Patents Examined by Sarah A Slifka
  • Patent number: 11228071
    Abstract: A battery cell of a battery pack to power an electric vehicle can include a housing to at least partially enclose an electrode assembly is provided. The battery cell can include a vent plate coupled with the housing via a glass weld at a lateral end of the battery cell. The vent plate can include a scoring pattern to cause the vent plate to rupture in response to a threshold pressure. A first end of a polymer tab can be electrically coupled with the vent plate at an area within a scored region defined by the scoring pattern. A second end of the polymer tab can be electrically coupled with an electrode assembly. The polymer tab can melt in response to either a threshold temperature or a threshold current within the battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignees: CHONGQING JINKANG NEW ENERGY VEHICLE CO., LTD., SF MOTORS, INC.
    Inventors: Ying Liu, Scott Quinlan Freeman Monismith, Chien-Fan Chen, Jeremy Andrew Elsberry, Yifan Tang
  • Patent number: 11228033
    Abstract: Provided is a cathode active material comprising a lithium composite oxide and a covering material which covers a surface of the lithium composite oxide. The lithium composite oxide is a multi-phase mixture including a first phase having a crystal structure which belongs to a monoclinic crystal; a second phase having a crystal structure which belongs to a hexagonal crystal; and a third phase having a crystal structure which belongs to a cubical crystal. The lithium composite oxide has an integral intensity ratio I(18°-20°)/I(43°-46°) of not less than 0.05 and not more than 0.99, where the integral intensity I(?°-?°) is an integral intensity of a peak which is a maximum peak present within a range of a diffraction angle 2? of not less than ?° and not more than ?° in an X-ray diffraction pattern of the lithium composite oxide. The covering material has an electronic conductivity of not more than 106 S/m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kensuke Nakura, Ryuichi Natsui, Shuhei Uchida, Takuji Tsujita
  • Patent number: 11225168
    Abstract: An HV energy storage device for a motor vehicle as well as a method for operating the HV energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Sascha Staudenmaier
  • Patent number: 11217848
    Abstract: A battery module comprising a plurality or a multiplicity of battery cells which are positioned in a battery module housing, wherein the battery module housing comprises side walls (12), a base surface and a battery module cover (14), wherein the battery module cover (14) comprises at least one terminal (16) for the current-carrying or data-conducting contacting of the battery module (10), wherein the terminal (16) is provided with a current-carrying or data-conducting cable (26), and wherein the battery module cover (14) comprises a device (28) for the coiling of said current-carrying or data-conducting cable (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Eduard Reimer, Matthias Oechsle, Seref Aktuerk, Thomas Dittert
  • Patent number: 11211626
    Abstract: A polymer electrolyte membrane of the present disclosure comprises a perfluorosulfonic acid resin (A), wherein the polymer electrolyte membrane has a phase-separation structure having a phase where fluorine atoms are detected in majority and a phase where carbon atoms are detected in majority, in an image of a membrane surface observed under an SEM-EDX, and the polymer electrolyte membrane has a phase having an average aspect ratio of 1.5 or more and 10 or less in an image of a membrane cross-section observed under an SEM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: ASAHI KASEI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro Tago, Kuon Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 11205817
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery pack. The battery pack includes: a plurality of battery modules each having a plurality of battery cells therein; and a guide member coupled to each of the battery modules, the guide member being configured to guide movement of the battery modules when the plurality of battery modules are assembled adjacent to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventors: Ho-June Chi, Dal-Mo Kang, Jin-Hak Kong, Jeong-O Mun, Jin-Yong Park
  • Patent number: 11203657
    Abstract: Disclosed are maleic anhydride-grafted cyclic olefin copolymers, methods for preparing maleic anhydride-grafted cyclic olefin copolymers, low temperature methods for laminating anodes comprising the maleic anhydride-grafted cyclic olefin copolymers, and anodes and alkali ion batteries that comprise the maleic anhydride-grafted cyclic olefin copolymers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Enevate Corporation
    Inventors: Ambica J. Nair, Giulia Canton, Ian Browne, Michael Buet
  • Patent number: 11203553
    Abstract: Highly dense lithium based ceramics can be prepared by a low temperature process including combining a lithium based ceramic with a polar solvent having a lithium based salt dissolved therein and applying pressure and heat to the combination to form a salt-ceramic composite. Advantageously, the lithium salt is one that dissolves in the polar solvent and the heat applied to the combination is no greater than about 250° C. Such composites can also have high ionic conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: THE PENN STATE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Enrique Gomez, Wonho Lee
  • Patent number: 11196115
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a cap plate and a secondary battery. The cap plate includes a main portion and a first protruding portion. The main portion includes a first exterior surface, a second exterior surface and a third exterior surface, the third exterior surface is a curved surface. The first protruding portion includes a fourth exterior surface extending downwardly from a bottom end of the third exterior surface, the fourth exterior surface is inclined inwardly relative to the third exterior surface. The secondary battery comprises the cap plate and a case. The case includes an opening; the cap plate is provided to the opening, the main portion is fixed to an inner wall of the case. The first protruding portion is received in the case, and a gap is provided between the fourth exterior surface and the inner wall, a dimension of the gap increases gradually along a downward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: CONTEMPORARY AMPEREX TECHNOLOGY CO., LIMITED
    Inventors: Jie Zhang, Zhijun Guo, Zhiyi You, Peng Wang, Guowei Li, Taosheng Zhu
  • Patent number: 11196094
    Abstract: A secondary battery includes: a main body accommodating an electrode assembly; a sealing part formed along an outer periphery of the main body and including an upwardly bent part; and a circuit board connected to an electrode lead extending outward from the main body and arranged between the main body and the bent part of the sealing part. The secondary battery is suitable for providing a compact structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Youngkwang Yun
  • Patent number: 11189838
    Abstract: Realized is an element having an electrolyte layer that is dense and has high gas barrier characteristics. A metal-supported electrochemical element includes at least a metal substrate as a support, an electrode layer formed on/over the metal substrate, a buffer layer formed on the electrode layer, and an electrolyte layer formed on the buffer layer. The electrode layer is porous and the electrolyte layer is dense. The buffer layer has density higher than density of the electrode layer and lower than density of the electrolyte layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Echigo, Hisao Ohnishi, Kyohei Manabe, Osamu Yamazaki, Kazuyuki Minami, Yuji Tsuda
  • Patent number: 11189846
    Abstract: An electrically-conductive member having sufficient corrosion resistivity even when the electrically-conductive member is exposed to high potential environment and a method of manufacturing the electrically-conductive member are offered. An electrically-conductive member is obtained by a mist CVD method, by forming a metal oxide film on a base member of a separator, and the electrically-conductive member has an active potential range and a passive potential range in an anode polarization curve that is measured in a sulfuric acid aqueous solution having a sulfuric acid concentration that is 5.0×10?4 mol/dm3 at pH3 and having a temperature of 25° C., an anode current density that is 1×10?7 A/cm2 or less in the passive potential range, and the passive potential range reaching to an electric potential that is 1V.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignees: FLOSFIA INC., EYETEC CO., LTD., KYOTO UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Shizuo Fujita, Masafumi Ono, Takayuki Uchida, Kentaro Kaneko, Takashi Tanaka, Toshimi Hitora, Shingo Yagyu
  • Patent number: 11189839
    Abstract: Realized is an element having an electrolyte layer that is dense and has high gas barrier characteristics. A metal-supported electrochemical element includes at least a metal substrate as a support, an electrode layer formed on/over the metal substrate, a buffer layer formed on the electrode layer, and an electrolyte layer formed on the buffer layer. The electrode layer is porous and the electrolyte layer is dense. The buffer layer has density higher than density of the electrode layer and lower than density of the electrolyte layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Echigo, Hisao Ohnishi, Kyohei Manabe, Osamu Yamazaki, Kazuyuki Minami, Yuji Tsuda
  • Patent number: 11183738
    Abstract: In accordance with at least selected embodiments or aspects, the present invention is directed to improved, unique, and/or complex performance lead acid battery separators, such as improved flooded lead acid battery separators, batteries including such separators, methods of production, and/or methods of use. The preferred battery separator of the present invention addresses and optimizes multiple separator properties simultaneously. It is believed that the present invention is the first to recognize the need to address multiple separator properties simultaneously, the first to choose particular multiple separator property combinations, and the first to produce commercially viable multiple property battery separators, especially such a separator having negative cross ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Daramic, LLC
    Inventors: J. Kevin Whear, Eric H. Miller, Margaret R. Roberts
  • Patent number: 11171388
    Abstract: Provided is method of improving fast-chargeability of a lithium secondary battery, wherein the method comprises disposing a lithium ion reservoir between an anode and a porous separator and configured to receive lithium ions from the cathode through the porous separator when the battery is charged and to enable the lithium ions to enter the anode in a time-delayed manner. In some embodiments, the reservoir comprises a conducting porous framework structure having pores and lithium-capturing groups residing in the pores, wherein the lithium-capturing groups are selected from (a) redox forming species that reversibly form a redox pair with a lithium ion; (b) electron-donating groups interspaced between non-electron-donating groups; (c) anions and cations wherein the anions are more mobile than the cations; or (d) chemical reducing groups that partially reduce lithium ions from Li+1 to Li+?, wherein 0<?<1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Global Graphene Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Hui He, Chueh Liu, Aruna Zhamu, Bor Z. Jang
  • Patent number: 11171357
    Abstract: Set forth herein are garnet material compositions, e.g., lithium-stuffed garnets and lithium-stuffed garnets doped with alumina, which are suitable for use as electrolytes and catholytes in solid state battery applications. Also set forth herein are lithium-stuffed garnet thin films having fine grains therein. Disclosed herein are novel and inventive methods of making and using lithium-stuffed garnets as catholytes, electrolytes and/or anolytes for all solid state lithium rechargeable batteries. Also disclosed herein are novel electrochemical devices which incorporate these garnet catholytes, electrolytes and/or anolytes. Also set forth herein are methods for preparing novel structures, including dense thin (<50 um) free standing membranes of an ionically conducting material for use as a catholyte, electrolyte, and, or, anolyte, in an electrochemical device, a battery component (positive or negative electrode materials), or a complete solid state electrochemical energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: QuantumScape Battery, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Winoto, Niall Donnelly, Tim Holme, Will Hudson, Sriram Iyer, Oleh Karpenko, Mohit Singh, Dong Hee Anna Choi
  • Patent number: 11171358
    Abstract: Set forth herein are garnet material compositions, e.g., lithium-stuffed garnets and lithium-stuffed garnets doped with alumina, which are suitable for use as electrolytes and catholytes in solid state battery applications. Also set forth herein are lithium-stuffed garnet thin films having fine grains therein. Disclosed herein are novel and inventive methods of making and using lithium-stuffed garnets as catholytes, electrolytes and/or anolytes for all solid state lithium rechargeable batteries. Also disclosed herein are novel electrochemical devices which incorporate these garnet catholytes, electrolytes and/or anolytes. Also set forth herein are methods for preparing novel structures, including dense thin (<50 um) free standing membranes of an ionically conducting material for use as a catholyte, electrolyte, and, or, anolyte, in an electrochemical device, a battery component (positive or negative electrode materials), or a complete solid state electrochemical energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: QuantumScape Battery, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Holme, Niall Donnelly, Will Hudson, Sriram Iyer, Oleh Karpenko, Mohit Singh, Adrian Winoto, Dong Hee Anna Choi
  • Patent number: 11165082
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating electric power includes a hydrogen transfer unit for transferring hydrogen from a hydrogen storage medium to a hydrogen transfer medium and a power generation unit for generating electric power from the hydrogen transfer medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: HYDROGENIOUS LOHC TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Daniel Teichmann, Andreas Boesmann, Denise Geburtig, Patrick Preuster, Peter Wasserscheid, Karsten Mueller, Karl Mayrhofer, Gabriel Sievi
  • Patent number: 11165055
    Abstract: A negative electrode active material which may dramatically improve stability of a battery while not degrading battery performance such as cycle characteristics, and a negative electrode and a lithium secondary battery which include the same, wherein the negative electrode active material includes negative electrode active material particles which include artificial graphite in the form of a secondary particle and a carbon layer formed on the surface of the artificial graphite, and a coating layer which is formed on the negative electrode active material particle and includes a compound represented by Formula 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Sub Jung, Oh Byong Chae, Eun Kyung Kim, Ju Ho Chung, Chang Ju Lee
  • Patent number: 11158849
    Abstract: Provided are lithium ion batteries including a nano-crystalline graphene electrode. The lithium ion battery includes a cathode on a cathode current collector, an electrolyte layer on the cathode, an anode on the electrolyte layer, and an anode current collector on the anode. The anode and the cathode include a plurality of grains having a size in a range from about 5 nm to about 100 nm. The cathode has a double bonded structure in which a carbon of the graphene is combined with oxygen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Seoul National University R&DB Foundation
    Inventors: Minhyun Lee, Seongjun Park, Hyunjae Song, Hyeonjin Shin, Ki-Bum Kim, Yunhho Kang, Sanghun Lee