Means To Identify Cell Or Battery Type Patents (Class 320/106)
  • Patent number: 10566813
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method for controlling an operation of a battery on the basis of the state thereof, and an electronic device for supporting the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nam-Min Jo, Kyungmin Ryu, Sean Kwon, Taewoo Kim, Kyungdon Nam, Jinyeol Park, Chang-Hee Yoo, Gyudae Jang, Jung-Bae Jeon, Myoung-Dae Jin, Hyung-Geun Choi
  • Patent number: 10549644
    Abstract: A server that receives an instruction related to timer charging in a vehicle from a user includes a communication device and a controller. The instruction from the user includes first data needed for determining a time schedule and second data indicating which one of alternating current charging and direct current charging is performed. The controller is configured to control the communication device to transmit the first data to the vehicle when the second data indicates the alternating current charging, and control the communication device to transmit the first data to a direct current electric power supply facility when the second data indicates the direct current charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichi Kojima
  • Patent number: 10547202
    Abstract: A power supplying system that includes a power supplying mechanism, an electric load, a power line, and a storage pack. The power supplying mechanism supplies a DC power. The electric load is connected to the power supplying mechanism by the power line. The storage pack is connected to the power line. The charging/discharging curve of the storage pack has a step difference that passes through the rated voltage of the power supplying mechanism. An average discharging voltage on a lower-SOC side of the start point of the step difference is ?20% or more of the rated voltage. An average charging voltage on a higher-SOC side of the end point of the step difference is +20% or less of the rated voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Kawai, Gaku Kamitani, Masahiro Otsuka, Ryoji Yamato
  • Patent number: 10530167
    Abstract: A portable communication device, according to various embodiments of the present disclosure, may include: a battery pack; a power dissipation element disposed outside the battery pack; a detecting circuit configured to detect the state of the battery pack; and at least one of first switches that are connected to the battery pack and the detecting circuit, wherein the detecting circuit is configured to control at least one of the first switches to: electrically disconnect the power dissipation element from the battery pack when the state of the battery pack does not satisfy a specified condition; and electrically connect the power dissipation element to the battery pack when the state of the battery pack satisfies the specified condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong-Seung Yi, Du-Hyun Kim, Hyun-Seok Kim, Ho-Yeong Lim, Byeng-Sang Jung
  • Patent number: 10522878
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating a battery system (EB), preferably a lithium-ion battery system, containing at least one battery device, wherein in the case that a safe state of the at least one battery device is brought about from an irregular operating state of the at least one battery device, a current state of the at least one battery device is continuously checked and evaluated by means of at least one component (CSC) of the battery system and the bringing about of the safe state is performed in dependence on the current state of the at least one battery device or an environmental state of the at least one battery device, wherein in particular after the safe state of the at least one battery device has been brought about, hazard information is transmitted to a battery management system (BMS) by means of the at least one component (CSC) of the battery system (EB), wherein the hazard information in particular is hazard information about the current state of the at least one battery device an
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Joerg Wolff, Holger Fink, Hans Partes
  • Patent number: 10516275
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery pack including at least one interface for establishing a mechanical and/or electrical connection of the rechargeable battery pack to a hand-held power tool and/or a charging device. The interface includes contact elements for the electrical and/or mechanical contacting of corresponding contact elements on the hand-held power tool and/or corresponding contact elements on the charging device, at least one contact element being a signal contact element electrically connected to a coding element. The rechargeable battery pack also includes a rechargeable battery pack electronics system configured for providing information regarding the rechargeable battery pack via the signal contact element, and storing at least in part in the coding element, and a microcontroller connected to the rechargeable battery pack electronics system in such a way that the microcontroller detects when information is called up at the signal contact element by a hand-held power tool and/or by a charging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Klee, Mickael Segret
  • Patent number: 10513192
    Abstract: A method for recharging an electric vehicle includes receiving, by a control module and from the vehicle in transit along a route having a number of stops for passenger pickup, a current charge level and a current location. The stops include recharging stations for recharging the vehicle. The method includes receiving from a next stop, an anticipated stop time at the next stop for the vehicle. The method includes determining a power output to be supplied to the vehicle by a recharging station at the next stop based on the current charge level. The power output comprises an amount of power to be supplied at the next stop, the amount of power for satisfying a minimum amount of charge to enable the vehicle to arrive at a subsequent stop after the next stop. The method includes transmitting, to the recharging station at the next stop, the power output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Howard N. Anglin, Irgelkha Mejia, Nicholas J. Ruegger, Yvonne M. Young
  • Patent number: 10507735
    Abstract: A power supply system includes first and second energy storages, a power transmission circuit, and circuitry. The circuitry configured to control the power transmission circuit to supply power from at least one of the first energy storage and the second energy storage to an electric load when a first remaining capacity value is larger than a first threshold value. The circuitry configured to control the power transmission circuit to supply power from the first energy storage or both of the first energy storage and the second energy storage to the electric load when the first remaining capacity value is smaller than the first threshold value. The circuitry configured to control the power transmission circuit to stop supplying power from the first energy storage to the electric load when the first remaining capacity value is smaller than a second threshold value which is smaller than the first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Oguma, Daijiro Takizawa, Ryota Unno
  • Patent number: 10483770
    Abstract: The systems and methods disclosed herein are directed to a vehicle charging station having at least one energy storage unit in a degraded state. The station may provide power using the energy storage unit to an electric or hybrid vehicle. In an illustrative embodiment, power from the station is provided to the vehicle from the energy storage unit, power grid or a combination thereof. Logic or processes for providing power to the energy storage unit for the charging station may depend on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, capacity of the energy storage units, number of units, information about an incoming vehicle to charge, etc. After charging, the energy storage unit in its degraded state may be used for fast charging the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: David Wong Cun
  • Patent number: 10476113
    Abstract: A storage battery pack includes: a secondary battery; and a circuit that includes a power consumer which consumes power of the secondary battery, and that causes the power consumer to consume a remaining power of the secondary battery until a voltage of the secondary battery reaches a voltage lower than a discharge cutoff voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoichi Toya, Kazuya Ohshima
  • Patent number: 10473012
    Abstract: A battery management system for determining a lease rate for a rechargeable battery includes the rechargeable battery in communication with a database, a current sensor, a voltage sensor, a timer, a controller, and a memory in communication with the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Clean Train Propulsion
    Inventor: David Cook
  • Patent number: 10468891
    Abstract: A charger for a vacuum cleaner and a fast charging controlling method thereof are provided. The charger includes: a plurality of first charging interfaces; a rectifying device configured to rectify an alternating current to output a direct current; a plurality of charging controlling devices each connected between an output end of the rectifying device and a first charging interface correspondingly; and a main controlling device configured to communicate with each of the first charging interfaces respectively to identify whether any first charging interface is connected with a device to be charged acquire a parameter of the device to be charged if identifying that a first charging interface is connected with the device to be charged, and perform charging control on the device to be charged through a charging controlling device corresponding to the first charging interface according to the parameter of the device to be charged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Dekang Wan
  • Patent number: 10436849
    Abstract: A system and method estimates the state of charge of a battery comprising at least two modules each provided with at least one cell. A sensor senses a series current flowing through all cells of the modules connected in series. A switching device selectively disconnects one of the modules, the other modules remaining connected in series. A calculator calculates the state of charge of the cells through which the series current flows from the integration of the series current and calculates the state of charge of each of the cells of the disconnected module from an open circuit voltage thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Ana-Lucia Driemeyer-Franco, Marc Lucea, Antoine Saint-Marcoux, Anh-Linh Bui-Van, Pierre Perichon
  • Patent number: 10439406
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and an apparatus for charging and a terminal. In the present disclosure, remaining electric quantities in the two batteries may be acquired. A trickle-current charging and a constant-current charging may be performed on a first battery of the two batteries in sequence when the remaining electric quantities in the two batteries are less than a preset value. It may be stopped to charge the first battery and the trickle-current charging and the constant-current charging may be performed on a second battery of the two batteries in sequence when a charging state of the first battery is changed from the constant-current charging to a constant-voltage charging. The constant-voltage charging may be performed on the two batteries simultaneously when the constant-current charging for the second battery finishes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Qiang Zhang, Fanhong Kong, Fuchun Liao
  • Patent number: 10431995
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a power supply unit that supplies power received from an external apparatus to the electronic device, a first authentication unit that performs an authentication process for the external apparatus with power supplied from the power supply unit, a second authentication unit that performs an authentication process for a battery with power supplied from the power supply unit when authentication by the first authentication unit has succeeded, and a charging unit that initiates charging the battery with power supplied by the power supply unit when authentication by the second authentication unit has succeeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Moritomo
  • Patent number: 10432010
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a secondary battery that stores power for operation, a power receiver that receives power wirelessly from a power supply device, a decision unit that decides whether or not to allow charging with the power received wirelessly, and a charging unit that charges the secondary battery with the received power if charging with the power received wirelessly is allowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Nemoto, Masahiro Sato, Tsutomu Kimura, Akihito Yamauchi, Kengo Tokuchi
  • Patent number: 10430174
    Abstract: In a terminal device and a method for controlling charging, a first processor controls an adapter to charge terminal device when the terminal device is connected to the adapter. The method includes receiving trigger information by the first processor; turning on a first communication interface according to the trigger information by the first processor; acquiring a firmware update file of the firmware from a server by a second processor; transmitting the firmware update file to the first processor via the first communication interface by the second processor; and updating the firmware according to the firmware update file by the first processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Chen Tian, Jialiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10421364
    Abstract: A vehicle, in particular an electric vehicle or a hybrid vehicle, having a charging apparatus for charging a vehicle-integrated energy storage cell by means of an external voltage source, wherein the charging apparatus has a charge pump for setting a voltage ratio between an input voltage and an output voltage, wherein the charge pump provides at east two discrete voltage ratios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Kristof, Dirk Herke
  • Patent number: 10409237
    Abstract: A method and a device automatically manage mobile devices (1) with a storage device (10) with plural mobile device storage stations (12) and a mobile device maintenance station (14). A detection device (16, 18) detects the release and/or a return of a mobile device. A controller (30) is configured to determine a group of mobile devices (1) as a function of a ratio of at least one maintenance parameter of the particular mobile devices (1) to a corresponding maintenance threshold value, to select one of the mobile devices (1) from the group as a release device, to release the selected release device, and/or to receive the return device into the at least one maintenance station (14) or into one of the at least two storage stations (12) as a function of a ratio of at least one maintenance parameter of the return device to a corresponding maintenance threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Jan Hegewald, Thielo Hammer
  • Patent number: 10411491
    Abstract: A charging method for an electronic device comprising a battery for supplying power, the method comprises obtaining an allowable charging time and a remaining electricity information of the battery when the electronic device connects to a charger; determining a charging procedure according to the allowable charging time and the remaining electricity information; and performing the charging procedure to charge the battery with the charger; wherein the allowable charging time is a period of time that the electronic device is capable of being charged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chen-Yi Liang, Yao-Tsung Chang
  • Patent number: 10403939
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for identifying battery pack types and by inference battery chemistries by measuring a transient response of the battery pack to signal applied to the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: DURACELL U.S. OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Elik Dvorkin, Tanmay P. Gajjar
  • Patent number: 10398630
    Abstract: An appliance (1) for enteral nutrition by means of a probe of the type comprising a tubular element of elongated shape and substantially flexible which defines a feeding channel open at the extremities for the introduction of nutritional substances in the stomach of a patient and which comprises at least a first inflatable balloon for detecting the pressure inside the esophagus of a patient, the tubular element comprising at least a first inlet/outlet mouth for the air in/from the first balloon, the appliance (1) further comprising: at least a pneumatic circuit (3) having pumping means (4) associable at least with the first inlet/outlet mouth for inflating/deflating the first balloon; processing means (8) comprising: detection means which can be connected to the first balloon to detect the patient's oesophageal pressure (pes); reading means of the pressure of the respiratory tract (paw) which can be connected to an external detection device; calculation means operatively connected to the detection means a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SIDAM S.r.l.
    Inventors: Graziano Azzolini, Francesco Mojoli, Andrea Tromba
  • Patent number: 10399447
    Abstract: A control method for a swappable battery pack set of electric vehicles (EVs), wherein each of the EVs has a main battery pack set and at least a swappable battery pack set simultaneously. The control method includes the following process of uninstalling the swappable battery pack set from a first EV, before charging the swappable battery pack set; executing a charge unlocking process, before charging the swappable battery pack set; executing a charge locking process, after charging the swappable battery pack set; and installing the swappable battery pack set to a second EV after executing the charge locking process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Chih-Chan Ger
  • Patent number: 10396587
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes integrating a charging pad into a powered device having a power supply, where the powered device is at least one of a monitor and a keyboard. The method includes configuring the charging pad to receive a first chargeable device in a charging position relative to the charging pad. The method further includes configuring the charging pad to deliver an electrical charge from the power supply to the first chargeable device when the chargeable device is in the charging position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eli M. Dow, Thomas D. Fitzsimmons, James P. Gilchrist, Galina Gorelik, Frank R. LeFevre, Jr., Steven K. Schmidt, Charles J. Stocker, IV
  • Patent number: 10387193
    Abstract: A method for identifying an application causing a temperature rise of a terminal, and a terminal are provided. The method includes: obtaining a value range of temperature of a current component of the terminal during operation of a current application; calculating a ratio of a difference between the value range and a normal value range of the temperature of the current component when the terminal is in an idle state in the environment to the normal value range; and if the ratio is greater than a preset threshold, determining that the current application is the application causing the temperature rise of the terminal. The method accurately identifies the APP causing the temperature rise, so that the user may be reminded to process the APP when the APP causing the temperature rise of the terminal is determined, so as to reduce the effect on the terminal of the APP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING KINGSOFT INTERNET SECURITY SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haiying Yang, Jialin Xiong, Kangzong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10367361
    Abstract: An information displaying method is provided. A monitor of a display device is caused to display, for each of a plurality of devices, first information and second information. The first information indicates a device of the plurality of devices. The second information indicates a state of charge of a battery pack in the device. The first information and the second information are displayed in association with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoichi Toya, Kazuki Funase
  • Patent number: 10367373
    Abstract: A mobile cart has a battery assembly, which includes an on-board charger for selectively recharging one or more batteries to ensure constant operation of the powered equipment provided on the cart. The battery assembly possesses a removable battery configuration and is operated by a Battery Control System (BCS). The BCS is an intelligent control system for removable batteries and battery cell packs to provide an improved system of charging and discharging the individual batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Scott-Clark, L.P.
    Inventor: James S Boyd
  • Patent number: 10360519
    Abstract: A planning method of EV fast charging stations on the expressway, comprising the following steps: Step 1: forecasting the spatial and temporal distribution of EV charging load, that is to determine the time and location of each EV needing charging on the expressway; Step 2: based on the forecast result achieved by Step 1, determining the locations of the fast charging stations on the expressway by the nearest neighbor clustering algorithm; Step 3: according to the spatial and temporal forecast result of the EV charging load and the locations of the fast charging stations, determining the number c of the chargers in each fast charging station by queuing theory. Due to battery characteristics, traditional gas stations do not completely match the fast charging stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Tianjin University
    Inventors: Yunfei Mu, Xiaohong Dong, Hongjie Jia, Xiaodan Yu
  • Patent number: 10362176
    Abstract: A network element of an Internet Protocol multimedia subsystem buffers network resource usage information in the cloud. After generating network resource usage information based on an observation of network resource usage, the network element transmits the network resource usage information to a cloud-based storage service for buffering. Once a network resource usage collection function is available, the network element retrieves the network resource usage information from the cloud-based storage service and transmits it to a charging collection function for generation of call detail records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: James Oliver
  • Patent number: 10355279
    Abstract: A negative electrode material, for lithium ion secondary batteries, that has a high Li ion conductivity and improves the lithium ion secondary batteries in cycle characteristic. The negative electrode material includes: a negative electrode active material including silicon and/or a silicon compound; and a polymer represented by a chemical formula (1): wherein: A is a functional group having an amide group (—CONH—) and a sulfo group (˜SO3X); X represents an alkali metal or hydrogen (H); B is a functional group having a polar functional group; R1 to R6 are each a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms or hydrogen (H); x and y are composition proportions, respectively, in the polymer that is a copolymer, and satisfies 0<x(x+y)?1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventor: Norio Iwayasu
  • Patent number: 10353452
    Abstract: A method for prioritized charging of battery backup units (BBUs) is provided. The method may include identifying critical system racks associated with computing data centers based on characteristics associated with the system racks on the computing data centers. The method may also include identifying critical system enclosures associated with the identified critical system racks based on system architectures associated with the computing data centers. The method may further include prioritizing the identified critical system enclosures based on parameters associated with the identified critical system enclosures. The method may also include identifying and ranking a plurality of critical BBUs associated with the identified and prioritized critical system enclosures based on prioritized charging rules associated with the plurality of critical BBUs. The method may further include charging the identified and ranked plurality of critical BBUs in an order based on the prioritized charging rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ofir Elizov, Mudi M. Fluman, Igor Nabutovsky, Yehuda Shiran
  • Patent number: 10345387
    Abstract: A battery tester housing unit comprising a face plate wherein said face plate faces forwardly and extends in a transverse direction to terminate at a lateral edge, a back plate wherein said back plate faces backwardly and is parallel to said face plate; a surrounding wall which surrounds a peripheral of said base plate and said back plate; a digital display in rectangular shape located on said face plate located on a first end of the face plate; a battery holder apparatus in half cylindrical opening having a positive end and a negative end; said battery holder apparatus is located on a second end of said face plate wherein said second end is located opposite to said first end on said face plate; a first button located in proximity to said digital display; a second button located in proximity to said display and said first button; a third button, a fourth button, a fifth button and a sixth button located in proximity to said battery holder apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Hsueh Cheng Yin
  • Patent number: 10340557
    Abstract: A battery for a motor vehicle with a plurality of battery cells, wherein the respective battery cell include a battery cell housing, in which a galvanic element is accommodated. Via two electrical connection terminals, the battery cell is electrically connected to at least one further battery cell of the battery. A control device of the respective battery cell is coupled to at least one communications device. Here, the at least one communications device of the battery cell is designed for the purpose of communicating with at least one adjacent battery cell of the respective battery cell in a first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Michael Hinterberger, Berthold Hellenthal
  • Patent number: 10312725
    Abstract: A power supply system with identification code updating capability is used for providing an electric power to an electronic device having a first identification (ID) code. The power supply system includes a power supply device and an ID code updating module. The power supply device is configured to provide the electric power to the electronic device and includes a memory unit. The memory unit is configured to store a look-up table including at least one second ID code. The ID code updating module is electrically connected to the power supply device. When the second ID code listed in the look-up table does not match with the first ID code of the electronic device, the ID code updating module updates a second ID code matching with the first ID code in the look-up table. A charging method is further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CHICONY POWER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yi-Ching Su, Yang Wang
  • Patent number: 10303231
    Abstract: An input part sets either a charge time zone or a discharge time zone. A first firmware storage part stores first firmware defining all operation contents of a power supply device. An acquiring part acquires second firmware that is firmware for update, and a second firmware storage part stores the second firmware. A controller refers to the charge time zone, the discharge time zone and the like received from the input part to extract a first time zone in which neither the charge time zone nor the discharge time zone is set. The controller preferentially sets timing for updating firmware in the first time zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10305312
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a device, including: an input port; a battery pack comprising one or more battery cells; a processor; and a memory that stores instructions executable by the processor to: determine that a connected power plug supplies one or more of a current and a voltage; and thereafter provide current supply from the input port to the battery pack for charging the one or more battery cells; wherein said device operates using battery power concurrent with charging of the one or more battery cells with the current supply from the input port. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Larry Glenn Estes, Jeremy Robert Carlson
  • Patent number: 10293693
    Abstract: A battery control apparatus includes a processor configured to define each of output values of converters respectively corresponding to a plurality of batteries based on state information of each of the plurality of batteries, and a signal generator configured to generate control signals to control the converters to supply power corresponding to the output values to a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: YoungJae Kim, Taejung Yeo, Jinyong Jeon
  • Patent number: 10291055
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein include a transmitter that transmits a power transmission signal (e.g., radio frequency (RF) signal waves) to create a three-dimensional pocket of energy. At least one receiver can be connected to or integrated into electronic devices and receive power from the pocket of energy. The transmitter can locate the at least one receiver in a three-dimensional space using a communication medium (e.g., Bluetooth technology). The transmitter generates a waveform to create a pocket of energy around each of the at least one receiver. The transmitter uses an algorithm to direct, focus, and control the waveform in three dimensions. The receiver can convert the transmission signals (e.g., RF signals) into electricity for powering an electronic device. Accordingly, the embodiments for wireless power transmission can allow powering and charging a plurality of electrical devices without wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael A. Leabman
  • Patent number: 10286798
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided, for sharing mobile device applications with a vehicle computer. One example method includes detecting a mobile device present in a vehicle, by a vehicle computer of the vehicle and generating a user interface on a display screen of the vehicle, as instructed by the vehicle computer. The method further includes identifying by the vehicle computer, a plurality of native applications of the vehicle for the user interface and identifying a plurality of mobile device applications from the mobile device for the user interface, while the mobile devices is present in the vehicle. The method enables system controls, using the vehicle computer, to enable access to the plurality of native applications and the plurality of mobile device applications, the system controls including one or more of button inputs of the vehicle, touch screen inputs via the user interface of the display screen of the vehicle, and voice input via microphones of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Emerging Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Angel A. Penilla, Albert S. Penilla
  • Patent number: 10279690
    Abstract: Systems and methods relating to a compact electric substation for use with charging stations for electric vehicles. A compact substation is equipped with a suitable transformer that steps down the voltage from a mains line from a power utility company to a voltage usable for electric vehicle (EV) charging. The substation is equipped with a distribution component that distributes the lower voltage power to a number of charging stations by way of contactors controlled by a controller. The controller activates/deactivates the relevant contactor to feed power to the relevant charging station based on a user's input at a user terminal. Suitable software in the user terminal ensures that suitable signals are sent to the controller only after the user has set a time frame for how long to charge an EV. The user terminal may be a point of sale terminal that also accepts user payment for the EV recharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Laurie Ferris
  • Patent number: 10283978
    Abstract: A diagnostic system for a battery system having a battery module electrically coupled to a contactor is provided. The battery module has first, second, and third battery cells. The diagnostic system includes a first microcontroller that transitions the contactor to an open operational state if a first battery cell comparator overvoltage flag is equal to a first battery cell analog overvoltage flag value, or a battery module fault line voltage flag is equal to a first battery module fault line voltage flag value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kerfegar K. Katrak
  • Patent number: 10283982
    Abstract: A disconnect architecture for use with a system having a battery pack and positive and negative bus rails includes a mid-pack low-power (LP) relay, a fuse, semiconductor switches, and a sequencer circuit. The mid-pack LP relay is positioned between the rails at a mid-stack point of the battery pack, and divides a voltage across the battery pack when commanded open. The fuse is positioned between the mid-pack LP relay and the positive bus rail, and opens in response to a dead short condition of the system. The semiconductor switches are positioned in electrical parallel with the mid-pack LP relay. The sequencer circuit selectively turns on the semiconductor switches and thereby coordinates a flow of electrical current through the semiconductor switches and the mid-pack LP relay in response to a detected partial short condition of the system. A system includes the battery pack, bus rails, and disconnect architecture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Namou, Mohammad N. Anwar, Syed M. Kadry, Ahmad Albanna
  • Patent number: 10279698
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for a power aggregation system. In one implementation, a method includes establishing a communication connection with each of multiple electric resources connected to a power grid, receiving an energy generation signal from a power grid operator, and controlling a number of the electric resources being charged by the power grid as a function of the energy generation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: V2Green, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth W. Bridges, Seth B. Pollack, David L. Kaplan
  • Patent number: 10274543
    Abstract: For each cell in a plurality of cells, a first cell characteristic and a second cell characteristic are received in order to obtain a plurality of cell characteristics. For each cell in the plurality of cells, a batch compatibility number that is associated with a number of compatible cells that that cell is compatible with is determined based at least in part on the plurality of cell characteristics. The plurality of cells is sorted according to the batch compatibility numbers in order to obtain a sorted list of cells. A list of compatible cells to include in a battery is generated, including by evaluating the plurality of cells according to the order specified by the sorted list of cells and beginning with a cell with the lowest batch compatibility number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventors: Lewis Romeo Hom, Thomas P. Muniz, Patrick K. Herring
  • Patent number: 10277059
    Abstract: A wireless battery charging system includes an inductive receiving member for receiving an AC signal for output to a matching circuit having a variable impedance with variable matching parameters. The output of the matching circuit drives a rectifier circuit for converting the inputted AC signal to a first DC voltage and having variable rectifier parameters to vary the voltage drop thereacross. A DC-to-DC converter for converting the first DC voltage to a regulated voltage for charging the battery. A current sensor senses current through the inductive receiving member, rectifier circuit and DC-to-DC converter. A controller senses the voltage drop across each of the matching circuit, rectifier circuit and DC-to-DC converter and the current there through to determine power dissipation in each of the matching circuit, rectifier circuit and DC-to-DC converter. The power distribution in each of the matching circuit, the rectifier circuit and the DC-to-DC converter can then be varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence Der, Sanjay Gupta
  • Patent number: 10270284
    Abstract: A semiconductor chip having four sides and being substantially formed in a rectangle, and including a first terminal which is located along one side of the four sides of the semiconductor chip and which is to be electrically connected to a solar cell outside the semiconductor chip; a second terminal which is located along the one side of the semiconductor chip and which is to be electrically connected to a secondary cell outside the semiconductor chip; and an interconnection line that electrically interconnects the first terminal and the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LAPIS SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kikuo Utsuno
  • Patent number: 10259338
    Abstract: A method is provided for optimizing the operating lifetime of an energy storage system including a battery pack with a plurality of battery cells. The method includes: measuring the temperature of the battery pack by means of a sensor unit; and measuring at least one further parameter representing an indication of the operating lifetime of the battery pack. Furthermore, the method includes the steps of: detecting whether the parameter reaches a predetermined threshold value indicating that the battery pack is in a condition close to an end of its expected operating lifetime; and, in the event that the threshold value is reached, initiating heating of the battery pack, thereby increasing the temperature of the battery pack to a predetermined value so as to prolong the operating lifetime of the battery pack. A system for optimizing the operating lifetime of an energy storage system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventors: Hanna Bryngelsson, Niklas Legnedahl, Christopher D. Rahn, Tanvir Tanim
  • Patent number: 10246035
    Abstract: A vehicle has an internal combustion engine, with which a starter and a control unit are associated. The starter draws electrical power from a vehicle electrical system battery for an engine start. A back-up battery can be connected in parallel with the vehicle electrical system battery. An electrical connecting element is located between the vehicle electrical system battery and the back-up battery. The connecting element can be controlled by the control unit. In case the engine fails to start, the back-up battery can be connected to the vehicle electrical system battery by the connecting element in order to cause a charge transfer of a specified amount of electrical energy from the back-up battery to the vehicle electrical system battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Andreas Schaeffer
  • Patent number: 10245964
    Abstract: An electric vehicle having an electric motor is provided. The electric vehicle having a receptacle slot integrated in the electric vehicle. The receptacle slot provides an electrical connection for providing power to the electric motor. A battery having an elongated form factor, where a first end of the elongated form factor includes a handle and a second end of the elongated form factor includes a connection for interfacing with the electrical connection of the receptacle slot of the vehicle, when the battery is slid into the receptacle slot for electrical engagement. The battery is configured to store and supply charge to power the electric motor of the electric vehicle and the battery is replaceable by sliding the battery out of the receptacle slot and sliding in another battery into the receptacle slot to further supply charge to power the electric motor of the electric vehicle with said another battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Emerging Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Angel A. Penilla, Albert S. Penilla
  • Patent number: 10228743
    Abstract: A method for prioritized charging of battery backup units (BBUs) is provided. The method may include identifying critical system racks associated with computing data centers based on characteristics associated with the system racks on the computing data centers. The method may also include identifying critical system enclosures associated with the identified critical system racks based on system architectures associated with the computing data centers. The method may further include prioritizing the identified critical system enclosures based on parameters associated with the identified critical system enclosures. The method may also include identifying and ranking a plurality of critical BBUs associated with the identified and prioritized critical system enclosures based on prioritized charging rules associated with the plurality of critical BBUs. The method may further include charging the identified and ranked plurality of critical BBUs in an order based on the prioritized charging rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ofir Elizov, Mudi M. Fluman, Igor Nabutovsky, Yehuda Shiran