Patents Examined by Jonathan Crepeau
  • Patent number: 10892455
    Abstract: A system for producing a battery arrangement with at least one battery module and a battery housing. The at least one battery module comprises at least one supply channel which extends in a designated introduction direction through the at least one battery module. The at least one battery module is to be introduced in the introduction direction into the battery housing, positioned in an end position provided for the battery module and firmly connected in this end position to the battery housing. Between a bottom of the at least one battery module and a bottom of the battery housing, at least one cavity is provided, which is to be connected to the at least one supply channel. A filler material is to be filled into the at least one cavity through the at least one supply channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Markus Thurmeier, Martin Simon, Oliver Schieler
  • Patent number: 10892503
    Abstract: In a fuel cell system including a fuel cell, an anode gas supply channel, an anode gas discharge channel, an injector, a pressure sensor, and a controller, the controller controls the injector so that the pressure on the downstream side of the injector in the anode gas supply channel and does not become lower than target pressure, closes a discharge valve when the amount of discharged anode gas reaches a target discharge amount, the amount of discharged anode gas estimated based on the amount of decrease in the value of the pressure in a first period of the discharge valve open-period, the first period being a period from the point of time after the injector stops the injection and when variation of the pressure falls within a predetermined range to the point of time when the injector next starts the injection, and increases a ratio of the first period to the drive cycle by controlling, during the discharge valve open-period, at least one of the anode gas supply rate of the injector, the amount of electric po
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Okuyoshi, Toshihiro Egawa
  • Patent number: 10892497
    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: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahiro Imanishi
  • Patent number: 10886583
    Abstract: In one example, the present disclosure describes a battery and capacitor assembly for a hybrid vehicle that includes a plurality of battery cells, a plurality of capacitor cells, a cooling plate, a pair of end brackets, and a housing. The plurality of capacitor cells are arranged adjacent to the plurality of battery cells such that the plurality of battery cells and the plurality of capacitor cells form a cell stack. The pair of end brackets are disposed at opposite ends of the cell stack and are attached to the cooling plate. The pair of end brackets compress the plurality of battery cells and the plurality of capacitor cells. The housing is attached to the cooling plate and encloses the cell stack and the pair of end brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Peter Ciaccio, Brian Moorhead
  • Patent number: 10886518
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a separator assembly and a battery module, wherein the separator assembly comprises: a separator body, having a first surface and a second surface opposite to each other in a thickness direction of the separator body; electrical connecting plates, connected to the second surface of the separator body, wherein two or more electrical connecting plates are spaced apart from each other in a length direction of the separator body, and a through slot is provided on the separator body between two adjacent electrical connecting plates, extending from the first surface to the second surface in the thickness direction; and an output electrode plate mount, being connected to the second surface of the separator body as a cantilever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Sien Chen, Xin Zeng, Shoujiang Xu, Chunyan Feng
  • Patent number: 10886558
    Abstract: Provided is a battery module that allows suppressing impairment of battery performance, through suitable control of a restraining pressure that is exerted in the stacking direction of a stack, also in a case where unit cells expand/shrink when charged/discharged. The battery module is provided with a stack in which a plurality of unit cells is stacked, and with a pressure regulation member, which is disposed at least at one site from among a gap between the stacked unit cells, and a first end and a second end in the stacking direction, and which regulates a restraining pressure exerted in the stacking direction of the stack. The pressure regulation member is provided with a liquid holding section and a liquid storage section. The liquid holding section is provided with a liquid holding body capable of holding a liquid. The liquid storage section has a space capable of storing the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuma Sakamoto, Satomi Yamamoto, Koichi Tanimoto, Shinya Omura
  • Patent number: 10886584
    Abstract: This invention is related to a type of Air Metal Fuel Cell. The Air Metal Fuel Cell in this invention is made of a positive air electrode, metal negative electrode, membrane/membrane bag, siphon material, electrolyte, mandrel, shockproof buffer layer, cathode electrolyte, positive electrolyte, battery shell and supporting fixing device. There is a hydrophobic structure layer between the positive and negative electrodes. The advantages of the invented cell include high energy density, low production costs, and superior safety and reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignees: LANZHOU JINFULE BIOTECHNOLOGY CO. LTD., KIN STAR INTERNATIONAL LIMITED, SPRING POWER LIMITED, JIN JIN PACIFIQUE COMPAGNIE
    Inventor: Jifan Jin
  • Patent number: 10879524
    Abstract: A positive electrode for a rechargeable lithium battery, includes a current collector including pores on a surface thereof; and a positive active material layer on the current collector and including a positive active material, the positive active material including a lithium metal compound including primary particles and secondary particles including agglomerations of the primary particles, an average diameter of the pores of the current collector being greater than an average particle diameter (D50) of the primary particles and less than an average particle diameter (D50) of the secondary particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jeong-Woo Han, Sumihito Ishida, Jung-Woo An
  • Patent number: 10879518
    Abstract: A battery includes a housing and a laminate in the housing. The laminate includes an anode and cathode, each having a first end and an opposing second end. The anode includes an anode collector including a first sheet of patterned conductive material having a first active area and a first plurality of conductive tabs formed integrally with the first active area, and a first active material on the first active area of the anode collector. The cathode includes a cathode collector including a second sheet of patterned conductive material having a second active area and a second plurality of conductive tabs formed integrally with the second active area, and a second active material on the second active area of the cathode collector. Active material is not on either the first or second plurality of conductive tabs. A separator is positioned between the anode and the cathode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bryan Holmdahl, Ramez Nachman
  • Patent number: 10873062
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery, in particular a rechargeable battery for a power tool, which includes a cell block having a sealing device provided for closing the cell block in at least a dust-proof and/or water-proof manner, and which includes an external rechargeable battery housing. It is provided that the external rechargeable battery housing is provided for conducting an airflow along between the external rechargeable battery housing and the sealing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Wolf Zahn
  • Patent number: 10873089
    Abstract: A positive electrode material for a lithium secondary battery of the present disclosure includes a positive electrode active material, a barium titanate-based dielectric, and at least one of Compound I which contains the element Ba and has the largest peak at a position with 2?=24° to 26° in an X-ray diffraction pattern obtained according to X-ray diffraction measurement using CuK? rays; and Compound II which contains the element Ti and has the largest peak at a position with 2?=26° to 28° in an X-ray diffraction pattern obtained according to X-ray diffraction measurement using CuK? rays. At least one of Compounds I and II is disposed in contact with the dielectric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION OKAYAMA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Daisuke Horikawa, Ryuta Sugiura, Takashi Teranishi
  • Patent number: 10868326
    Abstract: A fuel cell FC includes a cell structure 1 in which an anode electrode layer 11, an electrolyte layer 13 and a cathode electrode layer 15 are stacked. The anode electrode layer 11 is arranged in the middle, and has an electrode reacting part 11 having a thermal expansion coefficient greater than a thermal expansion coefficient of the electrolyte layer, and an outer peripheral part 113 arranged adjacent to the electrode reacting part 111 on an outer periphery of the electrode reacting part 111, the outer peripheral part 113 having a thermal expansion coefficient smaller than the thermal expansion coefficient of the electrode reacting part 111. The fuel cell FC is arranged on the anode electrode layer side of the cell structure 1, and further includes a metallic supporting plate 2 that supports the cell structure 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Sato
  • Patent number: 10862115
    Abstract: Provided is an anode material for a secondary battery which reduces and inhibits swelling of a high-capacity silicon-containing alloy material to realize excellent charge/discharge cycle characteristics. The anode material includes alloy particles containing a transition metal which has electron conductivity, is difficult to react with lithium atoms and is at least one selected from the group of metals that belong to transition metals, and silicon, wherein the alloy particles include amorphous silicon, and silicide microcrystals formed by silicon and the transition metal, and the silicide microcrystals are scattered in amorphous silicon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Keiko Matsubara, Yoshiyuki Igarashi
  • Patent number: 10854912
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a solid electrolyte comprising a sulfide-based compound and an all-solid-state battery applied therewith and, more particularly, to a solid electrolyte comprising a sulfide-based compound that is free of phosphorus (P) element but exhibits high ionic conductivity, and an all-solid-state battery applied therewith. The sulfide-based solid electrolyte and the all-solid-state battery applied therewith according to the present invention exhibit improved reactivity to moisture to prevent the generation of toxic gas, resulting in an improvement in safety and stability and do not reduce in ion conductivity even after being left in air, and the solid electrolyte is easy to handle and store thanks to the improved shelf stability thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Da Young Sung, Chan Yeup Chung, Su Hwan Kim, Jong Hyun Chae, Doo Kyung Yang
  • Patent number: 10847842
    Abstract: A method for producing a lithium-ion cell is provided. The electrochemically active coating of an electrode is brought into contact with an electrolyte or an auxiliary liquid before a winding or cutting operation. This method is suitable in particular for continuously producing lithium-ion cells by means of processes proceeding at high speed, such as winding processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Nikolaos Tsiouvaras, Thomas Woehrle
  • Patent number: 10833338
    Abstract: Bead seal structure includes an outer bead (bead seal) for preventing leakage of fluid, and a first bypass stop protrusion (intersecting element) which intersects with the outer bead. The first bypass stop protrusion includes a root as a rising start point from a base plate and side walls which rise from the base plate. The radius of curvature of connection parts of the roots connected to the outer bead is larger than the radius of curvature of connection parts of the side walls connected to the outer bead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuhei Goto, Ken Takahashi, Kazuo Nunokawa
  • Patent number: 10833324
    Abstract: A method for fabricating an electrode, includes: determining a thickness of an active layer; selecting a lithium (Li) foil having a specified thickness; determining a Li layer pattern for the Li foil based on a portion of a surface of the active layer to be covered by the Li foil; and pressing the Li layer pattern into the surface of the active layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: LICAP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Linda Zhong
  • Patent number: 10826053
    Abstract: A positive electrode for a rechargeable lithium battery, includes a current collector including pores on a surface thereof; and a positive active material layer on the current collector and including a positive active material, the positive active material including a lithium metal compound including primary particles and secondary particles including agglomerations of the primary particles, an average diameter of the pores of the current collector being greater than an average particle diameter (D50) of the primary particles and less than an average particle diameter (D50) of the secondary particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jeong-Woo Han, Sumihito Ishida, Jung-Woo An
  • Patent number: 10826108
    Abstract: Disclosed or provided are high melt temperature microporous Lithium-ion rechargeable battery separators, shutdown high melt temperature battery separators, battery separators, membranes, composites, and the like that preferably prevent contact between the anode and cathode when the battery is maintained at elevated temperatures for a period of time, methods of making, testing and/or using such separators, membranes, composites, and the like, and/or batteries, Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, and the like including one or more such separators, membranes, composites, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Celgard, LLC
    Inventors: C. Glen Wensley, Carlos R. Negrete, Jill V. Watson
  • Patent number: 10826098
    Abstract: A composite polymer electrolyte membrane has a high proton conductivity even under low-humidity, low-temperature conditions, a reduced dimensional change rate, a high mechanical strength and high chemical stability, and produces a solid polymer electrolyte fuel cell with a high output and high physical durability, a membrane electrode assembly, and a solid polymer electrolyte fuel cell containing the same. This composite polymer electrolyte membrane contains a composite layer composed mainly of a polyazole-containing nanofiber nonwoven fabric (A) and an ionic group-containing polymer electrolyte (B), the polyazole-containing nanofiber nonwoven fabric (A) being basic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignees: Toray Industries, Inc., Japan Vilene Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yumiko Okamoto, Daisuke Izuhara, Junpei Yamaguchi, Shusuke Shirai, Tomoyuki Kunita, Hiroaki Umeda, Yuuta Wakamoto, Tatsunori Ito, Noriko Michihata, Takashi Tarao