Patents Examined by Cynthia Walls
  • Patent number: 8481210
    Abstract: An alkaline storage battery has a negative electrode using a hydrogen-absorbing alloy represented by a general formula Ln1-xMgxNiyAz wherein Ln is at least one element selected from rare-earth elements including Y, Ca, Zr, and Ti, A is at least one element selected from Co, Fe, Mn, V, Cr, Nb, Al, Ga, Zn, Sn, Cu, Si, P and B, and 0.15?x?0.30, 0<z?1.5, and 2.8?y+z?4.0 are satisfied. The hydrogen-absorbing alloy has a hexagonal system crystal structure or a rhombohedral system crystal structure as its main phase and has a subphase of line which average number of not less than 50 nm in thickness existing in the range of 10 ?m×10 ?m in the cross section of the main phase is 3 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Ishida, Yoshifumi Magari, Shigekazu Yasuoka
  • Patent number: 8482262
    Abstract: A storage battery system includes a battery module including nonaqueous electrolyte secondary batteries. The storage battery system further includes a temperature sensor which measures a temperature of the battery module, a voltmeter which measures a voltage of each of the nonaqueous electrolyte secondary batteries and a charge control unit which controls a maximum end-of-charge voltage V1 (V) of the nonaqueous electrolyte secondary batteries to fall within the range defined in formula (1) given below when the temperature of the battery module is not lower than 45° C. and is not higher than 90° C.: 0.85×V0?V1?0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Norio Takami, Hiroki Inagaki, Yoshinao Tatebayashi, Yuji Sato
  • Patent number: 8475961
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to energy storage or collection devices and methods for making such devices having electrode materials containing exfoliated nanotubes with attached electro- or photoactive nanoscale particles or layers. The exfoliated nanotubes and attached nanoscale particles or layers may be easily fabricated by methods such as coating, solution or casting or melt extrusion to form electrodes. Electrolytes may also be used for dispersing nanotubes and also in a polymeric form to allow melt fabrication methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Molecular Rebar Design, LLC
    Inventors: Clive P. Bosnyak, Kurt W. Swogger
  • Patent number: 8465862
    Abstract: A battery pack includes: a plurality of unit batteries each having a rectangular-solid sealed metal unit battery case and two voltage terminals protruding from a terminal surface of the unit battery case; a spacer arranged between two main surfaces of adjacent unit batteries opposing to each other so as to maintain a gap between the main surfaces; and a connection portion which electrically connects the voltage terminals of different unit batteries. The spacer has a plurality of protrusions for supporting the corner portions of the unit battery cases and through holes formed at positions opposing to the main surfaces which can receive expanded portions when the main surfaces of the unit battery cases are expanded by inner pressure of the unit battery cases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Shinichiro Kosugi
  • Patent number: 8445130
    Abstract: An electrochemical device is claimed and disclosed wherein certain embodiments have a cathode greater than about 4 ?m and less than about 200 ?m thick; a thin electrolyte less than about 10 ?m thick; and an anode less than about 30 ?m thick. Another claimed and disclosed electrochemical device includes a cathode greater than about 0.5 ?m and less than about 200 ?m thick; a thin electrolyte less than about 10 ?m thick; and an anode less than about 30 ?m thick, wherein the cathode is fabricated by a non-vapor phase deposition method. The electrochemical device may also include a substrate, a current collector, an anode current collector, encapsulation and a moderating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Infinite Power Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernd J. Neudecker, Shawn W. Snyder
  • Patent number: 8445143
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electrode comprising an aliphatic nitrile compound, wherein the aliphatic nitrile compound is coated on a surface of the electrode or is incorporated into the electrode active materials. A lithium secondary battery having the electrode is also disclosed. The lithium secondary battery has excellent safety so as to prevent ignition and explosion generated when the internal temperature of the battery is increased due to the heat emission caused by the reaction of an electrolyte with a cathode and the structural collapse of a cathode occurring upon overcharge. Additionally, it is also possible to prevent ignition and explosion when the battery is exposed to high temperature due to an increase in temperature resulting from heating or local short circuit caused by physical impacts. Further, it is possible to solve the problems of an increase in viscosity and degradation in battery performance at a low temperature occurring when an aliphatic nitrile compound is used as an additive for electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Soo Kim, Soon Ho Ahn
  • Patent number: 8440344
    Abstract: A secondary battery pack having a connecting member connecting a secondary battery to a protection circuit module. The secondary battery pack includes at least one secondary battery; a case accommodating the battery; a protection circuit module to protecting the battery; and a connecting member connecting the at least one secondary battery to the protection circuit module. The connecting member includes a first plate having a plurality of conductive patterns spaced apart from one another; and a second plate surrounding the first plate. The second plate has at least one cut-away portion on a bent portion of the first plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jang-Gun Ahn
  • Patent number: 8440359
    Abstract: A method for filling a fuel cell system with a fuel during start-up is disclosed, the method including the steps of providing a fuel cell stack having a plurality of fuels cells, each fuel cell having an active area, the fuel cell stack including an anode supply manifold and an anode exhaust manifold, the anode supply manifold and in fluid communication with a source of fuel; providing an anode sub-system in fluid communication with an anode side of the fuel cell stack; and supplying the fuel to the fuel cell stack substantially uniformly and substantially simultaneously to compress any fluids in the fuel cell stack into a volume between an end of each active area adjacent to the anode exhaust manifold and an outlet of the anode sub-system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Gary M. Robb, Steven G. Goebel, Daniel I. Harris
  • Patent number: 8435669
    Abstract: An electro-chemical device comprises a package including a metal film, a battery element sealed within the package, resin layers disposed at least on the inside of a seal part of the package, and a lead extending from the battery element to the outside of the package through between the resin layers at the seal part of the package. The lead has a special form into which the resin of the resin layers bites, so that the lead is firmly buried in the resin layers, whereby the lead is fully inhibited from moving. Therefore, an electro-chemical device having a high quality can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Naoto Tsukamoto, Hidetake Itoh, Yoshihiko Ohashi
  • Patent number: 8431264
    Abstract: An electrochemical device is claimed and disclosed wherein certain embodiments have a cathode greater than about 4 ?m and less than about 200 ?m thick; a thin electrolyte less than about 10 ?m thick; and an anode less than about 30 ?m thick. Another claimed and disclosed electrochemical device includes a cathode greater than about 0.5 ?m and less than about 200 ?m thick; a thin electrolyte less than about 10 ?m thick; and an anode less than about 30 ?m thick, wherein the cathode is fabricated by a non-vapor phase deposition method. A non-vacuum deposited cathode may be rechargeable or non-rechargeable. The cathode may be made of CFx (carbon fluoride) material, wherein, for example, 0<x<4. The electrochemical device may also include a substrate, a current collector, an anode current collector, encapsulation and a moderating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Infinite Power Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernd J. Neudecker, Shawn W. Snyder
  • Patent number: 8420266
    Abstract: A nonaqueous secondary battery comprising: a positive electrode; a negative electrode; and a nonaqueous electrolyte solution, wherein the nonaqueous electrolyte solution contains at least a cyclic nitrogen-containing compound represented by the general formula (1): wherein X represents an optionally branched divalent group derived from a chain saturated hydrocarbon and having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, ?C?CH2, ?C?O, ?C?S?O, ?O or ?S; and A1 and A2 may be the same or different and each represent an optionally substituted methylene group, ?C?O or ?SO2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hisayuki Utsumi
  • Patent number: 8420246
    Abstract: An electronic device with sliding battery cover includes a housing, a battery holder formed in the housing, a fixing element rotatably connected to the battery holder, and a battery cover slidably connected to the fixing element to cover or uncover the battery holder. The battery holder is for placing at least one battery. The fixing element includes at least one conductive elastic element. When the battery cover covers the battery holder, each conductive elastic element contacts an electrode of one of the at least one battery placed in the battery holder, and the battery cover is locked to the battery holder; when the battery cover is to uncover the battery holder, a force applied to the battery cover makes the battery cover slide along the fixing element to unlock the battery cover from the battery holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin-Shi Lai