Patents Examined by Carlos Barcena
  • Patent number: 10665850
    Abstract: Disclosed is a stacked battery including at least one short-circuit current shunt part and electric elements, wherein: the shunt part includes first and second current collector layers, and an insulating layer provided between the first and second current collector layers, all of these layers being stacked; each power generation element includes a cathode current collector layer, a cathode material layer, an electrolyte layer, an anode material layer, and an anode current collector layer all of these layers being stacked; the first current collector layer is electrically connected to the cathode current collector layer and the second current collector layer to the anode current collector layer; the electric elements are electrically connected in parallel; and the shunt part next to the electric elements includes a PPTC layer between the first current collector layer and the insulating layer and/or between the second current collector layer and the insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hajime Hasegawa, Yuki Matsushita, Mitsuru Tateishi, Hideyo Ebisuzaki, Hideaki Nishimura, Yusuke Okuhata, Shigenori Hama, Norihiro Ose
  • Patent number: 10658674
    Abstract: An electrode for improving the durability of a battery includes a current collector and an active material layer. The current collector has a conductive resin layer including a polymer material and a conductive filler. The electrode further includes a conductive member, which is in electrical contact with the conductive filler, between the current collector and the active material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Ohsawa, Hajime Satou, Hiroshi Akama, Hideaki Horie, Yusuke Mizuno, Hiroshi Fukumoto, Masatoshi Okura, Yasuhiro Shindo, Yasuhiro Tsudo
  • Patent number: 10658672
    Abstract: An all-solid-state battery includes a positive-electrode current collector, a positive electrode layer, a negative-electrode current collector, a negative electrode layer, and a solid electrolyte layer. The positive electrode layer is formed on the positive-electrode current collector and includes at least a positive-electrode active material. The negative electrode layer is formed on the negative-electrode current collector and includes at least a negative-electrode active material. The solid electrolyte layer is disposed between the positive electrode layer and the negative electrode layer and includes at least a solid electrolyte having ion conductivity. At least one member selected from the group consisting of the positive-electrode current collector, the positive electrode layer, the negative-electrode current collector, the negative electrode layer, and the solid electrolyte layer includes a heated region at an end portion of the at least one member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Mori, Mituhiro Yosinaga
  • Patent number: 10658643
    Abstract: A positive electrode plate includes a front positive electrode active material layer on a front surface of a positive electrode metal foil, and having a positive electrode large tapered portion that extends at an incline from one edge of the front surface of the positive electrode metal foil at a positive electrode large inclination angle. A negative electrode plate includes a front negative electrode active material layer on a front surface of a negative electrode metal foil, and having a negative electrode large tapered portion that extends at an incline from one edge of the front surface of the negative electrode metal foil at a negative electrode large inclination angle. The positive and negative electrode plates are alternately laminated with a separator interposed therebetween such that each of their front surfaces is oriented in the same direction in the rear-to-front directional axis along the thickness of the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Atsushi Minagata, Masato Ogasawara, Yasuyuki Goda
  • Patent number: 10651457
    Abstract: A battery module includes a first rechargeable battery and a second rechargeable battery electrically coupled in series to each other, the first rechargeable battery and the second rechargeable battery each including a first electrode and a second electrode, and the first rechargeable battery and second rechargeable battery each including a short circuit member that deforms when an internal pressure of the respective one of the first rechargeable battery and second rechargeable battery exceeds a predetermined pressure, and a fuse member including a first pad electrically coupled to the second electrode of the second rechargeable battery, a second pad overlapping the short-circuit member of the second rechargeable battery, and a plurality of fuses formed between the first pad and the second pad, wherein widths of the fuses are smaller than widths of the first and second pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-Won Byun, Jeong-Won Oh, Sang-Kyoon Park
  • Patent number: 10644284
    Abstract: An in-situ coin cell support device for transmission mode X-ray diffraction analysis capable of controlling temperature. The device includes a coin cell seating unit including a seating part for receiving an in-situ coin cell, a positive electrode tab coupled to the seating part and connected to a positive electrode of the in-situ coin cell, and a negative electrode tab coupled to the seating part and connected to a negative electrode of the in-situ coin cell, a housing having a heat-insulating function, which surrounds the coin cell seating unit such that the positive and negative electrode tabs extend outwards from the housing and which includes one side wall and an opposite side wall arranged opposite each other with the in-situ coin cell interposed therebetween, and a temperature control unit coupled to the exterior of the housing and including an inlet port, an outlet port, and a flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Kyung Yoon Chung, Dong Hyun Kim, Liau Dieky Susanto, Jaeho Park, Jiwon Jeong, Hun-Gi Jung, Won Young Chang, Won Chang Choi, Byung Won Cho
  • Patent number: 10644333
    Abstract: A redox flow battery includes a cell, an electrolyte tank, and a circulation mechanism. The circulation mechanism includes a suction pipe, a circulation pump, an extrusion, and a return pipe. An absolute value of a difference between HL1 and HL2 is greater than or equal to 0.4 times H0 and both HL1 and HL2 are less than or equal to Hd, where H0 is a height from an inner bottom surface of the electrolyte tank to the in-tank liquid level, HL1 is a length from the in-tank liquid level to the open end of the suction pipe, HL2 is a length from an in-tank liquid level to an open end of the return pipe, and Hd is a distance from the in-tank liquid level to a center of a highest segment of the return pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsuo Ikeuchi
  • Patent number: 10644349
    Abstract: An all solid-state secondary battery including: a positive electrode active material layer, a negative electrode active material layer, and a solid electrolyte layer, in which at least any one of the positive electrode active material layer, the negative electrode active material layer, or the solid electrolyte layer includes an inorganic solid electrolyte having a property of conducting ions of a metal belonging to Group I or II of the periodic table and a binder constituted of a specific high-molecular-weight compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Tomonori Mimura, Hiroaki Mochizuki, Masaomi Makino, Katsuhiko Meguro
  • Patent number: 10629926
    Abstract: A solid oxide fuel cell system includes: an igniting portion configured to ignite a raw material when starting up the solid oxide fuel cell system; a raw material supply portion configured to supply the raw material; a reforming air supply portion configured to supply reforming air; and an electric power generation air supply portion configured to supply electric power generation air. When starting up the solid oxide fuel cell system, the raw material supply portion supplies the raw material, and the electric power generation air supply portion supplies the electric power generation air. The igniting portion ignites the raw material. After the ignition, the reforming air supply portion supplies the reforming air. With this, the safety can be increased in consideration of characteristics in respective phases from the start-up of the solid oxide fuel cell system until the electric power generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Sakai, Tatsuo Fujita, Kunihiro Ukai, Takashi Kakuwa, Taiichiro Sakamoto, Toshiharu Ooe
  • Patent number: 10625619
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery module, which includes a battery cell assembly having a plurality of battery cells stacked on one another so that a pair of electrode leads protrudes on one side of each battery cell; and an ICB assembly configured to cover one side of the battery cell assembly to electrically connect the pair of electrode leads of the plurality of battery cells, the ICB assembly having a plurality of lead slots through each of which electrode leads of two battery cells facing each other pass in common.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Tae-Hwan Roh, Yu-Na Kwon, Sung-Gon Kim, Tae-Hyuck Kim
  • Patent number: 10622611
    Abstract: Provided is a separator for a nonaqueous electrolyte battery, including a porous substrate and an adhesive porous layer that is provided on one side or both sides of the porous substrate and contains an adhesive resin. The ratio of the standard deviation of the areal weight of the adhesive porous layer to the mean of the areal weight of the adhesive porous layer (g/m2) (standard deviation/mean) is 0.3 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TEIJIN LIMITED
    Inventors: Satoshi Nishikawa, Takashi Yoshitomi
  • Patent number: 10622635
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided a nonaqueous electrolyte battery. The nonaqueous electrolyte battery includes a positive electrode, a negative electrode and a nonaqueous electrolyte. The negative electrode includes a negative electrode material layer. The negative electrode material layer includes a negative electrode active material capable of absorbing and releasing lithium at a potential of 0.78 V (vs. Li/Li+) or more. A film containing a compound having a propylene glycol backbone is formed on at least a part of a surface of the negative electrode material layer. A content of the compound having the propylene glycol backbone in the film is 2 ?mol to 40 ?mol per g of a weight of the negative electrode material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Dai Yamamoto, Yuki Watanabe, Hidesato Saruwatari, Kazuya Kuriyama, Hideki Satake
  • Patent number: 10622665
    Abstract: A method of operating a rechargeable sodium ion cell, wherein the cell comprises an anode material which is a disordered carbon and a nickel-containing sodium oxide cathode material comprises: in a formation charge phase, charging the cell to a first voltage at which sodium is irreversibly liberated from the cathode material; and in a subsequent charge-discharge cycle, charging the cell to a second voltage lower than the first voltage. The voltage to which the cell is charged in the formation charge phase may be selected such that the amount of sodium irreversibly liberated from the cathode material in the formation charge phase substantially equals the amount of sodium deposited in a surface electrolyte layer on the anode in the formation charge phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignees: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, Faradion Limited
    Inventors: Emma Kendrick, Katherine Louise Smith, Joshua Charles Treacher
  • Patent number: 10614962
    Abstract: Provided is a packaging material for an electrochemical cell which prevents the occurrence of short circuits. A packaging material for an electrochemical cell configured by laminating a base material layer including: at least a resin film; a heat-adhesive layer including a heat-adhesive resin, the heat-adhesive layer being disposed on the innermost layer; and a barrier layer including a metal foil, the barrier layer being disposed between the base material layer and the heat-adhesive layer, wherein a chemical-conversion-treated layer including alumina particles and modified epoxy resin is formed on the surface of at least the heat adhesive layer side of the barrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: DAI NIPPON PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirohisa Akita, Makoto Amano, Kazuhiko Yokota, Rikiya Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10615427
    Abstract: A method of producing a flow field plate for a fuel cell comprises over-profiling relief features in a die set to more accurately reproduce the intended flow channel features in the pressed plate. The process includes determining a target relief profile of features extending across the plate along at least a first dimension of the plate, modulating the relief profile with an over-profiling parameter, as a function of the first dimension; forming a die with the modulated relief profile; and pressing a flow field plate using the die with modulated relief profile to thereby produce the unmodulated, target relief profile in the flow field plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: INTELLIGENT ENERGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Christopher Conlon
  • Patent number: 10615449
    Abstract: An electrode material for a secondary battery and a secondary battery are provided. The electrode material for the secondary battery includes tin-manganese-nickel-oxide. The secondary battery includes a cathode, an anode, an electrolyte, and a package structure, wherein the anode includes the electrode material for the secondary battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: National Tsing Hua University
    Inventors: Yu-Ying Chu, Ying-Chan Hung, Han-Yi Chen, Tri-Rung Yew
  • Patent number: 10608254
    Abstract: Composites of silicon and various porous scaffold materials, such as carbon material comprising micro-, meso- and/or macropores, and methods for manufacturing the same are provided. The compositions find utility in various applications, including electrical energy storage electrodes and devices comprising the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: GROUP14 TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Avery J. Sakshaug, Henry R. Costantino, Aaron M. Feaver, Leah A. Thompkins, Katharine Geramita, Benjamin E. Kron, Sarah Fredrick, Farshid Afkhami, Adam Strong
  • Patent number: 10608234
    Abstract: A multi-electrode device that includes an anode electrode, a cathode electrode, and a gate electrode situated between the anode and cathode, and having an electrolyte. The multi-electrode device can be a secondary (rechargeable) electrochemical cell. The gate electrode is permeable to at least one mobile species which is redox-active at at least one of the anode and cathode. The gate electrode has a resistance that is lower than that of a conductive non-uniform morphological feature that could be grown on the anode. The gate electrode provides the ability to avoid, recognize, and remove the presence of such non-uniform morphological features, and provides an electrical electrode that can be used to remove such non-uniform morphological features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Viking Power Systems Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: David J. Eaglesham, Robert Ellis Doe, Christopher C. Fischer, Craig M. Downie, Matthew J. Trahan
  • Patent number: 10608286
    Abstract: Provided is a secondary cell which is resistant to vibration and impact. The secondary cell includes a flat wound group supported, through an insulator, at a lid on which external terminals are arranged, and a cell case for housing the flat wound group. In the secondary cell, a flat portion of the flat wound group has a gap between the flat portion and a wide surface of the cell case, and is held on the wide surface near a cell case bottom through a holding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Kubota, Masaaki Iwasa, Hitoshi Nishimori, Akihide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10608235
    Abstract: A multi-electrode device that includes an anode electrode, a cathode electrode, and a gate electrode situated between the anode and cathode, and having an electrolyte. The multi-electrode device can be a secondary (rechargeable) electrochemical cell. The gate electrode is permeable to at least one mobile species which is redox-active at at least one of the anode and cathode. The gate electrode has a resistance that is lower than that of a conductive non-uniform morphological feature that could be grown on the anode. The gate electrode provides the ability to avoid, recognize, and remove the presence of such non-uniform morphological features, and provides an electrical electrode that can be used to remove such non-uniform morphological features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Viking Power Systems Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert Ellis Doe, David J. Eaglesham, Christopher C. Fischer, Matthew J. Trahan, Craig M. Downie