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Remote Generator Control    

A portable electric power generator is started and stopped by a wireless or hardwired remote control and includes a warning for persons near the generator when the generator engine is going to start.

Overview

A portable electric power generator is started and stopped by a wireless or hardwired remote control and includes a warning for persons near the generator when the generator engine is going to start. The product helps to save fuel costs and protects the environment from air and noise pollution when portable electric generators are not needed to produce power but are left to idle in standby mode.

Problem

Gasoline and diesel fueled portable electric generators are very common in the construction industry and in camping/recreation scenarios. The major problems with the use of such generators is the significant air pollution produced by small internal combustion engines, the nuisance noise emitted, and high cost of operating idling generators in the view of high fuel costs.

These portable power units are often positioned remotely from the location where power is needed to minimize the noise issues close to people. Due to their remote location, such portable power units are often left to idle for extended periods even when power is not required since it is inconvenient to walk to the remotely located generator to turn off and on the engine. Contractors lose valuable man-hours by having workers walk back and forth to turn generators on and off when power is not needed for periods of time, so the generators are left to idle in a standby mode, wasting fuel and creating noise and exhaust emissions

Technology

This technology solves the problems associate with portable power generation through the use of wireless or hardwired remote control for the generators engine. The remote control unit starts and stops the engine of the generator with the push of a button as well as controlling the choke setting of the engine for cold start conditions. Any number of remote control units may control the generator, which is useful on a construction site employing multiple workers.

When remotely activating any machinery, it is important to warn any persons within the vicinity that the machinery is about to activate. When the start command is issued to the remotely located generator, an audible warning is issued prior to starting the engine. The audible warning could be one or both of a tone or a recorded verbal warning indicating that the generator is about to start. This safety feature prevents risk of injury should someone be servicing or moving the remotely located generator when a start command is issued.

By safely remotely controlling a portable electric generator, the environmental pollution from the engine can be greatly reduced, the noise pollution can be greatly reduced, and cost savings in reduced fuel usage can be realized.

Patent Summary

U.S. Patent Classes & Classifications Covered in this listing:

Class 290: Prime-Mover Dynamo Plants

Production and transmission of electric power and does not include any specific use to which the power is put.

Subclass 40C: Control in response to generator and prime mover conditions

Class 123: Internal-Combustion Engines

Inventions relating to prime movers or engines in which a combustible material is burned within an inc losed space or chamber and the heat energy thus developed converted into work by permitting the resulting products of combustion to act upon and through mechanical powers, the engine in question including suitable mechanism whereby the functions above enumerated are continually and automatically carried out, and such engine being designed to communicate power to some machine or device exterior to itself. This class also includes separate parts of engines coming within the above definition and also subordinate elements designed for use with such engines, and incapable of use in the manner contemplated with other devices or in other relations.

Subclass 179.2: Remote control

Class 180: Motor Vehicles

The propulsion of land vehicles by a motor carried on the vehicle and to the following subject matter, which may be considered as incidental to such propulsion: 1. The mounting of a motor on a land vehicle. 2. Transmission mechanism in connection with specific vehicle structure. 3. Power steering-gear for land vehicles. 4. Power means for raising a frame or body relative to a wheel or wheels. 5. Devices not of general application for utilizing the power of the power plant of a land vehicle to drive other machines. 6. Controlling devices in connection with land vehicle structure. 7. Gyroscopes in connection with land vehicle structure. 8. Safety devices involving a feature limited to use on motor vehicles. 9. Motor Vehicles provided with wheel substitutes.

Subclass 167: WITH MEANS FOR CONTROLLING OPERATION RESPONSIVE TO ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION, MAGNETIC FORCE, OR SOUND WAVES RECEIVED FROM SOURCE, OR REFLECTED FROM OBJECT OR SURFACE, LOCATED APART FROM VEHICLE