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Batteries: thermoelectric and photoelectric October listing of patent apps 10/07Below are recently published patent applications awaiting approval from the USPTO. Recent week's RSS XML file available below.
Listing for abstract view: USPTO application #, Title, Abstract excerpt,Patent Agent. Listing format for list view: USPTO National Class full category number, title of the patent application. 10/25/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. listing of patent apps
20070246094 - Tandem photovoltaic cells: Tandem photovoltaic cells, as well as related components, systems, and methods, are disclosed.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC
20070246096 - Dye-sensitized solar cell: A dye-sensitized solar cell, comprising: a light-transmission substrate; a plurality of auxiliary electrodes, formed on the light-transmission substrate; an oxide semiconductor layer which is formed on the light-transmission substrate so as to cover the plurality of auxiliary electrodes directly; and dyes, adhered to the oxide semiconductor layer. Each of electrons,... Agent: Rabin & Berdo, PC
20070246095 - Apparatus for generating electrical power from solar radiation concentrated by a concave reflector: An electrical power generator includes a concave reflector formed to reflect light parallel to its central axis toward the central axis, on a surface of an energy receiving structure that preferably has a surface covered with photovoltaic cells facing outward from the central axis in directions perpendicular to the central... Agent: Ronald V. Davidge10/18/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. listing of patent apps
20070240749 - Porous thermoelectric material and process for producing the same: In a thermoelectric conversion material composed of a porous material, continuous electrical conduction paths are provided by forming voids in the form of independent closed pores or independent closed air tubes inside the material. For example, in producing a sintered body of a thermoelectric material, microparticles having a particle diameter... Agent: Westerman, Hattori, Daniels & Adrian, LLP
20070240750 - Nanoscale thermoelectrics by bulk processing: A thermoelectric having self-assembled structures, where the structures may be lamellae or dendrites. For some embodiments, the self-assembled structures are obtained by melting a mixture of Pb, Te, and Sb; cooling; and then annealing. During this process, a metastable alloy is formed, which decomposes into lamellae structures of PbTe and... Agent: Seth Z. Kalson C/o Intellevate
20070240751 - Thermoelectric device: A thermoelectric device, an intermediate, a module, and a method for manufacturing the same are provided, wherein productivity is high, material costs are comparatively low, and there is a low environmental load. A thermoelectric device, wherein a block body has at least one P and N piece made of P-type... Agent: Mcginn Intellectual Property Law Group, PLLC
20070240752 - Built-in universal solar collector with its applied structures: A diversified regeneration energy supplier with built-in universal solar collector of the present invention relates to a solar collector in a spherical, polygonal, approximately cylindrical, or oval closed housing adapted with associate mask pervious to light; concave condensing structure, solar load, auxiliary facilities and optional energy collecting system of another... Agent: Bacon & Thomas
20070240755 - Apparatus and method for construction and placement of a non-equatorial photovoltaic module: An apparatus and method is disclosed which employs a light concentrator with an asymmetric acceptance angle to concentrate sunlight on predominately non-equatorial facing surfaces such as roof tops. In some embodiments a photovoltaic module is disclosed using triangular prisms to concentrate light onto silicon cells, thereby reducing the amount of... Agent: Mark A. Thomas, P.C.
20070240753 - Electronic device with solar cell: An electronic device such as a watch comprises a solar cell (14) and window portions (2, 6) which is located on the solar cell (14) and through which light is applied to the solar cell (14). The solar cell (14) is divided into a plurality of divided cells such that... Agent: Smith, Gambrell & Russell
20070240754 - Textured transparent film having pyramidal patterns that can be associated with photovoltaic cells: A transparent plate includes at least two parallel main borders and has, in relief on at least one of its main surfaces, repetitive pyramidal relief features, each including an apex, a base, and a set of edges that join the apex to the base, and at least one edge of... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20070240756 - Dye for dye-sensitized solar cell, and solar cell prepared from same: The present embodiments relate to a dye for a dye-sensitized solar cell and a dye-sensitized solar cell prepared from the same. The dye includes a fluorenyl-containing compound. The dye according to the present embodiments is applied to a light absorption layer to improve photovoltaic efficiency and increase an open-circuit voltage.... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20070240758 - Double-sided solar module: A solar module for converting light into electric current includes a hollow body having a first opening for enabling light to enter the hollow body. The module further includes an inside wall and an outside wall, and at least one photoactive layer for absorbing light attached to each wall for... Agent: Lawrence J. Crain Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd.,
20070240757 - Solar cells using arrays of optical rectennas: The present invention discloses a solar cell comprising a nanostructure array capable of accepting energy and producing electricity. In an embodiment, the solar cell comprises an at least one optical antenna having a geometric morphology capable of accepting energy. In addition, the cell comprises a rectifier having the optical antenna... Agent: Greenberg Traurig, LLP
20070240759 - Stacked thin film photovoltaic module and method for making same using ic processing: In a thin-film photovoltaic (TF PV) module, stacked cells provide efficient conversion of solar energy without being afflicted by conventional problems such as current matching between layers. According to one aspect, the module includes separate terminals for the respective layers in the stack, thus allowing the current in each layer... Agent: Applied Materials, Inc.
20070240760 - Methods for manufacturing solar cells: A solar cell assembly comprising a plurality of elongated solar cells is provided. Each solar cell in the plurality of cells comprises a conductive core configured as a first electrode, a semiconductor junction circumferentially disposed on the conductive core, and a TCO layer disposed on the semiconductor junction. The plurality... Agent: Jones Day
20070240761 - Photovoltaic device and method for preparing the same: The present invention relates to a photovoltaic device, especially hybrid solar cells, comprising at least one layer comprising evaporated fluoride and/or acetate; and to a method for preparing the same.... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.10/11/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. listing of patent apps
20070235070 - Efficient thermoelectric device: A high efficiency thermo electric device comprising a multi nanolayer structure of alternating insulator and insulator/metal material that is irradiated across the plane of the layer structure with ionizing radiation. The ionizing radiation produces nanocrystals in the layered structure that increase the electrical conductivity and decrease the thermal conductivity thereby... Agent: James Richards
20070235071 - Adaptive solar powered system: An apparatus for powering a load from solar energy comprises a DC/DC converter, battery terminals coupled to an output of the DC/DC converter and coupleable to an energy storage device, and solar panel terminals coupled to an input of the DC/DC converter and coupleable to a solar panel. Logic is... Agent: Paul Smith Intellectual Property Law
20070235075 - Solar cell: A solar cell includes: a semiconductor substrate having a first portion and a second portion; an emitter portion of the semiconductor substrate arranged on a front surface of the semiconductor substrate and extending to a rear surface of the first portion of the semiconductor substrate; a first electrode electrically connected... Agent: Robert E. Bushnell
20070235074 - Method and structure for fabricating solar cells using a layer transfer process: A photovoltaic cell device, e.g., solar cell, solar panel, and method of manufacture. The device has an optically transparent substrate comprises a first surface and a second surface. A first thickness of material (e.g., semiconductor material, single crystal material) having a first surface region and a second surface region is... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP
20070235073 - Method of fabricating a thin film photovoltaic cell on a transparent substrate: The invention is directed to a method of fabricating a Thin Film Photovoltaic Cell that increases the active surface area and improves the electrical contact to the two sides of the active area. Both factors increase the efficiency of the cell.... Agent: Mario Napolitano
20070235072 - Solar cell efficiencies through periodicity: A solar cell includes a photovoltaic material region. The photovoltaic material region is covered by a uniform anti-reflection coating. A photonic crystal structure is positioned on the photovoltaic material region. The photonic crystal structure provides a medium to produce a plurality of spatial orientations of an incident light signal received... Agent: Gauthier & Connors, LLP
20070235076 - Carbon nanotube/nanowire thermo-photovoltaic cell: The present invention relates to embodiments of TPV cell structures based on carbon nanotube and nanowire materials. One embodiment according to the present invention is a p-n junction carbon nanotube/nanowire TPV cell, which is formed by p-n junction wires. A second embodiment according to the present invention is a carbon... Agent: Needle & Rosenberg, P.C.
20070235077 - Solar cell module and manufacturing process thereof: In a solar cell module, a solder fillet 19 is formed on an end surface on the shorter length side of a connection tab to be connected to a bus bar electrode 2a, 3a up to the height of the connection tab. The geometry of the solder fillet 19 is... Agent: Hogan & Hartson L.L.P.10/04/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. listing of patent apps
20070227572 - Device for supplying power to field devices: An arrangement is disclosed for supplying power to a field device used to monitor an industrial process in a plant, having an enclosure and a wireless communications interface for data communications with a central data-processing device, and having a thermoelectric converter, which converts an existing heat flow between two points... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC
20070227573 - Solar energy harvesting apparatus: A solar energy harvesting apparatus is disclosed. An illustrative embodiment of the apparatus includes a generally elongated, rectangular body having a bottom portion and sidewalls extending from the bottom portion; at least one trough provided in the bottom portion and having a trough base and trough peaks; at least one... Agent: Tung & Associates
20070227574 - Tracking solar power system: A tracking solar power system is disclosed. The tracking solar power system includes: a solar power substructure and a platform having a first degree of freedom. The solar power substructure is mounted on the platform in a manner such that it has a second degree of freedom relative to the... Agent: Van Pelt, Yi & James LLP
20070227575 - Thermopile element and infrared sensor by using the same: Providing a thermopile element which can follow securely a temperature change of a cold junction of a thermopile according to temperature change of environment, the thermopile element includes a membrane provided on a silicon substrate, a heat sink provided around the membrane, a thermopile structured with a plurality of hot... Agent: Reising, Ethington, Barnes, Kisselle, P.C.
20070227576 - Thermocouples: A thermocouple disposed on a substrate comprises a first leg of thermoelectric material, a second leg of thermoelectric material, and a thermocouple junction electrically connecting the first leg and the second leg, wherein a height of the thermocouple junction is substantially a height of the first or second legs.... Agent: F. Chau & Associates, LLC
20070227577 - Pb-te-compounds doped with tin-antimony-tellurides for thermoelectric generators or peltier arrangements: with 0.0001≦x≦0.5, 0≦y<2 and 0≦z<2, wherein 0 to 10% by weight of the compound may be replaced by other metals or metal compounds, wherein the semiconductor material has a Seebeck coefficient of at least |S|≧60 μV/K at a temperature of 25° C. and electrical conductivity of at least 150 S/cm... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20070227580 - Photovoltaic module: It is an object of the present invention to provide a photovoltaic module capable of reducing an area occupied by interconnectors. The photovoltaic module of the present invention comprises light-transmitting substrate, strings including a plurality of solar cells interconnected through tab connector, and rear surface member. A plurality of the... Agent: Ndq&m Watchstone LLP
20070227579 - Assemblies of cylindrical solar units with internal spacing: A solar cell arrangement comprising a solar cell assembly having cylindrical solar units arranged parallel or approximately parallel to each other in a common plane. A first and a second cylindrical solar unit in the plurality of solar cell units are separated from each other by a spacer distance thereby... Agent: Jones Day
20070227578 - Method for patterning a photovoltaic device comprising cigs material using an etch process: A processing method herein enables patterning a thin-film photovoltaic module into cells and/or sub-cells using an etch process. According to one aspect, an etch mixture is identified that is capable etching through a thin-film material such as CIGS with high selectivity to both photoresist and underlying layers such as metal.... Agent: Applied Materials, Inc.
20070227582 - Low aspect ratio concentrator photovoltaic module with improved light transmission and reflective properties: A low aspect ratio concentrator photovoltaic module has blazed grating surfaces on the light incident and/or reflective light planes that direct optimal wavelengths of light energy to a photo receptor enabling a total internal reflection condition to be achieved with a significantly smaller apex angle. Apex angles can be achieved... Agent: WoodsideIPGroup
20070227581 - Concentrator solar cell module: A solar cell array is directly affixed onto an optical concentrator having wide view-angle. The optical concentrator allows more light to concentrate onto the solar cell array, and as a result the size of the solar cell array is greatly reduced, which leads to a great reduction in material cost.... Agent: Michael Hetherington, Woodside Law Group
20070227585 - Photovoltaic module: An object of the present invention is to provide a photovoltaic module that achieves a reduction in adverse influence of damage accumulated in a collector electrode provided on a light receiving surface. In the photovoltaic module of the present invention, a first region of a sealing material is in contact... Agent: Ndq&m Watchstone LLP
20070227584 - Photovoltaic module and method for manufacturing photovoltaic module: An object of the present invention is to provide a photovoltaic module that achieves a reduction in adverse influence of damage accumulated in a collector electrode provided on the light receiving surface side, and a method for manufacturing the photovoltaic module. To this end, in a photovoltaic module of the... Agent: Ndq&m Watchstone LLP
20070227583 - Solar tiles: The invention consists of a solar thermal tile. The tile comprises a transparent portion for permitting the entry of sunlight into a heating space below the tile, and a chassis formed separately from the transparent portion on which the transparent portion is mounted. The chassis has at least one protrusion... Agent: David E. Huang, Esq. Bainwood Huang & Associates LLC
20070227586 - Detection and ablation of localized shunting defects in photovoltaics: Increasing the efficiency of a photovoltaic stack by locating a position of a relatively small region in the photovoltaic stack that shunts the photocurrent generated within a substantially larger region of the photovoltaic stack, and electrically isolating at least a portion of the photovoltaic stack in the position of the... Agent: Lng/kla Joint Customer C/o Luedeka, Neely & Graham, P.C.
20070227587 - Photoelectric cells utilizing accumulation barriers for charge transport: The invention describes a means for electrically contacting the active semiconductor in a solar cell through the use of an accumulation barrier. A heavily-doped, wide-gap semiconductor serves as the contacting material. The carrier band of the contact lies at a substantially higher potential energy than that of the corresponding band... Agent: Kevin Walsh
20070227588 - Enhanced tunnel junction for improved performance in cascaded solar cells: A method and device that incorporates metallic nanoparticles at the p+-n+ tunnel junction in a cascaded photovoltaic solar cell. The use of the nanoparticles enhances the tunneling current density through the tunnel junction. As such, the efficiency of the solar cell is increased. A method in accordance with the present... Agent: Gates & Cooper LLP Howard Hughes Center
20070227589 - Germanium solar cell and method for the production thereof: A method is disclosed for passivating and contacting a surface of a germanium substrate. A passivation layer of amorphous silicon material is formed on the germanium surface. A contact layer of metal is then formed on the passivation. The structure is heated so that the germanium surface makes contact with... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20070227590 - Supramolecular complex of pyridylnaphthalenediimide with zinc porphyrin dendrimer having multiplicity of artificial photosynthetic reaction center: A light energy conversion system having a multiplicity of artificial photosynthetic reaction centers and exhibiting a high light-harvesting capability and charge separation capability, constructed by the use of a zinc porphyrin dendrimer supramolecular complex formed by the use of a coordinate bond. Using a zinc porphyrin dendrimer as a spherical... Agent: Ivor R Elrifi Mintz Levin Cohn FerrisPrevious industry: Tent, canopy, umbrella, or cane
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