Patents Examined by Victoria H Lynch
  • Patent number: 10998592
    Abstract: A power storage device includes an electrode assembly, a case that houses the electrode assembly, and an insulating sheet, which insulates the electrode assembly and the case from each other. The electrode assembly has a layered structure in which positive electrodes and negative electrodes are stacked. The electrode assembly has a first end face, which is orthogonal to the stacking direction, two primary faces, which are located on both sides in the stacking direction, and a tab, which extends on the first end face in the direction orthogonal to the stacking direction. The insulating sheet has a folded box shape, and further has two primary face covering portions, which respectively cover the primary faces of the electrode assembly, and non-primary-face covering portions, which cover the first end face of the electrode assembly and faces other than the primary faces thereof and are continuous with the primary face covering portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Atsushi Minagata, Motoaki Okuda, Masami Tomioka
  • Patent number: 10992009
    Abstract: Provided is a nonaqueous electrolyte battery separator including a porous film (I) containing a polyolefin resin; and a porous layer (II) containing an inorganic filler, a water-soluble polymer having a structure represented by the following general formula (1), a water-insoluble polymer and a basic compound. The nonaqueous electrolyte battery separator is excellent in shape stability under a high temperature condition of 160 to 200° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Kohei Ideta, Mitsuru Sugihara, Natsuko Chayama, Takanobu Omori
  • Patent number: 10985423
    Abstract: In a battery pack, a cover is fixed to a case by a special component. A first service plug includes a special tool detaching the special component. Part of the first service plug or part of a first lid closing it and part of a second service plug or part of an annular component between a second housing part and a second lid closing it are superimposed together via a superimposed part. In the superimposed part, part of the first service plug or part of the first lid is positioned on a deeper side in a direction where the first service plug and the first lid are detached. Accordingly, the first service plug cannot be detached unless the second service plug is detached, and unless both the first and second service plugs are detached, the cover cannot be detached from the case using the special tool, thus ensuring safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nariyuki Yoshinaga, Ryo Shinoda, Eiji Koike
  • Patent number: 10985359
    Abstract: Provided are an electrode lead wire member including a sealing film having high adhesive strength and resistance to an electrolytic solution, and a battery including the electrode lead wire member. Provided is an electrode lead wire member including: a derivation portion extending in one direction; a surface-treated layer formed, at the derivation portion, on a surface of the derivation portion; and a sealing film provided in contact with the surface-treated layer, in which the sealing film has an adhesive resin layer in contact with the surface-treated layer, and the adhesive resin layer contains imine-modified polyolefin or modified polyolefin having a carbodiimide group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIMORI KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kunihiro Takei, Hirokazu Iizuka, Shunsuke Takeyama
  • Patent number: 10985367
    Abstract: A lithium cobalt composite oxide for a lithium secondary battery and a lithium secondary battery, the lithium cobalt composite oxide being doped with magnesium and having an atomic ratio of Mg/Co of about 0.0035:1 to about 0.01:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Jin Park, Chang Wook Kim, Eun Sung Lee
  • Patent number: 10978722
    Abstract: An individual solid oxide cell (SOC) constructed of a sandwich configuration including in the following order: an oxygen electrode, a solid oxide electrolyte, a fuel electrode, a fuel manifold, and at least one layer of mesh. In one embodiment, the mesh supports a reforming catalyst resulting in a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) having a reformer embedded therein. The reformer-modified SOFC functions internally to steam reform or partially oxidize a gaseous hydrocarbon, e.g. methane, to a gaseous reformate of hydrogen and carbon monoxide, which is converted in the SOC to water, carbon dioxide, or a mixture thereof, and an electrical current. In another embodiment, an electrical insulator is disposed between the fuel manifold and the mesh resulting in a solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC), which functions to electrolyze water and/or carbon dioxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Christian Junaedi, Subir Roychoudhury, Kyle Hawley, Saurabh Vilekar
  • Patent number: 10971945
    Abstract: A bendable wireless charging apparatus having an operational bend radius of approximately 90 degrees is disclosed, which includes a flexible substrate, a receiving coil, a battery, a flexible EMI-shielding layer and a control module. The receiving coil is disposed on a surface of the substrate, and is electrically connected to the control module. The battery, which may also be flexible, is located beneath another surface of the substrate. The EMI-shielding layer is disposed between the receiving coil and the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Limited
    Inventors: Chenmin Liu, Shengbo Lu, Wing Lung Hon
  • Patent number: 10971778
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery pack configured to prevent its components such as a cell assembly from being broken or damaged even though a physical force such as vibrations and impacts is applied to the battery pack. The battery pack includes a cell assembly having a plurality of secondary batteries; an electronic component plate having a plate shape and configured to allow at least one electronic component to be mounted thereon; a lower housing configured to have an inner space with an open top and to accommodate the cell assembly and the electronic component plate therein; and an upper housing configured to cover the open top of the lower housing, wherein coupling members are respectively provided between a lower portion of the cell assembly and the lower housing, between an upper portion of the cell assembly and the electronic component plate, between the electronic component plate and the upper housing, and between the lower housing and the upper housing to couple and fix each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Young-Sop Eom, Dal-Mo Kang, Jun-Yeob Seong, Sung-Chun Yu, Ki-Youn Kim
  • Patent number: 10957899
    Abstract: In a method of preparing a lithium metal oxide, a preliminary lithium metal oxide is prepared. The preliminary lithium metal oxide is washed using an organic washing solution to remove lithium salt impurities. The organic washing solution includes an organic solvent and a multivalent carboxylic acid compound. A minimum distance between oxygen atoms included in different carboxylic acid groups neighboring each other in the multivalent carboxylic acid compound is 220 pm or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: SK INNOVATION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mi Jung Noh, Jik Soo Kim, Kook Hyun Han
  • Patent number: 10957920
    Abstract: A fuel cell vehicle capable of generating electric power in an optimum wet state is provided. A fuel cell vehicle including a fuel cell, a radiator configured to cool a coolant which has been warmed by cooling the fuel cell and send it back to the fuel cell, a grille shutter configured to adjust a flow rate of air taken into the radiator from an air intake, a sensor configured to measure an impedance of the fuel cell, and a control unit configured to control the grille shutter to open and close. The control unit controls the grille shutter to open when a measured value of the impedance becomes greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masafumi Sato, Keita Yamaue
  • Patent number: 10957950
    Abstract: The present application discloses a heating module, a heating method for a battery module, and a heating system. The heating module includes: an energy storage unit, a first switch unit, a second switch unit and a control unit. The energy storage unit, a first battery unit in a battery module and the first switch unit may form a first heating loop; the energy storage unit, a second battery unit in the battery module, and the second switch unit may form a second heating loop. The control unit may control the first switch unit or the second switch unit, so as to sequentially switch on, between the first heating loop and the second heating loop, a heating loop where a battery unit with a higher state of charge is located and a heating loop where a battery unit with a lower state of charge is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Yizhen Hou, Xiyang Zuo, Zhimin Dan, Wei Zhang, Xingyuan Wu, Taosheng Zhu
  • Patent number: 10957895
    Abstract: Provided is a busbar configured to establish a connection between adjacent electrode terminals of a plurality of electricity storage elements each including positive and negative electrode terminals, including: a central region and a pair of end regions that are separated by a pair of parallel folding lines extending along an arrangement direction of the adjacent electrode terminals, wherein the pair of end regions are folded using the folding lines, and are placed on top of one surface of the central region such that the end regions do not overlap with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Taiji Yanagida
  • Patent number: 10950889
    Abstract: The use of mucic acid gallate compounds in a non-sugar sweetener such as a steviol glycoside-containing consumable to provide lingering aftertaste specific masking effect is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: John Christensen, Sondra Hellstrom, Boris Kozinsky
  • Patent number: 10950880
    Abstract: A fuel gas injection device of a fuel cell system includes an injector device and an ejector device. Mount portions of the injector device each include a mount body joined to a distal-side support portion, a screw member joining the mount body and an ejector body to each other in a state in which the screw member extends in an operating direction of a plunger, and a mount rubber member disposed on an outer circumferential side of a shaft portion of the screw member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiko Hatakeda, Yuji Terasawa, Kazuya Mizumoto
  • Patent number: 10938067
    Abstract: The invention relates to a monophasic electrolyte medium comprising: at least one alkaline-earth or alkaline metal salt, at least one hydrocarbon solvent, and between 1 and 50 vol. %, in relation to the total volume of said medium, of a hydrocarbon solubilising agent, different from said hydrocarbon solvent, of formula (I): Z-[(A)-(X)]q-(B)—Y.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Adriana Iordache, Lionel Picard, Sebastien Solan
  • Patent number: 10938022
    Abstract: A magnesium-ion battery includes a solid, mechanically flexible polymer-based anode, a solid, mechanically flexible polymer-based cathode, and a polymer gel electrolyte in contact with the anode and the cathode. An electrode can include bismuth nanostructure powder and an electrolyte binder, or tungsten disulfide and an electrolyte binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of Arizona State University
    Inventors: Hongbin Yu, Todd Houghton
  • Patent number: 10938078
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of energy storage devices and in particular, to a housing used for a battery pack and a battery pack. The housing includes a main body and an installation panel. The main body includes a battery accommodation space and a panel installation window communicating with the battery accommodation space, and the battery accommodation space is configured to accommodate a battery. The installation panel and the main body are separately formed, and the installation panel is installed at the panel installation window. The installation panel includes a base and a connection device installation portion connected to the base, and the connection device installation portion is where a connection device that is connected to the battery is to be installed. The housing provided by the present disclosure has a relatively low production cost and a relatively high production efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Jianwei Li, Zhiqin Weng, Shengshen Ruan, Linggang Zhou, Libing Chan, Peng Wang
  • Patent number: 10938029
    Abstract: A sodium-based electrode active material and a secondary battery comprising the same are provided. The electrode active material is represented by the following Chemical Formula 1, and has an orthorhombic crystal system and a space group of Cmcm. [Chemical Formula 1] Nax[Mn1-y-zM1yM2z]O2-?A?. In Chemical Formula 1, x may be 0.5 to 0.8. M1 and M2 may be, regardless of each other, Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Y, Zr, Nd, Mo, Tc, Ru, Rh, Pd, Pb, Ag, Cd, Al, Ga, In, Sn, or Bi. y may be from 0 to 0.25. z may be from 0 to 0.25. A may be N, O, F, or S, and ? may be 0 to 0.1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Seungtaek Myung, Jiung Choi, Changheum Jo
  • Patent number: 10938044
    Abstract: A control method for a fuel cell system including a solid oxide fuel cell, an anode gas and a cathode gas being supplied to the fuel cell, the fuel cell performing electric generation corresponding to a load, the fuel cell system controlling gas supply to the fuel cell and the electric generation. The control method including: an electric generating operation step of controlling flow rates of the anode gas and the cathode gas that flow into the fuel cell depending on a magnitude of the load; and a self-sustained operation step of causing the fuel cell to perform self-sustained operation when the load is equal to or less than a predetermined value. The self-sustained operation step includes a gas supply step of supplying the anode gas with a predetermined flow rate and the cathode gas with a predetermined flow rate to the fuel cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Shiomi
  • Patent number: 10930930
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an active material is provided. The active material includes a primary particle containing a phosphorus-containing monoclinic niobium-titanium composite oxide. The primary particle has a concentration gradient in which a phosphorus concentration increases from the gravity point of the primary particle toward the surface of the primary particle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Harada, Norio Takami, Yasunobu Yamashita, Kazuomi Yoshima