Patents Examined by Ula C. Ruddock
  • Patent number: 10479215
    Abstract: A fuel cell vehicle comprising: a hydrogen tank which is mounted on the vehicle so as to have a center axis generally parallel to a front/rear direction of the vehicle; a high-voltage electric component which is positioned either forward or rearward of the hydrogen tank and which operates on high voltage; an aftercooler placed between the hydrogen tank and the high-voltage electric component to cool compressed air; and a fuel cell stack which is supplied with the cooled compressed air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tetsuji Aishima
  • Patent number: 10476114
    Abstract: A battery includes: 1) an anode; 2) a cathode; 3) a separator disposed between the anode and the cathode, wherein the separator includes at least one functional layer; and 4) a sensor connected to the at least one functional layer to monitor an internal state of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Yi Cui, Hui Wu, Denys Zhuo
  • Patent number: 10468639
    Abstract: A lithium battery packaging material is provided with a laminate formed by sequentially laminating an adhesive layer, an aluminum foil layer provided with a corrosion prevention treatment layer on at least one surface thereof, an adhesive resin layer and a sealant layer on one surface of a substrate layer. The adhesive resin layer contains an adhesive resin composition, and a polypropylene or propylene-?-olefin copolymer having an atactic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Yu Ogihara, Masayoshi Suzuta
  • Patent number: 10468689
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a dual activation mode thermal battery for powering a load. The thermal battery can include a first power source activable upon receiving mechanical energy. The thermal battery can also include a second power source activable through one of the electrical power produced by the first power source and external electrical stimuli, the second power source is configured to, upon activation provide a voltage for powering the load, wherein the first power source and the second power source are thermally and electrically isolated and the initiator thermal energy output from one initiator is prevented from initiating the other power source directly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: EaglePicher Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joe Don Edington, James J. Ferraro, Steven Brandon
  • Patent number: 10468669
    Abstract: An active material for a nonaqueous electrolyte battery according to the embodiment is a composite including at least: a carbonaceous substance; and silicon-containing particles dispersed in the carbonaceous substance, the silicon-containing particles including at least one of silicon, a silicon alloy and a silicon oxide, wherein in an argon ion laser Raman spectrum, the half-width (?G) of a peak having a maximum intensity I1 in the range of 1575 cm?1 or more and 1625 cm?1 or less is 100 cm?1 or more and 150 cm?1 or less, and the intensity ratio of a peak having a maximum intensity I2 in the range of 500 cm?1 or more and 550 cm?1 or less to the peak having the maximum intensity I1 in the range of 1575 cm?1 or more and 1625 cm?1 or less (I2/I1) is 0.25 or more and 0.50 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kenji Essaki, Takayuki Fukasawa, Miho Muramatsu, Tomokazu Morita, Takashi Kuboki, Yumiko Kita
  • Patent number: 10468699
    Abstract: A method for producing electric power and regenerating an aqueous multi-electron oxidant (AMO) and a reducer in an energy storage cycle is provided. A discharge system includes a discharge unit, an acidification reactor, and a neutralization reactor. The acidification reactor converts an oxidant fluid including the AMO into an acidic oxidant fluid. The discharge unit generates electric power and a discharge fluid by transferring electrons from a positive electrode of an electrolyte-electrode assembly (EEA) to the AMO and from a reducer to a negative electrode of the EEA. The neutralization reactor neutralizes the discharge fluid to produce a neutral discharge fluid. The regeneration system splits an alkaline discharge fluid into a reducer and an intermediate oxidant in a splitting-disproportionation reactor and releases the reducer and a base, while producing the AMO by disproportionating the intermediate oxidant. The regenerated AMO and reducer are supplied to the discharge unit for power generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ftorian, Inc.
    Inventor: Yuriy Vyacheslalovovich Tolmachev
  • Patent number: 10458943
    Abstract: An ionic conductivity measurement device of an electrolytic membrane includes a humidification chamber configured to accommodate an ion-conductive electrolytic membrane and having concave grooves respectively formed at both sides thereof which face the electrolytic membrane to form a measurement space for measuring ionic conductivity of the electrolytic membrane; a plurality of channels formed at a bottom surface of each of the concave grooves; a gas distribution unit detachably coupled to each of the concave grooves with the electrolytic membrane being interposed therebetween; and a plurality of electrodes provided in contact with one side of the electrolytic membrane and supported by the gas distribution unit, the plurality of electrodes being disposed side by side to measure an impedance of the electrolytic membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: So Young Lee, Hyoung-Juhn Kim, Young Seung Na, Jin Young Kim, Sung Jong Yoo, Jong Hyun Jang, Jonghee Han, Suk Woo Nam
  • Patent number: 10461337
    Abstract: An oxide all-solid-state battery excellent in lithium ion conductivity and joint strength between an anode active material layer and solid electrolyte layer thereof. In the oxide all-solid-state battery, the solid electrolyte layer is a layer mainly containing a garnet-type oxide solid electrolyte sintered body represented by the following formula (1): (Lix-3y-z, Ey, Hz)L?M?O?; a solid electrolyte interface layer is disposed between the anode active material layer and the solid electrolyte layer; the solid electrolyte interface layer contains at least a Si element and an O element; and a laminate containing at least the anode active material layer, the solid electrolyte interface layer and the solid electrolyte layer has peaks at positions where 2?=32.3°±0.5°, 37.6°±0.5°, 43.8°±0.5°, and 57.7°±0.5° in a XRD spectrum obtained by XRD measurement using CuK? irradiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Tatsuya Shimoda, Takashi Masuda, Toshiya Saito, Shingo Ohta
  • Patent number: 10461367
    Abstract: Provided is a manufacturing method for an amino-substituted phosphazene compound, including: reacting a fluorinated phosphazene compound and an amine compound in presence of a catalyst consisting of a compound consisting of a specific element M below and an oxygen atom as constituent elements; and obtaining an amino-substituted phosphazene compound by substitution reaction between a fluorine atom of the fluorinated phosphazene compound and an amino group of the amine compound. Specific element M: At least one selected from magnesium, titanium, zirconium, vanadium, lithium, calcium, aluminum, manganese, molybdenum, silicon, or boron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshinori Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 10461347
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems for real-time monitoring and automated intervention of a power generation. Embodiments may include receiving operating data from components of the power generation system. A potential failure condition for the components may be determined from real-time operating data of the received operating data before an occurrence of the potential failure condition. An alert may be issued in response to determining the real-time operating data indicates a potential failure condition, and instructions for remedying the potential failure condition may be transmitted to the power generation system. An algorithm for determining whether the real-time operating data indicates the potential failure condition may be updated by using preceding operating data in response to detecting the potential failure condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Aswin Venkat, Brent Miller, Prasad Raut, Natarajan Ramanan, Deepak Shukla, Andrew Hall, Pramod Vachhani
  • Patent number: 10454118
    Abstract: A sulfur tolerant anode current collector material includes a mesh or foam that includes a cermet. The cermet includes a metallic component and a ceramic component. The metallic component includes nickel, an alloy including nickel and cobalt, or a mixture including a nickel compound and a cobalt compound. The ceramic component includes a mixed conducting electrolyte material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventors: Michael J. Day, Scott L. Swartz, Matthew M. Seabaugh, Paul H. Matter
  • Patent number: 10446803
    Abstract: An electrochemical pouch cell includes a stacked or rolled arrangement of electrode plates disposed in a cell housing, and a lead tab that protrudes through the cell housing. The lead tab forms an electrical connection with the electrode plates within the cell and permits transfer of current out of the cell via an opening in a seal joint of the pouch cell housing. The lead tab has a configuration that improves reliability of the seal between the lead tab and the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: Robert Bosch Battery Systems LLC, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jeffrey Buckholz, Nick Karditsas, Adam Bisaro, Robert Schoenherr
  • Patent number: 10446870
    Abstract: A pressure release mechanism for a battery pack is constituted by a circular opening section and a gap adjustment plate. The gap adjustment plate is fixed to a wall through a pair of fixtures mutually opposed against each other via the opening section. When gas is generated due to an internal short-circuiting of any one or more of cells or so forth, the battery pack performs an elastic deformation trying to expand by itself. A gap is developed in association with a bending deformation of a wall surrounding the opening section in a direction orthogonal to the pair of fixtures. A high pressure gas in an inside of the pack casing is discharged externally via the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Satoh
  • Patent number: 10446855
    Abstract: In some examples, a fuel cell comprising a first electrochemical cell including a first anode and a first cathode; a second electrochemical cell including a second anode and a second cathode; and an interconnect configured to conduct a flow of electrons from the first anode to the second cathode, wherein the interconnect comprises a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion is closer to the anode than the second portion, and the second portion is closer to the cathode than the first portion, wherein the first portion comprises one or more of doped ceria, doped lanthanum chromite, and doped yttrium chromite, and wherein the second portion comprises one or more of a Co—Mn spinel and a ABO3 perovskite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Zhien Liu, Richard W. Goettler, Hwa-Young Jung, Minjae Jung
  • Patent number: 10439243
    Abstract: A membrane electrode assembly manufacturing device includes a loading apparatus for supplying an MEA roll on which a membrane electrode assembly is arranged by a predetermined pitch, a hot press apparatus for pressing a surface corresponding to the membrane electrode assembly of the MEA roll at a set temperature, a buffer apparatus to which the MEA roll is supplied to one side and exhausted at the other side, and for performing a buffer function of absorbing a difference between supply and exhaustion, and a cutting apparatus for cutting a portion of the membrane electrode assembly arranged at the MEA roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Sung Hoon Jeong, Jongcheol Ahn, Yongmin Kim, Ki Sub Lee
  • Patent number: 10435597
    Abstract: Provided are a seal tape and a secondary battery. The seal tape for adhering an electrode assembly includes a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer including a cured product of a pressure-sensitive adhesive composition including a polymer including a polar functional group-containing monomer as a polymerization unit, and is expanded in contact with an electrolyte solution to be detached from the electrode assembly, and therefore, isotropic volume expansion and contraction of the electrode assembly may be induced by repeated charge and discharge of a secondary battery and a disconnection phenomenon in which an electrode is disconnected may be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Min Soo Park, Yoon Tae Hwang, Se Woo Yang, Myung Seob Kim, Mun Sung Kim
  • Patent number: 10434881
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery pack having a structure in which a plurality of unit cells constitutes a battery module, two or more of the battery modules are vertically arranged from a coolant introduction direction of a coolant inlet port to constitute a pair of battery module groups, a coolant introduction part extending from the coolant inlet port to each battery module group is provided at a middle of a pack case wherein the coolant introduction part is located between respective battery module groups, coolant discharge parts extending from respective battery module groups to coolant outlet ports are provided at an upper and lower part of the pack, and a coolant flow channel defined between the coolant introduction part and the coolant discharge parts is configured such that a coolant, introduced through the coolant introduction part, passes by each unit cell, and is discharged through the respective coolant discharge parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Chae Ho Chung, JiYoung Choi, JaeHun Yang, SangYoon Jeong, WonChan Park, YongSeok Choi, YoungHo Lee
  • Patent number: 10439241
    Abstract: A method for reducing fuel cell voltage loss in a fuel cell that includes an anode catalyst layer including an anode catalyst and a cathode catalyst layer including a cathode catalyst with a proton exchange layer interposed between the anode catalyst layer and the cathode catalyst layer. The method includes a step of initiating shutdown of the fuel cell. Carbon monoxide or carbon monoxide-like species contaminating the anode catalyst is oxidized during shutdown such that carbon monoxide or carbon monoxide-like species is removed from the anode catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Jingxin Zhang, Paul Taichiang Yu, Balasubramanian Lakshmanan
  • Patent number: 10431835
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a fuel cell system which comprises: a target output reaching time estimation unit configured to estimate a target output reaching time that requires for a fuel cell after start-up at a below-freezing temperature to become capable of providing an expected output desired or expected by a user of the fuel cell system or a predetermined output according to the expected output, based on the water content in the fuel cell and the temperature inside the fuel cell at the time of start-up at a below-freezing temperature; and a target output reaching time notification unit that notifies the user of the time estimated by the target output reaching time estimation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keitaro Yamamori
  • Patent number: 10431793
    Abstract: A method of producing a separator is provided. The method includes providing a particle membrane including inorganic particles on at least one principal surface of a porous body by a vapor-phase process such that the particle membrane has a porosity that is non-uniform in a thickness direction thereof. A method of producing a microporous membrane is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Sawaguchi, Masashi Meguro, Masaru Hiratsuka, Yoshiyuki Fuchigami