Patents Examined by Lucas J O Donnell
  • Patent number: 11186494
    Abstract: Provided is room temperature stable ?-phase Bi2O3. Ion conductive compositions comprise at least 95 wt % ?-phase Bi2O3, and, at 25° C., the compositions are stable and have a conductivity of at least 10?7 S/cm. Related methods, electrochemical cells, and devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: CORNELL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Robert Bell, Marc Murphy, R. Bruce Van Dover, Michael O. Thompson, Peter A. Beaucage
  • Patent number: 11158866
    Abstract: A microbial fuel cell and a method of manufacturing the same are provided. The microbial fuel cell includes a cathode, an anode, and a microbial community. The anode is made of an activated carbon prepared from waste coffee ground as an electrode material, and the microbial community is adhered to the surface of the activated carbon. Since the activated carbon prepared from waste coffee ground is beneficial for the adhesion of various microbial communities to form a biofilm, the electron transfer efficiency of the microbial fuel cell may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: National Tsing Hua University
    Inventors: Yu-Hsuan Hung, Han-Yi Chen, Tzu-Yin Liu
  • Patent number: 11158877
    Abstract: A fuel cell stack includes a power generation cell having a first gas diffusion layer and a dummy cell disposed at an end of the power generation cell and having a second gas diffusion layer with higher thermal conductivity than the first gas diffusion layer. An end plate is fastened at an end of the dummy cell and a heater is interposed between the dummy cell and the end plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: In Woo Jang
  • Patent number: 11152622
    Abstract: A power storage device with high capacity or high energy density is provided. A highly reliable power storage device is provided. A long-life power storage device is provided. An electrode includes an active material, a first binder, and a second binder. The specific surface area of the active material is S [m2/g]. The weight of the active material, the weight of the first binder, and the weight of the second binder are a, b, and c, respectively. The solution of {(b+c)/(a+b+c)}×100÷S is 0.3 or more. The electrode includes a first film in contact with the active material. The first film preferably includes a region in contact with the active material. The first film preferably includes a region with a thickness of 2 nm or more and 20 nm or less. The first film contains a water-soluble polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kai Kimura, Kazutaka Kuriki, Teppei Oguni, Aya Uchida
  • Patent number: 11145873
    Abstract: A membrane electrode assembly includes an electrolyte membrane, and a pair of electrodes sandwiching the electrolyte membrane. The pair of electrodes each include a catalyst layer, and a gas diffusion layer disposed on the catalyst layer on an opposite side to the electrolyte membrane. At least one of the catalyst layers contains first catalyst particles, and second catalyst particles. The first catalyst particles are either platinum particles or platinum alloy particles, or both. The second catalyst particles are core-shell particles having a core part and a shell part, the core part formed of at least one selected from transition metals other than platinum, the shell part covering the core part and formed of at least one of platinum and a platinum alloy. In the catalyst layer, the second catalyst particles are present in a smaller percentage in an electrolyte membrane side than they are in a gas diffusion layer side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya Yamasaki, Hitoshi Ishimoto, Motohiro Sakata
  • Patent number: 11121395
    Abstract: A battery module including a plurality of battery cells stacked on one another, a casing configured to surround the battery cell stack, and an elastic member coupled to an inner side of the casing while avoiding an interference with the battery cells so that a uniform pressure is formed at the battery cells when swelling occurs at the battery cells is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Dong-Yeon Kim, Jin-Hak Kong, Yong-Seok Choi, Jee-Soon Choi
  • Patent number: 11114660
    Abstract: Systems and methods for batteries comprising a cathode, an electrolyte, and an anode, wherein the anode is a Si-dominant anode that utilizes water-soluble maleic anhydride- and/or maleic acid-containing polymers/co-polymers, derivatives, and/or combinations (with or without additives) as binders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Enevate Corporation
    Inventors: Liwen Ji, Younes Ansari, Sanjaya D. Perera, Benjamin Park
  • Patent number: 11114686
    Abstract: Disclosed are a secondary battery and a method for manufacturing the same. According to the present invention, since an external protrusion protruding from the outside of an exterior constituting a body of the secondary battery as a component through which a secondary battery according to a related art is electrically connected to external electric equipment is removed, the secondary battery may be reduced in volume under the same capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Sang Hun Kim, Yong Su Choi, Hyung Kyun Yu, Soo Ji Hwang, Na Yoon Kim, Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 11101496
    Abstract: Methods of making magnesium-based compositions are disclosed. The methods include the addition of a metallic magnesium powder to a magnesium salt, a metal halide and a solvent. The methods provide compositions with advantageous properties that make them useful as electrolytes for battery applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Utah State University
    Inventors: Tianbiao Liu, Jian Luo
  • Patent number: 11101460
    Abstract: To provide a lithium-ion secondary battery having higher discharge capacity and higher energy density and a manufacturing method thereof. The lithium-ion secondary battery includes a positive electrode, a negative electrode, and an electrolyte provided between the positive electrode and the negative electrode. The positive electrode includes a positive electrode current collector and a positive electrode active material layer provided over the positive electrode current collector. In the positive electrode active material layer, graphenes and lithium-containing composite oxides are alternately provided. The lithium-containing composite oxide is a flat single crystal particle in which the length in the b-axis direction is shorter than each of the lengths in the a-axis direction and the c-axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Tomoya Futamura, Tamae Moriwaka
  • Patent number: 11097409
    Abstract: The invention relates to a power tool and battery pack assembly including a battery pack for connection with the power tool to provide power for the operation of the power tool when connected thereto. The battery pack includes a plurality of power cells and connection means are provided to allow the selective supply of power at least a first or second voltage level to the power tool from the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: KOKI HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Rients Bakker
  • Patent number: 11088409
    Abstract: The invention relates to an energy store comprising an arrangement of battery cells (70, 80, 90) in an installation housing (2), wherein groups (I, II, III) of battery cells (70, 80, 90) follow one another in the direction of the longitudinal axis (10) of the installation housing (2). Within each group (I, II, III) of battery cells (70, 80, 90), a flow path (50, 51, 52) for cooling air is formed, which flow path connects a feed air opening (35, 36, 46) for a cooling air flow (5, 6) to a cooling air outlet (20, 21, 23). In order to achieve effective cooling, first feed air openings (35) and a first cooling air outlet (20) are associated with a first flow path (50) in a first group (I) of battery cells (70) and second feed air openings (36) and a second cooling air outlet (21) are associated with a second flow path (51) in a second group (II) of battery cells (80).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: ads-tec Energy GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Speidel, Matthias Bohner
  • Patent number: 11081722
    Abstract: Provided are electrode active materials that include a metal oxide or oxynitride with a porous structure that when loaded with sulfur serve as electrochemically superior cathode active materials. The metal nitride or metal oxynitride structures are optionally used on their own, are coated with another material, or itself coats another porous structure such as a porous carbon structure that allows for excellent retention of both sulfur and polysulfides, are conductive themselves, and show long term stability and excellent cycle life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Navitas Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Pu Zhang, Michael Wixom, Qingliu Wu
  • Patent number: 11075370
    Abstract: The invention provides process for producing a stable Si or Ge electrode structure comprising cycling a Si or Ge nanowire electrode until a structure of the Si nanowires form a continuous porous network of Si or Ge ligaments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Kevin M. Ryan, Tadhg Kennedy, Emma Mullane
  • Patent number: 11063248
    Abstract: Methods of removing a passivation layer on a lithium-containing electrode and preparing a protective coating on the lithium-containing electrode by applying a graphene source are provided herein. A lithium-containing electrode with the protective coating including graphene and lithium-containing electrochemical cells including the same are also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Xingcheng Xiao, Mei Cai
  • Patent number: 11050075
    Abstract: In some variations, a hydrogen-storage material formulation comprises: a solid hydrogen-storage material containing at least one metal and hydrogen that is bonded with the metal; and a liquid electrolyte that is ionically conductive for at least one ion derived from the hydrogen-storage material. The liquid electrolyte may be from 5 wt % to about 20 wt % of the hydrogen-storage material formulation, for example. Many materials are possible for both the hydrogen-storage material as well as the liquid electrolyte. The hydrogen-storage material has a higher hydrogen evolution rate in the presence of the liquid electrolyte compared to a hydrogen-storage material without the liquid electrolyte. This is experimentally demonstrated with a destabilized metal hydride, MgH2/Si system, incorporating a LiI—KI—CsI ternary eutectic salt as the liquid electrolyte. Inclusion of the liquid electrolyte gives a ten-fold increase in H2 evolution rate at 250° C., reaching 3.5 wt % hydrogen released in only 7 hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: John J. Vajo, Jason A. Graetz, Channing Ahn, Dan Addison, Hongjin Tan, Jasim Uddin
  • Patent number: 11043686
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods of storing and delivering electrical using hydrogen at low-cost and for long-durations. The systems and methods use energy-bearing redox pairs that electrochemically bear energy through decoupled hydrogen and oxygen consumption and/or evolution reactions, which are typically associated with fuel cells. Each species of the energy-bearing redox pair is associated with a standard electrode potential within a water electrolysis voltage window for the electrolyte solution. Electrical energy delivery, hydrogen generation, electrolyte regeneration, or combinations thereof can be performed by logically or physically separated unit operations in a continuous manner, batch manner, or semi-batch manner facilitated by the energy-bearing redox pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Dongping Lu, Yuyan Shao, Qian Huang, Litao Yan
  • Patent number: 11031645
    Abstract: A device for storing electrical energy is disclosed. The device includes an electrochemical cell having a cathode chamber for holding a liquid cathode material and an anode chamber for holding a liquid anode material. The cathode and anode chambers are separated by a solid electrolyte, wherein the solid electrolyte is surrounded by a planar construction having openings, through which the cathode material can flow. The planar construction is made of an electrically conductive material. The cathode chamber includes at least one segment, wherein each segment has a jacket composed of an electrically conductive material and the jacket is fastened to the planar construction having openings in a fluid-tight and electrically conductive manner and wherein each segment is filled with a porous felt or a porous material different from porous felt. A method for assembling and starting up the device and a method for operating the device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Domnik Bayer, Jesus Enrique Zerpa Unda, Wolfgang Jabczynski
  • Patent number: 11005093
    Abstract: A positive electrode active material for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery includes secondary particles of a lithium transition metal complex oxide as a main component. The main component is represented by a formula: Lit(Ni1-xCox)1-yMnyB?P?S?O2, where t, x, y, ?, ?, and ? satisfy inequalities of 0?x?1, 0.00?y?0.50, (1?x)·(1?y)?y, 0.000???0.020, 0.000??=0.030, 0.000???0.030, and 1+3?+3?+2??t?1.30, and satisfy at least one of inequalities of 0.002??, 0.006??, and 0.004??. The secondary particles exhibit a pore distribution, where a pore volume Vp(1) having a pore diameter of not less than 0.01 ?m and not more than 0.15 ?m satisfies an inequality of 0.035 cm3/g?Vp(1) and where a pore volume Vp(2) having a pore diameter of not less than 0.01 ?m and not more than 10 ?m satisfies an inequality of Vp(2)?0.450 cm3/g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kengo Oishi
  • Patent number: 10985380
    Abstract: A battery plate assembly for a lead-acid battery is disclosed. The assembly includes a plates of opposing polarity each formed by an electrically conductive grid body having opposed top and bottom frame elements and opposed first and second side frame elements, the top frame element having a lug and an opposing enlarged conductive section extending toward the bottom frame element; a plurality of interconnecting electrically conductive grid elements defining a grid pattern defining a plurality of open areas, the grid elements including a plurality of radially extending vertical grid, wire elements connected to the top frame element, and a plurality of horizontally extending grid wire elements, the grid body having an active material provided thereon. A highly absorbent separator is wrapped around at least a portion of the plate of a first polarity and extends to opposing plate faces. An electrolyte is provided, wherein substantially all of the electrolyte is absorbed by the separator or active material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: CPS Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Mack, Jeffrey L. Troxel