Patents Examined by Jonathan Crepeau
  • Patent number: 11961958
    Abstract: A composition includes an electrode made of Lithium Manganese Oxyfluoride (LMOF). A single layer separator adheres to a surface of the electrode, is a dielectric that is conductive for Lithium ions but not electrons, and has top and bottom sides. A solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) saturates the electrode so that the LMOF is between 55 percent and 85 percent by mass of a composition of the LMOF electrode and the SPE is between 7.5 percent and 20 percent by mass of the composition of the LMOF electrode. The SPE saturates the separator so that the SPE resides both on the separator top and bottom sides so that the SPE residing on the separator top side contacts the surface. The LMOF exhibits X-Ray Diffraction spectrum peaks between twenty-two and twenty-four 2-theta degrees, between forty-eight and fifty 2-theta degrees, between fifty-four and fifty-six 2-theta degrees, and between fifty-six and fifty-eight 2-theta degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John Collins, Bucknell C. Webb, Paul S. Andry, Teodor Krassimirov Todorov, Devendra K. Sadana
  • Patent number: 11961962
    Abstract: A solid ion conductor compound including Li, Ho, and a halogen element, wherein the compound has diffraction peaks at 30°2? to 33°2?, 33°2? to 36°2?, 40°2? to 44°2?, and 48°2? to 52°28?, when analyzed using CuK? radiation, and wherein a full width at half maximum of at least one peak at 40°2? to 44°2? is 0.3°2? or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventors: Wonsung Choi, Gabin Yoon, Tomoyuki Tsujimura, Toshinori Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 11955678
    Abstract: Methods to improve redox flow battery performance with improved CE, reduced electrolyte solution crossover, and simplified solution refreshing process have been developed. The methods include controlling the pre-charging degree and conditions to allow high quality metal plating (ductile and uniform), for example, Fe(O), on the negative electrode. Control of the pre-charging conditions can be combined with increasing the concentration of metal ions compared to existing systems, while maintaining the same concentration in both the negative and positive electrolytes, or increasing the concentration of metal ions in the negative electrolyte so that the negative electrolyte has a higher concentration of metal ions than the positive electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Chunqing Liu, Chaoyi Ba, Xueliang Dong
  • Patent number: 11929484
    Abstract: Disclosed in the present application is a compound, comprising nano silicon, a lithium-containing compound and a carbon coating, or comprising nano silicon, silicon oxide, a lithium-containing compound, and a carbon coating. The method comprises: (1) solid-phase mixing of carbon coated silicon oxide with a lithium source; and (2) preforming heat-treatment of the pre-lithium precursor obtained in step (1) in a vacuum or non-oxidising atmosphere to obtain a compound. The method is simple, and has low equipment requirements and low costs; the obtained compound has a stable structure and the structure and properties do not deteriorate during long-term storage, a battery made of cathode material containing said compound exhibits high delithiation capacity, high initial coulombic efficiency, and good recycling properties, the charging capacity is over 1920 mAh/g, the discharging capacity is over 1768 mAh/g, and the initial capacity is over 90.2%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventors: Chunlei Pang, Lijuan Qu, Jianguo Ren, Min Yue
  • Patent number: 11923550
    Abstract: The preset disclosure provides a catalyst layer that has a small contact resistance with a gas diffusion layer and excellent gas diffusion properties. The catalyst layer for a fuel cell has a uniform thickness and includes fibrous conductive members and catalyst particles. The fibrous conductive members are inclined relative to a surface direction of the catalyst layer, and a lengthwise direction of the fibrous conductive members, on average, matches a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventors: Takeshi Minamiura, Hitoshi Ishimoto, Shinichiro Imura, Kazuya Yamasaki, Yukihiro Shimasaki
  • Patent number: 11923549
    Abstract: An adhesive layer is placed in a region outside an outer peripheral edge part of a second catalyst layer, on a second surface of an electrolyte membrane. A support frame is placed via the adhesive layer such that the second catalyst layer and a second gas diffusion layer are placed inside an opening of the support frame. A specific region as a region between the outer peripheral edge part of the second catalyst layer and an inner peripheral edge part of the opening of the support frame is present. A predetermined material is placed inside a recessed portion present on a surface of the adhesive layer inside the specific region, the predetermined material containing at least one of a first substance having an action of decomposing hydrogen peroxide and a second substance having an action of decomposing hydroxyl radicals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventor: Atsushi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11916212
    Abstract: A battery module includes a cell stack in which a plurality of unit cells including terminal parts are aligned in a first direction and an insulating member surrounds the plurality of unit cells; and a module housing in which a plurality of receiving parts, into each of which the cell stack is configured to be inserted, are provided and are aligned in a first direction and a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, wherein each of the plurality of receiving parts includes a fixing wall around the cell stack and having at least a portion which is in contact with the cell stack. The cell stacks adjacent to each other in the second direction are electrically connected to each other, and the cell stacks adjacent to each other in the first direction are electrically disconnected from each other, when not connected to an end module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dooyong Lim, Sungyong Kim, Jaeho Kim, Soodeok Moon, Daeyeop Park, Jangwoong Bae, Junhyung Lee, Jisoon Lim, Eungi Heo
  • Patent number: 11909052
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are described for forming a multilayer assembly. The method includes adhering first and second catalyst layers to opposed sides of a polymer membrane. At least one of the first catalyst layer, the second catalyst layer, and the polymer membrane is formed by filament extension atomization of a fluid material to form atomized droplets that are sprayed to form the respective membrane or layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventors: Elif Karatay, Kathryn F. Murphy
  • Patent number: 11901527
    Abstract: A battery pack includes a housing, at least one battery cell enclosed within the housing, a printed circuit board (PCBA) enclosed within the housing, a gauge electrically connected to the PCBA and including at least one light, and an actuator that, when actuated, activates the gauge to illuminate the at least one light to indicate a charge level of the at least one battery cell. The housing has a main body and a handle extending from the main body, and the handle defines an aperture sized and shaped to receive one or more of a user's fingers therein. The gauge is located on an outer surface of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Glen R. Chartier, Seth B. Bullock, Billy Odon M. Yrad, Alex J. Wall, Tony Le, Scott Kruepke
  • Patent number: 11898257
    Abstract: An electrode for electrochemical applications is coated with a layer of a-C, wherein the layer of a-C comprises at least 10 each of first and second sub-layers, being—(i) first sub-layers having high conductivity with a sp2 content of 60-95%, alternating with—(ii) second sub-layers having high corrosion resistance with a sp2 content of 50-90%, wherein the sp2 content of the first sub-layers is at least 3% greater than the sp2 content of the second sub-layers. A method of making such electrodes comprises: —a) depositing a first sub-layer comprising a-C, —b) depositing a second sub-layer comprising a-C wherein the sp2 content of the first sub-layer is at least 3% greater than the sp2 content of the second sub-layer, and—c) repeating the steps above to deposit at least 10 first sub-layers alternating with 10 second sub-layers, so as to produce the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Nanofilm Technologies International Limited
    Inventors: Zhi Tang, Ting Wang, Xu Shi
  • Patent number: 11894538
    Abstract: A fuel cell-battery system includes: a battery module including a battery that stores electric power and a coolant line through which coolant circulates to cool the battery; a fuel cell module including a hydrogen tank that stores hydrogen, a fuel cell that produces the electric power using the hydrogen, and a hydrogen line that connects the hydrogen tank and the fuel cell to deliver the hydrogen from the hydrogen tank to the fuel cell; and a heat exchange module through which the coolant line and the hydrogen line pass such that the coolant is cooled by heat exchange with the hydrogen and the hydrogen is heated by heat exchange with the coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventor: Woo Jung Kwon
  • Patent number: 11894570
    Abstract: A load applicator includes an elastic mechanism, a first member configured to move in accordance with contraction of power storage cells, a second member provided on a side opposite to the first member across the elastic mechanism, and a switching device. The elastic mechanism has a first form in which a first restraint load is applied to the power storage module when the power storage module expands by a first dimension, and a second form in which a second restraint load larger than the first restraint load is applied to the power storage module when the power storage module expands by the first dimension. The switching device performs an operation to switch from the first form to the second form in a case where a restraint load smaller than the first restraint load is applied to the power storage module when the power storage module expands by the first dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventors: Shotaro Ishikawa, Tatsuhiko Sasaki, Koichiro Kishi, Kenta Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11894591
    Abstract: Electrochemical cells and batteries that can operate with a single electrolyte solution, such as those comprising an anode, a cathode current collector, and a porous, non-conductive spacer between the cathode current collector and anode. Membraneless electrochemical cells and batteries are also disclosed. The electrochemical cells and batteries disclosed herein may be used, for example, to produce electricity or to generate hydrogen or both, and to deliver electricity or hydrogen or both to process applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: IFBattery Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Cushman
  • Patent number: 11888167
    Abstract: According to various aspects of the present disclosure, a catalyst for rechargeable energy storage devices having a first transition metal and a second transition metal, wherein the first and second transition metals are formed on carbon nanotubes, the carbon nanotubes are doped with nitrogen and phosphorous, wherein the carbon nanotubes have edges and interlayer spaces and are axially aligned, and the first and second transition metals form bimetal centers, wherein the bimetal centers may be uniformly distributed catalytic active sites located at the edges or the interlayer spaces of the carbon nanotubes providing intercalated layers. The present FeCo—NPCNTs are a morphology-dependent catalyst that provides effective performance for bifunctional oxygen reduction reaction and oxygen evolution reaction in metal-air-cells and fuel cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Nanyang Technological University
    Inventors: Xiaoyi Cai, Zexiang Shen, Linfei Lai
  • Patent number: 11888166
    Abstract: A gas diffusion layer, a preparation method therefor, a membrane electrode assembly and a fuel cell. The gas diffusion layer comprises gas diffusion layer substrates (41, 42) and a microporous layer slurry coated on the gas diffusion layer substrates (41, 42). An additive that contains catechol or contains a catechol structure compound is specifically added into the microporous layer slurry, and the additive is specifically dopamine hydrochloride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventor: Xinghan Shen
  • Patent number: 11881598
    Abstract: A module for interconnecting electrical components such as batteries, fuel cells, capacitors, and resistors. The module has a body for retaining the electrical components, and terminal bulkheads capable of coupling with the body. The terminal bulkheads have cavities that define fluid reservoirs when the terminal bulkheads are coupled with the body, and gaskets that seal the fluid reservoirs. Electrical contacts of the terminal bulkheads contact the electrical components within the sealed fluid reservoir. The fluid reservoirs are filled with a fluid such that forces applied to the electrical components are dampened, and oxidation of electrical connections is mitigated through displacement of oxygen. The fluid can also be selected to neutralize chemicals that may leak from the electrical components. The electrical contacts can be interconnected with conductor buses such that the electrical components are connected in series, parallel, or a mixture of both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventors: Tanner Ober, Daniel Sieben, David Atkins-Apeldoorn, Rajiv Parmar, Roger Hull
  • Patent number: 11881596
    Abstract: Set forth herein are electrochemical cells which include a negative electrode current collector, a lithium metal negative electrode, an oxide electrolyte membrane, a bonding agent layer, a positive electrode, and a positive electrode current collector. The bonding agent layer advantageously lowers the interfacial impedance of the oxide electrolyte at least at the positive electrode interface and also optionally acts as an adhesive between the solid electrolyte separator and the positive electrode interface. Also set forth herein are methods of making these bonding agent layers including, but not limited to, methods of preparing and depositing precursor solutions which form these bonding agent layers. Set forth herein, additionally, are methods of using these electrochemical cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: QuantumScape Battery, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhebo Chen, Niall Donnelly, Tim Holme, Deepika Singh
  • Patent number: 11881603
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes a mass flow rate measuring unit, an oxygen consumption mass flow rate acquiring unit, an exhaust-side air temperature acquiring unit, and an exhaust-side air humidity estimating unit. The mass flow rate measuring unit measures a first mass flow rate of intake-side air and a second mass flow rate of exhaust-side air. The oxygen consumption mass flow rate acquiring unit acquires a mass flow rate of oxygen consumption. The exhaust-side air humidity estimating unit estimate humidity in the exhaust-side air, on the basis of a difference between a flow rate of intake gas in the fuel cell system and a flow rate of exhaust gas from the fuel cell system, and the mass flow rate of the oxygen consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventor: Takumi Nunokawa
  • Patent number: 11876237
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a cylindrical waterproof battery box, including a box body, a compartment body, and a box cover. One end of the box body is provided with a mounting opening, the compartment body is configured to be mounted into the mounting opening and extend to an inner cavity of the box body, the box cover and the compartment body are assembled to form an external thread assembly portion, an internal thread portion is disposed in the mounting opening, and the external thread assembly portion is configured to be fitted with the internal thread portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventor: Xiaofeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 11870118
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes a fuel cell that generates power using a fuel gas and an oxygen-containing gas, a reformer including a vaporizing section and a reforming section, a raw fuel supply that supplies raw fuel, a reformed water supply that supplies reformed water, and a controller. The controller has multiple calculation formulas for calculating an amount of reformed water to be used in the reforming section in response to a requested power level from an external unit, and selects, based on an increase or a decrease in a requested current level from the external unit, a formula from the multiple calculation formulas in response to the increase in the requested current level, and a formula different from the formula to be selected for the increase from the multiple calculation formulas in response to the decrease in the requested current level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignees: KYOCERA Corporation, DAINICHI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyosuke Yamauchi, Naoki Yokoo, Hidetaka Ikarashi, Yutaro Sakata, Hiroyuki Sato