Patents Examined by Ula C. Ruddock
  • Patent number: 10886545
    Abstract: A fuel cell module includes: a housing; a cell stack; a reformer; and an oxygen-containing gas supply section. The cell stack comprises fuel cells which are arranged along a predetermined arrangement direction, and is housed in the housing. The reformer is disposed above the cell stack in the housing. The oxygen-containing gas supply section is disposed along the predetermined arrangement direction of the fuel cells so as to face the cell stack and the reformer, and has a gas flow channel through which an oxygen-containing gas to be supplied to the fuel cell flows downwardly. Moreover, in the oxygen-containing gas supply section, the gas flow channel has a first region and a second region which is greater than the first region in flow channel width in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which an oxygen-containing gas flows, and the predetermined arrangement direction of the fuel cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Masanori Suehiro, Eizo Matsui, Tomoyuki Oda
  • Patent number: 10886555
    Abstract: An apparatus for activating a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) for fuel cells includes: a frame. A plurality of separation plates are disposed on an upper side of a base plate, which is disposed on a top portion of the frame, to move straightly in a length direction. The plurality of separation plates are spaced apart from each other with the MEA interposed therebetween in the direction in which the separation plates move. A tilt unit, which is connected to the frame and the base plate, upwardly tilt the base plate with respect to the frame and remove a coolant generated when the MEA is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nam Doo Lee, Ji Won Yu
  • Patent number: 10886541
    Abstract: There is provided a manufacturing method of a terminal plate including a conductive plate and a terminal that is welded to the conductive plate and that is made of a different material from a material of the conductive plate. This manufacturing method comprises an overlapping process of laying an end portion of the terminal on the conductive plate; a pressing process of pressing part of overlapping surfaces of the conductive plate and the terminal, after the overlapping process; and a welding process of welding at least part of a remaining region excluding the pressed part of the overlapping surfaces, by friction stir welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Takaoka Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoo Yoshizumi, Hiroya Nakaji, Ken Asai, Masakazu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10886553
    Abstract: Systems and methods providing modular and scalable flow batteries are disclosed. The modular design can utilize the ability of flow batteries to separate power, provided by a battery stack, from energy, provided by a stored electrolyte. Power of the system can be determined by a number of battery cell stacks, while stored energy capacity of the system can be determined by how much electrolyte is available for use by the battery cell stacks. Catholyte and anolyte solutions can be stored in pipes having an adjustable length. Electrolyte storage capacity can be increased by increasing the length of the pipes by an amount sufficient to provide a desired increase in electrolyte storage. Alternatively, electrolyte storage capacity can be decreased by decreasing the length of the pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Vionx Energy Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Modderno, Michael Falcinelli
  • Patent number: 10886542
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fuel cell (2) comprising at least one membrane electrode assembly (10) and at least one flow field plate (40) comprising a separator plate (50). The flow field plate (40) has at least one structural part (51, 52) which comprises a base body (60) in which recesses (65) are introduced, and vanes (61, 62) which extend from sides (70, 72) of the recesses (65) and extend to the at the least one membrane electrode assembly (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Berner, Stefan Schoenbauer
  • Patent number: 10886512
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems for battery pack thermal management, such as heating and cooling of individual batteries arranged into battery packs. The methods and systems use thermal control modules, specifically configured to thermally couple to the side wall and the bottom end of each battery in a battery pack. In some examples, a thermal control module comprises a thermal plate and one or two battery engagement components, connected and thermally coupled to the thermal plate. Each battery engagement component comprises a plurality of battery receiving openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Canoo Inc.
    Inventors: Deborah Bourke, Michael Fricke, David Tarlau, Phillip Weicker, Berton Vite, Hrayr Torosyan, Cody Joel Rhebergen
  • Patent number: 10879534
    Abstract: Systems for the production of graphene oxide sheets are provided. The systems include electro-deposition and spray deposition techniques. The graphene oxide sheets may be used as pre-cursors for the formation of porous graphene network (PGN) anodes and lithiated porous graphene (Li-PGN) cathodes. The method of making PGN electrodes includes thermally reducing a pre-cursor sheet of graphene oxide to provide a PGN anode and exposing the sheet to lithium or a lithium-containing compound to produce a Li-PGN cathode. The Li-PGN cathode and PGN anode may be combined with an electrolyte to provide an “all-carbon” battery that is useful in various applications, such as automotive applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Inventors: Rahul Mukherjee, Nikhil Koratkar, Eklavya Singh
  • Patent number: 10879570
    Abstract: A current of a storage battery is appropriately controlled depending on the situation. In a battery controller, a battery information acquiring unit acquires information on the storage battery. A first allowable current calculating unit calculates a first allowable current of a battery module in accordance with a rated value of a component through which a current flows by charging or discharging of the battery module. A second allowable current calculating unit calculates a second allowable current of the battery module in accordance with an SOC of the battery module on the basis of the information acquired by the battery information acquiring unit. A third allowable current calculating unit calculates a third allowable current of the battery module in accordance with an SOH of the battery module on the basis of the information acquired by the battery information acquiring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Vehicle Energy Japan Inc.
    Inventors: Shin Yamauchi, Kei Sakabe, Masahiro Yonemoto, Takanori Yamazoe, Keiichiro Ohkawa, Ryohhei Nakao
  • Patent number: 10873105
    Abstract: Provided are an electrode for a secondary battery and a manufacturing method thereof. According to the present invention, a secondary battery, which has high capacity and is also able to get an excellent evaluation in a nail penetration test so that stability is ensured, may be manufactured. In order to accomplish the above objectives, the present invention provides an electrode for a secondary battery which includes an electrode current collector; a first electrode active material layer formed on the electrode current collector; and a second electrode active material layer formed on the first electrode active material layer, wherein a layer composed of the electrode current collector and the first electrode active material layer has a tensile strain of 1.2% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Ji Won Min, Hoe Jin Hah, Jong Keon Yoon, Seok Koo Kim, Yeo Kyung Yoon, Janis Doelle
  • Patent number: 10868338
    Abstract: The present invention provides one with a Ni—Fe battery exhibiting enhanced power characteristics. The battery uses a particular electrolyte. The resulting characteristics of specific power and power density are much improved over conventional Ni—Fe batteries. The electrolyte comprises sodium hydroxide, with lithium hydroxide and sodium sulfide. The iron anode comprises an iron active material and a polyvinyl alcohol binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: ENCELL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Randy Ogg
  • Patent number: 10868302
    Abstract: Disclosed is a lithium secondary battery capable of preventing the battery life from being reduced. The lithium secondary battery includes a cathode, an anode including silicon, a separator positioned between the cathode and the anode, and an electrolyte including flouoroethylene carbonate (FEC), wherein a weight ratio of the silicon to the FEC is about 0.4 to about 0.8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: SangJin Park, Seung-Min Oh, SungHoon Lim, Seyoung Lee, Shinkook Kong, Jung Young Cho
  • Patent number: 10862084
    Abstract: The invention relates to a battery module having a plurality of battery cells, in particular lithium ion battery cells, comprising a plurality of separating walls (3), wherein a battery cell (2) is arranged between two separating walls (3) and a first compensating element (7) is arranged between a first battery cell (2) and a separating wall (3) adjacent to the first battery cell (2) and a second compensating element (7) is arranged between a second battery cell (2) and a separating wall (3) adjacent to the second battery cell (2), characterized in that the first compensating element (7) and the second compensating element (7) have a different value (9) of a deformation constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Wagner, Daniel Bernd Greiner, Matthias Riedmann, Peter Kohn, Robert Hafenbrak
  • Patent number: 10862123
    Abstract: Electrode materials and binder materials are used for lithium cells, such as lithium ion cells. To optimize the specific power [W/kg] or power density [W/l] and specific energy [Wh/kg] or energy density [Wh/l], at least one electrically conducting, polymeric binder is used which is selected from the group consisting of polyphenylenes, polypyrroles, polyanilines, polythiophenes and lithium salts thereof. The at least one electrically conducting, polymeric binder is used in a lithium cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignees: Robert Bosch GmbH, Samsung SDI CO., Ltd.
    Inventors: Felix Eberle, Ulrich Lange
  • Patent number: 10857524
    Abstract: The carbon nanotubes according to the present invention can provide higher conductivity by allowing the BET and crystal size to satisfy the conditions expressed by formula 1 below, and consequently, can improve the conductivity of a carbon composite material containing the carbon nanotubes. Lc×[Specific surface area of CNT (cm2/g)]1/2>80??[Formula 1] wherein, Lc is crystal size measured by X-ray diffraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Kyung Yeon Kang, Yelin Kim, Jihee Woo, Jung Keun Yoo, Dong Hyun Cho
  • Patent number: 10862092
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a separator is provided. The separator is selectively permeable to monovalent cations and includes a first surface and a second surface which is a reverse surface to the first surface. A contact angle ?1 of the first surface with respect to an aqueous electrolyte is different from a contact angle ?2 of the second surface with respect to the aqueous electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Kazuomi Yoshima, Norio Takami, Shinsuke Matsuno
  • Patent number: 10863590
    Abstract: A battery cell manufacturing apparatus for forming a sealing surplus portion includes a cradle configured to fix and mount a battery cell; one or more induction heating coils formed by winding an electrical wire at least one time at a position corresponding to an outer periphery of a pouch type case to generate an induced current in the outer periphery on which the sealing surplus portion is to be formed; a power supply configured to supply an alternating current to the induction heating coils; and at least two pressing members configured to press both sides of the outer periphery on which the sealing surplus portion is to be formed, wherein the outer periphery is induction-heated by a magnetic field generated in the induction heating coils and up to a temperature at which heat fusion is possible to form the sealing surplus portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Yoon Bong Wi, Tae Won Kang, Sang Jin Woo, Dong Hyeuk Park, Jung Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 10862097
    Abstract: A secondary battery includes: an electrode assembly including a first electrode plate, a second electrode plate, and a separator; an electrode tab electrically connected to the electrode assembly; a current collector plate electrically connected to the electrode tab; a case accommodating the electrode assembly, the electrode tab, the current collector plate, and an electrolyte therein; a cap plate sealing the case and including a safety vent at one region; and a current interruption device connected to the safety vent and the electrode tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Minhyung Guen
  • Patent number: 10854871
    Abstract: An anode material for a lithium ion secondary battery that includes a carbon material having an average interlayer spacing d002 as determined by X-ray diffraction of from 0.335 nm to 0.340 nm, a volume average particle diameter (50% D) of from 1 ?m to 40 ?m, a maximum particle diameter Dmax of 74 ?m or less, and at least two exothermic peaks within a temperature range of from 300° C. to 1000° C. in a differential thermal analysis in an air stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Nobushige Nakamura, Yoshito Ishii, Hidetoshi Honbou, Keiji Okabe, Yuriko Ida
  • Patent number: 10854879
    Abstract: A composite membrane for a lithium battery, a cathode for a lithium battery, and a lithium battery including the composite membrane. The composite membrane includes a copolymer including a first repeating unit represented by Formula 1 and a second repeating unit represented by Formula 2: wherein Ar1, R1, R2, R3, A, Y?, and m in Formula 1, and R4 to R7, a, and n in Formula 2, are the same as defined in the specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hongsoo Choi, Dongjin Lee, Wonseok Chang
  • Patent number: 10854936
    Abstract: A battery module includes a plurality of battery cells stacked on one another, a cell housing configured to accommodate the plurality of battery cells, a top plate configured to cover an entire upper side of the cell housing and electrically connected to any one of positive electrodes and negative electrodes of the plurality of battery cells, and a bottom plate disposed to face the top plate and configured to cover an entire lower side of the cell housing and electrically connected to the other of the positive electrodes and the negative electrodes of the plurality of battery cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-Uk Ryu, Ji-Su Yoon, Dal-Mo Kang, Jeong-O Mun