Patents Examined by Cynthia H. Kelly
  • Patent number: 10637066
    Abstract: The current collector plate arrangement structure of the bipolar solid-state battery includes a battery cell stack formed by stacking a plurality of solid-state battery cells each including a positive electrode active material layer, a negative electrode active material layer, and a solid electrolyte layer disposed between the positive electrode active material layer and the negative electrode active material layer and in contact with the positive electrode active material layer and the negative electrode active material layer. The bipolar solid-state battery includes a positive electrode current collector and a negative electrode current collector on a side surface with respect to a stacking direction. Current collector plates and of the solid-state battery cells are arranged on at least one of a front surface serving as one end surface in the stacking direction and a rear surface serving as the other end surface in the stacking direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sokichi Okubo, Hiroto Maeyama, Noriaki Kamaya, Ushio Harada, Toru Sukigara
  • Patent number: 10637073
    Abstract: A positive electrode for a metal-air battery, the positive electrode including: a first layer disposed on a surface of an electrolyte membrane or a separator and including a first carbon material, a first electrolyte, and a first binder having an affinity with the first electrolyte; and a second layer disposed on the first layer and including a second carbon material, a second electrolyte, and a second binder having an affinity with the second electrolyte, wherein the first carbon material is different from the second carbon material, the first carbon material has a Brunauer Emmett Teller specific surface area which is greater than a Brunauer Emmett Teller specific surface area of the second carbon material, and wherein an amount of the first binder may be about 1.5 times to about 3 times greater than an amount of the second binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jungock Park, Mokwon Kim, Joonhee Kim, Kyounghwan Choi
  • Patent number: 10637104
    Abstract: The invention relates to a starved metal hydride battery. The battery is characterized in that the battery further comprises added oxygen gas or hydrogen gas or hydrogen peroxide or a combination thereof in order to rebalance the electrodes and replenish the electrolyte by reactions with the electrode materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Nilar International AB
    Inventor: Dag Noréus
  • Patent number: 10637074
    Abstract: An electrochemical energy-storage cell comprises a flexible positive electrode and a flexible negative electrode including a gallium-based liquid metal dispersed on a flexible wire mesh. The electrochemical energy-storage cell also comprises a membrane having one face in contact with the flexible positive electrode and an opposing face in contact with the flexible negative electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Michael David Dickey, James David Holbery, Collin Brittain Eaker
  • Patent number: 10629956
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of preparing a lithium secondary battery which includes preparing a lithium secondary battery, which includes an electrode assembly including a positive electrode, a separator, and a negative electrode, a non-aqueous electrolyte solution, in which the electrode assembly is impregnated, and a battery case accommodating the electrode assembly and the non-aqueous electrolyte solution; performing formation on the lithium secondary battery by charging and discharging the lithium secondary battery; and degassing, wherein the positive electrode includes a positive electrode active material and carbon nanotubes as a conductive agent, the non-aqueous electrolyte solution includes a lithium salt, an organic solvent, and monofluorobenzene as an additive, and the performing of the formation is performed by charging to a state of charge (SOC) of 65% to 80% while applying a pressure of 0.5 kgf/cm2 to 5 kgf/cm2 at 60° C. to 80° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung Min Lee, Young Min Lim, Chul Haeng Lee, Yu Ha An, Yi Jin Jung
  • Patent number: 10629864
    Abstract: The top cover structure of the power battery includes a cap plate, a cathode column, a conducting piece and a reversing piece, the conducting piece is electrically connected with the cathode column, the cathode column is insulatedly assembled with the cap plate; the reversing piece includes a welding part, a embossment and a joint part arranged between the welding part and the embossment, the embossment is arranged at the center of the reversing piece and protrudes towards the conducting piece, the welding part is arranged on the outer margin of the joint part; the welding part is electrically connected with the cap plate, the embossment does not contact the conducting piece, when the pressure inside the power battery increases, the reversing piece receives the pressure inside the power battery, and moves upwards, so that the embossment is electrically connected to the conducting piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: CONTEMPORARY AMPEREX TECHNOLOGY CO., LIMITED
    Inventors: Quankun Li, Pinghua Deng, Peng Wang, Kai Wu, Junjie Jiang
  • Patent number: 10627651
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to form biocompatible energization elements are described. In some embodiments, the methods and apparatus to form the biocompatible energization elements involve forming cavities comprising active cathode chemistry. The active elements of the cathode and anode are sealed with a laminate stack of biocompatible material. In some embodiments, a field of use for the methods and apparatus may include any biocompatible device or product that requires energization elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick A. Flitsch, Millburn Ebenezer Muthu, Randall B. Pugh, Adam Toner, Lawrence Edward Weinstein
  • Patent number: 10629885
    Abstract: A case includes first and second opposed main surfaces and a side surface extending between the first and second main surfaces. An electrode body is housed in the case and including a first electrode, a second electrode, and a separator disposed between the first and second electrodes. First and second terminals are located on the side wall of the case. A first lead is electrically connected with the first electrode and extends from a side surface of the electrode body. A second lead is electrically connected with the second electrode and extends from the side surface of the electrode body. First and second connection members electrically connect the first and second leads to the first and second terminals, respectively. Each of the connection members includes a first part extending along the side surface of the case and a second part extending along the second main surface of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Mizuguchi, Retsu Tahara, Hirotaka Maeyoshi, Keisuke Shimada
  • Patent number: 10622615
    Abstract: An electrochemical device includes a storage element in which two types of electrodes are superposed on each other with a separator interposed therebetween and an outer container made of a flexible film that houses the storage element and an electrolyte solution, the two types of electrodes each including an active material-applied portion where an active material layer is formed on current collector 9, and an active material-non-applied portion, wherein each of the two types of electrodes is provided with an electrode terminal 7 and support tab 13, one end portion of electrode terminal 7 being superposed on the active material-non-applied portion of the electrode in the outer container, the other end portion of electrode terminal 7 extending to an outside of the outer container, support tab 13 sandwiching the active material-non-applied portion along with the one end portion of electrode terminal 7 in the outer container, and the active material-non-applied portion, electrode terminal 7, and support tab 13 a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Envision AESC Energy Devices Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Daidoji, Masaki Takeyama, Yoshitaro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10619098
    Abstract: Compounds that have ultraviolet light absorbing properties, and which can also have mesogenic properties. Compositions that include one or more such compounds. Articles of manufacture that include one or more such compounds, such as optical elements that include an optical substrate and a layer that includes at least one such compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Transitions Optical, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramaiahgari Reddy, Cory S. Brown, Alan Grubb, Meng He, Anil Kumar, Ruisong Xu
  • Patent number: 10622664
    Abstract: Provided is a pouch type secondary battery including an electrode assembly accommodated in an accommodating part of a pouch exterior part. A vertex part of an inner surface of the accommodating part is rounded. The electrode assembly includes a unit stack part that has a structure (a) in which a type of radical units are repeatedly disposed, wherein electrodes and separators are alternately disposed and are integrally coupled in the radical units, and the number of the electrodes is the same as the number of the separators, or a structure (b) in which two or more types of radical units are disposed in a predetermined order, wherein electrodes and separators are alternately disposed and are integrally coupled in the radical units, and the number of the electrodes is the same as the number of the separators. Distal ends of neighboring ones of the separators are not adhered to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Ki Hong Min, Seung Ho Na, Jin Ho Ban
  • Patent number: 10622659
    Abstract: Provided is a water treatment system using an alkaline water electrolytic device and an alkaline fuel cell in which for continuing an electrolytic treatment, a hydrogen gas and an oxygen gas required in an alkaline water electrolytic device and an alkaline fuel cell, an amount of water corresponding to raw water lost through the electrolytic treatment, and an electrolytic solution are efficiently circulated and used in a water treatment system to considerably reduce electric power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: DE NORA PERMELEC LTD
    Inventors: Akiyoshi Manabe, Fumiya Tsujii, Akihiro Kato
  • Patent number: 10615433
    Abstract: A fuel cell stack seal structure of a fuel cell stack, the fuel cell stack including a plurality of fuel cell single cells that are stacked, each of the fuel cell single cells including a membrane electrode assembly and a pair of separators holding the membrane electrode assembly between the pair of separators, includes inner peripheral sealing members and an outer peripheral sealing member at peripheral edges of a pair of separators, in which the inner peripheral sealing members close a gap between inner peripheral ribs that protrude at least towards a mutually facing sides of the pair of separators, and the outer peripheral sealing member that closes a gap between outer peripheral ribs that protrude at least towards the mutually facing sides of the pair of separators. The inner peripheral sealing members and the outer peripheral sealing member form a first closed space between the inner peripheral sealing members and the outer peripheral sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norikatsu Sekine, Yasuhiro Numao, Keiji Ichihara, Takanori Oku, Hiroshi Miyaoka
  • Patent number: 10615456
    Abstract: Disclosed is an additive for nonaqueous electrolyte solutions, comprising a disulfonic acid amide compound represented by Formula (1). In Formula (1), A represents a CmH(2m-n)Zn, in which m represents an integer of 1 to 6, n represents an integer of 1 to 12, 2m-n is 0 or more, and Z represents a halogen atom, R1, R2, R3, and R4 represent an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms which is substituted with a phenyl group optionally having a substituent, or the like, and R1 and R2, and R3 and R4 may be linked respectively to form an alkylene group having 2 to 5 carbon atoms in total which forms a cyclic structure together with a nitrogen atom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO SEIKA CHEMICALS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shohei Fujimoto, Yuki Kono, Koji Fujita
  • Patent number: 10615389
    Abstract: A separator for a secondary battery includes a porous polymer sheet having a first surface, a second surface opposing the first surface, and a plurality of pores connecting the first surface to the second surface; and heat-resistant inorganic layers formed on at least one of the first surface or the second surface of the porous polymer sheet and on internal surfaces of the pores using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) process. The at least one of the first surface or the second surface and the internal surfaces of the pores have hydrophobically coated hydrophobic layers having hydrophobic functional groups on the heat-resistant inorganic layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: SK Innovation Co., Ltd., SK IE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hye Jin Kim, Won Sub Kwack, Min Sang Park
  • Patent number: 10608253
    Abstract: A lithium secondary battery includes a cathode formed from a cathode active material including a first cathode active material particle and a second cathode active material particle, an anode and a separator interposed between the cathode and the anode. The first cathode active material particle includes a lithium metal oxide including a continuous concentration gradient in at least one region between a central portion and a surface portion. The second cathode active material particle includes a lithium metal oxide including at least two metals except for lithium which have constant concentrations from a central portion to a surface, and the second cathode active material particle includes an excess amount of nickel among the metals except for lithium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SK Innovation Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung Bin Yoo, Kook Hyun Han, Duck Chul Hwang
  • Patent number: 10608227
    Abstract: An electricity storage module includes a layered object obtained by layering power storage elements each having positive and negative foil-shaped lead terminals that project in an outward direction from an end portion, and connection members that connect the lead terminals of adjacent power storage elements to each other. An insulating holding member is arranged between the layered object and the connection members. Connection member holding portions that hold the connection members are provided on the insulating holding member, and slits are provided on the insulating holding member so as to extend along edge portions of the connection members. The lead terminals are connected to the connection members by being inserted through the slits and folded over onto the connection members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryoya Okamoto, Hiroomi Hiramitsu
  • Patent number: 10608215
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a battery pack including a battery cell having a curved surface and a pack housing having a curved surface, the pack housing having a battery cell receiving space corresponding to the curved surface of the battery cell to prevent occurrence of a spring back phenomenon of the battery cell and to prevent change in curvature of the battery cell due to external impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Jaehyeon Ju, Seog Jin Yoon
  • Patent number: 10608272
    Abstract: A carbon dioxide capture system for capturing carbon dioxide from an exhaust stream. The system may include a fuel cell configured to output a first exhaust stream comprising carbon dioxide and water. The system may further include an electrolyzer cell configured to receive a first portion of the first exhaust stream and output a second exhaust stream comprising oxygen and carbon dioxide. The fuel cell may be a solid oxide fuel cell. The electrolyzer cell may be a molten carbonate electrolysis cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: FuelCell Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Fred C. Jahnke
  • Patent number: 10601062
    Abstract: Cell and batteries containing them employing a cathode having a intercalating metal oxide in combination with a sodium metal haloaluminate. At operating temperatures, the positive electrode (cathode) of the invention comprises electroactive cathode material permeated with and in physical and electrical contact with the sodium metal haloaluminate catholyte. The positive and negative electrodes are separated with a solid alkali metal conducting electrolyte. The intercalating metal oxice is not in direct physical contact with the solid electrolyte. Electric and ionic conductivity between the solid electrolyte and the positive electrode is mediated by the sodium haloaluminate catholyte. Batteries of the invention are useful for bulk energy storage, particularly for electric utility grid storage, as well as for electric vehicle propulsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Dynantis Corp.
    Inventor: Anthony F. Sammells