Patents Examined by Karie O'Neill Apicella
  • Patent number: 11569552
    Abstract: A flat-shaped winding electrode body in which a positive electrode plate and a negative electrode plate are wound with a separator interposed therebetween includes a positive electrode tab portion and a negative electrode tab portion at one end in a direction in which a winding axis of the winding electrode body extends. Two pieces of the flat-shaped winding electrode body are housed in a prismatic outer body so that the winding axis of each piece is disposed in a direction perpendicular to a sealing plate, and the positive electrode tab portion and the negative electrode tab portion are located on one end of the winding electrode body closer to the sealing plate than the other end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kitaoka, Masakazu Yamada, Yohei Muroya
  • Patent number: 11564328
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a battery backup unit (BBU) with a louver design includes a container, a battery module having one or more battery cells, a first louver at a frontend of the container, a second louver at a backend of the container, and a control mechanism that is coupled to both the first and second louvers and is configured to open and close the louvers. Also, the battery module and the control mechanism are disposed within the container. In another embodiment, a BBU shelf with a similar louver design that includes one or more battery modules may be implemented within an electronic rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Shuai Shao, Tianyi Gao
  • Patent number: 11557819
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a battery pack to which a thin-film label can be easily attached, and a label attaching method thereof. Disclosed in one embodiment is a battery pack comprising: a battery cell having an electrode assembly accommodated in a case; and an external film, which has a label attached to at least one surface of the case and directly attached to the case, a step difference compensation tape attached to the upper surface of the label and positioned on one side of the label, and a protective film attached to the upper surface of the label and extending to the upper part of the step difference compensation tape, wherein the protective film is attached so as to be detachable from the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Bum Kuk Choi
  • Patent number: 11552339
    Abstract: Battery systems according to embodiments of the present technology may include a battery including a first electrode terminal and a second electrode terminal accessible along a first surface of the battery. The battery systems may also include a module electrically coupled with the battery. The module may include a first mold extending toward the battery. The first mold may define a recess along a first surface of the first mold proximate the first electrode terminal and the second electrode terminal. The module may include a first conductive tab electrically coupling the module with the first electrode terminal. The first electrode terminal may be at least partially positioned within a space defined by the recess defined by the first mold. The module may also include a second conductive tab electrically coupling the module with the second electrode terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Haran Balaram, Nathan J. Bohney, Jonathan C. Wilson
  • Patent number: 11541777
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a vehicle thermal management apparatus, may include a component state unit of collecting a state of a vehicle component, a disturbance collection unit of collecting a state of a disturbance affecting thermal management of the vehicle component, a determination unit of calculating an amount of heat exchange between the vehicle component and a thermal management apparatus, which is required in the future, based on a past state value of the vehicle component collected through the component state unit and a past state value of the disturbance collected through the disturbance collection unit, and an operation unit of controlling operation of the thermal management apparatus based on the amount of heat exchange determined by the calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Woong Kim, So La Chung, Man Ju Oh, Sang Shin Lee
  • Patent number: 11539093
    Abstract: A housing for receiving a rechargeable battery pack having a plurality of rechargeable battery cells, in particular prismatic rechargeable battery cells or rechargeable pouch battery cells, having an encircling, preferably injection-molded, housing wall of plastics material which laterally surrounds a receptacle space for the rechargeable battery pack and in which at least one wound package wound from a strand of continuous fibers is integrated as a reinforcement structure, and to a method for producing such a housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Erwin Quarder Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Georg Siewert, Alexander Heitbrink
  • Patent number: 11539066
    Abstract: Methods, microbial fuel cells and microbial consortia for generating electrical current are provided according to the present invention which include providing a microbial consortium to an anode chamber of a microbial fuel cell, wherein the microbial consortium includes: 1) an engineered methanogen that contains a heterologous nucleic acid sequence encoding methyl-coenzyme M reductase derived from an anaerobic methane oxidizer, 2) an exoelectrogen microbe that produces electrically-conductive appendages and/or one or more types of electron carrier, and 3) a sludge, methane-acclimated sludge, a sludge isolate component, a methane-acclimated sludge isolate component chosen from Paracoccus spp., Geotoga spp., Geobacter spp., Methanosarcina spp., Garciella spp., humic acids; or a combination of any two or more thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: The Penn State Research Foundation
    Inventors: Thomas K. Wood, Michael J. McAnulty
  • Patent number: 11532838
    Abstract: Disclosed is a nonaqueous electrolyte solution containing a lithium electrolyte, methyl 3,3,3-trifluoropropionate, and a phosphazene compound. Preferably, the phosphazene compound is a cyclic phosphazene compound represented by the disclosed general formula (I).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Inventor: Toshiaki Okamoto
  • Patent number: 11527751
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, provided is a nonaqueous electrolyte battery including a positive electrode, a negative electrode, and a nonaqueous electrolyte. The positive electrode includes lithium manganese composite oxide particles having a spinel crystal structure and lithium cobalt composite oxide particles. The negative electrode includes a titanium-containing oxide. The nonaqueous electrolyte contains a propionate ester. The battery satisfies 0.8?p/n?1.2 and 1?w/s?60. p denotes a capacity per unit area of the positive electrode. n denotes a capacity per unit area of the negative electrode. w denotes a content of the propionate ester in the nonaqueous electrolyte and is in a range of 10% by weight to 60% by weight. s denotes an average particle size of the lithium manganese composite oxide particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventors: Ryo Hara, Dai Yamamoto, Keigo Hoshina
  • Patent number: 11518209
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an electrified vehicle configured to power limit a battery based on a thermal exchange capacity, and a corresponding method. In particular, an example electrified vehicle includes a battery, a thermal management system configured to circulate thermal exchange fluid relative to the battery, and a controller configured to power limit the battery based on a thermal exchange capacity of the thermal exchange fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jordan Mazaira, Brett Allen Dunn, Joseph George, Justin Barsano
  • Patent number: 11515589
    Abstract: A temperature equalization and heat dissipation container structure of a lithium battery and a combination module thereof are disclosed. The temperature equalization and heat dissipation container structure of lithium battery includes a base and a housing frame erected on the base. The housing frame includes a pair of first heat conducting walls spaced apart from each other and a pair of second heat conducting walls spaced apart from each other. The base, the first heat conducting walls and the second heat conducting walls are enclosed to form a hollow accommodating area, and the pair of first heat conducting walls are erected with a pitch gradually widening from bottom to top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventor: Yuan-Li Chiang
  • Patent number: 11515592
    Abstract: A battery module includes a secondary battery, a cooler, and a heat conducting member disposed between the secondary battery and the cooler. The secondary battery has at least one electrode body and a case. The case has an opposite wall facing the cooler. The opposite wall has a recessed groove shaped so as to be depressed toward the inside of the case. The heat conducting member fills a space between the opposite wall and the cooler including the inside of the recessed groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventors: Hiroki Nagai, Keiji Kaita
  • Patent number: 11508957
    Abstract: An electrode comprises a current collector; and an active material-containing layer having active materials on the current collector. The active material-containing layer has a first surface contacting the current collector and a second surface which is opposite side of the first surface. At least one part of the second surface is covered by a compound containing Zn. When an image of the second surface is taken by Scanning Electron Microscope, the image is divided into 100 blocks, a ratio of existence of blocks having hexagonal platelet shaped compound containing Zn to the 100 blocks is calculated, and the ratio of existence of blocks is calculated with respect to 10 images, an average of the ratio of existence of blocks with respect to the 10 images is 20% or less (including 0).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Hotta, Shinsuke Matsuno, Norio Takami
  • Patent number: 11502335
    Abstract: Provided are an electrolyte for a non-aqueous electrolyte battery using a positive electrode including nickel, where the battery generates a small amount of gas during a durability test even if the cell potential reaches 4.1 V or more, as well as a non-aqueous electrolyte battery using the electrolyte. In the electrolyte for a non-aqueous electrolyte battery including a positive electrode including at least one selected from the group consisting of oxides containing nickel and phosphates containing nickel as a positive electrode active material, the electrolyte comprises (I) a non-aqueous organic solvent, (II) a fluorine-containing solute being an ionic salt, (III) at least one additive selected from the group consisting of compounds represented by formulae (1) and (2), and (IV) hydrogen fluoride in an amount of 5 mass ppm or more and less than 200 mass ppm based on the total amount of the components (I), (II), and (III).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: CENTRAL GLASS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mikihiro Takahashi, Takayoshi Morinaka, Wataru Kawabata, Makoto Kubo, Katsumasa Mori
  • Patent number: 11502365
    Abstract: A pouch battery module is provided. The pouch battery module includes a metal housing, wherein a plurality of pouch battery cells arranged along a first direction is disposed inside the metal housing; and a rigid insulation plate being provided between an outermost pouch battery cell and the metal housing along the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: CALB Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhiyuan Chang, Xiaoyuan Du, Yanbing Zhang, Zhengkun Wan, Yongguang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11495865
    Abstract: Described herein is a multilayer microporous film or membrane that may exhibit improved properties, including improved dielectric break down and strength, compared to prior monolayer or tri-layer microporous membranes of the same thickness. The preferred multilayer microporous membrane comprises microlayers and one or more lamination barriers. Also disclosed is a battery separator or battery comprising one or more of the multilayer microporous films or membranes. The inventive battery and battery separator is preferably safer and more robust than batteries and battery separators using prior monolayer and tri-layer microporous membranes. Also, described herein is a method for making the multilayer microporous separators, membranes or films described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Celgard, LLC
    Inventors: Kang Karen Xiao, Eric J. Penegar, Takahiko Kondo, Robert Nark, Eric R. White, Xiaomin Zhang, Kristoffer K. Stokes, Stefan Reinartz, Masaaki Okada
  • Patent number: 11495820
    Abstract: A cell includes a support substrate that is of a flat plate shape that includes a first principal surface and a second principal surface on an opposite side of the first principal surface and a columnar shape that includes a longitudinal direction and includes a gas flow path in an inside thereof, and a plurality of element parts that are arranged away from one another on the first principal surface and the second principal surface where at least a fuel electrode, a solid electrolyte film, and an air electrode are laminated thereon. The cell includes a first portion that is located on a side of the first principal surface with respect to the gas flow path and a second portion that is located on a side of the second principal surface with respect to the gas flow path. Structures of the first portion and the second portion are asymmetric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Shinchi, Kei Uchibayashi
  • Patent number: 11489184
    Abstract: An electrolyte including a mixture of hydroxynaphtoquinone and a precursor material thereof is provided. The electrolyte may achieve higher capacities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Foundation for Research and Business, Seoul National University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Yong Chai Kwon, Won Mi Lee, Gyun Ho Park
  • Patent number: 11469479
    Abstract: A busbar for a battery pack, intended to electrically connect at least one electrochemical accumulator battery of the pack, preferably to electrically connect several electrochemical accumulator batteries of the pack to one another, including an electrically conductive and sealtight envelope itself intended to channel the current of the accumulator batteries and designed to contain a heat transfer liquid whose vaporization temperature is chosen so as to be between a value close to 90% of the self-heating temperature and a value close to 110% of the thermal runaway temperature of the accumulator batteries of the pack, the sealtight envelope being designed to guarantee an injection of heat transfer liquid as close as possible to each accumulator battery to which it is intended to be connected, preferably close to at least one of its output terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventors: Olivier Masson, Pierre Coste, Magali Reytier
  • Patent number: 11469459
    Abstract: A cathode of a metal-air battery includes an electrically conductive metal oxide in a three-dimensional (3D) network structure, wherein the electrically conductive metal oxide of the three-dimensional network structure is in a form of a plurality of strands, wherein a strand of the plurality of strands has an aspect ratio in a range of about 10 to about 107, and wherein the three-dimensional network structure has a porosity of about 70 volume percent to about 95 volume percent, based on a total volume of the three-dimensional network structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventors: Dongjoon Lee, Jeonggil Seo, Alan Christian Lim, Jungock Park