Patents Examined by Milton I Cano
  • Patent number: 10840535
    Abstract: A modular fuel cell system includes a base, at least four power modules arranged in a row on the base, and a fuel processing module and power conditioning module arranged on at least one end of the row on the base. Each power module includes a separate cabinet which contains at least one fuel cell stack located in a hot box. The power modules are electrically and fluidly connected to the at least one fuel processing and power conditioning modules through the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Bloom Energy Corporation
    Inventors: Gilbert Richards, David Trevisan, Michael Lee, Jessica Mahler, Ross Parker, Alex Clarabut, Chad Pearson, Arne Ballantine, David Weingaertner, Jason Hixson, Fred Mitlitsky
  • Patent number: 10833339
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes: a solid oxide fuel cell generating power by using, as fuel, air supplied to a cathode and hydrogen-containing gas supplied to an anode; a combustor generating a combustion exhaust gas by combusting anode-off gas and cathode-off gas discharged from the anode and the cathode, respectively; a reformer steam-reforming a material to generate the hydrogen-containing gas supplied to the anode; a first temperature detector detecting temperatures of the combustion exhaust gas and/or the combustor; and a controller performing, if a temperature detected by the first temperature detector is lower than a preset first threshold while the combustor is forming flame, at least one of operations of: increasing a ratio of air consumed to the air supplied in the cathode; decreasing a ratio of hydrogen-containing gas consumed to the hydrogen-containing gas supplied in the anode; and decreasing an amount of water supplied to the reformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kunihiro Ukai
  • Patent number: 10826103
    Abstract: A fuel cell includes (1) a stack including (a) an assembly of overlaid electrochemical generators, which are disposed along a stack axis, and (b) end plates axially clasping the assembly, and (2) at least one holding winding. Each holding winding includes at least one taut wire wound around the stack in a plurality of turns. Each holding winding surrounds the stack and bears on the end plates. Each taut wire is formed of at least one layer or sheet, and ends of each taut wire are fixed on at least one of the end plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventor: Arnaud Grandjean
  • Patent number: 10818928
    Abstract: There is provided an electrode for a rechargeable lithium battery including a current collector, and an active material layer on the current collector, the active material layer including a plurality of active material patterns having a band shape and a plurality of carbon layers between the neighboring active material patterns, wherein neighboring ones of the carbon layers have a gap of greater than about 1 mm and less than about 10 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadayoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10811737
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for a battery unit having at least a first battery module and a second battery module is disclosed wherein the first and second battery modules each include a plurality of battery cell containers each housing at least one battery cell. The first and second battery modules are spaced apart from each other with the heat exchanger being arranged between the spaced apart first and second battery modules. The heat exchanger is a laminated plate structure defining a plurality of fluid flow chambers each located within a respective fluid flow region for transmitting a heat exchanger fluid. Each of the fluid flow regions is dimensionally compliant independent of the other fluid flow regions to conform to the spacing of the respective battery cell containers in the first and second modules between which the specific fluid flow region is positioned when arranged between the first and second battery modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: DANA CANADA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hervé Palanchon
  • Patent number: 10811693
    Abstract: A fuel cell oxidation reduction reaction catalyst comprising a carbon substrate, an amorphous metal oxide intermediate layer on the substrate, and an intertwined matrix of platinum and elemental niobium arranged to form a surface metal layer covering the intermediate layer such that upon oxidation, the niobium binds with oxygen resulting in strengthened bonds between the platinum and the intermediate layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kerrie K. Gath, Jun Yang, Chunchuan Xu, Patrick Pietrasz, Richard E. Soltis, Mark John Jagner, James Waldecker, Zijie Lu, Mark S. Sulek
  • Patent number: 10804544
    Abstract: A gas diffusion electrode substrate that is used in a fuel cell and is constituted by an electrode substrate and microporous parts, in which a microporous part (A) is formed on one surface of the electrode substrate with a thickness in the range of 10 ?m or more and 60 ?m or less, and in the gas diffusion electrode substrate, the pore volume of pores with a pore size of 0.1 ?m or more and less than 10 ?m is within the range of 0.9 times or more and 5 times or less of the pore volume of pores with a pore size of 10 ?m or more and less than 100 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Tanimura, Masamichi Utsunomiya, Toshiya Kamae, Yasutaka Okano
  • Patent number: 10797330
    Abstract: A system for measuring a stack cell voltage of a fuel cell according to the present invention comprises: a stack voltage measuring unit which measures a stack voltage of a stack cell battery for each channel; a correction variable calculating unit which calculates a correction variable by using the stack voltage value measured by the stack voltage measuring unit; and a stack voltage value correcting unit which corrects the stack voltage measured by the stack voltage measuring unit on driving by using the correction variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jeong Kyu Park
  • Patent number: 10790544
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lithium-ion battery, including: a housing and a separator located inside the housing, where the separator separates internal space of the housing into a plurality of accommodation cavities, battery core sets are disposed inside the accommodation cavities, the battery core sets each include at least one pole shank, and the battery core sets are connected in series; and at least one separator is provided with a liquid injection hole, and the liquid injection hole is used to connect two adjacent accommodation cavities on two sides of the separator; and a block mechanism, where the block mechanism is located inside the housing, the block mechanism enables the liquid injection hole to be in a predetermined state, and the predetermined state includes an open state and a closed state. The battery provided in the present invention ensures isolation and safety of each battery core set while facilitating liquid injection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: BYD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Chuanfu Wang, Long He, Huajun Sun, Jianhua Zhu, Zhipei Lu, Yan Zhu, Shichao Hu
  • Patent number: 10784499
    Abstract: A positive active material for a rechargeable lithium battery includes a compound represented by Chemical Formula 1, LiaNixCoyMezM1kM2pO2 wherein, 0.9?a?1.1, 0.7?x?0.93, 0<y?0.3, 0<z?0.3, 0.001?k?0.006, 0.001?p?0.005, x+y+z+k+p=1, Me is Mn or Al, M1 is a divalent element, and M2 is a tetravalent element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae-Hoe Lee, Do-Hyung Park, Yong-Chan You, Min-Han Kim
  • Patent number: 10784475
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a cap assembly for a secondary battery and a secondary battery. The cap assembly includes a cap plate, a fixing member, a connecting member and an electrode terminal, wherein the cap plate has an electrode lead-out hole; the fixing member is fixed to the cap plate through the connecting member and provided with a weakened portion that is close to a center line of the cap plate in a width direction of the cap plate; and the electrode terminal includes a terminal board, wherein the terminal board has an outer peripheral surface at least partially surrounded by the fixing member so that the electrode terminal is fixed to the fixing member, and the terminal board is provided on a side of the cap plate and covers the electrode lead-out hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Yulian Zheng, Chengyou Xing, Quankun Li, Peng Wang, Lulu Bai
  • Patent number: 10784521
    Abstract: A solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack including a plurality of SOFCs and a plurality of interconnects. Each interconnect is located between two adjacent SOFCs, and each interconnect contains a Mn or Co containing, electrically conductive metal oxide layer on an air side of the interconnect. The SOFC stack also includes a barrier layer located between the electrically conductive metal oxide layer and an adjacent SOFC. The barrier layer is configured to prevent Mn or Co diffusion from the electrically conductive metal oxide layer to the adjacent SOFC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: BLOOM ENERGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Emad El Batawi, Eric Petersen, Mina Touma, Richard Stephenson
  • Patent number: 10763527
    Abstract: A fuel cell device is improved for operating conditions during a partial load operation. The fuel cell device comprises a cell stack formed by electrically connecting fuel cells for generating power by fuel gas and oxygen-containing gas; a fuel gas supply unit for supplying the fuel gas to the fuel cells; and a power adjustment unit for adjusting the amount of current that is supplied to an external load and a controller for controlling the fuel gas supply unit and the power adjustment unit. The controller adjusts, during the partial load operation of the fuel cell device and when the fuel gas supplied to the cell stack is at a low flow rate. The relationship between a fuel utilization rate of the cell stack and the amount of power generated by the cell stack can be nonlinear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Ono, Mitsuhiro Nakamura, Naruto Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10756395
    Abstract: A battery has an integrated flame retardant device, wherein the battery has: a cathode layer, a separating layer, and an anode layer, wherein the separating layer is arranged between the cathode layer and the anode layer, wherein the separating layer is impermeable to electrons and permeable to at least one positive type of ion, wherein the separating layer has a flame retardant device having at least one glass fibre, which includes a closed cavity, and wherein a flame retardant is arranged in the cavity. The battery has increased fire resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Linde
  • Patent number: 10734658
    Abstract: Provided is an electrode catalyst for a fuel cell including: a carbon support; and catalytic metal supported on the carbon support, the catalytic metal being selected from platinum or a platinum alloy, in which the carbon support has a crystallite size of (002) plane of carbon within a range of 5.0 nm or more and has a specific surface area within a range of 95 m2/g to 170 m2/g, and the catalytic metal has a crystallite size of (220) plane of platinum within a range of 4.5 nm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, CATALER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuo Nagami, Hiromitsu Tanaka, Mikihiro Kataoka, Tomohiro Ishida
  • Patent number: 10734621
    Abstract: An object of the present disclosure is to efficiently release moisture, gas, and the like from the inside of an exterior body when moisture enters inside or when gas and the like is generated after a battery cell is put inside the exterior body, while inhibiting inrush of moisture to the inside. Provided is a battery structure comprising an exterior body and at least one battery cell housed inside of the exterior body which includes an openable and closable inlet introducing dry air to the inside from the outside of the exterior body, and an openable and closable outlet separate from the inlet releasing gas from the inside to the outside of the exterior body. When both of the inlet and the outlet are closed, pressure inside the exterior body is kept higher than atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideto Mitsuhashi
  • Patent number: 10734655
    Abstract: An electric storage device according to the present invention includes: an electrode assembly including positive and negative electrode plates that are insulated from each other, at least one of the electrode plates having an active material layer formed part and an active material layer non-formed part; positive and negative current collectors; and a metal material abutted against the active material layer non-formed part, wherein the metal material includes a curled part in which an edge of the metal material is curved in a direction away from the active material layer non-formed part, and the active material layer non-formed part, each of the current collectors, and the metal material are integrally coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Murakami, Masamitsu Tononishi
  • Patent number: 10727496
    Abstract: A fuel cell oxidation reduction reaction catalyst includes a carbon powder substrate, an amorphous conductive metal oxide intermediate layer on the substrate, and a plurality of chained electrocatalyst particle strands bound to the layer to form an interconnected network film thereon having a thickness of up to 10 atom monolayers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kerrie K. Gath, Zijie Lu, Chunchuan Xu, Jun Yang
  • Patent number: 10727523
    Abstract: A fuel cell stack includes multiple power generating units and a dummy unit, and respectively providing openings providing reactant-gas supply manifolds. Each power generating unit includes one or more first supply passages extending from the opening to a central region thereof. The dummy unit includes one or more second supply passages extending from the opening to a central region thereof, and a second supply passage port at the highest position in the vertical direction among the second supply passage ports where the second supply passages are connected to the opening is located at a lower position in the vertical direction than a first supply passage port at the highest position in the vertical direction among the first supply passage ports where the first supply passages are connected to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Shatai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Kanno, Takenori Yamasaki, Atsushi Ida, Daisuke Hayashi, Shuji Kurita, Takashi Kondo, Keiji Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10727504
    Abstract: A power generation cell includes a frame member. The frame member includes a first frame shaped sheet and a second frame shaped sheet that are joined together. The second frame shaped sheet is provided outside a cathode through a gap. A method of operating a fuel cell includes supplying a first reactant gas to a channel formed between the frame member and a first separator, a pressure of the first reactant gas being higher than a pressure of a second reactant gas, and supplying the second reactant gas to a channel formed between the frame member and a second separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Suguru Ohmori, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Kentaro Ishida, Yutaka Ebato, Satoru Terada