Patents Examined by Jonathan Crepeau
  • Patent number: 10573920
    Abstract: Battery assembly techniques and a corresponding system are disclosed. In various embodiments, the battery assembly techniques include compressing battery cells and inserting the battery cells in a can. Battery cells are stacked and then compressed using pneumatic cylinders that exert pressure on a first external layer of the stacked battery cells. A first portion of the stacked battery cells is released from the pneumatic cylinders while a second portion of the battery cells remains compressed. The first portion of the stacked battery cells is inserted in a can. In various embodiments, friction decreasing materials are added to the stacked battery cells to compress the stacked battery cells or ease insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: WISK AERO LLC
    Inventors: John Melack, Thomas P. Muniz, Nihal Murthy
  • Patent number: 10573869
    Abstract: Articles and methods for protection of electrodes in electrochemical cells, including protective material precursor layers for use in electrode protective structures, are provided. Certain embodiments relate to electrode protective structures that comprise protective material precursor layers that, upon direct contact with a liquid electrolyte, cause a reaction product to form between the material of the precursor layer and a component of the electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Sion Power Corporation
    Inventors: Yuriy V. Mikhaylik, Michael G. Laramie, David Child
  • Patent number: 10566617
    Abstract: Disclosed is a microbattery having a substrate with a surface that includes an array of posts extending from the surface of the substrate to form a first electrode. An selectively-cured electrolyte forms a conformal coating over the surface of the substrate and the array of posts to provide a coated electrode. A second electrode substantially encases the coated electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Janet Hur, Leland Smith, Bruce S. Dunn, Chang-Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 10566589
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery module, which may stably maintain a secondary battery stack and have less damage to an electrode lead due to external vibration, and a battery pack including the battery module. The battery module comprises a plurality of pouch-type secondary batteries respectively configured to accommodate an electrode assembly in a pouch thereof so that an electrode lead connected to an electrode tab of the electrode assembly is drawn through a terrace portion of the pouch, and a fixing member interposed at least partially between the secondary batteries and adhered and fixed to the terrace portion to maintain the secondary batteries in a stacked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Jong-Woon Choi, Hang-June Choi, Jeong-O Mun
  • Patent number: 10553919
    Abstract: A battery module is provided. The battery module includes a battery stack that has a plurality of secondary batteries stacked on each other in multiple stages along a predetermined stack direction. Additionally, the battery module includes at least one cooling fin which has a contact part disposed to contact at least one of the secondary batteries and a fitting part that extends from the contact part to expose at least a portion of the fitting part to the exterior of the battery stack. A cooling channel which has at least one fitting groove is provided and the fitting part is fitted into the fitting groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Yong Hwan Choi, Hae Kyu Lim
  • Patent number: 10553911
    Abstract: A battery pack and a battery driving apparatus are disclosed. In one aspect, the battery pack includes a battery comprising at least one battery cell, and a terminal unit configured to be connected to an external apparatus. The battery pack further includes a controller configured to control the battery, be deactivated in a shut down mode, and wake up from the shut-down mode when a voltage is applied to the terminal unit and a wake-up switch configured to electrically connect the battery and the terminal unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Huntae Ro
  • Patent number: 10547073
    Abstract: A fuel cell assembly includes a fuel cell stack including a plurality of fuel cells, an incoming oxidizing gas flow path configured to deliver an oxidizing gas to the plurality of fuel cells, and a chromium-getter material located in the incoming oxidizing flow path. A fuel cell includes an electrolyte, a cathode electrode on a first side of the electrolyte, an anode electrode on a second side of the electrolyte, and a chromium-getter material on the cathode electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: BLOOM ENERGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manoj Pillai, James Wilson, Tad Armstrong, Chung-Dee Pong, James Chang, Matthias Gottmann, Tulin Akin
  • Patent number: 10547032
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a film comprising graphene oxide (GO) and clay, an electronic device comprising the film, a packaging material coated with the film, and a preparation method thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: LOREA INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Sang Bong Lee, Jin Kie Shim, Jong Tae Yoo
  • Patent number: 10541417
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide an electrode active material layer exhibiting excellent mechanical strength. This electrode material for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery includes at least an electrode active material, a carbon-based conductive auxiliary agent, and a binder. The carbon-based conductive auxiliary agent has a linear structure, and includes ultra-fine fibrous carbon having an average fibre diameter of more than 200 nm but not more than 900 nm. The electrode material configures an electrode active material layer in which the maximum tensile strength (?M) in a planar direction and the tensile strength (?T) in an in-plane direction orthogonal to the maximum tensile strength (?M) satisfy relational expression (a), namely ?M/?T?1.6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: TEIJIN LIMITED
    Inventors: Kazuki Yachi, Shinya Komura, Asami Kanematsu, Takahiro Daido
  • Patent number: 10535900
    Abstract: A monolithic ceramic electrochemical cell housing is provided. The housing includes two or more electrochemical sub cell housings. Each of the electrochemical sub cell housing includes an anode receptive space, a cathode receptive space, a separator between the anode receptive space and the cathode receptive space, and integrated electron conductive circuits. A first integrated electron conductive circuit is configured as an anode current collector within the anode receptive space. A second integrated electron conductive circuit is disposed as a cathode current collector within the cathode receptive space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: KERACEL, INC.
    Inventor: Philip E. Rogren
  • Patent number: 10530004
    Abstract: A first end plate that constitutes a fuel cell stack is provided with an oxidant gas supply manifold member that connects an oxidant gas inlet communication hole and a circular external pipe. The oxidant gas supply manifold member has a non-circular opening portion that communicates with the oxidant gas inlet communication hole and a circular opening portion that communicates with the circular external pipe. The non-circular opening portion is disposed within an area covered by the circular opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tadashi Nishiyama, Yuta Ikeda, Masaharu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10529975
    Abstract: One embodiment includes forming surface-modifying phases on a surface of a functional electrode via atomic layer deposition and controlling the chemistry of constituent phases, the crystalline nature of the constituent phases and the thickness of the surface-modifying phase via the atomic layer deposition such that the thickness is between about 2 nm to about 200 nm. The surface-modifying phases enhances the performance of electrocatalytic activity of the functional electrode and the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: West Virginia University
    Inventors: Xueyan Song, Yun Chen, Kirk Gerdes, Shiwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 10522848
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a separating plate and a fuel cell stack including same. According to an embodiment of the present invention, a separating plate is provided defining a coolant passage capable of uniform coolant supply and heat recovery across all areas of a reaction region, the separating plate can easily regulate the temperature of a reaction surface, and a reduction in performance and durability due to thermal load can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Hye Mi Jung, Jee Hoon Jeong, Jae Choon Yang
  • Patent number: 10516153
    Abstract: The initial charge/discharge efficiency and cycle characteristics of a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery that contains a silicon material as a negative-electrode active material are improved. A negative-electrode active material particle (10) according to an embodiment includes a lithium silicate phase (11) represented by Li2zSiO(2+z) {0<z<2} and silicon particles (12) dispersed in the lithium silicate phase (11). The silicon particles (12) have a crystallite size of 40 nm or less. The crystallite size is calculated using the Scherrer equation from the half-width of the diffraction peak of the Si (111) plane in an XRD pattern obtained by XRD measurement of the negative-electrode active material particle 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taizou Sunano, Hiroshi Minami, Yoshio Kato, Yohei Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 10510996
    Abstract: According to the present invention, grip feeling of an electronic device to which the battery is mounted may be improved by optimizing a shape of a battery, and miniaturization of the electronic device may be promoted at the same time. In order to achieve the above-described object, a battery is disclosed, the battery including: a first surface having a circumference of a closed curve having a curve; a second surface having a circumference of a closed curve having a curve; and a volume portion configured to connect the first surface to the second surface and defining a volume, wherein at least one of the first surface and the second surface has a circumference of the closed curve defined by connecting ends of each of two curves curved in the same direction to each other, and the first surface has an area different from that of the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoo Jin An, Hyung Ku Yun, In Gu An, Dong Myung Kim
  • Patent number: 10510997
    Abstract: A film-covered battery houses, in a film covering material 4 obtained by stacking a heat sealing layer 13, a barrier layer 12, and a protective layer 11, a battery element 6 obtained by arranging positive and negative electrodes through separators and has a sealing portion that seals a periphery of the film covering material 4 housing the battery element 6. The sealing portion 18 includes an agglomeration/sealing portion 19 and a first interface bonding portion 15 provided so as to be adjacent to the battery element housing portion side of the agglomeration/sealing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Envision AESC Energy Devices Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Ichikawa, Ikuo Kojima
  • Patent number: 10497919
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to contact plates configured to establish electrical bonds between battery cells in a battery module. In a first embodiment, the contact plate includes at least one primary conductive layer including a hole that is aligned with two or more terminals of two or more battery cells in a group of battery cells that are configured to be connected in parallel with each other, and a bonding connector configured to provide direct electrical bonds between the contact plate and the two or more terminals of the two or more battery cells. In a second embodiment, a contact plate includes at least one primary conductive layer and a set of bonding connectors made from at least one material that is selected to match at least one material used for the terminals of the at least one group of battery cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: TIVENI MERGEDCO, INC.
    Inventors: Heiner Fees, Andreas Track, Alexander Eichhorn, Ralf Maisch, Jörg Damaske, Martin Eberhard
  • Patent number: 10497949
    Abstract: An electrochemical reaction unit including a unit cell; a separator bonded to a peripheral portion of the unit cell by means of a bonding member containing a brazing material; and a glass sealing member which is in contact with both the surface of the separator and the surface of the unit cell, thereby sealing between an air chamber and a fuel chamber. The separator has a first flat portion approximately parallel to a second direction perpendicular to a first direction; a second flat portion approximately parallel to the second direction; and a connection portion having a portion whose position in the first direction is different from that of the first flat portion and the second flat portion and connecting the first flat portion and the second flat portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shunta Ohashi, Nobuyuki Hotta, Hiroaki Yagi
  • Patent number: 10497917
    Abstract: A zinc-air secondary battery includes a positive electrode, a negative electrode, a separation membrane interposed between the positive and negative electrodes, and an electrolyte accommodated between the positive and negative electrodes and submerging a part of the positive electrode. The separation membrane is a porous separation membrane having a plurality of through-holes, and the separation membrane is provided with through-holes. The sizes of the holes are smaller than the size of the potassium ions contained in the electrolyte. A plurality of adsorptive potassium ion particles are evenly attached on at least one side of the separation membrane to form an adsorptive potassium ion particle layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: E.M.W. ENERGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byoung Hoon Ryou, Jae Kyung Kong
  • Patent number: 10490855
    Abstract: The present application provides an electrochemical energy storage device with a desirable reaction reversibility by using a metal halide as an electrode active material. The electrochemical energy storage device disclosed herein includes: a positive electrode; a negative electrode; and a non-aqueous electrolyte in contact with the positive electrode and the negative electrode, wherein: at least one of the positive electrode and the negative electrode contains a metal halide as an electrode active material; and the non-aqueous electrolyte contains, as a solvent, an ionic liquid of which a component is a cation having an alkoxyalkyl group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignees: PANASONIC CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KYOTO UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Toru Matsui, Koji Suto, Toshiro Hirai, Jun-ichi Yamaki, Zempachi Ogumi