Patents Examined by Jonathan Crepeau
  • Patent number: 10938068
    Abstract: This application provides a lithium-ion battery and an apparatus. The lithium-ion battery includes an electrode assembly and an electrolyte. The electrode assembly includes a positive electrode plate, a negative electrode plate, and a separator. A positive active material of the positive electrode plate includes Lix1Coy1M1-y1O2-z1Qz1, where 0.5?x1?1.2, 0.8?y1<1.0, 0?z1?0.1, M is selected from one or more of Al, Ti, Zr, Y, and Mg, and Q is selected from one or more of F, Cl, and S. The electrolyte contains an additive A, an additive B, and an additive C. The additive A is a polynitrile six-membered nitrogen-heterocyclic compound with a relatively low oxidation potential. The additive B is an anhydride compound. The additive C is a halogen substituted cyclic carbonate compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Yao Jiang, Chunhua Hu, Tiancheng Yi, Shushi Dou, Chengdu Liang
  • Patent number: 10938071
    Abstract: The disclosed technology relates to a battery cell that includes a battery can having a receptacle and a cover. The battery cell also includes multiple electrode layers that are disposed within the receptacle, wherein a first layer of the plurality of electrode layers is coupled to the cover, and a second layer of the plurality of electrode layers is coupled to the receptacle. In some aspects, the cover includes a conductive feedthrough having a vent. A battery-powered device and method of manufacturing a battery cell are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yuriy Y. Londarenko, Shabab Amiruddin
  • Patent number: 10938021
    Abstract: Energy storage devices are disclosed. In some embodiments, the energy storage devices comprise a positive electrode comprising a carbon-based material comprising porous carbon sheet(s). Fabrication processes for manufacturing the energy storage devices are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Maher F. El-Kady, Richard B. Kaner, Matthew Kowal
  • Patent number: 10938064
    Abstract: Sulfide-type compound particles microparticulated, having an argyrodite-type crystal structure, and including lithium (Li), phosphorus (P), sulfur (S), and a halogen (Ha). As sulfide-type compound particles that can inhibit generation of hydrogen sulfide gas even upon contact with moisture in the atmosphere, provided are sulfide-type compound particles having D50 in a volume-basis particle size distribution of 50 ?m or less and having an occupancy of sulfur (S) and the halogen (Ha) in the S3 (4a) site, as calculated by a neutron diffraction measurement, of 85% or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Ito, Tsukasa Takahashi, Masaru Hyakutake, Teruaki Yagi
  • Patent number: 10938041
    Abstract: An air conditioner includes a body including an air inlet configured to receive air from an air compressor configured to press and transfer the air to provide the air to a cathode of a fuel cell stack. An air element is configured to supply the air to the cathode, and an inner space allows the air inlet and the air outlet to communicate with each other. A plurality of tubes is provided in the inner space of the body and through which fluid flows along hollows holes of the tubes. While the air supplied through the air inlet passes through the inner space, the air is cooled through heat exchange with the fluid flowing along the hollows of the tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Yong Gyu Noh
  • Patent number: 10930938
    Abstract: A connector is moved obliquely to a first separator. An optical distance measuring device is used to optically measure an attachment position of the connector while using the first separator as a reference. A reference plane of the first separator is used as a reference. An inspection plane of the connector is also used as a reference. The inspection plane is formed to be parallel to the reference plane in the state that the connector is accurately attached to an attachment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahiro Imanishi
  • Patent number: 10930915
    Abstract: A battery assembly includes a battery cell with leads extending from the battery and a circuit including a substrate and contacts that extend from the substrate. The leads are coupled to the contacts by mechanical or adhesive bonds located on sections of the contacts extending from the substrate. In various implementations, the circuit may include a variety of different components coupled to the substrate. Such components may be operable to perform a variety of functions such as regulating, monitoring, controlling, and/or otherwise managing the battery cell. Such components may include one or more battery management units, safety circuits, capacity gauges, and/or other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Charles W. Werley, Richard M. Mank, Xiaoyun Hu, Thai T. Ton, George V. Anastas, Vijayasekaran Boovaragavan
  • Patent number: 10930904
    Abstract: A battery module with high impact resistance is provided. A battery module using an elastic body such as rubber for its exterior body covering a battery is provided. A bendable battery module is provided. As the exterior body covering a battery, an elastic body such as rubber is used, and the exterior body is molded in two steps. First, a first portion provided with a depression in which a battery is stored is molded using a first mold. Next, a battery is inserted into the first portion. Subsequently, second molding is performed using a second mold so as to fill an opening of the depression in the first portion, so that a second portion is formed. The second portion serves as a cover for closing the opening of the depression in the first portion. The second portion is formed in contact with part of the electrodes in the battery and part of an end portion of the second exterior body in the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryota Tajima, Kazuhei Narita, Kensuke Yoshizumi
  • Patent number: 10923755
    Abstract: A mount structure for a fuel cell stack includes a first bracket member supporting and fixing the fuel cell stack to a first installation member, and a second bracket member supporting and fixing the fuel cell stack to a second installation member. A part of the second bracket includes a constricted portion having low strength in comparison with other portions of the second bracket member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideharu Naito, Yusuke Nara, Hidetada Kojima, Choichi Ishikawa, Ryoichi Yoshitomi
  • Patent number: 10923707
    Abstract: A method of making an electrode for an electrochemical cell includes the step of providing an electrode composite comprising from 70-98% active material, from 0-10% conductive material additives, and from 2-20% polymer binder, based on the total weight of the electrode composite. The electrode composite is mixed and then compressed the electrode composite into an electrode composite sheet. The electrode composite sheet is applied to a current collector with pressure to form an electrode, wherein the electrode possesses positive characteristics for adhesion according to ASTM standard test D3359-09e2, entitled Standard Test Methods for Measuring Adhesion by Tape Test, and wherein the electrode composite sheet and the electrode possess positive characteristics for flexibility according to the Mandrel Test. The binder can be a single nonfluoropolymer binder. Dry process electrodes are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Jian-ping Zheng, Qiang Wu
  • Patent number: 10923745
    Abstract: A fuel cell system has a gas delivery-means that circulates the anode exhaust gas back to the anode compartment of the fuel cell for further reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Ainscough, David Henderson
  • Patent number: 10923734
    Abstract: A temperature-control arrangement has an electrical energy store, a thermal device, a cooling device and a coolant circuit with coolant lines, which coolant lines are at least partially activatable and deactivatable by means of controllable valves. The temperature-control arrangement is designed to permit at least a first state and a second state of the coolant circuit through actuation of the controllable valves, wherein the coolant circuit is designed to, in the first state, permit a coolant flow from the cooling device both to the thermal device and to the electrical energy store, and from these back to the cooling device, in order to cool the thermal device and the electrical energy store, and wherein the coolant circuit is designed to, in the second state, permit a coolant flow from the thermal device to the electrical energy store, and from the latter back to the thermal device, in order to heat the electrical energy store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Dominik Grass
  • Patent number: 10923757
    Abstract: A fuel cell module includes a plurality of fuel cell stacks; a manifold configured to provide process gases to and receive process gases from the plurality of fuel cell stacks; and a module housing enclosing the plurality of fuel cell stacks and the manifold. Each of the plurality of fuel cell stacks is individually installable onto the manifold by lowering the fuel cell stack onto the manifold, and is individually removable from the manifold by raising the fuel cell stack from the manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: FuelCell Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Davis, Stephen Jolly, Michael L. Quatannens, Matthew Lambrech
  • Patent number: 10916754
    Abstract: A separator includes a porous substrate having a plurality of pores; and a porous coating layer formed on at least one surface of the porous substrate and made of a mixture of a binder and a plurality of inorganic particles, wherein the binder includes a crosslinked binder. This separator may improve high temperature cycle performance, discharge characteristics and thermal resistance of an electrochemical device since the separator exhibits improved insolubility and impregnation to electrolyte and improved thermal resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignees: LG Chem, Ltd., Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jong-Hun Kim, Sang-Young Lee, Pil-Kyu Park, Jang-Hyuk Hong, Byoung-Jin Shin, In-Chul Kim
  • Patent number: 10916767
    Abstract: A method for preparing a carbon-coated ternary positive electrode material has steps of preparing a ternary positive electrode material precursor, and preparing a suspension of the ternary positive electrode material precursor. Lithium acrylate is added to the suspension of the ternary positive electrode material precursor according to the molar ratio of Li:(Ni+Co+Mn) being 1.03-1.05:1. Ammonium persulphate is added to the lithium acrylate-containing suspension of the ternary positive electrode material precursor, so that the lithium acrylate undergoes a polymerisation reaction and a suspension of a lithium polyacrylate-coated ternary positive electrode material precursor is obtained. The suspension of the lithium polyacrylate-coated ternary positive electrode material precursor is dried to obtain spherical particles. The lithium polyacrylate-coated ternary positive electrode material precursor particles are sintered to obtain a carbon-coated ternary positive electrode material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University
    Inventors: Xiao-Dong Chu, Jian-Fu He, Bao-Hua Li, Yan-Bing He, Yu-Xiu Liu, Hong-Da Du, Fei-Yu Kang
  • Patent number: 10916807
    Abstract: A lithium air battery includes: a negative electrode configured to occlude and release lithium ions; a positive electrode configured to use oxygen in air as a positive electrode active material; and a nonaqueous lithium ion conductor disposed between the negative electrode and the positive electrode. The nonaqueous lithium ion conductor contains a compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masako Moriishi
  • Patent number: 10916772
    Abstract: A positive electrode active material for a sodium ion battery includes a sodium complex oxide of the formula Na4(M1aM21?a)2O5 having an orthorhombic crystal structure, wherein M1 and M2 are each independently Ti, Cr, Fe, Co, Ni, Mn, V, or a combination there of provided that M1 and M2 are different from each other; and 0?a?1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masoud Aryanpour, Young-Gyoon Ryu, Yan Wang
  • Patent number: 10916764
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there is provided a technique making it possible to improve suitably the performance of a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary cell in which a SEI film is formed on the surface of a negative electrode active material. The nonaqueous electrolyte secondary cell disclosed herein includes a positive electrode 10, a negative electrode 20, and a nonaqueous electrolytic solution, wherein a negative electrode SEI film 29 including at least a LiBOB skeleton and a fluorosulfonic acid skeleton is formed on the surface of a negative electrode active material 28, and a positive electrode SEI film 19 including at least a phosphoric acid skeleton is formed on the surface of a positive electrode active material 18.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenta Ishii, Masahiro Morita, Shusaku Goto
  • Patent number: 10910677
    Abstract: An objective of the present disclosure is to provide a stacked battery that suppresses sneak current caused by an unevenness of a short circuit resistance among a plurality of cells. The present disclosure provides a stacked battery comprising: a plurality of cells in a thickness direction, wherein the plurality of cells are electrically connected in parallel; the stacked battery includes a surface-side cell that is located on a surface side of the stacked battery, and a center-side cell that is located on a center side rather than the surface-side cell; wherein a resistance of the cathode current collecting tab in the surface-side cell is more than a resistance of the cathode current collecting tab in the center-side cell; or a resistance of the anode current collecting tab in the surface-side cell is more than a resistance of the anode current collecting tab in the center-side cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hajime Hasegawa, Yuki Matsushita, Hideaki Nishimura, Yusuke Okuhata, Norihiro Ose, Mitsuru Tateishi, Shigetaka Nagamatsu, Takayuki Uchiyama, Shigenori Hama, Dai Kato, Naohiro Mashimo, Hideyo Ebisuzaki, Ayano Kobayashi, Hisataka Fujimaki
  • Patent number: 10903499
    Abstract: In the nonaqueous electrolyte secondary cell disclosed herein, a negative electrode SEI film 29 including a LiBOB skeleton and a fluorosulfonic acid skeleton is formed, and a positive electrode SEI film 19 including a phosphoric acid skeleton is formed. Where the component amount of the LiBOB skeleton is denoted fey IB, the component amount of the fluorosulfonic acid skeleton is demoted by IS, and the component amount of the phosphoric acid skeleton is denoted by IP, a formula of 4?IB/IS?10 and a formula of 5 ?mol/m2?IP?15 ?mol/m2 are satisfied. Furthermore, the total amount of lithium phosphate relative to a BET specific surface area of the negative electrode active material, is 0.6 mol/m2 to 1.0 mol/m2, and the component amount IS of the fluorosulfonic acid skeleton is 0.6 ?mol/m2 to 1.0 ?mol/m2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenta Ishii, Masaki Kato