Patents Examined by Kaity V Chandler
  • Patent number: 11177542
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a secondary battery and a battery module. The secondary battery comprises a case, comprising a base plate and a side plate connected with the base plate, wherein the base plate and the side plate form a receiving hole and an opening in communication with the receiving hole, the opening is arranged opposite to the base plate in an axial direction of the receiving hole, and the base plate has a thickness larger than that of the side plate; a cap assembly, sealingly connected with the side plate to close the opening; and an electrode assembly, disposed in the receiving hole and comprising two or more electrode units, which are stacked in the axial direction, and each electrode unit is arranged with a wide side opposite to the base plate and a narrow side toward the side plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Fei Hu, Haizu Jin, Dongyang Shi, Zhenhua Li, Ning Chen, Yuanbao Chen
  • Patent number: 11171352
    Abstract: An assembly device for a battery component proposed herein includes at least one of members that are a positioning pin and a chuck, and a suction machine. There is at least one exhaust passage inside the at least one of the members that are the positioning pin and the chuck. An outer peripheral surface of the at least one of the members that are the positioning pin and the chuck has at least one dust-collecting port to which the at least one exhaust passage opens. The at least one exhaust passage is connected to the suction machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshinori Okura, Tomohiro Ono, Yuta Nemoto
  • Patent number: 11155760
    Abstract: Processes for natural gas production are described. The processes involve combining a membrane separation system and a thermal oxidizing system. The high and low hydrocarbon permeate streams from the membrane separation system are introduced into the thermal oxidizing system separately. The high hydrocarbon permeate stream provides fuel for the thermal oxidizing system, allowing a reduction in external fuel usage. The reduction in total fuel required yields increased gas production for the total plant. A solvent based acid gas removal system can optionally be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Whyman, David Farr, Jan De Ren, Manu Gustaaf Rosa Van Leuvenhaege
  • Patent number: 11128003
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, in a secondary battery, a first container member has an accommodating space defined by a bottom wall and side walls, and includes a flange, defining an edge of the opening of the accommodating space, at a portion opposite to the bottom wall. The electrode group is accommodated in the accommodating space, and the second container member is arranged to face the flange. A welding part, provided on an outer side relative to the edge of the opening, hermetically welds the flange and the second container member to seal the accommodating space. A projection, provided on one of the flange and the second container member between the welding part and the edge of the opening, projects toward another of the flange and the second container member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Hirokiyo Mamyoda, Tatsuya Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11111141
    Abstract: A system for hydrogen formation includes a container and at least one object. The container defines a reservoir and is flexible along the reservoir. The container forms a gas-tight seal between the reservoir and an atmosphere outside of the container. The at least one object includes aluminum in an activated form. The at least one object is disposed in an inert environment in the reservoir, and the activated form of the aluminum reactable to produce hydrogen in the reservoir upon exposure to water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: LTAG SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan T. Slocum, Alexander H. Slocum
  • Patent number: 11108057
    Abstract: A bipolar plate arranged to face an electrode along which electrolyte is circulated, the bipolar plate includes a flow passage that is provided on at least one of front and back surfaces of the bipolar plate and along which the electrolyte is circulated. The flow passage provided on the at least one of the front and back surfaces of the bipolar plate includes an introduction path along which the electrolyte is introduced and a discharge path that does not communicate with and is independent of the introduction path and along which the electrolyte is discharged. At least one of the introduction path and the discharge path includes an inclined groove that non-orthogonally intersects a long side and a short side of an imaginary rectangle that includes an outer edge of the bipolar plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Nakaishi, Kei Hanafusa
  • Patent number: 11084996
    Abstract: A two-stage gasification reactor may include a reactor lower section and a reactor upper section. The reactor lower section may include (a) a lower reactor body, (b) two primary feed nozzles, configured to introduce at least one of a dry feedstock or a first slurried feedstock and located on opposing terminal ends of the lower reactor body, and (c) at least two secondary feed nozzles, configured to introduce a liquid hydrocarbon feedstock, located on the lower reactor body. The reactor upper section may include (a) an upper reactor body, (b) at least one upper feed nozzle, configured to introduce at least one of a dry feedstock or a first slurried feedstock, located on the upper reactor body, and (c) an outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: LUMMUS TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Chancelor L. Williams, Albert C. Tsang, Philip Rodney Amick, Jayesh Shah, Paul Edgar Michaud, Shrinivas Lokare
  • Patent number: 11081697
    Abstract: An object of the present disclosure relates to an electrode active material that has excellent discharge capacity and is used in an all solid fluoride ion battery. The present disclosure achieves the object by providing an electrode active material to be used in an all solid fluoride ion battery, the electrode active material comprising: an active material region that contains an active material component including a layered structure; and a coating region positioned in a surface side of the active material region; and a fluorine concentration in the coating region is higher than a fluorine concentration in the active material region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hidenori Miki
  • Patent number: 11052364
    Abstract: An apparatus for carrying out endothermic reactions including a plurality of catalytic vessels, immersed in a combustion chamber having a contiguous overlaid convection chamber enclosing a top portion of the catalytic vessels wherein heat is recovered at a lower temperature level from the flue gases from the combustion chamber. The catalytic vessels may contain internal and coaxial heat recovery tubes creating an annular space filled in with a catalytic device. Both the external heat recovery through the catalyst tube outer surface and the internal heat recovery through the inner tube surface can be maximized by an enhanced catalytic device acting also as a heat transfer promoter in the process gas region. The apparatus provides enhanced and flexible heat recovery that permits to meet the request of minimum or none export steam production in one single apparatus, avoiding the need of a pre-reforming section and/or of a convective reformer downstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: KT KINETICS TECHNOLOGY SPA
    Inventors: Cristina Guazzotti, Emma Palo, Lorena Mosca
  • Patent number: 11050287
    Abstract: A battery pack system includes a battery pack, a battery management module, a discharge circuit module, a charge circuit module and an energy storage module. The battery pack is connected to the discharge circuit module in series and the battery pack is connected to the charge circuit module in series. The battery management module is configured to monitor a temperature of the battery pack, and if the temperature is lower than a first temperature threshold, send a switch-on instruction to the discharge circuit module and the charge circuit module alternately at a regulation frequency. The discharge circuit module is configured to switch on according to the switch-on instruction to enable electricity of the battery pack to flow into the energy storage module. The charge circuit module is configured to switch on according to the switch-on instruction to enable electricity of the energy storage module to flow into the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Wei Zhang, Zhimin Dan, Yizhen Hou, Xiyang Zuo, Wenbin Lu, Xingyuan Wu, Taosheng Zhu
  • Patent number: 11021405
    Abstract: Moulded insulation bodies, processes for the production thereof and use thereof consisting essentially of ceramic material comprising SiO2 fibers and Al2O3 fibers which has been produced using Al2O3 sol as a binder and kilned at a temperature of above 800° C. for insulation of the ends of cracking tubes of a tubular reactor for performing a steam reforming process for generating synthesis gas which project out of the reactor heating space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Antonio Coscia, Hans-Werner Scholz
  • Patent number: 11018381
    Abstract: An interconnect board (ICB) assembly is used with a battery module and a battery controller. The ICB assembly includes a printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) integrally formed from a printed circuit board (PCB) and a flex circuit. The PCB has a component surface populated with electronic components which measure and report parameters of the battery module to the battery controller. The flex circuit is constructed of conductive foil, and defines tabular flying leads that project from a periphery of the flex circuit. A window may be present in the flex circuit. A carrier frame has a support surface flanked by busbars. The PCBA is seated on the support surface, with the flying leads conductively joined to a corresponding busbar. A battery system includes the battery controller and the ICB assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Evan J. Dawley
  • Patent number: 10992004
    Abstract: A solid state battery cell can include a first polarity terminal, a second polarity terminal and a housing defining a cavity and functioning as a current collector for the first polarity terminal. The battery cell can include a membrane disposed in the cavity and dividing the cavity into a first portion and a second portion, an electrically conductive pin functioning as a current collector for the second polarity terminal, and an insulator electrically isolating the electrically conductive pin from the housing. A solid state anode material, including solid state anode particles, first solid state electrolyte particles and a first conductive additive, can be disposed in the first portion of the cavity. A solid state cathode material, including solid state cathode particles, second solid state electrolyte particles and a second conductive additive, can be disposed in the second portion of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: TeraWatt Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Nathan Wong, Scott Quinlan Freeman Monismith, Jeremy Elsberry, Brennan Campbell, Ying Liu, Yifan Tang
  • Patent number: 10985405
    Abstract: A battery includes a first portion and a second portion, in which the first portion includes a first positive electrode layer, a first negative electrode layer, and a first solid electrolyte layer located between the first positive electrode layer and the first negative electrode layer, in which the second portion includes a second positive electrode layer, a second negative electrode layer, and a second solid electrolyte layer located between the second positive electrode layer and the second negative electrode layer, in which the first portion and the second portion are in contact with each other, the second portion is more sharply bent than the first portion, the first solid electrolyte layer contains a first binder, the second solid electrolyte layer contains a second binder, and the second solid electrolyte layer containing the second binder has higher flexibility than a flexibility of the first solid electrolyte layer containing the first binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Komori, Izuru Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10978768
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery system, including: a plurality of battery modules provided in a space formed between an upper casing and a lower casing; connection busbars respectively connected to terminals of the battery modules; an intermediate busbar connected to the connection busbars such that the connection busbars are electrically connected to each other; and an insulation protector provided with opposite end portions attached to the upper casing, and with a holding portion placed below the intermediate busbar at a position between the opposite end portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Coporation
    Inventors: Hae Kyu Lim, Jun Seok Choi, Yong Hwan Choi, Jeong Hun Seo, Jae Hoon Hoi, Yong Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 10961121
    Abstract: A method for improving thermal efficiency of steam production in a steam reforming based syngas plant is provided. In one embodiment, the method can include the steps of: preheating a hydrocarbon feed stream in a first heat exchanger from a first temperature to a second temperature; preheating the hydrocarbon feed stream in a second heat exchanger to a third temperature, wherein the third temperature is greater than the second temperature; introducing the hydrocarbon feed stream in the presence of steam to a steam methane reformer under conditions effective for producing a product stream comprising hydrogen, carbon oxides, and water vapor; and exchanging heat between the product stream and a boiler feed water stream in a third heat exchanger, wherein prior to exchanging heat with the product stream, the boiler feed water stream is used to provide the preheating to the hydrocarbon feed stream in the first heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme Pour L'Etude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventors: Paul Kong, Alexander Roesch
  • Patent number: 10957919
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for an active fuel cooling system (“fuel cooling system”). The fuel cooling system includes a fuel tank configured to store fuel. The fuel cooling system includes one or more pipes positioned adjacent to, in contact with, or within the fuel tank that are configured to deliver refrigerant that cools the fuel tank. The fuel cooling system includes a compressor for pumping the refrigerant through the one or more pipes to cool the fuel stored within the fuel tank. The fuel cooling system includes an electronic control unit connected to the compressor and configured to operate the compressor to pump the refrigerant through the one or more pipes to cool the fuel stored in the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Dallas K. Fox
  • Patent number: 10950912
    Abstract: A battery pack and a method of assembling a battery pack. The battery pack may include an outer housing; a cell module supportable by the outer housing, the cell module including a module housing, a plurality of battery cells supported by the module housing, the battery cells having an energy of at least about 60 Watt-hours, a controller operable to control an operation of the battery pack, a conductive strap electrically connected to at least one of the battery cells, a weld strap connected between the controller and the conductive strap, and a terminal electrically connected to the battery cells and operable to connect the battery cells to an electrical device for power transfer; and a vapor-deposited, hydrophobic nano coating applied to at least a portion of the cell module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: James P. Elfering, Cameron R. Schulz, Ryan B. Jipp, Samuel Sheeks, Kyle J. Radovich, Michael Kolden
  • Patent number: 10946356
    Abstract: A gas generator and a method of generating a gas are provided. A gas generator includes a cartridge having a solid reactant and a liquid reactant distributor provided therein, and a liquid reactant supply in fluid communication with the liquid reactant distributor. The liquid reactant supply is configured to provide a liquid reactant under pressure to the liquid reactant distributor. The liquid reactant distributor comprises a plurality of normally closed holes configured to open at a predetermined fluid pressure to disperse the liquid reactant for reaction with the solid reactant in the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: TEMASEK POLYTECHNIC
    Inventors: Lei Wang, Ming Han, Yunzhong Chen
  • Patent number: 10950831
    Abstract: A battery pack is provided which includes an enclosure. The enclosure includes a battery cell compartment and a vent. The battery cell compartment is a sealed compartment, except for the vent, and the vent facilitates pressure-induced venting of gas from the battery cell compartment. One or more battery cells are disposed within the battery cell compartment, and the battery pack also includes a filter system associated with the enclosure. The filter system filters the pressure-induced venting of gas from the battery cell compartment resulting from a thermal runaway event at a battery cell of the one or more battery cells within the battery cell compartment of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noah Singer, Prabjit Singh, John G. Torok, David C. Long