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20110175564Battery pack including sensing board and power storage system employing the same - A battery pack includes a battery unit including rechargeable batteries, a sensing board, the sensing board configured to process status information detected from the batteries, and a harness wire, the harness wire connecting the batteries and the sensing board so that the status information can be transmitted to the sensing board.07-21-2011
20110199042SECONDARY BATTERY POWER CONTROL METHOD - A secondary battery power control method controls power discharged from a secondary battery included in an interconnected system that supplies power to a power system, the interconnected system including a power generator that changes in output power, and an electric power storage-compensation device that includes a secondary battery, and a bidirectional converter that controls charging/discharging of the secondary battery, and compensates for a change in output power of the power generator. A temperature detection section that detects the temperature of the secondary battery is annexed to the secondary battery, and the maximum discharge power of the secondary battery is limited using the bidirectional converter when the temperature of the secondary battery detected by the temperature detection section has exceeded a preset temperature.08-18-2011
20110181234MOBILE MODULAR SOLAR POWER SYSTEM - A portable modular solar power system generates electricity from sunlight to charge a battery and provide power to a load. Specifically, the portable system includes a load receiving the electrical power, and a portable modular solar power apparatus that includes a photovoltaic panel converting the sunlight to the electrical energy, a battery connected to the photovoltaic panel and receiving an electrical charge from the photovoltaic panel, and providing the electrical power to the load connected to the battery, and a lightweight frame housing the battery and having the photovoltaic panel connected thereto. The lightweight frame includes a battery tray supporting the battery and providing self ballasting for the portable modular solar power apparatus, and at least two adjustable telescoping legs providing support for the portable modular solar power apparatus and allowing for adjustments to an angle of the photovoltaic panel with respect to receipt of the sunlight.07-28-2011
20120161691Solar Powered Air Conditioner - A solar powered air conditioner comprised of at least one solar panel, a first charge controller connected to the solar panel, a twelve Volt DC rechargeable battery connected to the charge controller, an inverter, that converts the DC voltage created by the twelve Volt rechargeable battery to AC voltage, connected to the twelve volt DC rechargeable battery, a battery charger that receives the AC voltage from the inverter and converts the AC voltage to DC voltage, a charge controller connected to the battery charger, a second rechargeable battery connected to the charge controller, a contactor connected to the second rechargeable battery and to a thermostat, a DC powered motor connected to the contactor, and an air conditioning system, the air conditioning system having an air compressor and an air conditioning motor, the air compressor connects to the DC powered motor via a belt, and the air conditioner motor connects to the contactor.06-28-2012
20090128088Fuel Cartridge Interconnect for Portable Fuel Cells - A hybrid power supply includes a fuel cell and an interface between the fuel cell and a fuel cartridge or external battery and a switching type DC/DC boost type converter that receives energy from the fuel cell or external battery and is arranged to deliver the energy to a rechargeable cell. The hybrid power supply also includes a fuel cell current sensor/comparator, included in a feedback control loop disposed about the DC/DC converter, which controls in part operation of the converter to provide constant current discharge on the fuel battery side of the hybrid power supply. An adapter that couples a source of AC power such as a charger to the interconnect is also disclosed.05-21-2009
20100148720Solar Powered Electrical Energy Generating Device - A system and method for charging batteries in a system wherein the output of the batteries is converted to alternating current utilizing inverters. The alternating current from the inverters is modified by transformers and variable speed drives to contain properties which enable the alternating current to be used in a power grid to operate conventional electrical appliances. At least two banks of batteries are employed in the system. A unique battery charging device is employed to maintain the two banks batteries in constant substantially full charge. The battery charging device switches between a charge mode for one bank of batteries and a rest mode for the other bank of batteries. The battery charging device constantly and rapidly switches the different banks of batteries between these two modes. A timer controls the amount of time that each mode is applied to each bank of batteries. A solar panel supplies electric power to the charging device to charge the batteries.06-17-2010
20080258678MOBILE TYPE POWER SUPPLY, CONNECTION DEVICE, AND CARRIED TYPE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT - A battery and a DC-to-DC converter are contained in a battery pack. When the battery pack is connected to a load by means of a connector and an output voltage reference value, corresponding to the power supply voltage of the load, the output voltage of the battery is converted according to the output voltage reference value by the DC-to-DC converter. The output voltage reference value is set by an output voltage reference value output means in the connector. Furthermore, the converted voltage is supplied to the load via an output voltage line.10-23-2008
20080258677POWER SUPPLY FOR PORTABLE APPARATUSES - A power supply for portable apparatuses includes a plurality of power supplies and at least one charging station. Each power supply has a housing, a power input portion, a plurality of power output portions, a storage battery, and a first circuit board. The first circuit board is electrically connected with the storage battery and both are located in the housing. The power input portion and the power output portions are electrically connected with the first circuit board. The charging station includes a base, a plurality of charging connectors, and a second circuit board. The base has a plurality of charging ports that can be connected with the power supplies. The second circuit board is located in the base. The charging connectors are electrically connected with the second circuit board. The charging connectors respectively correspond to the charging ports for charging the power supply connected with the charging ports.10-23-2008
20080258675Multimode power module - A multimode power module system automatically selects one of multiple operating modes to maximize power transfer in varying conditions by using direct energy transfer, boost peak power tracking, buck peak power tracking, charge limit, and eclipse standby modes with reduced switching losses, reduced component count, and scalability through connections of multiple power modules system.10-23-2008
20080258674Quickly charging power supply apparatus - A power supply apparatus includes a power source; and at least a capacitor module formed by connecting a plurality of capacitors in series, having an input connector connected to a municipal power source supply or connected to a cigarette-lighter receptacle of a car for inputting direct current for quickly charging the capacitors of the capacitor module, and having an output connector connectable to a portable electric device including cellular phone and other portable devices each having rechargeable battery provided therein for quickly charging the portable electric device for keeping its continuous operation.10-23-2008
20110193519Communication Device Charger - A photo-voltaic charger has a body with grips extending from a central region. This region is complementary with a back face of the telephone. The grips are complementary with the side edges of the telephone. In an end wall of the body, a charging connector and additional contacts are provided, the latter being complementary to additional points on the telephone. The charger is engaged with the telephone by sliding the one along the other, with the grips engaging the casing at the edges of the casing. The sliding is stopped by abutment of the end wall with the bottom edge with the connector engaging the charging point and the additional contacts engaging the additional points. The outside surface of the charger body that is the outside of the central region is substantially covered in an array of photo- voltaic cells, which curve onto the sides having grips.08-11-2011
20110193518BATTERY OVERRIDE - A battery system is described. In one embodiment, the battery system uses a battery override. In another embodiment, the battery system has an integrated power management system having a charge controller and an inverter integrated into a single device.08-11-2011
20110193517PORTABLE DEVICES HAVING MULTIPLE POWER INTERFACES - Portable devices having multiple power interfaces are described herein. According to one embodiment of the invention, a portable electronic device includes, but is not limited to, a processor, a memory coupled to the processor for storing instructions, when executed from the memory, cause the processor to perform one or more functions, a battery coupled to provide power to the processor and the memory, and a battery charging manager coupled to charge the battery using power derived from a plurality of power sources including a solar power source. Other methods and apparatuses are also described.08-11-2011
20110193516POWER STORAGE APPARATUS OF POWER GENERATION SYSTEM AND OPERATING METHOD OF POWER STORAGE APPARATUS - A power storage apparatus installed in connection with a power generation system using natural energy generation power.08-11-2011
20110193515SOLAR POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A solar power management system is provided for managing electric energy conversion by a photovoltaic cell module, supplying the converted electric energy to an external load, and storing the converted electric energy in a battery. The solar power management system comprises a multiphase maximum power tracking (MPT) module, a charging circuit, and a voltage conversion module. The multiphase MPT module regulates output current of the photovoltaic cell module to output maximum power within the high limit thereof and obtain improved solar energy conversion efficiency. The voltage conversion module converts the electric energy generated by the photovoltaic cell module into different voltage formats, such as 5.6V DC, 1.0V DC, 0.6˜0.3V DC low voltage, or −1.2V DC negative voltage, to meet different external load requirements. The solar power management system has simple circuitry and can be configured as a system on chip (SoC) at reduced cost while provides very wide applications.08-11-2011
20110193514ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING ENERGY RECYCLING SYSTEM - An electronic device includes a computer server and an energy recycling system. The computer server includes a frame, at least one fan, and a heat source both are received in the frame. The frame includes a first sidewall with a plurality of vents formed thereon. The fan defines an air inlet facing the heat source, and an air outlet facing the first sidewall and substantially aligned with the vents. The energy recycling system includes a rotation assembly and an electric generator. The rotation assembly includes a rotation shaft and a plurality of driven members formed on the rotation shaft. The rotation assembly is arranged in front of the first sidewall. The driven members are driven by the airflow to rotate the rotation shaft. The rotation shaft is connected to the electric generator configured for converting the rotation of the rotation shaft into electrical energy.08-11-2011
20110193513Portable Cart for Solar Energy Conversion - A portable cart for solar energy conversion is provided comprising a cart having at least two wheels, wherein the cart includes a frame having a floor, a panel receiving assembly, and a panel holding assembly. The panel holding assembly is removably attachable to the panel receiving assembly. One or more photovoltaic solar panels is attached to the panel holding assembly; and voltage generated from the panels is directed to a charge controller. Electrical energy is stored in one or more batteries within the cart. The direct current from the batteries is directed to at least one inverter for producing AC power. An external stand is provided to mount the solar panels at a distance away from the cart. The external stand includes at least two positions to account for the position of the sun across the seasons. Optionally, the cart includes a charging receptacle for receiving a DC charge from an external source, such as an automobile.08-11-2011
20110193512Integrated systems for harnessing solar and wind energy - An energy farm system that harnesses energy from the environment has an integrated energy collector that harnesses solar light radiation, solar heat radiation, and harnesses wind energy. Some embodiments of the collector may be used for powering lights on a pole, communication equipment outdoors, and be suitable for powering homes and buildings. The collector harnesses wind energy by a horizontal axis rotation wind mill, harnesses solar light radiation by using a system of lenses that focus light to the center to the photovoltaic cells, and harnesses solar heat radiation by using a system of lenses that focus heat to the center to a heat exchanger. The collector mounted on a pole receives solar energy from the sun rays, as the sun travels from east to west. The lens elements focus light and heat radiation towards the center of the collector to a solar cell array and a solar energy collector.08-11-2011
20120176076Methods and systems for powering auxiliary devices in photovol taic system - Methods and systems for powering auxiliary devices in photovoltaic (PV) systems address shortcomings of conventional PV systems by harvesting unused electricity generated by the PV system to power the auxiliary devices. The methods and systems use PV panel power that is below the PV system inverter's harvesting threshold to charge rechargeable batteries in the auxiliary devices. The invention offers significant advantages over conventional PV systems, including full-time operability of auxiliary devices by virtue of rechargeable batteries that are charged using below threshold PV panel power, reduced field maintenance requirements for auxiliary devices (e.g., battery pack replacement), and elimination of bias in PV system performance data caused by parasitic load of auxiliary devices.07-12-2012
20100117592HYBRID BATTERY PACK AND METHODS OF CHARGING AND DISCHARGING THE SAME - A hybrid battery pack and methods of charging and discharging the same make it possible to manage at least two power sources by one circuit. The hybrid battery pack includes a first power source having a first switching circuit, a second power source connected to the first power source in parallel and having a second switching circuit, a current sensor serially connected to the first and second power sources to sense the currents of the first and second power sources, and a controller to obtain the voltages of the first and second power sources so that the first and second power sources are not over-charged or over-discharged and to calculate the entire capacity of the first and second power sources using the amount of currents obtained by the current sensor.05-13-2010
20100072943VEHICLE ENERGY RECOVERY SYSTEM - A system and method for recovering heat energy from a vehicle, such as a car, truck, railroad, or airplane, is disclosed. The system and method include mounting a thermoelectric unit to the vehicle at one or more locations where a temperature gradient is expected. Due to the Seebeck effect, the thermoelectric unit generates a voltage and current, which may then be temporarily stored on the vehicle and/or transferred inductively to an off-vehicle location.03-25-2010
20130207591HIGH SPEED FEEDBACK ADJUSTMENT OF POWER CHARGE/DISCHARGE FROM AN ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM - The invention provides systems and methods for control of power charge/discharge from energy storage system. The invention also provides for power monitoring and management, including power management for a variable generator. An intelligent charge system may include a premise sensor, a variable generator sensor, one or more energy storage units, and a controller, which may receive information about the power demand, power provided by an electricity provider, and charge/discharge information from an energy storage unit. The information received may all be time synchronized in relation to a time based reference. The controller may provide instructions to an energy storage unit at a rapid rate.08-15-2013
20130076296CHARGING APPARATUS - A charging apparatus charges a secondary battery of a vehicle by moving an electric power supplying portion along a transverse groove and a longitudinal groove to a position that enables electric power to be supplied to a parked vehicle, and then supplying electric power to the vehicle from the electric power supplying portion, each time a vehicle is parked in a parking space of a parking lot, when the parked vehicle is an authorized vehicle and a state of charge of the secondary battery is equal to or less than a predetermined value.03-28-2013
20130076295SOLAR POWER DEVICE USED IN BICYCLE - A solar power device used in a bicycle includes at least one flexible dye sensitized solar cell provided on the bicycle, a power source processing unit comprising at least one rechargeable battery and a control circuit board, and a load electrically connected to the rechargeable battery. The control circuit board is provided with at least one electronic component electrically connected to the rechargeable battery and the flexible dye sensitized solar cell for converting an electric current generated by the flexible dye sensitized solar cell into a charging current to charge the rechargeable battery. The present invention employs the flexible dye sensitized solar cell that can be tightly adhered to a frame of the bicycle easily without affecting the external appearance of the bicycle.03-28-2013
20130076294ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF SUPPLYING POWER TO AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION - An electric vehicle charging system including an electric vehicle charging station configured to provide power for a vehicle, an outdoor media installation functionally associated with the electric vehicle charging station, and a power source electrically connected with the electric vehicle charging station to provide power thereto.03-28-2013
20130033222PORTABLE SOLAR KIOSK - A portable solar kiosk is provided. The solar kiosk is configured for use with vending machines, outdoor kitchens, parking lot payment booths, bus stop waiting areas, and the like, as well as associated battery systems, solar power assemblies, traditional power access, wiring systems and harnesses, and so forth. The solar kiosk includes a multiplicity of solar panels. The multiplicity of solar panels can charge batteries to power a vending machine. The solar kiosk includes side beams supported by a base such that the solar panel array can swivel on swivel rod to an appropriate angle to the sun. The base of the solar kiosk can support battery bank assemblies.02-07-2013
20100045230SOLAR POWER CONVERTING PACKAGE - A solar power converting package includes a power storage unit, a power detecting unit coupled to the power storage unit, a power converting unit coupled to the power detecting unit, and a molding body enclosing the power storage unit, the power detecting unit and the power converting unit.02-25-2010
20130043825ELECTRICAL STORAGE APPARATUS - The present invention concerns a charging apparatus for charging electric storage devices of electric vehicles including a feed-in unit for feeding electric energy into an electric ac voltage network including an electric dc voltage intermediate circuit for the intermediate storage of electric energy with an intermediate circuit voltage, and an inverter for converting a direct current of the dc voltage intermediate circuit into an alternating current, for feeding it into the electric ac voltage network and for converting an alternating current from the ac voltage network into a direct current for feeding it into the dc voltage intermediate circuit, and at least one electric storage charge circuit for at least partial charging of one of the electric storage devices from the dc voltage intermediate circuit and for at least partial discharging of one of the electric storage devices into the dc voltage intermediate circuit.02-21-2013
20130043826MODULAR AND PORTABLE BATTERY PACK POWER SYSTEM - A battery pack power system includes a plurality of modular, portable, battery modules having various capacities that can be mixed and matched with one another to suit any of a wide variety applications or provide the desired power to any of a wide variety of loads at off-grid locations. The individual battery modules are stackable or otherwise nestable or connectable with one another to permit multiple users to each separately transport a module to a desired location and then combine the modules to assemble the battery power pack. One or more flexible connectors are provided for electrically chaining the assembled battery modules to one another and that permit only one-way, correct-orientation connection of the battery modules to one another, and have no exposed electrically conductive surfaces. An inverter module is connectable to any one of the battery modules, and operates to deliver 110 VAC in a first mode and 220 VAC in a second mode to provide electrical power to a wide variety of electrical loads. The battery power pack system is rechargeable from a portable solar photovoltaic power generator, wind power generator and/or hydropower generator connectable to one of the battery modules to recharge all of the battery modules.02-21-2013
20120206085CARBON NANOTUBE SOLAR POWER COLLECTION DEVICE - Various embodiments of the present invention contemplates a variety of methods and techniques for fabricating a carbon nanotube (CNT) signal modulator for reducing, eliminating, or enhancing the resonance interaction between photonic elements, and a photonic transmission device that may incorporate the signal modulator. These fabrication techniques can be used to create a nanoantennas, rectennas, and efficient solar energy devices. For example, a photonic collection device can include an array of carbon nanofibers (CNFs), CNTs, nanowires or other suitable conducting material, each having functional antenna forms that are capable of harvesting electromagnetic radiation and directing electrons to a rectifying barrier to generate a DC current. Each CNF in the array can have a diameter and length suitable to allow for the havesting electromagnetic radiation within a range of desired wavelengths.08-16-2012
20120206084Reserve Power Source for Munitions - A method of sustaining a production of power. The method including: initiating a reserve power source of two or more reserve power sources upon a predetermined event; storing at least a portion of a supply of electrical energy from the reserve power source in at least one electrical energy storage device; and repeating the initiating for another reserve power source of the two or more reserve power sources upon determining that the electrical energy stored in the at least one electrical energy storage device is less than a predetermined value.08-16-2012
20130038268PHOTOVOLTAIC CELL ARRANGEMENTS - Apparatus comprise a photovoltaic cell arrangement having a front surface and a rear surface, and first and second conductor patterns formed on different ones of the front and rear surfaces. The first conductor pattern comprises at least one loop, and the apparatus comprises at least a first terminal connected to the second conductor pattern, and second and third terminals connected to different ends of the at least one loop of the first conductor pattern. A transducer arrangement comprises a transducer body having a front surface and a rear surface, and first and second conductor patterns formed on different ones of the front and rear surfaces. The first conductor pattern comprises at least one loop. The transducer arrangement comprises at least a first terminal connected to the second conductor pattern, and second and third terminals connected to different ends of the at least one spiral loop of the first conductor pattern. The transducer body and the first and second conductor patterns together form a photovoltaic transducer arrangement and the second conductor pattern constitutes an induction transducer.02-14-2013
20130038267PHOTOVOLTAIC CAPACITOR FOR DIRECT SOLAR ENERGY CONVERSION AND STORAGE - A method and device for harvesting and storing solar energy is provided. The device converts solar energy to electrical energy via the photovoltaic effect. The device includes a pair of electrodes, at least one of which is transparent to allow solar energy to pass through. A medium is disposed between the electrodes which exhibits a combination of photovoltaic and ferroelectric properties. When solar energy passes through the transparent electrode and is received by the medium, electron-hole pairs establish a voltage potential between electrodes in the device via the photovoltaic effect. The voltage potential may be retained and the mobile charge may be stored in the absence of solar energy via the ferroelectric effect.02-14-2013
20100109600PULSE WIDTH CONTROLLED DC-DC CONVERTER HAVING PULSE WIDTH PERIOD CONTROL FOR INFLUENCING POWER CONSUMPTION - A method is described wherein DC power is converted into battery charging power by means of an inductor carrying a current which is controlled by a power controller during an adjustable part of a pulse width period. The pulse width period is made adjustable in order to influence the power consumption of the controller which consumes a substantial amount of the total power consumed for controlled DC-DC conversion. Several additional features are provided to improve the efficiency and to further reduce the power consumed by both the converter and the power controller, which provides new uses for a variety of products and appliances having solar cells, such as road studs.05-06-2010
20100109599PORTABLE SOLAR CHARGING APPARATUS - A portable solar charging apparatus includes a retaining base, a snoot, a photoelectric conversion module, a power connector and a joint mechanism. The snoot is mounted onto the retaining base, and a containing space is formed between the retaining base and the snoot. The photoelectric conversion module is contained in the containing space and mounted onto the retaining base. The photoelectric conversion module includes an accumulator and a solar chip electrically connected to the accumulator. The solar chip is installed corresponding to the snoot. The power connector is connected to the retaining base and electrically coupled to the accumulator. The joint mechanism is connected to the retaining base and disposed outside the containing space. The invention allows a portable electronic product to be charged and used anytime and improves the overall photoelectric conversion efficiency.05-06-2010
20130082637PORTABLE SOLAR PANEL POWER SOURCE - An apparatus and method for portable solar panel assemblies configured to enable the unit to be transported by multiple means in order to provide both grid tied and off grid power as needed. Solar panel assemblies are configured to have a range of rotation of approximately 0 to 25 degrees in two directions to allow efficient sunlight capture. The solar panel assembly in the closed position will allow for more compact and aerodynamic profile when being transported.04-04-2013
20100066300Wind powered charging system for electric vehicles - This invention uses the rushing air from the forward motion of a vehicle to turn five wind turbines and their generators. Four small turbines and generators are located just behind the front grill and utilize the air entering into the engine compartment to spin the turbines and then the generators. The fifth and larger turbine and generator are located in the rear of the vehicle where air, from four intake vents on the outside of the vehicle, is piped back and directed across the blades of the turbine. Each turbine has a gearbox to increase the rotational speed of the attached generator. The electrical current thus produced from the generators passes through regulators and is used to recharge the storage batteries of the electric vehicle as it travels forward down the road.03-18-2010
20120181974ELECTRIC POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An electric power management system includes a power generation apparatus for generating electric power, a power meter for receiving grid-connected information and a power conditioner for outputting the electric power generated by the power generation apparatus to the electric power system based on the grid-connected information. The grid-connected information is information related to stabilization of electric power of an electric power system from a management center for managing the electric power of the electric power system07-19-2012
20120181973SOLAR ARRAY RESEMBLING NATURAL FOLIAGE INCLUDING MEANS FOR WIRELESS TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRIC POWER - The present invention teaches a solar array, and also a network of solar arrays for providing energy for industrial, residential and transportation use. A solar array of the present invention can be made to resemble a palm tree, a deciduous tree, an evergreen tree, or other type of natural foliage, and meet the aesthetic demands of landscape architecture. A network of solar arrays can extend for many miles along transportation right of ways including, but not limited to, roads, highways, railways, pipelines, or canals, and can further include means for storing and transmitting energy. A solar array can include or be coupled with a recharging station for use by electric and hybrid transportation vehicles. Moreover, an individual solar array or network of solar arrays can include means for wireless communication and transmission of energy for recharging an energy storage device and provide energy to an electric or hybrid transportation vehicle.07-19-2012
20120181972AUTOMATIC POLLUTION-FREE ENERGY GENERATION DEVICE FOR TRANSPORT - An automatic pollution-free energy generation device is provided for a transport and is mounted to a wind-receiving portion of the transport. The energy generation device includes an air accumulation device, an electricity accumulator, an electrical discharge device, a sensor, and an air outlet. The air accumulation device forms a temporal air storage chamber, which receives air to flow therethrough. The electricity accumulator is arranged inside the air accumulation device is operable to perform electrical discharge to the air inside the chamber or is controlled by a control device to discharge electricity, whereby fluid molecules of air carry electricity that is converted into electrical power to be collected by the electricity accumulator and converted by a current conversion controller into direct current to be stored in a battery or to be directly used by the transport.07-19-2012
20120181971BATTERY CHARGER AND POWER SUPPLY - A portable device for supplying with power of at least one portable electrical load or gadget (07-19-2012
20130049672Mobile Telephone Wireless Earpiece Storage and Charging Device - Systems, methods and apparatus for providing mobile telephone wireless earpiece storage and charging are disclosed. In an aspect of the present invention, an apparatus includes a belt attachment member, a body coupled to the belt attachment member, and a coupling member coupled to the body and capable of removably securing a portable wireless device such as a Bluetooth earpiece.02-28-2013
20130049674INTEGRATED PHOTO VOLTAIC SOLAR PLANT AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION AND METHOD OF OPERATION - Systems, methods and apparatus are disclosed for using renewable energy sources as broadband AC to DC conversion. In one aspect, an apparatus configured for charging an electric vehicle is provided. The apparatus includes a power supply circuit configured to convert direct current received from a renewable power source into alternating current. The alternating current is having a frequency. The apparatus further includes a power transmit circuit configured to receive the alternating current from the power supply circuit and to provide power to charge the electric vehicle using the alternating current. The power transmit circuit is further configured to substantially resonate at the frequency of the alternating current.02-28-2013
20130049673PHOTO-VOLTAIC ARRAY FED SWITCHED CAPACITOR DC-DC CONVERTER BASED BATTERY CHARGING FOR LI-ION BATTERIES - Technologies generally described herein relate to a cell balancing and charging scheme for a serially coupled Li-Ion battery pack supported by a photovoltaic cell array power source. A switched capacitor DC-DC converter and a cell monitoring approach may be used to charge and cell balance the battery pack. When one of the cells falls below a predefined voltage, a capacitor (charged by the photovoltaic array) may supply current to bring the voltage to the predefined point. Continuous monitoring for the cells during charging and discharging may ensure cell voltage changes beyond the predefined limit are detected timely. Cell balancing may be performed even in the absence of photovoltaic (PV) array illumination.02-28-2013
20130069582PUSH-PULL CIRCUIT, DC/DC CONVERTER, SOLAR CHARGING SYSTEM, AND MOVABLE BODY - A push-pull circuit comprising: a push-pull first switching element and second switching element; a first rectifier element; a third switching element for switching a pathway between conductance and cutoff, the pathway leading from a connection point between the first switching element and an inductive load via the first rectifier element to a connection point between a DC power source and a center tap of the inductive load; a second rectifier element; and a fourth switching element for switching a pathway between conductance and cutoff, the pathway leading from a connection point between the second switching element and the inductive load via the second rectifier element to a connection point between the DC power source and the center tap of the inductive load.03-21-2013
20090302799Case for Recharging an Electronic Apparatus in a Mobility Situation12-10-2009
20090218982RECHARGABLE POWER SUPPLIES FOR PORTABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT - Systems and methods for providing power to portable medical equipment using natural energy, such as solar energy. In one embodiment, a solar charging system is portable and has at least one flexible solar panel. Preferably, the solar panel is foldable and configured to convert solar energy into electrical energy, as required to charge rechargeable batteries and/or the like and operate the portable medical equipment. Preferably, the solar charging system is connected to the portable medical devices through an interface, and the interface is configured to make an output of the solar panel compatible for powering the portable medical equipment.09-03-2009
20130057197ELECTRIC GENERATOR - The invention relates to a generator that consists of a thin casing having two main opposite walls, one of which is largely occupied by a photovoltaic cell panel (03-07-2013
20130057196PHOTOVOLTAIC POWERED SYSTEM WITH ADAPTIVE POWER CONTROL AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME - A photovoltaic powered system with an adaptive power control and a method of operating the same. A photovoltaic panel is provided to generate electric power to supply a load. The photovoltaic powered system includes a charging control unit, a rechargeable battery unit, a first switch unit, a second switch unit, a power condition unit, and a switch control unit. The switch control unit turns on the first switch unit and turns off the second switch unit when the photovoltaic panel can generate the electric power, thus supplying the load and charging the rechargeable battery unit, respectively. The switch control unit turns off the first switch unit and turns on the second switch unit when the photovoltaic panel cannot generate the electric power, thus providing energy stored in the rechargeable battery unit to supply the load.03-07-2013
20090115367Portable battery DC charger - A portable battery DC charger includes a DC power storage having a charging terminal and a discharging terminal, a docking station outfitting the DC power storage to retain the DC power storage at a predetermined orientation, and a utility device integrally provided at the docking station, wherein when the DC power storage is docked at the docking station, the DC power storage is selectively operated to charge the DC power storage at the charging terminal thereof and to discharge the DC power storage at the discharging terminal for charging an internal battery of an electronic device.05-07-2009
20110012552Electrical power source - A portable power supply coupled to a garment, carrying bag, or other apparatus, is adapted for receiving energy at a solar cell or by way of a power input port for operating and charging a portable device. Power is stored within the power supply in one or more batteries or other storage devices. An output of the portable power supply is adapted to be reconfigured so as to be coupled to various types of portable device.01-20-2011
20110012551SINGLE STAGE LOW BOOST/BUCK RATIO STAND-ALONE SOLAR ENERGY POWER GENERATING CIRCUIT AND SYSTEM THEREOF - A single stage low boost/buck ratio stand-alone solar energy power generating circuit with a system thereof is a simplification of a two-stage type circuit. The two-stage circuit, which has a storage unit, a charging converter circuit for charging the storage unit, and a discharging converter circuit for discharging the stored power to a load, is analyzed and categorized such that a circuit structure is selected via a suitable simplified combination to commonly use the elements constituting the charging and the discharging converter circuits so as to form the single stage circuit with less elements, volume and weight for reducing the production cost of the circuit.01-20-2011
20130063073BATTERY EXCHANGE, RECHARGE AND RECYCLE APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD - A battery cartridge and kiosk apparatus, system and method, which enables consumers to conveniently exchange depleted rechargeable batteries for fully-charged batteries, and to recycle used primary batteries. The system includes a self-contained, typically automated kiosk designed for high volume battery exchange at low cost, and also includes re-usable battery trays for convenient, safe, and standardized handling and transport of rechargeable consumer batteries. A kiosk of the invented system may also be configured to utilize renewable-energy mechanisms to provide power for operation and/or recharging. Rechargeable batteries are stored and managed in a high-density, simple yet reliable storage rack wherein they are recharged in parallel while preserving long battery life. Batteries may be “keyed” to prevent recharging via third-party charging devices, enabling operating efficiencies and cost reductions.03-14-2013
20130063072METHOD OF CONTROLLING FUEL CELL SYSTEM - In a fuel cell system, regeneration-time voltage fixed control is implemented where during regeneration or when regeneration is expected to occur, output voltage of a fuel cell is set to a voltage value outside an oxidation reduction progress voltage range, and the amount of reactant gas supplied to the fuel cell is changed based on the amount of electric power remaining in an energy storage device. In the regeneration-time voltage fixed control, it is determined whether or not regeneration occurs while a moving body equipped with the fuel cell system is moving down a slope, and in the case where it is determined that regeneration occurs while the moving body is moving down a slope, the amount of the reactant gas supplied to the fuel cell is decreased in comparison with the case where it is determined that regeneration occurs while the moving body is not moving down a slope.03-14-2013
20130063071Forced Air Turbine Electric Automobile (FATE) - An electric vehicle for transporting individuals may include an electric motor for powering the electric vehicle, a turbine blade to rotate and being connected to the electric vehicle, a motor/alternator being connected to the turbine blade to generate electric power from the rotation of the turbine blade, a first battery to receive the electric power from the motor/alternator, a second battery to receive the electric power from the motor/alternator and a controller to control the electric power received by the first battery and to control the electric power received by the second battery. The first battery may be only connected to power the electric motor and the second battery may be only connected to receive the electric power from the motor/alternator.03-14-2013
20090021210Internally illuminated sign - An illuminated sign, internally illuminated by a source such as one or more LED'S generally located at one end, and having a character panel with at least partially transmissive portions to define the characters of the sign. The character panel is curved so as to face the source more squarely at distances further from the source. By this arrangement, the geometric fall-off of illumination with increasing distance from the source is compensated for by the curvature of the character panel, such that more uniform illumination is provided than with prior art flat panels. Power management systems for solar charged illuminated signs are also described, in which the illumination level of the sign is adjusted according to the ambient solar flux and according to the charge-holding capacity of the battery. The system also warns of the impending end of battery life without interrupting the sign functionality.01-22-2009
20080315826DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR GROUP CHARGING OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES - Disclosed are a device, system and method for multiple mobile communication devices that may be charged according to their relative priority and/or for multiple mobile communication devices that may be charged to a minimum level. The devices may be connected in any order physically, but based upon their relative charging priority the device with the highest priority may receive a charge first. The device with second highest priority may receive a charge second. Their relative priority may be communicated between the devices by wireless communication. In one embodiment, one or more devices may receive a minimum charge to allow operation, before the devices with the highest priorities are fully charged. In regions where electrical utility infrastructures are minimally developed users may share electrical facilities to recharge a plurality of mobile communication devices so that the devices with the highest priority of the grouped devices are fully charged first.12-25-2008
20120235625ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM - In an energy storage system, power from at least one of a solar cell, a commercial AC power source, and a storage battery is supplied to load devices. In the daytime, under the condition that an amount of power generated by the solar cell is less than an amount of power consumed by the load device, the discharge from the storage battery to the load device is permitted or prohibited if the charge level of the storage battery is higher or is not higher than the reference charge level. The discharge from the storage battery which makes the charge level of the storage battery lower than the reference level is permitted at night.09-20-2012
20120235624SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING MULTIPLE STORAGE DEVICES - Systems and methods for controlling multiple storage devices are provided. A system may include a first storage device and a second storage device, each adapted to store and release electrical energy. The system may also include a controller coupled to the first storage device, the second storage device, and a load. The controller is adapted to optimize operation of the system relative to a first system parameter by controlling the channeling of electric charge in a variable manner between the first storage device, the second storage device, and the load.09-20-2012
20120235623CHARGING CIRCUIT - A charging circuit receives electric power from a solar battery, and charges a secondary battery. A charging current detection unit generates a detection signal that corresponds to a charging current supplied from a DC/DC converter to the secondary battery. A control circuit generates a reference voltage that corresponds to the detection signal. A driving unit generates a pulse signal having a duty ratio that is adjusted such that the voltage output from the solar battery matches the reference voltage, and performs switching of a switching transistor according to the pulse signal. A control circuit adjusts the reference voltage such that the reference voltage becomes greater.09-20-2012
20130162192APPARATUS FOR GENERATING AND STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY - An apparatus for generating and storing electric energy, the apparatus including a fiber, an electric energy generation unit disposed on the fiber, and an electric energy storage unit disposed on the fiber.06-27-2013
20130162193SOLAR CHARGING ASSEMBLY - A solar charging assembly has an elongated body with a first end and a second end. The first end has a first roller element with an inlet port and the second end has a second roller element with an outlet port. A solar sheet extends from the elongated body and a fastening member extends from the solar sheet. The fastening member fits around the elongated body to hold the solar sheet in a releasable rolled up position.06-27-2013
20130162194CHARGER SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMATIC CLEANER - Provided is a charging system of an automatic cleaner. The charging system includes an automatic cleaner performing cleaning while being moved in a state the automatic cleaner is attached on a target surface inclined with respect to the ground, the automatic cleaner comprising at least one battery and a charger configured to charge the at least one battery in a state where the at least one battery are physically spaced from the automatic cleaner. Here, the automatic cleaner includes first and second moving parts moved together with each other along the target surface, a moving unit disposed on at least one of the first and second moving parts, and a cleaning member for cleaning the target surface. Also, the automatic cleaner receives a charging-related signal to charge the battery using the signal.06-27-2013
20080290831FUEL CELL SYSTEM COMPRISING BATTERY AND METHOD OF CONSUMING RESIDUAL FUEL IN THE FUEL CELL SYSTEM - A fuel cell system having a back-up battery and a method of consuming residual fuel in the fuel cell system in which the fuel cell system includes a fuel cell, a system controller, a back-up battery, a converter, a fuel supply control, and a driver to drive the fuel supply control, and a charger disposed between the converter and a load. A power output end of the charger is directly connected to the back-up battery via a switch. The converter includes a first converter connected to the back-up battery and a second converter connected to the fuel cell, and the first and second converters are commonly connected to the charger.11-27-2008
20100052602ELECTRICAL ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE FOR SOLAR CELL - An electrical energy storage device for a solar cell includes at least one electrode substrate coated with a oxide or mixed oxides layer. When the electrical energy storage device is electrically connected with a receive unit of the solar unit in parallel, the electrical energy storage device can have the advantages of high electric energy density, enhancing the charging efficiency of the solar cell, and reducing the charging time of the solar cell.03-04-2010
20120176077SOLAR CELL MODULE HAVING WHITE BACK SHEET - The present invention relates to a solar cell module having a white back sheet. According to one aspect of the present invention, provided is a solar cell module having a white back sheet including: a solar cell; an encapsulation sheet for covering and protecting an upper part of the solar cell while transmitting light; and a back sheet for supporting the solar cell and having a white reflection layer for reflecting the light transmitted through the solar cell, wherein the light reflected from the white reflection layer of the back sheet is reused to be photoelectrically converted by the solar cell.07-12-2012
20120013288SOLAR CELL SYSTEM - Disclosed herein is a solar cell system. The solar cell system includes: a solar cell module configured of a single cell and converting solar light irradiated to the cell into electric energy; and a controller boosting voltage generated from the cell and storing the boosted voltage in a battery, differently controlling a level obtained by boosting the voltage of the cell according to a storage state of the battery, light quantity of solar light and external temperature, and limiting the boosted level to a voltage level or less corresponding to a maximum output point varied according to the light quantity and the external temperature. The solar cell system can obtain the maximum output regardless of the change in external temperature or light quantity of solar light, thereby making it possible to improve efficiency of the system.01-19-2012
20110127946ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM - A method and system for connecting a vehicle to a charging source comprising: at least one retractable protrusion operatively connected to a battery terminal; the at least one retractable protrusion being mounted on the vehicle; at least one receptacle operatively connected to the charging source adapted to receive the retractable protrusion for electrical connection of a vehicle to a charging source; whereby by driving the vehicle in the proximity of the at least one receptacle, the charging source is connected to the electrical system of the vehicle as the retractable protrusion engages the at least one receptacle. Another embodiment comprises at least one solar element for converting solar power to electric power; at least one battery for storing electricity generated by the solar element; the solar element being operatively connected to the at least one battery for storing electric power therein; first and second vehicle based connectors for connecting the vehicle power supply to the charging system, the first and second vehicle based connectors being located on the periphery of the vehicle such that the vehicle may be connected to the vehicle charging system by alignment of the vehicle with first and second external connectors operatively associated with the external charging system; whereby by maneuvering the vehicle, the first and second vehicle based connectors are bought into contact with the first and second external connectors to enable charging of the vehicle battery.06-02-2011
20120112684CONTROL SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD OF A SOLAR POWER SUPPLY - A control system of a solar power supply for a vehicle is provided. The control system includes a solar battery pack and a control module. The solar battery is connected to an auxiliary power module, the control module, a DC/DC buck converter via a first switch, and connected to a DC/DC boost converter via a second switch. The DC/DC buck converter is connected to a low-voltage load, a starting battery and the control module. The DC/DC boost converter is connected to a high-voltage load, the control module, a power battery pack via a main contactor.05-10-2012
20090309538ENERGY STORAGE AND MANAGEMENT CIRCUIT - An energy storage and management circuit includes an energy harvester, a switch coupled to the energy harvester, a first energy storage device coupled to the switch, and a second energy storage device coupled to the switch. The first energy storage device is operable to store energy from the energy harvester. The second energy storage device is operable to charge from a leakage current of the switch.12-17-2009
20120187896ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND INFORMATION INPUT MODULE USING SOLAR CELL - An electronic apparatus includes a solar power module for generating power and inputting information, a power management module for extracting and storing power from the solar power module, a detection unit for detect an electrical parameter variation of the solar power module and generating a detection signal corresponding to the electrical parameter, and an information processing unit for receiving the detection signal from the detection unit and executing a command corresponding to the detection signal. The solar power module has multiple solar power generation units for generating power and inputting information, and the solar power generation unit has multiple solar power generation subunits. The electrical parameter variation is generated from the solar power generation subunit when light absorbed by the solar power generation unit changes.07-26-2012
20110169445SOLAR-PANEL APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE - The positive and negative pole of the DC-battery 07-14-2011
20110031925NANOSATELLITE PHOTOVOLTAIC REGULATOR - A solar cell regulator in a nanosatellite includes a pulse width modulated DC-DC boost converter and a peak power tracking controller for converting solar cell power to bus power for charging of system batteries and powering loads while the controller controls the pulse width modulation operation of the converter for sensing solar cell currents and voltages along a power characteristic curve of the solar cell for peak power tracking, for determining any power data point, including a peak power point, an open circuit voltage point, and a short circuit current point along the power characteristic curve of the solar cell, and for communicating the power data to a satellite processor for monitoring the performance of the solar cell during operational use of the satellite.02-10-2011
20110291606Contactless power charging system and energy storage system including the same - A contactless power charging system and an energy storage system including the same, the contactless power charging system including a contactless transformer configured to transmit power stored in a battery to a load, wherein the contactless transformer includes a primary core unit, the primary core unit including a first base portion, a projecting portion projecting from the first base portion, and a primary coil wound around the projecting portion; and a secondary core unit, the secondary core unit including a second base portion, a concave portion in the second base portion to receive the projecting portion, and a secondary coil on an inner surface of the concave portion, the secondary coil being configured to couple to the primary coil.12-01-2011
20110291608SOLAR POWER-GENERATING EQUIPMENT - Disclosed herein is solar power-generating equipment, including: a solar cell; a secondary battery; an electric power outputting portion; a display portion configured to display thereon information about an electric-generating capacity of the solar cell, and information about a state of charge of the secondary battery; and a control portion configured to cause the display portion to display thereon the information about the electric-generating capacity of the solar cell only for a predetermined time length, and cause the display portion to display thereon the information about the state of charge of the secondary battery only for a predetermined time length.12-01-2011
20100090643Systems and/or methods for using air/wind power to charge/re-charge vehicle batteries - Certain example embodiments of this invention relate to techniques that harness air/wind power to charge and/or re-charge a battery of a vehicle that is at least partially electrically powered. In certain example embodiments, air/wind enters into a channel formed in a vehicle and turns a turbine which, in turn, generates electricity that may be used to charge and/or re-charge a battery of the vehicle. In certain example embodiments, the velocity of the air/wind may be increased within the channel by virtue of features including, for example, retractable and/or directional vanes and/or side wall elements that help create constricting locations (or choke points). In certain example embodiments, the velocity of the air/wind may be increased within the channel by virtue of features that produce the Coanda effect. Thus, for instance, both the Venturi effect and the Coanda effect may be used to increase the efficiency of the overall system.04-15-2010
20090027001SOLAR POWERED APPARATUS - A solar powered apparatus that includes a battery, at least one photovoltaic cell (which may be part of a solar module comprising multiple photovoltaic cells), and a DC-capable AC appliance, such as a compact fluorescent light. The solar powered apparatus may also include a first DC to DC converter that receives a first electrical signal from the at least one photovoltaic cell and provides a charging signal to the battery, and a second DC to DC converter that receives a second electrical signal from the battery and provides a DC power signal to the DC-capable AC appliance.01-29-2009
20090284216Portable and universal hybrid-charging apparatus for portable electronic devices - The teachings relate to a power supply that can be used to carry, charge, and power a portable electronic device, as well as be operable by a user while mobile, between or during uses of the portable electronic device. The power supply comprises a modular hybrid-charger assembly operably connected to a device holder. The modular hybrid-charger assembly comprises a rechargeable internal battery connected to a port operable to function as a tetherless connection to a portable electronic device, a power management engine embodied in a computer readable medium, and an untethered solar energy source. The device holder comprises a framework operable to receive, hold, and release the portable electronic device; and an alignment mechanism that facilitates a mating of the portable electronic device with the hybrid-charger assembly. The modular hybrid-charger assembly can comprise a form factor that is interchangeable and operable with each of several different device holder form factors.11-19-2009
20100033125ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH POWER GENERATION FUNCTION - The present invention provides an electronic device with a secondary cell which has a simple structure and is capable of extending a continuous operating period by compensating for power consumption through effective utilization of a light source and external light. On a rear face of a casing 02-11-2010
20110215752Fuel Cell Battery Charger - A fuel cell battery charger configured to power a rechargeable battery includes a fuel cell and a battery docking station. The battery docking station receives power from the fuel cell, and the battery docking station is configured to charge multiple classes of batteries. Different classes of batteries have at least one of a different shape and a different charging voltage.09-08-2011
20130214723System for Collecting Stray Energy - A converter system for generating electrical signal from an optical signal utilizes a collector for collecting an energy source as an optical signal. The collected optical signal is transmitted to a receiver which is associated with a converter for converting the optical signal to an electric signal. In one embodiment the converter system is incorporated in an electric motor of the type having a housing, a rotating shaft mounted in the housing, a commutator on the shaft, and a pair of permanent magnets, whereby the shaft is rotated in response to electrical power being applied to the commutator. The system includes an optical collector mounted in the housing in non-interfering relationship with the commutator and the shaft, whereby the optical collector is adapted for generating an optical signal from the stray energy in the motor housing when power is applied to the motor and the shaft is rotating. The optical signal thus generated is transmitted to the receiver.08-22-2013
20120187895ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND INFORMATION INPUT MODULE USING SOLAR CELL - A solar power module includes a solar power generation layer, a first electrode layer, and a second electrode layer. The solar power generation receives photons and includes a number of solar power generation units. The first electrode layer is connected with the solar power generation layer. The second electrode layer is connected with the solar power generation layer, and includes a number of conductive electrodes. Each conductive electrode is connected with one of the solar power generation unit. The conductive electrode transmits an electrical parameter variation of the corresponding solar power generation unit to a detection unit to transform the electrical parameter variation into corresponding input command.07-26-2012
20120025750Portable Solar Power System - A portable solar power system, comprises a plurality of photovoltaic solar panels; storage batteries for storing energy generated by the photovoltaic solar panels; a charger operably connected to the photovoltaic solar panels for charging the storage batteries; a plurality of inverters operably connected to the respective photovoltaic solar panels for generating an AC output for connection to an outlet for feeding into an electric grid; and a switching circuit for automatically disconnecting the photovoltaic solar panels from the inverters and connecting the photovoltaic solar panels to the charger when power in the electric grid is down.02-02-2012
20090128087Power supply apparatus using fuel cell - An power supply apparatus includes an adaptor provided with an identification mechanism to identify the type of a secondary cell, the adaptor detachably accommodating the secondary cell; and a charger main body provided with a fuel cell to generate electric power, a charging circuit to charge by supplying electric power to a secondary cell, at a charging voltage and a charging current suitable for the secondary cell identified by the mechanism, a monitoring circuit to monitor usage of a portable device, and an output switching circuit that performs switching, depending on a result of monitoring performed by the circuit, between electric power generated by the fuel cell and outputted by the secondary cell, and outputs one of them to the portable device. The charger main body detachably accommodates the adaptor and the fuel containing tank.05-21-2009
20110266994FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - The present invention provides a small fuel cell system including a secondary battery, in which deterioration in the secondary battery is suppressed regardless of a temperature condition. A control unit adjusts the supply amount of a liquid fluid of a fuel pump so that charging current I11-03-2011
20090153096Power Switching Apparatus for Natural Energy Power Supply - A power switching apparatus for natural energy power supply includes a AC power supply provided by an electricity plant, a converting power supply connected with the AC power supply, a power switch connected with the converting power supply and an external load respectively, a charger connected with the power switch, at least a natural energy power supply connected with the charger, configured for generating electric power and supplying the electric power to the charger, a voltage sensor connected with the charger, and a battery pack connected with the voltage sensor. When there is not sufficient power output from the natural energy power supply, the AC power supply and the load are connected so that the object of uninterruptedly driving the load to work when the natural energy power supply stops working is achieved and the reliability of the natural energy power supply is improved.06-18-2009
20090140689SOLAR CHARGER - A solar charger primarily comprises a main body and at least one solar panel wherein the main body and the solar panel are respectively an independent modulized component. In addition, one edge of the solar panel can be detachably attached to one adjacent edge of the main body. Since contacts are respectively provided on the adjacent edges of the solar panel and the main body, the two components are electrically connected when they are assembled together so as to store an electric power transformed from a light energy in a rechargeable battery in the main body for providing the electric power to charge electronic devices later. Thereupon, the present invention facilitates manufacturing as well as processing and reduces time consumption of fabricating.06-04-2009
20110169444ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CHARGEABLE KEYBOARD - An electronic device includes a keyboard including a component, a light energy collection module disposed on a surface of the component of the keyboard for collecting light energy from an external light source, and a photoelectric module coupled to the light energy collection module for receiving the light energy from the light energy collection module and converting the light energy into electrical energy.07-14-2011
20090146606Fuel Cell Apparatus with Charge Circuit - A fuel cell apparatus with charge circuit comprises a fuel cell, a power output circuit and a charge circuit. The power output circuit transmits the power outputted by the fuel cell and further comprises a sensor unit for detecting the power characteristics outputted by the power output circuit and outputs corresponding electrical signals. The charge circuit transmits power outputted by the fuel cell and comprises a secondary cell and a charging unit. The charging unit controls the charge circuit to perform the charging operation of the secondary cell, wherein the power output circuit is electrically connected in parallel with the charge circuit, while the fuel cell is electrically connected in series with the power output circuit. The charging unit performs the charging control of the charge circuit to the secondary cell according to electrical signals outputted by the sensor unit.06-11-2009
20090146605Electronic apparatus, and method of charging a remote control device - An electronic apparatus comprises an electronic apparatus main body and a remote control device for operating the electronic apparatus main body via wireless communications. The remote control device includes a device battery providing drive power supply to the remote control device. The electronic apparatus main body includes a main body battery. Excess energy, such as heat, generated when the electronic apparatus main body is driven is converted into electric power. A charge control circuit causes the main body battery to be charged with the electric power produced from the excess energy. When the remote control device is housed in the container unit, the charge control circuit causes the device battery to be charged by the main body battery. The remote control device can be reliably and easily charged, and the remote control device and the electronic apparatus main body can be easily managed.06-11-2009
20090146604COMPLEX LITHIUM SECONDARY BATTERY AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE EMPLOYING THE SAME - Provided is a complex lithium secondary battery that includes a dye-sensitized solar cell unit and a lithium secondary battery unit, wherein the dye-sensitized solar cell unit and the lithium secondary battery unit share a common anode layer. The complex lithium secondary battery is rechargeable using solar energy, as an alternative power source to when there is no power source for recharging the complex lithium secondary battery, can be bendable, and has a simple structure.06-11-2009
20090309537Battery-charging method and battery-charging apparatus - Disclosed is a battery-charging method and apparatus which is designed to improve charging efficiency during charging of a battery using an external power source, without increasing the number of components. The battery-charging method of the present invention comprises the steps of: forming an electric circuit which includes: an alternating-current generator operable to output alternating current, and an external power source; a diode rectifier operable to rectify the alternating current output from the alternating-current generator into a direct current by a diode; and a battery which is chargeable using an output of the alternating-current generator, which are serially connected in this order; and supplying an alternating current fed from the external power source, between the alternating-current generator and the diode rectifier (S12-17-2009
20090058352Cold storage device capable of collecting solar power - A cold storage device includes a rechargeable battery set disposed in an inner receiving space in a case body, a thermoelectric cooling unit mounted in the case body and connected electrically to the rechargeable battery set for cooling a cold storage space in the case body, a charging mode selecting unit operable so as to select one of electrical energy converted from solar power by a solar power collecting plate, DC power from an external DC power source, and DC power obtained by converting AC power from an external AC power source to charge the rechargeable battery set, and a power output selecting unit operable so as to output one of the electrical power from the rechargeable battery set and AC power obtained by converting the electrical power from the rechargeable battery set at a corresponding one of AC and DC output ports.03-05-2009
20100127658CHARGING CIRCUIT FOR CHARGING TWO BATTERIES - Charging circuit for charging two batteries with a mains transformer having a primary and a secondary winding, both end terminals of the secondary winding are connected with respective capacitive circuits, wherein terminals of identical polarity of the respective capacitive circuits are connected to the end terminals of the secondary winding and each of the capacitive circuits comprises at least one electrolytic capacitor of high capacitance value and a diode connected in reverse direction, and at least the other terminal of one of the capacitive circuits is connected with a common point of two diodes connected in series with each other, and the two remaining free electrodes of the two diodes (D1, D2) are coupled to at least two of the altogether four terminals of the two batteries (B1, B2), and the second terminal of the other capacitive circuit with opposite polarity is connected directly or through a further diode (D5) to the fourth battery terminal.05-27-2010
20110199041RECHARGEABLE BATTERY PRODUCT - A rechargeable battery product for a portable electronic device is disclosed. The case comprises a controller module detachably attached to a replaceable battery module. The battery module can be detached and charged from the controller module to provide continuous power to the device. The device can be powered simultaneously while recharging the battery module by connecting an external interface of the controller module with an external power source. The controller module further comprises an on/off switch that reduces the amount of power discharged from the battery when the portable electronic device is fully charged or when the battery is not in use and an indicator that indicates the remaining power of the battery module. The depleted battery module can be swapped with a new battery module to provide continuous power to the device for long time periods.08-18-2011
20110062913METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CHARGING A BATTERY - A method and apparatus for identifying different types of energy sources used to charge a battery by receiving energy from at least one of the different types of energy sources at input terminals, identifying the type of energy source, and selecting a mode for charging the battery based on the type of energy source identified. A method and apparatus for protecting against certain energy sources used to charge a battery is also disclosed.03-17-2011
20110062912ENERGY AND POWER MANAGEMENT INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DEVICE - Provided is an energy and power management integrated circuit (IC) device. The energy and power management IC device includes a plurality of energy conversion devices for harvesting energy from respective energy conversion sources and converting the energy into electric energy, an energy management IC (EMIC) for converting the electric energy converted by the energy conversion devices into stable energy, a storage device for storing the energy or power converted by the EMIC, a power management IC (PMIC) for receiving and distributing the power stored in the storage device, and a plurality of output load devices for consuming the power distributed by the PMIC. Accordingly, it is possible to harvest energy in an environmentally friendly way and semi-permanently use the energy without changing a battery.03-17-2011
20110148343MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR NOTIFYING CHARGING STATE THEREOF - A mobile terminal includes a power supply including a solar cell; a controller which determines whether charging of power to the power supply can be performed using only the solar cell, controls charging of the power to the power supply using the solar cell when it is determined that the charging of the power can be performed using only the solar cell, and calculates an anticipated charged power amount and an anticipated charging time to reach a certain charging state of the power supply using a power charging speed of the solar cell; and an output unit which outputs charging state notification information that indicates at least one of the calculated anticipated charged power amount and the anticipated charging time, under control of the controller.06-23-2011
20100090642POWER ADAPTOR FOR PORTABLE FUEL CELL SYSTEM - A power adaptor for use with a portable fuel cell system may have an adapter housing having at least one external surface and a battery receiving region, the battery receiving region configured to at least partially receive a battery, a first set of electrical contacts provided on the at least one external surface of the adapter housing, a power source interface provided within the battery receiving region of the adapter housing, the power source interface in electrical communication with the first set of electrical contacts, and at least one mechanical connector provided in or on the adapter housing to facilitate detachable attachment of the adapter housing to a fuel cell system housing.04-15-2010
20080309283Apparatus and Method for Charging an Accumulator - An apparatus for charging an accumulator of electrical charge comprises an apparatus for generating electrical current by conversion of energy supplied externally in a form other than electrical energy and for supplying current at an output voltage differential, and terminals for supplying charging current to an accumulator to be charged at an imposed voltage differential. The apparatus is provided with a second accumulator of electrical charge, which is connected in series to the apparatus for generating electrical current between the terminals, such that a voltage differential across the series—connection is larger than the output voltage differential of the current—generating apparatus.12-18-2008
20100270967APPARATUS FOR HARVESTING ENERGY FROM MICROWAVE - Provided is an apparatus for harvesting energy from a microwave. An apparatus for harvesting energy from a microwave in an electricity storage system of a building, includes: a plurality of rectennas arranged with a predetermined length according to characteristic of microwave to be absorbed, and configured to collect microwave in the atmosphere and convert the collected microwave into electric energy; a current converter configured to convert the electric energy outputted from the rectennas into a storable current; and a charging tank configured to store the current outputted from the current converter, wherein the arranged rectennas are attached to an outer wall of the building, and the rectennas attached to the top of the building are printed in a transparent conductor on the surface of a solar cell.10-28-2010
20080211452Portable self regenerating power system - An energy storage system, more particularly to a power distribution system for providing power for an indeterminate period of time. The power distribution system comprises means for converting the energy from an alternator to AC/DC circuits. The alternator transmits electric current to a battery, where an inverter is electrically connected to the battery and transmits AC power to low-load circuits. A DC control panel is connected to the battery and transmits electric current from the battery to low-load DC circuits. The power system is part of a portable toolbox. The system is connected to a vehicle's charging system and would continually recharge it self. The battery for the system is connected to the vehicle's alternator through an isolator, or connected directly to the alternator or battery of the vehicle and would transmit a direct electric current to the battery for the system which stores the charge. The inverter is electrically connected to the battery for the system and transmits an electric current from the battery to one or more low-load circuits.09-04-2008
20080211451METHOD FOR SUPPLYING POWER WITH LIGHT VOLTAGE BATTERY, DEVICE AND SYSTEM THEREOF - The present invention relates to solar battery technological, and embodiments of the present invention provide a method, device and system for supplying power with light voltage battery. In the embodiments provided by the present invention, through a parameter scale value corresponding to electric energy generated by a tested object under current illumination condition, by adaptively adjusting a connection manner among multiple light voltage battery units in the light voltage battery combination unit, it is applicable to obtain needed electric energy from the light voltage battery combination unit. By this method, when light voltage battery is applied and illumination condition keeps changing, it can avoid the light voltage battery combination unit from outputting over-voltage or under-voltage electric energy. More important, in the present invention's embodiment, a DC/DC converter is not used to adjust battery's output voltage, thus the embodiment can avoid wasting the electric energy collected by light voltage battery to the best and provide sufficient electric energy for power-consuming devices to the best.09-04-2008
20080315828Multi Power Supply System for a Portable Device - The present invention discloses a multi power supply system for a portable device, particularly a power supply system having a multi power input interface and a universal serial bus (USB) power output interface and capable of receiving a solar electric power and a general battery power. The invention not only provides a multiple of power transmission interfaces of a rechargeable battery of an electric backup power source for supplying power to the portable device, but also achieves the rectification and protection effects.12-25-2008
20090289594Solar Photovoltaic power generation system, vehicle, control method for solar photovoltaic power generation system, and computer-readable recording medium recorded with program to cause computer to execute control method - A charge control ECU stops a charge converter periodically or at a predetermined timing, and detects the open-circuit voltage of a solar cell through a voltage sensor. The charge control ECU uses a preset relational expression or map to determine the operating voltage corresponding to a maximum output power from the solar cell based on the detected open-circuit voltage. The charge control ECU causes the charge converter to resume its operation when the determined operating voltage is set at the charge converter as the target voltage.11-26-2009
20110199043METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SODIUM-SULFUR BATTERY - A remaining battery level of each individual sodium-sulfur battery constituting a plurality of sodium-sulfur batteries is managed, a remaining battery level target value common to all sodium-sulfur batteries is set, and input/output power distributed to each individual sodium-sulfur battery is controlled based on a difference between the target value and the remaining battery level of the sodium-sulfur battery. This enables a uniform remaining battery level among the sodium-sulfur batteries to be attained.08-18-2011
20110199044Modular System For Unattended Energy Generation And Storage - An apparatus and method for supplying energy to a load includes an energy recharge unit, an energy storage unit, an energy converter connected to the energy recharge unit, the energy converter being capable of transferring energy at a power level from the energy recharge unit to an output node, the power level being determined by a power transfer controller, and a bi-directional energy converter connected to the energy storage unit and to the output node. The bi-directional energy converter is capable of converting energy of varying voltages from the energy storage unit to energy of varying current levels to supplement the transferred energy with energy from the energy storage unit so as to maintain a constant voltage on the output node. The bi-directional energy converter is capable of converting the transferred energy to provide charging energy to the energy storage unit when the transferred energy exceeds a demand level of the load while maintaining the constant voltage at the output node.08-18-2011
20090284215PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING SOLAR CELL - A portable electronic device includes a shell, a powering circuit, and solar cell. The shell includes a transparent section. The powering circuit is fixed in the shell and located facing the transparent section. The solar cell is connected to the powering circuit. When exterior light irradiates the transparent section, the solar cell converts the absorbed light into electrical voltage which is supplied to the portable electronic device to power functions thereof.11-19-2009
20090102414Solar-Powered Charger - A solar-powered charger includes a solar collector configured to generate electrical energy when exposed to light, a battery coupled to the solar collector configured to receive and store the electrical energy, a connector coupled to the solar collector and the battery to provide a pathway for discharging the electrical energy to an external device and a casing configured to retain the solar collector, the battery and the connector, comprising an integral clip configured to attach the solar-power charger to a plurality of objects.04-23-2009
20090261777SOLAR PANEL CHARGING DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD - A solar panel charging display device comprises: a solar panel capable of transforming solar energy into electrical energy; one storage module connected to the solar panel and storing the electrical energy produced by the solar panel; one measurement module connected to the solar panel and the storage module, and capable of generating an electrical signal which is an indication of the electric energy the solar panel generates and transfers to the storage module; and one display module connected to the measurement module and dynamically displaying the voltage or current. Using the display device, the user would easily determine the relationship between the positions or angle of the solar pane and the electrical energy is generating and re-arrange the solar panel accordingly for optimal performance. A method of use of the solar panel charging display device is also provided.10-22-2009
20090261776PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An exemplary portable electronic device includes a main body and a battery therein. The main body has a wind power generating and charging module mounted therein. The wind power generating and charging module includes a wind turbine generator and a control circuit. The control circuit is configured for controlling the wind generator to charge the battery.10-22-2009
20130099721COMBINATION ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM FOR SOLAR, WIND AND OTHER "NON-DISPATCHABLE" ENERGY SOURCES SERVING VARIABLE LOADS IN VARIOUS CONDITIONS - A compound energy storage system made up of two energy storage devices of different characteristics. The first device is a deep cycle lithium ion battery (or similar characteristics) and the second device is deep cycle lead-acid battery (or similar). Both devices are connected in parallel with control circuitry that manages the charging/discharging of each device in such a way that maximizes lifetime of the combined energy storage system when powering a load. First device acts as primary power source and is cycled daily under normal conditions. Second device provides additional power for periods of extended power draw and low temperatures, when the first device is unable to deliver sufficient energy or unable to take a charge. Excess power from external energy source or reserved in one of the devices shall be used to power components that will control device temperature and optimize overall performance of the storage system.04-25-2013
20120293108CHARGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM - A power generating unit generates electric power using natural energy, plural secondary battery packs are charged with the electric power generated by the power generating unit, and the secondary battery pack as a power source to be used for an operation control of a control unit controlling the operation of a charging system is selected on the basis of a charging rate of the corresponding secondary battery pack.11-22-2012
20110199040STAND ALONE SOLAR BATTERY CHARGER - A portable solar battery charger comprises a photovoltaic array, a power regulator, a controller, and a battery. In one embodiment, the controller is configured to increase the charging current provided by the power regulator to the battery over time using discrete current levels. A comparator can compare the voltage of the photovoltaic array to a threshold, and provide the result to the controller. The controller can be configured to decrease the current to a previously selected level when the comparator indicates the voltage of the photovoltaic array is below a threshold, thereby improving the efficiency of the current delivery to the battery.08-18-2011
20100102772System and Method for Storing and Releasing Energy - A power system includes a housing having a base and a handle, a battery; a charge controller, and an inverter. The power system further includes a chimney-like venting system for cooling the power system. The chimney venting system may have at least one opening near said base and at least one opening near said handle.04-29-2010
20100102773CIRCUITS AND METHODS FOR POWER CONVERSION - A power conversion circuit includes a solar panel and a power converter. The solar panel is operable for providing electric power having an output voltage. The power converter coupled to the solar panel is capable of selectively operating in a charging mode and a powering mode. The power converter transfers the electric power from the solar panel to a power source and maintains the output voltage at a threshold voltage in the charging mode. The power converter delivers power from the power source to a load in the powering mode.04-29-2010
20110266993Systems and methods for solar based battery charging - The present invention relates to systems and methods for solar based battery charging for use in systems positioned remotely or susceptible to discontinuous power supply such as solar powered aviation obstruction lights. In an embodiment, a solar powered aviation obstruction light includes a solar panel (11-03-2011
20080238355FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND OPERATION METHOD THEREFOR - A motorbike is mounted with a fuel cell system which includes a cell stack, a secondary battery which is charged by the cell stack and a controller which has a CPU. After receiving an operation stop command which is issued from a main switch, the CPU estimates a charging time for a charge rate of the secondary battery to attain a target value, based on a voltage of the secondary battery and a charge current which are detected based on detection signals from a voltage detection circuit and an electric current detection circuit, as well as based on a charging time estimation table stored in a memory. The charging time estimated by the CPU is displayed in a display.10-02-2008
20080238354Solar energy charging device for computer - A solar energy charging device for a computer allows the computer to be combined with a simple charging circuit and a chargeable battery, use solar energy to charge the chargeable battery, provide power sufficiently provided by a solar energy battery through the chargeable battery and need not use a general battery so that the battery is unnecessary to be replaced to reduce the use amount of general batteries to conform to the environmental protection requirement.10-02-2008
20110204843PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE CARRIER WITH CHARGING SYSTEM - A portable electronic device carrier supports and protects a portable electronic device while providing power to the device. The carrier is configured to house various portable electronic devices such as smart phones, cell phones, PDAs, tablets or the like. The carrier may comprise a foldable structure comprising two flaps or panels. One or more solar panels, batteries or both may provide power to a portable electronic device via a charging port that engages an interface of the portable electronic device. The carrier may include one or more retractable legs which support its panels relative to one another such that the portable electronic device may be held at various positions or angles which are well suited for different tasks. The carrier may include memory devices and various other ports to enhance the capabilities of the portable electronic device.08-25-2011
20100127657PORTABLE SOLAR CELL CHARGING DEVICE - A solar cell charging device includes a base shown as a shell shape, a light-converging lens arranged at a top face of the base, a solar collector correspondingly located under the light-converging lens and a photoelectric converting unit. A plurality of charging troughs arranged on the base are recessed inwardly from circumferential faces thereof. The photoelectric converting unit is connected between each charging trough and the solar collector, converting the light energy absorbed by the solar collector into electric energy provided to be input into each charging trough, after the light-converging lens focuses the solar energy onto the solar collector.05-27-2010
20090167238Method and system for float charging a battery - Float charging a battery comprises charging a battery to a reference voltage that is less than a maximum voltage of the battery. A power source provides power to a charging circuit. The circuit supplies a reference voltage. An operational amplifier float charges the battery to the reference voltage. A comparator determines whether the battery's voltage exceeds the reference voltage. Another comparator determines whether current through the battery exceeds a reference current. A thermistor determines whether the battery's temperature exceeds a safe range. A microprocessor monitors the inputs from the comparators and the thermistor and outputs of the circuit. If the comparators or the thermistor reports a safety fault to the microprocessor, the microprocessor shuts down the charging current to the battery. If an output circuit draws too much current from the battery, the microprocessor can disconnect the battery from the output circuit.07-02-2009
20080278110Multi-functional power supply device and operating method thereof - A multi-functional power supply device comprises: a secondary cell, a charging circuit, a controller, and a first connection unit. The secondary cell is used to store electrical energy, and produces a first voltage and a second voltage. When the first connection unit is electrically connected to a solar board, the charging circuit receives the electrical energy which is transformed from the solar board and is then stored in the secondary cell. The controller controls the second voltage to produce at least one output voltage to an application apparatus. Moreover, when the first connection unit changes to connect with a lighting device, the secondary cell provides the first voltage to the lighting device directly. Hence, the present invention provides power to the application apparatus, and produces a light source through the lighting device at the same time.11-13-2008
20080278111Method for charging a battery of an autonomous system - In an autonomous system, the method for charging a power storage element from a generator comprises temperature measurement, with switching from a first charging mode to a second charging mode in which the voltage is regulated by the temperature. The first charging mode is charging at regulated current to a maximum current value which is a function of the state of charge of the power storage element and of the temperature of the power storage element. Switching is performed when the voltage at the terminals of the power storage element reaches a preset threshold value, itself a function of the value of the current and temperature of the power storage element.11-13-2008
20120293111MOBILE SOLAR POWER-GENERATING SYSTEM - A mobile solar power-generating system includes a prismatic container (11-22-2012
20120293110ELECTRODE, FUEL CELL AND BATTERY - An aluminium electrode for use in an aluminium-air fuel cell. The aluminium electrode includes at least two long dimensions and at least two sides formed by the at least two long dimensions. At least one side includes at least one partially disrupted surface.11-22-2012
20120293109Method and System for Efficiently Exploiting Renewable Electrical Energy Sources - A method and system for efficiently exploiting renewable electrical energy sources by: constructing an electrical distribution network along and proximal to a roadway network traveled by electrical vehicles; introducing a plurality of removable electrical energy sources into the electrical distribution network at a plurality of spaced locations therein; and utilizing the plurality of renewable electrical energy sources in the electrical distribution network for powering fixed electrical facilities located along and proximal to the roadway network and also electrical vehicles traveling on the roadway network.11-22-2012
20120293107SOLAR BRACELET - A device configured to be worn around the wrist of a user and operable to charge an electrical device is provided. The device includes a cover and a band. The band is adapted to be worn around a wrist of a user. The cover may be adapted to mount onto the band. The band having a storage space configured for holding electrical components operable to store and discharge electrical power, such as a battery. The device further includes an output operable to connect the battery to an electrical device so as to charge the electrical device.11-22-2012
20080290832FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF STARTING OPERATION OF FUEL CELL SYSTEM - A fuel cell system includes a fuel cell stack for power generation by electrochemical reactions of a fuel gas and an oxygen-containing gas, a high voltage energy storage capable of storing and discharging electrical energy generated by power generation of the fuel cell stack, and capable of being directly coupled to the fuel cell stack, a group of loads consuming at least electrical energy generated by the fuel cell stack or electrical energy discharged from the high voltage energy storage, and an auxiliary device control unit for reducing an amount of electrical energy remaining in the energy storage to a predetermined value by any of the group of loads, before starting power generation of the fuel cell stack.11-27-2008
20080303478Integrated home appliance - An integrated home appliance includes a base, a home appliance, and a solar panel. The base includes a secondary battery, and a first port. The appliance has a second port. The solar panel has a third port corresponding to first port. The application device and the solar panel are alternately connected to the base. When the solar panel is connected to the base, the solar panel converts solar energy to power, and the power recharges the secondary battery. When the home appliance is connected to the base, the home appliance receives power from the secondary battery. Therefore, the home appliance does not need an electrical cord to receive power.12-11-2008
20080315825Self-Sustained Current Supply Device For Mobile Small Appliances - A self-sustained current supply device based on a modular concept with an energy-autarkic generator module being connected with appliance-specific exchangeable battery/electronics modules wherein an additional battery matching the small appliance can be charged within a short time.12-25-2008
20080315827Air turbine - A electrical generating device installed in an electric vehicle for the purpose of charging direct current batteries. The device being encased in a housing, can be installed behind the nose or front grill section of an electric vehicle. The front section of the device consists of an air intake, which directs high wind speed directly into a pivotal air turbine, which surrounds and connects a shaft. Attached to the shaft is a pulley that is connected to a pulley mounted on an electric generating device with the means of a rotational energy connecting element, thereby resulting in wind powered electrical generation for electric vehicles while in motion.12-25-2008
20110006726Method and Device for Limiting the Starting Current and for Discharging the DC Voltage Intermediate Circuit - Methods and associated devices are described for discharging the high-voltage network, particularly a DC voltage intermediate circuit, in which for discharging the capacitors of the high-voltage network, switching devices are used that lie between the capacitors and at least one precharging resistor and a high-voltage battery, and the switching devices are switches having a specifiable positioning of the switching contacts or switching units or relays or contactors, which are switchable with the aid of a control device. The operation of the switching units takes place in such a way that the at least one precharging resistor is used simultaneously for charging and discharging the DC voltage intermediate circuit.01-13-2011
20110006725CONTAINER AND REMOVABLE PHOTOVOLTAIC CHARGING PACK - A portable container having an exterior surface and defining an interior compartment. The portable container includes a photovoltaic (PV) charging pack and a receiving device coupled to the exterior surface for detachably coupling the PV charging pack to the exterior surface. The PV charging pack includes a PV panel and defines a compartment for containing a portable electronic device. The PV panel is oriented away from the exterior surface when the PV charging pack is coupled to the receiving device.01-13-2011
20110006724SOLAR CHARGED MOBILE WORKING STATIONS - A medical work station having a solar charging system. The medical work station includes a cart that carries a computer for providing access to and keeping track of medical information. The solar charging system is operatively connected to the computer to provide a solar power input. This solar input provides a constant replenishing of power to the computer as long as there is a source of UV light, such as through inside lighting or through sunlight.01-13-2011
20120056578CHARGING APPARATUS - A charging device can prevent overcharging by coping with a plurality of cell voltages without increasing a circuit area and current consumption. The charging device selects one of at least two judgment voltages in response to a select signal determined depending on a chargeable voltage of a secondary battery. The charging device compares a comparison voltage based on a voltage of a lower stream of a back flow prevention unit with the selected judgment voltage to detect a fully charged state of the secondary battery. The charging device interrupts supply of charging current to the back flow prevention unit upon detecting the fully charged state.03-08-2012
20130119918PORTABLE STACKABLE SOLAR BATTERIES - Portable stackable solar batteries are disclosed, in which the solar batteries can be connected in a planar arrangement for solar recharging and connected in a vertically stacked arrangement for powering an electrically powered device and/or for charging another rechargeable battery.05-16-2013
20130214722Power Charging System - Power charging system using sun energy or AC source suitable for wide range of applications such as charging electric vehicle battery or battery pack and/or supplying electricity for commercial, industrial and/or residential customers; the system comprises wide variety of relay and other components to manipulate the charging states. The system's circuits include a battery charging circuit, a control circuit and a reset control circuit for a relay requires redirected polarity of the control element(s) to change the closed state/position to open state/position to charge the power storage. The power charging system also including a battery charging circuit and a control circuit to which a relay is required unidirectional pulse input; there is no need to redirect polarities of the positive terminal of the control element to change the closed state/position to open state/position to charge the power storage.08-22-2013
20130214721PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE COMPRISING SOLAR POWERED FUNCTION - A portable electronic device includes a battery, a normal charge module, a solar powered module, and a switch. The normal charge module charges the battery from a commercial power source. The solar powered module includes a solar panel and a voltage converting circuit, the solar panel converts light into electricity outputs a voltage of the electricity to the voltage converting circuit, the voltage converting circuit converts the voltage output from the solar panel into a charging voltage, and rectifies and filters the charging voltage which is then output to the battery, to charge the battery. The switch selectively connects the battery either to the normal charge module or to the solar powered module.08-22-2013
20110204841System for storing electrical energy - A method and apparatus are described for storing electrical power in the form of relative chemical potential between a concentrated solution, typically salt brine, and a dilute version of the same solution. To recover the power, the concentrated solution and dilute solution are supplied to a means for transforming the difference in their chemical potential into electrical power by such means as pressure retarded osmosis or reverse electrodialysis. In operation such means take in the concentrated and dilute solutions and exhaust a solution of intermediate concentration. The concentrated solution is supplied from a container such as a pond. It is generated by evaporation of the intermediate concentration solution in a second, separate pond, which receives the exhaust from the power generation means. The exhaust solution is concentrated by evaporation and is transferred into the first pond when the concentration has reached a sufficient level. To obtain a high evaporation rate in a relatively small evaporation area, the evaporation is enhanced to a rate faster than that obtained at the liquid surface of an open pond of the solution by employing electrical evaporation enhancement means. The electrical evaporation enhancement means is programmed to draw power from an electrical supply grid during periods when electricity demand is low and or when the cost of electricity is below or equal to an average cost over a period such as a diurnal cycle. When demand is high the enhancement is discontinued and the power generation means uses the stored concentrated brine to generate extra electrical power. Therefore the enhancement means would be used less than 30% of the time when the stored concentrated brine is being used to generate electrical power.08-25-2011
20100141201METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CHARGING ELECTRIC VEHICLES USING SOLAR POWER - A method for delivering energy to an electric vehicle that includes a charging controller and a battery. The method includes coupling a trailer to the electric vehicle, and electrically coupling a portable solar charging assembly to the charging controller, wherein the solar charging assembly is mounted to the trailer and includes at least one solar panel. The method also includes converting solar energy into electrical energy using the at least one solar panel, and transmitting the electrical energy to the charging controller.06-10-2010
20090179611PORTABLE DEVICES HAVING MULTIPLE POWER INTERFACES - Portable devices having multiple power interfaces are described herein. According to one embodiment of the invention, a portable electronic device includes, but is not limited to, a processor, a memory coupled to the processor for storing instructions, when executed from the memory, cause the processor to perform one or more functions, a battery coupled to provide power to the processor and the memory, and a battery charging manager coupled to charge the battery using power derived from a plurality of power sources including a solar power source. Other methods and apparatuses are also described.07-16-2009
20090179610MOBILE POWER BANK - The invention provides a mobile power bank for charging a portable electronic device. The mobile power bank includes a casing, a printed circuit board disposed in the casing, a rechargeable battery disposed in the casing and electrically connecting to the printed circuit board, a curly transmission wire, and an adapter tip. The curly transmission wire passes through the casing and electrically connects to the rechargeable battery via the printed circuit board. The adapter tip is coupled to the curly transmission wire and electrically connecting to the portable electronic device.07-16-2009
20090079382ELECTRICAL POWER UNIT - A fuel cell 1 and an electric double-layer capacitor 2 are parallelly arranged for a power supply. A DC/DC converter 3 steps up voltage of the fuel cell 1 and the electric double-layer capacitor 2, to thereby output power. An output switch 5 is disposed on an output pathway of the DC/DC converter 3. By controlling the output switch 5 with a control IC 4, output power can be switched on and off. When there is a fuel shortage or abnormality in the fuel cell 1, the control IC 4 controls the output switch 5, to thereby intermittently alter the output power. With this configuration, when the power supply is used for a mobile telephone as a portable electronic device connected thereto, a user can confirm whether there is a fuel shortage or a fuel cell abnormality by checking of blinking state of a charge pilot lamp of the mobile telephone.03-26-2009
20120104990Alkali Metal Ion Battery with Bimetallic Electrode - Electrochemical cells having molten electrodes having an alkali metal provide receipt and delivery of power by transporting atoms of the alkali metal between electrode environments of disparate chemical potentials through an electrochemical pathway comprising a salt of the alkali metal. The chemical potential of the alkali metal is decreased when combined with one or more non-alkali metals, thus producing a voltage between an electrode comprising the molten the alkali metal and the electrode comprising the combined alkali/non-alkali metals.05-03-2012
20090160397ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR A SATELLITE - An electrical power supply system for a satellite with continuously controlled DC-voltage is suitable for recharging batteries without requiring any specific charge module. To this purpose, at least one solar generator section, so-called charge section, is connected directly to a battery output terminal (B). Simultaneously, at least one battery discharge module is dedicated to the control of a residual current that is not used for recharging the batteries. A first regulator is added to the system in order to control said residual current on the basis of a current produced by the charge section and a charge target for the batteries. Optionally, a second regulator may also be added, in order to directly control the current produced by the charge section when equipment that is electrically powered has a low consumption.06-25-2009
20090160396Charging device receiving light from diverse sources - A charging device that receives light from diverse sources includes at least a solar cell that receives light from diverse sources to generate a voltage source, a charging circuit module connected with the solar cell to boost the voltage of the voltage source, and a connector connected with the charging circuit module. Such a design enables the present invention to charge a mobile phone or rechargeable battery by receiving the light radiated from the indoor light kits or sunlight.06-25-2009
20090128089LIGHT DETECTION POWER SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SAME - The invention concerns a light detection power system (05-21-2009
20090128086SOLAR CHARGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR A MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL - A contactless charging apparatus, comprising: a battery having an induction coil; and a charging unit for supplying a current generated by condensing solar light to a built-in magnetic field generating coil for charging the battery by inductive coupling between the magnetic field generating coil and the induction coil.05-21-2009
20090128085Integrated Wind and Solar Power Generting Structure - An integrated wind and solar power generating structure has a box shape for facilitating moving, installing, disassembling so as to help promotion. The structure includes a foundation disposed on the ground for supporting the weight of the structure. The foundation has a flagpole for a set of connecting rods to be installed and to rotate on the flagpole. The set of connecting rods includes a plurality of connecting rods connected in series, wherein a wind turbine is installed on the topmost connecting rod for generating wind power. The structure also includes a shaft mechanism having a first end axially connected to a lower end of the set of connecting rods and a second end axially connected to the foundation respectively, and a labor-saving retractable device for driving the set of connecting rods to erect or lay down the wind turbine on the set of connecting rods with regard to an axis of the flagpole. Besides, the foundation has a battery, an electronic controlling device disposed therein to receive power from the wind turbine and a solar panel. The set of connecting rods has each connecting rod disposed with a rope ring and a rope, the rope extends and fixes to a fixed position on the ground when the set of connecting rods is erected or laid down. Besides, a supporting rod is additionally disposed and fixed on the ground, so that when the set of connecting rods is laid down, it was laid upon the supporting rod and tied up to the supporting rod and other immobile objects nearby.05-21-2009
20110204842CHARGER, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND STORAGE CASE - According to one embodiment, a charger includes a fuel cell configured to generate electricity, an intake/exhaust unit configured to supply air to the fuel cell and discharge an emission from the fuel cell, a fuel tank configured to supply fuel to the fuel cell, and a power transmission unit configured to transmit the electricity generated in the fuel cell in a non-contact manner. The power transmission unit and the intake/exhaust unit are oriented in different directions.08-25-2011
20120068660OPERATION METHOD OF POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM USING SECONDARY BATTERY - A battery-used power grid operation method for handling a home-use secondary battery as a virtual battery of medium- to large-scale and for lessening a necessary cell capacity to thereby enable efficient absorption of an output variation of renewable energy-derived electric power is provided. In a power system including electrical household appliances in a house having a renewable power generator, an individual house-installed rechargeable battery or separately central-managed battery, and a control device which measures and controls an output variation of the renewable power generator, those output variations of the renewable power generator occurring with time and due to changes of weather and seasons are absorbed as much as possible by preset-temperature control of the electric household appliances in the house while absorbing the remaining variations by charge/discharge of the battery, thereby lessening an electricity storage capacity required for the variation absorption.03-22-2012
20090251097WIND POWER CHARGING DEVICES - A wind power charging device for a portable electric apparatus is provided. The wind power charging device includes a fan, a power transformation device, a switching device, a rechargeable battery, and an output terminal. The fan rotates according to wind power and generates rotation power. The power transformation device transforms the rotation power to electric power. The switching device receives the electric power and outputs a first charging voltage. The rechargeable battery is charged by the first charging voltage and discharged to output a second charging voltage. The output terminal receives the first charging voltage and the second charging voltage and outputs a third charging voltage. The switching device selectively outputs the first charging voltage to one of the rechargeable battery or the output terminal.10-08-2009
20110221385INDUCTIVE POWER SOURCE AND CHARGING SYSTEM - A portable inductive power source, power device, or unit, for use in powering or charging electrical, electronic, battery-operated, mobile, and other devices is disclosed herein. In accordance with an embodiment the system comprises a pad or similar base unit that contains a primary, which creates an alternating magnetic field by means of applying an alternating current to a winding, coil, or any type of current carrying wire. A receiver comprises a means for receiving the energy from the alternating magnetic field from the pad and transferring it to a mobile or other device. In some embodiments the receiver can also comprise electronic components or logic to set the voltage and current to the appropriate levels required by the mobile device, or to communicate information or data to and from the pad. Embodiments may also incorporate efficiency measures that improve the efficiency of power transfer between the charger and receiver.09-15-2011
20090167237FLEXIBLE POWER APPARATUS - A flexible power supply apparatus includes a flexible textile capacitor, a power source, a charging part, and a control circuit. The power source is electrically coupled with the flexible textile capacitor. The charging part for charging an electric product or a secondary battery is electrically coupled with the power source. The charging part and the flexible textile capacitor are connected in parallel. The flexible textile capacitor discharges a current to the charging part when the flexible textile capacitor is charged to a predetermined charging level. The control circuit for controlling the charging and discharging of the flexible textile capacitor, and the charging part is electrically coupled with the flexible textile capacitor the power source, and the charging part.07-02-2009
20110140648ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM OF APARTMENT BUILDING, INTEGRATED POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SYSTEM - An energy storage system of an apartment building, an integrated power management system, and a method of controlling the integrated power management system. Power may be efficiently consumed by supplying remaining power stored in an energy storage system of each apartment to a common load.06-16-2011
20110140647COMPUTER SYSTEM HAVING SOLAR POWER UNIT AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A charging system for a mobile device such as a computer, and method of operating the same are disclosed. The computer is a system that includes: a system unit being provided with power output to an operation power supply terminal to carry out an operation; a battery unit outputting battery power to the operation power supply terminal; and a solar power unit being provided with feedback on a voltage of the operation power supply terminal and outputting solar power corresponding to a predetermined operational level of the system unit to the operation power supply terminal.06-16-2011
20090085513Portable Electronic Device - A portable electronic device comprises a main body, a lens module and a solar panel. The main body comprises a battery pack and a photosensitive element. The lens module is connected with the main body. The solar panel is disposed between the photosensitive element and the lens module, and the solar panel is electrically connected with the battery pack. The solar panel is able to receive the light focused by the lens module and convert the light into electricity to supply to the battery pack.04-02-2009
20090085512APPARATUS FOR CHARGING A BATTERY OF A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A power source (04-02-2009
20090230917METHOD OF PROTECTING ELECTRICITY STORAGE DEVICE IN HYBRID DC POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM - A method protects a battery in a fuel cell vehicle, in which an inverter-driven motor is supplied with electric power from the battery and a fuel cell. If a battery voltage of the battery falls outside of a prescribed range, a primary current and a secondary current that flow through the DC/DC converter, or currents in branch paths that correspond to the primary current and the secondary current, are reduced in order to limit a charging current flowing into the battery or a discharging current flowing from the battery.09-17-2009
20090230916System and method for creating a networked infrastructure distribution platform of small wind energy gathering devices - A roadway system for energy generation and distribution is presented. In accordance with one embodiment of the invention, the roadway system comprises a plurality of ground-based wind energy generating devices, one or more roads, and a roadway system electricity grid. The roadway system may additionally include, for example, a plurality of ground-based solar energy generating devices, one or more vehicle-based solar energy generating devices and one or more vehicle-based wind energy generating devices. The energy generating devices are connected to the roadway system electricity grid and substantially all of the ground-based wind energy generating devices are positioned on part of one of the roads or near to one or more of the roads to thereby allow energy generation from wind created from passing vehicles in addition to energy generation from atmospheric wind.09-17-2009
20090230915ENERGY SYSTEM, ELECTRONIC MODULE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OF SAID ENERGY SYSTEM - The invention relates to an energy system comprising an electrochemical energy source, wherein said electrochemical energy source comprises at least one assembly of a first electrode, a second electrode, and an intermediate solid-state electrolyte separating said first electrode and said second electrode. The invention also relates to an electronic module provided with such an energy system. The invention further relates to an electronic device provided with such an energy system. Moreover, the invention relates to a method of manufacturing of such an energy system.09-17-2009
20090212735RECONFIGURABLE CHARGING CONTROL MODULE - The present invention provides a reconfigurable charging control module whose energy transmission state can be changed or adjusted according to the specifications of an energy storage device that is to receive energy. The energy transmission state can be changed or adjusted in a contact or contactless manner. In addition, the energy transmission state of the reconfigurable charging control module can be set in a contact or contactless manner in advance, and then incorporated with an energy storage device to form an energy storage system.08-27-2009
20090243536METHOD OF FULLY CHARGING AN ELECTRICAL ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE USING A LOWER VOLTAGE FUEL CELL SYSTEM - A fuel cell system that includes a fuel cell stack and an EESD electrically coupled to a common high voltage bus line. The EESD has a higher voltage output than the fuel cell stack, and thus the stack is unable to fully charge the EESD, for example, at system shut-down. In order to allow the fuel cell stack to fully charge the EESD, the EESD is separated into a plurality of separate electrical storage banks having lower voltage potentials. A series of contactors are provided to electrically couple the storage banks in series during normal system operation, and separately charge the storage banks using the fuel cell stack so that they are fully charged. The series of contactors can also be configured so that the storage banks can be electrically coupled in series during normal operation of the system and be electrically coupled in parallel during charging at system shut-down.10-01-2009
20090256520Portable Notebook Computer with Selectively Exposed Solar Charging Cells - A portable notebook solar charger provides a high-powered power supply, applicable to many PCs throughout the world. Specific embodiments utilize an HCSS Li-ion battery that can charge a notebook, cellular phone, MP3/MP4 players, digital cameras, gaming devices. A discreet selectively openable and closable protective cover protects the solar charging cells in the closed position and opens to expose the solar cells to a suitable light source for charging. Specific embodiments of a solar charging unit are selectively attachable and detachable to a notebook computer. Alternative embodiments provide an integrated solar charger with selectively openable protective cover.10-15-2009
20090315506Electro - mechanical engine, with self charging system - Over the course of decades, man has relied on the internal combustion engine to power such things as a car engine.12-24-2009
20090315507Photovoltaic Circuit - A photovoltaic circuit configured to supply an output current to a tank module is provided. The photovoltaic circuit comprises a photovoltaic transformation module, a first process module, a plurality of second process modules, and a first control module. The process modules are connected to each other in parallel. The process modules in the parallel connection are connected to the photovoltaic transformation module and the tank module in series. The first control module is connected to the first process module and generates a control signal to the process modules in response to a divided current, a modulation current, and a last output current generated by the first process module. Thereby, the process modules interlacedly output the corresponding modulation current as the output current supplied to the energy reserve module.12-24-2009
20100176760SYSTEM FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER AND CHARGE MANAGEMENT - A charging system for an intelligent consumer device is presented. The charging system includes a monitoring program executed by the intelligent consumer device that displays data related to the charge state of a battery pack. An intelligent charger provides solar generated power and data to the intelligent consumer device regarding performance of the solar panel. The power management application may be downloaded to the intelligent consumer device from the internet.07-15-2010
20100156339Portable solar battery charger - A portable solar powered battery charger made of multiple panels which can be deployed in a variety of configurations, depending on the amount and shape of the space available. If less than the total number of panels is deployed to gather solar energy, then the electrical configuration is adjusted accordingly with a multiposition switch. The panels include a set of telescoping legs, which can be extended to keep the charger positioned in a window. The panels of the charger can be rotated apart to be deployed on a curved surface such as an umbrella or a tent.06-24-2010
20100156340METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CHARGING AN ENERGY STORE - The invention relates to a method and an apparatus (06-24-2010
20120139472ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION METHOD - An electricity distribution system includes an electricity supply control unit that receives information on power consumption, estimates the current and the future power consumption, and controls the supply of electricity to the electric device; an information display unit that displays information on a power use situation of an electric device electrically connected with the electricity supply control unit; and a battery server that accumulates power, in which the electricity supply control unit communicates the information on the power consumption with a new electric device when the new electric device is electrically connected, and when the amount of available power is exceeded by supplying electricity to the electric device, does not supply electricity to the electric device, makes the information display unit display that the amount of available power is exceeded by supplying electricity to the information display unit, and determines whether to use the power accumulated in the battery server.06-07-2012
20120139471Photovoltaic System Charge Controller Having Buck Converter with Reversed MOSFETS - A maximum power point tracking charge controller for photovoltaic systems includes a buck converter for receiving the maximum power voltage from a PV array as input and for supplying voltage output to charge a battery bank while converting the voltage input to a voltage output that matches the voltage required by the battery bank for charging. The buck converter includes an inductor, a first switch, and a second switch comprised of a first MOSFET and a second MOSFET connected in series with a parallel diode, wherein the configuration of the second MOSFET is reversed from the configuration of the first MOSFET.06-07-2012
20100259210Charged/Discharged Power control for a Capacitor Type Energy Storage Device - A charge/discharge of a capacitor system (10-14-2010
20100181958ENVIRONMENTAL POWER GENERATION DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - An environmental power generation device may include a base, a turbine mounting structure carried by the base and a wind turbine carried by the turbine mounting structure. The environmental power generation device may also include a power generator in communication with the wind turbine. The power generator may include a rotor in communication with the wind turbine, and a stator in rotational communication with the rotor. The environmental power generation device may further include a solar cell mounting structure connected to the base, and a solar cell connected to the solar cell mounting structure and positioned to overlie the wind turbine.07-22-2010
20090079383Method and apparatus for power conversion with maximum power point tracking and burst mode capability - An apparatus and method for converting a DC input power to a DC output power. The apparatus comprises an energy storage module and a burst mode controller. The burst mode controller causes energy to be stored in the energy storage module during at least one storage period, and further causes the energy to be drawn from the energy storage module during at least one burst period. During the at least one burst period, the DC output power is greater than the DC input power. Additionally, the burst mode controller employs a maximum power point tracking (MPPT) technique for operating a device providing the DC input power proximate a maximum power point (MPP).03-26-2009
20100259211Recharge battery safely chargeable with solar energy - A recharge battery device includes a solar charge coupled to a alkaline recharge battery for supplying a solar energy to the alkaline recharge battery, an inner recharge battery coupled to the alkaline recharge battery, a safeguard and a voltage detector coupled to the alkaline recharge battery for actuating the safeguard to cut off the energy to the alkaline recharge battery when the alkaline recharge battery may not be suitably recharged or charged, or when the alkaline recharge battery is overflow or overcharged, or when too much energy is supplied to the alkaline recharge battery, and for preventing the alkaline recharge battery from being overcharged or damaged.10-14-2010
20100013429BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Battery management systems and methods are provided. The system includes an electronic device and a fuel cell module. The electronic device includes a processing module, a first power adapter, a first communication interface, and a rechargeable battery. The fuel cell module includes a second power adapter connected with the first power adapter, a second communication interface connected with the first communication interface, at least one fuel cell, and a control unit. The control unit receives a first status of the rechargeable battery from the electronic device via the processing module, the first communication interface and the second communication interface, and determines whether to charge the rechargeable battery using the fuel cell via the second power adapter and the first power adapter according to the first status.01-21-2010
20100013428APPARATUS FOR CHARGING PORTABLE DEVICES USING SOLAR CELL - Provided is an apparatus for charging a variety of portable devices using external light without an additional power, and more particularly, an apparatus adding a voltage pump function in which a full charge or quick charge is performed by artificial-intellectually recognizing types of portable devices, the state of a residual current of a battery inside the portable devices is sensed, a voltage of the apparatus is boosted and the battery is fully charged. The apparatus includes a microcomputer, a built-in battery charging the power generated in the solar cell, a built-in battery charging pulse width modulation (PWM) unit switching a charging operation into the built-in battery from the solar cell and controlling the size of a voltage (a charge voltage) supplied to the built-in battery, a built-in battery discharging PWM unit controlling (switching) a discharging operation in which the voltage charged in the built-in battery is discharged into the external device and controlling the size of a discharge voltage, a temperature sensor sensing a temperature of the built-in battery, and a voltage input/output unit outputting the voltage discharged from the built-in battery to the external device and having a common connection terminal to which voltage is inputted from the outside, so as to supply an output voltage of an external battery charger to the built-in battery.01-21-2010
20100001681SOLAR-POWERED DEVICE - Solar-powered device having a body for housing at least one energy storage module and at least one control module are disclosed. The body includes an opening formed by at least two recesses disposed about an upper surface of the body. At least one solar panel may be coupled to the upper surface of the body where the solar panel may be received by the recesses.01-07-2010
20100277115SOLAR ENERGY STORING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A solar energy storing system includes a solar energy converting unit, a rechargeable battery unit, a charging unit, a switch unit, a detecting unit, and a controlling unit. The solar energy converting unit converts solar energy into electrical energy to generate a charging voltage. The rechargeable battery unit stores the electrical energy. The rechargeable battery unit includes a plurality of rechargeable batteries. The charging unit charges the rechargeable battery unit using the charging voltage. The switch unit changes electrical connections between the rechargeable batteries. The detecting unit detects the charging voltage and a voltage of each of the rechargeable batteries and determines a charging status between the charging voltage and the voltages of the rechargeable batteries. The controlling unit controls the switch unit to change the electrical connections between the rechargeable batteries according to the charging status between the charging voltage and the voltages of the rechargeable batteries.11-04-2010
20100277116METHOD FOR POWERING A SURVEILLANCE CAMERA USING SOLAR GENERATED WIRELESS ENERGY - A method for generating electricity from solar power to a surveillance camera, relying on a photovoltaic panels (11-04-2010
20100253276Power supply system and circuit control method thereof - A power supply system is adapted to providing a rated power to a load, and includes a fuel cell, a secondary battery, a charging device, and a control unit. The fuel cell provides a first power. The secondary battery provides a second power and is electrically connected with the fuel cell. The charging device is electrically connected with the fuel cell and the secondary battery.10-07-2010
20100231160SYSTEM FOR ASSOCIATING RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND CONSUMERS - In one embodiment, a system comprises: a renewable energy generator; a renewable energy availability server connected to the renewable energy generator, wherein the renewable energy server is connected to an electric grid and a network, the renewable energy availability server is configured to transmit a right to recharge certificate; a rechargeable device containing a recharge controller, wherein the recharge controller is connected to the electrical grid, the recharge controller configured to receive upon request the right to recharge certificate; and the recharge controller being further capable of enabling charging of the rechargeable device based on the right to recharge certificate.09-16-2010
20100219789Method and apparatus for energy harvesting using CMOS sensor - An apparatus using reconfigurable integrated sensor elements with an efficient energy harvesting capability is described. Each sensor element has sensing and energy harvesting mode. In the sensing mode, the sensor element measures an environmental characteristic by generating electrical charge and outputs a time-encoded signal indicative of the measurement. In the energy harvesting mode, the sensor element itself is used to harvest energy from ambient energy source and makes it available to other sensor elements or circuit components. The sensing element is switched from the sensing mode to the energy harvesting mode when the electrical charge reaches a predetermined threshold. An image sensor device using asynchronous readout for harvesting energy from incident light while generating images is also described.09-02-2010
20090072779Low Voltage Energy System - An energy system for transferring energy from a lower voltage energy source, such as a single photovoltaic cell or two photovoltaic cells connected in series, to a higher voltage energy storage, such as a capacitor or one or more batteries. The system uses a controller operating from the higher voltage storage to control a boost converter which transfers energy from the lower voltage source to the higher voltage storage.03-19-2009
20100253278ADVANCED RECHARGEABLE BATTERY SYSTEM - A rechargeable battery system having a plurality of cells in series circuits for high voltage applications. Cells, cell sets and cell packs in series circuits are protected from over-charging with self-discharging devices. The rechargeable battery system is protected from over-charging and over-discharging and charging is controlled to be resumed by an over-charge/over-discharge printed circuit board or the charger.10-07-2010
20100225266Renewable energy vehicle charging station - A renewable energy system for directly charging electric and hybrid vehicles is shown for areas with modest wind resources and/or solar resources. The invention consists of a composite stanchion for mounting on a base in a parking lot that is both capable of supporting a medium sized wind turbine (or solar array) and serving as a battery storage and charging control station. Significant improvements in blade pitch adjustment and cost reduction for wind turbine blades allow the system to operate at an acceptable cost in areas with modest winds and avoid the need for remotely supplied renewable electricity in areas of high population density. In turn, this will allow for increased electrical grid stability through increased use of distributed generation.09-09-2010
20100225268ARTICLE OF MANUFACTURE HAVING A REMOVABLE SOLAR RECHARGEABLE POWER SUPPLY - The invention is an electronic device having a removable solar rechargeable power supply. A power supply module and battery pack are removable from the base unit as a sub-unit, or as a kit. The power supply contains batteries that are replaceable and rechargeable. Additionally, the power supply contains a solar cell secured to the power supply and integrated such that the solar cell, when receiving radiation, generates a voltage managed by the circuit to recharge the batteries until a completion level is reached, whereupon the recharging circuit reacts to prevent overcharging and damage to either the circuit or the batteries. An optional feature includes a circuit linking feature to electronically couple to the power supply circuit of the device such that the batteries supply power to the main unit during normal use until the batteries are drained and then the solar cell provides operative power to the main unit.09-09-2010
20100225267SWITCHING TIME CONTROL MULTIPLEXER SYSTEM - A system for energizing an energy storage device includes an electric power source, an energy system in communication with the electric power source, and a switching time control multiplexer. The energy storage system includes at least two parallel energy storage devices. The switching time control multiplexer is configured to supply total charging current from the electric power source to the energy storage system such that each storage device is charged in an alternating manner with the total charging current being less than a total charging current required for parallel charging.09-09-2010
20120139473Radiant Energy Powered Electrical Power Supply Device and Method for Operating Such a Power Supply Device - An electrical power supply apparatus supplied with radiant energy is equipped with at least one electrical generator converting radiant energy into electrical power. The electrical power generator can be a photovoltaic solar generator that converts the impinging radiant energy into electrical power. A hydrogen generator produces hydrogen from water and a water reservoir is connected through a first water line to the hydrogen generator. A hydrogen reservoir is connected through a first hydrogen line to the hydrogen generator. A fuel cell or a hydrogen combustion engine is connected to a second electrical power generator, which fuel cell or engine is connected through a second hydrogen line to the hydrogen reservoir and is connected through a second water line to the water reservoir. A control unit is electrically connected to the electrical power generator, hydrogen generator, and fuel cell or hydrogen combustion engine.06-07-2012
20100237823IN SITU RECHARGEABLE BATTERY AND CHARGING STAND - A secondary button cell battery that is particularly suited for use in hearing aid appliances, and an associated charging station. Recharging is accomplished without direct conductive connection between the source of the energy and either the battery or its appliance. Radio frequency energy is harvested in an enclosed chamber in a charging station and applied to the recharging of the button cell. Such energy is harvested by the use of one or more energy harvesting diodes connected in parallel with the battery. Multiple diodes connected in parallel or serial may be used to adjust charging current or voltage or both. Charge control is provided by directly or indirectly detecting the level of charge on the cell. Where the associated appliance is a hearing aid, the charge level detection may be accomplished acoustically by determining the characteristics of the sound emitted by the hearing aid, and charging is accomplished with the cell within the hearing aid appliance.09-23-2010
20110006727SOLAR BATTERY CHARGER - A personal solar appliance (PSA) is presented that collects and stores solar energy. A method of charging a battery from a solar cell according to some embodiments is presented that includes applying power from a bootstrap circuit when the battery has a very low state of charge or the solar cell has output below a threshold; and applying power from a maximum power point circuit when the battery and the solar cell provide power above the threshold.01-13-2011
20090045770HEADGEAR ASSEMBLY CAPABLE OF COLLECTING SOLAR POWER - A headgear assembly includes a solar power collecting unit mounted on a headgear member for converting solar power into electrical energy, and a power supplying unit having a rechargeable battery set disposed in a housing, connected electrically and wiredly to the solar power collecting unit so as to be charged by the electrical energy therefrom, and a power switch mounted on the housing for controlling electrical connection between a power output port on the housing and the rechargeable battery set so as to permit supply of electrical power from the rechargeable battery set to a load connected electrically to the power output port when in an ON state.02-19-2009
20090251098Method for extending the time a portable generator powered by a DC battery may operate by recharging the battery at the same time it is being used as a power source - A method for extending the time a battery-operated electrical generator may operate by recharging the battery, at the same time it is being used as a power source, by using a portion of the electrical output to operate an alternator to produce low current and low voltage electrical power to recharge the battery, while supplementing from another source, e.g., solar or wind, the power used to operate the alternator.10-08-2009
20110057602APPARATUS WITH ELECTRIC ELEMENT POWERED BY A CAPACITIVE CERAMIC-BASED ELECTRICAL ENERGY STORAGE UNIT (EESU) WITH CHARGING INTERFACE AND WITH ON-BOARD ENERGY GENERATION - Within an apparatus (03-10-2011
20110109259PORTABLE TERMINAL - A portable terminal includes a cover movably coupled to a body, a first solar cell on the body; and a second solar cell on the cover. The first and second solar cells may be oriented in the same or different directions. When oriented in the same direction, both solar cells may receive light when the cover is opened relative to the body. The solar cells output voltages for simultaneously charging a battery when the cover is opened and when voltages from the first and second solar cells exceed a predetermined reference voltage.05-12-2011
20090284214POWER MANAGEMENT METHOD USING FEEDBACK CURRENT BIAS FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY CONTROLLING LOW CELLS AND OVERALL STACK VOLTAGE - A method for controlling the current output from a fuel cell stack to prevent the stack voltage or the minimum fuel cell voltage from dropping below predetermined voltage set-points. The method for the stack voltage control includes determining whether the stack voltage has dropped to the predetermined voltage set-point, and if so, capturing and holding the actual stack current at that point as the maximum allowed stack current. If the stack voltage continues to fall below the voltage set-point, then the voltage set-point is subtracted from the actual voltage to get a positive error signal. Controller gains are then multiplied by the error signal to reduce the current allowed from the stack to drive the error signal to zero, and increase the stack voltage. The method for the minimum fuel cell voltage operates in the same manner, but with different values.11-19-2009
20110127944PARKING AND POWER CHARGING SYSTEM - When an arriving electric vehicle arrives at a car park with parking spaces, a parking state detection means in a parking and power charging system detects the presence of empty parking spaces. An assignment means assigns a ranking of charging performance to each detected empty parking space so that the empty parking space having the charging device of a higher charging performance has a higher ranking of charging performance on the basis of descending order of charging performance of the charging devices. A communication means obtains vehicle parameters of the arriving electric vehicle. A parking space instruction means instructs the arriving electric vehicle to move to and be parked in the empty parking space having the ranking of charging performance selected on the basis of the vehicle parameter such as necessity to charge or degree to easily charge the on-vehicle battery mounted on the arriving electric vehicle.06-02-2011
20090039827Solar-Powered Charger With Heat-Dissipating Surface - A solar-powered charger includes a solar collector configured to generate electrical energy when exposed to light, a connector coupled to the solar collector to provide a pathway for discharging the electrical energy to an external device and a casing comprising a surface configured to dissipate heat.02-12-2009
20090009130Apparatus and Method for Charging an Accumulator - An apparatus for charging an accumulator (01-08-2009
20090072780Photovoltaic-Charged Secondary Battery System - The present invention provides a photovoltaic-charged secondary battery system, in which an electrode for optical power generation and an electrode for charging and discharging generated electrical energy are integrated into a single cell structure, and the potential difference between the electrodes is systematically controlled, thus maximizing the conversion efficiency of optical energy, maximizing the utilization rate of cell energy, and extending the life span of the battery.03-19-2009
20090167239CHARGER - (EN) A charger which can charge a secondary battery suitably with a simple device without particularly requiring fuel supply control, and in which overload to a fuel cell is hard to occur. The charger comprises a fuel supply means (07-02-2009
20090115368Distributed electric power generation - An electric power generating system is arranged such that the system efficiency approaches 100%. In the context of this special arrangement, system efficiency is defined as the electrical energy produced divided by the amount of heat energy allocated to its production. All heat energy that is not converted to electric energy is completely used by an associated household. However, high efficiency requires that heat usage by the household is not increased as a result of this arrangement. Unlike most electric power generation, heat is not wasted, so there is no inefficiency.05-07-2009
20110031926BATTERY CHARGER FOR A PHTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM, A CONTROLLER THEREFOR AND A METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A battery charger, or charge controller, for a photovoltaic system is disclosed, comprising a maximum power point tracker (MPPT) circuit, which may be bypassed by means of a bypass circuit. The bypass circuit may be a simple electrical wire or link. The battery charger is operable to track the maximum power of a photogenerator by means of the MPPT, or to bypass the MPPT and disable it, in dependence on whether the power loss which results from the MPPT would be greater than the power saving achieved by tracking the maximum power point of the photogenerator.02-10-2011
20090108799DRIVING DEVICE AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT MODULE - A driving device for driving a load and including a secondary cell, a fuel cell, and an energy management module. The energy management module is coupled to the secondary cell and the fuel cell and generates a first current or a second current to the load according to the voltage of the fuel cell.04-30-2009
20100295502SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING POWER CONVERTERS - A system for controlling a power converter having an inductive component is disclosed. The system includes a low pass filter electrically coupled to the inductive component for producing a source referenced voltage proportional to a current flowing through the inductive component. The system also includes a control device electrically coupled to the low pass filter for calculating the current through the inductive component using the source referenced voltage and controlling the power converter using the calculated current.11-25-2010
20100301797METHOD OF BATTERY CHARGING AND POWER CONTROL IN CONJUNCTION WITH MAXIMUM POWER POINT TRACKING - A method of providing power includes providing no power to an output device if the output device cannot or should not use power. If the output device can use power, power is provided to the output device from an input source. If power available at the input source would not overload the output device, power is provided to the output device from the input source according to a maximum power point tracking algorithm. If power available at the input source would overload the output device, power is provided to the output device from the input source according to a target power.12-02-2010
20110127945FORCED DISCHARGE MECHANISM AND SAFETY SWITCH DEVICE FOR STORAGE BATTERY - A forced discharge mechanism for a storage battery for forcibly establishing conduction between a pair of power transport paths that are respectively connected to a positive electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal of the storage battery includes an electric resistor for establishing conduction between the power transport paths, and the electric resistor is movable due to a buoyant force of liquid that has entered.06-02-2011
20130134922CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD, POWER GENERATION DEVICE AND POWER GENERATION METHOD, POWER STORAGE DEVICE AND POWER STORAGE METHOD, AND POWER CONTROL SYSTEM - The present invention relates to a control device and a control method, a power generation device and a power generating method, a power storage device and a power storing method, and a power control system that are capable of using generated electric power with higher efficiency. A controller (05-30-2013
20110001453POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM - A power supply system is provided that includes a fuel cell as its energy source and has not only high energy density but also high power density and can respond to sharp change in the power consumption with simple means. In a power supply system, a fuel cell is connected to the input terminal of a DC/DC converter, and a lithium-ion secondary battery and a load are connected to the output terminal in parallel. A voltage measurement device that measures the terminal voltage of the secondary battery and a control microcomputer that sets the target output voltage of the converter are provided, and the target output voltage is set slightly higher than the terminal voltage. The fuel cell is operated within a power generation condition offering the highest fuel conversion efficiency. Due to this configuration, the system composed of the fuel cell and the converter functions like a constant voltage/current source that outputs the power generated by the fuel cell with the voltage equal to the terminal voltage of the secondary battery. The excess/deficiency of this output current with respect to the current for driving the load is automatically adjusted by the charge/discharge of the secondary battery.01-06-2011
20110241601RECHARGING DEVICE WHICH ILLUMINATES BY SOLAR ENERGY - A recharging device which illuminates by solar energy includes at least a housing in a predetermined special shape. The housing contains a circuit substrate which is electrically connected with a solar energy panel and an accumulator device, an illumination element, a sensor unit module, a recharging stand as well as a photocatalytic sterilization unit which are electrically connected with the circuit substrate; whereas, the circuit substrate is also electrically connected with an external surveillance camera unit and an external recharging stand. Therefore, the recharging device is not only able to recharge an electronic product, but also able to be provided with technical functions of detecting parameters including static, ultraviolet, air pollution, and humiture. In addition, by detecting the different parameters, the illumination element can change brightness or color of a light source.10-06-2011
20110109261Multi-Power Charger and Battery Backup System - A multi-power charger comprises an internal battery, receptacles for connecting one or more external power sources, and output receptacles for connecting to an electronic device. A voltage selection circuit determines an operating voltage of the first device and selects a power supply source to supply the operating voltage the device. The power supply source may be the internal battery, one of the external power sources, or both. The operating voltage is delivered to the device via the output receptacle.05-12-2011
20110018489Solar R/C (radio control) battery charger - This thin film solar panel with attached wire and a special connectors will charge a battery for R/C (Remote Control) Aircraft, Boat or Car at a voltage of 4.8, 6.0 or 7.2 with a 100 Milliamps01-27-2011
20110241604ELECTRIC VEHICLE SOLAR CHARGING SYSTEM - An assembly for recharging an electric vehicle comprising at least one solar panel positioned above surface of a vehicle; at least one motor assembly operatively connected to the at least one solar panel for positioning the at least one solar panel; the at least one solar panel operating to cover at least one window of the vehicle in a first position and to provide an unobstructed view in a second position; the panel moving from the first position to the second position by operation of the at least one motor assembly. A method of recharging an electric vehicle comprising placing a retractable solar collector on the roof of a vehicle, the retractable solar collector having an open position in which maximum exposure of the solar collector to the sun is enable, to a closed position in which the vehicle may be transported without the solar collector blocking the view of the driver, the retractor solar collector comprising interconnected sections which fold together in the closed position and which cover at least the windshield of the car in the open position.10-06-2011
20110241600SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A SELF-CHARGING BATTERY CELL - A system and method for a self-charging battery cell are provided in which beta emissions from a Strontium-90 source are obtained by a sensor device and converted into electric energy. In embodiments, a scintillation device is used to intake emissions from a Strontium-90 source, and consequently emit a light or plurality of light flashes. A sensor device, e.g., a photodiode, is utilized to convert the light or plurality of light flashes into electric voltage, current and/or energy.10-06-2011
20110025256ELECTRIC VEHICLE - This invention concerns a vehicle with four wheels, automobile type, non polluting, propelled by electric engine, fed by batteries which take energy to recharge mainly from photovoltaic panels, passive wind rotors which work together with an aerodynamic accelerator (in air at a faster speed in compare to the speed of the wind in atmosphere also when the vehicle is still), and small hydroelectric rotors.02-03-2011
20110127943POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND CHARGE-DISCHARGE CONTROL METHOD - According to one embodiment, a power supply device includes a fuel cell, a battery, a switch, and a controller. The fuel cell supplies electric power to an electronic device provided with a built-in battery. The battery is charged with electric power supplied from the fuel cell and supplies electric power to the electronic device. The switch switches the battery between charge mode and discharge mode. The controller controls the switch to switch the battery between the charge mode and the discharge mode. The controller calculates integrated discharge electric power and integrated discharge amount of the battery and, when the integrated discharge electric power reaches predetermined discharge electric power, switches the battery from the discharge mode to the charge mode. The controller calculates integrated charge amount of the battery and, when the integrated charge amount reaches the integrated discharge amount, switches the battery from the charge mode to the discharge mode.06-02-2011
20110109260SUN SENT POWER SYSTEMS - Sun sent power systems comprises a solar battery recharging assembly for children's electric toy vehicles (such as electric scooters, electric riding power vehicles and other such electrically powered outdoor riding toys). The solar battery recharging assembly comprises an array of photovoltaic panels having a plurality of solar cells to convert sun light into DC power to operate the toy vehicle. Sun sent power systems may be used to power and recharge virtually any outdoor electric toy substantially eliminating the need for users to have to plug the toys into standard electric outlets. The solar powering means of the photovoltaic panels enable the power toys to be continuously recharged while in use, thereby extending the duration of playtime and battery life. The item may be OEM installed or may be comprise an add-on converter kit for removable installment to an existing toy vehicle.05-12-2011
20110025255Solar Power System For Charging Battery Pack - A solar power system has a charging device. The charging device is powered by a solar cell to charge a battery pack having a secondary cell. The charging device has input voltage detection circuit that detects an input voltage from the solar cell; switching circuit that converts the input voltage to supply a charging current to the battery pack; charging current detection circuit that detects the charging current; and control circuit that controls the switching circuit to change the input voltage in order that a resultant charging current becomes suitable for charging the battery pack.02-03-2011
20110018490IC CARD - An IC card having a secondary battery, which causes no increase in thickness and also has excellent safety, is provided. The IC card includes an antenna coil for inducing electric power by electromagnetic induction, a thin-film battery for storing electric power induced by the antenna coil, and a control portion for controlling the storage of the electric power from the antenna coil in the thin-film battery. The thin-film battery includes a positive electrode, a negative electrode, and a solid electrolyte layer between the positive electrode and the negative electrode.01-27-2011
20110241602POWER SUPPLY DEVICE - A power supply device for supplying electric power to a portable electronic device includes a rechargeable battery supplying electric power to the portable electronic device, a circuitry assembly connected to the battery, and a solar cell connected to the circuitry assembly. The solar cell transforms light irradiating thereon into electric power. The circuitry assembly detects the voltage of the battery, and charges the battery with the electric power generated by the solar cell when the voltage of the battery is lower than a predetermined value.10-06-2011
20110115425Recharging Electric Vehicles - A charge transfer apparatus having an input and an output includes: an AC/DC converter coupled to the input of the charge transfer apparatus and configured to receive AC power at a first power level; and a charge storage device coupled to the AC/DC converter, where the charge storage device is configured to receive charge at the first power level and to transfer charge to the output of the charge transfer apparatus at a second power level, and the second power level is greater than the first power level.05-19-2011
20100141202Apparatus for Converting and Storing Energy - An apparatus for converting and storing energy, which includes a plurality of various energy converters for converting energy, which is present in various forms of energy, to electrical energy. The apparatus further includes an energy store for storing the electrical energy and an interface for outputting the energy to a consumer.06-10-2010
20100213888Apparatus and Method Pertaining to Light-Based Power Distribution in a Vehicle - A vehicle (08-26-2010
20110133683PACKAGE FOIL FOR WIND TURBINE COMPONENTS, METHOD FOR PACKAGING A WIND TURBINE COMPONENT, AND WIND TURBINE COMPONENT ASSEMBLY - The present disclosure relates to a package foil for a wind turbine component, the wind turbine component including a battery, wherein the package foil includes at least one photovoltaic cell. Further, the present disclosure relates to a wind turbine component assembly, including a wind turbine component including a battery, package foil covering the wind turbine component, at least one photovoltaic cell, the at least one photovoltaic cell being connectable or being electrically connected to the battery of the wind turbine component for recharging the battery. Additionally, the present disclosure relates to a method for packaging a wind turbine component, the wind turbine component including a battery, including Establishing an electrical connection between the at least one photovoltaic cell and the battery; and packaging the wind turbine component with a package foil, the package foil including at least one photovoltaic cell.06-09-2011
20110084644METHOD FOR SUPPLYING ELECTRICAL POWER TO A LOAD - A method is provided for supplying electrical power to a load, with a specific quantity of electrical power of different electrical power production types being drawn from an electrical power supply system by the load. The electrical power that is output by the electrical power supply system is identified in terms of its electrical power production type and the quantity of electrical power drawn by the load is detected separately in accordance with the electrical power production types. This provides the option of illustrating to the electrical power customer the origin of the electrical power which is drawn.04-14-2011
20110084646Off-grid led street lighting system with multiple panel-storage matching - A system includes multiple photovoltaic panels having a combined output profile that defines energy or power generated by the photovoltaic panels over time. Each photovoltaic panel is configured to generate a peak amount of energy or power at a different time. The system also includes a storage device having a charging profile and configured to be charged by the photovoltaic panels. The charging profile defines a maximum amount of energy or power sinkable by the storage device at a given time. The output profile and the charging profile are substantially matched such that a maximum level of the output profile is approximately equal to the maximum amount of energy or power sinkable by the storage device. The maximum level of the output profile could be substantially constant over time between first and second peak amounts of energy or power generated by different photovoltaic panels.04-14-2011
20110084645POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF - A power supply device and a driving method thereof which produces and supplies electric energy from ecology-friendly “green” energy sources. The power supply device collects green energy and supplies power to a load, and includes: a main power source unit that includes a collection unit for collecting green energy and generate electric energy therefrom, a converter which converts the electric energy from the collection unit into a predetermined electric energy level and a battery unit that stores the electric energy converted by the converter and supplies power to the load; and an auxiliary power source unit that supports the main power source unit and supplies power to the load. Maximum energy may be collected from green energy sources and generate maximum amounts of electric energy.04-14-2011
20090218983ELECTRICAL MANAGEMENT DEVICE FOR VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY - An electrical management device for a vehicle power supply that includes a single converter to minimize the number of components required to simultaneously control two energy sources, such as a photovoltaic source and a thermoelectric source, on board a motor vehicle that includes at least one electrical energy storage battery.09-03-2009
20110241603PORTABLE POWER SUPPLY DEVICE - A portable power supply device including a power storage module, a charging module, and a power supply module is provided. The power storage module is electrically connected to the charging module and is used for storing electric power. The charging module wirelessly receives energy from a first power source and charges the power storage module by using the received energy. The power supply module is electrically connected to the power storage module, and is used for wirelessly supplying electric power stored in the power storage module to a first external device. Since the portable power supply device may wirelessly receive and wirelessly output power and a power connector is eliminated, a utilization range of the portable power supply device is not limited by a length of a power line and a situation of the portable power supply device being unusable due to mismatch of the power connector may be avoided.10-06-2011
20110062911PORTABLE CHARGING APPARATUS - A portable charging apparatus for electrically charging one or more portable battery operated light units, comprising a container having one or more receiving means for receiving one or more portable battery operated light units, electricity supply connection means for electrically connecting with the one or more portable battery operated light units, and electricity supply regulating means.03-17-2011
20110084647SOLAR POWERED APPARATUS - A solar powered apparatus that includes a battery, at least one photovoltaic cell (which may be part of a solar module comprising multiple photovoltaic cells), and a DC-capable AC appliance, such as a compact fluorescent light. The solar powered apparatus may also include a first DC to DC converter that receives a first electrical signal from the at least one photovoltaic cell and provides a charging signal to the battery, and a second DC to DC converter that receives a second electrical signal from the battery and provides a DC power signal to the DC-capable AC appliance.04-14-2011
20100039062Smart charge system for electric vehicles integrated with alternative energy sources and energy storage - A charging system for electrical vehicle batteries has a smart charge power meter with a computer control system to measure and integrate the delivered electrical power, enable/disable the charging stations and make all of the other necessary purchasing transaction steps equivalent to a gas station operation. The system may collect electricity by using whatever alternative energy system is available or can be incorporated into the charging system when it is constructed. The system may store the collected electricity in a high capacity energy storage system. The charging takes place at a charging lot which is within a secure perimeter to assure safety and prevent vandalism. The siting of charging lots is chosen to coincide with locations where vehicles are usually parked for extended times (e.g., parking lots, businesses, etc.).02-18-2010
20100039063VERSATILE LIGHTING DEVICE - A wall or ceiling mountable lighting device comprises a self-contained single or multiple LED light source for emitting warm yellow-white light corresponding to halogen or incandescent light and a control circuit controlled by a remote control unit to energize and deenergize the light source and control light intensity. A rechargeable battery power source mounted on the lighting device is connectable to apparatus for charging the battery without removing the battery from the device. The apparatus includes an elongated probe assembly releasably connectable to the lighting device to perform the recharging process. The lighting device is particularly adapted for ease of placement of a light source for decorative purposes and/or illuminating artifacts in locations which would require substantial structural modifications to install conventional lighting.02-18-2010
20100039061SOLAR-POWERED WATER BUBBLER - A self-contained solar-powered system and method prevent outdoor ice buildup. The apparatus includes a solar panel outputting electrical power, and a rechargeable battery in electrical communication with the solar panel for storing the power. An electrically operated air compressor is powered by the solar panel and/or battery, and a bubbler unit is in pneumatic communication with the air compressor, providing bubbler reaction to a water reservoir to be protected from freezing. An electronic controller is operative to activate electrical power switching apparatus on a per-demand basis. For example, at least one thermometer may be provided in electrical communication with the controller, with the controller being operative to activate the bubbler upon the detection that potential freezing may occur. The use of a controller and switching apparatus allows the battery to be charged at a higher capacity during times when freezing is unlikely.02-18-2010
20120242275LARGE-SCALE OCEAN MOBILE SOLAR POWER GENERATION SYSTEM - A solar power generation system includes a solar cell raft which floats on the sea while being equipped with a solar cell unit formed by connecting a plurality of solar cells in the shape of a sheet on a floating body; a solar cell raft mother vessel which is equipped with a seawater electrolysis device for converting electric energy generated by the solar cell unit into hydrogen and a liquid hydrogen tank for storing the hydrogen obtained by the conversion, and can convey or tow the solar cell raft; a recovery vessel which is equipped with a hydrogen recovery/storage means for recovering the hydrogen stored in the liquid hydrogen tank; a hydrogen recovery tank which recovers the hydrogen from the recovery vessel and stores the hydrogen; and a power plant which converts the hydrogen stored in the hydrogen recovery tank into electric energy.09-27-2012
20100052605Supplement wind turbine car charging system - This disclosure will describe a system for supplementing or replacing the gasoline engine in a modern hybrid automobile. By taking advantage of the airflow surrounding a vehicle at moderate highway speeds thorough the use of modern electric turbines and generators, this system will allow the gasoline engine to be replaced completely or greatly extend the available range of a given vehicle by recharging the onboard batteries by wind power. It is possible with this system to dramatically reduce fuel consumption and extend the life of the vehicle by more careful charging of the batteries and reduced wear and tear on the gasoline engines if so equipped.03-04-2010
20100253277POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTROCHEMICAL CELL CHARGING - An electrical power supply system is provided comprising a number of rechargeable cells, a number of control electronics circuits and a charger which consists of apparatus for producing electricity from a renewable energy source, the electrochemical cells being divided into separate branches connected in parallel to the charger. Each control electronics circuit controls the charging of one branch by measuring a current being applied to the branch, integrating the current measured in the branch, determining a state of charge of the cell or cells of the branch, comparing the integrated current value with a set value set as a function of the determined state of charge, and interrupting the passage of current being applied to the branch when the integrated current reaches the set value. This system makes it possible to optimize the sharing out of charging current between parallel branches of battery cells while being adaptable as regards the number of cells used in parallel in the system.10-07-2010
20110248666Turbine-powered electric vehicle - A turbine powered vehicle is provided. The turbine is mounted on the vehicle so that when the battery-started vehicle moves forward, air impinges on selected vanes within the turbine, causing the turbine to turn. Turning of the turbine runs a linked alternator, which puts energy into the battery in the vehicle.10-13-2011
20100066301FLUSH APPARATUS - A flush apparatus includes a control module, a solar cell and a rechargeable battery. The control module is used for controlling the flush apparatus to flush or not. The solar cell and the rechargeable battery are electrically connected to a power output terminal in parallel. The power output terminal is electrically connected to the control module for providing power to the control module.03-18-2010
20110095721INFORMATION OUTPUT APPARATUS - An information output apparatus comprises a body and a base station. The body has a first battery and an output unit. The first battery is a rechargeable battery. The output unit outputs information. The base station is fixed to a car and supports the body that is detachable. The base station has a power generator that converts at least one of light, heat, wind, or vibration to electrical energy. Charging the first battery is performed on the basis of electrical energy generated by the power generator, without using electrical energy charged in a car battery. The body operates on the basis of electrical energy that is either generated by the power generator or charged in the first battery, without using the electrical energy charged in the car battery.04-28-2011
20110074337MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device comprises at least one solar cell, and voltage-detection means operable to detect an output voltage of the at least one solar cell to obtain a detected output voltage. The electronic device also comprises control means operable to detect an operation of the at least one solar cell based on the detected output voltage, and to perform a predefined control depending on the operation.03-31-2011
20110074335WIRELESS COMMUNICATION MODULE - A wireless communication module includes a photoelectric conversion unit, a battery, and a communication unit. The photoelectric conversion unit is used to receive a light source, convert the light source into an electrical energy, and output the electrical energy. The battery is electrically connected to the photoelectric conversion unit, and is used to store the electrical energy. The communication unit is electrically connected to the battery, and is powered by the electrical energy. When the wireless communication module is applied to a communication device, a solar energy source is used as a source of an electrical power, and as the photoelectric conversion unit and the communication unit are integrated into a system on chip (SOC), an overall volume of the communication device is effectively reduced.03-31-2011
20090027002POWER CONTROL INTERFACE & ENERGY STORAGE BETWEEN A WIND FARM AND A POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM - A power control interface between an unstable power source such as a wind farm and a power transmission line employs an electrical energy storage, control system, and electronic compensation module which act together like an “electronic shock absorber” for storing excess power during periods of increased power generation and releasing stored energy during periods of decreased power generation due to wind fluctuations. The control system is provided with a “look ahead” capability for predicting power output (wind speed conditions) and maintaining energy storage or release over a “narrow-band” range despite short duration fluctuations. The control system uses data derived from monitoring the wind farm power output and the power transmission line, and employs system-modeling algorithms to predict narrow-band wind speed conditions. The power control interface can also use its energy storage capacity to provide voltage support at the point of injection into the power transmission system, as well as fault clearance capability for “riding out” transient fault conditions occurring on the power transmission line.01-29-2009
20110018491POWER SUPPLY CONTROL CIRCUIT - In order to more rapidly warm up a battery device in a power supply equipped with a fuel cell and a battery device, a fuel-cell-mounted vehicle driving system for driving and controlling a rotating electric machine installed on a vehicle comprises an inverter connected to the rotating electric machine; a power supply circuit having a battery device, a voltage converter, and a fuel cell; and a power supply control device for controlling the power supply circuit. The power supply control device includes an FC output voltage setting module for setting the output voltage of the fuel cell, an OCV avoidance module for, when an FC output voltage is set, avoiding a voltage around an OCV, a battery warm-up control determination module for determining whether the battery device is under warm-up control or not, and an OCV avoidance release module for, when the battery device is under the warm-up control, releasing the OCV avoidance.01-27-2011
20110248665Mobile docking station - The mobile docking station is compact, making it easily handheld, and attaches to a variety of small mobile devices, such as smart phones, media players, and the like. The mobile docking station provides a platform for delivery and display of short-range multi-gigabit data, video, and audio to a receptive object within range either indoors or outdoors. A Matrix Chip contains an energy-informed film that acts as a filter between the human body and sources of electronic radiation (EMR) to shield the user from harmful effects of electromagnetic energy generated by the attached electronic mobile device. A solar panel chip stores, recharges, and harvests wireless light energy to power the unit and attached mobile devices. The wireless mobile docking station electronically connects to the docked equipment to provide 60 GHz communication at very high data rates.10-13-2011
20110248667VEHICLE - A battery capable of being charged by a solar cell and an electric generator has its state of charge detected by a charge-state detecting sensor, and an electric generator operation control device controls the charge of the battery by the electric generator in accordance with the detection result detected by the charge-state detecting sensor so as to make the state of charge detected by the charge-state detecting sensor less than 100%. Accordingly, it is possible to effectively charge the battery by electricity obtained by the solar cell.10-13-2011
20100295501SOLAR ENERGY CONTROLLER - A solar energy includes a charging control unit to output a number of charge voltages, a switch control unit, and a comparing unit. The switch control unit receives a break control signal and a charging control signal from the charging control unit to switch the charging control unit to charge the rechargeable battery, and receives a voltage detecting signal from the charging control unit to output a detect voltage corresponding to a charge voltage of the rechargeable battery. The comparing unit receives the detect voltage and correspondingly outputs a selecting signal to the charging control unit. The charging control unit determines the charge voltage of the rechargeable battery according to the selecting signal, and outputs a corresponding charge voltage to charge the rechargeable battery.11-25-2010
20100052606CHARGING DEVICE, PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE EMPLOYING THE SAME, AND CHARGING METHOD THEREOF - A charging device includes an electric energy generating module and a voltage regulating module electrically connected to the electric energy generating module and a battery. The electric energy generating module is configured for collecting and converting heat energy into electric energy, and outputting an voltage. The voltage regulating module receives the electric energy and regulates the output voltage of the electric energy into a stable voltage, and then the electric energy is outputted to charge the battery.03-04-2010
20080265834SOLAR-POWERED PHOTOELECTRIC APPARATUS - A solar-powered photoelectric apparatus comprises a solar cell panel, a rechargeable battery and one or more photoelectric devices. The solar cell panel absorbs light to generate electricity and the electricity is stored in the photoelectric device. The photoelectric device uses power from the rechargeable battery to generate light. In consideration of times of insufficient light to the solar-powered photoelectric apparatus, the photoelectric apparatus may further comprise a USB connector as an interface for charging the rechargeable battery.10-30-2008
20110175565ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An energy storage system that prevents overshoot or undershoot at a node that transfers power when an operational mode of the energy storage system is converted or when a state of a power consuming element is changed, and a method of controlling the energy storage system.07-21-2011
20110163710VEHICLE POWER SYSTEM - A vehicle may include an electric machine, a traction battery, and a solar panel array. The vehicle may further include circuitry electrically connected with the battery and array. The circuitry may include at least one switch configured to close when activated by a calibrated maximum holding power to permit energy to flow from the array to the battery.07-07-2011
20080252251SYSTEM FOR RECHARGING BATTERY-OPERATED DEVICES - A system for charging rechargeable devices is provided. This system includes a base, wherein the base further includes: a plurality of power sources; at least one rechargeable battery in electrical communication with the plurality of power sources; and a plurality of recharging ports in electrical communication with the at least one rechargeable battery. The system also includes at least one rechargeable device, wherein the at least one rechargeable device is adapted to be compatible with at least one of the plurality of recharging ports, and wherein the at least one rechargeable battery in the base provides energy sufficient to charge the at least one rechargeable the device.10-16-2008
20080203965LIGHT TRANSMISSIBLE SOLAR CELL MODULE, PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING SAME, AND SOLAR CELL PANEL THEREOF - A light transmissible solar cell module including: solar cell units, which include a transparent substrate, a mirror electrode layer provided on a part of a surface of the transparent substrate, and a solar cell section provided on the mirror electrode layer, arranged in multi-levels; a first connecting wire electrically connected to an electrode provided on a surface side of the solar cell section; and a second connecting wire electrically connected to the mirror electrode layer, wherein the solar cell units are arranged so that a light entering from one side hits the solar cell section of an arbitrary solar cell unit and is reflected, and the reflected light reaches another side by being reflected by the mirror electrode layer of a solar cell unit arranged adjacent to the arbitrary solar cell unit.08-28-2008
20100320958Photovoltaic shell for rechargeable batteries - Photovoltaic shell for charging a rechargeable battery. Photovoltaic shell includes flexible photovoltaic cells wrapped around a rechargeable battery cell. Positive terminal of photovoltaic cells are connected to positive terminal of rechargeable battery cell, and negative terminal of photovoltaic cells are connected to negative terminal of rechargeable battery cell, to provide charge while exposed to light.12-23-2010
20100320959EXPANDED RANGE ELECTRIC VEHICLE WITH OFF-GRID BATTERY CHARGER - A low speed electric vehicle (LSV) with an off-grid battery charger to extend the range of the vehicle including an internal combustion battery charging generator carried in the trunk space of the vehicle and an optional solar panel mounted on the roof of the vehicle. The internal combustion battery charging generator is distinguished from a conventional hybrid vehicle engine in that the battery charging generator is not mechanically connected to the vehicle drive train, but is instead only electrically connected to the traction battery as a battery charger. The internal combustion battery charging generator is provides sufficient battery charging energy to keep the batteries functionally charged during normal vehicle operation so that contents of a full gas tank and a fully charged battery bank can be consumed during continuous operation of the vehicle.12-23-2010
20100320960FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The present invention provides a fuel cell system including a fuel cell configured to cause reactant gas to be electrochemically reacted to generate electrical power when the reactant gas is supplied to the fuel cell, power consuming equipment such as a reactant gas supply apparatus and a heating device operable to consume electrical power generated by the fuel cell, and a controller for controlling operation of the fuel cell system. During a warm-up operation, the controller causes the reactant gas supply apparatus to start a flow of the reactant gas and to increase the flow of the reactant gas over time, such that the reactant gas supply device starts to consume power and consumes increased power over time. After starting the flow of the reactant gas, the controller causes the heating device to start heating the coolant such that the heating device consumes power.12-23-2010
20100320957Method and device for charging rechargeable batteries - Rechargeable batteries are used as a power supply in the most varied electrical devices. Parallel to this, connections with other energy sources are frequently available, at least for part of the time, in order to charge the rechargeable batteries during this time. Particularly efficient lithium ion batteries have the problem that short charging/discharging cycles cause them to age just as much as long cycles, during which the user can derive greater benefit from them. It is the task of the invention to ensure particularly effective use of rechargeable batteries during charging/discharging cycles of the most varied duration. This is achieved in that the rechargeable battery is divided into cells, of which only one is charged, in each instance, and the others stand ready to provide energy. If the network voltage stops, charging of the cell just being charged is completed from the other cells.12-23-2010
20110163711ANCHOR CHARGER - Improvements in a trickle charging system for a boat are presented. The anchor charger is a solar panel that harnesses sunlight to trickle charging a boat through the anchor light connection of a boat. The anchor charger helps to ensure that the battery is fully charged prior to boating & also provide some charging action while out on the water. This helps to ensure that proper battery maintenance is provided on a consistent basis. The anchor charger connect to a standard 2 pin female anchor light connection which is installed on primarily all recreational boats that normally powers an anchor light that is required on small vessels while they are at anchor. The solar collector is mounted on a pole having an adjustable swivel mount to allow the boater to position the solar collector to be adjusted for angle and spin to collect optimal sun exposure.07-07-2011
20090179609HV Battery Equalization Charge During Driving Operation in Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles - A fuel cell system that includes a method for providing a battery state of charge and voltage equalization during normal operation of the fuel cell system. If a charge equalization has been requested, the method first determines whether the battery temperature is above a predetermined temperature and, if not, proceeds with battery charging and overcharging so that all of the cells in the battery are fully charged. During the charging process, the method determines whether the charging process should be interrupted, such as by a power request that exceeds a predetermined power request, which would require battery power. The method counts the number of times the state of charge and voltage equalization process has been interrupted, and if the number of times exceeds a predetermined value, then the method initiates a service condition.07-16-2009
20110043160AC CONNECTED MODULES WITH LINE FREQUENCY OR VOLTAGE VARIATION PATTERN FOR ENERGY CONTROL - A control strategy for distributed power generation modules in a power system that varies the line frequency or voltage according to a predetermined pattern to cause a PV inverter to modify its power output and thereby avoid overcharging a battery. When the power system operates in islanded mode, the AC load demand can be lower than the available energy from the PV array, causing the battery to become overcharged. To avoid this scenario, a hybrid inverter executes a pattern generator algorithm that varies the line frequency or voltage linearly, exponentially or any mathematical function or look-up tables. The PV inverter executes a pattern detection algorithm that detects the linear, exponential, or any mathematical function or look-up table change in the line frequency. In response, the PV inverter modifies its power output until an overcharging condition of the battery is removed. The line frequency/voltage can be varied within the anti-islanding limits to avoid premature disruption of the power system, and no additional settings are required at the device level in order to operate in any mode of operation: islanded, grid-connected or genset-connected.02-24-2011
20110133686BATTERY DEVICE - A battery device for a notebook computer includes a control circuit, a rechargeable battery unit, and a fuel cell unit. The control circuit includes a transmission interface adapted to be electrically connected to the notebook computer. The rechargeable battery unit is electrically connected to the control circuit and includes a plurality of battery cells. The fuel cell unit is electrically connected to the control circuit. A volume of the fuel cell unit is substantially integral multiple of a volume of the battery cell.06-09-2011
20110133688BATTERY CONTROL SYSTEM, BATTERY CONTROLLER, BATTERY CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM - Provided is a battery control system including a power generation unit that generates electric power from renewable energy as an energy source, a battery storing the electric power, a power generation amount estimation unit that estimates a generation amount of electric power generated by the power generation unit, based on estimation information in which a renewable energy amount available to the power generation unit is estimated, a power consumption amount estimation unit that estimates power consumption, a determination unit that determinates whether or not electric power is to be stored in the battery, based on a storage amount of the battery, the generation amount of electric power and the amount of power consumption, and a power acquisition unit that acquires electric power to be stored in the battery, when, as a result of determination by the determination unit, electric power is to be stored in the battery.06-09-2011
20110133687MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CHARGING THEREOF - A mobile terminal and a method for controlling charging thereof are disclosed. The mobile terminal sets a partial region of a transparent display unit to an opaque region and the other region to a transparent region if a charging command signal is received, and performs information display operation on the opaque region and solar light transmittive operation for charging using the solar battery on the transparent region.06-09-2011
20110133685CLASSIFIED SOLAR CHARGING METHOD - A classified solar charging method defines four magnitude classes of charging current in accordance with a combination selected from four magnitude classes of power production of a solar cell and four magnitude classes of capacity of each rechargeable battery of a rechargeable battery pack. In addition to the optimal charging current, the method simultaneously takes an operating temperature of the rechargeable battery into account upon using the solar cell to store energy in the rechargeable battery. Accordingly, the present invention can selectively charge overall, partial or single rechargeable battery based on the power production of the solar cell and the capacity of the rechargeable battery to enhance a charging efficiency and reduce a charging time.06-09-2011
20110133684Electric Gas Stations Having Range Extension and Grid Balancing - A system includes a plurality of rechargeable batteries, a housing in form of a storage facility configured to house the plurality of rechargeable batteries, and a bi-directional charger coupled to a power grid at one end and coupled to the plurality of rechargeable batteries at another end, and configured to charge the plurality of rechargeable batteries.06-09-2011
20100301798METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SOLAR CHARGE DEVICE AND PORTABLE TERMINAL USING THE SAME - A method for controlling a solar charge device and a portable terminal using the same by registering a driver software for controlling the solar charge device in an operating system. Upon booting of the portable terminal, and enabling the charge detection terminal every set given time period stored in the driver software after the booting completion, a charge detection signal corresponding to presence of power output of a solar cell being input to the charge detection terminal. The method and the portable terminal prevent the occurrence of lock-up in the portable terminal due to frequent interrupts occurring in the charge detection terminal from a non-uniform output of a solar cell that may occur as movement of the portable terminal can vary the amount of sunlight received by the solar cell.12-02-2010
20100301799POWER CONTROL CIRCUIT AND BATTERY MODULE INCLUDING THE SAME - This invention provides a power control circuit and a battery module including the same. The power control circuit is provided in an electronic device and is connected a solar power supply. The electronic device includes a first battery and a second battery. The power control circuit includes a processing unit and a control unit. When the processing unit is connected to the solar power supply, the processing unit outputs a first control signal. The control unit is connected to the processing unit, the first battery, and the second battery, respectively. Further, the control unit receives the first control signal to control the first battery and the second battery to alternately supply power to the electronic device and to control the first battery and the second battery to be alternately charged by the solar power supply.12-02-2010
20110260677WIND-DRIVEN ELECTRICITY GENERATION SYSTEM OF TYPE HAVING STORAGE BATTERY AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING CHARGE AND DISCHARGE OF STORAGE BATTERY - An instantaneous response component representing the actual amount of power generation by a wind-driven electricity generator (10-27-2011
20110260675APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CHARGING BATTERY IN A PORTABLE TERMINAL WITH SOLAR CELL - An apparatus and method for charging in a portable terminal are provided. The apparatus includes a controller and a charging management unit. The controller controls the charging management unit, absorbs a solar light, and charges the battery. The charging management unit senses a charging temperature of a battery cell when the portable terminal charges the battery while the portable terminal is powered off.10-27-2011
20110260674CARRYING CASE, PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A carrying case used for accommodating a portable electronic device, includes an energy conversion unit for receiving sunlight, converting sunlight into electrical energy, and inductively charging the portable electronic device using the electrical energy when the portable electronic device is accommodated inside the carrying case.10-27-2011
20100117591Transportable Electrical Energy Storage System - A transportable electrical energy storage system includes an electrical energy storage unit, an electrical energy storage unit management system operably associated with the electrical energy storage unit, an AC/DC rectifier operably associated with the electrical energy storage unit management system, and a DC/DC converter operably associated with the electrical energy storage unit management system. The system further includes at least one bi-directional adapter operatively associated with the electrical energy storage unit and a case for protecting the electrical energy storage unit, the electrical energy storage unit management system, the AC/DC rectifier, the DC/DC converter, and the at least one bi-directional adapter.05-13-2010
20100117590PORTABLE DEVICE - A portable device includes a case configuring the body of the portable device and a fuel cell system included in the case and having air inlets formed in the surface of the case, and also has a solar cell disposed on a portion on the surface of the case, in which the air inlets are provided. The solar cell has holes corresponding to the air inlets.05-13-2010
20100117589Charger Slipcover and Handheld Device - A charger slipcover and a handheld device comprising the charger slipcover are disclosed. The charger slipcover is suitable for charging a handheld device. The charger slipcover comprises a cover including a first portion and a second portion, wherein a handheld device body of the handheld device is suitable to being disposed on an inner surface of the second portion; a solar cell panel disposed on an inner surface of the first portion of the cover; and two conductive wires electrically connected to the solar cell panel and the handheld device body.05-13-2010
20120146571WATERPROOF BATTERY CHARGER - A waterproof battery charger includes a housing and a charging assembly within the housing. The housing includes an upper housing defining a first recess and a lower housing defining a second recess. The lower housing are hinged together. The lower housing includes an elastic sealing layer that can be elastically deformed to provide a seal when the upper housing and the lower housing are closed together.06-14-2012
20120146573Solar Powered Charging Shelter and System and Method Thereof - A solar powered charging shelter and system and method thereof. The shelter includes a metal standing seam roof and a flush mounted metal frame. The top of the roof has a plurality of solar units that provide power to at least a plurality of retractable electrical outlets or receptacles coupled to either the bottom of the roof or the metal frame. The retractable electrical outlets or receptacles are to provide power to or charge various electrical systems.06-14-2012
20120146572SOLAR PANEL CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE THAT CHARGES INDIVIDUAL BATTERY CELLS WITH DIRECT PARALLEL CONNECTIONS TO SOLAR PANELS AND INTERCONNECTED CHARGE CONTROLLERS - A connection system is provided to charge a high voltage battery (06-14-2012
20110074334POWER-SAVING SOLAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATIC VENDING MACHINE - A power-saving solar power supply system used in an automatic vending machine is disclosed to include a power supply module having a solar cell set and a rechargeable battery set, and a power management unit, which comprises a microprocessor, a voltage detection device that detects the voltage level of the solar cell set and the rechargeable battery set, an idle power supply module and a power switching module controllable by the microprocessor to switch between the solar cell set and the rechargeable battery set so that the idle power supply module provides battery power supply from the solar cell set or the rechargeable battery set to the recognition system of the automatic vending machine when the recognition system is in the idle mode, thereby saving power consumption.03-31-2011
20110080135Solar Powered Charging Of An Electronic Device - A method and system for solar powered charging of an electronic device is provided. Solar concentrators direct solar energy onto photovoltaic cells on an orbiting space station or a satellite in a geostationary orbit. The photovoltaic cells convert the solar energy to direct current (DC) electrical power. Energy generators convert the DC electrical power to generate energy waves, for example, microwaves. A space transmitter relays the energy waves to one or more earth stations. The electronic device transmits a locator beam indicating its current location. On receiving the locator beam, an earth station transmits the energy waves to the electronic device. A rectenna, in electronic communication with the electronic device, converts the energy waves to DC electrical power and directs the DC electrical power to a charger in electric communication with the electronic device. The charger receives the energy waves or the DC electrical power and charges the electronic device.04-07-2011
20110080134APPARATUS WITH ELECTRIC ELEMENT SOURCED BY A CAPACITIVE CERAMIC-BASED ELECTRICAL ENERGY STORAGE UNIT (EESU) WITH STORAGE CHARGING FROM ON-BOARD ELECTRICAL ENERGY GENERATION AND EXTERNAL INTERFACE - Within an apparatus (04-07-2011
20110080133Electric Power Storage and Delivery System and Method of Operation - An electrical energy storage and delivery system for supplying electrical energy to a system load and method of operation. The system including an energy storage module comprising a charger coupled to a high power battery module and a high energy battery module; a first matrix switch coupled to the charger and a second matrix switch; and an energy shuttle coupled to a status signal of at least the energy storage module and the system load. The second matrix switch coupled to the first matrix switch, the high power battery module, the high energy battery module and a system load connection. The energy shuttle configured to transmit a plurality of control signals to set an interconnection state of the first matrix switch, the charger and the second matrix switch.04-07-2011
20110095720BATTERY CELL FOR MEMS DEVICE AND RELATED METHODS - A micro electrical-mechanical systems (MEMS) device INCLUDES a MEMS substrate and at least one MEMS structure on the MEMS substrate. In addition, there is at least one battery cell on the MEMS substrate coupled to the at least one MEMS structure. The at least one battery cell includes a support fin extending vertically upward from the MEMS substrate and a first electrode layer on the support fin. In addition, there is an electrolyte layer on the cathode layer, and a second electrode layer on the electrolyte layer. The support fin may have a height greater than a width. The first electrode layer may have a processing temperature associated therewith that exceeds a stability temperature associated with the second electrode layer.04-28-2011
20110095719SOLAR CHARGER - The present invention relates to a portable solar charging assembly comprising: a photovoltaic array, where the photovoltaic array is less than 8 square inches and capable of generating electrical energy; a border surrounding the array; an outlet, where said outlet provides a connection point for the connection of a cable; and a cable attachment, where said cable attachment connects the array to a battery and transfers electrical energy from the array to the battery. The cable attachment may include a plug at a first end and an attachment mechanism at the second end. The attachment mechanism may include interchangeable connectors that connect to an electronic device and effects the charging of the battery from energy generated by the array. The portable solar charging assembly may also include a back side of the array and at least one suction cup on the back side.04-28-2011
20100213887Solar Charged Hybrid Power System - A solar powered hybrid power system including a solar charge collector; a charge storage system comprising at least a first charge storage device adapted to receive and store charge from said solar charge collector; wherein said charge storage system further comprises a power electronic circuit selectively connectable to at least a second charge storage device, said power electronic circuit adapted to transfer said stored charge to said at least a second charge storage device at a selectable voltage level.08-26-2010
20100060229PORTABLE SOLAR GENERATOR - A portable PV modular solar generator. A plurality of wheels are attached to the bottom of a rechargeable battery container. At least one rechargeable battery is contained inside the rechargeable battery container. A power conditioning panel is connected to the rechargeable battery container. At least one photovoltaic panel is pivotally connected. In a preferred embodiment, the rechargeable battery container is a waterproof battery enclosure having a knife switch connection. A mast having a rotation bar is supported by the waterproof battery enclosure. At least one solar panel support brace for supporting the photovoltaic panel is attached to the rotation bar. The power conditioning panel is waterproof, is attached to the mast and has a door. When the door is opened, at least one safety switch is opened, breaking an electric circuit. The waterproof power conditioning panel has a charge controller and an inverter. The charge controller is electrically connected to at least one rechargeable battery and at least one photovoltaic panel, and is capable or receiving auxiliary power inputs.03-11-2010
20100194331 ELECTRICAL DEVICE HAVING A POWER SOURCE WITH A MAGNETIC CAPACITOR AS AN ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE - The present invention discloses an electrical device. The electrical device comprises an integrated circuit chip with a positive terminal and a negative terminal, wherein the integrated circuit chip has an energy management function; and a magnetic capacitor connecting with the integrated circuit chip, the magnetic capacitor stores electrical power and provides the electrical power to the integrated circuit chip, wherein the magnetic capacitor comprises: a first magnetic section connects with the positive terminal; a second magnetic section connects with the negative terminal; and a dielectric section configured between the first magnetic section and the second magnetic section; wherein the dielectric section is arranged to store the electrical power.08-05-2010
20110187312SECONDARY BATTERY SYSTEM - Provided is a secondary battery system including: a battery controller which controls charge and discharge of a secondary battery; a total controller which controls the entire system; an ammeter which detects a charge current and a discharge current of the secondary battery; and a voltmeter which detects a voltage of the secondary battery, in which a direct current resistance of the secondary battery at the time of charge and a direct current resistance of the secondary battery at the time of discharge are obtained on the basis of a current value and a voltage value detected by the ammeter and the voltmeter, to thereby determine a temporary increase in the direct current resistance of the secondary battery caused by charge and discharge with a large current on the basis of a relation between the two obtained direct current resistances. Accordingly, in a secondary battery system used in a hybrid system, a wind power generating system, a photovoltaic power generating system, and the like, the situation where a direct current resistance thereof transitionally (temporarily) increases is simply detected on the basis of the usage situation of a secondary battery, to thereby accurately calculate the deterioration state of the secondary battery and thus enable an appropriate coping process, so that the life of the secondary battery can be extended.08-04-2011
20110187310Solar Powered Charging Shelter and System and Method Thereof - A solar powered charging shelter and system and method thereof. The shelter includes a metal standing seam roof and a flush mounted metal frame. The top of the roof has a plurality of solar units that provide power to at least a plurality of retractable electrical outlets or receptacles coupled to either the bottom of the roof or the metal frame. The retractable electrical outlets or receptacles are to provide power to or charge various electrical systems.08-04-2011
20110187309APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATICALLY SWITCHING AND CHARGING MULTIPLE BATTERIES - An apparatus for automatically switching and charging a first battery and a second battery includes a charger unit; an output port configured for connecting to a load; a first control switch connected between the charger unit and the first battery; a second control switch connected between the charger unit and the second battery; a first output switch connected between the first battery and the output port; a second output switch connected between the second battery and the output port; a main control unit connected with the first and second batteries, the first and second control switches, and the first and second output switch modules; and a power source module configured for providing power to the main control unit and the charger unit. The main control unit is configured to monitor the output voltages of the first and the second batteries, and if the output voltage of the first battery is lower than that of the second battery to turn on the first control switch and the second output switch and turn off the first output switch and the second control switch so that the first battery is being charged by the charger unit and the second battery is providing power to the load connected to the output port.08-04-2011
20110148342BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM, A BATTERY OPERATED SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR STATE CONTROLLED CHARGING - A battery charging system (06-23-2011
20110187311POWER MANAGEMENT CIRCUIT AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME - An electronic device includes a first rechargeable battery, a solar cell mounted on the electronic device, a second rechargeable battery and a power management circuit. The power management circuit includes a control module, a DC/DC module, a switch and a power supply switching module. The DC/DC module is configured for converting the DC power generated by the solar cell from one voltage level to another, and activating and maintaining the activation of the control module. The switch is turned on by the control module when the control module is activated, causing the DC power from the DC/DC module to charge the second rechargeable battery. The power supply switching module is controlled by the control module to select the second rechargeable battery to power the electronic device if the voltage level of the rechargeable battery is lower than that of the second rechargeable battery.08-04-2011
20100026235Charging Control in an Electric Vehicle - A charging system for a vehicle rearranges the bank of battery cells between a series connection for delivering voltage to a load, e.g. a motor; and a parallel connection for being charged. The battery bank can thus be charged by a 12 volt battery charger. The charger can be a plug in charger, or can be a solar cell. For example, the solar cell can be moved to cover a windshield or other surface of the vehicle whenever the vehicle is shut down.02-04-2010
20100026234APPARATUS FOR OPERATING CONTROLLABLE INSTALLATION MEANS - An apparatus for power supply to electronic, electrical or electromechanical equipment, the apparatus including a chargeable power source in the form of at least one high energy capacitor package (02-04-2010
20100026233SENSOR-CONTROLLED FLUSHING DEVICE AND METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING POWER THEREOF - A power managing system includes a battery, a solar cell, a detecting circuit and a control module. The solar cell transforms a received light into a voltage and the battery is charged by the solar cell. The detecting circuit detects the voltage and correspondingly generates a detecting signal. The control module controls a pathway between the battery and the solar cell according to the detecting signal.02-04-2010
20100033124Method and apparatus for exporting power in a renewable energy system employing a battery charger - A method of charging a battery in a system involving a renewable energy source and operable to supply at least some electrical energy from the renewable energy source to a third party involves causing a charge controller operably connected to the renewable energy source to receive the electrical energy from the renewable energy source and operably connected to the battery, to charge the battery, using only the electrical energy from the renewable energy source, according to a charging sequence. The charging sequence includes at least a bulk charge period wherein the battery is charged at a relatively constant charging current, an absorption period following the bulk charge period wherein the battery is charged in an absorption mode, and a float period following the absorption period wherein the battery is charged in a float charging mode.02-11-2010
20120098480SOLAR BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC AND/OR HYBRID AUTOMOBILES - A solar powered battery charging system for an existing hybrid or electric vehicle is provided. The system includes a photovoltaic panel attachable to a vehicle and connectable to a battery apparatus of the vehicle. The vehicle may be attached to an electric utility power grid to provide excess energy in the form of electricity to the power grid.04-26-2012
20110018492POWER STORAGE SYSTEM FOR A RAIL-GUIDED VEHICLE - An energy storage system for a track-guided vehicle includes at least one electrical energy storage device and at least one electrochemical energy storage device connected through at least one converter to a supply line and to a drive unit for the vehicle. Individual phases of said at least one converter can be operated as independent direct-current controllers for independent charging and discharging of different energy storage devices.01-27-2011
20110074336APPARATUS WITH A CAPACITIVE CERAMIC-BASED ELECTRICAL ENERGY STORAGE UNIT (EESU) WITH ON-BOARD ELECTRICAL ENERGY GENERATION AND WITH INTERFACE FOR EXTERNAL ELECTRICAL ENERGY TRANSFER - Within an apparatus (03-31-2011
20090102415Suitcase power system - A closeable case includes a power system stored in an interior of the closeable case. The closeable case includes a power system, and at least a portion of the power system is integral to the closeable case. The closeable case also includes at least one power generating device stored in the closeable case and at least partially removable from the closeable case.04-23-2009
20110148341REMOTE CONTROL WITH SOLAR-POWERED BATTERY - A remote control with a solar-powered battery, a remote body includes the control panel. The control panel has a plurality of buttons. The solar-powered battery module is disposed in the remote and comprises the solar panel, the control unit and the storage unit. The solar panel is a rigid or flexible solar panel and is used for receiving light energy. The wireless control module disposed in the remote comprises the transmitting unit, the sensing unit and the activating unit. Therefore, the solar-powered battery module converts and stores the light energy and provides power to the wireless control module, thereby providing energy savings and environmental conservation benefits.06-23-2011
20110304296Light-Powered Transmitter Assembly - Disclosed is a light-powered transmitter assembly for transmitting a wireless signal relating to received light. The assembly comprises a photovoltaic device and an energy storage device connected to the photovoltaic device for receiving charge from the photovoltaic device. A threshold charge-sensing circuit connects to the energy storage device for making a determination whenever the charge of the energy storage device reaches a threshold level. A transmitting circuit, responsive to the threshold charge-sensing circuit, transmits a wireless signal that is indicative of the energy storage device having reached the threshold level of charge and that uniquely identifies the wireless signal as corning from the light-powered transmitter assembly. The transmitting circuit is at least partially powered from energy received from the energy storage device. An interval between two successive ones of the determinations is a function of average intensity of light received by the photovoltaic device.12-15-2011
20110304295POWER SYSTEM FOR USE WITH RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND THE POWER GRID - A power system is provided, where a load may be powered either by a battery or a source of AC power. The output of the battery (through and inverter) and the source of AC power are both connected to the input of a toggle switch. The output of the toggle switch is connected to the load, such that only one of the battery or the source of AC power is connected to power the load. The battery can be charged from at least one source of renewable energy, and from the output of an AC charger that has, as its input, the source of AC power. The power system has a clock that can be programmed to indicate when a time is peak or off-peak for the source of AC power. The charge level of the battery is monitored by a state of charge monitor. Depending on the state of charge of the battery, and whether the time is peak or off-peak, a controller will output a control signal to the toggle switch to select whether the load is powered by the battery or the source of AC power, and a control signal to connect or disconnect the AC charger.12-15-2011
20120098479OUTDOOR MONITORING SYSTEM - An outdoor monitoring system includes a camera, a direct-current adapter, a solar cell unit and a power management unit. The power management unit includes a controller, a rechargeable power source, a first voltage detection circuit, and a second voltage detection circuit. The first voltage detection circuit detects a charging voltage of the solar cell unit for charging the rechargeable power source. The second voltage detection circuit detects an output voltage of the rechargeable power source applied to the camera. The controller selectively connects the rechargeable power source or the direct-current adapter to the camera according to the output voltage and connects or disconnects the rechargeable power source to the solar cell unit according the output voltage and the charging voltage.04-26-2012
20110140649ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM - An energy storage system for charging/discharging power of a plurality of battery packs connected between a grid and a variable power source, the energy storage system including an inverter connected between the grid, the plurality of battery packs, and the variable power source, the inverter inverting an AC power into a DC power and inverting a DC power into an AC power according to charge/discharge, a plurality of converters connected between the battery pack, the variable power source, and the grid, the converters being connected to the battery packs in a one-to-one relationship to convert a charge/discharge power of the battery packs, respectively, a plurality of battery switching devices, the battery switching devices being respectively connected between the converters and the battery packs, and a controller connected to the inverter and the converter to control driving, the controller controlling a turn-on/off operation of the battery switching devices.06-16-2011
20120306431PROTECTIVE COVER WITH BATTERY FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A protective cover for an electronic device includes a housing, a rechargeable battery received in the housing, a printed circuit board also received in the housing. The printed circuit board includes a charging-discharging module electrically connected to the battery. The protective cover also includes a solar panel used for collecting light-energy, and an opto-electronic conversion module formed on the solar panel and electrically connected to the battery.12-06-2012
20090039826SOLAR ENERGY CHARGING/DISCHARGING SYSTEM AND CHARGING/DISCHARGING METHOD THEREOF - The invention discloses a solar energy charging/discharging system and a charging/discharging method thereof. The solar energy charging/discharging system according to the invention comprises a solar cell, a super-capacitor, and a switch. The solar cell is used for collecting solar energy and converting the solar energy into electrical energy. The super-capacitor is coupled to the solar cell. The super-capacitor and the solar cell are coupled to a load through the switch. The super-capacitor is selectively charged/discharged according to a threshold voltage.02-12-2009
20100033126CUSTOMIZED SHADING DEVICES INCLUDING PHOTOVOLTAIC PROPERTIES - A customized awning, window covering or other shading device that includes customized photovoltaic modules, panels or other photovoltaic-type devices and capabilities. The awning includes a cost-effective, energy-efficient means of providing solar power to run low-voltage devices at a desired interior or exterior location, while also maintaining or enhancing the aesthetic appearance or physical attributes of the shading device.02-11-2010
20120098478CHARGER FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - Some embodiments herein relate to a charger for an electronic device. The charger comprises a power output port, a charging dock and a power module. The power output port is adapted to be electrically connected to and provide power to the electronic device. The charging dock is adapted for receiving and charging at least one battery. The charging dock comprises at least one removable cradle to accommodate receipt and charging of batteries of various shapes.04-26-2012
20120038313Fuel Cell Based Hybrid Electric Renewable Micro Power Pack - A fuel cell based hybrid power pack is disclosed. In one aspect, a device includes an energy storage unit operatively coupled to a load of a battery operated device for delivering electric energy to the load, where the battery operated device operates based on the electric energy supplied to the load. The device also includes fuel cell unit coupled to the energy storage unit for replenishing electric energy consumed by the load from the energy storage unit. The energy storage unit is charged when not being charged using an external power source.02-16-2012
20120038312LEAD ACID STORAGE BATTERY AND LEAD ACID STORAGE BATTERY SYSTEM FOR NATURAL ENERGY UTILIZATION SYSTEM - The life of a lead acid storage batttery is extended by changing an over-frequency equalized charge interval performed on a lead acid storage batttery, in accordance with a transition situation of a state of charge (SOC) of the lead acid storage batttery. The lead acid storage batttery is also made to be advantageous in terms of cost by reducing the equalized charge with a low degree of urgency to reduce the power and cost for equalized charge, and by reducing the number of stops of a natural energy storage system. A lead acid storage batttery and a lead acid storage batttery system whose operational management can be easily performed are achieved by a method in which the future timing when the equalized charge is performed can be grasped by people operating the lead acid storage batttery. The lead acid storage batttery and the lead acid storage batttery system include: a storage batttery state measurement unit; an SOC model; an SOC estimation unit configured to estimate an SOC from the information measured by the storage batttery state measurement unit and the information from the SOC model; an SOC transition DB configure to record an SOC transition situation of the lead acid storage batttery; an SOC transition history management unit configured to record, in the SOC transition DB, an estimated SOC value and to check an SOC transition situation; a degradation model of the lead acid storage batttery; an equalized charge optimal planning unit configured to plan an optimal method of performing the equalized charge based on the information on the SOC transition situation from the SOC transition history management unit and the information from the degradation model; an SOC transition information-equalized charge information output unit; and an equalized charge control unit configured to perform the equalized charge on the lead acid storage batttery in accordance with the plan determined by the equalized charge optimal planning unit.02-16-2012
20110050160APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADAPTIVE ILLUMINATION CHARGING - Disclosed is an apparatus for adaptive illumination charging, including: an image process sensor for detecting an external image information; a pixel sensor unit for receiving light of the image information detected by the image process sensor, the pixel sensor unit including multiple pixels; a light quantity calculator for calculating average quantity values of light received by pixels of the pixel sensor unit within a specific area during a pre-set time period; a controller for searching for a location of a pixel corresponding to an average value with a highest light quantity average among the average quantity values of the light and notifying of the search result; and a solar battery for generating energy according to a quantity of light received by the pixel sensor unit.03-03-2011
20110050159BATTERY CHARGING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A method and apparatus for charging a rechargeable battery comprises determining a safe charging voltage V03-03-2011
20110050158System for storing electrical energy - A method and apparatus are described for storing electrical power in the form of relative chemical potential between a concentrated solution, typically salt brine, and a dilute version of the same solution. To recover the power, the concentrated solution and dilute solution are supplied to a means for transforming the difference in their chemical potential into electrical power by such means as pressure retarded osmosis or reverse electrodialysis. In operation such means take in the concentrated and dilute solutions and exhaust a solution of intermediate concentration. The concentrated solution is supplied from a container such as a pond. It is generated by evaporation of the intermediate concentration solution in a second, separate pond, which receives the exhaust from the power generation means. The exhaust solution is concentrated by evaporation and is transferred into the first pond when the concentration has reached a sufficient level. To obtain a high evaporation rate in a relatively small evaporation area, the evaporation is enhanced to a rate faster than that obtained at the liquid surface of an open pond of the solution by employing electrical evaporation enhancement means. The electrical evaporation enhancement means is programmed to draw power from an electrical supply grid during periods when electricity demand is low and or when the cost of electricity is below or equal to an average cost over a period such as a diurnal cycle. When demand is high the enhancement is discontinued and the power generation means uses the stored concentrated brine to generate extra electrical power. Therefore the enhancement means would be used less than 30% of the time when the stored concentrated brine is being used to generate electrical power.03-03-2011
20110316471BATTERY CONTROL SYSTEM - A battery control system includes N batteries, N control switches, a solar energy charging module, and a processing module, wherein N is a positive integer larger than one. The N batteries are arranged in parallel, each of the control switches is connected to one of the batteries, and the solar energy charging module is connected to the control switches. The processing module is connected to the control switches and the solar energy charging module. The processing module selectively controls the i-th control switch to form a close circuit between the corresponding i-th battery and the solar energy charging module and controls the other N−1 control switches to form open circuits between the corresponding N−1 batteries and the solar energy charging module, wherein i is a positive integer smaller than or equal to N.12-29-2011
20110316470WIND-DRIVEN RECHARGER FOR VEHICLE BATTERY - In one illustrative embodiment, a wind-driven charging system includes a wind-driven rotation device coupled to a rotatable shaft, and a plurality of electric generators disposed at different longitudinal locations along the rotatable shaft and each of the plurality of electric generators are rotationally driven simultaneously by the rotatable shaft. By having the electric generators disposed at different longitudinal locations, more electric generators may be simultaneously driven by a common shaft. In some instances, a controller may be configured to enable more of the electric generators to provide electrical current to recharge a battery when the speed of rotation of the rotatable shaft increases, and may disable more of the plurality of electric generators to not provide electrical current when the speed of rotation of the rotatable shaft decreases.12-29-2011
20090251099Passive over/under voltage control and protection for energy storage devices associated with energy harvesting - Described herein is, for example, a battery or capacitor over voltage (overcharge) and under-voltage protection circuit, that, for example, is adapted to not draw current from the battery or capacitor to be charged unless charge energy is detected and to not charge an energy storage device when an over-charge condition is sensed. The protection circuit may, for example, not be turned on unless an over voltage condition is present. Incoming energy to the system can be shunted to ground via a shunt load of various types including resistive loads and active components such as a zener diode. In some embodiments, no switching of the inbound power is required. Within limits, no regulation of inbound power is needed. When inbound power is sufficient to charge the battery or capacitor, regulation can occur via the applied shunt regulator if overcharge voltage conditions exist. Either type of charge source, voltage or current, can be used to provide charge energy. Combining said battery or capacitor over voltage (overcharge) and under-voltage protection circuit with electronic loads, such as wireless sensors, may lead to autonomously-powered wireless sensor systems.10-08-2009
20110156634HYBRID POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM - A hybrid power supply system includes a solar panel, a rechargeable battery for receiving electrical energy from the solar panel, a line power port, a switch capable of electrically connecting the line power port and the rechargeable battery, and a power sensor for acquiring an electrical energy value from the rechargeable battery and a controller. The controller receives the electrical energy value from the power sensor, and controls the switch to electrically connect the line power port and the rechargeable battery when a voltage of the rechargeable battery falls below a predetermined value. The line power port charges the rechargeable battery to one full cycle of power output of the rechargeable.06-30-2011
20110156633SOLAR POWER STORAGE SYSTEM AND CHARGE METHOD OF SAME - A solar power storage system includes a solar panel, an energy storage device, a transformer, and a controller. The solar panel collects energy from sunlight and outputs an actual output voltage. The energy storage device stores the energy collected from the solar panel. The transformer transforms the actual output voltage of the solar panel into a charge voltage and charges the energy storage device using the charge voltage. The controller is configured for comparing the actual output voltage with a first predetermined voltage to obtain a first comparative result, comparing an instant battery voltage of the energy storage device with a second predetermined voltage to obtain a second comparative result. The transformer adjusts the charge voltage according to the first and the second comparative results.06-30-2011
20120176079Switching Circuit, Control Apparatus, and Power Generation System - A switching circuit capable of efficiently practically using power generated in a plurality of photovoltaic power generation modules is provided. The switching circuit is employed for a power generation system capable of switching a connection state between the plurality of power generation modules, for switching a first connection state where at least a part of the plurality of power generation modules are connected in series with each other, and a second connection state where at least a part of the plurality of power generation modules are connected in parallel with each other, or, the generated power output portion is connected to a storage portion so that generated power is supplied from one of the power generation module to the storage portion.07-12-2012
20080258676Toy vehicle capable of collecting solar power - A toy vehicle includes axles disposed rotatably on a base plate, and wheels mounted respectively on ends of the axles. A drive unit is mounted on the base plate and includes a first gear sleeved fixedly on a motor shaft of a motor and meshing with a second gear sleeved fixedly on one axle. A solar power collecting plate is mounted on the vehicle body for converting solar power into electrical energy that is used to charge a rechargeable battery set mounted on the base plate. A power switch is mounted on the base plate for controlling electrical connection between the rechargeable battery set and the motor so as to permit supply of electrical power from the rechargeable battery set to the motor when in an ON state.10-23-2008
20120062166Integrated Fuel Processor and Fuel Cell System Control Method - The present invention provides a novel method of controlling a mobile, integrated fuel processor and fuel cell system that utilizes an innovative combination of feedback and feed forward control loops maintain the reformer temperature and hydrogen permeate pressure in the system with the operating parameters of the fuel reformer being adjusted to achieve rapid and more reliable load following when transient conditions occur.03-15-2012
20120176078SOLAR CHARGEABLE BATTERY FOR PORTABLE DEVICES - A solar chargeable battery comprises a built-in photovoltaic array and a programmable battery charging circuit. The photovoltaic array provides a variable power source in response to light. The battery charging circuit receives the variable power source and operates in different modes to charge the battery over a range of lighting conditions. For example, the battery charging circuit charges the battery to a substantially fixed regulated voltage level in a first mode when a voltage level of the variable power source is above a predefined threshold. The battery charging circuit charges the battery to an adjustable regulated voltage level in a second mode when the voltage level of the variable power source is below the predefined threshold.07-12-2012
20120007544SYSTEM OF A PLURALITY OF SERIES-CONNECTED FUEL CELL CONVERTER DEVICES AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SYSTEM - A system of a plurality of series-connected fuel cell converter devices and a method for controlling the system are provided. The system includes a plurality of fuel cell converter devices, a series connection unit, a power control unit, a Mux control unit, and a master controller. The output ends of a plurality of fuel cell converter devices are connected in series by the series connection unit. The master controller reads signals from the power control unit and the Mux control unit and determines accordingly which fuel cell converter devices need to be turned on to meet the requirement of a load. The method includes the steps of estimating a load, determining the number of the fuel cell converter devices to be turned on, calculating an output power, discharging, and charging. Thus, a plurality of fuel cell converter devices is controlled to output the required power of the load.01-12-2012
20120007542NO EMISSIONS SERVICE STATION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES - The present invention provides a no-emissions service station for electric vehicles including an electricity provision system for charging at least one battery inside an electric vehicle from a master charger unit and a control system in communication with the at least one electric vehicle and the master charger unit adapted to enable the master charger unit to charge the at least one battery inside the electric vehicle.01-12-2012
20120019189METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CHARGING BATTERY USING SOLAR BATTERY - A method and an apparatus for charging a battery using a solar cell are provided. The method includes detecting an output state of the solar cell, searching a mapped charging current amount corresponding to the detected output state of the solar cell, setting a charging current amount of a charging unit for charging the battery based on the found charging current amount, and charging the battery with the set charging current amount. The method may maximize charging efficiency of a battery using the solar cell. Furthermore, the method may prevent output power consumption of a solar cell. Accordingly, the method may improve charging efficiency in comparison with a portable terminal of the related art in the same condition to shorten a charging time.01-26-2012
20120013289FUEL CELL SYSTEM, AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH THE FUEL CELL SYSTEM - A fuel cell system starts a fuel cell by setting the voltage supplied to a secondary cell from a voltage transformer at an open-circuit voltage of the fuel cell, and raising the voltage of the fuel cell from a starting voltage to the open-circuit voltage, in the case where the secondary cell is expected to be overcharged if the secondary cell receives electric power. In the case where the secondary cell is not expected to be overcharged if the secondary cell receives electric power, the system starts the fuel cell by setting the voltage supplied from the voltage transformer at a high-potential-avoiding voltage that is lower than the open-circuit voltage of the fuel cell at or after the elapse of a predetermined time following the output of a command to close an FC relay, and raising the voltage of the fuel cell from the starting voltage to the high-potential-avoiding voltage.01-19-2012
20090160395SOLAR ENERGY CONTROL SYSTEM - A solar energy control system includes a storage battery, a solar energy operated absorption board, a load, a controller, a first ZigBee module, a second ZigBee module, and a monitoring device. The absorption board is connected to the battery for charging the battery. The load is connected to the battery for receiving a working voltage from the battery. The controller is connected to the absorption board to detect a voltage of the absorption board, and control the charging status according to the detected voltage. The first ZigBee module is connected to the monitoring device. The second ZigBee module is connected to the controller. The monitoring device monitors a status of the controller and sends control instructions to the controller through the first and second ZigBee modules.06-25-2009
20120025751PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM - A photovoltaic system for generating an output voltage that is uninfluenced by varying irradiation, includes a photovoltaic source having an input terminal and an output terminal. The photovoltaic system includes a voltage adding arrangement having a first input terminal and an output terminal. The voltage adding arrangement is connected in series with the photovoltaic source, and includes a first route having a voltage source and a second route as a voltage source bypass. The first and second routes extend between the first input terminal and the output terminal of the voltage adding arrangement. The first and second routes being alternately activateable.02-02-2012
20120104989CHARGE-CONTROLLING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR - A charge-controlling system and a method therefor are applicable to a backup power system having a fuel-cell-based power supply and a battery. The charge-controlling system includes a bidirectional converter, a feedback circuit, a voltage controller, a PWM generator, a switch unit and an over-charging protection circuit. The feedback circuit generates a feedback signal corresponding to an output voltage of the bidirectional converter. The voltage controller generates a control voltage according to the feedback signal and a constant voltage, such that the PWM generator generates a PWM signal based on the control voltage. The over-charging protection circuit controls operation of the switch unit according to the feedback signal and a saturation voltage of the battery. When the switch unit electrically connects the bidirectional converter and the PWM generator, the bidirectional converter charges the battery with the power generated by the fuel-cell-based power supply according to the PWM signal.05-03-2012
20120206087STANDALONE PORTABLE SOLAR POWER SYSTEM - A standalone portable solar power system includes a trailer, solar panels mounted on rotating beams, a battery, a battery management system, an inverter and a power outlet. The trailer can be towed and the first and second groups of solar panels are locked in a vertically orientation for transportation. At the use site, the trailer can be positioned with the rotating beams parallel with the equator and the solar panels rotated to captures the maximum amount of sunlight.08-16-2012
20120206086SECONDARY BATTERY CHARGING DEVICE AND SECONDARY BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM - A secondary battery charging system includes a secondary battery charging device and a power generation device that generates a charging current. The secondary battery charging device controls the charging a secondary battery, which has a protection timer that counts a first elapsed time from a start of charging. The secondary battery charging device includes a charging switch that controls a supply of the charging current, a time management timer portion that counts a second elapsed time starting from a point at which the charging switch becomes conductive and performs a charging stop determination and that counts a third elapsed time starting from a point at which the charging switch is cut off and performs a charging start determination, and a charging control portion that causes the charging switch to be conductive or cut off based on results of the charging stop determination and the charging start determination.08-16-2012
20120153887Supercapacitor Materials and Devices - Capacitors containing novel electrodes and electrolytes are described. One electrode composition comprises an oxide of Mn and Fe in a Mn:Fe molar ratio of 3:1 to 5:1. Another electrode composition comprises an oxide comprising Ni, Co, and Fe; wherein the Ni and Co are present in a Ni/Co molar ratio in the range of 0.5 to 2 and a Fe and Ni are present in a Ni/Fe molar ratio in the range of 1.0 to 10. The resulting capacitors can be characterized by superior properties. Methods of forming the electrodes from gels are also described. An electrolyte comprising a Li salt in a carbonate solution, wherein the carbonate solution comprises 10-30% ethylene carbonate and 70-90% propylene carbonate is also described.06-21-2012
20120153888CHARGING/DISCHARGING SYSTEM FOR SOLAR LIGHT POWER GENERATOR IN SMART GRID ENVIRONMENT WITH REAL-TIME PRICING, DUPLEX CONVERTOR OF CHARGING/DISCHARGING SYSTEM, AND CHARGING/DISCHARGING METHOD FOR SOLAR LIGHT POWER GENERATOR - Provided are a charging and discharging system for a solar light power generator in a smart grid environment, a method of operating the same, and a duplex converter for charging and discharging electricity into/from a battery. The system includes: an electricity price monitoring part which collects electricity price information from an electric grid; an electricity charge amount monitoring part which collects electricity charge amount information of a battery; a charge and discharge determination part which determines whether electricity supplied from the electric grid is to be charged into the battery or whether electricity stored in the battery via the electric grid or the solar light power generator is to be discharged to the electric grid, based on the price information and the charge amount information; and a charging and discharging part including the battery, so that electricity is charged into or discharged from the battery based on the determination.06-21-2012
20110089887SOLAR PANEL CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE THAT CHARGES INDIVIDUAL BATTERIES WITH DIRECT PARALLEL CONNECTIONS TO SOLAR PANELS - A connection system is provided to charge a high voltage battery (04-21-2011
20110089886Maximum Power Point Tracking Bidirectional Charge Controllers for Photovoltaic Systems - A high voltage maximum power point tracking bidirectional charge controller for photovoltaic (PV) systems having a high voltage PV array, a battery bank and a high voltage DC load comprises a DC to DC converter electrically connectable to the high voltage PV array, the battery bank, and the high voltage DC load. The converter receives DC input from the PV array and operates in a first direction to step-down the voltage of the DC input to obtain a stepped-down DC output of appropriate voltage to charge the battery bank. The converter receives DC input from the battery bank and operates in a second direction to step-up the voltage of the DC input received from the battery bank to obtain a stepped-up DC output of appropriate voltage for the high voltage DC load.04-21-2011
20110089885SWITCHED USB SOLAR CHARGING PORT - A charging system for a vehicle includes a primary energy source, a secondary energy source, a switching circuit in electrical communication with the primary energy source and the secondary energy source, and a charging port to provide electrical communication between the switching circuit and an electrical device, wherein the switching circuit selectively controls an electrical current flowing from the primary energy source and the secondary energy to the electrical device based upon a state of the vehicle.04-21-2011
20120119692POWER GENERATOR OF HYBRID TYPE - A power generator generates electric power by using sunlight and wind force which are clean energies, and in particular a power generator of a hybrid type which is characterized in that electric power is mainly generated by using sunlight at daytime when it is sunny, and electric power can be alternatively generated by using wind force when there is not sunshine in case of a rainy weather or a cloudy weather or when wind is strong, so it is possible to generate electric power all the time by using sunlight and wind at both daytime and nighttime and sunny and cloudy weathers.05-17-2012
20120212173MANAGEMENT OF THE RECHARGING OF A SET OF BATTERIES - Method for managing the recharging of at least one battery, characterized in that it comprises a transmission of a desired charge level (C08-23-2012
20100289447System and method for power management of energy storage devices - A power management system for batteries includes: a controller that controls a charger, switch matrix, and outputs, using algorithms to optimize system states based on a fuel gauge and learned conditions; a charger, which converts various inputs into charge voltage; a fuel gauge, which calculates remaining charge and battery health so the controller can effectively manage the battery and extend run-time; and a switch matrix providing management at individual cell level so that cell performance/health can be monitored. Cells can be combined dynamically in series and/or in parallel, and “bad” cells can be removed from service. A related method is also disclosed.11-18-2010
20100289446METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING CHARGING INFORMATION REGARDING PORTABLE TERMINAL WITH SOLAR CELL - A method and apparatus provides charging information regarding devices such as a portable terminal with a solar cell. The solar cell charges the battery of the portable terminal with the highest charging efficiency at an optimal charging angle. The optimal charging angle is determined according to the location information regarding the portable terminal and time information. When the solar cell performs a charging process with the highest charging efficiency, the portable terminal provides a user with an average charging efficiency and the help containing a user's manual of the solar cell. The average charging efficiency is determined according to environmental conditions, such as temperature, humidity, weather conditions, etc.11-18-2010
20120161692CHARGING CONTROL SYSTEM - In a charging control system, electrically-driven vehicles whose charging levels are lower than such a charging level required to drive these electrically-driven vehicles over a necessary minimum drivable distance are charged with a priority, and such an electrically-driven vehicle whose charging level quickly reaches the above-explained charging level among these electrically-driven vehicles is charged with a top priority. Also, in the charging control system, an order for dynamically charging vehicle-purpose batteries is rearranged by monitoring a change in charging environments, for instance, an electrically-driven vehicle is newly coupled to a charger in a half way; a commonly available electric power amount is increased by solar power generation etc.; and a supplyable electric power amount (W) is lowered due to utilization of electricity by a subject other than electrically-driven vehicles.06-28-2012
20100207570Rapid charge transportation battery - The invention is method of rapid electrical charging of secondary cells without excessive heat generation. An ionic capacitor having a metal shell is placed in electrical contact with the metal positive nickel oxide plate of an Edison alkaline cell battery comprising a plurality of said cell plates. A heavily charged electrolyte flowing from the cathode system passes through the said ionic capacitor and conducts electrons through its metal shell into the positive metal plates of the battery thereby converting by chemical reduction the oxidized nickel oxide (NiO08-19-2010
20100207573Thermoelectric feedback circuit - An article of manufacture, comprising: an LED or other light source in thermal communication with a thermoelectric module; and a feedback circuit that directs current generated by the thermoelectric module to at least one device. This invention improves on prior art by recycling heat produced by the LED or other light source into electricity produced via the thermoelectric module to be used by the light source, a cooling device, battery charger for battery backup system, control or monitoring system, etc.08-19-2010
20110181233SOLAR CELL POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND RECHARGEABLE BATTERY SOLAR CHARGING METHOD - A charging operation controlling portion controls charging current or charging voltage when the battery pack 07-28-2011
20120133322SOLAR POWER MANAGEMENT FOR A VEHICLE - A photovoltaic storage and charging system for a vehicle includes a photovoltaic apparatus disposed on the vehicle for absorbing radiant energy and converting the absorbed radiant energy into electrical energy. At least one energy storage device stores the electrical energy from the photovoltaic apparatus, and the stored electrical power is available for use by the vehicle. An electrical energy converter is disposed between the photovoltaic apparatus and the energy storage device, to receive the electrical energy from the photovoltaic apparatus, boost the energy to a predetermined level for charging the energy storage device and deliver the boosted electrical energy to the energy storage device.05-31-2012
20120313569PORTABLE, SELF-SUSTAINED SOLAR DEPLOYMENT - A solar panel deployment system includes a main support frame and a solar panel array providing at least one solar panel, wherein the solar panel array is coupled to the main support frame, and each of the solar panels are mounted in a solar panel frame. The system also includes a lift mechanism coupled to the main support frame and solar panel array, and an array extender/retractor coupled to the solar panel array, wherein the array extender/retractor is actuated to deploy the solar panel array or to retract the solar panel array.12-13-2012
20120313568SOLAR POWERED CHARGING STATION FOR ELECTRIC AND PLUG-IN HYBRID VEHICLES - This invention is a solar-powered charging station for electric and hybrid vehicles. A vehicle parks at a space with the charging station and uses a credit card, debit card, cash, smart card or network connection to a database like EZ-Pass to pay for the space and the electricity. The station automatically charges the vehicle as long as it is connected to the station. The station automatically stops charging when the vehicle is fully charged. The customer only pays for the space and the electricity consumed. If the charging circuit is broken the customer must reinsert the smart card or credit card to restart charging. Sufficient funds are removed from the payment method on initiation of charging. Any money not used for charging is put back onto the smart card or account if the user reinserts it prior to leaving.12-13-2012
20120313567POWER-SUPPLY SYSTEM, POWER-SUPPLY DEVICE AND POWER-SUPPLY METHOD - A plurality of power-supply devices, in which power generated by solar energy is stored, are allowed to exchange power among themselves. Power generated by a solar panel connected to a first power-supply device is stored in a power storage section of the first power-supply device. Power supplied by the second power-supply device, which has a power storage section for storing power generated by the solar panel, is stored in the power storage section of first power-supply device. Power stored in the power storage section of the first power-supply device is supplied externally.12-13-2012
20120133323NON-DIFFUSION LIQUID ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE - Disclosed herein is an efficient and high capacity electrical energy storage device consisting of diaphragm-less anode and cathode cells charging and discharging an electrolyte containing suitable ions that store electrical energy during the charging cycle and release the electrical energy during the discharge cycle. The charge-discharge reactions are reversible so that the efficiency does not reduce with the number of cycles and efficiency is maintained until the last of the charged electrolyte passes through the cells.05-31-2012
20120133321SOLAR POWERED RECHARGEABLE DEVICE FOR USE WITH AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF - A solar powered device comprising a solar radiation collection portion, wherein the solar radiation collection portion includes: a first solar panel to collect solar radiation, a concentrator positioned a distance above the first solar panel to concentrate the solar radiation, and a charge controller coupled to the first solar panel, the charge controller electrically coupled to a first receptacle, a base portion, the base portion including a battery unit having a plurality of legs, wherein a second receptacle is electrically coupled to the battery unit, and a connection portion operably connecting the solar radiation collection portion to the base portion, the connection portion including a connection member having a first end and a second end. Furthermore, an associated method is also provided.05-31-2012
20100181957Solar powered, grid independent EV charging system - A system for charging a multiplicity of commuter EVs without dependence on the power grid is provided, using the EV batteries themselves as distributed off grid storage for all EVs connected to the system. The EV charging system comprises low cost solar modules and an intelligent charge management system capable of a providing flexible charge rate to EVs based on user demand, that is decoupled from the grid and thus does not add to peak power demands. Only a low capacity grid connection is provided for backup, and buffer solar panels may be provided for load balancing. Excessive solar energy is fed into the grid during times of low demand at the charging stations, such as on weekends.07-22-2010
20120249049PORTABLE SOLAR POWER FRAME AND BATTERY BANK ASSEMBLY - A portable solar power frame and battery bank assembly is provided. The portable solar power frame and battery bank assembly apparatus is configured for use with a vending machine, or like electrically powered device, as original equipment or as a retrofit enhancement device to an existing vending machine, or like electrically powered device. The solar power frame is configured to capture sunlight and convert the captured sunlight into electricity, thereby to provide solar power to charge the battery bank and thereby power the machine or device10-04-2012
20120249047PHOTO-VOLTAIC CHARGING OF HIGH VOLTAGE TRACTION BATTERIES - Photovoltaic (PV) systems for charging high voltage batteries used to power the electric traction motor of an electrically-powered vehicle are described. Suitable PV systems, fabricated of interconnected solar cells, modules or arrays, may be designed and adapted to efficiently charge a high voltage battery by matching the characteristics of the PV system to the fully-charged voltage of the battery. Preferably, a charging efficiency of about 90% or greater may be achieved through proper matching of the PV system to the battery. A reconfigurable PV system, based on assemblies of solar modules, is described. The reconfigurable PV system is capable of properly matching itself to a variety of different batteries, each of which may have a different voltage when fully charged. By using several reconfigurable PV systems a variety of batteries with different charged voltages may be charged simultaneously while utilizing substantially the full capacity of the PV system to charge batteries.10-04-2012
20120249048CHARGE/DISCHARGE DETERMINING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - There is provided a charge/discharge determining apparatus for managing a natural energy power generation facility, a power plant and a plurality of batteries in an electrical power system. The apparatus includes: a system information acquiring section configured to acquire an actual value of natural energy power that is supplied from the natural energy power generation facility to the electrical power system; a battery information acquiring section configured to acquire battery electric energy information from the respective batteries, wherein the battery electric energy information indicates charge/discharge electric energies of the respective batteries which can be discharged from or charged in the respective batteries; and a determining section configured to determine at least one battery to be charged/discharged from among the plurality of batteries, wherein when an absolute value of a difference between the actual value and a predicted value of the natural energy power is larger than a threshold value.10-04-2012
20090058354SOLAR-POWERED MEDIA SYSTEM AND APPARATUS - Solar-powered media systems and apparatuses are disclosed. The solar-powered media systems and apparatuses comprise shade structures, solar cells, energy storage devices, electronics and/or circuitry, docking stations, wireless communications devices, and audio and/or visual components capable of outputting media content. One aspect of the solar-powered media system and apparatus pertains to shade structures, which provide shade for one or more users. Another aspect of the disclosure pertains to energy storage devices, which store electrical energy to power the solar-powered media system. Another aspect of the disclosure pertains to docking stations, which allow communication and electrical energy transfer between various devices. Another aspect of the disclosure pertains to audio & visual components capable of outputting media content for one or more users. Another aspect of the disclosure pertains to solar cells integrated into or attached to the said shade structure. All aspects can be utilized alone or in combination with one another.03-05-2009
20090058353APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CHARGING BATTERY USING SOLAR CELL - A charging apparatus and method for charging a battery of a mobile terminal using a thin film printed solar cell. The apparatus has an outer case including electrochromic elements and a thin film printed solar cell. A control unit controls charging of the battery so that a color of the electrochromic elements is changed into a transparent color and sunlight is transmitted to the thin film printed solar cell disposed under the electrochromic elements. Also, the control unit controls charging of the battery such that a color of the outer case is automatically changed into a transparent color so that sunlight is transmitted to the thin film printed solar cell. Also, the color of the electrochromic elements can be changed according to the user's request so that the color of the outer case is changed into a desired color.03-05-2009
20120169269SOLAR POWER STORAGE MODULE, AND SOLAR POWER STORAGE SYSTEM AND SOLAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM HAVING SAME - A solar power supply system includes a power supply bus and a plurality of solar power storage systems. The power storage systems is electrically connected to each other in parallel via the power supply bus. Each of the solar power storage systems includes solar power storage modules and an inverter electrically connected to an external load and the solar power storage modules in series. Each of the solar power storage modules includes a lithium-ion battery unit, a solar cell unit, and a battery control unit. The solar cell unit charges the lithium-ion battery unit. The battery control unit is electrically connected to the lithium-ion battery unit and the solar cell unit, and controls the lithium-ion battery unit being charged or discharged.07-05-2012
20120169270BATTERY PACK APPARATUS INCLUDING A MULTI-CHANNEL 4-TERMINAL NETWORK CHARGING APPARATUS AND A MULTI-CHANNEL BATTERY POWER SUPPLY MODULE - The disclosure is to provide a battery pack apparatus including in one form a multi-channel network charging apparatus and a multi-channel battery power supply module. A battery pack apparatus using sunlight and commercial electricity, and comprising a solar cell panel, a charging apparatus, a monitoring unit, and a battery power supply module, can perform quick charging using a multi-channel network method when charging a charging battery of a multi-channel battery power supply module with electricity generated from collected sunlight and commercial electricity, enables easy replacement of a charging battery as charging batteries of the multi-channel battery power supply module are mounted in a configuration enabling the independent respective detachment thereof, wherein one network control board is inserted in each of the four charging batteries in order to control the four charging batteries and to detect the input voltages, input currents, output voltages, and output currents thereof.07-05-2012
20100052607Solar Charging Device and Method Thereof - A solar charging device and method for charging a power storage module are provided. The solar charging device includes a solar charging module, a control module, and a first connection interface. The solar charging module converts light to electricity to generate charging power. The control module is coupled to the solar charging module. One terminal of the first connection interface is coupled to the control module, and the other terminal is removably coupled to the power storage module for transmitting the charging power passing through the control module to the power storage module.03-04-2010
20100052604REMOVABLE POWER STORAGE DEVICE - A removable power storage device includes at least one airflow pressure differential power generating assembly and a power storage assembly. The airflow pressure differential power generating assembly is driven by energy created by surrounding airflow pressure differential to generate electric power. The generated power is stored in at least one removable power storage unit of the power storage assembly for use later in different places.03-04-2010
20100052603Rechargeable Batteries - A rechargeable battery is provided comprising a battery housing (e.g., a can), a rechargeable battery cell within the housing, and a charger circuit comprising one or more solar cell(s) disposed on the battery housing and in electrical communication with the rechargeable battery cell. Methods of recharging batteries using solar energy are also provided.03-04-2010
20120176080SECONDARY BATTERY STORAGE SYSTEM RACK - A secondary battery storage system rack is provided comprising a circuit block which is connected to an electric power line for exchanging electric power with the outside, a secondary battery block which is connected to the circuit block and which has a larger mass than the circuit block, and a storage body unit which stores, in the inside, the circuit block and the secondary battery block, wherein the secondary battery block and the circuit block are placed in one line along a direction of gravitational force, with the secondary battery block placed below the circuit block.07-12-2012
20120074893BATTERY CHARGING AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND RELATED METHODS - Embodiments of battery charging systems are presented herein. Other examples and related methods are also presented herein.03-29-2012
20120074892CONTROL SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD OF AN IN-VEHICLE SOLAR ENERGY CHARGER - A control system for an in-vehicle solar energy charger, comprising a solar cell panel, a solar energy charger, a starting battery, a power battery and a controller. The solar energy charger, the starting battery and the power battery are electrically connected to the controller respectively. The controller is configured for performing a maximum photovoltaic power tracking algorithm and controlling an output power of the solar energy charger for charging the power battery or starting battery, according to an input power of the solar energy charger.03-29-2012
20120074891ROBOT POWER SOURCE CHARGING STATION - Embodiments of the invention are directed to a system for recharging a mobile robot as a power source. In one embodiment the system comprises a power transmission link having a first end positioned at a selectively located charging station and a second end connected to the battery carried by the robot, the transmission link being configured to transmit power from its first end to its second end to charge the battery. The system further comprises a first wireless power transmitter coupled to receive power from a specified power source, and a first wireless power receiver, connected to the first end of the transmission link and located at a prespecified distance from the first wireless power transmitter. The first wireless power receiver is configured to receive power transmitted across the prespecified distance from the first wireless power transmitter, and to provide power to the first end of the transmission link, for transmission to charge the battery.03-29-2012
20100007305BATTERY SEAT - The present invention concerns a battery system including at least one battery unit for storing electric energy for use in connection with equipment, such as comfort equipment and/or safety equipment on a vehicle, preferably on a bicycle, as well as a bicycle with such a battery system. The new feature of a battery unit according to the invention is that the exterior of the battery unit is shaped as a seat, preferably a bicycle seat, where the battery unit at least comprises a number of interconnected battery cells, at least one terminal for connecting to equipment and/or charging the battery, and where the battery unit includes at least one outer casing which constitutes the surface of the seat.01-14-2010
20090066287Business Methods in a Power Aggregation System for Distributed Electric Resources - Systems and methods are described for a power aggregation system. In one implementation, a method includes determining a level of renewable energy on a power grid, determining a price of electricity on the power grid, and scheduling a charging of an electric resource connected to the power grid as a function of the price of electricity on the power grid and the level of renewable energy on the power grid.03-12-2009
20120256582BATTERY PACK - A battery pack including a secondary battery arranged on an elastic member and a piezoelectric member is provided. Vertical movement of the secondary battery within the battery pack generates electrical energy that may be used to charge the secondary battery.10-11-2012
20120256581METHOD FOR SOLAR POWER ENERGY MANAGEMENT WITH INTELLIGENT SELECTION OF OPERATING MODES - A method for solar power energy management with intelligent selection of operating modes classifies the power energy of a solar cell and an reserved power of a rechargeable battery into multiple power level ranges, and determine to supply power to a load in accordance with various combinations of the power level ranges of the solar cell and the rechargeable battery to avoid energy waste. When the solar cell is in a “sufficient” power level range, the power energy of the solar cell is simultaneously supplied to the load and stored in the rechargeable battery. When the solar cell is in an “insufficient” power level range, all the power energy of the solar cell is selectively supplied to the load or charged to the rechargeable battery. When being in a “poor” power level range, the power energy of the solar cell can still be charged to the rechargeable battery.10-11-2012
20120274263POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - A system for power management electrically connected to a solar cell is provided. The system for power management includes a photo-sensor, a controller electrically connected to the photo-sensor, and a power manager. The photo-sensor detects an illumination (illuminance or irradiance) of an environment where the solar cell is located. A look-up table of illumination vs. maximum output power is built in the controller, wherein a corresponding maximum output power is determined by the controller according to the illumination detected by the photo-sensor. The power manager is electrically connected to the controller and the solar cell. The power manager controls the output current of the solar cell so as to equalize an output power of solar cell and the corresponding maximum output power. A method for power management is also provided.11-01-2012
20120187897BATTERY CHARGER FOR USE WITH LOW VOLTAGE ENERGY HARVESTING DEVICE - A battery charging integrated circuit includes a first input connected to an energy harvesting device and a first output providing charging voltage to a battery. Control circuitry charges the battery through the first output responsive to an input from the energy harvesting device. The battery charging integrated circuit is powered by the battery connected to the first output.07-26-2012
20090021209POWER SUPPLY ASSEMBLY CAPABLE OF COLLECTING SOLAR POWER - A power supply assembly includes a case body, a rechargeable battery set disposed in an inner receiving space in the case body, a charging mode selecting unit operable so as to select one of electrical energy converted from solar power by a solar power collecting plate, DC power from an external DC power source, and DC power obtained by converting AC power from an external AC power source to charge the rechargeable battery sets and a power output selecting unit operable so as to output one of the electrical power from the rechargeable battery set and AC power obtained by converting the electrical power from the rechargeable battery set at a corresponding one of AC and DC output ports.01-22-2009
20120229071BI-DIRECTIONAL WIRELESS CHARGER - A bi-directional charging device includes a rechargeable battery, a coil coupled to the rechargeable battery, a selection mechanism that selectively causes power to be delivered from the coil to the battery and selectively causes power to be delivered from the battery to the coil, and a control mechanism. Upon determining that the coil is to provide power to the battery, the control mechanism causes the selection mechanism to selectively cause power to be delivered from the coil to the battery, and upon determining that the coil is to receive power from the battery, the control mechanism causes the selection mechanism to selectively cause power to be delivered from the battery to the coil.09-13-2012
20120229072Light Chargeable Notebook - The notebook includes a notebook body and a solar integrated circuit plate module located on the top lid of the notebook. The solar integrated circuit plate module mentioned above is dismountable and attached to the top lid of the notebook. The solar integrated circuit plate is set on the solar integrated circuit plate module.09-13-2012
20120299529SOLAR CHARGER FOR CHARGING POWER BATTERY - A solar charger for charging a power battery is provided, comprising: a photo-sensitive unit configured to detect light intensity; a charging unit configured to receive a voltage transformed from solar energy and to boost the voltage for charging the power battery; a switch unit coupled between the charging unit and the power battery and configured to disconnect the charging unit from the power battery or connect the charging unit with the power battery; and a control unit coupled to each of the photo-sensitive unit, the switch unit, and the charging unit, and configured to switch on the charging unit and the switch unit when the light intensity is higher than a first predetermined value to charge the power battery.11-29-2012
20120299528PHOTOVOLTAIC HANDBAG AND SYSTEM - A bag includes a frame having a base, a pair of side walls, and a pair of end walls. The base, side walls, and end walls are engaged to one another to define an interior portion accessible via an open end of the frame. An inner lining is removably positionable within the frame and an outer jacket is removably positionable about the frame. The outer jacket is configured to engage the inner lining adjacent the open end of the frame to secure the outer jacket and the inner lining about the frame. A solar charging unit is mountable on the frame. The solar charging unit includes one or more solar cell arrays and one or more energy storage devices. The solar charging unit is configured to provide charging power to one or more portable electronic devices coupled thereto.11-29-2012
20120299527POWER GENERATION DEVICE - A power generation device for a vehicle comprises a housing adapted to removably affix to a rear of a vehicle and a rotatable support member for rotatably supporting a first device, the rotatable support member operatively connected to the housing, wherein the first device includes rotor blades for producing electrical energy when exposed to a flow of air. Further, the rotatable support member is adapted to be articulated between a range from a first position, wherein the rotatable support member and the rotor blades of the first device are disposed within the housing, and a second position, wherein the rotatable support member and the rotor blades of the first device are disposed outside of the housing.11-29-2012
20120299526Perpetual EV split power system - The creation of the vehicle customized in any existing vehicle (cars, buses, trucks, trains, etc.) for energy efficiency perpetual pollution free transportation for worldwide use utilizing the windows power that naturally occurs while transporting forward converting it into electricity to keep a vehicle traveling a forward motion.11-29-2012
20100327800HIGH SPEED FEEDBACK FOR POWER LOAD REDUCTION USING A VARIABLE GENERATOR - The invention provides systems and methods for control of power charge/discharge from energy storage system. The invention also provides for power monitoring and management, including power management for a variable generator. An intelligent charge system may include a premise sensor, a variable generator sensor, one or more energy storage units, and a controller, which may receive information about the power demand, power provided by an electricity provider, and charge/discharge information from an energy storage unit. The information received may all be time synchronized in relation to a time based reference. The controller may provide instructions to an energy storage unit at a rapid rate.12-30-2010
20080297103PORTABLE POWER AND UTILITY SYSTEM - A portable power and utility system for mounting in or on a host vehicle with an electrical system or, alternatively, operating in a standalone, portable configuration. The portable power and utility system includes an enclosure, an AC power subsystem mounted in the enclosure, a fluid power air subsystem mounted in the enclosure and an optional host vehicle connection adapted for selectively connecting the electrical system of the host vehicle and the AC power subsystem. A battery charger subsystem is connected to one or both of the host vehicle electrical system and the AC power subsystem. Wheels can be mounted on the enclosure for transportation. A control panel is mounted in the enclosure and includes multiple switches for controlling operation of the subsystems.12-04-2008
20090072781POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, SCANNER POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A power supply device accumulates charges generated by a photovoltaic unit. The power supply device includes a first capacitor having a first capacitance, in which the charges generated by the photovoltaic unit are charged; a second capacitor having a second capacitance that is larger than the first capacitance; and a switching unit that switches between a first connection of connecting the photovoltaic unit to the first capacitor and a second connection of connecting the first capacitor to the second capacitor.03-19-2009
20120262104CHARGE METHODS FOR VEHICLES - A method for determining the state of charge of a vehicle at least partially electrically powered and rechargeable by at least one solar panel. The method utilizes a computer system including one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs to perform the following operations at the time the vehicle is turned off. A current status of charge of the vehicle is measured and a charging predictor is selected from at least one of the vehicles, geographic location, date, time, vehicle tilt angle, weather conditions and solar panel efficiency. An estimated charging schedule based on said current state of charge and the charging predictor is calculated and transmitted to a remote location or the current state of charge and charging predictor transmitted to a remote location while an estimated charging schedule is calculated.10-18-2012
20120319641Endless Miles - An architecture is presented that provides an air induction component for charging a battery and powering an electric motor. The air induction component comprises a first opening, a second opening, and a housing. Further, an air powered turbine assembly comprising a hub and a plurality of vanes, is mounted within the housing. An electrical generator assembly is positioned in electrical communication with the first opening of the air induction component, and is coupled to the turbine assembly. The electrical generator assembly comprises an electric motor and/or battery. In operation, airflow asserts a force on the plurality of vanes, which causes rotation of the turbine assembly, which in turn causes the electrical generator assembly to generate electrical current which is supplied to the electric motor and/or the electric battery. Typically, a pair of air induction components are utilized, with one air induction component being positioned on each side of a vehicle.12-20-2012
20120326653Convergent Energized IT Apparatus for Residential Use - A residential box data center system includes an information technology (IT) load, a direct current (DC) power generator electrically connected to the IT load and a housing, where both the IT load and the DC power generator are located in the housing.12-27-2012
20120319640ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD OF SUPPLYING POWER - An electronic apparatus and a method of supplying power. The electronic apparatus includes: a solar cell to convert solar energy into electric energy; a converter to convert and output an output voltage of the solar cell; a temperature compensator to sense the output voltage and a temperature of the solar cell and correct the sensed output voltage of the solar cell according to the sensed temperature of the solar cell; and a controller to perform a feedback control with respect to an output voltage of the converter according to the corrected output voltage of the solar cell.12-20-2012
20110221384REFUELABLE BATTERY-POWERED ELECTRIC VEHICLE - The electrical vehicle energy storage system permits the electric refueling of the electric vehicle just like an automobile would be refueled with gasoline at a gas station. Circuitry on board the vehicle accessible by the electric refueling station enables the determination of the energy content of the battery module or modules returned to the electric refueling station and the owner of the vehicle is given credit for the energy remaining in the battery module or modules which have been exchanged. Selective refueling may take place for given battery modules by removing them from the battery system and charging them at home, office or factory. A process for operating an electric vehicle is also disclosed and claimed.09-15-2011
20120319642POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, POWER STORAGE DEVICE, AND POWER CONTROL DEVICE - Disclosed is a power supply device which acquires data of the amount of environmental load material emitted from a power supply, and controls operations on the basis of the data.12-20-2012
20120081066THERMOELECTRIC POWER GENERATING EXHAUST SYSTEM - An exhaust system for generating power includes a conduit in communication with a first atmosphere having a first temperature and through which said first atmosphere can flow, the conduit having an inner surface exposed to said first atmosphere and an exterior surface exposed to a second atmosphere having a second temperature external to the conduit; a thermoelectric power generating assembly mounted to the exterior surface of the conduit, said power generating assembly responsive to a temperature difference between the first and second atmospheres for providing electrical power.04-05-2012
20100231162SOLAR POWERED BATTERY CHARGING METHODS AND DEVICES FOR LITHIUM-ION BATTERY SYSTEMS - Exemplary embodiments include methods and devices for storing and recovering renewable solar (photovoltaic) energy in batteries by using circuits that automatically connect batteries in parallel during charging and in series when discharging and to build battery strings that automatically resist overcharging and excessive discharging. Other embodiments may include methods for optimizing the efficiency of solar charging by varying the number of battery cells in series to match the battery voltage to the photovoltaic maximum power point voltage.09-16-2010
20100231161Apparatus for Storing and Charging Electronic Devices - An apparatus is provided for conveying and charging portable electronic devices. The apparatus comprises internal and/or external electrical interfaces (e.g., 120 volt AC, 12 volt DC, USB) electrically coupled to an adapter for plugging into an external power source (e.g., 120 volt AC). Devices coupled to the interfaces are charged while the apparatus is coupled to the external power. The apparatus may also comprise one or more batteries for storing electrical power and charging one or more devices even while the apparatus is not coupled to an external power source. The apparatus may be configured as a briefcase, a purse, a suitcase or other portable container, and may comprise handles and/or wheels to improve its mobility.09-16-2010
20120091943SOLAR CELL CHARGING CONTROL - To prevent the battery of a solar charged device from discharge when insufficient solar radiation is present, a control circuit is provided to disable the charging circuits under those conditions. A current load is applied to the output of the solar cell, and the level of power drawn by this load from the solar cell is measured. Control circuits disable the charging circuits of the device when the signal from the current monitor indicates that insufficient solar power is detected. The monitor current load should be such that the power drawn by it should be at least of the same order as the power required by the charging circuitry for its quiescent operation. A series switch may be used so that current is drawn through the load only when solar output is sufficient to enable charging. Alternatively, a periodically pulsed switch may be used to limit the load current.04-19-2012
20120091942SUBMERGED CHARGING STATION - A submerged charging station having a rechargeable energy producing device is disclosed. The device comprises a submerged thermally based electric generator that comprises a temperature-responsive material that utilizes differences in depths in order to generate energy. The submerged thermally based electric generator changes depths along a tether that is attached to a buoy and an anchor. The submerged thermally based electric generator provides energy to a battery, which can be part of the charging station, or to an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that travels to different charging stations to be recharged.04-19-2012
20100207572WIRELESS POWER FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY - Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless charging. A charging system may comprise at least one power generation system configured to convert renewable energy to another form of energy and convey the another form of energy. The charging system may further include at least one transmit antenna coupled to the at least one power generation system and configured to receive the another form of energy from the at least one power generation system. Further, the at least one transmit antenna is configured to wirelessly transmit energy to at least one other antenna positioned within an associated coupling-mode region.08-19-2010
20130009591ELECTRIC PLANT WITH CAPACITY TO CHARGE ELECTRIC BATTERIES - An electric plant with a capacity to charge electric batteries is a plant for transmitting electric power including a Voltage Source Converter, an alternating voltage network connecting an alternating voltage side of the converter and a direct voltage part connected to the direct voltage side of the converter. The converter has a series connection of switching cells having each at least one energy storing capacitor. Electric batteries may be connected in parallel with the capacitor, and the charging state thereof may be influenced by controlling the switching cells of the Voltage Source Converter through a control arrangement.01-10-2013
20130015806Tamper-Resistant Network-Attached Energy System with Access Control - Described herein are a system and method to provide energy to consumers using a prepaid usage model so as to protect the ability to recoup start-up and recurrent costs while simultaneously offering lower-income individuals the ability to access the energy on-demand. The system and method allow verification with an account server of a user's prepaid usage balance so an energy provider need not extend credit to the user or bill a user after energy usage. The system is portable and versatile in that it can be adapted to different energy sources including renewable energy sources such as wind, water, and/or solar sources. Anti-tampering features reduce the likelihood that the energy system will be disassembled with the components appropriated for repurposing.01-17-2013
20130015805ENERGY STORAGE ELEMENT LINK AND MONITOR - The invention provides an energy storage system having storage elements linked for collective charging and discharging. Monitoring circuitry is provided for monitoring each of the storage elements independently. Preferably, the system includes control circuitry configured for controlling the linking of individual storage elements in order to enhance system performance. In preferred embodiments, the system also includes storage elements in an arrangement whereby they may be selectably linked and delinked, in series, parallel, or in one or more series/parallel combination.01-17-2013
20110133689SOLAR-POWERED BATTERY CHARGING STATION - The present invention provides an apparatus which is capable of efficiently utilizing electricity stored in a rechargeable battery unit, e.g. during the nighttime, thereby charging an increased number of electric vehicles, etc. The apparatus according to the present invention includes: a roof member supported by supporting poles; photovoltaic modules provided on the roof member; a rechargeable battery unit which stores electricity generated by the photovoltaic modules; charging units which supply charging electricity to vehicles; LED lighting elements which has high-luminosity LED lighting elements and low-luminosity LED lighting elements lit with electricity from the rechargeable battery unit; and a control unit which detects the vehicles and controls turning ON and OFF of the lighting appliances based on the detection.06-09-2011
20120242274Systems and Methods Providing a Wearable Power Generator - A wearable, hybrid power generation system includes a rechargeable battery, a solid fuel cell power generator coupled to the rechargeable battery, and a cartridge with fuel for the solid fuel cell power generator. The cartridge is removeably coupled to the solid fuel cell power generator. The rechargeable battery, the solid fuel cell power generator, and the cartridge may be housed in a form factor conforming to a shape and size of a standard battery.09-27-2012
20080246432FUEL CELL POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM INTEGRATED WITH RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES - A fuel cell power supply system integrated with rechargeable batteries comprises a fuel cell unit, a rechargeable battery device and a loop switching device. The fuel cell unit outputs DC power; the rechargeable battery device comprises a plurality of rechargeable batteries which are secondary cells and able to output or input DC power; and the loop switching device comprises a DC power output terminal and an electrical connect/disconnect selection means. The fuel cell unit and the rechargeable batteries are respectively electrically connected to the loop switching device, and the loop switching device selects electrical contact between the fuel cell unit and any rechargeable battery in the rechargeable battery device, and selects electrical connection between any other rechargeable battery in the rechargeable battery device and DC power output terminal of the loop switching device.10-09-2008
20080231225POWER SUPPLY DEVICE CAPABLE OF COLLECTING SOLAR POWER, AND CLOTHING ASSEMBLY HAVING THE SAME - A clothing assembly includes a solar power collecting unit mounted on a garment for converting solar power into electrical energy, and a power supplying unit having a rechargeable battery set disposed in a housing, connected electrically and wiredly to the solar power collecting unit so as to be charged by the electrical energy therefrom, and a power switch mounted on the housing for controlling electrical connection between a power output port on the housing and the rechargeable battery set so as to permit supply of electrical power from the rechargeable battery set to a load connected electrically to the power output port when in an ON state.09-25-2008
20130169211METHOD FOR CHARGING AN ELECTRIC BATTERY - Method for charging an electric battery with a given charge capacity, the electric battery feeding a charge and the electric battery being charged by an electrical energy source, wherein the method defining a first level of charge reference value lower than the charge capacity of the battery and a step of charging the electric battery until the first level of charge reference value is reached.07-04-2013
20080224652Photovoltaic Power Output-Utilizing Device - Briefly described, the invention provides a photovoltaic assembly power output utilizing device which partially charges a capacitor assembly. This capacitor assembly is then partially discharged by a DC/DC power converter in different ranges of voltages in which the power output from the photovoltaic assembly peaks for different light intensities.09-18-2008
20110260676METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A SOLAR PANEL OUTPUT IN CHARGING A BATTERY - A control system or module and a method are disclosed to maximize the current flow from a solar panel into the battery connected during the solar panel's operation by first tracking an output of the solar panel in determining a maximum power point of the output at a specific instance, identifying a range about the maximum power point, and adjusting a current level of the output by (i) increasing the current level of the output when a voltage level of the output indicates that the voltage level is above a maximum charge voltage of a battery, and (ii) decreasing the current level of the output when the voltage level of the output indicates that the voltage level is below a minimum charge voltage of the battery.10-27-2011
20130169210Solar Charged Hybrid Power System - A solar powered hybrid power system including a solar charge collector; a charge storage system comprising at least a first charge storage device adapted to receive and store charge from said solar charge collector; wherein said charge storage system further comprises a power electronic circuit selectively connectable to at least a second charge storage device, said power electronic circuit adapted to transfer said stored charge to said at least a second charge storage device at a selectable voltage level.07-04-2013
20130175972FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - Disclosed is a method for controlling a fuel cell system including a fuel cell and a secondary battery, to variably control an output power of the fuel cell. The method includes the steps of: (i) charging the secondary battery with the output power or discharging the secondary battery, depending on an amount of power supplied to a load and the output power; (ii) detecting a remaining capacity CR of the secondary battery; (iii) switching stepwise the output power, depending on the remaining capacity CR; (iv) detecting the number of cycles of the charging and discharging of the secondary battery; and (v) correcting conditions for switching the output power, on the basis of the detected number of cycles of the charging and discharging.07-11-2013
20130175971Photovoltaic Module - A photovoltaic module including a photovoltaic panel and an electrical circuit connected thereto. The photovoltaic panel may include multiple bus bars connected to an input of the electrical circuit. The electrical circuit may include at least one input bypass circuit connected across the bus bars at the input of the electrical circuit. Circuitry may include a switch connected between the input and the output of the electrical circuit. The circuitry may function to disconnect the photovoltaic panel from the output of the electrical circuit. An output bypass circuit is connected to the output of the electrical circuit. The output of the electrical circuit is connectable to a second like electrical circuit of a second like photovoltaic module. The output bypass circuit may be an active bypass circuit which draws power from the output of the electrical circuit.07-11-2013
20110273135GRID PLATE FOR LEAD ACID STORAGE BATTERY, PLATE, AND LEAD ACID STORAGE BATTERY PROVIDED WITH SAME PLATE - There is provided a method for operating a lead acid storage battery in order to compensate for fluctuations in the amount of power generated by a solar power generation apparatus, a wind power generation apparatus, or another natural energy power generation device, the lead acid storage battery being charged by a power generation device and discharged to a load. The state of charge of the lead acid storage battery is maintained in a range of 30 to 90% where the fully charged state of the lead acid storage battery is 100%; and the lead acid storage battery is charged and discharged while the battery voltage is kept in a specified range of 1.80 to 2.42 V per cell to extend the service life of the battery. A reference temperature of 25° C. is established, and when the ambient temperature has risen above or fallen below the reference temperature, the upper and lower limit values of a specified range are corrected within a range of −4 mV/° C. to −6 mV/° C. per cell according to the amount by which the temperature has increased or decreased so that a corrected voltage range is obtained. The storage battery is charged and discharged while the battery voltage is kept in the corrected voltage range, and the battery is operated.11-10-2011
20110273134IMPELLER DEVICE AND AUTOMATIC-SWITCHING REGENERATIVE CHARGING SYSTEM BETWEEN KINETIC ENERGY AND WIND ENERGY - An impeller device and an automatic-switching regenerative charging system between kinetic energy and wind energy are disclosed. The charging system comprises an electric generator and an impeller device in an electric green vehicle. An input end of the impeller device is connected to a differential device or an output shaft of a transmission box connected with the differential device. An output end of the impeller device is connected to an input shaft of the electric generator. The impeller device comprises at least one toothed disk with meshing teeth or at least one drive pulley. By connecting or disconnecting the impeller device and the differential device or the transmission box that link to the differential device through the one-way clutch, the kinetic energy of the electric green vehicle or the wind energy produced by the movement of the electric green vehicle can be automatically switched to charge an accumulator cell.11-10-2011
20110273133SOLAR USB CHARGER - A solar USB charger for providing power to electrical devices from solar energy without the use of an internal battery comprising of at least one solar cell, an electronic circuit and a means to connect the device to the item than needs to be charged.11-10-2011
20110273132Rechargeable multipurpose smart power source - A rechargeable multipurpose power management system has a power management system that can include a plurality of power management units. The power management units sources can be individually activated and deactivated (I think there might be a confusion between power sources and the system. Everything is within one box itself (the image that I sent you). Each unit is a power management system that can be connected to a variety of INPUT power sources. Several power management units can be combined together to create a stack of them but each one can operated individually as well). and each one is configured to be coupled to a variety of inputs. A rechargeable battery is coupled to the (One rechargeable battery is attached to only one power management units). A charging controller provides regulated charging to the battery. A plurality of convertors are (do we need to specify here what kind of converters, like DC-DC converters) coupled to the battery and provide output voltages that are accessible individually. A plurality of sensing circuits sense external signals and provide selective activation or deactivation of the system.11-10-2011
20110273131FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF - A driving method of a fuel cell system, which includes a secondary battery and a fuel cell stack, is disclosed. The method includes detecting a state of charge (SOC) of the secondary battery, driving the fuel cell stack to an on-state whenever the SOC of the secondary battery is less than a predetermined first SOC, and driving the fuel cell stack to an off-state whenever the SOC of the secondary battery is greater than a predetermined second SOC. In this method, the fuel cell stack is driven at a fuel concentration having optimum efficiency, thereby increasing the fuel efficiency of the fuel cell system.11-10-2011
20110273130APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CHARGING AND DISCHARGING PHOTOVOLTAIC PCS INTEGRATED BATTERY - There are provided an apparatus and method for charging and discharging a photovoltaic PCS integrated battery applied to a system that includes a first DC/DC converter 11-10-2011
20110273129Managing Renewable Power Generation - A power delivery rate from a renewable power source to a load is managed by determining, by processing circuitry, a change in a power generation rate, determining, by the processing circuitry, whether the change in the power generation rate exceeds a limit, and then, adjusting, by control circuitry, a power transfer rate to or from a power storage device, such that the adjusting is sufficient to prevent the power delivery rate from exceeding the limit.11-10-2011
20130093379ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH GENERATOR UNIT - An electronic device includes a generator unit and a battery. The generator unit includes a fan assembly and a first winding, and the fan assembly includes a fan which has a plurality of fan blades made of magnetic material. The battery is electrically connected to the first winding. Rotation of the fan causes the first winding to cut magnetic lines of force generated by the fan blades, such that induction current is generated in the first winding due to electromagnetic induction and charges the battery.04-18-2013
20130113413GRID CONNECTED SOLAR BATTERY CHARGING DEVICE FOR HOME AND VEHICLE ENERGY MANAGEMENT - A battery electric vehicle charging station is disclosed, having grid and vehicle connections with a DC charger and controller that selectively charges the vehicle battery directly with DC power in a first mode and converts DC power from the vehicle battery to drive an inverter in a second mode to provide AC power to a power grid.05-09-2013
20130093378AUTOMATIC CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - The automatic charging system for an electric vehicle contains a battery module, an electrolytic cell electrically and a hydrogen/oxygen fuel cell, both electrically connected to the battery module. The battery module provides electricity to the electrolytic cell where water inside is electrolyzed into hydrogen and oxygen which is delivered to the hydrogen/oxygen fuel cell through a gas pipe. The hydrogen/oxygen fuel by chemical reaction produces electricity which charges the battery module and water which is delivered to the electrolytic cell through a water pipe. The battery module provides electricity to the power system and electrical system of the electric vehicle.04-18-2013
20130099722POWER SUPPLY DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC POWER TOOL - The present invention is a power supply device for electric power tool that supplies an electric power to an electric power tool. The power supply device includes: an adapter configured to be electrically connected to the electric power tool; and a fuel cell configured to generate an electric power to be supplied to the electric power tool through the adapter, by causing an oxidation reaction between a fuel and an oxidant.04-25-2013
20130099720INTEGRATED POWER SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD AND RELATED APPARATUS WITH ENERGY STORAGE ELEMENT - Systems and methods for controlling a hybrid power architecture to provide fuel or energy savings. Recharge time of an energy storage device (ESD) is reduced through the application of a controlled potential and ESD recharge time management over the life of the hybrid system through manipulation of the ESD charge state window of operation. Fuel or energy savings is achieved by controlling the partial-state-of-charge (PSOC) window of the ESD based on a recharge resistance profile of the ESD and by controlling a charging potential applied to the ESD based on a recharge current and/or the estimated recharge resistance profile of the ESD.04-25-2013
20130127393Wind Operated Electricity Generating System - A wind operated electricity generating system for decreasing wind resistance of a moving vehicle and harvesting energy from the air encountered, comprises a box portion having a front opening, a rear opening and an inside compartment. When a vehicle is moving, air is funneled through the increasingly narrow inside compartment. The air is directed through a series of vanes to a plurality of blade of a multiple turbines that are thereby caused to rotate. The turbines are in turn mechanically connected to electromechanical generators, which generate electricity to be supplied to the vehicle. The electricity generated is stored in battery packs that may be utilized for propulsion of the vehicle. The electromechanical generator speed is controlled under a safe rotational speed by a braking mechanism attached to a shaft of the electromechanical generator.05-23-2013
20130127396Electrical Energy Store and Method for Closed-Loop Control of Such Energy Store - In installations for generating alternative energy it is necessary due to the fluctuating availability of the alternative energy source to provide electrical energy stores which can temporarily store excess energy or can compensate for energy bottlenecks. The present invention relates to such an electrical energy store having a bidirectional DC/DC converter (DC) with a low-voltage side and a high-voltage side which can be connected via the high-voltage side to a DC bus (05-23-2013
20130127395SOLAR STATION FOR CHARGING ELECTRIC VEHICLES - The present invention answers the need for the existence of a network for charging electric vehicles (EV), particularly with regard to the so-called fast charging (20 to 30 minutes). Therefore, this station is intended for, inter alia, parking areas of public and private buildings, and fossil fuels service stations, such places where the slow charging is not very viable, since this type of charging (6 to 8 hours) will be done mostly at night.05-23-2013
20130127392Systems and Methods for transformation and transportation of energy storage devices - Disclosed herein are methods and system for managing distribution and transformation of energy storage devices. Also provided are computer-implemented methods for managing the distribution and transformation of energy storage devices. Also provided are mailers for distribution and transportation of energy storage devices; and charging units to transform energy storage devices from substantially uncharged to substantially charged state.05-23-2013
20130127394INTEGRATED CONTROL SYSTEM FOR POWER GENERATION DEVICES - An integrated control system for power generation devices that is configured for generating, charging and consuming the power with the most appropriate distribution ratio, by monitoring an internal impedance thereof and of the battery in real time, and then controlling the impedance-matching units so that each internal impedance of the multiple power generation modules becomes almost equal to that of the battery, for drawing the maximum efficiency out of the modules.05-23-2013
20130134921PORTABLE SOLAR POWER SUPPLY - A portable solar power supply includes a solar-powered charger including a solar cell; a circuit board including a power management unit, a buck-boost converter unit, a charging control unit, a data management unit, an on/off switch, a set of indicators, a power inlet, a power outlet, a first connector, a wireless communications member, a line transmission member, a data storage member, an RFID member, an SD card member, a USB port, a Micro USB port, and a solar charging member; and holes; and a rechargeable battery including at least one electrochemical cell each shaped to partially contain the solar-powered charger and including a second connector, a third connector, snapping members, and slots. The second connector is capable of connecting to the first connector or the third connector, and the snapping members are capable of being retained in the holes or the slots.05-30-2013
20110210694POWER STORAGE SYSTEM - A electric power storage system includes: a solar battery, a solar-battery DC/AC converter converting DC power of the solar battery into AC power at a prescribed frequency and supplying it to AC wiring, a battery, a charger charging the battery using one of DC power and DC power obtained by rectifying AC power of AC wiring, and a storage-battery DC/AC converter converting the DC power of the battery into AC power and supplying it to the AC wiring. The solar-battery DC/AC converter working under MPPT control such that power generated by the solar battery approaches a maximum output. The storage-battery DC/AC converter working or controlled such that power supplied to the load through the AC wiring and an amount of conversion into AC power of the storage-battery does not fall below a preset value.09-01-2011
20110210693METHOD FOR POWERING A GOLF CART WITH SOLAR ENERGY - A method for generating electricity from solar power to a golf cart, relying on a photovoltaic panel (09-01-2011
20110221383BATTERY SYSTEM - This invention offers an battery system that reduces a conversion loss due to a charger to reduce power consumption. The battery system has a solar battery, a battery module, a bypass route to bypass a charger to charge the battery module with DC power generated by the solar battery, and a control unit to control so that the electric power generated by the solar battery is supplied to the battery module through the bypass route when an output voltage of the solar battery is equal to or higher than a first predetermined voltage, that is higher than a terminal voltage of the battery module, and equal to or lower than a second predetermined voltage.09-15-2011
20130147420Apparatus and a Method of Manufacturing an Apparatus - An apparatus including a charge storage component; and an energy harvesting component wherein the charge storage component and the energy harvesting component are integrated via a common electrode.06-13-2013
20130147421POWER CONSUMPTION CONTROL APPARATUS AND POWER CONSUMPTION CONTROL METHOD - A power consumption control apparatus and method, the power consumption control method including calculating a charging cost, which represents a cost of power in a case of charging power, and a discharging cost, which represents a cost of power in a case of discharging power, of a power storage unit where the charging and discharging of power is performed, comparing the charging cost with the discharging cost of the power storage unit, controlling a power conversion unit to perform a discharging mode of performing one of the discharging of power and a reselling of power if the discharging cost is lower than the charging cost, and controlling the power conversion unit to perform a charging mode of charging the power storage unit with at least one of a new renewable power and a grid power if the charging cost is equal to or lower than the discharging cost.06-13-2013
20120274265ELECTRICAL CHARGE RELAY ENHANCER AND SOLAR CELL SYSTEM INCLUDING THE ENHANCER - A charge relay enhancer used in relaying a charge produced in a solar cell to a charger, and a solar cell system including the charge relay enhancer. The charge relay enhancer includes: a charge induction and pumping device inducing a charge by using a power voltage from among two power voltages of different polarities selected in response to a control signal, and pumping the induced charge; and a charge pathway selecting device relaying the charge input to an input terminal via two input/output terminals, to the charge induction and pumping device, receiving the charge pumped by the charge induction and pumping device via the two input/output terminals, and outputting the charge to an output terminal. Accordingly, as charges produced in a solar cell may be relayed to a charging device as much as possible, efficiency of relaying charges produced in the solar cell to the charging device may be maximized.11-01-2012
20120274264PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE - A photovoltaic module includes: a solar cell module including a plurality of solar cells; a junction box including a dc/dc converter unit to convert the level of DC power supplied from the solar cell module; a plate on one surface of the solar cell module and disposed between the solar cell module and the junction box; and a coupling member attaching and detaching the junction box from the solar cell module.11-01-2012
20110234148BATTERY CHARGING DEVICE WITH MULTIPLE POWER SOURCES - A battery charging device with multiple power sources comprises a battery device having a battery; a power input adjusting and charging circuit connected to an external power source for determining the power charging of the battery; a power charging control circuit for detecting voltages of the battery for determining whether the power input adjusting and charging circuit is charged to the battery; a power charging device 09-29-2011
20110234150BATTERY CHARGING APPARATUS - The battery charging apparatus has an auxiliary battery 09-29-2011
20110234149PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER GENERATION SYSTEM - A photovoltaic power generation system in which an electricity generated by solar cells and a remaining battery level can be checked at once, thus enabling the photovoltaic power generation system to be efficiently operated. The photovoltaic power generation system is provided to charge a battery of a vehicle and is equipped with solar cells for feeding an electromotive force to the battery. The photovoltaic power generation system includes LEDs to make the remaining battery level and the electricity generated by the solar cells visible. Without taking the trouble to prepare a measuring instrument or to push a button of an indicator, a user of the vehicle can immediately check the remaining battery level and the electricity generated by the solar cells by visually checking the display of the LEDs, thus enabling the photovoltaic power generation system to be efficiently operated.09-29-2011
20100315035Autonomous Module with Extended Operational Life and Method Fabrication the Same - An autonomous power module is a module that supplies electrical power to the electronic devices or systems it is designed to power. It consists of a battery module, energy harvesting module and controller module. The purpose of the autonomous power module is to provide means of supplying electrical power to the electronic devices for prolonged periods of time.12-16-2010
20130154541Autonomous Lithium-Ion Battery Protection - A method, system, and apparatus are disclosed for autonomous lithium-ion battery protection. In particular, the present disclosure teaches a system that provides for automatic protection of lithium-ion batteries from damage due to deep discharge and, in some embodiments, from recharging in low temperatures. The disclosed system employs internal logic, autonomous switches and, in some embodiments, heaters to protect the battery without any need for spacecraft monitoring or control intervention. The system uses one or more dedicated strings of solar array cells to, in some embodiments, preheat, and to recharge the battery. The system is completely self contained in the battery with the only additional interface being for the string(s) of the solar array cells that are used to provide dedicated and reliable power to the system.06-20-2013
20130154542MOBILE DEVICE CONTROLLER - An apparatus can have a casing that provides a first rigid interface that is configured to engage a second rigid interface of a mobile electronics device to form a direct electrical connection via rigid attachment. The casing may further have a charge controller connected to a circuitry board and configured to distribute charge power from at least a solar panel and external power input to a rechargeable battery.06-20-2013
20130181655POWER CONTROL DEVICE, POWER CONTROL METHOD, AND FEED SYSTEM - Provided is a power control device including a power path switching unit, a voltage conversion unit, a characteristic measurement circuit, and a control unit, wherein the power path switching unit forms a path in which an output of the power generating element is connected to the storage element side by connecting the power generating element to the voltage conversion unit, or a path in which the power generating element is directly connected to the storage element side according to the path switching signal.07-18-2013
20110291607Case or Other Portable Container With at Least One Electric Power Supply and Storage Unit Which can be Recharged Using Solar Energy or Other Energy Sources, Useful for Providing Electric Power During Open-Air Activities or for Other Uses - Case or other portable container with an electric power supply and storage unit which can be recharged using solar energy or other energy sources, useful for providing electric power during open-air activities or for other uses, of the type which comprises a case or other preferably rigid or semi-rigid container (12-01-2011
20130119919Method of Improving Energy Consumption Efficiency and Mobile Terminal Thereof, and Use of Thermo-Electric Conversion Module - The present disclosure provides a method of improving the energy consumption efficiency and a mobile terminal thereof, and a use of a thermo-electric conversion module. The method comprises the following steps: A. a power amplifier module electrically connected to a circuit board of the mobile terminal amplifies a communication signal of the mobile terminal to generate heat energy; B. a thermo-electric conversion module, of which an output terminal is electrically connected to the circuit board, absorbs the heat energy generated by the power amplifier module during operation; and C. the thermo-electric conversion module converts the heat energy absorbed into electric power and output the electric power to the circuit board.05-16-2013
20110309788WATERCRAFT COVER HAVING INTEGRATED SOLAR POWERED CHARGING COMPONENT AND MATEABLE ASSEMBLY - Disclosed herein is a vehicle or watercraft cover that includes a solar battery charging component integrated therewith or attached thereto. Also disclosed is a kit for easily adapting a vehicle or watercraft to connect with a solar battery charging component.12-22-2011
20110309787TERMINAL DEVICE AND CHARGING CONTROL METHOD - A terminal device including a solar battery panel; a panel temperature-detection unit configured to detect a temperature measured near the solar battery panel; a power generation-state determination unit configured to detect an illuminance measured near the solar battery panel; a battery temperature-detection unit configured to detect a temperature measured near a secondary battery charged through power generated through the solar battery panel; a control unit configured to estimate a change in the temperature detected through the battery temperature-detection unit based on the temperature detected through the panel temperature-detection unit and the illuminance obtained through the power generation-state determination unit, and determine a remaining time when the estimated temperature measured near the secondary battery reaches a temperature at which the charging of the secondary battery is stopped; and a notification unit configured to provide notification about the remaining time determined through the control unit.12-22-2011
20110309786GREEN ELECTRIC VEHICLE UTILIZING MULTIPLE SOURCES OF ENERGY - An electrically powered, engineless, self-standing, green electric vehicle comprising at least one electric motor connected to a drive axel and a plurality of rechargeable batteries to provide stored electrical energy to said motor. The said motor is propelled and the said batteries are recharged by multiple sources of energy. The vehicle may include a wind collection and acceleration system used to drive at least one wind turbine or alike to generate electricity. It may also include solar and thermal receptors means to generate electricity from solar and thermal sources. In addition, the vehicle may include at least one electric generator means connected to another axel where the rotation of the axel with transmission gearing means increase the rotational speed of the generator means to produce electricity. The vehicle may also include management control means to regulate and combine all electrical power sources and selectively direct electrical power to the said electric motor for power or the said batteries for recharge. The vehicle is capable of running without driving distance limitations under all weather conditions, day or night, without the use of fossil fuels such as diesel, gasoline, liquid gases; and without the use of alcohol or ethanol, or any other liquid gases or fuels, and without introducing toxic emissions and harmful gases to the environment.12-22-2011
20090174361Energy Harvesting In RFID Systems - Methods, systems, and apparatuses for providing power to devices that are part of RFID systems are described. Energy is harvested at portable/mobile devices, stored and conditioned to provide on-going power as needed for various circuits/components. The energy may be generated in a variety of ways, including using a vibratory energy harvesting device, a magnetic energy harvesting device, and an optical energy harvesting devices.07-09-2009
20120007545FUEL CELL SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE FUEL CELL SYSTEM, AND VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH THE FUEL CELL SYSTEM - A fuel cell system includes a fuel cell, a secondary cell, and a control portion that controls the amount of electricity generated when the fuel cell is started. A start-time target voltage is set so as to avoid the overcharged state of the secondary cell. A voltage adjustment portion that adjusts the output voltage of the fuel cell between an open-circuit voltage and a high-potential-avoiding voltage adjusts the amount of electricity generated at the time of starting the fuel cell, on the basis of the start-time target voltage.01-12-2012
20120007543SYSTEM OF A PLURALITY OF PARALLEL-CONNECTED FUEL CELL CONVERTER DEVICES AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SYSTEM - A system of a plurality of parallel-connected fuel cell converter devices and a method for controlling the system are provided. The system includes a plurality of fuel cell converter devices, a parallel connection unit, a power control unit, a Mux control unit, and a master controller. The output ends of the plurality of fuel cell converter devices are connected in parallel by the parallel connection unit. The master controller reads signals from the power control unit and the Mux control unit and determines accordingly which fuel cell converter devices need to be turned on to meet the requirement of a load. The method includes the steps of estimating a load, determining the number of the fuel cell converter devices to be turned on, calculating an output power, discharging, and charging. Thus, the plurality of fuel cell converter devices is controlled to output the required power of the load.01-12-2012
20120019191FUEL CELL SYSTEM, AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH THE FUEL CELL SYSTEM - A fuel cell system comprising a fuel cell that generates electricity through an electrochemical reaction between a fuel gas and an oxidant gas, and a control portion that controls amount of electricity generation at a time of starting the fuel cell, characterized in that the control portion has voltage drop control means for controlling speed of dropping a starting voltage of the fuel cell from an open-circuit voltage to a high-potential-avoiding voltage according to an initial voltage of the fuel cell and to a pre-determined threshold voltage that is lower than the high-potential-avoiding voltage, when the starting voltage of the fuel cell is dropped from the open-circuit voltage to the high-potential-avoiding voltage.01-26-2012
20120019190PASSIVE POWER MANAGEMENT AND BATTERY CHARGING FOR A HYBRID FUEL CELL / BATTERY SYSTEM - Disclosed herein is a circuit for passively managing power between a fuel cell stack and a battery in a hybrid system. The circuit includes a buck-boost converter circuit, a direct charge circuit; and a network which interconnects them. The network is configured so that in response to a voltage level in the network being lower than or equal to a maximum battery charge voltage, the battery is charged via the direct charge circuit; and in response to another voltage level in the network which is higher than the maximum battery charge voltage, the battery is charged via the buck-boost converter circuit. Also disclosed is a device incorporating the circuit and a method of passively managing power.01-26-2012
20130193904Charging unit useful to transform a high plurality of Energy Storage Devices - Disclosed herein are system for managing transformation of large numbers of energy storage devices. Also provided are computer-implemented methods for managing the transformation of a large number of energy storage devices. Also provided are charging units to transform high plurality of energy storage devices to substantially charged state.08-01-2013
20130193905CONTAINER AND REMOVABLE PHOTOVOLTAIC CHARGING PACK - A portable container includes a body having an exterior surface and defining an interior compartment, and a photovoltaic (PV) charging pack including a PV panel and a compartment for containing a portable electronic device. The PV charging pack is removably coupleable to the exterior surface, such that the PV panel is positioned to absorb light energy when the PV charging pack is coupled to the exterior surface.08-01-2013
20120025752BATTERY CHARGER - The invention provides advances in the arts with useful and novel battery charger circuits and methods providing improved energy conservation, harvesting, and utilization efficiencies.02-02-2012
20090273309PHOTOVOLTAIC CHARGING SYSTEM - A modular charging unit that allows efficient charging of a rechargeable battery with a charging station and during use away from the charging system uses ambient energy to extend battery life of the device.11-05-2009
20120068661TRANSPORTABLE ELECTRICITY GENERATION UNIT AND METHOD FOR GENERATING ELECTRICITY USING SAID UNIT - This invention relates to a transportable electricity generation unit (03-22-2012
20120086386SOLAR POWERED SYSTEM WITH GRID BACKUP - A system includes a solar power subsystem that receives power from one or more solar power arrays. A storage control subsystem is coupled to the solar power subsystem to charge a battery from the power received by the solar power subsystem. A grid power control subsystem having an AC to DC converter receives power from a power grid and provides DC voltage to the storage control subsystem. A balance of system control system controls the amount of power received from the power grid as a function of a load, battery charge and received power by the solar power subsystem. The solar array and battery may be sized to provide sufficient power under normal operating conditions, with power being drawn from the grid during abnormal operation conditions.04-12-2012
20120086385FUEL PROCESSOR/FUEL CELL SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING POWER TO REFRIGERATORS AT OUT-OF-GRID LOCATIONS, AND A METHOD OF USE THEREOF - A power system is provided which includes hydrogen production via reformation of gaseous or liquid hydrocarbons and/or alcohol feedstocks, in combination with high temperature PEM fuel cells which function as a power source, particularly for beverage and/or water cooler appliances, refrigerators or freezers and methods of use thereof.04-12-2012

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