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Batteries: thermoelectric and photoelectric July cataloged by category listing 07/08Below 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. 07/31/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. cataloged by category listing
20080178920 - Devices for cooling and power: Certain embodiments disclosed herein are directed to devices for cooling. In certain examples, a thermoelectric device comprising a substrate and a superlattice coupled to the substrate is disclosed. In some examples, the superlattice includes a first semi-conducting material and a second semi-conducting material coupled to the first semi-conducting material to... Agent: Schlumberger-doll Research Attn: Intellectual Property Law Department
20080178921 - Thermoelectric nanowire composites: An MOCVD process provides aligned p- and n- type nanowire arrays which are then filled with p- and n-type thermoelectric films to form the respective p-leg and n-leg of a thermoelectric device. The thermoelectric nanowire synthesis process is integrated with a photolithographic microfabrication process. The locations of the p- and... Agent: John P. Wooldridge, Esq.
20080178922 - Method and system for manufacturing solar panels using an integrated solar cell using a plurality of photovoltaic regions: A solar panel apparatus and method. The apparatus has an optically transparent member comprising a predetermined thickness and an aperture surface region. The apparatus has a solar cell coupled to a portion of the optically transparent member. In a specific embodiment, the solar cell includes a transparent polymeric member and... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP
20080178924 - Photovoltaic cell and method of making thereof: A photovoltaic cell includes a first electrode, a second electrode, and a photovoltaic material located between and in electrical contact with the first and the second electrodes. The photovoltaic material comprises i) semiconductor nanocrystals having a bang gap that is significantly smaller than peak solar radiation energy to exhibit a... Agent: Foley And Lardner LLP Suite 500
20080178923 - Power generation diode module in roof tile: A power generation diode module adapted in a roof tile; the module containing a substrate, multiple GaAs chips being disposed on the substrate, each GaAs chip is disposed with a package; sun light being irradiated into those packages where to be refracted, converged inter the GaAs chip to convert light... Agent: Troxell Law Office PLLC
20080178925 - Thin film solar cell module of see-through type and method for fabricating the same: A thin film solar cell module of see-through type and method of fabricating the same is provided. The method includes forming scribe lines in two directions in a first electrode material layer disposed on an opaque substrate so as to avoid short circuit caused by a high-temperature laser scribing process... Agent: Jianq Chyun Intellectual Property Office
20080178926 - Electricity generation device using solar power: The electricity generation device contains one or more photovoltaic members arranged into an array. Each photovoltaic member contains a solar cell and a reflection mirror. The solar cell is positioned above the reflection mirror with its light incidence plane facing downward towards the reflection mirror. The reflection mirror is formed... Agent: Leong C Lei
20080178927 - Photovoltaic apparatus having an elongated photovoltaic device using an involute-based concentrator: An apparatus for converting light energy into electric energy has a concentrator with at least a first and second wall. The walls are made at least in part of a material that reflects light. The concentrator has an opening defined by the walls, and is operable to admit light energy... Agent: Jones Day
20080178928 - Photovoltaic modules with a transparent material having a camouflaged pattern: A photovoltaic module with a first sheet of a transparent material, an optional second sheet, and at least one photovoltaic cell positioned between the first sheet and the optional second sheet. The transparent material has a camouflaged pattern which can camouflage a photovoltaic module or photovoltaic array on a roofing... Agent: Carol Wilson Bp America Inc.
20080178929 - System and method of improving the dielectric properties of laminates: A laminate of dielectric materials is disclosed for use in protecting an electronic device. The laminate includes at least one layer of a polymeric material having an active material dispersed within the polymeric material and having a first thickness. The active material is responsive to external electric fields such that... Agent: Gauthier & Connors, LLP
20080178930 - Electroconductive thick film composition, electrode, and solar cell formed therefrom: The electroconductive thick film paste of the present invention is a silver electroconductive paste, which includes silver particles, glass particles, and an organic vehicle, and is used in an electrode for connecting a back face terminal on the silicon substrate of a solar cell, and is characterized by the fact... Agent: E I Du Pont De Nemours And Company Legal Patent Records Center
20080178931 - Multi-junction solar cell: A photovoltaic device having multi-junction nanostructures deposited as a multi-layered thin film on a substrate. Preferably, the device is grown as InxGa1-xN multi-layered junctions with the gradient x, where x is any value in the range from zero to one. The nanostructures are preferably 5-500 nanometers and more preferably 10-20... Agent: Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP
20080178932 - Front electrode including transparent conductive coating on patterned glass substrate for use in photovoltaic device and method of making same: This invention relates to a photovoltaic device including an electrode such as a front electrode/contact. In certain example embodiments, the front electrode of the photovoltaic device includes a multi-layered transparent conductive coating which is sputter-deposited on a textured surface of a patterned glass substrate. In certain example embodiments, a maximum... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC
20080178933 - Photoelectric conversion element and solar cell: i
20080178934 - Solar cell systems for use in buildings: Methods are disclosed of fabricating a solar cell system. A solar cell is formed over a substrate. The substrate is attached to a carrier. A translucent or transparent protective cover is overlaid over the solar cell to produce the solar cell system, which is deployed onto an exterior of a... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP07/24/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. cataloged by category listing
20080173343 - Power generation method using thermoelectric element, thermoelectric element and fabrication method thereof, and thermoelectric device: The invention provides a power generation method using a thermoelectric element, a thermoelectric element, and a thermoelectric device that excel in thermoelectric performance and are applicable to a wider range of applications over conventional counterparts. The element includes a first electrode and a second electrode that are disposed to oppose... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP
20080173342 - Thermoelectric power generating systems utilizing segmented thermoelectric elements: A thermoelectric system includes a first thermoelectric element including a first plurality of segments in electrical communication with one another. The thermoelectric system further includes a second thermoelectric element including a second plurality of segments in electrical communication with one another. The thermoelectric system further includes a heat transfer device... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20080173344 - Nanostructured bulk thermoelectric material: A thermoelectric material includes a composite having a first electrically conducting component and second low thermal conductivity component. The first component may include a semiconductor and the second component may include an inorganic oxide. The thermoelectric composite includes a network of the first component having nanoparticles of the second component... Agent: Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle, Anderson & Citkowski, P.c.
20080173345 - Electrical energy generating device: An electrical generating device combines solar cells and piezoelectric generators into a single generating system, configured in such a manner that the solar cells or the solar cell supporting structures act on the piezoelectric generators, resulting in an electrical generating system that can produce electricity from both solar energy and... Agent: Ip Patent Docketing Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP
20080173346 - Photoelectric conversion element and solar cell: A photoelectric conversion element comprising a pair of electrodes containing therebetween a compound represented by Formula (1) or Formula (2):... Agent: Lucas & Mercanti, LLP
20080173347 - Method and apparatus for a semiconductor structure: One exemplary embodiment is a semiconductor structure, that can include a semiconductor substrate of one conductivity type, having a front surface and a back surface, a first semiconductor layer disposed on the front surface of the semiconductor substrate, a second semiconductor layer disposed on a portion of the back surface... Agent: General Electric Company Global Research
20080173348 - Stacked photoelectric conversion device and method of producing the same: A stacked photoelectric conversion device includes a first photoelectric conversion layer, a second photoelectric conversion layer and a third photoelectric conversion layer each having a p-i-n junction and made of a silicon base semiconductor, stacked in this order from a light entrance side, wherein the first and the second photoelectric... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, Pc
20080173349 - Solar cells for stratospheric and outer space use: A light weight photovoltaic device for use in stratospheric and outer space applications. The device includes a protective surface coating on the light incident side thereof. The protective coating does not deleteriously affect the photovoltaic properties of the solar cell, is formed of a material which protects said solar cell... Agent: Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.
20080173350 - Multi-junction solar cells and methods and apparatuses for forming the same: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to solar cells and methods and apparatuses for forming the same. More particularly, embodiments of the present invention relate to thin film multi-junction solar cells and methods and apparatuses for forming the same.... Agent: Patterson & Sheridan, LLP - - Appm/tx07/17/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. cataloged by category listing
20080169016 - Nanowire electronic devices and method for producing the same: The present invention is directed to an electrical device that comprises a first and a second fiber having a core of thermoelectric material embedded in an electrically insulating material, and a conductor. The first fiber is doped with a first type of impurity, while the second fiber is doped with... Agent: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
20080169017 - Multilayered film-nanowire composite, bifacial, and tandem solar cells: A photovoltaic device includes a substrate having at least two surfaces and a multilayered film disposed on at least a portion of at least one surface of the substrate. Elongated nanostructures are disposed on the multilayered film. The device incorporates a top layer of the multilayered film contacting the elongated... Agent: General Electric Company Global Research
20080169019 - Nanowall solar cells and optoelectronic devices: A photovoltaic device that includes a substrate and a nanowall structure disposed on the substrate surface. The device also includes at least one layer conformally deposited over the nanowall structure. The conformal layer(s) is at least a portion of a photoactive junction. A method for making a photovoltaic device includes... Agent: General Electric Company Global Research
20080169018 - Solar cell unit attaching apparatus: An apparatus for holding a plurality of solar cell units includes a mounting member to be fixed onto a roof, a plurality of fixtures, and a frame member having to-be-sandwiched portions to be sandwiched and fixed between the mounting member and the fixtures, and grooves that support the ends of... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC
20080169020 - Electrode wire for solar cell: A solar cell electrode wire includes a core material having a volume resistivity of not greater than about 2.3 μΩ·cm and a proof strength in the range of about 19.6 MPa to about 85 MPa, and a hot-dip solder plating layer disposed on a surface of the core material. The... Agent: Hitachi Metals, Ltd. C/o Keating & Bennett, LLP
20080169022 - Electrode substrate and photoelectric conversion element: To provide an electrode substrate 1 that has a transparent conductive layer 11, a current-collecting metal layer 12 that is provided on the transparent conductive layer 11, and an insulating layer 14 that covers the current-collecting metal layer 12 on a base plate, wherein, when a thermal expansion coefficient of... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20080169021 - Method of making tco front electrode for use in photovoltaic device or the like: Certain example embodiments of this invention relate to an electrode (e.g., front electrode) for use in a photovoltaic device or the like. In certain example embodiments, a transparent conductive oxide (TCO) based front electrode for use in a photovoltaic device may be made by sputtering a ceramic target in a... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC
20080169023 - Encapsulation material for solar cell element: An encapsulation material for a solar cell element containing an ethylene-polar monomer copolymer having polar monomer unit content of 10-40 wt % and melting point of not lower than 75° C. and HAZE of not more than 10% and meeting the condition of −3.0X+125≧T≧−3.0X+109, wherein T is melting (° C.)... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC
20080169024 - Photovoltaic device: A photovoltaic device which includes a first type doped single crystal silicon substrate, a second type doped silicon layer, an intrinsic silicon layer, a first metal electrode layer, and a second metal electrode layer. The intrinsic silicon layer is disposed between the first type doped single crystal silicon substrate and... Agent: Jianq Chyun Intellectual Property Office
20080169025 - Doping techniques for group ibiiiavia compound layers: A method of forming a doped Group IBIIIAVIA absorber layer for solar cells by reacting a a metallic precursor layer with a dopant structure. The metallic precursor layer including Group IB and Group IIIA materials such as Cu, Ga and In are deposited on a base. The dopant structure is... Agent: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP07/10/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. cataloged by category listing
20080163916 - Thermoelectric conversion module and thermoelectric conversion apparatus: According to one embodiment, a thermoelectric conversion module includes a thermoelectric conversion portion, a first external electrode, and a second external electrode. The thermoelectric conversion portion includes a single thermoelectric conversion portion element, or electrically connected thermoelectric conversion portion elements. The thermoelectric conversion portion element includes a high temperature electrode,... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20080163918 - Integrated photovoltaic modular panel for a curtain wall glass: An integrated photovoltaic modular panel for a curtain wall glass is used for the field of building integrated photovoltaic. The invention provides the standardized photovoltaic units, so that the electrodes in a photovoltaic panel main body can be internally parallel connected. The connector may be a metal piece of stamping... Agent: Lau & Associates, LLC Michael N. Lau
20080163919 - System and method for creating a networked infrastructure roadway distribution platform of solar 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 solar energy generating devices, and a roadway system electricity grid. The solar energy generating devices are electrically connected to the roadway system electricity grid and... Agent: Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C.
20080163917 - Transparent and conductive oxide layer and method of making same and using it in a thin-film solar cell: The invention relates to a method for the production of a conductive and transparent zinc oxide layer on a substrate by reactive sputtering. The process comprises a hysteresis region. Said method is characterised by the following steps: A doped metal Zn target is used, whereby the doping content of the... Agent: K.f. Ross P.C.
20080163920 - Monolithic multiple solar cells: A monolithic multiple solar cell includes at least three partial cells, with a semiconductor mirror placed between two partial cells. The aim of the invention is to improve the radiation stability of said solar cell. For this purpose, the semiconductor mirror has a high degree of reflection in at least... Agent: Dennison, Schultz & Macdonald
20080163921 - Three-legged solar cell support assembly: A three-legged solar cell apparatus for producing photovoltaic electricity has a solar panel and a three-legged structure. The three-legged structure can be a tripod-like assembly or three separate legs mounted to the solar panel.... Agent: Jones Day
20080163922 - Conversion of solar energy to electrical and/or heat energy: A parabolic primary mirror (10) has a concave specular surface (12) that is constructed and positioned to receive solar energy and focus it towards a focal point. A secondary mirror (14) having a convex specular surface (16) is constructed and positioned to receive focused solar energy from the primary mirror... Agent: Barnard Intellectual Property Law, Inc.
20080163923 - Organic light emitting display having solar cell polarizing film: An organic light emitting display not only display images but also generates power by employing a dye-sensitized solar cell as a polarizing film of the organic light emitting display. The organic light emitting display includes: a substrate; an Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) including an anode arranged on an upper... Agent: Robert E. Bushnell
20080163924 - Multijunction solar cell: A multi-junction, monolithic, photovoltaic solar cell device is provided for converting solar radiation to photocurrent and photo voltage with improved efficiency. The solar cell comprises a plurality of semiconductor sub-cells, i.e., active p/n junctions, connected in series via tunnel junctions. To increase efficiency, each semiconductor cell is fabricated from the... Agent: Borealis Technical Limited
20080163925 - Dye-sensitized solar cell using ion-bound oligomer complex and method of manufacturing the same: A dye-sensitized solar cell using an ion-bound oligomer complex is provided. The dye-sensitized solar cell comprises an electrolyte, comprising a first oligomer having a C5-30 heteroaryl group containing a nitrogen heteroatom as a basic functional group at both ends of the molecule, mixed with a second oligomer having an acidic... Agent: Cantor Colburn, LLP
20080163926 - Organic solar cell: An organic solar cell including a substrate, an organic solar cell device, at least one hydrophobic polymer layer and at least one metal layer is provided. The hydrophobic polymer layer and the metal layer are alternately stacked on the organic solar cell device. The hydrophobic polymer layer is used to... Agent: Kinney & Lange, P.A.
20080163927 - Polymer solar cell and method of manufacturing the same: Disclosed herein are a polymer solar cell, comprising a substrate, a first electrode, a hole injection layer, a photoactive layer, and a second electrode, characterized in that an electron-accepting layer is formed between the photoactive layer and the second electrode, and a method of manufacturing the polymer solar cell. The... Agent: Cantor Colburn, LLP
20080163929 - Zinc oxide based front electrode doped with yttrium for use in photovoltaic device or the like: Certain example embodiments of this invention relate to an electrode (e.g., front electrode) for use in a photovoltaic device or the like. In certain example embodiments, a transparent conductive oxide (TCO) based front electrode for use in a photovoltaic device is of or includes zinc oxide, or zinc aluminum oxide,... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC07/03/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. cataloged by category listing
20080156364 - Thin film with oriented cracks on a flexible substrate: A thermoelectric film is disclosed. The thermoelectric film includes a substrate that is substantially electrically non-conductive and flexible and a thermoelectric material that is deposited on at least one surface of the substrate. The thermoelectric film also includes multiple cracks oriented in a predetermined direction.... Agent: Caterpillar/finnegan, Henderson, L.l.p.
20080156365 - Edge mountable electrical connection assembly: Methods and devices are provided for improved large-scale solar installations. In one embodiment, a photovoltaic module is provided comprising of a plurality of photovoltaic cells positioned between a transparent module layer and a backside module layer. The module includes a first electrical lead extending outward from an edge of the... Agent: Director Of Ip
20080156366 - Solar cell having active region with nanostructures having energy wells: A method and apparatus for solar cell having graded energy wells is provided. The active region of the solar cell comprises nanostructures. The nanostructures are formed from a material that comprises a III-V compound semiconductor and an element that alters the band gap of the III-V compound semiconductor. For example,... Agent: Vierra Magen Marcus & Deniro LLP
20080156368 - Semiconductor device and electronic device: The present invention has a photodiode and a circuit used to amplify the output of the photodiode. Two terminals are formed over the photodiode and circuit with an insulating layer interposed therebetween, and a dummy electrode with a larger area than that of either of the two terminals is formed... Agent: Eric Robinson
20080156369 - Active layers utilized in solar cells and fabrication method thereof: An active layer utilized in a solar cell. The active layer includes a polymer film having a plurality of hollow column array structures formed therein and a semiconductor material filled in the hollow column structures. The invention also provides a method of fabricating the active layer utilized in a solar... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch
20080156370 - Heterocontact solar cell with inverted geometry of its layer structure: A heterocontact solar cell in a layer structure. The solar cell includes an absorber made of a p-type and/or n-type doped crystalline semiconductor material. The cell also includes an emitter made of an amorphous semiconductor material that is oppositely doped relative to the absorber. Also included is an intrinsic interlayer... Agent: Darby & Darby P.c.
20080156371 - Nanostructured layers, method of making nanostructured layers, and application thereof: A first population of semiconductor nanocrystals to create electron transport conduits, a second population so semiconductor nanocrystals to create hole transport conduits; and a third population of semiconductor nanocrystals to be used for either light absorption or light emission can be combined to form an inorganic nanostructure layer.... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
20080156372 - Thin film solar cell module of see-through type and method of fabricating the same: A thin film solar cell module of see-through type and a method of fabricating the same are provided. First, bi-directional openings are formed in the transparent electrode material layer to avoid problems that affect the production yield such as short-circuit resulted by the high-temperature laser scribing process. Moreover, the thin... Agent: Jianq Chyun Intellectual Property OfficePrevious industry: Tent, canopy, umbrella, or cane
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