Patents Examined by Olatunji Godo
  • Patent number: 10826145
    Abstract: An electrochemical cell includes a bifunctional air cathode, an anode, and a ceramic electrolyte separator disposed substantially between the bifunctional air cathode and the anode. The anode includes a solid metal and an electrolyte configured to transition to a liquid phase in an operating temperature range. The electrolyte includes at least one of an alkali oxide, boron oxide, a carbonate, a phosphate, and a group III-X transition metal oxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard Louis Hart, Sergei Kniajanski, Joseph John Shiang, Alok Mani Srivastava
  • Patent number: 10818949
    Abstract: A proton conducting membrane (16) for a fuel cell comprises light-transmissive proton conducting material (102, 104) and light scattering material (106) for scattering light within the membrane, the membrane further comprising a light guide (108) through which light can enter the membrane. Also disclosed is a fuel cell comprising the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Enocell Limited
    Inventor: Donald MacPhee
  • Patent number: 10818887
    Abstract: The present invention provides a power storage device capable of preventing deterioration of sealability even when a pulling force is applied to a casing and having high safety and excellent durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., ELIIY Power Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoya Makabe, Takeshi Yanagisawa, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Masaharu Nakamori, Hideyuki Sugiyama, Hiroshi Sato, Takeshi Sawada, Kazutoshi Miyauchi
  • Patent number: 10818952
    Abstract: Lignin-based electrolytes and flow battery cells and systems for use with lignin-based electrolytes are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Northeastern University
    Inventors: Hongli Zhu, Jonathan Hamel
  • Patent number: 10811663
    Abstract: Methods and systems for welding a terminal of a battery cell to corresponding terminal tab or busbar are described using a magnet that causes the terminal and tab/busbar to be placed in physical contact. The terminal of a battery cell is aligned in contact with the tab/busbar by the force of a magnetic field. A welder, e.g., a laser welder, can then generate a laser weld beam to weld the terminal of the battery cell to the tab/busbar. Next, the laser weld beam is narrowed, reducing the first diameter to a smaller second diameter. Without touching the tab/busbar or terminal of the battery (which could affect the welding operation), the magnetic field can cause a force that brings the tab and terminal in contact during welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10797350
    Abstract: A method for producing a secondary battery including: an electrolytic solution containing a metal salt whose cation is an alkali metal, an alkaline earth metal, or aluminum and whose anion has a chemical structure represented by general formula (1) below, and a linear carbonate represented by general formula (2) below; a negative electrode; a positive electrode; and a coating on a surface of the negative electrode and/or the positive electrode, the coating containing S, O, and C, the method including forming the coating by performing a specific activation process on a secondary battery including the electrolytic solution, the negative electrode, and the positive electrode, (R1X1)(R2SO2)N??general formula (1), R20OCOOR21??general formula (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sasaki, Tomoyuki Kawai, Yoshihiro Nakagaki, Hitoshi Aikiyo, Takeshi Maki
  • Patent number: 10797298
    Abstract: A battery has an electrode body which has an outer periphery and includes positive and negative electrodes with a separator disposed there between in a stacking direction. The battery further include an exterior body having a shape other than a substantially rectangular parallelepiped or cuboidal shape. The electrode body and an electrolytic solution are housed in the exterior body. The exterior body has at least first, second and third inner surfaces with the first and third inner surfaces being located on opposite sides of the second inner surface. The second inner surface is larger in area than the first and second inner surfaces. A liquid injection port is located in the exterior body and extends through the second inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya Ishihama, Yasuhiro Matsuzaki, Tatsuo Niino, Takuya Horie
  • Patent number: 10777365
    Abstract: A power storage apparatus includes bag-shaped separators. Each of the bag-shaped separators includes a first welded portion and a first non-welded portion. The first welded portion exists along a first edge of the bag-shaped separator and is formed by welding the surplus sections of the separator members together. In the first non-welded portion, the separator members are not welded together. The bag-shaped separator includes a second welded portion and a second non-welded portion. The second welded portion exists along a second edge and is formed by welding the surplus sections of the separator members together. The second non-welded portion is located closer to the second edge than the second welded portion. In the second non-welded portion, the separator members are not welded together. In the power storage apparatus, the width of the first non-welded portion>the width of the second non-welded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Atsushi Minagata, Masato Ogasawara, Tomoaki Tachibana
  • Patent number: 10770693
    Abstract: An apparatus (101, 101B, 101C, 101D, 101E), an electrical system (706), a vehicle (701) and a method (800) are disclosed. The apparatus (101) comprises a plurality of battery cells (102), each of the battery cells (102) comprising a layer of positive electrode material (103), a layer of electrolyte material (104) and a layer of negative electrode material (105). The apparatus also comprises a container means for containing battery cells (106, 106B, 106D, 6E) formed of an electrically conductive material and having a plurality of cavities (107). Each of the cavities contains at least a respective one of the battery cells (102), and the container means (106, 106B, 106D, 106E) is in direct contact with at least one of the positive electrode material (103) and the electrolyte material (104) of each battery cell (102) or alternatively at least one of the negative electrode material (105) and the electrolyte material (104) of each battery cell (102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventor: Stephen Nicholls
  • Patent number: 10763545
    Abstract: An electrolyte for a secondary battery, the electrolyte including an ionic liquid polymer including a repeating unit represented by Formula 1: wherein, in Formula 1, CY, R1, R2, R3, X1?, n, and m are the same as described in the specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hongsoo Choi, Tomonobu Mizumo, Yonggun Lee, Wonseok Chang, Toshinori Sugimoto, Myungjin Lee
  • Patent number: 10763529
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes a fuel cell having an anode configured to receive anode feed gas and output anode exhaust, and a cathode configured to receive cathode feed gas and output cathode exhaust. The system further includes a pressurizing assembly downstream from the anode and an oxidizer downstream from the anode. The cathode feed gas is the anode exhaust that has been compressed in the pressurizing assembly and reacted with air in the oxidizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: FuelCell Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Hossein Ghezel-Ayagh, James B. Walzak
  • Patent number: 10763511
    Abstract: A method for producing porous graphite capable of realizing higher durability, output and capacity, and porous graphite. A carbon member having microvoids is obtained by a dealloying step for selectively eluting other non-carbon main components into a metal bath by immersing a carbon-containing material, composed of a compound including carbon or an alloy or non-equilibrium alloy, in the metal bath, wherein the metal bath has a solidifying point lower than the melting point of the carbon-containing material, and is controlled to a temperature lower than the minimum value of a liquidus temperature within a composition fluctuation range extending from the carbon-containing material to carbon by reducing the other non-carbon main components. The carbon member obtained in the dealloying step is graphitized by heating in a graphitization step. The carbon member graphitized in the graphitization step is subjected to activation treatment by an activation step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: TOHOKU TECHNO ARCH CO., LTD., TPR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidemi Kato, Seung-Geun Yu, Takeshi Wada
  • Patent number: 10763628
    Abstract: A connection module includes a plurality of bus bars that connect positive and negative electrode terminals of adjacent energy storage elements, a plurality of bus bar holding portions that hold bus bars in an insulated manner, and a pitch adjustment portion. The pitch adjustment portion is to be provided across the adjacent bus bar holding portions so as to couple the adjacent bus bar holding portions, and extends and contracts in a line-up direction of the plurality of bus bar holding portions so as to enable adjustment of a pitch between the positive and negative electrode terminals of the adjacent energy storage elements. Each of the bus bar holding portion includes a bus bar housing portion including an isolation wall that keeps the corresponding bus bars apart in an insulated manner. The bus bar housing portion includes, on one side in the line-up direction, a free portion where there is no isolation wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Shimoda, Shinichi Takase, Nobuyuki Matsumura, Yoshinori Ito
  • Patent number: 10763556
    Abstract: A vehicle battery assembly utilizing side cooling plates. This battery assembly avoids a stacked vertical battery and cooling plate or pack arrangement, optimizes tunnel (and other) space utilization, minimizes battery assembly intrusion into the passenger compartment of the associated vehicle, and allows seat position height to be as low as possible within the passenger compartment of the associated vehicle, while still allowing vertical access to the access points and electrical contacts of the battery modules within the battery assembly. Further, such battery assembly is compatible with conventional and novel cooling pipe configurations and cooling systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Lars Johan Stenvall, Patrik Larsson, Klas Persson, Björn Scherdin
  • Patent number: 10763463
    Abstract: Disclosed are a secondary battery and a method for manufacturing the same. According to an embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a secondary battery, including: an exterior material which includes a pouch film and a sealing portion formed at an outer side of the pouch film; and an electrode assembly which includes a plurality of electrode bodies laminated with a separator interposed therebetween and are packaged by the exterior material, wherein a pair of forming portions are formed within the pouch film to house the electrode assembly, and a predetermined interval is formed between the pair of forming portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SK INNOVATION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hee-Gyoung Kang
  • Patent number: 10763466
    Abstract: A top cap assembly of a secondary battery and second battery is provided. The top cap assembly may comprise: a top cap plate comprising an electrode extraction hole; an electrode terminal comprising a terminal plate, the terminal plate may be located on a side of the top cap plate and cover the electrode extraction hole; a first fixing component, the first fixing component may at least partially surround the terminal plate to fix the electrode terminal to the first fixing component; and a second fixing component comprising a main body and a first connection portion connected to the main body and extends away from the terminal plate, the main body may be fixedly connected to the first fixing component, and the first connection portion may be fixedly connected to the top cap plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Baisong Chen, Quankun Li, Peng Wang, Chengyou Xing, Yulian Zheng
  • Patent number: 10756377
    Abstract: There is provided a regenerative fuel cell capable of operating in a power delivery mode in and in an energy storage mode. The cell may comprise a reversible hydrogen gas anode, in an anode compartment, a reversible cathode in a cathode compartment, and a membrane separating the anode compartment from the cathode compartment, which membrane is capable of selectively passing protons. an additive may be provided in the cathode compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Imperial Innovations Limited
    Inventors: Nigel Brandon, Vladimir Yufit, Anthony Kucernak, Javier Rubio-Garcia
  • Patent number: 10756315
    Abstract: Provided is a heat-radiating cartridge that improves heat-radiating capability, does not cause deformation, and has excellent rigidity, and a battery pack for an electric vehicle using the same. The heat-radiating cartridge includes: first and second guide members that support both longitudinal sides of a battery and are spaced apart from each other; third and fourth guide members connected to both ends of the first and second guide members, respectively, to be in contact with both end electrode terminals of the battery; and a seating portion formed on a sidewall of a battery receiving penetration hole formed in a central area by the first to fourth guide members to seat the battery, wherein the seating portion is protruded from the side wall of the battery receiving penetration hole so as to horizontally divide the battery receiving penetration hole into two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: AMOGREENTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung Jae Hwang, Sang Dong Jeong
  • Patent number: 10756367
    Abstract: A fuel cell failure diagnostic apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a water-level sensor that senses a water-level of water generated at an anode side of a fuel cell stack and stored in a water trap and a drain valve for the drain control of the generated water. A drain valve position sensor senses a position of the drain valve. A controller detects a failure situation by performing failure diagnosis based on the sensing information generated from the water-level sensor and the drain valve position sensor, and performs a corresponding control depending upon the failure situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seong-Cheol Jeong, Dae-Jong Kim
  • Patent number: 10749190
    Abstract: A fuel cell includes a stack and heating plates sandwiching the stack. The stack is formed of a set of electrochemical generators superimposed along a stacking axis. The heating plates are located axially on each side of the set. Each heating plate includes cavities and orifices for accessing the cavities. The fuel cell may be incorporated in a facility that includes a source of pressurized gas, which is linked to the orifices of the heating plates, and a device for managing a supply process for supplying gas to the cavities from the source of pressurized gas and an evacuation process for evacuating gas from the cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale Des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventor: Vincent Braillard