With Charging Patents (Class 320/128)
  • Patent number: 11180039
    Abstract: An on-travel power supply system is provided to include (i) a power supply facility including a plurality of power supply apparatuses arranged along a traveling road, and (ii) an electric vehicle including a power reception apparatus configured to receive power supply from the power supply apparatuses and charge a battery while traveling on the traveling road. The electric vehicle is configured to acquire, from the power supply facility, a failed road segment in which power supply is disabled from the power supply apparatuses along the traveling road. The electric vehicle is further configured to calculate a required energy amount required for the electric vehicle to pass through the failed road segment, and secure the calculated required energy amount before the electric vehicle reaches the failed road segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuu Kimoto
  • Patent number: 11181316
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a method for time shifting when a cold storage facility is cooled that includes determining a thermal model of a cold storage facility, obtaining an energy cost model that describes a schedule of variable energy costs over a predetermined period of time in the future, determining an operational schedule for at least a portion of a refrigeration system based on the thermal model, the energy cost model, and a maximum allowed temperature, and powering on the portion the refrigeration system based on the operational schedule, cooling, by the powered portion of the refrigeration system to a temperature below the maximum allowed temperature, reducing power usage of the powered portion of the refrigeration system based on the operational schedule, and permitting the facility to be warmed by ambient temperatures toward the maximum allowed temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Lineage Logistics, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander James Woolf, Elliott Gerard Wolf, Daniel Thomas Wintz, Jesse Scott Tootell, Bryan Thomas Kaye, Jesse Dylan Crossno, Alexander Ming Zhang, Gabriel Len West, John Richardson Crawford, Tiara Lee Flewelling
  • Patent number: 11177497
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a redox flow battery (RFB). The battery generally includes: a positive electrolyte that is a first metal ion, a negative electrolyte that is a second metal ion, an ion exchange membrane positioned between the positive electrolyte and the negative electrolyte. The membrane is configured to restrict and/or prevent the passage of the first metal ion and/or the second metal ion therethrough, and is configured to maintain ionic conductivity between the positive electrolyte and the negative electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Washington University
    Inventors: Shrihari Sankarasubramanian, Vijay K. Ramani
  • Patent number: 11165105
    Abstract: Provided is a power supply device including a rectifier configured to convert an alternating current power from a system into a direct current power and supply the direct current power to a power storage device and a load, and a current sensor configured to detect one or both of a first direct current from the rectifier to the load and a second direct current from the rectifier to the power storage device, in which a measurement result of the current sensor is configured to be fed back to the rectifier to control an output current of the rectifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masami Okada, Atsushi Minami
  • Patent number: 11152655
    Abstract: An inductive heater assembly that includes an adapter portion and a coil portion. The adapter portion includes a first adapter support portion and a second adapter support portion. The first adapter support portion is configured to mechanically and electrically connect the inductive heater assembly to a power source device. The first adapter support portion includes a first adapter terminal block configured to engage a complementary terminal block of the power source device. The second adapter support portion is configured to mechanically and electrically connect the inductive heater assembly to the power tool battery pack. The second adapter support portion includes a second adapter terminal block configured to engage a complementary terminal block of the power tool battery pack. The coil portion is supported by the adapter portion. The coil portion includes a coil housing and one or more inductive coil windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Randolph H. McHugh, Gareth Mueckl, Tauhira Hoossainy
  • Patent number: 11146093
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure describe systems, methods, and apparatuses that actively regulate output voltage of wirelessly chargeable energy storage devices, e.g., wirelessly chargeable batteries. More specifically, techniques are described to emulate low-battery behavior of a standard battery, e.g., a typical AA battery, based on an internal state of the apparatus. The internal state can be determined based on commands provided by or to the apparatus or based on analog information such as, for example, an internal charge state, e.g., of a lithium-ion battery or capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Ossia Inc.
    Inventors: Hatem Ibrahim Zeine, Benjamin Todd Renneberg
  • Patent number: 11146081
    Abstract: Provided are a circuit device, a control device, a power receiving device, an electronic device, and the like that realize measurement of a remaining battery amount and excessive discharge detection with low power consumption, and can reduce power consumption from a battery. The circuit device includes a measurement circuit that measures a battery voltage, an interface circuit that outputs battery voltage information to a processing device, and a control circuit. The measurement circuit has a counter, a resistance circuit that divides the battery voltage by a voltage division ratio set by a count value of the counter, and a comparator that compares an output voltage of the resistance circuit with a reference voltage. When power supply to the processing device is off, the counter sets the count value to a fixed value, and the control circuit performs battery protection control processing based on the comparison result of the comparator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kota Onishi
  • Patent number: 11139697
    Abstract: A power system capable of detecting a foreign object includes a power supplier side, a power receiver side and a cable. The power supplier side includes a power control switch, a power control circuit and a pull-up circuit. The power control circuit controls the power control switch to provide a supply voltage to the power receiver side. The pull-up circuit provides a supplier transmission current to generate a supplier transmission voltage for determining whether the power supplier side and the power receiver side are coupled properly. The power control circuit determines whether a foreign object exists between the power supplier side and the power receiver side according to a voltage difference of the supplier transmission voltage before and after the supply voltage VBUS is provided. The power control circuit adaptively controls the power control switch and adjusts the transmission current according to whether a foreign object exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: RICHTEK TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wei-Hsu Chang, Shang-Hung Hsieh
  • Patent number: 11125829
    Abstract: In a management device that manages a power storage module, a voltage measuring unit measures n pieces of voltages across respective n power storage blocks. A ranking unit assigns ranks to the voltages measured across the n power storage blocks in descending order from high to low or in ascending order from low to high. A frequency distribution data generator compiles ranks assigned to voltages measured across the respective n power storage blocks during a set period and generates data about frequency distribution of the ranks for the measured voltages. An abnormality determiner detects an abnormality when information about the ranks differs from information about ranks for the power storage blocks in a normal state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mamoru Mukuno
  • Patent number: 11121554
    Abstract: An electrical power control apparatus controls electrical power supply from an electrical power source unit and a battery unit to a target of supply. The electrical power control apparatus includes a supply control circuit. The supply control circuit supplies electrical power of the battery unit in preference to electrical power of the electric power source unit to the target of supply when an amount of charge of the battery unit is equal to or higher than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventor: Keisuke Kato
  • Patent number: 11121574
    Abstract: An electronic device which is wirelessly charged through an external power transmitting device includes a conductive pattern in which a current is induced depending on a power signal transmitted by the external power transmitting device, an adjustment circuit that configured to generate a voltage signal using the current, a load configured to be charged through the voltage signal, and a control circuit electrically connected with the conductive pattern, the adjustment circuit, and the load. Upon recognizing the external power transmitting device, the control circuit is configured to generate a power control signal including information about intensity of the power signal and to transmit the power control signal to the external power transmitting device through the conductive pattern, and the conductive pattern is configured to receive the power signal, the intensity of which is changed depending on the power control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Mi Ha, Jung Oh Sung, Kwan Bae Son, Jung Min Lee, Jae Mu Ha
  • Patent number: 11108254
    Abstract: An appliance, such as a portable surface cleaning apparatus is powered by one or more ultracapacitors and a charging unit for same is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 11108090
    Abstract: A power storage device includes a storage battery capable of transferring electric power to and from an external electric power network, a receiver configured to receive an instruction related to transfer of the electric power, and a controller configured to control charge and discharge of the storage battery according to the instruction. The instruction includes a first instruction for requesting switching between short-term charge and discharge from the storage battery to the electric power network, and a second instruction for requesting continuous discharge from the storage battery to the electric power network. The instruction allowed by the controller varies depending on a variable representing a state of charge of the storage battery by a level of a value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Yokoyama, Keiichiro Homma
  • Patent number: 11101660
    Abstract: A storage battery system includes: a grid-connected storage battery; and a first current sensor that is provided in an electrical circuit linking the storage battery and the grid and detects a current in the electrical circuit the storage battery system having the electrical circuit connected with one or more power generators. The storage battery system includes: a second current sensor that is provided in the electrical circuit such that the one or more power generators are connected between the first current sensor and the second current sensor; and a controller that calculates generated power of the one or more power generators based on outputs obtained from the first current sensor and the second current sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumio Urakawa, Tetsuo Akita
  • Patent number: 11101656
    Abstract: A reactive power compensation device is connected with an AC power system via a switch, and includes an arm circuit having a plurality of sub-modules connected in series, and a central control protection device. Each of the sub-modules includes a DC capacitor, and a bridge circuit for switching whether or not to output a voltage held in the DC capacitor. The central control protection device is configured to shift to a standby mode in which all semiconductor switching elements constituting the bridge circuit of each of the sub-modules are set to an opened state, with the switch being set to a closed state, when the AC power system has a power failure during operation of the reactive power compensation device, and to shift from the standby mode to a stop mode in which the switch is set to an opened state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daisuke Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 11101671
    Abstract: A vehicle electrical system including a battery, the terminals of which supply positive and negative power rails, the battery being connected to one or more vehicle devices to supply power or charging thereto. The devices include capacitors. The system also includes at least one heating device and a switch to allow capacitor discharge to flow through the heating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Joseph A. Engel, Scott Gerber, Alexandre M. Reis
  • Patent number: 11075410
    Abstract: A battery module system includes a master module and at least one slave module that are connected in series. An isolated communication is performed between the master module and the at least one slave module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaewoo Kam, Gilchoun Yeom, Sanggu Lee, Youngjin Lee, Hyeoncheol Jeong
  • Patent number: 11069927
    Abstract: A power storage device includes a storage battery capable of transferring electric power to and from an external electric power network, and a controller configured to control charge and discharge of the storage battery according to an electric power request. The electric power request includes a first request for requesting switching between short-term charge and discharge from the storage battery to the electric power network, and a second request for requesting continuous discharge from the storage battery to the electric power network. The electric power request to be transmitted to the power storage device which is issued by a server device configured to manage the charge and discharge of the storage battery in the power storage device varies according to a variable representing a state of charge of the storage battery by a level of a value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Yokoyama, Keiichiro Homma
  • Patent number: 11070080
    Abstract: A reserve power supply system for providing a supplemental source of electrical power to a main power source. The system includes a backup battery and a switch that can be controlled to couple the backup battery to the main power source when reserve power is needed. The system also includes a sensor to detect when the backup battery should be engaged and a system control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Cattron North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Allen Davis, Darwin Dowdie, Christopher Warren Fortenberry
  • Patent number: 11070072
    Abstract: A method comprises coupling a charge phase circuit and a battery phase circuit to a battery, in a charge mode, turning on a plurality of first switches and turning off a plurality of second switches to connect the charge phase circuit to the battery and in a battery mode, turning on the plurality of second switches and turning off the plurality of first switches to connect the battery phase circuit to the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Justin Shi
  • Patent number: 11063445
    Abstract: Multi-cell battery management devices, systems, and method of operation are disclosed herein. A multi-cell battery pack includes a power output terminal and a plurality of battery cells each having a positive terminal and a negative terminal connected in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Green Cubes Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Cooper, Vasanth Mithilacody
  • Patent number: 11050281
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are described for use in self-reconfigurable multi-cell batteries. The methods include during charging of a multi-cell battery that includes a plurality of battery cores and a plurality of switches, controlling the plurality of switches to connect the plurality of battery cores in a series configuration or in a parallel configuration based at least on one or more of a current capability of a battery charger and a voltage capability of the battery charger. The methods also include during discharging of the multi-cell battery, controlling the plurality of switches to connect the plurality of battery cores in the series configuration or in the parallel configuration based at least on one or more of a current requirement of a load and a voltage requirement of the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Gbatteries Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Mykola Sherstyuk, Tymofiy Sherstyuk, Mikhail Prokoptsov
  • Patent number: 11043828
    Abstract: A system, an electrical combination and a method for powering a load device. The combination may include a burst circuit configured to provide power to the load device to perform a burst operation, the burst circuit including a supercapacitor, a first switch between a power source and the supercapacitor and operable to control whether power is provided from the power source to charge the supercapacitor, and a second switch between the supercapacitor and the load device and operable to control whether power is provided from the supercapacitor to the load device; and an electronic processor configured to control the first switch and the second switch based at least in part on a voltage of the supercapacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin Minnickel, Brian Carrillo, Ryan B. Jipp, Samuel Sheeks, Cameron R. Schulz, Aditya Subramanian, Martin Guerrero, Izael Zapata, Jorge Michael Chavez
  • Patent number: 11038215
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a secondary battery, a deformation amount detector configured to detect a deformation amount of the secondary battery, a full charge detector configured to detect a full charge of the secondary battery, a stable state detector configured to detect a stable state after a full charge is detected by the full charge detector, and a state determination unit configured to determine a state of the secondary battery using the deformation amount detected by the deformation amount detector when the stable state is detected by the stable state detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsu Nishida, Takatoshi Itagaki, Noriyuki Wainai, Yasuhiro Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 11027614
    Abstract: Charging and discharging of a plurality of electric storage cells connected in series are: managed by equalizing voltages of a plurality of electric storage cells; and, without disconnecting or shifting an electrical connection between (a) the plurality of electric storage cells and (b-1) a load which uses electric power of the plurality of electric storage cells or (b-2) a charging device which charges the plurality of electric storage cells, (i) sending electric power of the plurality of electric storage cells to an external apparatus which is different from the load and the charging device, or (ii) receiving receives electric power supplied to the plurality of electric storage cells from the external apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: NExT-e Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Fumiaki Nakao
  • Patent number: 11031635
    Abstract: A battery pack, which includes: a battery module having a positive electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal; a first power connector having a first power terminal connected to the positive electrode terminal, a second power terminal connected to the negative electrode terminal and a first auxiliary terminal, the first power connector being configured to be coupled to or separated from a second power connector that is included in an external device; a control unit to determine whether the first power connector and the second power connector are coupled; a first communication connector to input or output a communication signal between the external device and the control unit; and a communication switching unit installed between the control unit and the first communication connector, the control unit turns on or off the communication switching unit in response to the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Hak-In Kim, Dong-Hyun Kim, Ho-Chol Nam
  • Patent number: 11025080
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure describe systems, methods, and apparatuses for reviving a wireless power receiver client over-the-air. More specifically, dual-mode active/passive wireless power receiver clients are described that can passively harvest RF energy in order to obtain enough energy to rejoin a wireless power network where the client can actively harvest RF energy (the client receives directed or isolated wireless power from a wireless power transmission system). For example, a wireless power receiver client can harvest RF energy while idle or off, e.g., when no beacon or other communications are being sent or received, or, in some instances, asynchronously in order to compliment and/or protect one or more elements of the system such as, for example a radio transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Ossia Inc.
    Inventors: Hatem Ibrahim Zeine, Benjamin Todd Renneberg
  • Patent number: 11023628
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of simulating the operation of an electronic circuit modelled by a numerical model comprising successive steps consisting in updating parameters of the model, periodically, at variable or constant simulated time step, when the battery is in a state of non-linear operation, and at each change of state of operation of one of the functional electronic components, when the battery is in a state of quasi-linear operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignees: CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS), SORBONNE UNIVERSITE
    Inventors: Wilfried Dron, Khalil Hachicha, Patrick Garda
  • Patent number: 11023026
    Abstract: An integrated circuit includes: a first current detection circuit configured to, when a first enable signal is in an activated state, detect a current flowing between a first node and a second node, and generate an output signal, and when the first enable signal is in a deactivated state, stop a current detection operation; a first voltage detection circuit, which operates intermittently or operates continuously, that is configured to detect a voltage at the first node, and generate an output signal; and a control circuit that is configured to generate the first enable signal and supply the first enable signal to the first current detection circuit, and is configured to fetch the output signal of the first voltage detection circuit in a period other than the period in which the first enable signal transitions from a deactivated state to an activated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kinya Matsuda
  • Patent number: 11005369
    Abstract: Provided is an integrated circuit package which complementarily switches on/off a MOS transistor Q1 (first switch) and MOS transistor Q2 (second switch) in accordance with an output voltage Vout, and which externally outputs a pulse signal having a fixed on-duty D during a step-up/step-down mode. The integrated circuit package has a determination unit 61 for determining the impedance of an external component connected to an external pin P5 that outputs the pulse signal to the exterior during the step-up/step-down mode, and determining whether the external component is a third switch on the basis of the impedance determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shingo Hashiguchi, Tetsuo Tateishi
  • Patent number: 10996644
    Abstract: A power system for connecting a power source, an energy storage unit and a grid includes a power inverter, an energy storage power converter and a controller. The power inverter is electrically coupled to the power source through a DC bus and converts DC power from the DC bus to AC power output to the grid. The power converter is electrically coupled between the DC bus and the energy storage unit and stores power in the energy storage unit and discharges power from the energy storage unit. The controller controls the power converter to store excess power from the power source that cannot be output to the grid in the energy storage unit, and control the energy storage power converter to discharge power stored in the energy storage unit to the power inverter to output to the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: DYNAPOWER COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Apurva Somani, Xiaorong Xia, Gysler Castelino, Anup Thapa
  • Patent number: 10988049
    Abstract: Powerflow is managed using a method, e.g., in a powertrain system having a multi-pack rechargeable energy storage system (RESS) with parallel battery packs. Each pack has a corresponding maximum electrical (current or voltage) limit. The method includes predicting a corresponding terminal voltage for each pack using the corresponding maximum electrical limit. The method includes selecting a terminal voltage as a selected voltage based on a requested operating mode, including selecting a maximum of the terminal voltages when the requested operating mode is a discharging mode and a minimum of the same when the requested operating mode is a charging mode. A pack current through each pack is predicted using the selected voltage and a corresponding battery state space model. A total power capability of the RESS is predicted over a predetermined prediction horizon using the selected voltage, with the operating mode controlled over the prediction horizon via the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yue-Yun Wang, Garrett M. Seeman, Jeffrey S. Piasecki
  • Patent number: 10978882
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a constant-current charging circuit, energy storage power source and constant-current charging method. The constant-current charging circuit includes a DC-DC converting circuit and a current-feedback circuit. A voltage output of the DC-DC converting circuit is a positive output of the constant-current charging circuit. A negative output of the DC-DC converting circuit is connected to a ground. The DC-DC converting circuit is connected to positive and negative terminals for a direct current voltage power supply. The current-feedback circuit includes first to third resistors and a reference voltage terminal. The reference voltage terminal is connected to the ground via the first to third resistors being connected in series. A connection point between the third resistor and the second resistor is a negative output of the constant-current charging circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Dong Guan Juxing Power Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yexin Ji, Yuefei Liao
  • Patent number: 10956992
    Abstract: A group of homes, businesses, or other electric power consuming premises are aggregated and commonly controlled to dynamically reduce loads in sufficient quantities, and with sufficient rapidity and duration, to participate as a market participant in the energy markets including participating as a peaking power plant. While the amount of reduced power consumption for a single premises is typically quite small, the total reduced consumption of an aggregation of just a few thousand homes or businesses may be on the order of hundreds of kilowatts. A premises power controller in conjunction with intelligent circuit breakers, which may include dimmers, enable dynamic management of individual loads in each premises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Racepoint Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Robert P. Madonna, Siegmar K. Eschholz, Anna E. Demeo, William H. Dillon
  • Patent number: 10958087
    Abstract: A battery protection system with a voltage sensing circuit for sensing the voltage of a battery and disconnecting all loads from the battery, including the voltage sensing circuit itself, when the voltage of the battery drops below a preset limit or when a battery charger is connected to the battery. The battery protection system reconnects the voltage sensing circuit upon disconnection of the battery charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Orest Fedan
  • Patent number: 10957904
    Abstract: A solid state battery cathode material includes a first polymer of the general formula where R is naught, C1-C4 alkyl, C1-C4 perfluoroalkyl, or C1-C4 alkanone; X is naught, O, S, or NR1; and R1, R2 are H, C1-C8 alkyl, C2-C4 cycloalkyl, C1-C8 perfluoroalkyl, aryl, phenyl, or 1,2-phenylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Russell Pratt, Yan Li, Xiaoliang Wang, Hany Eitouni
  • Patent number: 10950898
    Abstract: A method (100) for depassivation of a battery (BATT) of a cash and valuables container (10) includes at least one electronically controllable component (14) and an associated control circuit (18) being supplied by the battery (BATT). The control circuit (18) executes at least one control procedure for the at least one electronically controllable component (14). The valuables container can be transportable, e.g. a cash box (10), and includes an invalidation unit, in particular an ink dyeing system (14). The control circuit (18) then also executes the depassivation (120) of the battery (BATT) each time before activating or deactivating the at least one control procedure (130) or a sub-routine thereof, such as the sub-routine for controlling and driving the ink dyeing system. Specifically, the depassivation of the battery (BATT) is performed before each first/initial execution of the least one control procedure (130).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schild, Sascha Ringel
  • Patent number: 10944281
    Abstract: A decrease in the capacity of a power storage device is inhibited by adjusting or reducing imbalance in the amount of inserted and extracted carrier ions between positive and negative electrodes, which is caused by decomposition of an electrolyte solution of the negative electrode. Further, the capacity of the power storage device can be restored. Furthermore, impurities in the electrolyte solution can be decomposed with the use of the third electrode. A power storage device including positive and negative electrodes, an electrolyte, and a third electrode is provided. The third electrode has an adequate electrostatic capacitance. The third electrode can include a material with a large surface area. In addition, a method for charging the power storage device including the steps of performing charging by applying a current between the positive and negative electrodes, and performing additional applying a current between the third electrode and the negative electrode is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junpei Momo, Hiroyuki Miyake, Kei Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10944296
    Abstract: Disclosed is a receiver device for facilitating wireless power reception, the receiver device comprising a receiver transceiver configured for wirelessly communicating with at least one transmitter device. Further, the receiver device comprising of a receiver processing device communicatively coupled to the unique receiver transceiver. Further, the receiver device comprising a enabled receiver storage device configured for storing energy for at least one blockchain enabled receiver. Moreover, the receiver device comprising a unique power port communicatively coupled with the unique receiver transceiver, wherein the unique power output port is configured to be interfaced with at least one power input port of at least one electronic device, wherein the unique power output port is configured for supplying the electrical energy to the at least one electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: VOICE LIFE INC.
    Inventors: Robert Smith, David Lee Lark, Michael Hunter Smith
  • Patent number: 10933751
    Abstract: Provided is a power distribution system for improving the reliability of power supply to the load in a case where a bidirectional DC/DC converter is connected to one power supply when redundantly configuring a power supply, including: a first terminal to be connected to a first battery; a second terminal to be connected to a second battery; a load terminal to be connected to a load; a bidirectional DC/DC converter connected between the first terminal and the second terminal; a first relay connected between the first terminal and the load terminal; a second relay connected between the second terminal and the load terminal; a control unit for performing controls of an operation direction of the bidirectional DC/DC converter, an opening and closing operation of the first relay, and an opening and closing operation of the second relay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideaki Masui, Katsuyuki Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10938215
    Abstract: A plurality of generators provide power to loads, such as loads on a vessel. A skimming device receives and stores skimmed power from the plurality of generators. A battery bank receives the stored skimmed power from the skimming device and provides the stored skimmed power to the loads. A controller controls receipt and storage of the skimmed power by the skimming device and monitors a level of the stored skimmed power in the skimming device. The controller controls the transfer of the stored skimmed power from the skimming device to the battery bank and provisioning of the stored skimmed power from the battery bank to the loads based on the level of the stored skimmed power in the skimming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: THRUSTMASTER OF TEXAS, INC.
    Inventor: Paul F. Rembach
  • Patent number: 10938235
    Abstract: A charging-discharging device includes a selection unit to acquire estimated load power data indicating estimation of power to be consumed by an electric load, to acquire estimated solar power-generation power data indicating estimation of power to be generated by a solar power generation system, and to select one of a plurality of specific operations regarding usage of power on the basis of the estimated load power data, the estimated solar power-generation power data, operational mode data indicating an operational mode that identifies a power utilization method, price data indicating a price of AC power to be supplied from a commercial system and a price of AC power to be supplied to the commercial system, power conversion efficiency data indicating power conversion efficiency of a power converter at the time of charging or discharging a storage battery, and current time data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Shirasaki
  • Patent number: 10931131
    Abstract: Provided is a method for charging or discharging an electrochemical energy store, the ageing behavior of which energy store is modelled by describing its depth of discharge at which a depth of discharge value is associated with each time period between two adjacent local maxima and minima in a time-dependent state of charge profile, which depth of discharge value corresponds to the charging or discharging stroke between the state of charge values of the two adjacent local maxima and minima.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Joachim Bamberger, Kurt Majewski, Philipp Wolfrum
  • Patent number: 10910687
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for manufacturing a lithium air battery including a nitrogen-doped carbon cathode, more specifically, a method for manufacturing a lithium air battery including a nitrogen-doped carbon cathode that can inhibit side reactions between a carbon cathode and an electrolyte, and thus improve battery stability by doping the carbon cathode with nitrogen by repeatedly conducting initial charge/discharge an appropriate number of times on a lithium air battery containing a first electrolyte with a low viscosity, and is eco-friendly due to using a non-destructive manner as compared to conventional methods, and can inhibit an electrolyte depletion phenomenon and improve battery lifespan by further including a second electrolyte with a high viscosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KIA Motors Company
    Inventor: Gwang Seok Oh
  • Patent number: 10910642
    Abstract: A nonaqueous electrolyte composition for use in a redox flow battery system, comprising a nonaqueous supporting electrolyte and a ligand metal complex as an electrochemically active component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Triad National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin L. Davis, Terry Chu
  • Patent number: 10903667
    Abstract: A battery control unit is adapted for a power supply system provided with a storage battery series-connected battery cells, a filter circuit, a discharge circuit, and a connection member connecting between the battery cell and the filter circuit. The battery control unit includes a voltage detection unit detecting voltage at the battery cell where noise is eliminated by the filter circuit, the voltage being detected immediately before/after a discharging is performed through the discharge circuit; a correction value calculation unit that calculates an amount of a voltage drop at the connection member when a discharging is performed through the discharge circuit, to be a correction value; and a voltage calculation unit that calculates voltage of the battery cell by adding the correction value calculated by the correction value calculation unit to a post-discharge voltage detected immediately after the discharging by the voltage detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaaki Kitagawa, Masahiko Ito, Masakazu Kouda, Isao Ishibe
  • Patent number: 10892473
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a positive electrode plate and an electrochemical battery. The positive electrode plate comprises a positive electrode current collector and a positive electrode film. The positive electrode film is provided on the positive electrode current collector and comprises a positive electrode active material and a binder. The positive electrode active material comprises a prussian blue analogue material, the binder is an oil-soluble binder, an area density of the positive electrode film is 5 mg/cm2˜30 mg/cm2. In the positive electrode film of the present disclosure, the prussian blue analogue material is used together with the oil-soluble binder, and the area density of the positive electrode film is controlled within a certain range, so that introduction of the water molecule can be reduced during the preparation process and coating process of a positive electrode slurry, and cycle performance of the electrochemical battery can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: CONTEMPORARY AMPEREX TECHNOLOGY CO., LIMITED
    Inventors: Ying Wang, Yongsheng Guo, Chengdu Liang, Xiqing Wang, Shuojian Su, Qian Liu
  • Patent number: 10892631
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for fast charging a battery with optimal charging. In an arrangement, a system includes a battery charger for applying a voltage to a rechargeable battery; and a controller coupled to the battery charger and monitoring at least one of a battery voltage, a battery temperature, and the current flowing into the battery; wherein the system is configured to apply a charging current from the battery charger by calculating an open cell anode voltage and an anode resistance of the battery, and determining the charging current. In additional arrangements, lithium ion plating is prevented by the charging current. Additional methods and arrangements are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Yevgen Pavlovich Barsukov, Michael A. Vega, Brian Paul Alongi
  • Patent number: 10886577
    Abstract: A charging device includes: a power storage device including a plurality of assembled batteries connected to an inlet in parallel; a plurality of current sensors each configured to detect current flowing in a corresponding one of the plurality of assembled batteries; a plurality of relays each provided between a corresponding one of the plurality of assembled batteries and a corresponding one of the plurality of current sensors; and an ECU configured to perform offset learning to learn offset values of the plurality of current sensors. When the ECU determines that it is in one of first to fourth states, the ECU is configured to cut off one SMR relay in the plurality of SMR relays, and perform the offset learning for the current sensor corresponding to this SMR relay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Noriaki Aburai
  • Patent number: 10886755
    Abstract: In a power control system, a server transmits to each facility data generated by estimating a variation with time in power consumption in each facility and an upper limit value of power capable of being supplied to each facility. A HEMS controller calculates the sum of amounts of electric power consumed over an upper limit value on the basis of estimation data. A power conditioner reserves the power corresponding to the result of calculation in a storage battery in advance. The power conditioner supplies the power corresponding to the power storage capacity reserved in the storage battery to the facility in a case where the power consumption in the facility exceeds the upper limit value such that the upper limit of the power to be supplied from the system to the facility is set to the upper limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akinori Itoh, Masatsune Terauchi