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Self-powered cold temperature flat panel displays and method of making same

Imported: 23 Feb '17 | Published: 22 Oct '02

Fee Chan Leung, Louis P. Jarvis

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A self-powered cold temperature capable flat panel display is provided to use a heat byproduct from a group of PEM fuel cells to warm the flat panel display of a laptop computer. The self-powered cold temperature capable flat panel display system comprises a flat panel display, a PEM fuel cell assembly, a means for separating the display from the PEM fuel cell assembly and a hydrogen fuel source. A slot is located below the panel and the PEM fuel cell assembly is sufficiently thin to provide adequate space in the slot for the insertion of both the separation means and the PEM fuel cell assembly. Other embodiments include a cold temperature display system and an all-climate panel display and a method for warming a panel display.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the self-powered cold temperature capable flat panel display of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the self-powered cold temperature capable flat panel display of the present invention showing a PEM fuel cell assembly removed from the slot.

FIG. 3 is a cutaway side view of the self-powered cold temperature capable flat panel display of the present invention.

Claims

1. An all-climate panel display system, comprising:

2. The all-climate panel display system, as recited in claim 1, further comprising said slot having a given height.

3. The all-climate panel display system, as recited in claim 2, further comprising forming a PEM fuel cell assembly by stacking said plurality of PEM fuel cells sideways.

4. The all-climate panel display system, as recited in claim 3, further comprising:

5. The all-climate panel display system, as recited in claim 4, further comprising said separation means functioning as an insulator against excessive heat in warm temperatures.

6. The all-climate panel display system, as recited in claim 4, further comprising said separation means functions as a heat absorber in cold temperatures.

7. The all-climate panel display system, as recited in claim 6, further comprising said separation means being removable from said slot.

8. The all-climate panel display system, as recited in claim 7, further comprising said system operates said display in cold temperatures between about −20 C.° to 0 C.°.

9. The all-climate panel display system, as recited in claim 8, further comprising said display operates in warm temperatures of about 50 C.°.

10. The all-climate panel display system, as recited in claim 9, further comprising said system operates said display in a temperature range between about −20 C.° to about 50 C.°.

11. The all-climate panel display system, as recited in claim 10, further comprising said system operates said display in a temperature range between −20 C.° to 50 C.°.

12. The all-climate panel display system, as recited in claim 11, further comprising said separation means is composed of a heat insulating material.

13. The all-climate panel display system, as recited in claim 12, further comprising said separation means is composed of a ceramic polymer.

14. The all-climate panel display system, as recited in claim 4, further comprising said circulation means is disposed within said slot in proximity to said PEM fuel cell assembly.

15. The all-climate panel display system, as recited in claim 4, further comprising said circulation means is a fan.

16. A cold-temperature panel display apparatus, comprising:

17. The cold-temperature panel display apparatus, as recited in claim 16, further comprising said slot having a given height.

18. The cold-temperature panel display apparatus, as recited in claim 17, further comprising forming a PEM fuel cell assembly by stacking said plurality of PEM fuel cells sideways.

19. The cold-temperature panel display apparatus, as recited in claim 18, further comprising:

20. The cold-temperature panel display apparatus, as recited in claim 19, further comprising said separation means functioning as an insulator against excessive heat in warm temperatures.

21. The cold-temperature panel display apparatus, as recited in claim 19, further comprising said separation means functions as a heat absorber in cold temperatures.

22. The cold-temperature panel display apparatus, as recited in claim 21, further comprising said separation means being removable from said slot.

23. The cold-temperature panel display apparatus, as recited in claim 22, further comprising said display operates in cold temperatures between about −20 C.° to 0 C.°.

24. The cold-temperature panel display apparatus, as recited in claim 23, further comprising said display operates in a warm temperatures of about 50 C.°.

25. The cold-temperature panel display apparatus, as recited in claim 24, further comprising said system operates said display in a temperature range between about −20 C.° to about 50 C.°.

26. The cold-temperature panel display apparatus, as recited in claim 25, further comprising said system operates said display in a temperature rage between −20 C.° to 50 C.°.

27. The cold-temperature panel display apparatus, as recited in claim 26, further comprising said separation means is composed of a heat insulating material.

28. The cold-temperature panel display apparatus, as recited in claim 27, further comprising said separation means is composed of a ceramic polymer.

29. The cold-temperature panel display apparatus, as recited in claim 19, further comprising said circulation means is disposed within said slot in proximity to said PEM fuel cell assembly.

30. The cold-temperature panel display apparatus, as recited in claim 19, further comprising said circulation means is a fan.

31. A cold-temperature panel display system, comprising:

32. The cold-temperature panel display system, as recited in claim 31, further comprising said plurality of PEM fuel cells being stacked sideways to form a PEM fuel cell assembly.

33. The cold-temperature panel display system, as recited in claim 32, further comprising:

34. The cold-temperature panel display system, as recited in claim 33, further comprising said separation means functions as a heat absorber in cold temperatures.

35. The cold-temperature panel display system, as recited in claim 34, further comprising said display operates in a warm temperatures of about 50 C.°.

36. The cold-temperature panel display system, as recited in claim 35, further comprising said display operates in a temperature range between about −20 C.° to about 50 C.°.

37. The cold-temperature panel display system, as recited in claim 36, further comprising further comprising said display operates in a temperature range between −20 C.° to 50 C.°.

38. The cold-temperature panel display system, as recited in claim 37, further comprising said separation panel is composed of a heat insulating material.

39. The cold-temperature panel display system, as recited in claim 38, further comprising said separation panel is composed of a ceramic polymer.

40. The cold-temperature panel display system, as recited in claim 38, further comprising said separation panel is composed of fiberglass and a fiberglass polymer.

41. The cold-temperature panel display system, as recited in claim 38, further comprising said separation panel is composed of a circulating fluid.

42. The cold-temperature panel display system, as recited in claim 41, further comprising said circulating fluid is water.

43. The cold-temperature panel display system, as recited in claim 38, further comprising said circulation means is disposed within said slot in proximity to said PEM fuel cell assembly.

44. The cold-temperature panel display system, as recited in claim 38, further comprising said circulation means is part of said PEM fuel cell assembly.

45. The cold-temperature panel display system, as recited in claim 43, further comprising said circulation means is a fan.

46. A method of warming a panel display, comprising the steps of:

47. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 46, further comprising the step of forming a PEM fuel cell assembly from said plurality of PEM fuel cells.

48. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 47, further comprising the step of stacking said group of flat PEM fuel cells sideways within said slot.

49. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 48, further comprising the step of forming said slot with a given height.

50. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 49, further comprising the step of forming said PEM fuel cell assembly with a lesser height than said given height.

51. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 50, further comprising the step of the step of circulating air within said slot.

52. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 51, further comprising the step of circulating air in proximity to said PEM fuel cell assembly.

53. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 52, further comprising the step of circulating air with a means for circulation.

54. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 53, further comprising the step of stacking said PEM fuel cell assembly and said separation means within said slot.

55. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 54, further comprising the step of insulating said flat panel display against excessive heat in warm temperatures with said separation means.

56. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 54, further comprising the step of absorbing heat with said separation means in cold temperatures.

57. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 55, further comprising the step of removing said separation means from said slot.

58. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 56, further comprising the step of operating said display in cold temperatures between about −20 C.° to 0 C.°.

59. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 58, further comprising the step of operating said display in warm temperatures of about 50 C.°.

60. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 59, further comprising the step of operating said flat panel display in a temperature range between about −20 C.° to about 50 C.°.

61. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 60, further comprising the step of operating said flat panel display in a temperature range between −20 C.° to 50 C.°.

62. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 61, further comprising the step of placing said circulation means within said slot in proximity to said PEM fuel cell assembly.

63. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 62, further comprising the step of incorporating said circulation means in said PEM fuel cell assembly.

64. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 63, wherein said circulation means is a fan.

65. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 64, further comprising said separation panel is composed of a heat insulating material.

66. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 65, further comprising said heat insulating material is a ceramic polymer.

67. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 65, further comprising said heat insulating material is a fiberglass and a fiberglass polymer.

68. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 65, further comprising said separation panel is composed of a circulating fluid.

69. The method of warming a panel display, as recited in claim 68, further comprising said circulating fluid is water.