Patents Examined by Monique M. Wills
  • Patent number: 11227726
    Abstract: An electrolyte solution for a potassium ion battery or a potassium ion capacitor, the electrolyte solution comprising at least one potassium salt compound selected from the group consisting of potassium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide and potassium bis(fluorosulfonyl)amide and at least one solvent selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol dimethyl ether, diethylene glycol dimethyl ether, triethylene glycol dimethyl ether, tetraethylene glycol dimethyl ether, pentaethylene glycol dimethyl ether, ethylene carbonate, and propylene carbonate, in which a concentration of the potassium salt compound in the electrolyte solution is from 1.5 mol/kg to 12.0 mol/kg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Tokyo University of Science Foundation
    Inventors: Shinichi Komaba, Kei Kubota, Tomooki Hosaka
  • Patent number: 11228038
    Abstract: This application describes an electrode material comprising particles of an electrochemically active material dispersed in a polymer binder, where the polymer binder is an acidic polymer or a mixture comprising a binder soluble in an aqueous solvent or a non-aqueous solvent (e.g. NMP) and an acidic polymer. The application also further relates to processes for the preparation of the electrode material and electrodes containing the material, as well as to the electrochemical cells and their use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignees: HYDRO-QUÉBEC, MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe Daigle, Yuichiro Asakawa, Shinichi Uesaka, Karim Zaghib
  • Patent number: 11228065
    Abstract: A secondary battery recombination system includes catalyst and hydrophobic gas diffusion layers defining an electrode that recombines hydrogen and oxygen into water, and a scaffold encapsulating and in non-bonded contact with the electrode. The electrode may be carbon cloth, carbon felt, carbon foam, or carbon paper. The scaffold may be expanded metal or perforated foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: ZAF ENERGY SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Adam Weisenstein, William A. Garcia, Melissa D. McIntyre, Eivind Listerud
  • Patent number: 11223091
    Abstract: An electric power storage device includes at least one electric power storage cell having a first end provided with a first electrode, and a second end provided with a second electrode; a first electrode bus bar that is disposed on a side of the first end and is connected to the first electrode; and a second electrode bus bar that is disposed on a side of the second end and is connected to the second electrode. The first electrode bus bar is provided with a connection line connected to the first electrode. The first electrode bus bar and the second electrode bus bar are joined to each other by ultrasonic joining. A joint portion between the first electrode bus bar and the second electrode bus bar is disposed at a position that is closer to the second end than to the first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenta Watanabe, Nobuyoshi Fujiwara, Koichi Umeda
  • Patent number: 11223039
    Abstract: A method for forming an anode of a sodium ion battery includes a step of heat treating the red phosphorus precursor and reduced graphene oxide powder at a first temperature that vaporizes the red phosphorus precursor such that red phosphorus structures grow on the reduced graphene oxide powder. Another method for forming an anode of a sodium ion battery includes steps of placing a red phosphorus precursor and a graphene oxide precursor in a reaction chamber; establishing a reducing environment in the reaction chamber; and heating the red phosphorus precursor and a graphene oxide precursor to a first temperature that is sufficient temperature to form a composite of red phosphorus and reduced graphene oxide. Characteristically, red phosphorus deposition and graphene oxide reduction are completed simultaneously in a single-step heat treatment. A method for making a black phosphorus-composite for sodium-ion batter anodes is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignees: University of Southern California, California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Chongwu Zhou, Xuan Cao, Qingzhou Liu, Yihang Liu, Yuqiang Ma, Chenfei Shen, Liang Chen, Anyi Zhang, Paul David Asimow
  • Patent number: 11217867
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a secondary battery and a manufacturing apparatus for a secondary battery that are applicable to a secondary battery in which an electrolyte solution injection hole has a diameter of 1.5 mm or more are provided. The secondary battery includes a battery case including a cover plate provided with an electrolyte solution injection hole, and a sealing member sealing the electrolyte solution injection hole. The manufacturing method includes a preparing step and a press-fitting step. The preparing step is preparing a cell in which, after an electrolyte solution is injected to the battery case through the electrolyte solution injection hole, the sealing member is disposed on the electrolyte solution injection hole. The press-fitting step is press-fitting the sealing member into the electrolyte solution injection hole while applying press-fitting load and ultrasonic vibration with a frequency of 20 kHz or more in parallel to a press-fitting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignees: J.E.T. CO., LTD., PRIMEARTH EV ENERGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Nishimura, Shigeki Hashimoto, Hideaki Yoshio, Shigeki Saito, So Kudo, Yuji Yamasaki, Kunihiro Takaoka, Hidenori Tagomori
  • Patent number: 11217795
    Abstract: A method and a device for producing bipolar plates for fuel cells. A bipolar plate is formed by joining an anode plate to a cathode plate, wherein the anode plate and the cathode plate are formed by forming a substrate plate. In order to provide a cost-effective and automated method, it is proposed that a plate already provided with a reactive coating or catalyst coating, which is transported, automatically driven, via a transport device from the forming device to the joining device, is used as substrate plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: SCHULER PRESSEN GMBH
    Inventors: Rolf Cisar, Alexander Seitz
  • Patent number: 11211674
    Abstract: An electrochemical-type power supply source is provided with: an electrochemical stack generating electric power, in the presence, internally, of electrolytic fluid, provided with a number of distinct groups of galvanic cells and of a corresponding number of electrolyte inlet pipes for introducing electrolyte into respective groups of galvanic cells and with electrolyte outlet pipes for extracting electrolyte from respective groups of galvanic cells; a main tank, fluidically coupled to the electrochemical stack and containing electrolytic fluid; and a recirculation system, defining a circulation path of the electrolytic fluid between the main tank and the electrochemical stack. A valve system that can be coupled to the electrolyte inlet and/or outlet pipes and operatively controllable to modify hydraulic and electric characteristics of the circulation path, in response to a power delivery condition by the power supply source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: LEONARDO S.p.A.
    Inventors: Dino Bartoli, Yuri Gassani
  • Patent number: 11205818
    Abstract: A cover assembly includes a cover, a wire assembly, and a bottom cover. The cover includes a first groove formed to extend in a first direction and a second groove formed to extend in the first direction, parallel to the first groove. The wire assembly includes a first wire and a second wire positioned in the first groove and the second groove, respectively, and a third wire connected to a thermistor and positioned along one side of the cover. The bottom cover extends in a shape of the wire assembly, and is coupled to the cover to secure the wire assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventors: Youngsun Yun, Hyun Wook Jeon
  • Patent number: 11205774
    Abstract: A positive electrode active material for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery achieves high output characteristics and battery capacity, and allows a high electrode density to be achieved in the case of using the material for a positive electrode of a battery; and a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery uses the positive electrode active material, thereby achieving a high output with a high capacity. Prepared is a nickel composite hydroxide including plate-shaped secondary particles aggregated with overlaps between plate surfaces of multiple plate-shaped primary particles, where shapes projected from directions perpendicular to the plate surfaces of the plate-shaped primary particles are any plane projection shape of spherical, elliptical, oblong, and massive shapes, and the secondary particles have an aspect ratio of 3 to 20, and a volume average particle size (Mv) of 4 ?m to 20 ?m measured by a laser diffraction scattering method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO METAL MINING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuru Yamauchi, Kazuomi Ryoshi, Kensaku Mori
  • Patent number: 11201351
    Abstract: An all solid battery includes: a solid electrolyte layer including phosphoric acid salt-based solid electrolyte; a first electrode that is formed on a first main face of the solid electrolyte layer; and a second electrode that is formed on a second main face of the solid electrolyte layer, wherein a D50% grain diameter of crystal grains of the phosphoric acid salt-based solid electrolyte is 0.5 ?m or less, wherein a D90% grain diameter of the crystal grains is 3 ?m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chie Kawamura, Sachie Tomizawa, Daigo Ito, Takato Satoh
  • Patent number: 11201344
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a membrane assembly for a fuel cell. To overcome a problem of chemical degradation at an edge of the membrane, the method comprises the following steps: positioning a first decal layer, which is made of the same material as a first catalyst layer, on a first side of the membrane, positioning a second decal layer, which is made of the same material as a second catalyst layer, on a second side of the membrane, pressing a compression pad, which is positioned on the first decal layer with the first decal layer and the second decal layer fully overlapping the compression pad, and the second decal layer against each other with the first decal layer and the membrane positioned in-between, whereby pressure on the first and the second decal layer is applied only in an area covered by the compression pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignees: Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Sebastian Prass, Manpal Ghuman, Andrew Leow, Jennie Eastcott, Owen Thomas
  • Patent number: 11196053
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a solid oxide fuel cell features a functional layer for reducing interfacial resistance between the cathode and the solid electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignees: REDOX POWER SYSTEMS, LLC, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK
    Inventors: Ke-Ji Pan, Mohammed Hussain Abdul Jabbar, Dong Ding, Eric Wachsman
  • Patent number: 11196093
    Abstract: The invention relates to a starved metal hydride battery. The battery is characterized in that the battery further comprises adding of oxygen gas or hydrogen gas or hydrogen peroxide or a combination thereof in order to rebalance the electrodes and replenish the electrolyte by reactions with the electrode materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Nilar International AB
    Inventor: Dag Noréus
  • Patent number: 11189835
    Abstract: Provided are anode for secondary battery, preparation method thereof and secondary battery. The anode comprises metal foil and a compact film of metal phosphates disposed on a surface of the metal foil, wherein the compact film of metal phosphates comprises one or more of aluminum phosphate, copper phosphate, iron phosphate, tin phosphate, zinc phosphate, nickel phosphate, manganese phosphate, lead phosphate, antimony phosphate, cadmium phosphate and bismuth phosphate. Disposed on the surface of the metal foil is a film of metal phosphates which insulates against electrons and is arranged such that metallic ions such as lithium ions can pass therethrough. The film of metal phosphates functions like a solid electrolyte interphase, improves the compatibility of the anode with the electrolyte solution, reduces the decomposition of the electrolyte solution, and improves charging and discharging efficiency, cyclability, high and low temperatures performance and safety performance of battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: REAL POWER INDUSTRIAL LIMITED COMPANY
    Inventors: Yongbing Tang, Chengde Xie
  • Patent number: 11177473
    Abstract: High-performance flexible batteries are promising energy storage devices for portable and wearable electronics. The major obstacle to develop flexible batteries is the shortage of flexible electrodes with excellent electrochemical performance. Another challenge is the limited progress in the flexible batteries beyond Li-ion because of safety concerns for the Li-based electrochemical system. Accordingly, a self-supported tin sulfide (SnS) porous film (PF) was fabricated as a flexible cathode material in Al-ion battery, which delivers a high specific capacity of 406 mAh/g. A capacity decay rate of 0.03% per cycle was achieved, indicating a good stability. The self-supported and flexible SnS film also shows an outstanding electrochemical performance and stability during dynamic and static bending tests. Microscopic images demonstrated that the porous structure of SnS is beneficial for minimizing the volume expansion during charge/discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Yang Yang
  • Patent number: 11177476
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a complexed iodine-based electrolyte, a redox flow battery comprising the complexed iodine-based electrolyte, and a method for producing the redox flow battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Inventors: Guoming Weng, Yi-Chun Lu, Zengyue Wang, Simon Long Yin Tam
  • Patent number: 11173807
    Abstract: A battery system includes a traction battery, a traction battery controller, and a backup controller. The traction battery powers a high-voltage domain. The traction battery controller may be powered by a low-voltage domain that is separated from the high-voltage domain. The traction battery may be configured to disable cell balancing of the traction battery after expiration of a main timer. The backup controller may be powered by and within the high-voltage domain. The backup controller implements a backup timer, that includes a non-processor logic circuit, and is configured to disable cell balancing after expiration of the backup timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Joseph Wand
  • Patent number: 11171351
    Abstract: An electrolyte of a solid oxide cell is required to be capable of suppressing both gas cross-leak and electron leak. In addition, it is important from the viewpoint of a reduction in material costs and in the electric resistance of the electrolyte that the electrolyte is made into a thin film and that no expensive noble metal is used. The present invention provides a thin-film-shaped proton conducting electrolyte capable of suppressing both gas cross-leak and electron leak, a solid oxide cell using the proton conducting electrolyte, and a manufacturing method for the proton conducting electrolyte and the solid oxide cell. A proton conducting electrolyte using an oxide material having proton conductivity is provided. The proton conducting electrolyte includes a first portion containing Me (Me=at least any one of Ti, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu), and a second portion different in Me content from the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Shimada, Toshiaki Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 11171368
    Abstract: A battery cell array includes a plurality of battery banks, each battery bank including a two-dimensional m-by-n or higher-order matrix of battery cells; a row address decoder configured to activate selected address lines, the address lines including a wordline(s); a column address decoder configured to activate selected address lines, the address lines including a bitline(s); an address decoder(s), if required, configured to activate a select signal(s) to select an additional address line(s) for a more than two-dimensional matrix of battery cells; a controller configured to directly or indirectly activate a bank select signal(s) to select a battery bank of the plurality of battery banks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: Myeong-Eun Hwang