|VANNER, INC. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20090296429||POWER CONVERTER LOAD LINE CONTROL - A snubber circuit for a switching converter. A power source has a first rail and a second rail. A snubber transformer has a primary winding and a secondary winding, a first end of each of the primary and secondary windings being coupled together to form a transformer common point and a second end of the primary winding being connected to a half-bridge switching converter. A first capacitor is connected between the first rail and the transformer common point. A second capacitor is connected between the second rail and the transformer common point. A first diode is connected between the secondary winding and the first rail. A second diode is connected between the secondary winding and the second rail. The snubber circuit suppresses voltage transients and recovers energy from said voltage transients. In one embodiment the switching converter is a half-bridge configuration with zero current switching in a multi-level topology.||12-03-2009|
|20090243556||SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING THE STATE OF CHARGE OF A BATTERY - A process for monitoring the status of a battery. Steps of the process include measuring a battery current and comparing the battery current to a predetermined threshold. A battery status is determined as one of charging, discharging and quiescent. For a battery charging status determination, the charging state of charge of the battery is computed. For battery discharge status determination, the discharge current is compared to a predetermined threshold. Based upon the discharge current comparison, a basis for the discharge current is selected from one of a plurality of predetermined discharge conditions and the discharging state of charge of the battery is computed for the select discharge condition. For a quiescent status, the quiescent state of charge of the battery is computed. The computed state of charge of the battery is provided in a quantitative form.||10-01-2009|
|20090056661||VEHICLE STARTING ASSIST SYSTEM - An engine starting assist system. A battery is selectably coupled to an ultracapacitor with a contactor. In addition, a controller is configured to perform at least one of: monitor the condition of the battery, monitor the condition of the ultracapacitor, control the flow of energy between the battery and the ultracapacitor by selective actuation of the contactor, receive a start input control. The controller issues a start output control to a starter solenoid of the engine, such that energy stored in the ultracapacitor may be used to at least one of charge the battery and provide cranking current to a starter of the engine in conjunction with the battery.||03-05-2009|
Patent applications by VANNER, INC.