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US Patent Application Review Series

Wind Energy

May 2010 issue

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Table of Contents

F03 - Machines or engines for liquids 11


F03B 03/18 - Stator blades . . . . . . . . . . 11
F03B 15/02 - by varying liquid flow . . . . . . 13
F03B 17/04 - Alleged perpetua mobilia . . . . 13
F03D 01/00 - Wind motors with rotation axis
substantially in wind direction . . . . . . 14
Table of Contents F03D 01/02 - having a plurality of rotors . . .
F03D 01/04 - having stationary wind-guiding
14

means, e.g. with shrouds or channels . 16


F03D 01/06 - Rotors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
F03D 03/00 - Wind motors with rotation
axis substantially at right angle to wind
direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
A few words from the editor 2 F03D 03/02 - having a plurality of rotors . . . 20
F03D 03/04 - having stationary wind-guiding
Table of Contents 3 means, e.g. with shrouds or channels . 22
B21 - Working or processing of sheet metal F03D 03/06 - Rotors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
F03D 05/00 - Other wind motors . . . . . . . 24
or metal tubes, rods or profiles without F03D 05/04 - the wind-engaging parts being
essentially removing material 4 attached to carriages running on tracks
B21D 47/01 - beams or pillars . . . . . . . . . 4 or the like . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
F03D 07/00 - Controlling wind motors . . . . 27
B23 - Other working of metal 4 F03D 07/02 - the wind motors having rotation
B23P 06/00 - Restoring or reconditioning axis substantially in wind direction . . . 30
objects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 F03D 07/04 - Regulation, i.e. controlling
B23P 11/00 - Connecting or disconnecting automatically . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
metal parts or objects by metal-working F03D 07/06 - the wind motors having rotation
techniques, not otherwise provided for . 5 axis substantially at right angle to wind
direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
B60 - Arrangement or mounting of propulsion F03D 09/00 - Adaptations of wind motors for
units or of transmissions in vehicles 6 special use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
B60K 16/00 - Arrangements in connection F03D 11/00 - Details, component parts, or
with power supply from force of nature, accessories not provided for in, or of
e.g. sun, wind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 interest apart from, the other groups of
B60L 13/04 - Magnetic suspension or this subclass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
levitation for vehicles . . . . . . . . . . . 7 F03D 11/02 - Transmission of power, e.g.
using hollow exhausting blades . . . . . 45
B63 - Ships or other waterborne vessels 8 F03D 11/04 - Mounting structures . . . . . . 46
B63B 01/10 - with multiple hulls . . . . . . . . 8 F03G 06/00 - Devices for producing
B63B 35/00 - Vessels or like floating mechanical power from solar energy . . 47
structures adapted for special purposes 9 F03G 06/06 - with solar energy concentrating
means . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
B65 - containersfor storage or transport of
articles or materials, e.g. bags, barrels, F04 - Non-positive-displacement pumps 47
bottles, boxes, cans, cartons, crates, F04D 25/04 - the pump being fluid-driven . . 47
drums, jars, tanks, hoppers, forwarding F04D 27/00 - Control, e.g. regulation,
containers 9 of pumps, pumping nstallations or
B65D 01/34 - Trays or like shallow containers 9
pumping systems specially adapted for
C25 - Electrolytic or electrophoretic processes elastic fluids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
F04D 29/00 - . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
for the production of compounds or non- F04D 29/34 - Blade mountings . . . . . . . . 48
metals 9
C25B 01/04 - by electrolysis of water . . . . . 9
C25B 09/00 - Cells or assemblies of cells . . 9 F15 - Fluid dynamics, i.e. methods or means
for influencing the flow of gases or liquids 48
E02 - Foundations 9 F15D 01/08 - of jets leaving an orifice . . . . 48
E02D 05/00 - Bulkheads, piles, or other
structural elements specially adapted to F16 - Devices for fastening or securing
foundation engineering . . . . . . . . . . 9 constructional elements or machine parts
E02D 13/00 - Accessories for placing or together, e.g. nails, bolts, circlips, clamps,
removing piles or bulkheads . . . . . . . 10 clipsor wedges 48
F16B 37/00 - Nuts or like thread-engaging
E04 - General building constructions 10 members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
E04B 01/38 - Connections for building F16C 32/06 - with moving member
structures in general . . . . . . . . . . . 10 supported by a fluid cushion formed,
E04D 13/18 - Roof covering aspects at least to a large extent, otherwise
of energy collecting devices, e.g. than by movement of the shaft, e.g.
including solar panels . . . . . . . . . . 10 hydrostatic air-cushion bearings . . . . 48
E04H 12/00 - Towers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 F16D 01/033 - by clamping together two
faces perpendicular to the axis of
F02 - Gas-turbine plants 11 rotation, e.g. with bolted flanges . . . . 48
F02C 06/00 - Plural gas-turbine plants . . . . 11 F16D 01/12 - allowing adjustment of the
F02C 07/22 - Fuel supply systems . . . . . . 11 parts about the axis . . . . . . . . . . . 49

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F24 - Production or use of heat not otherwise H02K 01/18 - Means for mounting or
provided for 49 fastening magnetic stationary parts on
F24J 02/42 - Solar heat systems not to, or to, the stator structures . . . . . . 50
otherwise provided for . . . . . . . . . . 49 H02K 05/04 - Casings or enclosures
characterised by the shape, form, or
F25 - Refrigeration machines, plants, or construction thereof . . . . . . . . . . . 50
systems 49 H02K 07/09 - with magnetic bearings . . . . 50
F25B 09/14 - characterised by the cycle H02K 07/18 - Structural association of
used, e.g. Stirling cycle . . . . . . . . . 49 electric generator with mechanical
F25B 13/00 - Compression machines, plant, driving motor, e.g. turbine . . . . . . . . 50
or systems, with reversible cycle . . . . 49 H02K 41/02 - Linear motors . . . . . . . . . . 50
H02N 02/18 - producing electrical output
H01 - Semiconductor devices 49 from mechanical input, e.g. generators . 51
H01L 31/042 - including a panel or array of H02P 03/22 - by short-circuit or resistive
photoelectric cells, e.g. solar cells . . . 49 braking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
H02P 09/04 - Control effected upon non-
H02 - Circuit arrangements or systems for electric prime mover and dependent
supplying or distributing electric power 49 upon electric output value of the generator 51
H02J 07/14 - for charging batteries from
dynamo-electric generators driven at Patent Index 52
varying speed, e.g. on vehicle . . . . . . 49
H02J 07/35 - with light sensitive cells . . . . . 50 IPC Catchword Index 53

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B23P 11/00

B21D 47/01: Working or processing of sheet metal or metal tubes, rods


or profiles without essentially removing material Ü Making rigid structural
elements or units, e.g. honeycomb structures Ü beams or pillars
App. No. 20100126102 Assignee
Title Hollow profiled element, particularly for a lattice tower; method for the production of such a hollow
profiled element; lattice tower comprising at least three corner posts
Abstract A hollow section, in particular for a lattice tower, including a first section part and a second section
part, wherein the cross-section of the hollow section is formed such that the first section part
includes two legs and the second section part is arranged between the legs of the first section
part such that, in order to form a closed hollow cross-section, one of the end edges of the second
section part is connected to one of the legs and the other end edge of the second section part is
connected to the other leg of the first section part such that a partial segment of the particular leg
of the first section part projects beyond the connection site.
Pri. Date 20061114 App. Date 20071114 Pub. Date 20100527

B23P 06/00: Other working of metal Ü Restoring or reconditioning objects


App. No. 20100129229 Assignee
Title Attachment devices on a wind turbine blade and a method of servicing utilising these device
Abstract the present invention relates to a table for a wind turbine equipped with attachment devices
Pri. Date 20050921 App. Date 20060920 Pub. Date 20100527

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B23P 11/00

B23P 11/00: Other working of metal Ü Connecting or disconnecting


metal parts or objects by metal-working techniques, not otherwise provided
for
App. No. 20100124497 Assignee
Title Method for mounting components at a wind turbine
Abstract A method for mounting components at a wind turbine support unit of a wind turbine is provided.
The method includes the steps of providing a captive bolt gun, providing a fastening means,
inserting a captive bolt into the fastening means, and shooting the captive bolt into the wind
turbine support unit by means of the captive bolt gun such that the fastening means is fixed at the
wind turbine support unit.
Pri. Date 20081213 App. Date 20081117 Pub. Date 20100520

App. No. 20100124507 Assignee


Title Fluid catchment system for a wind turbine
Abstract A fluid catchment system for a wind turbine is provided. The wind turbine has a nacelle mounted to
a tower. The fluid catchment system includes at least one fluid accumulator in fluid communication
with the interior of the nacelle and configured to receive fluid exiting from the nacelle. The fluid
accumulator is configured to be positioned at least partially beneath the nacelle and to be attached
to at least one of the tower and the nacelle. An oil absorbent material may be retained by the fluid
accumulator. A fluid collector may be provided to collect fluid from the fluid accumulator. A fluid
catchment system having a fluid accumulator located on a wind turbine blade is also provided.
Further, a wind turbine including a fluid catchment system is provided.
Pri. Date 20081118 App. Date 20081118 Pub. Date 20100520

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B60K 16/00

App. No. 20100127503 Assignee AMSC Windtec Gmbh


Title Generator, nacelle, and mounting method of a nacelle of a wind energy converter
Abstract This invention provides a nacelle of a wind energy converter and a corresponding mounting
method of a nacelle of a wind energy converter and a generator for a wind energy converter. The
nacelle includes a main frame; a generator including a stator and a rotor; a generator housing
attached to the main frame and at least partially enclosing the stator and a rotor space; wherein
the generator housing (
Pri. Date 20080728 App. Date 20090323 Pub. Date 20100527

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B60L 13/04

B60K 16/00: Arrangement or mounting of propulsion units or of transmissions


in vehicles Ü Arrangements in connection with power supply from force
of nature, e.g. sun, wind
App. No. 20100122857 Assignee
Title Motor vehicles
Abstract A wind-powered pneumatic engine including one or more impeller chambers and one or more
impellers disposed in the impeller chambers is provided. One or more air inlets for receiving
external wind resistance airflow are disposed on the impeller chambers, and the external wind
resistance airflow entering the air inlets drives the impellers to operate to generate power output.
The wind-powered pneumatic engine further includes an air-jet system for jetting HPCA into the
impeller chambers, and the internal high-pressure compressed air jetted by the air-jet system in
conjunction with the external wind resistance airflow entering the air inlets drives the impellers to
operate to generate power output. In the present invention, the external resistance airflow around
a motor vehicle moving at a speed is converted into power for use, which greatly reduces energy
consumption and improves the moving speed of a motor vehicle. A motor vehicle equipped with
wind-powered pneumatic engine is also provided.
Pri. Date 20051102 App. Date 20100104 Pub. Date 20100520

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B63B 01/10

B60L 13/04: Electric equipment or propulsion of electrically-propelled


vehicles Ü Electric propulsion for monorail vehicles, suspension vehicles
or rack railways Ü Magnetic suspension or levitation for vehicles
App. No. 20100126374 Assignee
Title Magnetostatic levitation and propulsion systems for moving objects
Abstract The present invention relates to a novel magnetic suspension and propulsion technologies, which
are named as Magnetostatic Suspension (MSS) and Magnetostatic Propulsion (MSP) respectively
because of their magnetostatic nature of forces generated. A spring-like magnetic force is
produced through interactions between magnets and ferrous materials such as steel. To apply
the technologies, four key embodiments of the invention have been invented and described a
MSS and MSP maglev vehicle system in which a vehicle body is lifted up and stabilized by
magnetostatic forces above a steel rail both horizontally and vertically; a MSP long-stator linear
motor system in which a rotor can be driven up along a magnet-free steel rail or long steel stator;
a MSS Permanent Magnet Magnetic Bearing System (PMMB) system in which a steel shaft is
levitated standstill by a fully permanent magnets assembly for frictionless rotating; a MSS maglev
wind turbine system in which a magnet-free turbine body can hover standstill over a permanent
magnet base assembly spinning frictionlessly with low inertia and low cut-in wind speed threshold.
Pri. Date 20070126 App. Date 20091203 Pub. Date 20100527

B63B 01/10: Ships or other waterborne vessels Ü Hydrodynamic or


hydrostatic features of hulls or of hydrofoils Ü deriving lift mainly from
water displacement Ü with multiple hulls
App. No. 20100116684 Assignee
Title Wind to hydrogen energy conversion
Abstract Vessel-deployed wind machines are described that supply electricity for the electrolysis of sea
water or fresh water to obtain hydrogen. The hydrogen produced from the electrolysis can be
stored and used as desired. Hydrogen so produced can be used to power the vessel that carries
the wind machines. Hydrogen produced can also be used for hydrogen fuel distribution networks
and power plants.
Pri. Date 20090128 App. Date 20091013 Pub. Date 20100513

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E02D 05/00

B63B 35/00: Ships or other waterborne vessels Ü Vessels or like floating


structures adapted for special purposes
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100116684 page 8

B65D 01/34: containersfor storage or transport of articles or materials,


e.g. bags, barrels, bottles, boxes, cans, cartons, crates, drums, jars,
tanks, hoppers, forwarding containers Ü Rigid or semi-rigid containershaving
bodies formed in one piece, e.g. by casting metallic material, by moulding
plastics, by blowing vitreous material, by throwing ceramic material, by
moulding pulped fibrous material orby deep-drawing operations performed
on sheet material Ü Trays or like shallow containers
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100124507 page 5

C25B 01/04: Electrolytic or electrophoretic processes for the production


of compounds or non- metals Ü Electrolytic production of inorganic
compounds or non-metals Ü of hydrogen or oxygen Ü by electrolysis
of water
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100116684 page 8

C25B 09/00: Electrolytic or electrophoretic processes for the production


of compounds or non- metals Ü Cells or assemblies of cells
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100116684 page 8

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E04H 12/00

E02D 05/00: Foundations Ü Bulkheads, piles, or other structural elements


specially adapted to foundation engineering
App. No. 20100129162 Assignee VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
Title Off-shore wind turbine and method of erecting a wind turbine tower
Abstract An off-shore wind turbine includes a tower, a pile forming at least part of a foundation carrying the
tower, a radial distance element extending outward from the tower and the pile, and a plurality of
connecting elements extending from the radial distance element to at least one of the tower and
pile, the plurality of connecting elements being configured to vertically align the tower on the pile.
A method of erecting the wind turbine tower is also disclosed.
Pri. Date 20081124 App. Date 20091123 Pub. Date 20100527

E02D 13/00: Foundations Ü Accessories for placing or removing piles


or bulkheads
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100129162 page 10

E04B 01/38: General building constructions Ü Constructions in general


Ü Connections for building structures in general
App. No. 20100126086 Assignee
Title Roof ridge wind turbine
Abstract Disclosed are systems and method that generally relate to the capture of wind energy by small
wind turbines mounted on buildings with gabled roofs. Wind energy harnessing system for gabled
roof buildings having a roof ridge including a low silhouette visually appealing enclosure mounted
along the roof ridge of a building and extending down both sides of the roof forming the ridge.
The enclosure includes airflow guides defined by columns extending down a length of both sides
of the building roof forming sidewalls and a roof formed of pivoting louvers above the columns.
A paddle-wheel type wind turbine consists of a multiple-bladed cylindrical shaft that contacts the
wind and provides rotational work mounted within the enclosure and a generator connected to
the wind turbine for converting the rotational work from the wind turbine to electrical energy. The
enclosure for the wind turbine functions to capture wind and directs the airflow via the airflow
guides before it reaches the ridge.
Pri. Date 20060310 App. Date 20091124 Pub. Date 20100527

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F03B 03/18

E04D 13/18: Roof coverings Ü Special arrangements or devices in connection


with roof coverings Ü Roof covering aspects of energy collecting devices,
e.g. including solar panels
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100126086 page 10

E04H 12/00: Buildings or like structures for particular purposes Ü Towers


Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100126102 page 4

F02C 06/00: Gas-turbine plants Ü Plural gas-turbine plants


App. No. 20100109338 Assignee RENTECH, INC.
Title Method for providing auxiliary power to an electric power plant using fischer tropsch technology
Abstract A method for meeting both base-load and peak-load demand in a power production facility.
By integrating a Fischer-Tropsch (FT) hydrocarbon production facility with an electrical power
generating facility, peak-load power demand can be met by reducing the temperature of the FT
reactor thereby increasing the quantity of tail gases and using FT tail gases to fuel a gas turbine
generator set. The method enables rapid power response and allows the synthesis gas generating
units and the FT units to operate with constant flow rates.
Pri. Date 20070130 App. Date 20091201 Pub. Date 20100506

F02C 07/22: Gas-turbine plants Ü Features, component parts, details


or accessories, not provided for in, or of interest apart from, groups Ü
Fuel supply systems
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100109338 page 11

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F03B 03/18

F03B 03/18: Machines or engines for liquids Ü Machines or engines of


reaction type Ü Stators Ü Stator blades
App. No. 20100129193 Assignee
Title System and method for extracting power from fluid using a tesla-type bladeless turbine
Abstract Smooth, preferably variable-sweep fluid collection device surfaces disposed into opposition with
wind, river, surf, ocean or tidal currents generate enhanced velocity fluid flows at length driven
into onboard work-extracting disc turbines at advantageous angles of attack. Keyed to shafts
turning freely through optionally extendable volutes, disc turbines comprising a dense population
of smooth, axially fixed or adjustably spaced discs conducting preferably laminar flow between
adjacent elements develop significant torque through boundary layer adhesion and viscous
shear-stress between fluid layers. Exhaust of disc turbine throughput into divergent channels
drafting into external currents of initially higher than ambient velocity and lower pressure may
reduce turbine discharge backpressure, rapidly clear system throughput, and allow normally
disadvantageous drag to be utilized to develop greater work generation. Gainfully turning with,
instead of at odds to natural or anthropogenic currents provided, disc turbines utilized as disclosed
may provide unprecedented renewable energy from fluids in motion.
Pri. Date 20070404 App. Date 20080505 Pub. Date 20100527

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F03D 01/00

F03B 15/02: Machines or engines for liquids Ü Controlling Ü by varying


liquid flow
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100129193 page 12

F03B 17/04: Machines or engines for liquids Ü Other machines or engines


Ü using hydrostatic thrust Ü Alleged perpetua mobilia
App. No. 20100127505 Assignee
Title Wind powered generator for a vehicle
Abstract The present invention is directed to wind powered apparatus for recharging batteries in an electric
powered vehicle, the system includes at least one generator adapted to alternately recharge
batteries that supply power to the vehicle, and at least one windmill with turbine blades that
automatically adjust blade pitch and operate the generator. Each adjusting turbine blade includes
at least one fluid handling system that contains a non-Newtonian pseudoplastic fluid, the handling
system including means to reposition the non-Newtonian pseudoplastic fluid between a first
location and a second location within the fluid handling system in response to a fluid viscosity
is changed by shear created from blade rotation, the blade pitch changed by a shift in blade
center of gravity from the repositioned fluid.
Pri. Date 20070430 App. Date 20091113 Pub. Date 20100527

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F03D 01/02

F03D 01/00: Wind motors Ü Wind motors with rotation axis substantially
in wind direction
App. No. 20100123318 Assignee ROLIC INVEST S.AR.L.
Title Wind power turbine for producing electric energy
Abstract An electric generator of a wind power turbine has a stator having a cylindrical shell; a number of
segments arranged, along the inner face of the cylindrical shell, in a circumferential configuration;
and a number of adjustable locking devices located between the segments to press the segments
together circumferentially and lock the segments in a given position.
Pri. Date 20081113 App. Date 20091113 Pub. Date 20100520

F03D 01/02: Wind motors Ü Wind motors with rotation axis substantially
in wind direction Ü having a plurality of rotors
App. No. 20100111697 Assignee FRONTLINE AEROSPACE, INC
Title Wind energy generation device
Abstract Wind turbine devices are presented that use counter rotating rotor assemblies in a horizontal axis
wind turbine (HAWT) arrangement. This reduces the torque applied to the HAWT thereby reducing
the structural requirements of a wind energy generation system. Additionally, the counter rotating
rotor assemblies cooperatively rotate an output shaft. In one arrangement, this shaft is a vertical
shaft which allows removing power generation equipment from the axis of rotation of a HAWT to
a position below the wind turbine and/or located on the ground.
Pri. Date 20081105 App. Date 20091103 Pub. Date 20100506

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F03D 01/02

App. No. 20100129219 Assignee


Title Systems and methods for generating energy using wind power
Abstract A wind turbine for generating energy includes a first rotor having a first set of blades and a first
shaft, and a second rotor having a second set of blades and a second shaft, wherein the first rotor
is configured to rotate in a first direction, and the second rotor is configured to rotate in a second
direction that is opposite to the first direction. A wind turbine for generating energy includes a first
rotor having a first set of blades and a first shaft, and a second rotor having a second set of blades
and a second shaft, wherein one of the first set of blades is oriented to receive wind for turning
the first rotor, and wherein one of the second set of blades is oriented an at angle to receive wind
that is deflected from one of the first set of blades for turning the second rotor.
Pri. Date 20081121 App. Date 20081121 Pub. Date 20100527

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F03D 01/04

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F03D 01/04

F03D 01/04: Wind motors Ü Wind motors with rotation axis substantially
in wind direction Ü having stationary wind-guiding means, e.g. with
shrouds or channels
App. No. 20100119361 Assignee
Title Turbine with mixers and ejectors
Abstract A Mixer/Ejector Wind/Water Turbine (x201c;MEWTx201d;) system is disclosed which routinely
exceeds the efficiencies of prior wind turbines. Unique ejector concepts are used to fluid-
dynamically improve many operational characteristics of conventional wind/water turbines for
potential power generation improvements of 50% and above. Applicants’ preferred MEWT
embodiment comprises an aerodynamically contoured turbine shroud with an inlet; a ring of stator
vanes; a ring of rotating blades (i.e., an impeller) in line with the stator vanes; and a mixer/ejector
pump to increase the flow volume through the turbine while rapidly mixing the low energy turbine
exit flow with high energy bypass fluid flow. The MEWT can produce three or more time the power
of its un-shrouded counterparts for the same frontal area, and can increase the productivity of
wind farms by a factor of two or more. The same MEWT is safer and quieter providing improved
wind turbine options for populated areas.
Pri. Date 20081113 App. Date 20090508 Pub. Date 20100513

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F03D 01/06

F03D 01/06: Wind motors Ü Wind motors with rotation axis substantially
in wind direction Ü Rotors
App. No. 20100107621 Assignee THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Title Power conversion
Abstract A wind energy converter
Pri. Date 20070703 App. Date 20070703 Pub. Date 20100506

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F03D 01/06

App. No. 20100119374 Assignee


Title Wind turbine x26; wind turbine blade
Abstract A wind turbine blade to be mounted to a wind turbine hub configured to be mounted for rotation
in a hub plane of rotation so as to generate electricity is provided. The blade extends lengthwise
between a hub mounting root end and a blade tip end. The blade extends a blade width between
a leading edge and trailing edge such that when mounted to the hub the blade is twisted at the
root end by an angle of between 19xb0; to 21xb0; relative to the plane of rotation of the hub and
wherein the blade is twisted at a tip end to rotate in a plane parallel to the plane of rotation of the
hub to within xb1;1xb0;.
Pri. Date 20061213 App. Date 20071213 Pub. Date 20100513

App. No. 20100124506 Assignee Great Wind Enterprises, Inc.


Title Vertical axis wind turbine blade
Abstract A blade for a wind turbine, such as vertical axis wind turbine, is disclosed.
Pri. Date 20081118 App. Date 20081114 Pub. Date 20100520

App. No. 20100127504 Assignee Vestas Wind Systems A/S


Title Wind turbine blade
Abstract A wind turbine blade having a suction side and a pressure side, which sides are connected at
a leading edge and a trailing edge, wherein one or more shape modifiable air foil sections are
defined in the area of the trailing edge of the blade, and wherein said one or more shape modifiable
air foil sections are attached to a blade body, each of the one or more modifiable air foil sections
having an upper skin and a lower skin, a first one of the upper and lower skin being secured to the
blade body, and a second one of the upper and lower skin being slidably movable with respect to
the blade body, so that a force is applied to one of said skins cause said second skin to slide with
respect to the blade body, so as to thereby modify the air foil shape of the trailing edge.
Pri. Date 20070430 App. Date 20080430 Pub. Date 20100527

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 20


F03D 03/02

F03D 03/00: Wind motors Ü Wind motors with rotation axis substantially
at right angle to wind direction
App. No. 20100123317 Assignee VERTICAL WIND AB
Title Wind turbine with vertical axis
Abstract The invention relates to a wind turbine having a vertical turbine shaft (
Pri. Date 20070611 App. Date 20081006 Pub. Date 20100520

F03D 03/02: Wind motors Ü Wind motors with rotation axis substantially
at right angle to wind direction Ü having a plurality of rotors
App. No. 20100109336 Assignee Hangug Casting Co., Ltd.
Title Apparatus for wind power generation with a vertical axis
Abstract An apparatus for wind power generation with a vertical axis is provided for generating electricity
without any interference from wind blowing in a direction in which electricity is not generated,
such as when wind blows in different directions on every side. The apparatus includes at least
one independent energy transmission vertical joint group having at least two independent energy
transmissions coupled vertically to each other, fixture joint members fixing the independent energy
transmission vertical joint groups in a transverse direction, a first bevel gear coupled to the joint
rotary shaft of the lowermost one of the independent energy transmissions, a second bevel gear
engaged with the first bevel gear, a power relay shaft passing through and fixed to the second
bevel gear, a gear box coupled to one end of the power relay shaft, and a power generator
coupled to the gear box and generating electricity using transmitted rotational force.
Pri. Date 20070130 App. Date 20070810 Pub. Date 20100506

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 21


F03D 03/02

App. No. 20100109337 Assignee


Title Wind engine and wind power system
Abstract A wind engine has at least a central rotor (
Pri. Date 20070130 App. Date 20091016 Pub. Date 20100506

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 22


F03D 03/04

Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100122857 page 7 20100129219 page 15

F03D 03/04: Wind motors Ü Wind motors with rotation axis substantially
at right angle to wind direction Ü having stationary wind-guiding means,
e.g. with shrouds or channels
App. No. 20100111689 Assignee
Title Ultimate wind turbine system method and apparatus
Abstract An Ultimate Wind Turbine Energy Generator that will start moving and generating energy at very
low wind speeds (i.e. very slight motion or torque), that has magnetic bearings with near zero
friction which support the Generator and Wind turbine apparatus without consuming external
energy to control them.
Pri. Date 20070301 App. Date 20091005 Pub. Date 20100506

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 23


F03D 03/06

Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100122857 page 7 20100126086 page 10 20100129193 page 12

F03D 03/06: Wind motors Ü Wind motors with rotation axis substantially
at right angle to wind direction Ü Rotors
App. No. 20100111694 Assignee
Title Aerogenerator having means for maintaining vane unit horizontal
Abstract Disclosed herein is an aerogenerator having a horizontal maintaining means. The aerogenerator
of the present invention includes a support pillar which is placed upright on the ground and has
a hollow space therein. The aerogenerator further includes a rotational support unit which is
provided on the upper end of the support pillar so as to be rotatable. The rotational support
unit includes a rotational body and a rotational support base which supports the lower end of
the rotational body. The opposite ends of the rotational support base extend predetermined
lengths from the rotational body outwards. The aerogenerator further includes vane units which
include a main vane and a subsidiary vane provided on the respective opposite ends of the
rotational support base of the rotational support unit. The main vane and the subsidiary vane have
different weights. The aerogenerator further includes a generating unit which converts the rotating
force of the vane units into electric energy, a rotating force transmission unit which transmits the
rotating force of the vane units to the generating unit, and the horizontal maintaining means which
connects the vane units to the rotational body to maintain central axes of rotating shafts of the
vane units horizontal.
Pri. Date 20081105 App. Date 20081120 Pub. Date 20100506

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 24


F03D 05/00

App. No. 20100129218 Assignee


Title Wind turbine
Abstract Described herein is an improved wind turbine with a dynamic blade configuration.
Pri. Date 20081121 App. Date 20090909 Pub. Date 20100527

F03D 05/00: Wind motors Ü Other wind motors


App. No. 20100117363 Assignee
Title Airborne stabilized wind turbines system
Abstract Airborne system for producing electricity from wind includes at least one shaft, one or more wind
turbines rotatably mounted to each shaft, and generators that convert rotation of the turbine(s)
into electricity. A lifting section is connected to the shaft(s) and generates a lifting force that
causes the system to be airborne. A center of gravity of the system is lower than its center of
lift. When the turbines are exposed to wind and rotate (at least one in one direction and another
in an opposite direction), torques induced on the shaft(s) of the system balance each other and
remaining deferential torque is balanced by returning torque that is generated by the angular
deviation of the center of gravity from its lowest position. A magnitude of this returning torque
increases as the angular deviation increases until the system reach angular stability. Electricity is
generated and conducted for storage or usage.
Pri. Date 20081112 App. Date 20091209 Pub. Date 20100513

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 25


F03D 05/04

F03D 05/04: Wind motors Ü Other wind motors Ü the wind-engaging


parts being attached to carriages running on tracks or the like
App. No. 20100117371 Assignee
Title Wind system for converting energy by translating on a rail modules dragged by kites and process
for producing electric energy through such system
Abstract A wind system (
Pri. Date 20070330 App. Date 20080213 Pub. Date 20100513

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 26


F03D 07/00

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 27


F03D 07/00

F03D 07/00: Wind motors Ü Controlling wind motors


App. No. 20100117361 Assignee
Title Wind turbine, a method for compensating for disparities in a wind turbine rotor blade pitch system
and use of a method
Abstract A wind turbine includes a rotor having one or more rotor blades, a pitch system for controlling the
pitch angle of the one or more rotor blades, the pitch system having at least one pitch actuator, a
pitch controller for generating pitch actuator control signals and sensor elements for establishing
values of pitch performance parameters, and a compensation controller to compensate for
disparities between the pitch actuator control signals and the values of pitch performance
parameters, according to a control algorithm. The compensation controller is arranged to
adjust parameters of the control algorithm of the compensation controller in dependency of the
disparities.
Pri. Date 20070714 App. Date 20100114 Pub. Date 20100513

App. No. 20100119370 Assignee Modi Vivendi AS;Emantec AS


Title Intelligent and optimized wind turbine system for harsh environmental conditions
Abstract A wind turbine including a torque distribution device for distributing torque between two different
shafts. Also a system for detecting the presence of snow/ice on a wind turbine using ultrasound
sensors and a system for de-icing wind turbines in which when the removal of snow/ice is
detected, the heaters are switched off. Also a wind turbine with a lightning sensor and a
processing unit which can shut down sub-systems or the whole system in response to data
from the lightning sensor. Also a wind turbine with an automated lubrication refill system for
replenishing the lubricant in one or more components of the turbine. Also a wind farm comprising
a plurality of wind turbines in which at least one wind turbine is communicatively coupled to at
least one other wind turbine.
Pri. Date 20070714 App. Date 20091210 Pub. Date 20100513

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 28


F03D 07/00

App. No. 20100119370 Assignee Modi Vivendi AS;Emantec AS


Title Intelligent and optimized wind turbine system for harsh environmental conditions
Abstract A wind turbine including a torque distribution device for distributing torque between two different
shafts. Also a system for detecting the presence of snow/ice on a wind turbine using ultrasound
sensors and a system for de-icing wind turbines in which when the removal of snow/ice is
detected, the heaters are switched off. Also a wind turbine with a lightning sensor and a
processing unit which can shut down sub-systems or the whole system in response to data
from the lightning sensor. Also a wind turbine with an automated lubrication refill system for
replenishing the lubricant in one or more components of the turbine. Also a wind farm comprising
a plurality of wind turbines in which at least one wind turbine is communicatively coupled to at
least one other wind turbine.
Pri. Date 20070714 App. Date 20091210 Pub. Date 20100513

App. No. 20100124498 Assignee Nordex Energy GmbH


Title Wind energy plant with a central control device and a control unit in the rotor and method for the
operation of such a wind energy plant
Abstract A wind energy plant with a nacelle, a rotor, which features at least one rotor blade adjustable in its
blade pitch angle, a central control device for controlling the wind energy plant and a control unit
disposed in the rotor for controlling the blade pitch angle of the at least one rotor blade, wherein
the central control device and the control unit in the rotor can exchange data with each other via a
data link, which comprises at least one first sending and receiving device at the nacelle side and
at least one second sending and receiving device at the rotor side, wherein a wireless network
connection with a safety-oriented communication protocol is provided between the at least one
first sending and receiving device and the at least one second sending and receiving device,
and that one monitoring- and communication device at a time is associated to the first and/or the
second sending and receiving device, which can monitor the function of the sending and receiving
device and initiate a predetermined action in the case of an error.
Pri. Date 20081119 App. Date 20090205 Pub. Date 20100520

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 29


F03D 07/02

App. No. 20100129220 Assignee


Title Blade pitch controlling apparatus and application thereof
Abstract A blade pitch controlling apparatus and an application thereof are described. The blade pitch
controlling apparatus includes a centrifugal device and a blade pitch variable device, and the
blade pitch variable device is arranged under the centrifugal device. The blade pitch variable
device has a downward stroke that is variable by the centrifugal device according to a centrifugal
force induced thereon so as to drive the blade pitch variable device to change the setting angle of
the blades of the wind power generator.
Pri. Date 20081125 App. Date 20091007 Pub. Date 20100527

Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100117371 page 25

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 30


F03D 07/02

F03D 07/02: Wind motors Ü Controlling wind motors Ü the wind motors
having rotation axis substantially in wind direction
App. No. 20100109327 Assignee Vestas Wind Systems A/S
Title yawing system for a wind turbine
Abstract A yawing system for a wind turbine comprising a tower construction and a nacelle. The yawing
system comprises a stationary part being connectable to or forming part of a tower construction
of a wind turbine, and a rotating part being connectable to a nacelle of a wind turbine. The
rotating part is arranged adjacent to the stationary part in such a manner that the rotating part
is allowed to rotate relatively to the stationary part via a gear connection between the stationary
part and the rotating part. The rotating part comprises a plurality of modules, each comprising
a sub-module, the sub-modules being at least substantially identical in size and shape. Each
module is configurable to perform various functions, e.g. by positioning one or more function
defining elements in the corresponding sub-module. Thereby a configured module belongs to a
category of modules reflecting the function of the configured module. At least one of the modules
is configured as a drive module adapted to drive a rotational movement of the rotational part
relatively to the stationary part, via the gear connection. Due to the similarity in size and shape
of the sub-modules, a module belonging to a category may be replaced or reconfigured to belong
to a different category of modules without altering the main design of the rotating part. Thereby a
highly customizable yawing system is obtained, which can be produced in a cost effective manner.
Pri. Date 20061103 App. Date 20071031 Pub. Date 20100506

App. No. 20100111693 Assignee


Title Wind turbine damping of tower resonant motion and symmetric blade motion using estimation
methods
Abstract A method for wind turbine tower load control includes controlling the pitch of the rotor blades in a
conventional manner by a collective command component. An estimator estimates the tower
resonant acceleration and the thrice-per-revolution blade imbalance acceleration. Combining
logic, connected to the estimated resonant acceleration and to the estimated thrice-per-revolution
(3P) acceleration provides a combined pitch modulation to damp the tower resonant motion and
the thrice-per-revolution motion using collective modulation. The pitch modulation is combined
with the collective command component to drive the pitch actuators.
Pri. Date 20090916 App. Date 20070618 Pub. Date 20100506

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 31


F03D 07/02

App. No. 20100119369 Assignee


Title Control of rotor during a stop process of a wind turbine
Abstract A method for controlling a wind turbine rotor during a stop process by pitching the rotor blades
fast, e.g. with an angular rate of 10-15xb0;/s to a no-thrust position, after which the rotor blades
are pitched to maintain the no-thrust or a thrust against the direction of the pendulum movement of
the tower for a while to prevent the aerodynamic thrust from aggravating the pendulum movement
of the tower. With this control strategy, the bending moments of the tower root are minimized,
leading to avoidance of wind turbine tower failure, to prolongation of the life time for a wind turbine
tower and the possibility of erecting wind turbine towers of less reinforcement at the tower root.
Pri. Date 20070714 App. Date 20100114 Pub. Date 20100513

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 32


F03D 07/04

Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100119370 page 28 20100119370 page 28 20100127504 page 19
20100127505 page 13

F03D 07/04: Wind motors Ü Controlling wind motors Ü the wind motors
having rotation axis substantially in wind direction Ü Regulation, i.e.
controlling automatically
App. No. 20100111668 Assignee
Title Ultra high power density wind turbine system
Abstract An ultra-high power density wind turbine system for producing energy from a wind including a
structure having a shape adapted to produce a positive wind pressure on a high-pressure portion
of a surface that faces into the wind and to produce a vacuum on two low pressure portions of its
surface and one or more shrouded wind turbine systems mounted in the structure and comprising
turbine stator vanes, turbine rotor blades and a turbine discharge duct adapted to channel turbine
exhaust to exit the structure at the two low-pressure portions of the structure surface. In preferred
embodiments the structure is a vertical tower that is generally cylindrical and the turbine is a
horizontal axis axial flow shrouded wind turbine.
Pri. Date 20080623 App. Date 20081104 Pub. Date 20100506

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 33


F03D 07/04

App. No. 20100129215 Assignee


Title System for providing dynamic pitch control in a wind turbine
Abstract A system for providing dynamic pitch control in a wind turbine. In accordance with an embodiment,
the dynamic pitch control uses a starting spring to pitch the blades of the wind turbine into a
starting position that is suited for very low wind speeds. The pitch control then automatically
pitches the blades into a run position as the rotation speed increases, using a combination of a
rotational mass and a restraining spring. This allows the turbine to be started, and to generate
power, at a much lower starting wind speed yet still operate at optimal speeds in its typical running
range. In accordance with an embodiment, as the wind speed further increases beyond an
overspeed limit, the rotational mass overcomes its restraining spring, and automatically pitches
the blades back toward and beyond their start position, reducing the likelihood of damage to the
turbine caused by high rotation speeds.
Pri. Date 20081121 App. Date 20091120 Pub. Date 20100527

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 34


F03D 09/00

F03D 07/06: Wind motors Ü Controlling wind motors Ü the wind motors
having rotation axis substantially at right angle to wind direction
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100129193 page 12

F03D 09/00: Wind motors Ü Adaptations of wind motors for special use
App. No. 20100107633 Assignee
Title Solar and wind hybrid powered air-conditioning/refrigeration, space-heating, hot water supply and
electricity generation system
Abstract A system for environmental control includes a hybrid wind and solar energy collection subsystem;
a temperature control subsystem having a thermo-mechanical engine; an electrical generating
subsystem; a sensor for detecting an environmental condition; and a controller for receiving
information representing an environmental condition from the sensor. The controller is
programmed to detect a change in an environmental condition, and in response to the change,
to selectively connect the hybrid wind and solar energy collection subsystem to one of the
temperature control subsystem and the electrical generating subsystem and to selectively
disconnect the hybrid wind and solar energy collection subsystem from the other of the
temperature control subsystem and the electrical generating subsystem.
Pri. Date 20070703 App. Date 20100108 Pub. Date 20100506

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 35


F03D 09/00

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 36


F03D 09/00

App. No. 20100109333 Assignee


Title Protection arrangement for a wind turbine
Abstract A protection arrangement for a wind turbine including a tower, a machine nacelle having a yaw
drive and a mounting hole into which an upper end of the tower extends, and a rotor having at
least one rotor blade and a hub is provided. The protection arrangement includes a drip pan
having a rim surrounding the mounting hole and adapted to collect grease from an interior of the
machine nacelle and a flexible collar adapted to fit around the upper end of the tower and having
an outer diameter being larger than the diameter of the mounting hole of the machine nacelle.
The flexible collar is adapted to pass through the mounting hole into the interior of the machine
nacelle.
Pri. Date 20070220 App. Date 20081030 Pub. Date 20100506

App. No. 20100109334 Assignee GE WIND ENERGY GMBH


Title Wind turbine fluid filtering system
Abstract A wind turbine power generation system is disclosed that includes a backflushing filter system.
The backflushing filter system may be include a backflushing filter in fluid communication with in
any one of the hydraulic pumping system, a gearbox oil circuit, a mainbearing oil circuit, a brake
oil circuit, and combinations thereof. The backflushing filter system further includes a containing
filter for removing particulate contamination from the backflushing filter system.
Pri. Date 20070220 App. Date 20081106 Pub. Date 20100506

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 37


F03D 09/00

App. No. 20100109335 Assignee


Title Aerogenerator having rotation support unit for facilitating rotation of roational body
Abstract Disclosed herein is an aerogenerator having a rotation support unit for facilitating rotation of a
rotational body. The aerogenerator includes a support pillar, a rotational body, vanes, a rotating
force transmission unit, a generating unit and a rotation support unit. The support pillar has a
hollow space therein and has a support extension on the upper end thereof. The rotational body is
provided on the upper end of the support pillar so as to be rotatable using the rotation support unit.
The vanes are provided on opposite ends of the rotational body. The rotating force transmission
unit transmits rotating force of the vanes to the generating unit. In the present invention, the
rotation support unit comprises a rotating plate which is provided between the rotational body and
the support pillar, and first rollers which are provided in the rotating plate and are in contact with
the rotational body and the support extension. The rotation support unit further comprises second
rollers which are provided under the rotating plate and are in contact with the inner surface of the
hollow space of the support pillar. Therefore, the rotational body can easily rotate on the upper
end of the support pillar by the first rollers, and the rotational plate can be prevented from being
separated from the upper end of the support pillar by the second rollers.
Pri. Date 20081105 App. Date 20081120 Pub. Date 20100506

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 38


F03D 09/00

App. No. 20100115951 Assignee LM GLASFIBER A/S


Title Design of a group of wind power plants
Abstract The present invention relates to a group of wind power plants for positioning in approximately
the same wind climate, comprising at least a first and at least a second wind power plant, where
the first wind power plant exhibits maximised power output within a first interval of wind speeds,
and the second wind power plant is designed to exhibit maximised power output within a second
interval of wind speeds which is different from and starting from lower wind speeds than the first
wind speed interval to the effect that the total power output of the group of wind power plants
is increased at lower wind speeds. Moreover, the invention relates to a method of designing
a group of wind power plants in accordance with the above. This can be accomplished eg by
designing the supplementary wind power plant(s) with a larger rotor area and with a lower cut-
out wind speed or, alternatively, by using a wind power plant without power-regulating means.
Hereby it is accomplished that the power production of the group becomes more uniform and not
so dependent on the current wind speed. The smaller power output from the supplementary wind
power plants is completely or partially balanced by, on the one hand, the lower production and
operating costs of the turbine and, on the other, the higher price on electricity.
Pri. Date 20070427 App. Date 20080422 Pub. Date 20100513

App. No. 20100117362 Assignee Rolic Invest S.AR.L.


Title Wind power turbine
Abstract A wind power turbine having a pylon; a nacelle; an electric generator fitted to the nacelle to
produce electric energy; a frequency converter housed inside the pylon; and a cooling system for
cooling the frequency converter, and which has an open-loop circuit provided with a conduit, and
at least one cooling fin thermally connected to the frequency converter and housed in the conduit.
Pri. Date 20081112 App. Date 20091111 Pub. Date 20100513

App. No. 20100117368 Assignee


Title Drive train supporting structure for a wind turbine
Abstract A drive train supporting arrangement for a wind turbine including a drive train is provided. The
drive train supporting arrangement includes a hinge connection means adapted for pivotably
supporting the drive train, a self-supporting structure adapted for supporting the hinge connection
means and a lattice structure adapted for supporting a counterweight-damper mass. The
counterweight-damper mass is connected to and acts on the drive train.
Pri. Date 20070327 App. Date 20081107 Pub. Date 20100513

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 39


F03D 09/00

App. No. 20100117370 Assignee


Title Power recycler using a stationary by-product wind source
Abstract According to exemplary embodiment, a power recycler device is provided for a stationary machine
producing and expelling a byproduct wind source into an environment. The device includes a
chassis configured to mount to or around the stationary machine. The device includes a turbine
assembly supported by the chassis. The turbine assembly includes a plurality of turbine blades
configured to be positioned perpendicular and adjacent to the expelled byproduct wind source.
The turbine assembly is configured to harness the expelled byproduct wind source to create
power.
Pri. Date 20070327 App. Date 20091113 Pub. Date 20100513

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 40


F03D 09/00

App. No. 20100117372 Assignee


Title Hybrid wind turbine
Abstract A thermal energy system comprises a primary thermal energy system, a solar thermal energy
system, a burner, and a heat recovery system. The solar thermal energy system comprises a
pipe for absorbing heat from solar rays. The burner is arranged such that the pipe of the solar
thermal energy system is capable of absorbing heat from the burner. The heat recovery system
uses thermal energy from at least one of the primary and solar thermal energy sources.
Pri. Date 20070330 App. Date 20091110 Pub. Date 20100513

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 41


F03D 09/00

App. No. 20100123314 Assignee General Electric Wind Energy GmbH


Title Protection system for wind turbine
Abstract A braking system for a wind turbine is provided, and the wind turbine includes a rotor having at
least one blade. A generator includes a plurality of stator windings having a plurality of phases.
The braking system includes a plurality of resistors, and at least one switch connected between
the stator windings and the resistors. The switch can be configured to connect the stator windings
to each other via the resistors, for the effect of slowing down or stopping the rotor of the wind
turbine.
Pri. Date 20081120 App. Date 20081117 Pub. Date 20100520

App. No. 20100127497 Assignee


Title Wind turbine generator system
Abstract The wind turbine generator system utilizes environmental wind to produce electricity through wind-
driven rotation of a turbine generator. The system includes a housing having upper and lower
portions and a main open cover mounted thereon. The main open cover is configured to direct
wind through an opening formed through the upper portion and into an interior thereof. A main
turbine is rotatably mounted within the upper portion, with the environmental wind directed by
the main open cover driving rotation thereof. The main turbine has a central aperture formed
therethrough, with rotation of the main turbine driving air flow downwardly therethrough. A
secondary turbine is rotatably mounted in the lower portion of the housing, with the secondary
turbine being driven to rotate by the downwardly driven air generated by the main turbine. The
secondary turbine partially drives rotation of the main turbine. An electrical generator is linked to
the main turbine.
Pri. Date 20081126 App. Date 20091123 Pub. Date 20100527

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 42


F03D 09/00

App. No. 20100127502 Assignee


Title Wind turbine generator system
Abstract Provided is a wind turbine generator system that can cool a nacelle interior by ventilation
irrespective of the outside air temperature in various installation environments. In a wind turbine
generator system in which equipment of drive and electricity generation mechanisms that are
coupled to a rotor head provided with wind turbine blades is disposed inside a nacelle, and in
which, by driving a ventilation fan provided in the nacelle, outside air introduced from an air inlet
provided in a front face of the nacelle is exhausted outside the nacelle from an air outlet that
communicates with a fan outlet, to perform ventilation cooling of the interior, a side air inlet is
additionally provided in a side face of the nacelle at a position where a negative pressure is
generated by air flowing outside the nacelle.
Pri. Date 20080728 App. Date 20081030 Pub. Date 20100527

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 43


F03D 11/00

App. No. 20100127582 Assignee HIFUNDA, LLC


Title Method and device for energy generation
Abstract A method and device for using magnetostriction to generate electricity from fluid motion. The
device includes a first structural component, an outer housing, and a strain structure. The outer
housing substantially circumscribes the first structural component and at least partially defines an
annular space between the first structural component and the outer housing. The strain structure
is coupled within the annular space between the first structural component and the outer housing.
The strain structure experiences a change in physical strain imposed by a bearing in response to
a relative movement between the bearing and the strain structure. The strain structure includes a
magnetostrictive material to generate a magnetic field in response to the change in the physical
strain.
Pri. Date 20081124 App. Date 20091113 Pub. Date 20100527

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20100107621 page 18 20100109338 page 11 20100116684 page 8
20100117363 page 24 20100117371 page 25 20100119370 page 28
20100119370 page 28 20100126086 page 10 20100126374 page 8
20100127503 page 6 20100127504 page 19 20100127505 page 13
20100129162 page 10 20100129219 page 15

F03D 11/00: Wind motors Ü Details, component parts, or accessories


not provided for in, or of interest apart from, the other groups of this
subclass
App. No. 20100124474 Assignee General Electric Company
Title Barrel nut
Abstract A barrel nut is provided having an internal female threaded portion adapted to engage a male
threaded portion of a fastener. The barrel nut includes a bearing surface and a top surface
opposed to the bearing surface. A sidewall surface is interposed substantially between the bearing
surface and the top surface. The sidewall surface has a profile shaped so as to reduce the material
used in fabricating the barrel nut.
Pri. Date 20081120 App. Date 20081118 Pub. Date 20100520

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 44


F03D 11/00

App. No. 20100129216 Assignee General Electric Company


Title Spinner-less hub access and lifting system for a wind turbine
Abstract A simple and safe means is provided to gain entry into the rotor hub of a wind turbine for
maintenance operations within the hub. A ladder-like structure is mounted onto the rotor hub
using the same bolts attaching a fixed outer race of the pitch bearing for the rotor blades. The
ladder-like structure has integral with it a protective cage to the front, forming a basket. Structural
elements for grasping are provided to a worker over the full path traversed from the nacelle to the
entry hatch of the hub. An expanded area between rungs may be provided to facilitate entry by a
service worker into the safety cage area. Lifting ears made also be formed with tubular sections
integrated into the ladder-like structure.
Pri. Date 20081121 App. Date 20081121 Pub. Date 20100527

May 2010 USPTO Patent Applications - Wind Energy 45


F03D 11/02

App. No. 20100129223 Assignee


Title Bearing device and wind turbine having said bearing device
Abstract A bearing device for a main shaft of a wind turbine includes a fixed hollow-cylindrical portion
adapted for being mounted at a machine nacelle of the wind turbine. An inner diameter of
the hollow-cylindrical portion is larger than the outer diameter of the main shaft such that a
cavity is formed therebetween when the main shaft is inserted into the hollow-cylindrical portion.
Furthermore a fitting provides a lubricating fluid to the cavity between the fixed hollow-cylindrical
portion and the main shaft.
Pri. Date 20070424 App. Date 20081121 Pub. Date 20100527

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20100119374 page 19 20100124497 page 5 20100124507 page 5
20100127497 page 41 20100127502 page 42 20100127503 page 6
20100129193 page 12 20100129229 page 4

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F03D 11/04

F03D 11/02: Wind motors Ü Details, component parts, or accessories


not provided for in, or of interest apart from, the other groups of this
subclass Ü Transmission of power, e.g. using hollow exhausting blades
App. No. 20100129222 Assignee
Title Wind turbine drive shaft connection arrangement
Abstract A connection arrangement for connecting drive shafts of a wind turbine including a rotor having
a rotor shaft and a hub, and a gearbox having a gearbox input shaft is provided. The connection
arrangement includes a first shaft connection means having a recessed portion arranged at the
rotor shaft symmetrically to the axis of the rotor shaft, a second shaft connection means having
a protruding portion arranged symmetrically to the axis of the gearbox input shaft, wherein the
protruding portion of the second shaft connection means engages with the recessed portion of the
first shaft connection means, and a fixing means for fixing the protruding portion of the first shaft
connection means at the recessed portion of the second shaft connection means. A frictionally
engaged connection is provided.
Pri. Date 20070424 App. Date 20081126 Pub. Date 20100527

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20100119370 page 28 20100119370 page 28 20100123317 page 20

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F04D 27/00

F03D 11/04: Wind motors Ü Details, component parts, or accessories


not provided for in, or of interest apart from, the other groups of this
subclass Ü Mounting structures
App. No. 20100117369 Assignee
Title Portable renewable energy box system
Abstract A small, easily transportable wind turbine system has a square rail base secured to the ground
by stakes and by its own weight. Slanted vertical legs connect a smaller square upper support
perimeter to the base. A three-section telescoping mast is attached to the base and to the upper
support. Winches and guy wires raise the second mast. As the second mast is raised, static
guy wires raise the third mast. A wind generating turbine is attached to the top of the third mast.
A controller senses the maximum output of the turbine and raises or lowers the height of the
masts such that the minimum wind speed necessary to produce the maximum electric output is
produced. The controller also feeds energy to a battery storage system and directly to a utility
panel.
Pri. Date 20070327 App. Date 20081107 Pub. Date 20100513

Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100109327 page 30 20100111693 page 30 20100117371 page 25
20100126102 page 4

F03G 06/00: Spring, weight, inertia, or like motors Ü Devices for producing
mechanical power from solar energy
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100117372 page 40

F03G 06/06: Spring, weight, inertia, or like motors Ü Devices for producing
mechanical power from solar energy Ü with solar energy concentrating
means
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100107633 page 34

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F16D 01/12

F04D 25/04: Non-positive-displacement pumps Ü Pumping installations


or systems specially adapted for elastic fluids Ü Units comprising pumps
and their driving means Ü the pump being fluid-driven
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100107621 page 18

F04D 27/00: Non-positive-displacement pumps Ü Control, e.g. regulation,


of pumps, pumping nstallations or pumping systems specially adapted
for elastic fluids
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100107633 page 34 20100107633 page 34

F04D 29/00:
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100107633 page 34

F04D 29/34: Non-positive-displacement pumps Ü Details, component


parts, or accessories Ü Rotors specially adapted for elastic fluids Ü
for axial-flow pumps Ü Blade mountings
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100124474 page 43

F15D 01/08: Fluid dynamics, i.e. methods or means for influencing the
flow of gases or liquids Ü Influencing the flow of fluids Ü of jets leaving
an orifice
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100129193 page 12

F16B 37/00: Devices for fastening or securing constructional elements


or machine parts together, e.g. nails, bolts, circlips, clamps, clipsor
wedges Ü Nuts or like thread-engaging members
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100124474 page 43

F16C 32/06: shafts Ü Bearings not otherwise provided for Ü with moving
member supported by a fluid cushion formed, at least to a large extent,
otherwise than by movement of the shaft, e.g. hydrostatic air-cushion
bearings
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100129223 page 45

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H02J 07/35

F16D 01/033: Couplings for transmitting rotation Ü Couplings for rigidly


connecting two coaxial shafts or other movable machine elements Ü
for connecting two abutting shafts or the like Ü by clamping together
two faces perpendicular to the axis of rotation, e.g. with bolted flanges
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100129222 page 46

F16D 01/12: Couplings for transmitting rotation Ü Couplings for rigidly


connecting two coaxial shafts or other movable machine elements Ü
allowing adjustment of the parts about the axis
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100129222 page 46

F24J 02/42: Production or use of heat not otherwise provided for Ü


Use of solar heat, e.g. solar heat collectors Ü Solar heat systems not
otherwise provided for
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100117372 page 40

F25B 09/14: Refrigeration machines, plants, or systems Ü Compression


machines, plant, or systems, in which the refrigerant is air or other gas
of low boiling point Ü characterised by the cycle used, e.g. Stirling
cycle
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100107633 page 34

F25B 13/00: Refrigeration machines, plants, or systems Ü Compression


machines, plant, or systems, with reversible cycle
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100107633 page 34

H01L 31/042: Semiconductor devices Ü Semiconductor devices sensitive


to infra-red radiation, light, electromagnetic radiation of shorter wavelength,
or corpuscular radiation and specially adapted either for the conversion
of the energy of such radiation into electrical energy or for the control
of electrical energy by such radiation Ü adapted as conversion devices
Ü including a panel or array of photoelectric cells, e.g. solar cells
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100109338 page 11

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H02N 02/18

H02J 07/14: Circuit arrangements or systems for supplying or distributing


electric power Ü Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries
or for supplying loads from batteries Ü for charging batteries from
dynamo-electric generators driven at varying speed, e.g. on vehicle
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100127505 page 13

H02J 07/35: Circuit arrangements or systems for supplying or distributing


electric power Ü Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries
or for supplying loads from batteries Ü Parallel operation in networks
using both storage and other dc sources, e.g. providing buffering Ü
with light sensitive cells
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100127505 page 13

H02K 01/18: dynamo-electric machines Ü Details of the magnetic circuit


Ü characterised by the shape, form, or construction Ü Stationary parts
of the magnetic circuit Ü Means for mounting or fastening magnetic
stationary parts on to, or to, the stator structures
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100123318 page 14

H02K 05/04: dynamo-electric machines Ü Casings Ü Casings or enclosures


characterised by the shape, form, or construction thereof
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100127503 page 6

H02K 07/09: dynamo-electric machines Ü Arrangements for handling


mechanical energy structurally associated with the machine, e.g. structural
association with mechanical driving motor or auxiliary dynamo-electric
machine Ü Structural association with bearings Ü with magnetic bearings
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100126374 page 8

H02K 07/18: dynamo-electric machines Ü Arrangements for handling


mechanical energy structurally associated with the machine, e.g. structural
association with mechanical driving motor or auxiliary dynamo-electric
machine Ü Structural association of electric generator with mechanical
driving motor, e.g. turbine
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100109338 page 11 20100117363 page 24

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H02P 09/04

H02K 41/02: dynamo-electric machines Ü Propulsion systems in which


a rigid body is moved along a path due to dynamo-electric interaction
between the body and a magnetic field travelling along the path Ü
Linear motors
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100126374 page 8

H02N 02/18: Electric machines not otherwise provided for Ü Electric


machines in general using piezo-electric effect, electrostriction or magnetostrict
Ü producing electrical output from mechanical input, e.g. generators
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100127582 page 43

H02P 03/22: Control or regulation of electric motors, generators, or


dynamo-electric converters Ü Arrangements for stopping or slowing
electric motors, generators, or dynamo-electric converters Ü for stopping
or slowing an individual dynamo-electric motor or dynamo-electric converter
Ü for stopping or slowing an ac motor Ü by short-circuit or resistive
braking
Patent applications also belong to this classification and have been already shown:
20100123314 page 41

H02P 09/04: Control or regulation of electric motors, generators, or


dynamo-electric converters Ü Arrangements for controlling electric generators
for the purpose of obtaining a desired output Ü Control effected upon
non-electric prime mover and dependent upon electric output value of
the generator

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Patent Index

Patent Index
Patent Application Page Patent Application Page Patent Application Page
20100107621 18 20100107633 34 20100109327 30
20100109333 36 20100109334 36 20100109335 37
20100109336 20 20100109337 21 20100109338 11
20100111668 32 20100111689 22 20100111693 30
20100111694 23 20100111697 14 20100115951 38
20100116684 8 20100117361 27 20100117362 38
20100117363 24 20100117368 38 20100117369 47
20100117370 39 20100117371 25 20100117372 40
20100119361 17 20100119369 31 20100119370 28
20100119374 19 20100122857 7 20100123314 41
20100123317 20 20100123318 14 20100124474 43
20100124497 5 20100124498 28 20100124506 19
20100124507 5 20100126086 10 20100126102 4
20100126374 8 20100127497 41 20100127502 42
20100127503 6 20100127504 19 20100127505 13
20100127582 43 20100129162 10 20100129193 12
20100129215 33 20100129216 44 20100129218 24
20100129219 15 20100129220 29 20100129222 46
20100129223 45 20100129229 4

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IPC Catchword Index

IPC Catchword Index

Catch Word IPC Page


ACCIDENTS preventing ACCIDENTS in road traffic B60 6
AIR cushion(s) bearings F16C 32/06 48
ASSEMBLING of metal parts to other metal parts B23P 11/00 5
BEACONS building aspects of BEACONS E04H 12/00 11
BUILDING(S) E04 10
BULKHEADS for foundation engineering E02D 05/00 10
CASTING concrete foundation piles in situ E02D 05/00 10
CLAMP(S) for connecting building element E04B 01/38 10
COLLAR(S) pressing sleeves or COLLAR(S) on to shafts or like members B23P 11/00 5
COLLET(S) F16 48
COOLING in general F25 49
CRYOGENICS F25 49
CUTTING shaping by flame CUTTING B23 4
DRILLING [drills] DRILLING plastics or substances in a plastic state in general B23 4
ELECTRICITY distribution of ELECTRICITY H02 49
ELECTRO-CHEMICAL processes or apparatus in general C25 9
ELECTROLYSIS C25 9
ELECTROLYSIS of water C25B 01/04 9
END-CAPS for rods or tubes B23P 11/00 5
ENGINEERING elements or units F16 48
ERECTING of towers, masts, or poles E04H 12/00 11
FURLING sails B63 8
GENERATION of electricity H02 49
GREENHOUSES building features of GREENHOUSES E04 10
HEATING F24 49
HYDRAULIC(S) in general F15 48
HYDROSTATIC bearings F16C 32/06 48
IGNITING engine ignition F02 11
JET(S) fluid dynamics of JET(S) F15D 01/08 48
JOINTS for building structures E04B 01/38 10
LIFTING raising or LIFTING water F04 47
LIGHTHOUSES building aspects of LIGHTHOUSES E04H 12/00 11
LINEAR electric LINEAR motors H02K 41/02 51
LINK(S) making or repairing LINK(S) of chains B21 4
MACHINE(S) tools B21 4
MASTS as buildings structures E04H 12/00 11
MECHANISMS in general F16 48
METAL(S) electrolytic processes C25 9
METAL(S) machining operations on METAL(S), or mechanical treatment of B21 4
METAL(S) (working METAL(S))
METAL(S) making METAL(S) articles B21 4
NORIAS F04 47
NOZZLES fluid dynamics of NOZZLES F15D 01/08 48
NUT(S) self cutting NUT(S) F16B 37/00 48

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Catch Word IPC Page


ORIFICES fluid dynamics of ORIFICES F15D 01/08 48
PERPETUA MOBILIA alleged hydraulic PERPETUA MOBILIA F03B 17/04 13
PILE(S) for foundation engineering E02D 05/00 10
PLUGS for connecting building elements E04B 01/38 10
PNEUMATIC(S) F15 48
POLES fixed in ground or the like E04H 12/00 11
POSTS E04H 12/00 11
PRESS(ES) making PRESS(ES) fit connections B23P 11/00 5
PYLONS E04H 12/00 11
RANGE(S) electric RANGE(S) F24 49
RAREFYING [of gases] pumps for RAREFYING F04 47
REFRIGERATION F25 49
REPAIRING of metal parts or objects B23P 06/00 4
ROLLING metal B21 4
SHAFT(S) pressing sleeves or collars on to SHAFT(S) B23P 11/00 5
SLEEVE(S) pressing metal SLEEVE(S) on to shafts B23P 11/00 5
SLUDGE pumps for SLUDGE F04 47
SOLAR panel of photoelectric cells H01L 31/042 49
SOLAR using SOLAR energy F03G 06/00 47
SPIRES E04H 12/00 11
STEEPLES E04H 12/00 11
STOVES F24 49
SUPERCHARGING of internal-combustion engines F02 11
TIE(S) -rods as building connections E04B 01/38 10
TOWER(S) building aspects of TOWER(S) E04H 12/00 11
TRAVELLING-WAVE motors H02K 41/02 51
TURBINES structurally associated with electric machines H02K 07/18 50
VEHICLES B60 6
VEHICLES body details of VEHICLES B60 6
VEHICLES ships and other waterborne vessels B63 8
WATER electrolysis of WATER C25B 01/04 9
WORKING any substance by process applicable to metal B21 4
WORKING metal B21 4

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