Patents Examined by Julian Anthony
  • Patent number: 10586970
    Abstract: A wiring module that is used in a battery assembly in which a columnar positive electrode and a columnar negative electrode of a plurality of batteries formed in a thin-type rectangular parallelepiped shape are arranged alternately. The wiring module includes a terminal pattern on a surface of an insulating resin substrate connected to the columnar positive electrode and the columnar negative electrode; a voltage detection wiring pattern on the surface connected to the terminal pattern; a fuse pattern on the surface interposed in the voltage detection wiring pattern; and an insulating resin layer that covers a peripheral portion of the terminal pattern, the voltage detection wiring pattern, and the fuse pattern are covered with the insulating resin layer A pair of through-holes, into which the columnar positive electrode and the columnar negative electrode are inserted, is formed in the terminal pattern and the insulating resin substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuto Sugiyama, Masahide Tsuru
  • Patent number: 10581069
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a negative electrode active material having a double coating layer of a first coating layer and a second coating layer, which has an excellent output property, effectively suppresses a side reaction with an electrolyte liquid, particularly a PC-containing electrolyte liquid, and has excellent electric conductivity, a method for manufacturing the same, a negative electrode including the same, and a lithium secondary battery including the negative electrode. The negative electrode active material according to the present invention is capable of effectively preventing a side reaction with an electrolyte liquid, particularly a PC-containing electrolyte liquid, and is capable of improving electric conductivity, and as a result, enhancing a rate determining property by reducing an OCV drop of a lithium secondary battery including the negative electrode active material, and enhancing a high rate property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun Wook Kim, Eun Kyung Kim, Sang Wook Woo
  • Patent number: 10573905
    Abstract: In a power generation cell, first bypass stop protrusions for preventing bypassing of an oxygen-containing gas are provided between an end of an oxygen-containing gas flow field in a flow field width direction and an outer peripheral bead. An end wavy ridge includes curves recessed away from the outer peripheral bead. The first bypass stop protrusions are provided between the recessed curves and the outer peripheral bead. A first metal separator has first support protrusions for supporting a cathode, between the recessed curves and the first bypass stop protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kentaro Ishida, Yu Tomana, Kenji Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10566592
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process comprising for modifying a Li-ion battery having a region of electrochemical activity and an enclosure therefor, said process comprising forming at least one chamber within said enclosure separate from said region of electrochemical activity, positioning combustion abatement agent within said chamber, whereby said combustion abatement agent is not in contact with said region of electrochemical activity, said chamber being pressure or heat sensitive, whereby when said region of electrochemical activity overheats, said chamber is breached, allowing said combustion abatement agent to contact said region of electrochemical activity to abate combustion of said region of electrochemical activity, wherein exemplary of combustion abatement agent is the composition comprising liquid fluoropolyether and exemplary of the of the chamber exhibiting pressure or heat sensitivity is to include a low melting, non-flammable polymer such as polyvinyl alcohol in the material of constructi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Chemours Company FC/LLC
    Inventors: Dennis J Kountz, Alan D English, Paul Douglas Brothers, James R. Hoover, Donna Lynn Visioli
  • Patent number: 10558062
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to form biocompatible energization elements are described. In some embodiments, the methods and apparatus to form the biocompatible energization elements involve forming cavities comprising active cathode chemistry. The active elements of the cathode and anode are sealed with a laminate stack of biocompatible material. In some embodiments, a field of use for the methods and apparatus may include any biocompatible device or product that requires energization elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick A. Flitsch, Daniel B. Otts, Randall B. Pugh, James Daniel Riall, Adam Toner, Shivkumar Mahadevan
  • Patent number: 10511034
    Abstract: The invention provides gasket for a fuel battery provided in a fuel battery cell in which an intermediate part including an MEA is interposed between a pair of separators, and structured such that each of a gasket main body retained to one separator of the pair of separators and a gasket main body retained to the other separator comes into contact with the intermediate part at positions where they overlap planarly, wherein bank portions for fixed size stop according to a gasket thickness are integrally formed in both sides or one side in a width direction of both the gasket main bodies. The bank portions for fixed size stop are preferably supported by convex portions which are provided in the separators. Therefore, it is possible to inhibit gasket main bodies from being compressed beyond supposition in the case that contact portions of the gasket main bodies are compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: NOK Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Horimoto, Hajime Yui
  • Patent number: 10461308
    Abstract: A sealed battery according to the disclosure includes: a case provided with a case body having an opening therein and a lid that is sized so as to be capable of closing the opening and that has an electrolyte fill port; an electrode assembly that is housed in the case; and an electrolyte solution. The lid is provided with a filler plug that is welded to the lid so as to close the fill port. The lid has an outside surface with a region thereon subjected to electrolyte-repelling treatment so as to surround the weld where the filler plug is welded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keiichiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10403923
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to a battery having a folded architecture that has one or more blocks of cells folded onto one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SimpliPhi Power, Incorporated
    Inventors: Stuart B. Lennox, Timothy M. Bowhall, Sr., Benjamin H. Widmer
  • Patent number: 10388938
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a secondary battery pack including an anode terminal and a cathode terminal of a battery cell connected to a protection circuit module (PCM), the anode terminal and the cathode terminal of the battery cell being made of plate-shaped conductive members, the battery cell having the anode terminal and the cathode terminal formed at one end thereof, the battery cell having a thermally bonded surplus part formed at the end thereof at which the anode terminal and the cathode terminal are formed, and the PCM including a protection circuit board (PCB) having a protection circuit formed thereon, an external input and output terminal connected to the protection circuit of the PCB, and an electrically insulative PCM case configured to have a hollow structure in which the PCB is mounted, the PCM case being provided with a slit, through which the electrode terminals of the battery cell are inserted, the PCM being loaded on the thermally bonded surplus part of the battery cell in a state in which the PC
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Soo Jun Ahn, Dong Cheol Lee, Tae Wook Kim
  • Patent number: 10293704
    Abstract: Electric vehicles (EVs), power trains and control units and methods are provided. Power trains comprise a main fast-charging lithium ion battery (FC), configured to deliver power to the electric vehicle, a supercapacitor-emulating fast-charging lithium ion battery (SCeFC), configured to receive power and deliver power to the FC and/or to the EV, and a control unit. Both the FC and the SCeFC have anodes based on the same anode active material, and the SCeFC is configured to operate at high rates within a limited operation range of state of charge (SoC), maintained by the control unit, which is further configured to manage the FC and the SCeFC with respect to power delivery to and from the EV, respectively, and manage power delivery from the SCeFC to the FC according to specified criteria that minimize a depth of discharge and/or a number of cycles of the FC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: StoreDot Ltd.
    Inventor: Daniel Aronov
  • Patent number: 10276859
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a composition of matter comprising a silicon (Si) nanoparticle coated with a conductive polymer. Another embodiment discloses a method for preparing a composition of matter comprising a plurality of silicon (Si) nanoparticles coated with a conductive polymer comprising providing Si nanoparticles, providing a conductive polymer, preparing a Si nanoparticle, conductive polymer, and solvent slurry, spraying the slurry into a liquid medium that is a non-solvent of the conductive polymer, and precipitating the silicon (Si) nanoparticles coated with the conductive polymer. Another embodiment discloses an anode comprising a current collector, and a composition of matter comprising a silicon (Si) nanoparticle coated with a conductive polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventor: Gao Liu
  • Patent number: 10236533
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a stacked/folded type electrode assembly configured to have a structure in which two or more unit cells, each of which includes a separator disposed between a positive electrode and a negative electrode, each having an electrode mixture including an electrode active material applied to a current collector, are wound using a sheet type separation film, wherein the positive electrode is configured to have a structure in which a positive electrode mixture is coated on an aluminum foil as the current collector and the negative electrode is configured to have a structure in which a negative electrode mixture is coated on a metal foil, other than the aluminum foil, as the current collector, the unit cells include one or more full-cells and/or bi-cells, one of the unit cells located at each outermost side of the electrode assembly is configured such that one outermost electrode of the unit cell is a single-sided electrode, the single-sided electrode being configured such that the electrode mixtur
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu Na Jeong, Moon Young Jung, Dong-Myung Kim, Ki Tae Kim, Sungwon Lee
  • Patent number: 10199629
    Abstract: A secondary battery, including an electrode assembly; a case accommodating the electrode assembly; a cap plate sealing the case; at least one electrode terminal including a terminal plate on the cap plate and a terminal pin passing through the cap plate and the terminal plate and electrically connected to the electrode assembly; and at least one groove on a top surface of the terminal plate; a top portion of the terminal pin is bent for insertion into the at least one groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Minseok Koo, Hyunyoung Lim, Hyunsoo Lee, Janghyun Song
  • Patent number: 10199688
    Abstract: A one-step method to prepare a magnesium electrolyte salt is provided. According to the method, the magnesium electrolyte is obtained by reacting a Grignard reagent and a fluorinated aryl borane. In addition, formation of monomeric or dimeric magnesium ion is determined by the choice of the Grignard reagent. The magnesium electrolyte may be non-chlorinated and non-corrosive. A magnesium battery containing the magnesium electrolyte is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Claudiu B. Bucur, John Muldoon
  • Patent number: 10186715
    Abstract: A metal plate-bonded single fuel cell unit according to one aspect of the present invention includes a single cell element having a solid electrolyte and fuel and air electrodes disposed on opposite sides of the solid electrolyte and a metal plate bonded by a brazing material to the single cell element. The metal plate contains Ti and Al and has an Al—Ti-containing oxide layer present on a surface of the metal plate, an Al oxide film present on a surface of the Al—Ti-containing oxide layer and a Ti-containing phase apart from a part of a surface of the Al oxide film in contact with the brazing material while being present on a remaining part of the surface of the Al oxide film. The metal plate-bonded single fuel cell unit has a Ti reaction phase formed at an interface between the solid electrolyte and the brazing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuo Okuyama, Makoto Kuribayashi, Etsuya Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10161692
    Abstract: The thermal profile of one or more fuel cells (10) cooled by coolant flowing in coolant flow passageways (30, 31, 33, 34, 37-41, 45-50) is tailored by providing selected material (65, 68) adjacent a portion (33b) of the coolant passageway; the selected material has a different thermal transfer characteristic than material surrounding other portions of the coolant passageway. The material may be more insulative or more conductive. The material may be wrapping (65), such as shrink wrap, about a coolant tube, or it may be altered material (68) in a molding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: DOOSAN FUEL CELL AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: David D. Jayne
  • Patent number: 10164254
    Abstract: A composite anode active material includes: a silicon anode active material, a metal nitride; and a metal fluoride, wherein the metal nitride and the metal fluoride are each independently disposed on at least one surface of the silicon anode active material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jinsoo Mun, Gyusung Kim, Heechul Jung, Junho Park
  • Patent number: 10135076
    Abstract: A body-mountable device includes an electrochemical battery configured to provide power when exposed to an aqueous fluid. The aqueous fluid could be blood, sweat, tears, or some other bodily fluid. The electrochemical battery includes an anode that includes zinc metal and is configured to provide an electrical potential relative to a cathode when the anode and cathode are exposed to oxygen and an aqueous fluid. The electrochemical battery could provide power to electronics configured to measure a physiological parameter at a plurality of points in time, to record such measured parameters, to transmit such measured parameters to an external system, or to perform some other functions. Components of the body-mountable device could be embedded in a polymeric material configured for mounting to a surface of an eye. Components of the body-mountable device could be disposed on a flexible substrate configured for mounting to a skin surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventor: Zenghe Liu
  • Patent number: 10122047
    Abstract: A nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery proposed herein is configured such that a positive-electrode active material layer includes graphite particles and a gas generant. Further, an electrolyte solution includes an ? solute. Here, a relationship between an upper limit electric potential X of a positive electrode in a predetermined normal use area, an electric potential Y at which an amount of the ? solute in the electrolyte solution begins to decrease due to the graphite particles, and an electric potential Z at which the gas generant begins to generate gas is X<Y<Z.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yutaka Oyama
  • Patent number: 10116017
    Abstract: A battery module includes one or more battery cells and one or more laminated elements configured to provide passive management of heat generated by the one or more battery cells. Each laminated element includes one or more heat conducting layers and one or more intumescent layers. The one or more intumescent layers are configured to expand in response to an intumescent layer temperature exceedance to reconfigure the laminated element from a first configuration in which the laminated element transfers heat emitted by the one or more battery cells to a second configuration in which the laminated element does not substantially transfer heat emitted by the one or more battery cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Liam Stewart Cavanaugh Pingree