Patents Examined by Tony S Chuo
  • Patent number: 11387527
    Abstract: Described is a battery de-passivation circuit that generally comprises a battery having a de-passivation circuit attached across its positive and negative terminals. The de-passivation circuit includes a switch that can open or close the de-passivation circuit, a resistor that can regulate the amount of current drawn from the battery and a clock and timer controller system that controls the switch. The controller system controls closing the circuit long enough to bring the passivation level build-up within the battery to an acceptable lower level and controls opening the circuit long enough to allow passivation levels to build-up to an acceptable upper level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Phase IV Engineering Inc.
    Inventor: Scott David Dalgleish
  • Patent number: 11374218
    Abstract: A negative electroactive material for use in a negative electrode of an electrochemical cell that cycles lithium ions is provided. The negative electroactive material includes a particle defining a core region that includes silicon, silicon-containing alloys, tin-containing alloys, and combinations thereof. A porous, elastomeric multilayer coating is disposed on a surface of the core region that includes a first carbonaceous layer and a second porous elastomeric layer. The second porous elastomeric layer includes siloxane and a plurality of electrically conductive particles. The multilayer coating is capable of reversibly elongating from a contracted state to an expanded state in at least one direction to minimize or prevent fracturing of the plurality of negative electroactive material particles during lithium ion cycling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Meng Jiang, Lei Wang, Raghunathan K
  • Patent number: 11335900
    Abstract: A composite nanosheet for the cathode of a lithium-sulfur battery, a preparation method thereof, and an electrode and a battery having the same. The composite nanosheet includes carbon nanotubes which are closely accumulated in a two-dimensional plane and are combined together by carbon derived from nanocellulose. Transition metal compound nanoparticles which are uniformly distributed in the nanosheet composite and are fixed by the carbon derived from nanocellulose. Sulfur adsorbed on the surface of the transition metal compound nanoparticles. The composite organically combines and exerts the respective advantages of porous carbon, carbon nanotubes and nano metal oxides/sulfide by designing and constructing the structure of the cathode material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG A & F UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Qingfeng Sun, Hanwei Wang, Chunde Jin
  • Patent number: 11322782
    Abstract: A control module is arranged side by side with a battery module. The control module includes a bus bar by which the battery module and an electric load are electrically connected to each other; a switch by which an electrical connection between the bus bar and the electric load is switched on and off; a current sensor by which a current of the bus bar is detected; and a shielding part. The current sensor detects current passing through the bus par by converting, to an electrical signal, a magnetic field generated by the current passing though the bus bar. The switch generates a magnetic field to switch over connections between the bus bar and the electric load based on the generated magnetic field. The shielding part is arranged between the current sensor and the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshimitsu Inoue
  • Patent number: 11322749
    Abstract: A battery using porous polymer materials with tapered or cone-shaped metalized pores. The types of batteries include, but are not limited to, Li—CoO2, Li—Mn2O4, Li—FePO4, Li—S, Li—O2, and other lithium cathode chemistries. The tapered metalized pores contain lithium metal in small reaction zones in the anode and cathode in a flexible structure. The form factor of such assembly would be very thin. Because of the thin form factor these electrodes would be suitable for batteries that require high power density, such certain electrical vehicles, power tools, and wearable devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Slobodan Petrovic
  • Patent number: 11158859
    Abstract: The present application discloses a positive electrode current collector, a positive electrode plate, an electrochemical device, and an electric equipment including the electrochemical device. The positive electrode current collector includes: a metal conductive layer; an overcharge blocking activation layer disposed on a surface of the metal conductive layer, the overcharge blocking activation layer including an overcharge blocking activation material, a binder material and a conductive material, wherein the overcharge blocking activation material includes an esterified saccharide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventor: Yang Yu
  • Patent number: 11139486
    Abstract: A fuel cell stack includes cell units and separators that are alternately stacked, in which each of the cell units includes a single cell. Each of the separators includes: at least one first ridge that is disposed on a first main surface of each of the separators at a predetermined interval to form at least one first gas channel; and at least one second ridge that is disposed on a second main surface of each of the separators at a predetermined interval to form at least one second gas channel. The at least one first ridge and the at least one second ridge are disposed at a regular interval around a center of each of the separators in a cross section perpendicular to the first or second gas channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiji Ichihara, Kazuhiro Takahata
  • Patent number: 11089693
    Abstract: A flexible printed circuit board includes a substrate that is made of a non-metal; a first modified silicone cured layer that is provided on and in contact with the substrate and that includes a first silicone material that is cured; a metal layer that is made of at least one metal; a second modified silicone cured layer that is provided on and in contact with the metal layer and that includes a second silicone material that is cured; and a silicone adhesive layer disposed between and in contact with the first modified silicone cured layer and the second modified silicone cured layer and that includes an adhesive silicone material that is cured by being thermally polymerized after lamination thereof between the first modified silicone cured layer and the second modified silicone cured layer. Lamination of the cured modified-silicone-coated substrate and the cured modified-silicone-coated metal layer with the silicone adhesive layer improves adhesion and reduces delamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: PROLOGIUM TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., PROLOGIUM HOLDING INC.
    Inventor: Szu-Nan Yang
  • Patent number: 11063307
    Abstract: A control module is arranged side by side with a battery module. The control module includes positive and negative electrode bus bars which are electrically connected to positive and negative electrode input/output terminals of the battery module, respectively. The bus bars are mounted in a mounting part. The mounting part has first and second control-side ventilation holes through which air flows onto first and second battery stacks, respectively, in the battery module. The mounting part has notches in which at least one of the positive electrode bus bar and the positive input/output terminals and at lease one of the negative electrode bus bar and the negative input/output terminals are formed. The first and second control-side ventilation holes are arranged side by side in the lateral direction. The notches, the positive electrode bus bar, and the negative electrode bus bar are located between the first and second control-side ventilation holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshimitsu Inoue
  • Patent number: 11056743
    Abstract: A package structure and its related electricity supply system are disclosed. Two substrates of the package structure are directly or indirectly served as current collectors of the electricity supply system. The sealing frame of the package structure is made of several silicone layers having high moisture-resistance and/or high gas-resistance. Hence, the package structure mentioned may not only provide a novel electrical conduction module to lower the intrinsic impedance of the electricity supply system itself but prevent the moisture and the gas outward from the electricity supply unit inside the package structure as well. Consequently, the electrical performance and safety of the electricity supply system are both improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignees: PROLOGIUM TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., PROLOGIUM HOLDING INC.
    Inventor: Szu-Nan Yang
  • Patent number: 11031643
    Abstract: In one aspect, an apparatus for storing energy comprises an enclosure including a coolant fluid inlet configured to couple to a coolant fluid system, a plurality of energy-storage cells housed in an arrangement within the enclosure, and a cell holder. The cell holder has retaining features configured to hold the plurality of cells in the arrangement, a first surface forming a cavity between the cell holder and an adjacent wall of the enclosure and a plurality of holes that pass from the cavity through the cell holder and to the region of the enclosure housing the plurality of energy-storage cells. The coolant fluid inlet is in fluid communication with the cavity. Each of the holes is positioned proximate to a cell. Coolant fluid passes through the coolant fluid inlet into the cavity and through the holes to the cells to reduce a temperature of each of the cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Faraday&Future Inc.
    Inventors: Evan J. Filter, Saul Guzman Carranza
  • Patent number: 11024861
    Abstract: A fuel cell vehicle performs a control for increasing a flow rate of a cathode gas discharged to a discharge pipe when parameters including power consumption of a driving motor, a speed, and an acceleration has satisfied a flooding condition which is assumed to be satisfied in a state where a water surface reaches a discharge port in comparison with a case where the flooding condition is not satisfied. It is determined that the predetermined flooding condition has been satisfied when a state where at least three conditions, (i) the power consumption of the driving motor is equal to or greater than a predetermined first threshold value, (ii) the speed is equal to or less than a predetermined second threshold value, and (iii) the acceleration is equal to or less than a predetermined third threshold value, are satisfied is continuously maintained for a predetermined fourth threshold value or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiromu Saitoh
  • Patent number: 10991960
    Abstract: A flow battery system has an electrolyte storage tank, a flow battery, and a box-type flow battery system. A circular pipe I and a circular pipe II are provided in the electrolyte storage tank; the circular pipe II is communicated with an electrolyte return opening; the circular pipe I is communicated with an electrolyte delivery outlet; the annular perimeter of the circular pipe I is not equal to the annular perimeter of the circular pipe II. The multi-layer circular pipe structure in the storage tank reduces the flowing dead zone of electrolyte in the storage tank. Moreover, The reduction in the longitudinal distance between the electrolyte delivery outlet and the electrolyte return opening also reduced the problem of SOC lag so that the SOC monitoring accuracy of the flow battery is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: DALIAN RONGKEPOWER CO., LTD
    Inventors: Jingbo Wu, Huamin Zhang, Xiangkun Ma, Hongbo Wang, Ying Quan, You Wang, Xi Han, Jun Li
  • Patent number: 10991989
    Abstract: A control module is arranged side by side with a battery module. The control module include a bus bar by which the battery module and an electric load are electrically connected to each other, and a switch by which an electrical connection between the bus bar and the electric load is switched on and off. The control module further includes a current sensor by which a current of the bus bar is detected; a control unit into which an electric signal of the current sensor is inputted, and by which connection switching of the switch is controlled; and a connection terminal by which the current sensor and the control unit are electrically connected to each other. A connection portion between the connection terminal and the current sensor is more closely disposed at a side of the control unit than a connection portion between the bus bar and the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshimitsu Inoue
  • Patent number: 10985432
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery having a terminal is disclosed. In one aspect, the rechargeable battery includes an electrode assembly including a first electrode, a second electrode, and a separator interposed between the first electrode and the second electrode. The battery also includes a case housing the electrode assembly. The case defines a hole at the bottom of the case and an opening at the top of the case. The battery further includes a cap plate connected to the opening in the case and a first terminal bonded to the first electrode and penetrating through the hole so as to protrude beyond the exterior of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hye-Ran Lee
  • Patent number: 10978727
    Abstract: A process for forming an electrolyte for a metal-supported solid-oxide fuel cell, the process comprising: a. applying a doped-ceria green electrolyte to an anode layer; b. removing any solvents and organic matter from the green electrolyte; c. pressing the green electrolyte to increase green electrolyte density; and d. heating the green electrolyte at a rate of temperature increase whilst in the temperature range 800° C.-1000° C. of in the range 5-20° C./minute to form the electrolyte, together with an electrolyte obtained by the process, a fuel cell and fuel cell stack, comprising the electrolyte, and the use of the fuel in the generation of electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ceres Intellectual Property Company Limited
    Inventors: Robert Leah, Adam Bone, Carl Matthews, Mike Lankin, Mahfujur Rahman, Ahmet Selcuk
  • Patent number: 10964954
    Abstract: A stretchable electrode includes: a current collector; and, disposed on a surface of the current collector, a metal layer or an electrode active material layer, wherein the current collector includes a spiral-type coil spring and an elastic polymer, the spiral-type coil spring including a coil spring wound in a spiral pattern around a point, and wherein the elastic polymer is disposed in at least a portion of an inside of the coil spring, in at least a portion of a space between spiral coils of the spiral-type coil spring, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Minsang Song, Kai Liu, Yi Cui
  • Patent number: 10950887
    Abstract: A solid-state lithium-based battery is provided in which the formation of lithium islands (i.e., lumps) during a charging/recharging cycle is reduced, or even eliminated. Reduction or elimination of lithium islands (i.e., lumps) can be provided by forming a lithium nucleation enhancement liner between a lithium-based solid-state electrolyte layer and a top electrode of a solid-state lithium based battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Joel P. de Souza, Yun Seog Lee, Devendra K. Sadana
  • Patent number: 10944128
    Abstract: A solid-state lithium-based battery is provided in which the formation of lithium islands (i.e., lumps) during a charging/recharging cycle is reduced, or even eliminated. Reduction or elimination of lithium islands (i.e., lumps) can be provided by forming a lithium nucleation enhancement liner between a lithium-based solid-state electrolyte layer and a top electrode of a solid-state lithium based battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Joel P. de Souza, Yun Seog Lee, Devendra K. Sadana
  • Patent number: 10910608
    Abstract: Provided herein are a battery cell of a battery pack for electric vehicles. A housing for the battery cell can have a body and a head region. The body region can include an electrolyte, anode, and cathode. The battery cell can include a first sealing element disposed in an opening of the head region. The first sealing element can define two slots for disposing a second sealing element and a third sealing element respectively. A first conductive contact for a positive terminal coupled to the cathode can be disposed in the second sealing element. A second conductive contact for a negative terminal coupled to the anode can be disposed in the third sealing element. A first protector element disposed below the second sealing element can react to a first failure condition. A second protector element disposed below the third sealing element can react to a second failure condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignees: CHONGQING JINKANG NEW ENERGY VEHICLE CO., LTD., SF MOTORS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Quinlan Freeman Monismith, Brennan Campbell, Ying Liu, Yifan Tang