Patents Examined by Adam A Arciero
  • Patent number: 11374250
    Abstract: An opening is formed in an accommodating case of a fuel cell stack. Flat cables are led out of the accommodating case through the opening. The flat cables pass through a grommet covering the opening. The grommet is positioned by a seal plate (positioning member) attached to the accommodating case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiko Sato
  • Patent number: 11374241
    Abstract: A vehicle includes at least one fuel cell stack, a water reservoir housed higher than the at least one fuel cell stack, a first water pump, a second water pump and a control module. The at least one fuel cell stack is operable to generate electrical energy and water. The water reservoir is operable to store water. The first water pump is operable to pump water from the at least one fuel cell stack into the water reservoir against gravity. The second water pump is operable to dispense water from the water reservoir under assistance from gravitational potential energy of water in the water reservoir. The control module is configured to operate the second water pump on an on-demand basis, and operate the first water pump on a time-selective basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Lee Rovik, Luke A. Rippelmeyer, Daniel Charles Folick
  • Patent number: 11374272
    Abstract: Thermal management systems include a heat generating device that is to be kept within a desired temperature range. A thermoregulating layer coats, or is otherwise positioned in adjacent proximity to the heat generating device. The thermoregulating layer includes a Ni—Mn based Heusler alloy that exhibits an unprecedented differential in thermal conductivity across a relevant temperature range, based on a martensitic transition from an asymmetric lattice structure to a symmetric lattice structure with increasing temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Inventors: Gaohua Zhu, Qiye Zheng, Debasish Banerjee, David G. Cahill
  • Patent number: 11374251
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting a battery cell mounts a battery cell stack to a frame that includes a base cover and a pair of side covers respectively extending from both ends of the base cover. The apparatus includes a support member to support the battery cell stack, a roller member around which a film fixed to the support member is wound, and a film guide member configured to move the film into the frame. When the film guide member moves the film into the frame, the support member and the frame move toward each other, and the battery cell stack is movable along the film to be mounted to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Kyung-Mo Kim, Jeong-O Mun, Ho-June Chi
  • Patent number: 11367925
    Abstract: Provided is a separator that includes a matrix including a polyolefin having a weight average molecular weight (Mw) of 250,000 to 450,000 and a molecular weight distribution (Mw/Mn) of 3 to 7; and a silane-modified polyolefin crosslinked in the matrix, and a method of manufacturing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignees: W-SCOPE KOREA CO., LTD., W-SCOPE CHUNGJU PLANT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byung Hyun Kim, Hee Min Cho, Pyung Yong Park, Gi Won Yoo
  • Patent number: 11367913
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a battery assembly including two batteries having their active layers facing each other and sharing an encapsulation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS (TOURS) SAS
    Inventor: Ludovic Fallourd
  • Patent number: 11362357
    Abstract: A system and method for generating vibrations in a fuel cell system include a vibration device which can be arranged on the fuel cell system or is formed by at least one component of the fuel cell system, for generating excitation vibrations which can be transmitted to the component. An electronic actuating system includes a controller and memory for actuating the vibration device, which may include a coolant pump or a compressor, at a natural frequency of a fuel system component for de-icing. At temperatures below 0° C., the electronic actuating system is adapted to actuate the vibration device during a switch-on process and/or a switch-off process of the fuel cell system taking into consideration at least one natural frequency of the component. Embodiments including actuating a compressor, cooling pump, and/or valve to transmit vibrations to a component to be de-iced at a natural frequency of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Julio Orozco Santos Coy, Rolf Lorenz Loeffler, Arnulf Sponheimer
  • Patent number: 11352707
    Abstract: Disclosed is a copper foil including a copper layer and an anticorrosive layer disposed on the copper layer, wherein the copper foil has a peak to arithmetic mean roughness (PAR) of 0.8 to 12.5, a tensile strength of 29 to 58 kgf/mm2, and a weight deviation of 3% or less, wherein the PAR is calculated in accordance with the following Equation 1: PAR=Rp/Ra??[Equation 1] wherein Rp is a maximum profile peak height and Ra is an arithmetic mean roughness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: SK NEXILIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung Min Kim, An Na Lee, Ho Gun Kim, Shan Hua Jin
  • Patent number: 11349162
    Abstract: A vehicle power system includes a traction battery, an electric machine configured to receive power from the traction battery, switching circuitry connected between the traction battery and electric machine, and including pairs of switches connected in parallel, and a capacitor connected with and between the pairs such that the capacitor shares a common terminal with each of the switches of the pairs, and a controller configured to responsive to a temperature of the traction battery being less than a first threshold, activate the switches of each of the pairs in complementary fashion at a switching frequency corresponding to a resonant frequency defined by a capacitance of the capacitor and an inductance of the traction battery to cause AC current to circulate between the traction battery and switching circuitry to generate heat within the traction battery, and responsive to the temperature exceeding a second threshold, deactivate the switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Baoming Ge, Lihua Chen, Boris Curuvija, Fan Xu
  • Patent number: 11342574
    Abstract: An opening is formed in an accommodating case of a fuel cell stack. Flat cables are led out of the accommodating case through the opening. The flat cables pass through a grommet covering the opening. The grommet is positioned by a seal plate (positioning member) attached to the accommodating case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiko Sato, Takanori Mori
  • Patent number: 11335894
    Abstract: A method for preparing a multilayer material based on active lithium, by depositing a film of active lithium on a protective layer at a sufficient speed so that substantially no oxidation of the lithium occurs, and/or during a sufficient time for the adhesion of the lithium to develop after contact with the protective layer. The multilayer material, when incorporated in an electrochemical battery as an anode, has excellent impedance stability and no formation of dendrites during the cycling. Batteries where the anode is the multilayer material are particularly efficient in terms of their coulombic efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: HYDRO-QUEBEC
    Inventors: Karim Zaghib, Martin Dontigny, Michel Petitclerc, Michel Gauthier
  • Patent number: 11329303
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes: a fuel cell stack including a plurality of cells, each of which has a fuel electrode, an air electrode, and an electrolyte, and performs a power generation by a reaction between a fuel gas and air; a fuel supplier supplying the fuel gas to the fuel electrode; an air supplier supplying the air to the air electrode; a voltage detector detecting the voltage of the fuel cell stack; and a controller stopping the supplying of the fuel gas by the fuel supplier and the supplying of the air by the air supplier when the voltage of the fuel cell stack detected by the voltage detector is decreased to be lower than a threshold voltage after the power generation of the fuel cell stack is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigenori Onuma, Takashi Kakuwa, Yuichi Mikami, Tomohiro Kuroha
  • Patent number: 11325452
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a battery holder for the receiving of a plurality of battery modules in an electrically driven vehicle. The battery holder may include a plurality of juxtaposed module receptacles, wherein each module receptacle is configured to receive the battery module, and a profile wall that defines the plurality of module receptacles, wherein a heat exchanger is configured to temper the battery modules is formed in the side wall, wherein the heat exchanger comprises a plurality of hollow channels that extend along the module receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Pohl, Christian Handing, Frank Rabe, Tobias Duepmeier, Konstantin Tatarinov, Edvin List Clausen
  • Patent number: 11316181
    Abstract: A fuel cell unit structure includes: power generation cells; separators; a flow passage portion formed between the separators and including flow passages configured to supply gas to the power generation cells; gas flow-in ports configured to allow the gas to flow into the flow passage portion; gas flow-out ports configured to allow the gas to flow out from the flow passage portion; and an adjustment portion configured to adjust an amount of the gas flowing through the flow passages. The adjustment portion includes a first auxiliary flow passage provided between the power generation cells arranged to be opposed to each other on a same plane with a gas flow-in port of the gas flow-in ports being located on an extended line of an extending direction of the first auxiliary flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Takahata, Motoki Yaginuma
  • Patent number: 11316186
    Abstract: An outer surface of an upper wall of a stack case of a fuel cell system provided in a fuel cell vehicle includes a first outer surface, a second outer surface which is positioned closer than the first outer surface to a cell stack body, and an outer surface coupling part. Space is formed between a first upper wall of the upper wall and the cell stack body. Tabs and bus bars are disposed in the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideharu Naito, Kosuke Takagi
  • Patent number: 11309599
    Abstract: A cooling structure of a vehicle battery unit includes: at least two battery modules; a battery cooling unit; an electric connection box; a battery case; a supply pipe; and a discharge pipe. The supply pipe includes: a first supply pipe portion passing between a battery module of the at least two battery modules, which is the battery module located on one side in a vehicle width direction, and the electric connection box; and a second supply pipe portion passing between the at least two battery modules. The discharge pipe includes: a first discharge pipe portion passing between a battery module of the at least two battery modules, which is the battery module located on the other side in the vehicle width direction, and the electric connection box; and a second discharge pipe portion passing between the at least two battery modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Yamagishi, Michihisa Tsutsumi, Hiroyuki Ozawa, Satoko Ito, Ryo Shinoda
  • Patent number: 11302969
    Abstract: A method for producing an all-solid-state battery, comprising the following steps (a) to (d), which are performed in the order of (a), (b), (c), and (d) or in the order of (a), (b), (d), and (c): (a) introducing the all-solid-state battery laminate into the metal case, (b) welding a protruding part of the positive electrode current collector layer or the negative electrode current collector layer and the folding margin part of the metal case, (c) folding the folding margin part, and the protruding part of the positive electrode collector layer or the negative electrode current collector layer, which has been welded to the folding margin part toward the inside of the metal case together, and (d) injecting a sealing resin into the metal case from the opening part of the metal case and then curing the sealing resin to seal the all-solid-state battery laminate in the metal case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yushi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11302918
    Abstract: To provide a cathode active material with which it is possible to obtain a lithium ion secondary battery having a high discharge capacity and being excellent in the cycle characteristic even after 50 cycles; a positive electrode using it; and a lithium ion secondary battery. A cathode active material, which comprises a lithium-containing composite oxide represented by the formula: aLi(L1/3Mn2/3)O2.(1?a)LiMO2 wherein M is at least one transition metal element selected from Ni, Co and Mn, and 0<a<1; wherein when the lithium-containing composite oxide is electrochemically oxidized to a potential of 4.5 V vs. Li/Li+, in an X-ray diffraction pattern, the integral breadth of a peak of (003) plane assigned to a crystal structure with space group R-3m is at most 0.38 deg, and the integral breadth of a peak of (104) plane assigned to a crystal structure with space group R-3m is at most 0.54 deg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Tomohiro Sakai
  • Patent number: 11302952
    Abstract: An opening is formed in an accommodating case of a fuel cell stack. Flat cables are led out of the accommodating case through the opening. The flat cables pass through a grommet covering the opening. The grommet is positioned by a seal plate (positioning member) attached to the accommodating case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiko Sato
  • Patent number: 11296348
    Abstract: A fuel cell stack includes a stack body including a plurality of power generation cells stacked together, a stack case storing the stack body, and an auxiliary device case storing a fuel cell auxiliary device. Two exhaust gas openings are provided in an upper part of the stack case. One exhaust gas opening is provided in an upper part of the auxiliary device case. An exhaust duct is connected to the only three exhaust gas openings in total.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideharu Naito, Masahiro Sato, Manabu Mitani