Patents Examined by Gregg Cantelmo
  • Patent number: 11515600
    Abstract: Electric vehicle battery enclosures and methods of assembling electric vehicle battery enclosures involve a base portion to hold one or more batteries that provide motive power to an all-electric or hybrid electric vehicle. An electric vehicle battery enclosure includes a cover portion to mate with the base portion to enclose the one or more batteries, and a sealant to create a bond between the base portion and the cover portion around an entire perimeter of the enclosure and to seal the enclosure based on a uniform height of the sealant around the perimeter of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Charles E. Jensen, Terry A. Swartzell, Andrew W. White, James A. Rochon
  • Patent number: 11515606
    Abstract: A battery cell includes a first power tab and a first conducting wire. The first power tab may include a proximal end connected to the battery cell, and may provide a first output terminal for the battery cell. The first conducting wire may be connected to a distal end of the first power tab, and may be encircled by the first power tab. The first conducting wire may connect with a power circuit board to provide power from the battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Andrew T. Sultenfuss, Rick C. Thompson
  • Patent number: 11515565
    Abstract: Provided is a battery comprising a cathode, an anode, and an electrolyte layer. The electrolyte layer includes a first electrolyte layer and a second electrolyte layer. The first electrolyte layer includes a first solid electrolyte material. The second electrolyte layer includes a second solid electrolyte material which is a material different from the first solid electrolyte material. The first solid electrolyte material includes lithium, at least one kind selected from the group consisting of metalloid elements and metal elements other than lithium, and at least one kind selected from the group consisting of chlorine, bromine, and iodine. The first solid electrolyte material does not include sulfur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Sakaida, Tetsuya Asano, Akinobu Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 11509018
    Abstract: A battery package including a fixing member, a device including the same, and a battery package manufacturing method are provided. The battery package includes: a battery module including a plurality of battery cells; a tray disposed at a lower end of the battery module and receiving the battery module; and a bracket adjacent to one side of the tray and mounted and coupled to one side surface of the lower end of the battery module, wherein at least one of a surface of the bracket in contact with the battery module and a surface of the tray in contact with the one side surface of the lower end of the battery module and disposed adjacent to the bracket may have a wedge shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: Jeong In Pak
  • Patent number: 11502347
    Abstract: The secondary battery cells are disposed in parallel in such postures that side surfaces of cylindrical shapes face each other in an internal space of a housing case, and are separated from each other with a longitudinal partition plate interposed between the secondary battery cells. A pair of ribs are provided on an inner surface of the housing case to hold the longitudinal partition plate. The longitudinal partition plate disposed between the pair of ribs is held in the housing case. A gap between the pair of ribs and the longitudinal partition plate is filled with a flame-retardant adhesive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Manabu Tada, Yuki Takatsuji, Ryusuke Tsujiguchi, Michinobu Ono
  • Patent number: 11502367
    Abstract: Provided is a battery case for accommodating a coin cell battery which is inserted thereinto in a sliding manner. The battery case includes: a battery case body part which includes an opening for accommodating the coin battery and in which the accommodated coin cell battery is held; and a lid part which closes the opening of the battery case body part. The lid part includes a claw part which, upon closing of the opening, is fitted and inserted into the battery case body part, and with which, upon removal of the coin cell battery held in the battery case body part, the coin battery is pushed out in a direction opposite to a direction of insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: FDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yunosuke Fukuda, Naoto Kawaguchi, Atsushi Metsugi
  • Patent number: 11495807
    Abstract: A fuel cell module is configured or operated, or both, such that after a shut down procedure a fuel cell stack is discharged and has its cathode electrodes at least partially blanketed with nitrogen during at least some periods of time. If the fuel cell module is restarted in this condition, electrochemical reactions are limited and do not quickly re-charge the fuel cell stack. To decrease start up time, air is moved into the cathode electrodes before the stack is re-charged. The air may be provided by a pump, fan or blower driven by a battery or by the flow or pressure of stored hydrogen. For example, an additional fan or an operating blower may be driven by a battery until the fuel cell stack is able to supply sufficient current to drive the operating blower for normal operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Hydrogenics Corporation
    Inventor: Nathaniel Ian Joos
  • Patent number: 11495823
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating battery plates includes a work surface for receiving a stack of battery plates, and an alignment mechanism for aligning the battery plates on the work surface. The work surface is movable between a first position in which it is angled with respect to a horizontal plane and a second position in which it is substantially aligned with the horizontal plane. When the work surface moves between the first and second position adjacent battery plates of the stack are displaced relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: TBS ENGINEERING LIMITED
    Inventor: Chris Barge
  • Patent number: 11495845
    Abstract: An energy storage device including an electrode terminal, and a case having a case first surface on which the electrode terminal is disposed, and a case second surface, a conductive member, and a first insulating member including a facing portion that faces the case second surface in the first direction, and is disposed between the case second surface and the conductive member, and an extending portion extending from the facing portion in a second direction intersecting the first direction are provided, and in a third direction intersecting the first direction and the second direction, the extending portion is disposed closer to the case first surface on which the electrode terminal is disposed than a case third surface facing the case first surface of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Shun Sasaki, Yoshimasa Toshioka, Kenta Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 11489195
    Abstract: A solid electrolyte material is composed of Li, M, and X, where M is at least one kind of element selected from the group consisting of metalloid elements and metallic elements other than Li, and X is at least one kind of element selected from the group consisting of F, Cl, Br and I. In the solid electrolyte material, the mathematical formula FWHM/2?p?0.015 is satisfied, where FWHM represents a half bandwidth of an X-ray diffraction peak having the highest intensity within a range of a diffraction angle 2? of not less than 25 degrees and not more than 35 degrees in an X-ray diffraction pattern provided by an X-ray diffraction measurement of the solid electrolyte material; the X-ray diffraction measurement using a Cu-K? ray; and 2?p represents a diffraction angle of a center of the X-ray diffraction peak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Sakai, Seiji Nishiyama, Kenta Nagamine
  • Patent number: 11482754
    Abstract: A battery module, including: a housing case having a box-shaped and an open top; a battery stack including a stacked battery body in which plural battery cells are stacked along a horizontal direction, the battery stack being housed in the housing case; and a spacer member disposed between the battery stack and the housing case in a state in which the battery stack is pressed in a stacking direction of the plural battery cells, the spacer member being formed with an elongated cutout portion that extends from a lower end of the spacer member towards an upper side of the spacer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Yamazaki, Koji Oshita
  • Patent number: 11469474
    Abstract: A battery assembly includes a battery holding unit and a battery unit removably held by the battery holding unit. The battery unit includes a battery, a first engaging portion, and a second engaging portion. The battery holding unit includes a holding member selectively engaged with the first engaging portion or the second engaging portion to hold the battery unit at a first position or a second position. When the holding member and the first engaging portion relatively move away from each other along a disengagement direction, the battery unit moves along a detachment direction from the first position to the second position at which the holding member engages with the second engaging portion, and the second engaging portion is allowed to move to disengage from the holding member, so that the battery unit moves again along the detachment direction to be removed from the battery holding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chia-Hung Liu, Chien-Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 11456506
    Abstract: A vehicle body member includes a first cell unit including a first negative electrode part and a first positive electrode part, a second cell unit including a second negative electrode part and a second positive electrode part, a reinforcing insulating layer interposed between a first surface of the first cell unit and a second surface of the second cell unit, a first positive electrode current collector connected to the first positive electrode part, a second positive electrode current collector connected to the second positive electrode part and connected in parallel to the first positive electrode current collector, a first negative electrode current collector connected to the first negative electrode part, and a second negative electrode current collector connected to the second negative electrode part and connected in parallel to the first negative electrode current collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Won Ki Song, Hee Dae Oh, Min Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 11450930
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a battery module and a battery pack including the same, and more particularly, to a battery module including busbars having the same shape and connected to a positive (+) electrode terminal and a negative (?) electrode terminal of each of a plurality of battery cells, and to a battery pack provided with a busbar connection part which electrically connects and couples the modules through the busbar in the same side surface part of each of the plurality of battery modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: LG Energy Solution, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Yoon Keum
  • Patent number: 11450903
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a battery module and a surfing apparatus having the same. The battery module includes a housing and a plurality of cells arranged in the housing, wherein a bottom surface of the housing is provided with one or a plurality of heat dissipation grooves. The surfing apparatus includes the battery module. By virtue of the plurality of heat dissipation grooves arranged on the bottom surface of the housing, the heat dissipation performance of the battery module is improved. The battery module of the surfing apparatus has better heat dissipation performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventor: Yu Tian
  • Patent number: 11437681
    Abstract: An enclosure defined by first and second halves that are secured together by a locking member that is slidable lockingly engageable therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 11431066
    Abstract: A drain system is described for allowing fluid to drain from a battery pack while maintaining structural integrity of the battery pack. A frame of the battery pack is comprised of several retaining members in which valves are disposed to allow fluid to exit the battery pack. The valves are positioned such that forces normally experienced while driving a vehicle, such as acceleration, deceleration, and turning forces, cause the fluid to flow toward and through the valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel C. Wynn, Vignesh Sekar, Kyle Butterfield, Tyler Collins
  • Patent number: 11417871
    Abstract: A system for producing electrodes for lead-acid batteries is disclosed. An electrode that has been produced comprises at least one upper and/or one lower frame element as well as a lattice-shaped region that extends away from said upper or lower frame element and has a plurality of openings, the upper and/or lower frame element being of a greater thickness than the lattice-shaped region. Said system comprises the steps of: a) producing a profiled strip-shaped blank using a casting method in which the strip-shaped blank is formed, solely by means of said casting method, to have a greater thickness on one side in at least one of the regions which should eventually form the upper or lower frame element, than the thickness in regions which should eventually form the lattice-shaped region, and b) producing said lattice-shaped region with the openings in a subsequent expanded metal process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Clarios Germany GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Tatjana Reich
  • Patent number: 11417891
    Abstract: A cathode having a tandem electrocatalyst structure is provided. The cathode includes a plurality of wires spaced apart from each other, a layer formed on a surface of each of the plurality of wires, and a plurality of nanoparticles disposed on the layer. Each of the plurality of wires includes a first perovskite material or a metal. The layer includes a second perovskite material. Each of the nanoparticles includes a metal oxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Cenk Gumeci, Mohammed Hussain Abdul Jabbar
  • Patent number: 11411278
    Abstract: A battery pack for use with a power tool and including a housing having an internal cavity in which one or more battery cells are supported. The housing has a set of openings. A printed circuit board is supported within the housing and in electrical communication with the battery cells. Battery pack contacts are coupled to and in electrical communication with the printed circuit board. A terminal block is supported by the printed circuit board and encloses the battery pack contacts. Each of the battery pack contacts are accessible through one of the set of openings in the housing and the terminal block. A first gasket is positioned between a first wall of the terminal block and the housing and a second gasket is positioned between a second wall of the terminal block and the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyle J. Radovich, James P. Elfering, Zoe L. Hinton, Terry L. Timmons