Patents Examined by Gary D. Harris
  • Patent number: 10938052
    Abstract: Anode materials comprising various compositions of strontium iron cobalt molybdenum oxide (SFCM) for low- or intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFCs) are provided. These materials offer high conductivity achievable at intermediate and low temperatures and can be used to prepare the anode layer of a SOFC. A method of making a low- or intermediate temperature SOFC having an anode layer including SFCM is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: University of Maryland, College Park
    Inventors: Ke-Ji Pan, Eric D. Wachsman, Mohammed Hussain Abdul Jabbar
  • Patent number: 10938004
    Abstract: A displacement adjustment member provided in a battery module disclosed herein has at least a first elastic body and a second elastic body capable of undergoing elastic deformation in the stacking direction of unit cells. The first elastic body is made of an elastic body in which an elastic deformation extent, with respect to a predetermined load, is relatively larger than that of the second elastic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Seigo Fujishima
  • Patent number: 10930901
    Abstract: Provided herein are a battery cell of a battery pack to power electric vehicles. The battery cell can include a housing. The housing can define an inner region. An electrolyte can be disposed in the inner region defined by the housing. The battery cell can include a lid. A gasket can couple the lid with the first end of the housing to seal the battery cell. The gasket can include a first gasket surface and a second gasket surface. The first end of the housing can have a crimped edge disposed about the first gasket surface to couple the gasket with the first end of the housing and position the second gasket surface adjacent to the electrolyte. The crimped edge can have a first crimped surface having a predetermined pattern for wire bonding and a second crimped surface disposed adjacent to the first gasket surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SF Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Yifan Tang, Chien-Fan Chen, Ying Liu
  • Patent number: 10930916
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a composite end plate and a battery module. The composite end plate comprises a rigid substrate, which has a first surface and a second surface that are opposite in a thickness direction of the rigid substrate, the first surface is disposed facing batteries; a rigid connecting plate, which comprises a connecting portion and a hook portion that is bent toward the connecting portion, the hook portion is embedded in the rigid substrate to connect the rigid connecting plate to the rigid substrate, the connecting portion is located on the second surface for connecting and fixing with an external structural member, and a material of the rigid connecting plate is different from that of the rigid substrate. The composite end plate according to the present disclosure can improve the structural strength of the battery module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Gen Cao, Weihua Mo, Jihua Yao
  • Patent number: 10923743
    Abstract: A gas supply and discharge system may have a fuel cell arrangement having at least one electrode, a gas-gas heat exchanger for exchanging heat between a first gas to be supplied to the electrode and a second gas discharged or dischargeable from the second electrode, and a humidifier for transferring humidity between the first gas and the second gas. The first gas to be supplied to the electrode can be introduced into the gas-gas heat exchanger before the supply of the first gas to the electrode, and such that the second gas can be introduced into the gas-gas heat exchanger from the electrode in order to transfer heat between the first gas and the second gas in the gas-gas heat exchanger. The first gas and the second gas can be introduced into the humidifier from the gas-gas heat exchanger in order to transfer humidity between the first gas and the second gas in the humidifier. The first gas can be introduced into the fuel cell arrangement from the humidifier and can be supplied to the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: REINZ-DICHTUNGS-GMBH
    Inventors: Andre Speidel, Rainer Glueck
  • Patent number: 10910673
    Abstract: An electrode body, which includes a positive electrode plate and a negative electrode plate, includes a positive-electrode tab group that is composed of a plurality of positive electrode tabs. The positive-electrode tab group is disposed between a sealing plate and an electrode body, and a positive-electrode current collector includes a base portion and a tab connection portion that is folded from an end of the base portion. The base portion of the positive-electrode current collector is connected to a positive electrode terminal, and the tab connection portion of the positive-electrode current collector is connected to the positive-electrode tab group. A fuse portion is formed in the positive-electrode current collector, and a first-insulator second region of a first insulator, which is connected to an inner insulator, is disposed between the base portion and the tab connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryoichi Wakimoto, Hiroshi Takabayashi
  • Patent number: 10910634
    Abstract: The present invention relates an electro-active polymeric ionic liquid including imidazolium-based molecules, said imidazolium-based molecule comprising each at least: —one imidazolium moiety associated with a negatively-charged counter-ion, and —one reducible group selected from: Formula (IV), —an anthraquinone derivative of formula (IV): with R1 representing a hydrogen atom or a C1-C6-alkyl group, —a viologen group, and —a metallocene reducible group such as a cobaltocene group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Ghilane Jalal, Gaëlle Trippe Allard, Van Bui Thi Tuyet, Hyacinthe Randriamahazaka, Thuan Nguyen Pham Truong
  • Patent number: 10903528
    Abstract: An electrochemical cell including: a negative electrode including calcium and an alkali metal; a positive electrode including one or more elements selected from the group consisting of Al, Si, Zn, Ga, Ge, Cd, In, Sn, Sb, Hg, Tl, Pb, Bi, Te, Bi, Pb, Sb, Zn, Sn and Mg; and an electrolyte including a salt of calcium and a salt of the alkali metal. The electrolyte is configured to allow the cations of the calcium and alkali metal to be transferred from the negative electrode to the positive electrode during discharging and to be transferred from the positive electrode to the negative electrode during charging. The electrolyte exists as a liquid phase and one or both of the negative electrode and the positive electrode exists as liquid or partially liquid phases at operating temperatures of the electrochemical cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Takanari Ouchi, Hojong Kim, Donald R. Sadoway
  • Patent number: 10892511
    Abstract: A system for clamping a high-temperature SOEC/SOFC stack, including: an upper clamping plate and a lower clamping plate between which the stack can be clamped, each plate including at least one clamping orifice; at least one clamping rod configured to extend through clamping orifices in the upper and lower clamping plates to allow them to be assembled; a clamping mechanism level with each clamping orifice, configured to interact with the at least one clamping rod; and at least one electrically insulating plate configured to be located between the stack and at least one of the upper and lower clamping plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Magali Reytier, Charlotte Bernard, Pascal Giroud
  • Patent number: 10892498
    Abstract: An illustrative example fuel cell device includes a cell stack assembly of a plurality of fuel cells that each include an anode and a cathode. A pressure plate is situated near one end of the cell stack assembly. A spacer between the end of the cell stack assembly and the pressure plate has a length, a width, and a height. The height of the spacer defines a spacing between the pressure plate and the end of the cell stack assembly. The spacer has a plurality of ribs that define at least two fluid reservoirs. At least one of the ribs separates the fluid reservoirs so that fluid in one of the reservoirs is isolated from fluid in the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: DOOSAN FUEL CELL AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Donald J. L. Roy
  • Patent number: 10892456
    Abstract: A separator for an electrochemical element interposed between a pair of electrodes, capable of holding an organic electrolytic solution contains an electrolyte. The separator is a wet-laid nonwoven fabric containing 10-50 mass % of thermoplastic synthetic fibers and 50-90 mass % of beaten regenerated cellulose fibers having a mean fiber length of 0.2-2.0 mm, the separator has a thickness of 10-70 ?m and a density of 0.25-0.90 g/cm3, including two parts obtained by bisecting a cross-section of the separator in a thickness direction. Two A-parts with a small number of the thermoplastic synthetic fibers and B-part with a large number of the thermoplastic synthetic fibers, and the A and B parts are formed into a single layer in an integrated manner; a value obtained by dividing the number of thermoplastic synthetic fibers in the A part by the number of the thermoplastic synthetic fibers in the B part is 0.85 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON KODOSHI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norihiro Wada, Atsushi Igawa, Masahiko Ueta
  • Patent number: 10892448
    Abstract: Disclosed are a pouch exterior capable of easily mounting an electrode assembly at an accurate position between accommodating parts, having an integrated form to minimize sealing parts contacting the air and to increase a lifetime of a battery, capable of preventing a rupture of the pouch exterior in an assembly process, and capable of increasing an energy density of a cell, a pouch-type secondary battery using the pouch exterior, and a method of manufacturing the pouch-type secondary battery. A pouch exterior for a secondary battery, according to the present disclosure, includes two corresponding accommodating parts configured to mount an electrode assembly therebetween and symmetrically formed at both sides by disposing a protruding part therebetween, and is folded along two folding lines outside a center part of the protruding part by vertically mounting a side surface of the electrode assembly on the protruding part, such that folded parts surround side edges of the electrode assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tai-Jin Jung, Jeong-O Mun, Byoung-Cheon Jeong
  • Patent number: 10892460
    Abstract: A wiring module having a second protector is provided with a rear-side first latching portion and a front-side first latching portion that are elastically deformable. A cover is provided with a rear-side restraining portion and a front-side restraining portion. The rear-side restraining portion is disposed within a deflection space for the rear-side first latching portion, and restrains elastic deformation of the rear-side first latching portion. The front-side restraining portion is disposed within a deflection space for the front-side first latching portion, and restrains elastic deformation of the front-side first latching portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Fukushima, Osamu Nakayama, Katsushi Miyazaki, Seishi Kimura
  • Patent number: 10892486
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a metal or metal-ion battery cell, includes anode and cathode electrodes, a separator electrically separating the anode and the cathode, and a solid electrolyte ionically coupling the anode and the cathode, wherein the solid electrolyte comprises a material having one or more rearrangeable chalcogen-metal-hydrogen groups that are configured to transport at least one metal-ion or metal-ion mixture through the solid electrolyte, wherein the solid electrolyte exhibits a melting point below about 350° C. In an example, the solid electrolyte may be produced by mixing different dry metal-ion compositions together, arranging the mixture inside of a mold, and heating the mixture while arranged inside of the mold at least to a melting point (e.g., below about 350° C.) of the mixture so as to produce a material comprising one or more rearrangeable chalcogen-metal-hydrogen groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignees: SILA NANOTECHNOLOGIES INC., GEORGIA TECH RESEARCH CORPORATION, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
    Inventors: Gleb Yushin, Kostiantyn Turcheniuk, Yiran Xiao, Ah-Young Song, Oleg Borodin, Naoki Nitta
  • Patent number: 10886507
    Abstract: A separating member for separating a plurality of battery cells is provided, which includes a plurality of first walls and a plurality of second walls having a thickness larger than a thickness of the first walls. The separating member is expandable from a collapsed state to an expanded state. The separating member has a plate configuration in the collapsed state and has a honeycomb structure in the expanded state. The plurality of first walls and the plurality of second walls jointly define a plurality of cell units of the honeycomb structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel Christopher Wynn, Charles Ed Chang, Emil Yu-ming Chao
  • Patent number: 10879512
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an aromatic polyamide porous membrane having a uniform internal structure. The internal structure of the membrane is a three-dimensional network porous structure with micron-sized pores. The aromatic polyamide porous membrane of the present disclosure has good thermal stability and is especially suitable for a high energy density lithium-ion power battery, and greatly improves the thermal runaway temperature of the battery. The present disclosure further provides a method for preparing the membrane and a lithium secondary battery having the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: MICROVAST POWER SYSTEMS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qingjin Sun, Heji Huang, Wei Li, Xiang Li
  • Patent number: 10879503
    Abstract: Designs, strategies and methods for forming micro-batteries are described. In some examples, ultrasonic welded seals may be used to seal battery chemistry within the micro-battery. In some further examples, the micro-battery is encapsulated by a copper film where at least a portion of the copper film is formed by electroless plating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: JOHNSON & JOHNSON VISION CARE, INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Audebert, Zachary Kanner, Leonard Pagliaro, Lawrence Edward Weinstein, Serena Peterson, Jonathan Howarth
  • Patent number: 10868335
    Abstract: Magnesium salts suitable for use in an electrolyte for a magnesium ion electrochemical cell are described herein. The salts are magnesium tetra(perfluoroalkoxy)metalates, optionally solvated with up to seven ether molecules coordinated to the magnesium ion thereof. In one embodiment, the salt has the empirical formula: Mg(Z)n2+[M(OCR3)4?]2 (Formula (I)) wherein Z is an ether; n is 0 to about 7; M is Al or B; and each R independently is a perfluoroalkyl group (e.g., C1 to C10 perfluoroalkyl). The magnesium salts of Formula (I) are suitable for use as electrolyte salts for magnesium ion batteries (e.g., 5 V class magnesium batteries) and exhibit a wide redox window that is particularly compatible with magnesium anode. The salts are relatively cost effective to prepare by methods described herein, which are conveniently scalable to levels suitable for commercial production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: UCHICAGO ARGONNE, LLC
    Inventors: Ka-Cheong Lau, Chen Liao
  • Patent number: 10868287
    Abstract: An exemplary battery pack assembly includes an endplate with a first side region and a second side region opposite the first side region, a first connector in the first side region, and a second connector in the second side region. The first and second connectors each provide a connection point to secure the endplate to a support when a respective one of the first or second side regions is positioned proximate the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eid Farha, James M. McManaman, Patrick Daniel Maguire
  • Patent number: 10854920
    Abstract: Provided are a solid electrolyte composition containing at least one dendritic polymer selected from the group consisting of dendrons, dendrimers, and hyperbranched polymers and a specific inorganic solid electrolyte, in which the dendritic polymer has at least one specific functional group, an electrode sheet for an all-solid state secondary battery and an all-solid state secondary battery for which the solid electrolyte composition is used, a method for manufacturing an electrode sheet for an all-solid state secondary battery, and a method for manufacturing an all-solid state secondary battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Masaomi Makino, Hiroaki Mochizuki, Tomonori Mimura, Katsuhiko Meguro