device layer overlies the substrate. The composite grid structure overlies the device layer. The composite grid structure includes cavities passing through the composite grid structure, and the composite grid structure includes a metal grid layer and a dielectric grid layer ...
Image sensor with trenched filler grid
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
February 23, 2017 - N°20170053959

Among other things, one or more image sensors and techniques for forming such image sensors are provided. An image sensor comprises a photodiode array configured to detect light. A filler grid is formed over the photodiode array, such as over a dielectric grid. The filler grid comprises one or more filler structures, such as a first filler structure that provides ...
Managing devices within micro-grids
International Business Machines Corporation
January 26, 2017 - N°20170023964

An approach to provide power from power supply devices to power consuming devices based on using priority levels for each of the power consuming and supply devices. The approach includes the steps of receiving information of a power consuming device from an energy management, including criticality information obtained from a universal appliance service system. The approach further includes receiving power ...
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Conditioning an electric grid using electric vehicles
Recargo, Inc.
December 22, 2016 - N°20160370806

A grid to vehicle system is described. In some examples, the system selectively controls one or more electric vehicles connected to an electric grid based on conditions associated with the electric grid. For example, the system may control charging operations of the electric vehicles based on load balancing conditions associated with the electric grid, based on cost conditions associated with ...
Structure of dielectric grid for a semiconductor device
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
December 08, 2016 - N°20160358962

A device includes a substrate having a non-pixel region and a pixel region; sensor elements disposed in the pixel region; and a metal layer disposed over the substrate. The metal layer includes a metal shield disposed in the non-pixel region and first trenches over the respective sensor elements in the pixel region. The device further includes a dielectric layer disposed ...
Managing electric vehicle loads on an electric grid
Recargo, Inc.
November 17, 2016 - N°20160332527

Systems and methods for generating grid alerts for an electric grid, and performing actions in response to the grid alerts, such as shaping, shifting, or otherwise modifying a load applied to the grid, are described. In some embodiments, the systems and methods access information identifying states of charging events for one or more electric vehicles at one or more charging ...
Electric grid high impedance condition detection
Itron, Inc.
November 10, 2016 - N°20160327603

Techniques for detecting high impedance conditions in an electrical grid are described herein. In one example, impedance is calculated for each of a plurality of locations within the electrical grid, such as at electrical meters. The impedances may be calculated as a change in voltage divided by a change in current, such as between sequential voltage/current measurements. Statistics may ...
Stacked grid design for improved optical performance and isolation
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
October 20, 2016 - N°20160307943

A back side illumination (bsi) image sensor with a dielectric grid opening having a planar lower surface is provided. A pixel sensor is arranged within a semiconductor substrate. A metallic grid is arranged over the pixel sensor and defines a sidewall of a metallic grid opening. A dielectric grid is arranged over the metallic grid and defines a sidewall of ...
Stacked grid for more uniform optical input
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
October 20, 2016 - N°20160307941

A back side illumination (bsi) image sensor with stacked grid shifting is provided. A pixel sensor is arranged within a semiconductor substrate. A metallic grid segment is arranged over the pixel sensor and has a metallic grid opening therein. A center of the metallic grid opening is laterally shifted from a center of the pixel sensor. A dielectric grid segment ...
Dielectric grid bottom profile for light focusing
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
October 20, 2016 - N°20160307940

A back side illumination (bsi) image sensor with a dielectric grid opening having a curved lower surface is provided. A pixel sensor is arranged within a semiconductor substrate. A metallic grid is arranged over the pixel sensor and defines a sidewall of a metallic grid opening. A dielectric grid is arranged over the metallic grid and defines a sidewall of ...
Electric power system for one or more electric cranes
Mi-jack Products, Inc.
October 13, 2016 - N°20160297308

According to one aspect, an electric power system includes an energy storage device having a first peak power rating and an energy transfer circuit operable to provide electric grid energy to the energy storage device. The energy transfer circuit is further operable to cause electric energy to be supplied from the energy storage device to at least one electric crane ...
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