Patents Examined by Monique Wills
  • Patent number: 9537157
    Abstract: A nanoconverter or nanosensor is disclosed capable of directly generating electricity through physisorption interactions with molecules that are dipole containing organic species in a molecule interaction zone. High surface-to-volume ratio semiconductor nanowires or nanotubes (such as ZnO, silicon, carbon, etc.) are grown either aligned or randomly-aligned on a substrate. Epoxy or other nonconductive polymers are used to seal portions of the nanowires or nanotubes to create molecule noninteraction zones. By correlating certain molecule species to voltages generated, a nanosensor may quickly identify which species is detected. Nanoconverters in a series parallel arrangement may be constructed in planar, stacked, or rolled arrays to supply power to nano- and micro-devices without use of external batteries. In some cases breath, from human or other life forms, contain sufficient molecules to power a nanoconverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Yinmin Wang, Xianying Wang, Alex V. Hamza
  • Patent number: 9537180
    Abstract: A low energy activation, fault tolerant, battery system includes an electrical storage cell having a positive terminal and a negative terminal. The electrical storage cell is provided with a normally open bypass circuit path that is closed in the event of an overdischarged, or open-circuit failure of, the electrical storage cell. The bypass circuit path includes a first electrical conductor connected to the negative terminal of the electrical storage cell, a second electrical conductor connected to the positive terminal of the electrical storage cell, and a shorting gap between the first electrical conductor and the second electrical conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Craig H. Becker-Irvin, Allen R. Powers
  • Patent number: 9531003
    Abstract: A method is provided for synthesizing sodium iron(II)-hexacyanoferrate(II). A Fe(CN)6 material is mixed with the first solution and either an anti-oxidant or a reducing agent. The Fe(CN)6 material may be either ferrocyanide ([Fe(CN)6]4?) or ferricyanide ([Fe(CN)6]3?). As a result, sodium iron(II)-hexacyanoferrate(II) (Na1+XFe[Fe(CN)6]Z.MH2O is formed, where X is less than or equal to 1, and where M is in a range between 0 and 7. In one aspect, the first solution including includes A ions, such as alkali metal ions, alkaline earth metal ions, or combinations thereof, resulting in the formation of Na1+XAYFe[Fe(CN)6]Z.MH2O, where Y is less than or equal to 1. Also provided are a Na1+XFe[Fe(CN)6]Z.MH2O battery and Na1+XFe[Fe(CN)6]Z.MH2O battery electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuhao Lu, Sean Andrew Vail
  • Patent number: 9531002
    Abstract: A method is provided for cycling power in a transition metal cyanometallate (TMCM) cathode battery. The method provides a battery with a TMCM cathode, an anode, and an electrolyte, where TMCM corresponds to the chemical formula of AXM1NM2M(CN)Y-d(H2O), where “A” is an alkali or alkaline earth metal, and where M1 and M2 are transition metals. The method charges the battery using a first charging current, or greater. In response to the charging current, a plating of “A” metal is formed overlying a plating surface of the anode. In response to discharging the battery, the “A” metal plating is removed from the anode plating surface. In one aspect, in an initial charging of the battery, a permanent solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer is formed overlying the anode plating surface. In subsequent charging and discharging cycles, the permanent SEI layer is maintained overlying the anode plating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuhao Lu, Long Wang, Jong-Jan Lee
  • Patent number: 9531046
    Abstract: A battery pack has a casing, electric fans, battery temperature thermistors and a battery management unit. The casing accommodates the battery cell stacks. The electric fans generate an air circulation in the inside chamber of the casing. The thermistors detect a temperature of the battery cells. At least one of the thermistors is arranged in each of the battery cell stack to detect a temperature of a battery cell arranged at a specific location in a battery cell stacking direction. At least one of the thermistors arranged in one battery cell stack in a pair of the battery cell stacks selected from all of the battery cell stacks detects a temperature of the battery cell arranged at a different location in the battery cell stacking direction from a location of any battery cell arranged in the other battery cell stack in the pair of the battery cell stacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Inoue, Hiroyoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9525162
    Abstract: A secondary battery, including an electrode assembly; a cap plate that seals the electrode assembly; an electrode pin electrically connected to the electrode assembly and on the cap plate with an insulating gasket therebetween; and a first lead tab coupled to the electrode pin, a relative ratio W2/W1 of a width W2 of the insulating gasket to a width W1 of the first lead tab satisfying 1.0<W2/W1<1.14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jaemin Kim, Daeyon Moon
  • Patent number: 9525189
    Abstract: An adhesive resin composition for a secondary battery for bonding a separator for a secondary battery and an electrode for a secondary battery, wherein the composition comprises an adhesive resin, the adhesive resin contains the following (A) and (B), and the phase composed of (A) and (B) has a core shell heterophase structure and/or a sea-island heterophase structure: (A) a resin having a glass transition temperature of ?30° C. to +20° C., (B) a resin having a glass transition temperature 20° C. to 200° C. higher than the glass transition temperature of (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
    Inventor: Toshihiko Ogata
  • Patent number: 9520614
    Abstract: A packing device for electrode sheets is provided in the present disclosure. The packing device is used for pasting tapes on a stack structure consisted of the electrode sheets to packing the stack structure. The packing device is included of a tape fetching mechanism, a couple of claws, a carrying mechanism and a positioning mechanism. The tape fetching mechanism is used for moving a tape and putting on the claws. The claws are arranged at interval and a gap is thereby formed between the claws. Each claw is included of a chamfer surface, and the chamfer surfaces are arranged at opposite sides of the gap. The carrying mechanism is used for loading the stack structure. The positioning mechanism is used to drive the claws and the carrying mechanism move related to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: AMITA TECHNOLOGIES INC LTD.
    Inventors: Jing-Yih Cherng, Te-Chuan Lai, Yen-Liang Tsai
  • Patent number: 9515306
    Abstract: An electric storage apparatus includes a plurality of electric storage devices, each electric storage device including a cell case in which an electrode assembly is accommodated, the cell case having a substantially hexahedral shape, the cell case being formed with an external terminal on one surface thereof, a first external housing for housing the electric storage devices, the first external housing comprising a pair of first main wall portions that are opposed to each other and a pair of first side wall portions that are opposed to each other, the pair of first main wall portions and the pair of first side wall portions defining a first opening at at least one end in a first direction thereof, and a second external housing for housing the first external housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventor: Toshiki Kusunoki
  • Patent number: 9515339
    Abstract: An ion exchanger includes an apparatus body having a lower filter and an upper filter. Ion exchange resin fills a space between the lower filter and the upper filter. A water supply port is provided at a lower position of the apparatus body, and a water discharge port is provided at an upper position of the apparatus body. An air container is provided at an upper position of the apparatus body, and an electric conductivity meter is provided in the air container at a position above the water discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akihito Yuzuriha
  • Patent number: 9515346
    Abstract: An exemplary power plant assembly includes a plurality of cell stack assemblies each having a plurality of fuel cells and a manifold. A fuse includes an indicator that provides an output when the fuse interrupts an electrically conductive connection between the manifold of a first one of the cell stack assemblies and a second one of the cell stack assemblies. The electrically conductive connection includes at least a portion of the voltage of the second one of the cell stack assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Wesley E. Sedlacek, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9509013
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery including a positive electrode including a positive electrode active material layer, a negative electrode including a negative electrode active material layer, and a non-aqueous electrolyte. At least one of the positive electrode active material layer and the negative electrode active material layer contains carbon dioxide and releases the carbon dioxide in the range of 0.1 ml to 10 ml per 1 g when heated at 350° C. for 1 minute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Shinsuke Matsuno, Hiromichi Kuriyama, Hideki Satake, Takashi Kuboki
  • Patent number: 9509010
    Abstract: A fuel cell has an anode and a cathode with anode enzyme disposed on the anode and cathode enzyme is disposed on the cathode. The anode is configured and arranged to electrooxidize an anode reductant in the presence of the anode enzyme. Likewise, the cathode is configured and arranged to electroreduce a cathode oxidant in the presence of the cathode enzyme. In addition, anode redox hydrogel may be disposed on the anode to transduce a current between the anode and the anode enzyme and cathode redox hydrogel may be disposed on the cathode to transduce a current between the cathode and the cathode enzyme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Heller
  • Patent number: 9490080
    Abstract: A decomposition reaction of an electrolyte solution and the like caused as a side reaction of charge and discharge is minimized in repeated charge and discharge of a lithium ion battery or a lithium ion capacitor, and thus the lithium ion battery or the lithium ion capacitor can have long-term cycle performance. A negative electrode for a power storage device includes a negative electrode current collector and a negative electrode active material layer which includes a plurality of particles of a negative electrode active material. Each of the particles of the negative electrode active material has an inorganic compound film containing a first inorganic compound on part of its surface. The negative electrode active material layer has a film in contact with an exposed part of the negative electrode active material and part of the inorganic compound film. The film contains an organic compound and a second inorganic compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR ENERGY LABORATORY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Inoue, Kai Kimura, Sachiko Kataniwa, Ryota Tajima
  • Patent number: 9490475
    Abstract: An electrode for an electrochemical cell including a metal fluoride containing active electrode material and an intrinsically conductive coating wherein the coating is applied to the active electrode material by heating the mixture for a time and at a temperature that limits degradation of the cathode active material. The active material can be a hybrid material formed from the reaction of a metal fluoride and a metal complex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Wildcat Discovery Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cory O'Neill, Steven Kaye, Marissa Caldwell, David Keogh
  • Patent number: 9490509
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes at least one battery module configured to be cooled by compressed gas. The battery module has a cooling system which has an accumulator for compressed gas that can be fed to the battery module for cooling. A control device controls supply of gas from the accumulator to the battery module in dependency of at least one output value from at least one sensor configured to measure a current output from the battery module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: AUGI AG
    Inventors: Siegfried Achhammer, Armin Pöppel, Uwe Gerlinger
  • Patent number: 9484590
    Abstract: A fuel cell system may include a fuel cell stack having a header and active area in fluid communication with the header. The fuel cell system may also include a wedge disposed within the header and configured to alter the cross-sectional area of the header along the length of the stack such that, during operation of the stack, a flow velocity of gas through the active area is generally constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Thomas Alan Wagner, Ronald David Brost, Shinichi Hirano
  • Patent number: 9484567
    Abstract: A battery pack includes battery cells, at least one terminal having a shape that enables connection with another device, and electric connectors located between at least two of the battery cells and between one of the battery cells and the at least one terminal. At least one of the electric connectors breaks a current path when contacting water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Kawai
  • Patent number: 9484578
    Abstract: Methods are presented for synthesizing metal cyanometallate (MCM). A first method provides a first solution of AXM2Y(CN)Z, to which a second solution including M1 is dropwise added. As a result, a precipitate is formed of ANM1PM2Q(CN)R.FH2O, where N is in the range of 1 to 4. A second method for synthesizing MCM provides a first solution of M2C(CN)B, which is dropwise added to a second solution including M1. As a result, a precipitate is formed of M1[M2S(CN)G]1/T. DH2O, where S/T is greater than or equal to 0.8. Low vacancy MCM materials are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuhao Lu, Long Wang, Sean Vail, Jong-Jan Lee
  • Patent number: 9478795
    Abstract: Provided is a positive active material for a lithium secondary battery includes a lithium transition metal composite oxide having an ?-NaFeO2-type crystal structure and represented by the composition formula of Li1+?Me1??O2 (Me is a transition metal including Co, Ni and Mn and ?>0). The positive active material contains Na in an amount of 900 ppm or more and 16000 ppm or less, or K in an amount of 1200 ppm or more and 18000 ppm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: GS Yuasa International Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Endo, Hiromasa Muramatsu