Patents Examined by Matthew W Van Oudenaren
  • Patent number: 11367927
    Abstract: An energy storage device includes an anode; a cathode; an electrolyte in contact with both the anode and the cathode; and an electrically non-conductive separator between the anode and the cathode. The separator includes a membrane having a plurality of voids, wherein at least some of the voids are partially filled with inorganic particles, and wherein the inorganic particles exhibit a shear modulus greater than the shear modulus of the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignees: International Business Machines Corporation, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology
    Inventors: Younes Ansari, Young-Hye Na, Ho-Cheol Kim, Sogol Teschler, Yongku Kang, Do Youb Kim, Dong Wook Kim, Jung Don Suk
  • Patent number: 11349137
    Abstract: In a humidifier in which an inlet head and an outlet head are connected to one end and another end of a cylindrical housing of a humidifying module, a humidified-fluid inlet joint is connected to the inlet head via a first joint connection, and a fluid-to-be-humidified outlet joint is connected to the outlet head via a second joint connection, clearances that are capable of adjusting connecting positions in directions of the connecting surfaces are provided on the joint connections as well as on connections between the housing and the inlet head and the outlet head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuhei Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 11335937
    Abstract: An elevated target amount of electrolyte is used to initially fill a molten carbonate fuel cell that is operated under carbon capture conditions. The increased target electrolyte fill level can be achieved in part by adding additional electrolyte to the cathode collector prior to start of operation. The increased target electrolyte fill level can provide improved fuel cell performance and lifetime when operating a molten carbonate fuel cell at high current density with a low-CO2 content cathode input stream and/or when operating a molten carbonate fuel cell at high CO2 utilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: Jonathan Rosen, Heather A. Elsen, Gabor Kiss, William A. Lamberti, William C. Horn, Anding Zhang, Timothy C. Geary, Adam Franco, Abdelkader Hilmi
  • Patent number: 11322763
    Abstract: A system of fuel cells for an aircraft includes a plurality of fuel cells, a hydrogen circuit, an air circuit, and a first cooling circuit configured to cool a first subset of cells including at least two cells. The first cooling circuit includes a computer-controlled device for mixing a first liquid coolant at a first temperature with a second liquid coolant at a second temperature lower than the first temperature to obtain a liquid coolant having a target temperature, a liquid coolant restrictor configured to distribute the liquid coolant between the cells of the first subset, and an outlet valve, the opening of which is controlled by the computer as a function of the cooling needs of the cells of the first subset. The use of a cooling circuit to cool several fuel circuits makes it possible to limit the bulk of the fuel cells system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Didier Poirier, Guido Klewer, Anthony Roux, Olivier Raspati, Matthieu Thomas, Olivier Verseux, Manuel Silvestre Salas
  • Patent number: 11309567
    Abstract: An ion exchange membrane including a first ion exchange resin layer with a first and a second surface; a second ion exchange resin layer on the first surface of the first ion exchange resin layer; and a third ion exchange resin layer on the second surface of the first ion exchange resin layer, wherein the second ion exchange resin layer and the third ion exchange resin layer each independently include an ionomer having a higher equivalent weight (EW) than an ionomer of the first ion exchange resin layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Sikwon Moon, Sungyeon Kim, Tae Geun Noh
  • Patent number: 11309594
    Abstract: A system and method for optimizing electrochemical cells including electrodes employing coordination compounds by mediating water content within a desired water content profile that includes sufficient coordinated water and reduces non-coordinated water below a desired target and with electrochemical cells including a coordination compound electrochemically active in one or more electrodes, with an improvement in electrochemical cell manufacture that relaxes standards for water content of electrochemical cells having one or more electrodes including one or more such transition metal cyanide coordination compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Natron Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Deane Wessells, Daniel Friebel, Peter Benjamin Herman, Grace Marjorie Yee
  • Patent number: 11302938
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes: a fuel cell stack; a first cooling medium circuit through which a cooling medium for cooling the fuel cell stack flows; an ion exchanger that removes ions in the cooling medium; a second cooling medium circuit in which the average ion concentration of the cooling medium is lower than that of the cooling medium in the first cooling medium circuit; a switching valve that switches between a flow state and a low flow state; a pump configured to cause the cooling medium in the second cooling medium circuit to flow into the first cooling medium circuit; and a control unit that, when a stop period of the fuel cell system is longer than a reference period, drives the pump with the switching valve switched to the flow state after the instruction to start the fuel cell system is input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keita Yamaue, Yohei Okamoto, Hiroyuki Imanishi
  • Patent number: 11302978
    Abstract: A battery housing for the structural integration of batteries in a vehicle, in particular an aircraft or spacecraft, includes an inner housing for receiving a battery, and an outer housing which surrounds the inner housing such that a cavity is formed between the inner housing and the outer housing, wherein pins are formed in the cavity and connect the inner housing to the outer housing. A battery arrangement includes at least one battery housing of this type and at least one battery which is arranged in the inner housing of the at least one battery housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
    Inventors: Gregor Christian Endres, Markus J. Weber
  • Patent number: 11302957
    Abstract: A hybrid solid state electrolyte (SSE) can include a plurality of SSE particles suspended in a salt-in-solvent (SIS). A battery can include the hybrid SSE. The battery can be formed by at least forming the hybrid SSE in situ. Forming the hybrid SSE in situ can include: depositing, on a surface of an electrode of the battery, a mixture comprising the SSE particles and at least a portion of salt for the SIS; filling the battery with a solvent; and heating the battery to form the SIS by at least melting and/or dissolving the portion of the salt into the solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: American Lithium Energy Corporation
    Inventor: Jiang Fan
  • Patent number: 11302943
    Abstract: A fuel cell, in particular for an aeronautical application, comprising a central module comprising a plurality of cells for generating electricity, a first end plate and a second end plate, at least one of the end plates comprising at least one outlet pipe. The fuel cell comprises a pressure-regulating device fluidly connected to the outlet pipe, the pressure-regulating device comprising at least one arm fluidly connected to the outlet pipe, at least one member for opening/closing the arm, at least one member for measuring the pressure in the outlet pipe and at least one member for controlling the opening/closing member according to the measured pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Matthieu Baron, Mathieu Baudy, Théophile Horde
  • Patent number: 11302994
    Abstract: In producing a mono-cell, the mono-cell is formed from separator, positive electrode, separator and negative electrode which are joined to each other. Negative electrode is joined, one by one, to one surface of strip of continuously conveyed separator. Positive electrode having different size from negative electrode is joined, one by one, to the other surface of separator. Strip of continuously conveyed second separator is joined to one of negative and positive electrodes. Position of negative electrode joined to separator is detected by negative electrode joining position detection cameras, and joining position of positive electrode is corrected by positive electrode alignment mechanism with this detected position of negative electrode being a reference during conveyance of positive electrode along positive electrode conveyance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Envision AESC Japan Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamashita, Takanori Satou, Kenichi Shirai
  • Patent number: 11302963
    Abstract: In order to solve the problem of poor cycle performance (especially high temperature cycle performance) of the existing lithium ion battery electrolyte containing anhydride or anhydride derivatives, the disclosure provides a non-aqueous electrolyte for lithium ion battery. The non-aqueous electrolyte for lithium ion battery comprises a compound A represented by formula I and a compound B represented by formula II, In the structural formula I, R0 is C2-C4 alkylene or alkenylene, or C2-C4 fluoroalkylene or fluoroalkenylene; In formula II, R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 and R6 are each independently selected from one of hydrogen atom, fluorine atom and C1-C5 group. The non-aqueous electrolyte for lithium ion battery provided by the invention is obtained by combining the compound A and compound B, so that the lithium ion battery containing the non-aqueous electrolyte has better cycle performance and high-temperature storage performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Qiao Shi, Chang'an Zeng, Muchong Lin
  • Patent number: 11302951
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide an electrode which is used as a liquid flow-through device electrode and in which liquid flow-through resistance is reduced and the utilization efficiency of carbon fiber is enhanced. Another object of the present invention is to provide a redox flow battery having excellent charge-discharge performance by use of the electrode which is used for the liquid flow-through device. The present invention provides an electrode for a liquid flow-through device, the electrode essentially consisting of a carbon fiber nonwoven fabric, having a thickness of more than 0.40 mm, and having a through-hole disposed therein, or a non-through-hole disposed on one surface or both surfaces of the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Kentaro Kajiwara, Masamichi Utsunomiya, Fumitaka Watanabe, Yasuaki Tanimura
  • Patent number: 11302944
    Abstract: A method for supplying at least one fuel cell of a fuel cell system of the motor vehicle with fuel includes ascertaining or predicting an indication value which is indicative of the real and/or possible mass flow of the withdrawal of fuel from a pressure-vessel system of the motor vehicle and closing at least one tank shut-off valve when the indication value is equal to or falls below a limiting value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Pelger, Stefan Schott
  • Patent number: 11302902
    Abstract: The invention refers to a method for manufacturing an electrode assembly for a battery cell, whereat segments of a first electrode are placed between a continuous first separator sheet and a continuous second separator sheet; segments of a second electrode are placed on an opposite side of the first separator sheet in respect of the segments of the first electrode and on an opposite side of the second separator sheet in respect of the segments of the first electrode such that a tape element is formed; and the tape element is folded such that the segments of the first electrode and the segments of the second electrode are aligned in a stacking direction. The invention also refers to a battery cell, in particular a lithium ion battery cell, comprising an electrode assembly manufactured using the method according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Joo Young Choi, Sarmimala Hore
  • Patent number: 11302939
    Abstract: A direct liquid fuel cell power generation device comprises a direct liquid fuel cell system and a low-temperature auxiliary starting component. A heat exchanger is arranged at a stack cathode inlet. The heat of a fuel solution at a stack anode outlet is used to heat the air. The heat generated by an electronic load for starting is used to heat a condenser. The heat of a methanol solution at a liquid outlet of a gas-liquid separator is used to preheat high-concentration fuel flowing into a refueling pump. Starting and operation in a low-temperature environment can be realized through auxiliary heating of external power supplies such as the low-temperature auxiliary starting component or an in-vehicle cigarette lighter. Organic micromolecule substances such as methanol and ethanol are used as fuel and are subjected to catalytic combustion in a catalytic combustor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Hai Sun, Shengnan Ma, Bing Qin, Gongquan Sun
  • Patent number: 11302916
    Abstract: An electrolyte can be pretreated by contacting with an oxide species (e.g., SiO2, SiOx, where 1?x?2, TiO2). The electrolyte comprises LiPF6 and a carbonate solvent. A reaction occurs to form a pretreated electrolyte comprising a compound selected from the group consisting of: MaPx?OyFz, MaPx?OyFzCnHm, and combinations thereof, where when P in the formula is normalized to 1 so that x? is equal to about 1, 0<y?4, 0<z?6, 0?a?3, 0 ?n?20, 0?m?42, and M is selected from Li, Na, K, Mg, Ca, B, Ti, Al, and combinations thereof. Lithium-ion electrochemical cells including lithium titanate oxide (LTO) using such a pretreated electrolyte have reduced reactivity and gas formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Peng Lu, Michael P. Balogh, Zhiqiang Yu, Haijing Liu
  • Patent number: 11302995
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a buffering member and a battery module, the buffering member comprises a first member and a second member. The first member comprises a first main body and a first connecting portion, the second member comprises a second main body and a second connecting portion. The first main body and the second main body face each other, and the first connecting portion is cooperated with and fixedly connected to the second connecting portion. Because the first member and the second member are independent members, and they can be formed by separately cutting a sheet. Because the first member and the second member each are small in size and simple in structure, and they can be rapidly formed by using less material, the whole structure of the buffering member is simple and the buffering member uses less material, thereby maximally improving the utilization rate of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Ruiqi Han, Liangyi Wang, Quan Yang, Lin Ma
  • Patent number: 11302909
    Abstract: Methods of synthesizing few-layer two-dimensional (2D) Sb2S3 nanosheets using scalable chemical exfoliation are provided. The 2D Sb2S3 nanosheets can be developed as bi-functional anode materials in both lithium ion batteries and sodium ion batteries. The unique structural and functional features brought by 2D Sb2S3 nanosheets can offer short electron/ion diffusion paths and abundant active sites for surface redox reactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Jang Kyo Kim, Shanshan Yao, Jiang Cui
  • Patent number: 11302924
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a composite material comprising an electrically conductive polymer, such as poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) and an ionically conductive polymer, such as poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). This composite forms a dual conductor for three-dimensional electrodes in electrochemical applications including lithium ion batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Michael McDonald, Paula T. Hammond