Patents Examined by Maria Laios
  • Patent number: 11075391
    Abstract: A method for preparing a modular planar interconnect plate for a solid oxide fuel cell includes the steps of: (a) providing a metal blank sheet, (b) stamping a main region of the metal blank sheet to form a plurality of columns of upper protrusions on an upper surface of the main region of the metal blank sheet and a plurality of columns of lower depressions on a lower surface of the main region of the metal blank sheet, and (c) stamping the main region of the metal blank sheet to forma plurality of rows of lower protrusions on a lower surface of the main region of the metal blank sheet and a plurality of rows of upper depressions on the upper surface of the main region of the metal blank sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignees: National Taipei University of Technology, Ceram Energy Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sea-Fue Wang, Fan-Ping Chen, Hsi-Chuan Lu
  • Patent number: 11075387
    Abstract: A power storage device having flexibility is provided. A power storage device of which the capacity is not likely to deteriorate even when being curved is provided. A power storage device includes a first electrode, a second electrode, and an electrolytic solution. The first electrode and the second electrode overlap with each other. The first electrode includes a first current collector and a first active material layer. The first current collector has a first surface and a second surface. The first active material layer is provided on the first surface. The first current collector has a first bent portion with the second surface inside. The second surface includes a first region and a second region. The first region overlaps with the second region. The first region is connected to the second region at a portion different from the first bent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryota Tajima, Junpei Momo
  • Patent number: 11075421
    Abstract: A miniature electrochemical cell having a volume of less than 0.5 cc is described. The cell casing has a ceramic substrate, preferably of alumina, that is part of a metal-containing feedthrough formed by co-firing a metallic paste in a via hole extending through a green state ceramic. The sintered feedthrough serves as a header assembly that is then joined to an open-ended container by a gold-braze to thereby provide the cell casing. The metallic container serves as a terminal for one of the electrodes, for example the anode, while the metal fill material resulting from sintering the metallic paste serves as the opposite polarity terminal, for example the positive terminal for the cathode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert S. Rubino, Keith W. Seitz, Brian P. Hohl
  • Patent number: 11069947
    Abstract: An electrode for solid-state batteries, comprising a PTC resistor layer, and a solid-state battery comprising the electrode. The electrode may be an electrode for solid-state batteries, wherein the electrode comprises an electrode active material layer, a current collector and a PTC resistor layer which is disposed between the electrode active material layer and the current collector and which is in contact with the electrode active material layer; wherein the PTC resistor layer contains a carbon-containing electroconductive material, an insulating inorganic substance and a fluorine-containing polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Norihiro Ose, Tomoya Suzuki, Hajime Hasegawa, Kazuo Yaso, Hideaki Nishimura, Yuki Matsushita
  • Patent number: 11056736
    Abstract: A device has a shield boxes with a plurality of batteries installed, an inner wall of the shield box has a condenser pipe filled with coolant, a cylinder rotatably connects with an inner bottom of the shield box, an upper end of the cylinder has a circular groove arranged coaxially with the cylinder, the circular groove is sealed and rotated to connect with a circular block, a water inlet end and a water outlet end of the condenser pipe are both sealed and penetrated through the circular block, a heat insulation plate is arranged in the cylinder, the heat insulation plate divides the cylinder into two insulation chambers of the same size, an upper end of the cylinder is provided with two through holes communicating with the circular groove, a driving device for driving the cylinder to rotate is installed in the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventor: Gong Zhu
  • Patent number: 11050081
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application relate to a solid electrolyte and a preparation method thereof, and an electrochemical device and an electronic device comprising the same. The solid electrolyte of the present application includes a solid electrolyte material being represented by the chemical formula of Li1+2x?2yMyGa2+xP1?xS6, where M is selected from the group consisting of Sr, Ba, Zn, Cd and a combination thereof, 0?x?0.2 and 0?y?0.05. Embodiments of the present application provides a solid electrolyte having good stability with lithium and ionic conductivity by forming the solid electrolyte using lower cost solid electrolyte materials and optimizing the material composition and a crystal structure thereof. At the same time, this also reduces the manufacturing costs of the solid electrolyte, and improves the structural stability of the solid electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: NINGDE AMPEREX TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Molin Zhou, Feng Gu, Leimin Xu, Jianming Zheng
  • Patent number: 11038222
    Abstract: A power storage device includes a storage battery that stores electric power, a battery management unit that monitors and protects the storage battery, an inverter configured to convert DC power outputted from the storage battery into AC power and outputting the AC power, and convert externally supplied AC power into DC power and supplying the DC power to the storage battery, a liquid storage container that houses therein the storage battery, the battery management unit, and the inverter in a state where surroundings of the storage battery, the battery management unit, and the inverter are filled with a liquid, a temperature adjustment unit that performs heat transfer between the liquid and outside air to adjust a temperature of the liquid to a particular target temperature, and a heat insulating material arranged to surround the liquid storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masakazu Fukada, Masashi Shiotani, Jiro Kameda, Kazuyuki Kato
  • Patent number: 11018337
    Abstract: Provided is an anode active material for energy storage devices capable of electrochemically inserting and extracting lithium ions and production method thereof, an electrode structure including the active material and flake graphite, and an energy storage device using the electrode structure as an anode. The anode active material includes secondary particles that are aggregates of 10-300 nm primary particles containing silicon as a main component. The primary particles each include, as a surface layer, a composite metal oxide layer containing at least one or more metal elements selected from at least Al, Zr, Mg, Ca, and La and Li.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Soichiro Kawakami
  • Patent number: 11018397
    Abstract: A thermal runaway protection system for serially-connected battery cells, comprises a flexible thermal runaway shield (“TRS”) and a channel separator. The flexible TRS is configured to be disposed around the serially-connected battery cells. The channel separator is configured to be disposed at a positive cap of one of the serially-connected battery cells. The channel separator comprises a body and a via configured to electrically connect two sides of the channel separator. The body has a raised outer ring with a gap for venting gas during thermal runaway. The raised outer ring is configured to be in contact with the positive cap. The flexible TRS has an opening aligned to the gap of the outer ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: KULR TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy Ray Knowles, Michael Gerald Carpenter, Yoshio Robert Yamaki, Michael Mo
  • Patent number: 11011743
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a lithium ion secondary battery enabling improvement of output characteristics at the time of charge and discharge at low temperature and at room temperature. A lithium ion secondary battery according to the present invention for achieving the above object includes a positive electrode plate (11) including a positive electrode mix layer, and a negative electrode plate (12) including a negative electrode mix layer (45). The negative electrode mix layer (45) contains a graphite-type material (42), metal oxide (44), and a conductive assistant (43). The conductive assistant (43) is a carbon material that does not dope or dedope lithium ions, and a mixing ratio of the conductive assistant (43) is 0.4 weight % or more and less than 1.2 weight % of weight of the negative electrode mix layer (45).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: VEHICLE ENERGY JAPAN INC.
    Inventors: Hironori Sasaki, Shuichi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11011770
    Abstract: A fuel cell module includes a plurality of power generation cells. Each of the power generation cells includes an electrolyte electrode assembly for performing power generation by utilizing a fuel gas and an oxygen-containing gas. The plurality of power generation cells are stacked together in a circle, and a tightening load is applied to the plurality of power generation cells in a circumferential direction. Each of the plurality of power generation cells has a V-shape, and a peak of the V-shape is oriented to the center of the fuel cell module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigeru Toda, Atsushi Koizumi
  • Patent number: 10998588
    Abstract: A power storage module includes a cooling member that has a coolant and a sealing body hermetically sealing the coolant; a power storage element that is stacked on the cooling members; and a heat transfer plate that is stacked on the power storage elements with the cooling members therebetween. The sealing body is configured to form a bulging portion deformed by evaporation of the coolant in a region not overlapping the power storage element. The heat transfer plate has a folded portion with which the bulging portion is configured to abut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Kuboki, Hiroki Hirai, Makoto Higashikozono, Akihisa Hosoe, Yoshiyuki Hirose, Akihiro Nagafuchi, Tomoharu Takeyama, Eiichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10998557
    Abstract: A lamellar structure graphite foil is used as a material for a separator for a fuel cell, and a hydrophobic layer is formed by impregnation on flow-field channels of the graphite foil. Such a separator is manufactured by forming the flow field channel by etching the graphite foil formed with the mask pattern thereon and forming a hydrophobic layer by impregnation. According to such a separator, performance of a fuel cell stack is enhanced and the manufacturing process of a separator is simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Doosan Corporation
    Inventors: Ho-Suk Kim, Byung-Sun Hong, Mee-Nam Shinn
  • Patent number: 10991946
    Abstract: An electroactive material for use in an electrochemical cell, like a lithium ion battery, is provided. The electroactive material comprises silicon or tin and undergoes substantial expansion during operation of a lithium ion battery. A polymeric ultrathin conformal coating is formed over a surface of the electroactive material. The coating is flexible and is capable of reversibly elongating by at least 250% from a contracted state to an expanded state in at least one direction to minimize or prevent fracturing of the negative electrode material during lithium ion cycling. The coating may be applied by vapor precursors reacting in atomic layer deposition (ALD) to form conformal ultrathin layers over the electroactive materials. Methods for making such materials and using such materials in electrochemical cells are likewise provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Xingcheng Xiao, Xiaosong Huang
  • Patent number: 10985415
    Abstract: A power storage module includes: a power storage element; a cooling member that is stacked on the power storage element and has a sealing body hermetically sealing a coolant and an absorption member disposed in the sealing body to absorb the coolant; and a heat transfer plate that is stacked on the power storage element with the cooling member sandwiched therebetween. The heat transfer plate is provided with protrusion portions that protrude to the cooling member side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Kuboki, Hiroki Hirai, Makoto Higashikozono, Akihisa Hosoe, Yoshiyuki Hirose, Akihiro Nagafuchi, Tomoharu Takeyama, Eiichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10978740
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide an electrolyte solution of which electrolyte salt concentration is high and by which cycle characteristics hardly deteriorate and battery lifetime can be extended, and a lithium ion secondary battery which contains the above electrolyte solution. The electrolyte solution of the present invention comprises an electrolyte salt and a solvent, wherein a concentration of the electrolyte salt is more than 1.1 mol/L, the electrolyte salt contains a compound represented by the following formula (1): (XSO2) (FSO2)NLi (1) (wherein X is a fluorine atom, a C1-6 alkyl group or a C1-6 fluoroalkyl group), and the solvent contains a cyclic carbonate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON SHOKUBAI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Mizuno, Kazuhisa Hirata, Takeo Kawase, Izuho Okada, Hiromoto Katsuyama, Miwako Tominaga, Masayuki Okajima
  • Patent number: 10950909
    Abstract: A device temperature regulator is provided with a gas passage part that guides a gaseous working fluid evaporated in a device heat exchanger to a condenser, and a liquid passage part that guides a liquid working fluid condensed in the condenser to the device heat exchanger. The device temperature regulator is provided with a supply amount regulator that increases or decreases a supply amount of the liquid working fluid supplied to the device heat exchanger. The supply amount regulator decreases the supply amount of the liquid working fluid to the device heat exchanger such that a liquid surface is formed in a state where the gaseous working fluid is positioned at a lower side lower than a heat exchanging portion exchanging heat with a temperature regulation target device in the device heat exchanger, when a condition for keeping the temperature regulation target device at a temperature is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Miura, Takashi Yamanaka, Yasumitsu Omi, Yoshiki Kato, Masayuki Takeuchi, Takeshi Yoshinori
  • Patent number: 10950905
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery module, as well as a battery pack and a vehicle comprising the same. The battery module includes a plurality of battery cells arranged side by side to face each other in at least one direction, a cooling plate located below the plurality of battery cells, and a heat transfer tape adhered to the battery cells to transfer heat of the battery cells to the cooling plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mi-Geum Choi, Dal-Mo Kang, Jeong-O Mun, Yoon-Koo Lee
  • Patent number: 10944140
    Abstract: A wearable pouch operable to hold at least one portable battery pack and other power or communications equipment. The wearable pouch includes a main body with a front side, a back side opposite the front side, at least one sealable opening, and at least one opening for at least one lead from the at least one portable battery pack secured within the wearable pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: LAT Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Laura Thiel, Giancarlo Urzi, Carlos Cid
  • Patent number: 10930903
    Abstract: A battery holder is configured to appropriately hold a battery unit. The battery holder includes a first holding portion that supports a first end of a battery unit while in an installed state where the battery unit is held by the battery holder. The first holding portion includes a movable member and a first biasing member. The movable member includes a first support surface that contacts the first end of the battery unit while in the installed state. The movable member is movable relative to a frame of a human-powered vehicle while in a mounted state where the battery holder is mounted to the frame of the human-powered vehicle. The first biasing member biases the movable member toward the battery unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Kento Mitsuyasu, Shinichiro Noda