Patents Examined by Ladan Mohaddes
  • Patent number: 10497992
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a case for a secondary battery and a secondary battery having the same. More specifically, it relates to a case for a secondary battery having a washer for detecting leakage with a structure improved so as to check leakage of an electrolyte and a secondary battery having the same. A lithium ion secondary battery according to the present disclosure provides an effect of easily checking the leakage of an electrolyte with naked eyes through the color change of a washer when a trace amount of the electrolyte leaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Je-Jun Lee, Hang-Soo Shin, Do-Gyun Kim, Byoung-Gu Lee, Sang-Sok Jung
  • Patent number: 10490832
    Abstract: A power generation system includes a gas turbine having a compressor, a combustor, and a turbine, an inlet guide vane in an air intake port in the compressor, a first compressed air supply line for supplying compressed air compressed by the compressor to the combustor, a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) having an air electrode and a fuel electrode, a second compressed air supply line for supplying at least part of the compressed air compressed by the compressor to the air electrode, a control valve in the second compressed air supply line, and a control device for opening the control valve when the SOFC is activated and changing a degree of opening of the inlet guide vane from a preset reference degree of opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: So Manabe, Yukimasa Nakamoto, Hiroyuki Ozawa
  • Patent number: 10454132
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a stacked/folded type electrode assembly configured to have a structure in which a plurality of unit cells, each of which includes a positive electrode having an electrode mixture including an electrode active material applied to a current collector, a negative electrode having an electrode mixture including an electrode active material applied to a current collector, and a separator disposed between the positive electrode and the negative electrode, is wound in the state of being arranged on a sheet type separation film, wherein the unit cells include one full cell and three or more bi-cells, the outermost unit cells of the electrode assembly are each configured such that an electrode forming the outside of the electrode assembly is configured as a single-sided electrode, in which no electrode mixture is applied to the surface of the current collector facing the outside of the electrode assembly, and the single-sided electrodes are electrodes having the same polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyoungsik Choi, Sang Baek Ryu, Chan Ki Park
  • Patent number: 10439248
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for enhancing the construction and application of batteries by providing a battery system comprising at least one electrochemical panel with at least one electrochemical cell disposed therein, which is configured to enable multi-purpose functionality and applicability of the battery system. Embodiments provide for electrodes and/or current collectors of each electrochemical cell that are transversely orientated with respect to each face of an electrochemical panel. Some embodiments provide for a separator pouch disposed about at least one electrode and/or current collector to electrically insulate the electrode and/or current collector from a structure component of the device. Each electrochemical panel is configured to enable electrical communication with another electrochemical panel and/or an ancillary electric circuit. Each electrochemical panel is configured enable utilization thereof as a structural component of an ancillary structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: The Penn State Research Foundation
    Inventors: Christopher D. Rahn, Charles E. Bakis, Michael Hickner, Yancheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10439181
    Abstract: A battery pack (50) comprising at least one battery module (10) with a plurality of battery cells (2) which are held together by at least one holding element (31, 32). The at least one battery module (10) is arranged in a housing (70), wherein the at least one holding element (31, 32) is attached to the housing (70) by fixing elements (41, 42, 43, 44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Aleksandar Petrevski, Andreas Selent, Boris Gendlin, Jonas Schuetz, Sarmimala Hore
  • Patent number: 10431851
    Abstract: To provide a structure which allows production of an electrode, even if the film thickness of an electrode is increased; and a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Ohsawa, Yuki Kusachi, Hiroshi Akama, Hideaki Horie, Yusuke Mizuno, Kenichi Kawakita, Yasuhiro Shindo, Yasuhiro Tsudo
  • Patent number: 10424766
    Abstract: A battery housing including at least one interior space for accommodating at least one battery, and including at least one contact element which, in a connection position, establishes a connection to a counter-contact element, the connection passing through the battery housing out of the interior space and/or into the interior space, the connection being cut off in an out-of-contact position with the counter-contact element, the counter-contact element being situated on an insulation component movable relative to the battery housing, which is movable from a first position, in which the counter-contact element and the contact element are in the connection position, into a second position, in which the counter-contact element and the contact element are in the out-of-contact position, the contact element being thermally insulated in the out-of-contact position by the insulation component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Tenzer, Jean Fanous, Joerg Poehler
  • Patent number: 10424793
    Abstract: An electrodeposited copper foil of high toughness having a lightness L* value of the deposit side in the range of 36 to 74, the copper foil having a tensile strength in the range of 40 to 70 kg/mm2, and a weight deviation of less than 3%. The electrodeposited copper foils are particularly useful as current collectors for anode components of rechargeable secondary batteries and tend not to form wrinkles during charge-discharge cycles of the battery and are resistant to fracture during pressing of the anode active materials onto the copper foil. Secondary batteries and methods of manufacture are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: CHANG CHUN PETROCHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuei-Sen Cheng, Huei-Fang Huang, Yao-Sheng Lai, Jui-Chang Chou
  • Patent number: 10418607
    Abstract: To provide a secondary battery porous membrane which is produced using a slurry for secondary battery porous membranes having excellent coatability and excellent dispersibility of insulating inorganic particles and is capable of improving the cycle characteristics of a secondary battery that is obtained using the secondary battery porous membrane, said secondary battery porous membrane having high flexibility and low water content and being capable of preventing particle fall-off. A slurry for secondary battery porous membranes of the present invention is characterized by containing: insulating inorganic particles, each of which has a surface functional group that is selected from the group consisting of an amino group, an epoxy group, a mercapto group and an isocyanate group; a binder which has a reactive group that is crosslinkable with the surface functional group; and a solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: ZEON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Taku Matsumura
  • Patent number: 10411236
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide methods and apparatuses for enhancing electron flow within a battery, such as a lead-acid battery. In one embodiment, a battery separator may include a conductive surface or layer upon which electrons may flow. The battery separator may include a fiber mat that includes a plurality of electrically insulative fibers. The battery separator may be positioned between electrodes of the battery to electrically insulate the electrodes. The battery separator may also include a conductive material disposed on at least one surface of the fiber mat. The conductive material may contact an electrode of the battery and may have an electrical conductivity that enables electron flow on the surface of the fiber mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Johns Manville
    Inventors: Souvik Nandi, Zhihua Guo, Jawed Asrar, Albert G. Dietz, III
  • Patent number: 10403887
    Abstract: An electrode and a method of manufacturing an electrode for a flowing electrolyte battery enable improved robustness and reduced manufacturing costs of bipolar electrodes for flowing electrolyte batteries. The electrode includes a polymer sheet having a first side and a second side; a graphite layer on the first side; and an activated carbon layer on the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Redflow R&D Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Alexander Rudolf Winter, Thomas John
  • Patent number: 10403925
    Abstract: Various arrangements of increasing an amount of contact between an electrolyte and active materials of a battery cell are presented herein. A battery cell may be inserted within a housing such that the battery cell is submersed in liquid. The housing may be sealed, then pressure and heat may be applied to the liquid. The battery cell may then be removed from the housing and used as part of a sealed battery module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignees: CHONGQING JINKANG NEW ENERGY AUTOMOBILE CO., LTD., SF MOTORS INC.
    Inventors: Ken Ogata, Yang Yang, Hajime Hoshi, Ying Liu
  • Patent number: 10381619
    Abstract: An exemplary traction battery assembly includes, among other things, a container disposed about a portion of a fastened joint within an interior of a traction battery enclosure. The container is configured to hold contaminants to block the contaminants from contacting a surface of a component housed within the interior. An exemplary contaminant containing method includes, among other things, within an interior area of a traction battery enclosure, holding contaminants within a container to block the contaminants from contacting a surface of a component housed within the interior. The container is disposed about a fastened joint within the interior area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dylan Erb, Alexander Bartlett, Jacob Wiles, Thomas Matthew Younce, Bikram Singh, Baocheng Sun
  • Patent number: 10374214
    Abstract: A method for the manufacturing of electrodes with at least one porous surfacial layer comprising anisotropic electrochemically active particles. It also relates to electrodes made using such a method. The method comprises the following steps: (a) coupling of paramagnetic nanoparticles to said active particles for the generation of composites; (b) preparation of a slurry of said composites, including a solvent mixed with a binder able to release a volatile component; (c) application of said slurry to a substrate to form a film; (d) application of a magnetic field to the film and orienting said active particles leading to a substrate in which said active particles are arranged with their shortest axes aligned along a preferred axis parallel to said substrate; (e) during or after application of said magnetic field evaporation of said solvent with solidification of the binder and release of said volatile component under formation of said surfacial layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: ETH ZURICH
    Inventors: Vanessa Wood, Martin Otto Johann Ebner
  • Patent number: 10366844
    Abstract: A battery includes an electrode body including a positive electrode body and a negative electrode body and an exterior body in which the electrode body is housed. The exterior body includes a first container formed in a bottomed cylindrical shape and including a first circumferential wall section, a second container formed in a bottomed cylindrical shape and including a second circumferential wall section surrounding the first circumferential wall section, the second container housing the electrode body between the second container and the first container, and a fusing member interposed between the first circumferential wall section and the second circumferential wall section and fused to the first circumferential wall section and the second circumferential wall section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Tsuneaki Tamachi, Shunji Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10367221
    Abstract: An energy storage system reaction cell configured for distribution throughout a transport system. The length of the reaction cell is substantially greater than its width and is looped throughout the transport system in a serpentine configuration. A membrane within the reaction cell has a length substantially equal to the length of the reaction cell such that surface area of the membrane is maximized relative to volume of the reaction cell to increase electrical power provided to an electrical load of the transport system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Curators of the University of Missouri
    Inventors: Jonghyun Park, Mohammed Al-Yasiri
  • Patent number: 10355264
    Abstract: A battery is provided with a battery cover having a first cover mold insert and a second cover mold insert which are interchangeable in the cover prior to molding depending at least in part on the battery's polarity configuration. The first cover mold insert has a bushing that is relatively different in dimension, size and/or shape than the bushing of the second cover mold insert, such that each bushing is adapted to receive a cast-on-strap post of a relatively different dimension, size and/or shape. The first cover mold insert may also have a terminal that is relatively different in dimension, size and/or shape than the terminal of the second cover mold insert, such that each terminal is adapted to engage a formation connector contact of a relatively different dimension, size and/or shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: CPS Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: William J. Ross, David Mendoza, Brian DeGuzman
  • Patent number: 10326144
    Abstract: The present application relates to a layer of an oxidant electrode having hygrophobic and current collecting properties, and electrochemical metal-air cell utilizing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: NANTENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Cody A. Friesen, Joel Hayes
  • Patent number: 10319996
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a cathode material for lithium ion secondary battery. The cathode material is in the form of powder particles. The powder particle includes a bulk portion and a coating portion coated on the outer surface of the bulk portion. The bulk portion is formed of at least one first cathode material which is a lithium-nickel based composite oxide. The first cathode material has electrochemical activity and has high charging-discharging specific capacity at a charged voltage of 4.2V versus Li/Li+. The coating portion is formed of at least one second cathode material. The second cathode material has no electrochemical activity or has low charging-discharging specific capacity at a charged voltage of 4.2V versus Li/Li+. Lithium ion secondary battery using the cathode material has high energy density, cycling stability, security, and output power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MICROVAST POWER SYSTEMS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhuoqun Zheng, Jian Qiu, Xiaozhen Zhao, Yunhua Nie
  • Patent number: 10319980
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a battery pack connected to an electronic device. The battery pack comprises: a battery module provided with a plurality of battery cells which are disposed adjacent to each other and connected to each other in series and on which first and second electrode terminals are disposed; a fuse disposed between the first electrode terminal of the uppermost battery cell and the second electrode terminal of the electronic device; and a switching device provided with a first plate disposed on a top surface of the uppermost battery cell and connected to the first electrode terminal of the uppermost battery cell, a second plate disposed above the first plate and connected to the second electrode terminal of the lowermost battery cell, and a support frame disposed between the first plate and the second plate and having fragility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Chul Kyu Lee, Seung Ryul Choi, Jun Park, Kyung Hyun Kim