Patents Examined by Gary D. Harris
  • Patent number: 10418662
    Abstract: Provided is a cable-shaped alkali metal battery comprising: (a) a first electrode comprising an electrically conductive porous rod having pores and a first mixture of a first electrode active material and a first electrolyte, wherein the first mixture resides in the pores of the porous rod; (b) a porous separator wrapping around the first electrode; (c) a second electrode comprising an electrically conductive porous layer wrapping around or encasing the porous separator, wherein the conductive porous layer contains pores and a second mixture of a second electrode active material and a second electrolyte, and the second mixture resides in the pores of the porous layer; and (d) a protective casing or packing tube wrapping around or encasing the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Nanotek Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Aruna Zhamu, Hui He, Baofei Pan, Yu-Sheng Su, Bor Z Jang
  • Patent number: 10418652
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a proton exchange membrane fuel cell. The fuel cell includes: a container, wherein the container includes a reacting room, a fuel room connected to the reacting room through a fuel inputting hole, a fuel inputting door located on the fuel inputting hole, a waste collecting room connected to the reacting room through a waste outputting hole, a waste outputting door located on the waste outputting hole; a membrane electrode assembly device located in the reacting room, wherein the reacting room is divided into an anode electrode space and a cathode electrode space connected to the outside through a pipe, the volume of the anode electrode space and the cathode electrode space can be changed by moving the membrane electrode assembly device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Li-Na Zhang, Kai-Li Jiang, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 10411313
    Abstract: An example electric vehicle battery assembly includes, among other things, a plurality of battery cells, a cold plate, and a cantilevered member to urge the plurality of battery cells toward the cold plate. An electric vehicle battery assembly according to another exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes a battery cell, a cold plate, and a cantilevered member biasing a first side of the battery cell toward the cold plate to enhance thermal energy transfer between the battery cell and the cold plate. The cantilevered member biases the first side by pressing against an opposite, second side of the battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Suriyaprakash Ayyangar Janarthanam, Bhaskara Boddakayala, John Paul Gibeau
  • Patent number: 10411241
    Abstract: A battery including an electrode assembly having an electrode tab; an insulating spacer having a welding groove at which the electrode tab protruding from the electrode assembly is assembled to the insulating spacer; and an electrode lead to which the electrode tab is welded. In the insulating spacer, the welding groove for exposing the electrode tab is formed at a location where the electrode tab is assembled to the insulating spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seonyeong Kang
  • Patent number: 10403937
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an electrochemical cell having a gel electrolyte. An electrochemical cell is provided having a cell casing, and a first electrode, a second electrode, an electrolyte solution and a temperature activated gelling agent disposed within the cell casing. A gel electrolyte comprising the electrolyte solution and the gelling agent is formed by passing a current through the electrochemical cell such that the temperature of the gelling agent exceeds the activation temperature of the gelling agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Fazlil Ahmode Coowar, Emmanuel Imasuen Eweka, Mamdouh Elsayed Abdelsalam, Alex Madsen
  • Patent number: 10396373
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a proton exchange membrane fuel cell. The fuel cell includes: a container, wherein the container includes a reacting room, a fuel room connected to the reacting room through a fuel inputting hole, a fuel inputting door located on the fuel inputting hole, a waste collecting room connected to the reacting room through a waste outputting hole, a waste outputting door located on the waste outputting hole; a membrane electrode assembly located in the reacting room, wherein the membrane electrode assembly device defines a bellows and a pipe connected to the bellows and extending out of the reacting room, the reacting room is divided into a first electrode space outside the bellows and a second electrode space inside the bellows, the volume of the first electrode space and the second electrode space can be changed by deforming the bellows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Li-Na Zhang, Kai-Li Jiang, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 10396359
    Abstract: A method includes treating a CFx material with a base during the formation of a CFx cathode; and assembling the treated CFx material into a cathode electrode and assembling the cathode electrode with a lithium anode electrode and an electrolyte into a cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Ignacio Chi, Steven P. Findell, Todd Eric Bofinger, Michael J. Root
  • Patent number: 10386656
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to form biocompatible energization elements are described. In some examples, the methods and apparatus to form the biocompatible energization elements involve forming cavities composing active cathode chemistry. The active elements of the cathode and anode are sealed with a biocompatible material. In some examples, a field of use for the methods and apparatus may include any biocompatible device or product that requires energization elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. Otts, Randall B. Pugh, James Daniel Riall, Adam Toner, Frederick A. Flitsch, Shivkumar Mahadevan
  • Patent number: 10388926
    Abstract: Battery enclosure arrangements for a vehicular battery system. The arrangements, capable of impact resistance include plurality of battery cells and a plurality of kinetic energy absorbing elements. The arrangements further include a frame configured to encase the plurality of the kinetic energy absorbing elements and the battery cells. In some arrangements the frame and/or the kinetic energy absorbing elements can be made of topologically interlocked materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Waterloo Tsutsui, Yuezhong Feng, Weinong Wayne Chen, Thomas Heinrich Siegmund
  • Patent number: 10388966
    Abstract: An electrode catalyst material includes graphite particles and catalyst particles. Each of the graphite particles has a hollow structure that includes an outer shell, and the outer shell has at least one of a through-hole and a recess. Each of the catalyst particles is supported by the at least one of through-hole and recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiichi Kondou, Kazuya Yamasaki, Hitoshi Ishimoto
  • Patent number: 10381666
    Abstract: A control device of a fuel cell system includes a sensor state determining unit and a power generation control unit. A sensor state determining unit performs sensor state determining control before a first startup of the fuel cell after supply complete timing into a first tank and a second tank based on first pressure detected by a first pressure sensor at the supply complete timing, and second pressure detected by a second pressure sensor after a valve is opened. A power generation control unit starts up the fuel cell only when the sensor state determining unit determines that the first pressure sensor and the second pressure sensor are normal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ohkuwa, Taiki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10381631
    Abstract: A sealed-type battery includes an exterior body, a collector terminal, a hollow rivet defining a hollow section, and a reverse plate arranged between the collector terminal and the hollow rivet. The collector terminal includes: a projected section projected; a peripheral edge section provided; and a notch section provided in the peripheral edge section in a manner to surround the projected section and formed in a manner to reduce thickness of the collector terminal. In a projected direction of the projected section, the projected section is thicker than the peripheral edge section. A fitting section, to which the projected section is fitted, is provided in the reverse plate. The sealed-type battery includes a welded section that has a top surface opposing the hollow rivet and that joins the collector terminal and the reverse plate at a position between the projected section and the fitting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoto Kagami, Tomohiro Ono, Tomotaka Hagino, Yoichi Naruse, Yuta Nemoto, Toshinori Okura, Kaito Matsubara
  • Patent number: 10374264
    Abstract: An air plenum assembly includes a first plenum for cooling, where the first plenum includes an inlet for air intake located at a first side of the first plenum. The air plenum assembly further includes a second plenum for exhausting heated air, where the second plenum includes an outlet for exhausting air located at a first side of the second plenum. The air plenum assembly further includes a first aperture located on a first side of the first plenum for directing air from the inlet at the first side of the first plenum to a first compartment and includes a first vent located on a first side of the second plenum for exhausting air away from the first compartment towards the outlet at the first side of the second plenum. The first compartment is isolated from surrounding battery compartments by at least two thermal separators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Noah Singer, John Torok, Robert B. Schlak, Xiaojin Wei, Mitchell Zapotoski
  • Patent number: 10374207
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery includes: a case having an opening; an electrode assembly in the case and including a first electrode and a second electrode; a cap plate coupled to the opening of the case; a first current collector electrically connected to the first electrode; and a support fixed to an inner surface of the case, wherein the first current collector is hooked on the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun-Soo Lee, Jeong-Won Oh
  • Patent number: 10374263
    Abstract: An air plenum assembly includes a first plenum for cooling, where the first plenum includes an inlet for air intake located at a first side of the first plenum. The air plenum assembly further includes a second plenum for exhausting heated air, where the second plenum includes an outlet for exhausting air located at a first side of the second plenum. The air plenum assembly further includes a first aperture located on a first side of the first plenum for directing air from the inlet at the first side of the first plenum to a first compartment and includes a first vent located on a first side of the second plenum for exhausting air away from the first compartment towards the outlet at the first side of the second plenum. The first compartment is isolated from surrounding battery compartments by at least two thermal separators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Noah Singer, John Torok, Robert B. Schlak, Xiaojin Wei, Mitchell Zapotoski
  • Patent number: 10355284
    Abstract: A composition containing a uniformly dispersed polyoxazine-based compound, a method of preparing the composition, an electrode including the composition, and a fuel cell including the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jung-ock Park, Seong-woo Choi, Woo-sung Jeon, Jung-seok Yi, Oemer Uensal
  • Patent number: 10355330
    Abstract: A battery module assembly comprising a plurality of battery modules each comprising battery cells, with the battery modules being arranged at respective positions in at least one row and respectively having a top side at which electric contacts are provided in order to connect the plurality of battery modules to form a power supply and a bottom side, the battery module assembly further comprising a housing and a cooling plate arranged between the housing and the bottom sides of the plurality of battery modules, wherein the cooling plate comprises a plurality of separate cooling passages, wherein a heat conducting gap filling material is preferably provided directly between the bottom sides of the plurality of battery modules and the cooling plate. The invention further relates to a cooling plate for use in such a housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: AKASOL GMBH
    Inventors: Stephen Raiser, Kai Rittner
  • Patent number: 10350799
    Abstract: The purpose of this invention is to make it easy to handle all-rubber gaskets. To achieve this purpose, a gasket is characterized in that a gasket body of only rubber is combined with a carrier film that is made from a resin film to hold the gasket body in a non-adhesive state. A three-dimensional portion having a shape that is deformed along the external shape of the gasket body is provided at a position where the gasket body and a plane of the carrier film overlap, and a portion of the gasket body is contained in the three-dimensional section. The gasket body is used as a gasket for fuel cells incorporated into a fuel cell stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: NOK Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Saso, Yoshihiro Kurano, Takayuki Horimoto, Tetsuya Urakawa, Kenichi Oba, Takuro Nishimura, Hajime Yui, Takahiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10340555
    Abstract: Process for fabrication of all-solid-state thin film batteries, said batteries comprising a film of anode materials (anode film), a film of solid electrolyte materials (electrolyte film) and a film of cathode materials (cathode film) in electrical contact with a cathode collector, characterized in that: a first electrode film (cathode or anode) is deposited by electrophoresis on a conducting substrate or a substrate with at least one conducting zone, said substrate or said at least one conducting zone possibly being used as a collector of said electrode current (anode or cathode current) of the micro-battery, the electrolyte film is deposited by electrophoresis on said first electrode film, a second electrode film (anode or cathode) is deposited on the electrolyte film either by electrophoresis or by a vacuum deposition process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: I-TEN
    Inventors: Fabien Gaben, Frédéric Bouyer, Bruno Vuillemin
  • Patent number: 10320021
    Abstract: A passive-delivery fuel cell system an anode with a fuel flow channel extending along the body and fluidly connecting the inlet to the outlet, wherein a volume of the flow channel per unit length of the anode body increases along the length of the body towards the second end, a capillary check valve in fluid communication with the anode inlet, a vented fuel cartridge in fluid communication with the anode outlet, and a pump in fluid communication with the vented fuel cartridge, the pump configured to pump fuel from the vented fuel cartridge to the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: XNRGI, INC.
    Inventors: Tsali Cross, Chris D'Couto, Sean Huff, Derek Reiman