Patents Assigned to Hydro-Quebec
  • Publication number: 20210159504
    Abstract: A copolymer including a monomer A with a molar ratio a varying between around 0.01 and around 0.20, a monomer B with a molar ratio b varying between around 0.2 and around 0.4, and a monomer C with a molar ratio c varying between around 0.50 and around 0.70, the monomer A being a hydrophilic monomer including a pendant chain of poly(ethylene oxide) (POE) with low molar weight, the monomer B being a hydrophobic monomer with a glass transition temperature (Tg) of around ?30° C. or less, the monomer C being a monomer that is more hydrophobic than the monomer Band having a glass transition temperature (Tg) of around 80° C. or more, said monomers being organised in a hydrophilic segment, a hydrophobic segment and an intermediate segment located between the hydrophilic segment and the hydrophobic segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Applicant: HYDRO-QUÉBEC
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe DAIGLE, Karim ZAGHIB
  • Publication number: 20210147299
    Abstract: This document describes processes for preparing ceramics, especially lithium-based ceramics. The ceramics produced by this process and their use in electrochemical applications are also described as well as electrode materials, electrodes, electrolyte compositions, and electrochemical cells comprising them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Applicant: HYDRO-QUÉBEC
    Inventors: Andrea PAOLELLA, Sylvio SAVOIE, Vincent GARIEPY, Wen ZHU, Abdelbast GUERFI, Karim ZAGHIB
  • Publication number: 20210147604
    Abstract: Here are described polymers comprising monomeric units from vinylimidazole derivatives and their use in electrode materials and/or electrolyte compositions, as well as their methods of preparation. Also described are electrode materials, electrodes, and electrochemical cells comprising the polymers and their use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Applicants: HYDRO-QUÉBEC, MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe DAIGLE, Charlotte MALLET, Yuichiro ASAKAWA, Melanie BEAUPRE, Shinichi UESAKA, Karim ZAGHIB
  • Publication number: 20210135312
    Abstract: An assembly module for tubular electric accumulators is disclosed. The assembly module comprises support elements made of insulating material, having arrangements of openings for receiving and holding a group of accumulators in a parallel configuration. Sheets of electrically conductive material extend on surfaces of the support elements. The sheets are welded to the respective terminals of the accumulators and form electrical contact surfaces with the accumulators. Similar assembly modules are arranged in series with complementary arrangements of fastening elements between the adjacent support elements of the modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: HYDRO-QUÉBEC
    Inventors: Samuel Lavoie, Ghislain Lambert, Karim Zaghib
  • Publication number: 20210107791
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a process for purifying raw carbon nanotubes to obtain an content in metallic impurities comprised between 5 ppm and 200 ppm. The process includes an increase in the bulk density of the raw carbon nanotubes via compacting to produce compacted carbon nanotubes. The process further includes sintering the compacted carbon nanotubes by undergoing thermal treatment under gaseous atmosphere in order to remove at least a portion of the metallic impurities contained in the raw carbon nanotubes, and consequently producing purified carbon nanotubes. These purified carbon nanotubes are directly usable as electronic conductors serving as basis additive to an electrode material without requiring any subsequent purification step. The electrode material can then be used to manufacture an electrode destined to a lithium-ion battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicants: HYDRO-QUÉBEC, Arkema France
    Inventors: Ali DARWICHE, Martin DONTIGNY, Naoyuki KONDO, Abdelbast GUERFI, Karim ZAGHIB, Julien BEAUSOLEIL, Alexander KORZHENKO
  • Publication number: 20210098771
    Abstract: A method of preparing an electrochemical electrode which is partially or totally covered with a film that is obtained by spreading an aqueous solution comprising a water-soluble binder over the electrode and subsequently drying same. The production cost of the electrodes thus obtained is reduced and the surface porosity thereof is associated with desirable resistance values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: HYDRO-QUÉBEC
    Inventors: Karim ZAGHIB, Michel ARMAND, Abdelbast GUERFI, Michel PERRIER, Elisabeth DUPUIS, Patrick CHAREST
  • Patent number: 10964948
    Abstract: A copolymer including a monomer A with a molar ratio a varying between around 0.01 and around 0.20, a monomer B with a molar ratio b varying between around 0.2 and around 0.4, and a monomer C with a molar ratio c varying between around 0.50 and around 0.70, the monomer A being a hydrophilic monomer including a pendant chain of poly(ethylene oxide) (POE) with low molar weight, the monomer B being a hydrophobic monomer with a glass transition temperature (Tg) of around ?30° C. or less, the monomer C being a monomer that is more hydrophobic than the monomer B and having a glass transition temperature (Tg) of around 80° C. or more, said monomers being organised in a hydrophilic segment, a hydrophobic segment and an intermediate segment located between the hydrophilic segment and the hydrophobic segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: HYDRO-QUÉBEC
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe Daigle, Karim Zaghib
  • Patent number: 10954351
    Abstract: An aprotic polymer/molten salt ternary mixture solvent and to a corresponding quaternary mixture additionally including an ionic conducting salt, which are prepared by mixing the constituents of the mixture. These mixtures are advantageously used in the preparation of electrochemical membranes, electrochemical systems and of electrochromic systems. Also, electrochemical and electrochromic systems obtained hereby that exhibit, in particular, excellent electrochemical properties at low temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: HYDRO-QUÉBEC
    Inventors: Karim Zaghib, Patrick Charest, Abdelbast Guerfi, Martin Dontigny, Michel Peticlerc
  • Patent number: 10944107
    Abstract: A positive-electrode material for a lithium secondary battery is provided. The material includes a lithium oxide compound or a complex oxide as reactive substance. The material also includes at least one type of carbon material, and optionally a binder. A first type of carbon material is provided as a coating on the reactive substance particles surface. A second type of carbon material is carbon black. And a third type of carbon material is a fibrous carbon material provided as a mixture of at least two types of fibrous carbon material different in fiber diameter and/or fiber length. Also, a method for preparing the material as well as lithium secondary batteries including the material is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: HYDRO-QUÉBEC
    Inventors: Karim Zaghib, Abdelbast Guerfi, Pierre Hovington, Takehiko Sawai, Shinji Saito, Kazunori Urao
  • Publication number: 20210066718
    Abstract: A positive-electrode material for a lithium secondary battery is provided. The material includes a lithium oxide compound or a complex oxide as reactive substance. The material also includes at least one type of carbon material, and optionally a binder. A first type of carbon material is provided as a coating on the reactive substance particles surface. A second type of carbon material is carbon black. And a third type of carbon material is a fibrous carbon material provided as a mixture of at least two types of fibrous carbon material different in fiber diameter and/or fiber length. Also, a method for preparing the material as well as lithium secondary batteries including the material is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicants: HYDRO-QUÉBEC, SEI Corporation
    Inventors: Karim ZAGHIB, Abdelbast GUERFI, Pierre HOVINGTON, Takehiko SAWAI, Shinji SAITO, Kazunori URAO
  • Patent number: 10921354
    Abstract: The present specification relates to a power grid electric transient detector, a method of detecting a power grid electric transient, and an electric provisioning system detecting the power grid electric load. The power grid electric transient is estimated by receiving an electric parameter for electricity received from a power grid at a consuming facility. A digital filter extracts transient of the electric parameter. A processor analyzes the transients of the electric parameter and generates a power grid performance index based on the analyzed transient of the electric parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignees: 3R VALO LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, HYDRO QUEBEC
    Inventors: Cristina Guzman, Alben Cardenas, Kodjo Mawupe Agbossou, Michaël Fournier, Éric Le Courtois
  • Patent number: 10923704
    Abstract: A method of preparing an electrochemical electrode which is partially or totally covered with a film that is obtained by spreading an aqueous solution comprising a water-soluble binder over the electrode and subsequently drying same. The production cost of the electrodes thus obtained is reduced and the surface porosity thereof is associated with desirable resistance values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: HYDRO-QUÉBEC
    Inventors: Karim Zaghib, Michel Armand, Abdelbast Guerfi, Michel Perrier, Elisabeth Dupuis, Patrick Charest
  • Publication number: 20210032403
    Abstract: Squaric acid-based polymers and their use in electrode materials and/or electrolyte compositions, as well as their production processes are described herein. Also described are electrode materials, electrodes, electrolyte compositions, electrochemical cells, electrochemical accumulators, and optoelectronic devices comprising the polymers and their uses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicants: HYDRO-QUÉBEC, MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe DAIGLE, Antoine LAFLEUR-LAMBERT, Sylviane ROCHON, Yuichiro ASAKAWA, Charlotte MALLET, Karim ZAGHIB
  • Patent number: 10902088
    Abstract: A computerized method for quantitative analysis of signal related measurements, performed with one or more processors, is disclosed. An estimated signature typifying a characteristic feature of the signal related measurements is produced. Multidimensional statistics on the signal related measurements are computed in a multidimensional space with respect to the estimated signature. Matching likelihoods of the signal related measurements are quantified based on distances of the signal related measurements with respect to a shell manifold derived from the multidimensional statistics and enveloping a signature manifold in the multidimensional space. Multidimensional statistics on the estimated signature and trending and pattern recognition are also possible from the signal multidimensional projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: HYDRO-QUÉBEC
    Inventor: François Léonard
  • Publication number: 20200407637
    Abstract: The technology described relates to a process for the safe dissolution of alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, and alloys predominantly comprising at least one thereof. The process comprises contacting the metal with a reaction inhibitor and water. In this process, the reaction inhibitor is selected from a hydrocarbon, a hydroxylated compound, and a mixture thereof. The uses of this process for the quantitative dissolution of metals and their analysis, for the destruction and stabilization of metallic residues, and for the recycling of batteries are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: HYDRO-QUÉBEC
    Inventors: Patrick BOUCHARD, Josée PRONOVOST, Christiane COSSETTE, Serge VERREAULT, Chantal BARIL, Dominic LEBLANC, Karim ZAGHIB
  • Patent number: 10879521
    Abstract: A method of preparing an electrochemical electrode which is partially or totally covered with a film that is obtained by spreading an aqueous solution comprising a water-soluble binder over the electrode and subsequently drying same. The production cost of the electrodes thus obtained is reduced and the surface porosity thereof is associated with desirable resistance values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: HYDRO-QUEBEC
    Inventors: Karim Zaghib, Michel Armand, Abdelbast Guerfi, Michel Perrier, Elisabeth Dupuis, Patrick Charest
  • Publication number: 20200373570
    Abstract: Synthesis process for new particles of Li4Ti5O12, Li(4-?)Z?Ti5O12 or Li4Z?Ti(5-?)O12, preferably having a spinel structure, wherein ? is greater than 0 and less than or equal to 0.5 (preferably having a spinel structure), ? representing a number greater than zero and less than or equal to 0.33, Z representing a source of at least one metal, preferably chosen from the group made up of Mg, Nb, Al, Zr, Ni, Co. These particles coated with a layer of carbon notably exhibit electrochemical properties that are particularly interesting as components of anodes and/or cathodes in electrochemical generators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Applicant: HYDRO-QUÉBEC
    Inventors: Karim ZAGHIB, Michel Gauthier, Fernand Brochu, Abdelbast GUERFI, Monique Masse, Michel ARMAND
  • Publication number: 20200365887
    Abstract: The present technology described relates to lithium-based alloy electrode materials used for the production of anode in lithium accumulators and processes for obtaining same. The alloy comprises metallic lithium, a metallic component X1 selected from magnesium and aluminum and a metallic component X2 selected from alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, rare earths, zirconium, copper, silver, bismuth, cobalt, zinc, aluminum, silicon, tin, antimony, cadmium, mercury, lead, manganese, boron, indium, thallium, nickel, germanium, molybdenum and iron. Processes for preparing electrode materials thus obtained and their uses are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2018
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: HYDRO-QUÉBEC
    Inventors: Karim ZAGHIB, Michel ARMAND, Patrick BOUCHARD, Serge VERREAULT, Nancy TURCOTTE, Dominic LEBLANC, Kamyab AMOUZEGAR
  • Publication number: 20200331502
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle displaceable along aerial conductors of an electricity transmission line. The vehicle includes a body having arms. Each arm has a first end pivotably mounted to the body and a second distal end. A motorized wheel is mounted to each arm to engage one of the conductors to displace the vehicle. Support rotors have at least two blades. Each blade has an arm portion extending from the support rotor and a contact portion extending from the arm portion to engage one of the conductors to temporarily support the vehicle. An arm displacement mechanism engages the arms, and is operable to displace the arms in a direction transverse to a direction of travel of the vehicle to move the arms together and apart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicants: HYDRO-QUÉBEC, HYDRO-QUÉBEC
    Inventors: Pierre-Luc RICHARD, François MORIN, Nicolas POULIOT
  • Patent number: 10811731
    Abstract: Process for the purification of an ionic electrolyte including at least one alkali metal salt, the process having at least one stage in which particles of at least one calcium salt are brought into contact. The process makes it possible to obtain electrolytes characterized in particular by particularly low water content. The corresponding electrochemical generators which incorporate the electrolyte as constituent component are characterized by a noteworthy stability and are particularly safe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: HYDRO-QUEBEC
    Inventors: Karim Zaghib, Jocelyn Jalbert, Abdelbast Guerfi, Christophe Michot, Michel Gauthier, Martin Dontigny, Patrick Charest