Including Sealing Patents (Class 29/623.2)
  • Patent number: 10497982
    Abstract: In initial charge and discharge, decomposition products or a gas is generated, degrading a battery. At least one of solvents (e.g., ethylene carbonate) used for an electrolytic solution is brought into contact with a positive electrode and a negative electrode and then charge is performed to some degree, and after that, a different solvent or electrolytic solution (e.g., ethyl methyl carbonate or vinylene carbonate) was added to adjust the electrolytic solution and then charge is performed. Through this process, stable coating films are formed in initial charge and discharge, which stably inhibits a side reaction between the electrolytic solution and an active material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Teppei Oguni, Junya Goto, Ai Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10424816
    Abstract: A lithium-ion secondary battery (100) includes a wound electrode body (80), a nonaqueous electrolyte, and a box-shaped case (50). The wound electrode body includes a positive electrode (10), a negative electrode (20), and a separator (40). The box-shaped case contains the wound electrode body and the nonaqueous electrolyte. The wound electrode body includes a starting-end-side negative electrode remainder portion (22) provided in a winding-direction starting end portion (81) of the wound electrode body. The winding-direction starting end portion exists at a winding center side. The starting-end-side negative electrode remainder portion protrudes toward the winding center side along a winding direction beyond the positive electrode. A surplus nonaqueous electrolyte exists in a gap between the wound electrode body and the box-shaped case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yukiyoshi Ueno, Tomoyuki Mizuno, Kunimitsu Yamamoto, Junko Ohira, Kaoru Inoue, Hideaki Fujita, Hideki Sano
  • Patent number: 10418649
    Abstract: A fuel cell stack includes a plurality of cell modules each formed by stacking a plurality of fuel cells, each of the plurality of fuel cells having a membrane electrode assembly having an insulating member at an outer periphery portion thereof and paired separators sandwiching the membrane electrode assembly, and by attaching the insulating members of adjacent fuel cells together, and a seal plate interposed between the stacked cell modules. The seal plate includes a plurality of manifold holes from which two power-generation gases flow separately through the plurality of fuel cells, and a first seal member provided along a peripheral portion of each of the plurality of manifold holes to seal a corresponding one of the two power-generation gases flowing through the manifold hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Numao, Kazuhiro Kageyama
  • Patent number: 10403864
    Abstract: A battery including a power generating element, a first sealant, a first holding member holding the first sealant, and an outer case enclosing the power generating element, wherein the first sealant and the first holding member are enclosed in the outer case together with the power generating element, and the first holding member holds the first sealant by enclosing the first sealant in a state in which the first sealant is not in contact with the power generating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Izuru Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10388979
    Abstract: A method for assembling a fuel cell stack for a vehicle is provided wherein the method includes the steps of: (1) providing a batch of fuel cells having varying active area thicknesses among each fuel cell; (2) measuring an active area thickness for each fuel cell in the batch of fuel cells and sorting each fuel cell in the batch of fuel cells into one of a first group, a second group, and a third group based on the active area thickness for each fuel cell; (3) assembling a target number of fuel cells to a target height from at least one of the first, second and third groups onto a first end plate; and (4) affixing a second end plate to the target number of fuel cells and the first end plate thereby creating a fuel cell stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Xi Yang, Liang Xi, Jeffrey A Rock, Siguang Xu, Yeh-Hung Lai
  • Patent number: 10336490
    Abstract: A taping machine includes: a conveyor to convey the battery cell to a taping part and a finish processing part in this order; a tape supply part configured such that the insulation tape is wound therearound and is moved while being unwound in a direction corresponding to a moving direction of the conveyor; a taping part for attaching the insulation tape to the battery cell, the taping part being configured to cut the insulation tape positioned thereon into a length of 80% to 100% of the length of a to-be-insulated portion and temporality attach the cut insulation tape to the to-be-insulated portion; and a finish processing part for attaching the tape to the battery cell, the finish processing portion pressing the insulation tape in a state in which the battery is received from the taping part so that the insulation tape is attached to the entire to-be-insulated portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 10264372
    Abstract: Hearing devices configured to fit within the bony portion of the ear canal and batteries that may be used with same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Stuart Wenzel, Chuangang Lin, Paul Wagner, Igal Ladabaum
  • Patent number: 10224153
    Abstract: A hybrid energy storage device includes a positive pole formed by stacking a supercapacitor first electrode and a battery positive electrode, a negative pole formed by stacking a supercapacitor second electrode and a battery negative electrode, and a separator located between the positive pole and the negative pole. The supercapacitor second electrode, the battery negative electrode, the supercapacitor first electrode, the battery positive electrode, and the separator are planar structures. The supercapacitor first electrode, the supercapacitor second electrode, the battery positive electrode, the battery negative electrode, the separator and electrolyte are packaged in a shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yan-Li Yin, Chang-Hong Liu, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 10217971
    Abstract: A power storage unit or the like which has flexibility is achieved. An exterior body has projections and depressions. For example, part of the exterior body has projections and depressions in a wave cross-sectional shape. The shape of the projections and depressions is not limited to a shape with a curve and may be a shape with a straight line, such as a rectangle wave shape or a triangle wave shape. The projections and depressions allows the exterior body to be easily shrunk on the inner side of a bend portion and easily stretched on the outer side of the bend portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minoru Takahashi, Ryota Tajima
  • Patent number: 10218002
    Abstract: Disclosed is a positive electrode mix for secondary batteries including an irreversible additive. More particularly, provided is a positive electrode mix for secondary batteries including an irreversible additive that decreases irreversible efficiency of a positive electrode active material and a positive electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Bokkyu Choi, Seok Koo Kim, Eun Ju Lee, Sei Woon Oh, Je Young Kim
  • Patent number: 10186735
    Abstract: A battery cell is formed to efficiently use unoccupied space in an electronic device. The battery cell may be formed by disposing an electrically insulating material on at least a first surface of a circuit board having components to create an electrical barrier and disposing a battery cell on the electrically insulating material. In some embodiments, a portion of the battery cell is configured to be partially disposed between components of the circuit board components, thus utilizing previously unoccupied space in the electronic device to store energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew W. Keates, Naoki Matsumura
  • Patent number: 10177387
    Abstract: Provided is a bipolar battery current collector that includes a conductive resin layer formed in such a manner as to, when at least part of the conductive resin layer reaches a predetermined temperature, interrupts a flow of electric current through the at least part of the conductive resin layer in a vertical direction thereof. Also provided is a bipolar battery using the current collector. It is possible by the use of the current collector to suppress local heat generation in the bipolar battery and improve the durability of the bipolar battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuki Miyatake, Kenji Hosaka, Yoshio Shimoida, Hideaki Horie
  • Patent number: 10164285
    Abstract: A sub-assembly for an electrochemical stack, such as a PEM fuel cell stack, has a bipolar plate with sealing material extending from its upper face, around the edge of the bipolar plate, and onto its lower face. The bipolar plate is preferably a combination of an anode plate and a cathode plate defining an internal coolant flow field and bonded together by sealing material which also provides a seal around the coolant flow field. All of the sealing material in the sub-assembly may be one contiguous mass. To make the sub-assembly, anode and cathode plates are loaded into a mold. Liquid sealing material is injected into the mold and fills a gap between the edge of the plates, and portions of the outer faces of the plates, and the mold. In a stack, sub-assemblies are separated by MEAs which at least partially overlap the sealing material on their faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: HYDROGENICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: David Frank
  • Patent number: 10116014
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an electrochemical energy store, includes: a) providing a temperature control plate, the temperature control plate at least partially including a heat-conducting material, and at least one contact area of the temperature control plate being deformable or transferable into a deformable state with the aid of an energy input; b) if necessary, bringing at least one contact area of the temperature control plate into a deformable state with the aid of an energy input; c) applying at least one cell to at least one contact area; and d) setting at least the at least one contact area of the temperature control plate. Also described is an electrochemical energy store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Maximilan Oscar Bader, Dirk Schmiederer, Sven Robert Raisch, Carsten Tuechert
  • Patent number: 10096860
    Abstract: This invention provides a method of manufacturing a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary batteries which includes placing an electrode assembly in a hermetically sealable battery case, injecting a nonaqueous electrolyte into the battery case after the battery case has been set in a pressure-reduced state, and sealing the battery case under atmospheric pressure conditions. Sealing of the battery case is carried out before a given amount of the injected electrolyte completely impregnates the interior of the electrode assembly. As a result, the remaining nonaqueous electrolyte impregnates the interior of the electrode assembly after sealing, thereby making the pressure of voids within the battery case lower than atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomohiko Ishida
  • Patent number: 10094242
    Abstract: A method of remanufacturing a liner panel for a gas turbine engine includes removing a bushing from a damaged component; and molding the bushing with a material charge. A liner panel for a gas turbine engine includes a forward fan exit case liner panel with a donor bushing from a damaged forward fan exit case liner panel. A liner panel for a gas turbine engine includes a forward fan exit case liner panel molded from a material charge that includes a multiple of layers. At least one of the multiple of layer includes a discontinuity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Brian K. Holland, Michael A. Morden, Brandon A. Gates, William Bogue
  • Patent number: 10069118
    Abstract: A sealing body of a battery includes a positive electrode cap, a safety valve electrically connected to the positive electrode cap, a plurality of protrusions that are disposed annularly and intermittently on the outer peripheral side of a conductive contact part of the safety valve and that are each formed so as to be inclined toward the center of the sealing body, and an insulating member that covers at least top parts of the plurality of protrusions, side surfaces thereof on the center side, and a surface of the safety valve on the center side, that is fitted to the center side of the plurality of protrusions, whose vertical sectional shape is bent in a Z-shape. A terminal plate is fitted and fixed to the center side of the insulating member and is connected by welding to the conductive contact portion through a central opening of the insulating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Yamato, Shuichi Yamashita, Yuma Yamaguchi, Takahiro Fukuoka
  • Patent number: 10044047
    Abstract: A method for producing an electrode-membrane-frame assembly according to the present invention includes arranging a previously molded first molded body on a circumferential region of first catalyst layer close to first gas diffusion layer, arranging a previously molded second molded body on a circumferential region of second catalyst layer close to second gas diffusion layer, and forming a third molded body by injection molding so as to integrally connect the first molded body and the second molded body and not to be directly in contact with an inner side region of second main surface of a polymer electrolyte membrane positioned on an inner side of an outer edge part of the second molded body when viewed from a thickness direction of the polymer electrolyte membrane, whereby a frame having the first, second, and the third molded body is formed. Thus, the polymer electrolyte membrane can be prevented from deteriorating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Yamauchi, Yoichiro Tsuji, Atusi Murata, Takashi Morimoto, Toshihiro Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10033064
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the production of wound elements. The method comprising: providing a plurality of first electrical web elements; disposing at least one of the first electrical web elements upon a conveying element, wherein a first or second face of the disposed first electrical web elements is disposed in a face to face relationship with the conveying element; providing a plurality of second electrical web elements; disposing at least one of the second electrical web elements upon the conveying element at a predetermined spacing from the disposed first electrical web elements and in a face to face relationship with the conveying element, wherein the predetermined spacing is at least as long as the length of the first electrical web element; and disposing an electrically insulating separator web element in a face to face relationship with the disposed electrical web elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: DURACELL U.S. OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Edward Taylor, Stoyan Lokar
  • Patent number: 9991547
    Abstract: Machine for obtaining cells for electric storage batteries, comprising an apparatus for feeding two continuous strips of dielectric material, a first and a second apparatus for distributing first electrodes of the same polarity and a third apparatus for distributing between the two strips second electrodes with opposite polarity with respect to the first electrodes. The machine further includes a folding head which receives, from the feeding apparatus, the two strips with the second electrode interposed, and is movable between a first position in which it receives a first electrode from the first distribution apparatus, and a second position (B), in which it receives a first electrode from the second distribution apparatus, in order to form a stack of composite layers alternated with the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SOVEMA GROUPS S.P.A.
    Inventors: Pier Giuseppe Bernini, Stefano Pol
  • Patent number: 9941540
    Abstract: This relates to a sinterable composite electrolyte compound, a sintered composite electrolyte, a method for manufacturing a sintered composite electrolyte and the use of the sintered composite electrolyte in a fuel cell, preferably a solid oxide fuel cell, an exhaust gas probe or a high-temperature gas sensor, and a fuel cell, preferably a solid oxide fuel cell, exhaust gas probe or high-temperature gas sensor containing the sintered composite electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
    Inventor: Christian Ecke
  • Patent number: 9929434
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a solid electrolyte secondary battery includes a positive electrode containing an active material, a negative electrode containing an active material, and a solid electrolyte layer. The solid electrolyte layer includes a lithium-ion conductive sulfide containing at least one element selected from a group consisting of Al, Si, Fe, Ni, and Zr, the total content of the element in the lithium-ion conductive sulfide is 0.03% by mass or more and 0.3% by mass or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Keigo Hoshina, Hiroki Inagaki, Norio Takami
  • Patent number: 9887394
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery including an electrode assembly including a first electrode and a second electrode; electrode terminals electrically coupled to the electrode assembly; a case in which the electrode assembly is placed; a cap plate in an opening of the case to seal the case, the cap plate including a vent hole; and a fluorescent coating between the cap plate and the opening of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae-Ho Kwon, Tae-Hyun Hwang
  • Patent number: 9871243
    Abstract: Immobilization tapes include first immobilization tapes disposed across an electrode assembly upper edge, second immobilization tapes disposed across the electrode assembly lower edge, and third immobilization tapes disposed across the electrode assembly side edges. The first immobilization tapes are disposed on the outer sides of two protrusion positions from a positive electrode tab and a negative electrode tab within the electrode assembly upper edge. One pair or more each of the first, second and third immobilization tapes are disposed over the electrode assembly. In the length direction of the electrode assembly upper edge, each of the first, second and third immobilization tape pairs is disposed symmetrically, centered around a central line extending in the top-down direction from the midpoint of the electrode assembly upper edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Atsushi Minagata, Motoaki Okuda
  • Patent number: 9847522
    Abstract: A connecting pole for a rechargeable battery is disclosed. The connecting pole (1) has a connecting section (2) in which a pole terminal can be attached to the connecting pole (1). The connecting pole (1) has an attachment section (3) in which the connecting pole (1) can be attached in a housing part (5) of the battery. The attachment section (3) has a labyrinth section (4). The outer wall (6) of the connecting pole (1) has at least one circumferential projection (7, 8) in the labyrinth section (4). The circumference of outer wall (6) of the connecting pole (1) increases in the direction pointing away from the connecting section (2) in a section of the labyrinth section (4) which is not provided with a circumferential projection (7, 8). Also disclosed is a rechargeable battery housing or a part of said rechargeable battery housing having at least one connecting pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Autobatterie GmbH & Co. KGAA
    Inventors: Peter Streuer, Anne-Laure Ledoux
  • Patent number: 9847547
    Abstract: Provided is a method of manufacturing a secondary battery, in which scattering of an electrolyte is prevented while a degassing process is performed to prevent a product from being contaminated due to the scattering of the electrolyte. The method of manufacturing the secondary battery includes performing a formation process on a battery cell including a dead space to generate a gas within the battery cell, closing a piercing tool of a gas removing device to form a through hole in the dead space, thereby discharging the gas within the battery cell through the piercing tool, closing a sealing tool of the gas removing device after the gas is discharged to thermally bond an inner portion of the dead space that is adjacent to an electrode assembly within the battery cell, opening the piercing tool in the state where the sealing tool is closed, and opening the sealing tool after the piercing tool is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Jeoung Hwan Kim, Jung Kyu Woo, Min Su Kim
  • Patent number: 9809099
    Abstract: A fuel cell vehicle which a fuel cell stack is mounted on comprises a stack case that is configured to place the fuel cell stack therein; mounts that are configured to fix the stack case to a vehicle body; ribs, each being provided to be extended from a position adjacent to the mount across an upper surface of the stack case; and a damping member that is provided between adjacent ribs on the upper surface of the stack case. The damping member is a material formed by applying an aluminum sheet on butyl rubber. This configuration reduces the noise and damps the vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Michitaro Itoga
  • Patent number: 9748550
    Abstract: An electrode assembly and a secondary battery having the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, the electrode assembly includes a separator interposed between first and second electrode plates and a first electrode tab electrically connected to the first electrode plate; a second electrode tab electrically connected to the second electrode plate. The electrode assembly may further include an auxiliary tab electrically connected to at least one of the first and second electrode plates, wherein the auxiliary tab is positioned between the first and second electrode tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chanseok Kim
  • Patent number: 9741977
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery includes: an electrode assembly including first electrodes; separators; and second electrodes, wherein the first electrodes, separators, and second electrodes are laminated together and are fixed by a fixing portion at one side; a case, which is flexible, accommodating the electrode assembly, and pressure-adjusted after sealing; a marginal region between a free end of the electrode assembly and an inside surface of the case; and a spacing portion at the marginal region midway along the case, the spacing portion having a space that is narrower than a case thickness, the spacing portion accommodating changes in a length of the free end of the electrode assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeong-Doo Yi, Jun-Won Suh, Ju-Hee Sohn, Hyun-Hwa Song, Ju-Hyeong Han, Seok-Hun Hong
  • Patent number: 9722258
    Abstract: A direct welding process for joining a current collector to a terminal pin in the construction of electrochemical cells is described. The resistance welding process utilizes increased current combined with an applied force to bond dissimilar metals with a melting temperature differential of preferably more than 500° C. Preferably, the method is used to bond the terminal pin to the cathode current collector. This method of attachment is suitable for either primary or secondary cells, particularly those powering implantable biomedical devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiangyang Dai
  • Patent number: 9685643
    Abstract: An electric storage device includes an electrode assembly, a case housing the electrode assembly, a plastic member arranged at an outer surface of the case and including a joining surface facing the outer surface of the case, an external terminal supported by the plastic member and electrically connected to the electrode assembly, a sealing member arranged at the outer surface of the case, the sealing member including a joining surface facing the outer surface of the case, and an auxiliary terminal supported by the sealing member, the auxiliary terminal extending from inside to outside the case, being electrically connected to the electrode assembly, and being electrically connected to the external terminal. The plastic member includes a material having a hardness greater than a hardness of the sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Okamoto, Shinsuke Yoshitake, Jun Nakamura, Masakazu Tsutsumi, Nobuyuki Naganawa
  • Patent number: 9627679
    Abstract: Provided is a technique for suppressing welding faults caused in sealing a case of a sealed battery by laser welding. A step for manufacturing a sealed battery having a case sealed by a sealing plug and a sealing plate, which includes a sealing step for fitting the sealing plug into a pouring hole formed in a recess of a lid portion and inserting the sealing plate into the recess, and a welding step for joining the sealing plate to the recess by laser welding. In the sealing step, a heat-insulating member is provided in a minute space defined by the recess, the sealing plug and the sealing plate so as to block at least a part of the boundary portion between the sealing plate and the recess. In the welding step, welding is completed at a position where the heat-insulating member is present in the boundary portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junta Takasu, Takashi Harayama, Kazuyuki Kusama
  • Patent number: 9601785
    Abstract: An oxidant gas conduit communicating with both an oxidant gas inlet communication hole and an oxidant gas outlet communication hole is formed in a surface of a cathode-side metallic separator which forms a fuel cell. Continuous linear guide ridges which protrude from intermediate height sections to the oxidant gas conduit side and form continuous guide conduits are provided on the cathode-side metallic separator. The linear guide ridges are continuously connected to ends of rectilinear conduit ridges which form rectilinear conduits, are provided with bend portions, and are set to lengths which are different from each other in a step-like manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiji Sugiura, Shuji Sato, Takahiro Takai, Yasuhiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9601732
    Abstract: A battery module is provided. The battery module includes a plurality of battery cell assemblies configured to electrically communicate with each other. Each battery cell assembly has an electrode stack enclosed by a case. The electrode stack is positioned in the case to form one or more peripheral spaces between the electrode stack and the case. Support members are positioned adjacent to each of the battery cell assemblies to contact a desired portion of the electrode stack. The support members are configured to focus a compressive force on a desired portion of the electrode stack. The compressive force urges gases formed during operation of the electrode stack into the peripheral spaces within the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yue Qi, John Moote, Qian Lin, Stephen J. Harris
  • Patent number: 9590280
    Abstract: A battery pack includes a plurality of bare cells electrically connected to one another and a housing that accommodates the bare cells therein. The housing includes a frame portion and a pair of side portions respectively connected to one end and the other end of the frame portion. The housing includes a guide portion to guide a flow of fluid, the guide portion being located where the one end of the frame portion and one side portion of the pair of side portions are adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Myung-Chul Kim
  • Patent number: 9577225
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a square battery includes: a first process in which an outer terminal and an outer side resin member that separates the outer terminal and an outer surface of a lid body are assembled to the lid body; a second process in which a laser beam is irradiated from the outer surface side of the lid body to weld the lid body to the case body by laser after the first process; and a third process in which the outer side resin member is expanded after the second process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keiichiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9562609
    Abstract: The invention provides a plate-integrated gasket which can reduce a width necessary for installing seal members provided in a plurality of plates which are laminated on each other, and can achieve an improvement of productivity. In order to achieve this purpose, in the plate-integrated gasket, one plate and the other plate are laminated on each other, an outer peripheral surface of the one plate is fitted or loosely fitted to a stepped surface which is formed in the other plate, and a seal member made of an elastic material having a rubber-like elasticity is integrally formed astride both of the one plate and the other plate, and has a fixed portion filled in a seal fixing groove which is formed between the one plate and the other plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: NOK Corporation
    Inventors: Toshihiro Shimazoe, Shigeru Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9379397
    Abstract: An air battery having a main body including a container package member, an electrolytic solution contained in the container package member, a cathode having a cathode catalyst that is in contact with the electrolytic solution, and an anode that is in contact with the electrolytic solution; a tank storing the electrolytic solution; a pump circulating the electrolytic solution between the main body and the tank; an oxygen intake incorporating oxygen into the electrolytic solution in the way of circulation of the electrolytic solution; and a pipe arrangement connecting the tank, the pump, the oxygen intake and the main body so that the electrolytic solution circulates in the order thus named, wherein the oxygen intake has an oxygen selective permeable membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Takitaro Yamaguchi, Takashi Sanada
  • Patent number: 9373875
    Abstract: A storage element for a solid electrolyte energy store and a method of producing a storage element are provided. The storage element has a three-dimensional grid structure made of a material that comprises an electron-conducting redox pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Carsten Schuh, Thomas Soller
  • Patent number: 9343716
    Abstract: Flexible battery packs for use in electronic devices are disclosed. In one embodiment of the present disclosure, the flexible battery pack may include a plurality of cells, such as galvanic or photovoltaic cells. The battery pack also may include a plurality of laminate layers coupled to the cells that include a top laminate layer and a bottom laminate layer. An adhesive may be used to couple the top and bottom laminate layers together such that each of the plurality of cells is isolated from each other. This arrangement may allow the battery to be shaped to fit a form factor of the electronic device. This arrangement also may allow one or more of the cells to be selectively removed from the plurality, which may be desirable from a manufacturing perspective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Fletcher Rothkopf, David A. Pakula, Daniel W. Jarvis, John Raff, Jeremy C. Franklin
  • Patent number: 9337463
    Abstract: A separator for an electrode plate of a plate-shaped electrode of a battery, particularly a lead-acid battery, comprising a separator pocket providing a receiving space for said electrode plate and including two separator sheets bearing on each other, which are welded to each other along their respective longitudinal sides and upper front sides, the welding seam interconnecting said upper front sides presenting an interruption, which forms a recess for a current-collecting lug disposed on the upper outer edge of the electrode plate to pass through, said welding seam, for forming a degasification opening, being interrupted in a rim portion adjacent to a longitudinal side, a second welding seam spaced from said welding seam being provided which is positioned directly vis-à-vis the degasification opening of the first welding seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Hoppecke Batterien GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Heinrich Kesper
  • Patent number: 9142352
    Abstract: An electrolytic capacitor capable of operating at 75 g or greater is provided having a case with a base and a lid, with a wound capacitor element positioned on its side, lengthwise along the bottom of the base and with the underside of the lid pressed against the length of the capacitor element, to frictionally engage the capacitor element. The case is provided with inwardly projecting surfaces, including a bulkhead at one end of the capacitor element and ridges on the lid, which function as barriers to restrict movement of the capacitor element within the case. A compartment is created at one end of the case, to allow space for terminals, which are embedded in a non-conductive support matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Cornell-Dubilier Marketing, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick William Lark, William Ray Gilstrap
  • Patent number: 9136557
    Abstract: A semi-automatic method for making a Li-ion electrochemical accumulator according to which a continuous electrolytic separator strip is automatically wound on two-sided electrodes manually and alternately stacked according to their polarity. By the method, it is not necessary to assemble or manually cut out each electrolytic separator inserted between two adjacent electrodes in the stack and of opposite polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Commissariat á l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives
    Inventor: Michael Bouvier
  • Patent number: 9130224
    Abstract: A battery pack and a method of manufacturing the battery pack. An embodiment of a battery pack includes: a bare cell including an electrode assembly, a can containing the electrode assembly and having an opening at an end thereof for receiving the electrode assembly, and a cap plate sealing the opening; a protection circuit module for protecting the bare cell during charging; and a lead plate press-fit coupled to the cap plate and electrically connecting the bare cell to the protection circuit module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seongjoon Lee, Youngho Kim
  • Publication number: 20150146840
    Abstract: The sodium-resistant joining glass (1) is substantially free of ZrO2 and is based on a SiO2—B2O3—Na2O—Al2O3 glass system. It is suitable for producing a joint of a metal and/or ceramic component with a further joining component (2, 3, 4) using the joining glass (1). Feedthrough-devices (20) using the joining glass (1) as fixing material are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Jens Suffner
  • Publication number: 20150135522
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a battery pack comprises a compressing step of stacking a plurality of flat secondary batteries, compressing and fixing in a pressed state of the flat secondary batteries constituting the battery staked member by applying a predetermined pressure in the stacking direction. Further, in the pressed shaping step, a pressing pressure of pressing the spiral electrode assembly is set, such that it is possible to insert the pressed electrode assembly into the outer can, and such that it is possible that the electrode assembly is swollen until the electrode assembly presses against the inner surface of the outer can when the electrode assemblies are swollen by the electrolyte injected into the outer can in the electrolyte injection step, and in the compressing step, the swollen electrode assemblies are pressed through the outer cans by pressing the outer cans of the flat secondary batteries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Seto, Eiji Okutani, Kazuhiro Fujii
  • Publication number: 20150140418
    Abstract: A monoblock battery assembly including an electrode assembly having at least one positive electrode, at least one negative electrode, one or more insulative sheets between the at least one positive electrode and the at least one negative electrode, and an outermost insulative layer which substantially encases the at least one positive electrode, the at least one negative electrode, and the one or more insulative sheets. A housing having a cavity for receiving the electrode assembly is provided and a cover is sealingly attached to the housing. A bussing is electrically connected to the at least one positive electrode and the at least one negative electrode of the electrode assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: SAFT GROUPE SA
    Inventors: Michael C. Duffield, Matthew C. BLOSS, Bjorn MARLID
  • Patent number: 9028997
    Abstract: The present application provides for ceramic collars and metal rings for active brazing in sodium-based thermal batteries. The ceramic collar may be an alpha-alumina collar configured for active brazing, and thereby sealing, to outer and inner Ni rings for use in NaMx cells. The portions of the alpha-alumina collar active brazed to the outer and inner Ni rings may be outwardly facing and include inwardly extending recesses. The portions of the outer and inner Ni rings active brazed to the outwardly facing portions of the collar may be inwardly facing. The alpha-alumina collar may include a greater coefficient of thermal expansion than each of the outer and inner Ni rings, and the alpha-alumina collar and outer and inner Ni rings may be configured such that a portion of the outer and inner Ni rings is deformed into the inwardly extending recesses of the alpha-alumina collar after active brazing thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Colan Moscinski, Reza Sarrafi-Nour, Badri Narayan Ramamurthi, Mohandas Nayak, Darren Michael Stohr, Sundeep Kumar, Mohamed Rahmane, Arunabh Basak, Raghavendra Rao Adharapurapu
  • Patent number: 9028566
    Abstract: A mechanism for transferring a flexible sheet material (202) from a first substrate (203) to a second substrate (204) is disclosed, the mechanism having a head rotatable and translatable relative to the first and second substrates, the head (201) comprising a cylindrical curved portion (205) having an outer face (207) across which are provided openings (206) configured to apply air pressure to sheet material (202) contacting the outer surface (207) such that the head (201) is adapted to transfer the sheet material (202) from the first substrate (203) to the second substrate (204) by a combination of rotation and translation of the head (201).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Intelligent Energy Limited
    Inventor: Peter David Hood
  • Patent number: 9027242
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an electrical device comprises the steps of providing a substrate, providing an electrical component on the substrate, providing a first electrical contact on the substrate that is electrically connected to the electrical component, and providing an electrochemical cell on or integrating the substrate for providing electrical energy to said electrical component. The electrochemical cell comprises at least one electrochemical layer comprising a cured or dried ink and a first electrode contact electrically connected to said at least one electrochemical layer. The method further includes the step of securing the electrochemical cell to the substrate through an electrically conductive connection that provides both a structural connection and an electrical connection between the first electrical contact and the first electrode contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Blue Spark Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary R. Tucholski