Patents Examined by Zachary Best
  • Patent number: 9356277
    Abstract: A battery pack that has one or more batteries and a protection circuit module. The battery pack includes protection tab members that connect to the batteries and the tab members include a tab that has a coupling component that extends towards the batteries. The battery pack also includes a conductive member that connects the connection tab member to the protection circuit module. The battery pack also includes spacers that receive the connection tabs and that couple to the coupling component of the connection tabs and are interconnected to the conductive member and the spacers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ki-Woong Kim, Jae-Hoon Choi, Sung-Kyun Lim
  • Patent number: 9287589
    Abstract: A system and method for stabilizing electrodes against dissolution and/or hydrolysis including use of cosolvents in liquid electrolyte batteries for three purposes: the extension of the calendar and cycle life time of electrodes that are partially soluble in liquid electrolytes, the purpose of limiting the rate of electrolysis of water into hydrogen and oxygen as a side reaction during battery operation, and for the purpose of cost reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Alveo Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Deane Wessells, Ali Firouzi, Shahrokh Motallebi, Sven Strohband
  • Patent number: 9276253
    Abstract: A negative electrode including: a current collector; a negative active material layer formed on the current collector; and a polymer coating layer that is formed on the negative active material layer and comprises a fluorinated acrylate type polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gue-sung Kim, Moon-Seok Kwon, Han-su Kim
  • Patent number: 9270073
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a sheet-shaped three-dimensional network aluminum porous body for a current collector which is suitably used for electrodes for nonaqueous electrolyte batteries and electrodes for capacitors, an electrode and a capacitor each using the same. In such a three-dimensional network aluminum porous body for a current collector, the aluminum porous body has been made to have a compressive strength in a thickness direction of 0.2 MPa or more in order to efficiently fill an active material into the sheet-shaped three-dimensional network aluminum porous body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignees: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC TOYAMA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihisa Hosoe, Kazuki Okuno, Hajime Ota, Koutarou Kimura, Kengo Goto, Hideaki Sakaida, Junichi Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9240599
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes a controller, a fuel cell stack, a fuel inlet conduit operatively connected to the fuel cell stack, the fuel inlet conduit adapted to receive fuel from a fuel supply, a recycling conduit operatively connecting the fuel cell stack to the fuel inlet conduit, the recycling conduit adapted to recycle a portion of a fuel exhaust stream from the fuel cell stack to the fuel inlet conduit, and an ammonia or hydrazine storage vessel operatively connected to the fuel inlet conduit via a valve coupled to the controller. The controller is configured to control the operation of the valve to provide ammonia or hydrazine from the ammonia or hydrazine storage vessel into the fuel inlet conduit upon detecting a change in the fuel from the fuel supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: BLOOM ENERGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: James McElroy, Arne Ballantine
  • Patent number: 9236639
    Abstract: A method of controlling a temperature of a battery is disclosed. The method includes providing a thermoelectric device in thermally-conductive contact with the battery, measuring an actual temperature of the battery, comparing the actual temperature of the battery to a reference temperature for the battery, heating the battery by operation of the thermoelectric device when the actual temperature is less than the reference temperature and cooling the battery by operation of the thermoelectric device when the actual temperature exceeds the reference temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jihui Yang, Kelly B. Ledbetter, Francis R. Stabler
  • Patent number: 9225012
    Abstract: The present invention provides a manufacturing method of a secondary cell electrode forming a porous insulating layer on at least one surface between a negative electrode and a positive electrode, including coating an electrode layer slurry on the electrode surface, coating the porous insulating layer while in a state in which the electrode layer slurry has not been dried, and simultaneously drying the electrode layer slurry and the porous insulating layer coating slurry so a binder of the porous insulating layer does not block the pores of the electrode layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jae Hoon Choi, Sa Heum Kim, Dong Gun Kim
  • Patent number: 9209449
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery including an electrode assembly including a first electrode, a second electrode, and a separator between the first and second electrodes; a case housing the electrode assembly; a cap plate covering an opening of the case; an electrode terminal extending through the cap plate; a lead tab including a fuse part and connecting the electrode terminal and the electrode assembly; and an auxiliary discharge path between opposite sides of the fuse part and having a second electrical resistance value greater than a first electrical resistance value of the fuse part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignees: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Sang-Won Byun, Soo-Seok Choi, Jeong-Won Oh, Min-Yeol Han, Hae-Kwon Yoon
  • Patent number: 9196890
    Abstract: A battery module including a plurality of rechargeable batteries, and a connector for connecting a first terminal of one of the plurality of rechargeable batteries and including a first material to a second terminal of another one of the plurality of rechargeable batteries and including a second material, wherein the connector includes: a first portion connected to the first terminal and including the first material; and a second portion connected to the second terminal and including the second material, and a welded portion connecting the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignees: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Sung-Bae Kim, Yong-Sam Kim, Sang-Won Byun, Hyo-Seob Kim
  • Patent number: 9184451
    Abstract: A power supply apparatus has at least one modular reserve battery magazine with a plurality of compartments. A plurality of reserve battery modules may be respectively replaceably provided in corresponding ones of the plurality of compartments, each of the plurality of reserve battery modules being configured to provide power when a reserve battery provided therein is activated. Each reserve battery module of the plurality of reserve battery modules includes a sleeve and a reserve battery provided within the sleeve, the sleeve being configured to fit within one of the plurality of compartments in a predetermined orientation. Each sleeve may be detachably connectable within any compartment of the plurality of compartments and includes electrical connections so that each reserve battery module of the plurality of reserve battery modules is separately replaceable while the power supply apparatus remains remotely located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Eaglepicher Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Bennett, Greg Miller, Mike Parrot, Jim Ferraro, Greg Kirk, Dharmesh Bhakta, Donald S. Coonrod, Tyler Smith, Graham Schlanger, Amber Tucker, Adam Castillo, Jennifer Gaines, Kevin Havis, Michael Riemer, Michael Pappas, Thomas Vest, Michael Boyd, Kelvin Singleton, Derek Redd
  • Patent number: 9178196
    Abstract: A battery assembly having a plurality of battery modules capable of powering a traction motor of a vehicle. First and second end frames are provided on the battery modules. A plurality of battery cells is disposed between the first and second end frames. The first end frame of one of the battery modules has a first pocket. The second end frame of an adjacent battery module has a second pocket. The first and second pockets are aligned when the battery assembly is assembled to define a receptacle. A thermistor is disposed in the receptacle. The thermistor extends through the first pocket of the first end frame and at least partially into the second pocket of the second end frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Giriraj Srinivasan, Patrick Daniel Maguire, Kanchana Pentapati
  • Patent number: 9169140
    Abstract: Catalyst comprising graphitic carbon and methods of making thereof; said graphitic carbon comprising a metal species, a nitrogen-containing species and a sulfur containing species. A catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction for an alkaline fuel cell was prepared by heating a mixture of cyanamide, carbon black, and a salt selected from an iron sulfate salt and an iron acetate salt at a temperature of from about 700° C. to about 1100° C. under an inert atmosphere. Afterward, the mixture was treated with sulfuric acid at elevated temperature to remove acid soluble components, and the resultant mixture was heated again under an inert atmosphere at the same temperature as the first heat treatment step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Hoon Taek Chung, Piotr Zelenay
  • Patent number: 9172114
    Abstract: The present invention provides an energy storage device comprising a cathode region or other element. The device has a major active region comprising a plurality of first active regions spatially disposed within the cathode region. The major active region expands or contracts from a first volume to a second volume during a period of a charge and discharge. The device has a catholyte material spatially confined within a spatial region of the cathode region and spatially disposed within spatial regions not occupied by the first active regions. The device has a protective material formed overlying exposed regions of the cathode material to substantially maintain the sulfur species within the catholyte material. Also included is a novel dopant configuration of the LiaMPbSc (LMPS) [M=Si, Ge, and/or Sn] containing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: QuantumScape Corporation
    Inventors: Cheng Chieh Chao, Zhebo Chen, Tim Holme, Marie A. Mayer, Gilbert N. Riley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9166207
    Abstract: A secondary battery module includes a plurality of plate shaped secondary cells; and a casing that is formed with a plurality of grooves extending in its depth direction, with at least one of the secondary cells being housed in a space defined between neighboring grooves, wherein: the plurality of grooves each extends from a lower portion of the casing towards an upper portion of the casing; and the plurality of secondary cells are electrically connected together in a space defined above the grooves and internal to the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventor: Hidekazu Fujimura
  • Patent number: 9147898
    Abstract: The system (10) controls at least one of a pressure of the reactant streams (16A, 16B) within at least one of an anode flow field (28) and a cathode flow field (36), a flow rate of the reactant streams (16A, 16B) flowing through the anode and/or cathode flow fields (26, 28), a temperature of a coolant fluid passing through a sealed coolant flow field (44), and a flow rate of the coolant fluid; so that water (14) moves from a water reservoir (18A, 18B) into the reactant stream (16A, 16B) whenever power generated by the fuel cell (20) is between about 80% and about 100% of a maximum fuel cell power output, and so that water (14) moves from the reactant stream (16A, 16B) into the water reservoir (18A, 18B) whenever fuel cell power is less than about 75% of the maximum power output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Robert M. Darling
  • Patent number: 9142848
    Abstract: A fuel cell vehicle includes a fuel cell, a storage battery, a fuel-cell-output-controller, and a remaining-capacity-detector. An output of the fuel cell is supplied to a load. An output of the storage battery is supplied to the load. The fuel-cell-output-controller is configured to control the output of the fuel cell. The remaining-capacity-detector is configured to detect a current remaining capacity in the storage battery. The fuel-cell-output-controller is configured to determine and control a reference output value for the output of the fuel cell in accordance with a change in the current remaining capacity in the storage battery, and configured to increase the reference output value as an output of the load becomes higher referring to a state of the output of the load for a specific period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinsuke Shimoda
  • Patent number: 9142825
    Abstract: Provided are an electrode lead of a secondary battery where a protection layer for anti-corrosion is selectively formed at an electrode lead portion at the cell outside and a secondary battery including the same. Since a protection layer for anti-corrosion is selectively formed only on an electrode lead portion at the cell outside, the corrosion of the electrode lead may be prevented from an external environment and the resistance of a cell may be reduced simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Su Cho, Seung Don Choi, Ho Jin Jeon, Dae Sik Choi, Dae Hong Kwon, You Rim Yoon
  • Patent number: 9142830
    Abstract: A composite of silicon and tin is prepared as a negative electrode composition with increased lithium insertion capacity and durability for use with a metal current collector in cells of a lithium-ion battery. This electrode material is formed such that the silicon is present as a distinct amorphous phase in a matrix phase of crystalline tin. While the tin phase provides electron conductivity, both phases accommodate the insertion and extraction of lithium in the operation of the cell and both phases interact in minimizing mechanical damage to the material as the cell experiences repeated charge and discharge cycles. In general, roughly equal atomic proportions of the tin and silicon are used in forming the phase separated composite electrode material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Xingcheng Xiao, Anil K. Sachdev, Mark W. Verbrugge, Ping Liu, John S Wang
  • Patent number: 9136540
    Abstract: An oxygen reduction electrode, e.g., an air cathode, comprising manganese oxides having octahedral molecular sieve structures as active catalyst materials and use of such an electrode as a component of a metal-air cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: SPECTRUM BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Akshaya Kumar Padhi, Denis D. Carpenter, Jeffrey A. Poirier
  • Patent number: 9136539
    Abstract: The invention relates to a half-cell including an electrode formed of an electron collector containing one or more transition metals from groups 4 to 12 of the Period Table of the Elements, and of an electrochemically active material present on the surface of the electron collector in the form of a nanostructured conversion film containing nanoparticles having an average diameter of between 1 nm and 1000 nm. The electrochemically active material contains at least one compound of the transition metal or the transition metals present in the electron collector. The invention further includes a continuous film of a lithium-ion conductive, solid electrolyte that is water- and air-impermeable and that is deposited directly onto, covering totally, the surface of the nanostructured active material of the electrode. The continuous film of solid electrolyte having a thickness of between 1 ?m and 50 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Electricite de France
    Inventors: Stephane Lascaud, Philippe Stevens