Patents Examined by Monique Wills
  • Patent number: 9643354
    Abstract: There are provided a molding apparatus and a battery tray manufactured thereby. The molding apparatus for molding a sheet that is fed along a first plane and manufacturing a battery tray includes an upper mold configured to press at least a part of the sheet from above the first plane to below the first plane and a lower mold configured to press at least a part of the sheet from below the first plane to above the first plane. It is possible to minimize a thickness of a product in a tray in which depths of battery accommodating grooves are large and to prevent incomplete molding from being generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Ok Yi, Sung-Gen Ok
  • Patent number: 9647247
    Abstract: An encasement (20) for a battery cell (2) and for a battery system (1) wherein said encasement is in the form of a sheet and comprises a core layer (22). This core layer (22) comprises carbon nanotubes. The invention further relates to a process for producing an encasement (20) which comprises initially coating a polymer substrate with an oxide material and applying carbon nanotubes to an oxide layer thus formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Fink, Joachim Fetzer, Thomas Wöhrle, Sarmimala Hore
  • Patent number: 9647285
    Abstract: As integrated fossil fuel power plant and a method of operating the power plant is provided. The integrated fossil fuel power plant includes a gas turbine arrangement and a carbonate fuel cell having an anode side and a cathode side. The operating method for the integrated fossil fuel power plant includes partially expanding combustion gases in the gas turbine arrangement so that the temperature of the partially expanded combustion gases is optimized for reaction in the cathode side of the carbonate fuel cell, and feeding the partially expanded combustion gases at the optimized temperature to the cathode side of the carbonate fuel cell for reaction in the cathode side of the carbonate fuel cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Roberto Bove
  • Patent number: 9647267
    Abstract: A rechargeable cell comprising h combination a bipolar electrode, a zinc electrolyte, a copper electrolyte and metal-ion impermeable, polymer electrochemical membrane separator, wherein the zinc electrolyte and the copper electrolyte are separated from each other by the bipolar electrode on one side and by the membrane separator on the other side. A battery comprising at least one said rechargeable cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: CUMULUS ENERGY STORAGE LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael David Hurwitz, Darron Rolfe Brackenbury
  • Patent number: 9640831
    Abstract: In the case where a film, which has lower strength than a metal can, is used as an exterior body of a secondary battery, a current collector provided in a region surrounded by the exterior body, an active material layer provided on a surface of the current collector, or the like might be damaged when force is externally applied to the secondary battery. A secondary battery that is durable even when force is externally applied thereto is provided. A region that is easily partly bent and a region that is not easily partly bent owing to a protective material provided in the region are intentionally formed to obtain the durable secondary battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryota Tajima, Minoru Takahashi, Junya Goto, Takuya Miwa
  • Patent number: 9634320
    Abstract: An active material used for an electrochemical device utilizing Li ion conduction, and capable of improving cycle stability. The object is attained by providing an active material used for an electrochemical device utilizing Li ion conduction, including an active substance capable of absorbing and releasing a Li ion, and an Na ion conductor disposed on the surface of the active substance and having a polyanionic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION GUNMA UNIVERSITY, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideyuki Morimoto, Shin-ichi Tobishima, Yohei Shindo
  • Patent number: 9634317
    Abstract: A reactive separator is provided for a metal-ion battery. The reactive separator is made up of a reactive layer that is chemically reactive to alkali or alkaline earth metals, and has a first side and a second side. A first non-reactive layer, chemically non-reactive with alkali or alkaline earth metals, is adjacent to the reactive layer first side. A second non-reactive layer, also chemically non-reactive with alkali or alkaline earth metals, is adjacent to the reactive layer second side. More explicitly, the first and second non-reactive layers are defined as having less than 5 percent by weight (wt %) of materials able to participate in electrochemical reactions with alkali or alkaline earth metals. The reactive layer may be formed as a porous membrane embedded with reactive components, where the porous membrane is carbon or a porous polymer. Alternatively, the reactive layer is formed as a polymer gel embedded with reactive components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Long Wang, Yuhao Lu
  • Patent number: 9627671
    Abstract: A method is provided for forming a metal battery electrode with a pyrolyzed coating. The method provides a metallorganic compound of metal (Me) and materials such as carbon (C), sulfur (S), nitrogen (N), oxygen (O), and combinations of the above-listed materials, expressed as MeXCYNZSXXOYY, where Me is a metal such as tin (Sn), antimony (Sb), or lead (Pb), or a metal alloy. The method heats the metallorganic compound, and as a result of the heating, decomposes materials in the metallorganic compound. In one aspect, decomposing the materials in the metallorganic compound includes forming a chemical reaction between the Me particles and the materials. An electrode is formed of Me particles coated by the materials. In another aspect, the Me particles coated with a material such as a carbide, a nitride, a sulfide, or combinations of the above-listed materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuhao Lu, Long Wang, Jong-Jan Lee
  • Patent number: 9627702
    Abstract: A method for producing an electrolyte emulsion, the method including: Step (1) in which an ethylenic fluoromonomer and a fluorovinyl compound having an SO2Z1 group, wherein Z1 is a halogen element, are copolymerized at a polymerization temperature of 0° C. or higher and 40° C. or lower to provide a precursor emulsion containing a fluoropolymer electrolyte precursor; and Step (2) in which a basic reactive liquid is added to the precursor emulsion and the fluoropolymer electrolyte precursor is chemically treated, whereby an electrolyte emulsion with a fluoropolymer electrolyte dispersed therein is provided, wherein the electrolyte emulsion has an equivalent weight (EW) of 250 or more and 700 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignees: ASAHI KASEI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiko Murai, Naoki Sakamoto, Naoto Miyake, Tadashi Ino, Masaharu Nakazawa, Noriyuki Shinoki, Takashi Yoshimura, Masahiro Kondo
  • Patent number: 9620791
    Abstract: A flow cell includes a separator and anode that define a flow cavity. The flow cell also includes an electrically conductive corrugated flow screen disposed within the cavity and electrically connected with the anode such that the flow screen, during charge, provides an electric shield to hinder deposition of metal between the anode and flow screen and to promote deposition of metal between the separator and flow screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: ViZn Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Derek C. Tarrant
  • Patent number: 9620815
    Abstract: A method is provided for the self-repair of a transition metal cyanometallate (TMCM) battery electrode. The battery is made from a TMCM cathode, an anode, and an electrolyte including solution formed from a solvent and an alkali or alkaline earth salt. The electrolyte includes an additive represented as G-R-g: where G and g are independently include materials with nitrogen (N) sulfur (S), oxygen (O), or combinations of the above-recited elements; and where R is an alkene or alkane group. In response to charging and discharging the battery in a plurality of cycles, the method creates vacancies in a surface of the TMCM cathode. Then, the method fills the vacancies in the surface of the TMCM cathode with the electrolyte additive. An electrolyte and TMCM battery using the above-mentioned additives are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuhao Lu, Long Wang, Sean Vail
  • Patent number: 9620746
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a secondary battery, which is capable of simplifying a processing method. The method includes preparing a cap plate that closes an opening of a case, the case accommodating an electrode assembly therein and having the opening at an end thereof, forming a short-circuit portion and a vent portion on the cap plate, performing a first heat treatment on the short-circuit portion, and performing a second heat treatment on the vent portion. The secondary battery manufactured by this method is economical because the processing method is simplified and a manufacturing cost is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ki Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 9620767
    Abstract: An electrode active material layer containing an electrode active material and a binder. The binder is distributed in the electrode active material layer such that the amount of the binder increases continuously from an outer surface of the electrode active material layer toward the core. The amount of the binder present in the electrode active material layer per unit thickness is less than 10 in a region extending from a position 90% of the thickness of the electrode active material layer to a position 100% of the thickness of the electrode active material layer from a surface of the electrode active material layer facing the core, with 10 being assigned to the amount of the binder present in the electrode active material layer per unit thickness if the binder is uniformly distributed in the electrode active material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: SANYO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Motoki Kinugawa, Kenji Date
  • Patent number: 9620831
    Abstract: A cooling element to cool a component of a battery system, and a battery system having at least on cooling element. The cooling element includes a top cooling element part, a bottom cooling element part spatially under the top cooling element part, at least one cooling duct between the top cooling element part and the bottom cooling element part, and through which a cooling medium is to flow, and a Peltier element arranged resting against the bottom cooling element part so as to lie at least partially at the height of the at least one cooling duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Stefan Brandstaetter, Thomas Hoermann, Stefan Roepke
  • Patent number: 9614248
    Abstract: The stack-folding type electrode assembly according to the present disclosure is an electrode assembly including a plurality of stack type unit cells which is stacked on one another with a continuous folding separator sheet interposed between each of the stacked unit cells, wherein the unit cells has a combination of at least two quad cells of a positive electrode/separator/negative electrode/separator/positive electrode/separator/negative electrode structure, and one C-type bicell of a negative electrode/separator/positive electrode/separator/negative electrode structure, and unit cells disposed above and below a central part or a winding start point have an asymmetrical structure each other with the quad cell disposed at the central part, or unit cells disposed above and below a central part or a winding start point have a symmetrical structure each other with the C-type bicell disposed at the central part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-Seok Choi, Jae-Hyun Lee, Ji-Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 9614255
    Abstract: An acid/alkaline hybrid resonance battery device with damping function is formed of a plurality of similar battery cells connected in either series or parallel. Every battery cell includes an acid rechargeable cell unit and an alkaline rechargeable cell unit, which are electrically connected in parallel. The acid rechargeable cell unit includes at least one acid rechargeable cell, and the alkaline rechargeable cell unit includes at least two serially connected alkaline rechargeable cells. The acid rechargeable cell unit has an electric potential and a capacity close to or equal to those of the alkaline rechargeable cell unit, so that a resonance damping effect is produced between the acid rechargeable cell unit and the alkaline rechargeable cell unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: Fu-Tzu Hsu, Chieh-Sen Tu
  • Patent number: 9608292
    Abstract: A lithium-ion battery is provided that has a fast charge and discharge rate capability and low rate of capacity fade during high rate cycling. The battery can exhibit low impedance growth and other properties allowing for its use in hybrid electric vehicle applications and other applications where high power and long battery life are important features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: A123 Systems LLC
    Inventors: Antoni S. Gozdz, Andrew C. Chu, Ricardo Fulop, Yet-Ming Chiang, Gilbert N. Riley, Jr., Roger Lin
  • Patent number: 9608285
    Abstract: The preset invention relates to a solid oxide fuel cell stack capable of producing electricity, in which unit cell modules are connected in series and in parallel, and to a manufacturing method thereof. The solid oxide fuel cell stack is manufactured by: making a unit cell module comprising at least one unit cell formed on the outer surfaces of a flat tubular support, a first electrical interconnector formed on the front end of the support and at least a portion of the outer surfaces so as to be connected to a first electrode of the unit cell, and a second electrical interconnector formed on the rear end of the support and at least a portion of the outer surfaces so as to be connected to a second electrode of the unit cell; and stacking the unit cell modules such that the electrical interconnectors come into contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Postech Academy-Industry Foundation
    Inventors: Jong Shik Chung, Hyun-Ki Youn, Bu Ho Kwak, Jung Duk Park
  • Patent number: 9604325
    Abstract: Hearing devices configured to fit within the bony portion of the ear canal and batteries that may be used with same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Phonak, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Wenzel, Chuangang Lin, Paul Wagner, Igal Ladabaum
  • Patent number: 9608288
    Abstract: A positive electrode for a lithium ion secondary battery, the positive electrode including: a coated particle including a positive active material particle and a reactive layer on the surface of the positive active material particle; and a sulfide-containing solid electrolyte particle which is in contact with the coated particle, wherein the reactive layer includes a reactive element other than lithium and oxygen, wherein the reactive element has a reactivity with the sulfide-containing solid electrolyte particle which is greater than with a reactivity of the reactive element with a transition metal element included in the positive active material particle, and wherein a ratio of a thickness of the reactive layer to a particle diameter of the positive active material particle is in a range of about 0.0010 to about 0.25.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takanobu Yamada, Yasuaki Matsuda, Masaki Matsui, Yuichi Aihara, Nobuyuki Imanishi