Using A Battery Testing Device Patents (Class 324/426)
  • Patent number: 11949074
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for reducing electromagnetic interference (EMI) affecting measurements of a battery module monitoring board. A battery module system includes battery cells on a top side and a bottom side of the battery module. Each battery cell is electrically coupled between an adjacent pair of busbars. Each busbar is coupled to at least one sensor wire. One busbar, which spans the top and bottom sides of the battery module, is coupled to two sensor wires such that EMI interference affecting measurement signals (e.g., noise signals accompanying voltage readings) associated with the top side of the battery module are in-phase with one another and the measurement signals associated with the bottom side of the battery module are in-phase with one another, such that the EMI interference generally cancels in measurement calculations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Rodenburg, Jorge Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 11942610
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pitch-variable battery fixture and a battery cell formation apparatus having the same. A pitch of clamping plates of a plurality of clamping blocks is increased by a slide actuator of the pitch-variable battery fixture, and then the clamping plates are inserted into a plurality of compartments of a battery tray. The clamping plates are urged to clamp batteries by the slide actuator. The battery tray is provided for placement of the batteries, and a compressing force is exerted for shaping the batteries during a battery cell formation. The pitch-variable battery fixture is provided for clamping batteries having different thicknesses. According to the actual thickness of each battery, the thickness of the formed battery can be shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: CHROMA ATE INC.
    Inventors: Chih Hsien Chiu, Jui Hung Weng, Chien-Hao Ma, Cheng Chih Hsieh
  • Patent number: 11938909
    Abstract: A method of operating a vehicle comprising at least a first vehicle retarding subsystem controllable to retard the vehicle, and processing circuitry coupled to the at least first vehicle retarding subsystem, the method comprising the steps of: acquiring, by the processing circuitry from the first vehicle retarding subsystem, at least one value indicative of current energy accumulation by the first vehicle retarding subsystem; and determining, by the processing circuitry, a measure indicative of a retardation energy capacity currently available for retardation of the vehicle, based on: the acquired at least one value indicative of current energy accumulation by the first vehicle retarding subsystem; a predefined model of retardation energy accumulation by the first vehicle retarding subsystem; and a predefined limit indicative of a maximum allowed energy accumulation by the first vehicle retarding subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventors: Kristoffer Tagesson, Leon Henderson
  • Patent number: 11942613
    Abstract: A battery thermal runaway detection sensor system for use within a battery enclosure housing one or more batteries. The system has at least one gas sensor for detecting a venting condition of a battery cell of hydrogen, carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide, and providing a sensed output in real time. A microcontroller determines power management and signal conditioned output on the concentration of specific battery venting gases based on the sensed output from said at least one gas sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: AMPHENOL THERMOMETRICS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Allen Engle, Neil Roberts
  • Patent number: 11936010
    Abstract: A method for detecting an anomaly in operating a battery using a battery management system, including an acoustic receiver attached to a battery wall, and a calculating system connected to the acoustic emitter and the acoustic receiver, a mapping defining a first operating region termed the normal operating region, a second operating region termed the at-risk operating region and a third operating region termed the dangerous operating region, the method including at least one first measurement cycle, each being separated from the preceding measurement cycle by a measurement period, each measurement cycle including receiving an acoustic signal by the acoustic receiver, the received signal being transmitted to the calculating system to obtain a measurement point in the mapping; determining the operating region in which the measurement point is located; and when the measurement point is located in the at-risk operating region or in the dangerous operating region, detecting an anomaly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventor: Nicolas Guillet
  • Patent number: 11933853
    Abstract: A battery management system and method are provided, where the battery management system includes a monitoring IC including at least one channel for simultaneously measuring voltages of a battery cell, a busbar connected to the battery cell, and an auxiliary channel configured to measure a reverse voltage of the busbar, wherein the monitoring IC is configured to determine a voltage of the battery cell using a channel voltage measured through the at least one channel and the reverse voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seulkirom Kim
  • Patent number: 11929631
    Abstract: A method for operating a battery module, including multiple battery cells. The method includes: a) ascertaining cell voltages of the individual battery cells at a starting point in time; b) ascertaining at the starting point in time an average cell voltage from the cell voltages of the battery cells ascertained at the starting point in time; c) estimating the cell voltage of at least one battery cell at an operating point in time if the cell voltage of the battery cell is not measurable at the operating point in time, taking into account the cell voltage of the battery cell ascertained at the starting point in time, the average cell voltage ascertained at the starting point in time, and an average cell voltage ascertained at the operating point in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Christoph Woll, Alexander Schmidt, Tunan Shen
  • Patent number: 11923681
    Abstract: A method, system, and device for managing off-grid power supply are provided. The method includes acquiring data from one or more loads. The one or more loads are connected to the off-grid power supply. The method further includes modeling the one or more loads based on the acquired data, estimating a state of charge of an energy storage device (ESD) associated with the off-grid power supply, and determining an operational status of each of the one or more loads. The operational status is based on at least the state of charge of the ESD and a category of each of the one or more loads. Each load is controlled based on the operational status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignees: TOTAL SOLAR INTERNATIONAL, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Wente Zeng, Jiahong Yan, Ning Lu, Fuhong Xie
  • Patent number: 11906597
    Abstract: A resistor ladder comprising identical resistors is disposed electrically in parallel with a multicell battery to calibrate voltage-controlled oscillators or analog-to-digital convertors for voltage balancing the battery cells in the multicell battery. Switches in a first state provide the voltage across each resistor as inputs to the VCOs or ADCs. The number of oscillations of the output signal of each VCO or ADC over a predetermined time period are compared to determine an offset error. Switches in a second state provide the voltage across each battery cell as inputs to the VCOs or ADCs. The battery cells with a higher relative voltage can be discharged until they are balanced. Some aspects describe temperature-adjusted and interpolated determinations of electrical quantities in the cells such as voltage and/or current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: NOVA SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
    Inventor: Ahmad Ashrafzadeh
  • Patent number: 11904724
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method (100) for estimating an operating parameter of a battery cell of a battery unit in an electrical propulsion system of a vehicle, the operating parameter being indicative of one of capacity and impedance of the battery cell, the method comprising: selecting (110) at least one battery cell in the battery unit for determining the operating parameter of the battery cell; providing (120) a set of state-of-charge (SOC) estimators, each SOC estimator having a selected operating parameter value for a given time period; and using (130) the set of SOC estimators to determine a value of the operating parameter of the battery cell by performing voltage error minimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Esteban Gelso, Jonas Hellgren
  • Patent number: 11901751
    Abstract: An indexed sequence of bits in a buffer is allocated for tracking a battery charging state. The indexed sequence of bits has a first number of bits. A battery voltage of a rechargeable battery is sampled at a sampling rate. For each sampled battery voltage, the battery voltage is compared with a voltage threshold. A next bit position in the indexed sequence of bits is identified. In accordance with a determination that a comparison result is true, a predefined first value is added to the next bit position. A second number of bits that are filled with the predefined first value is determined. A ratio between the second number and the first number is also determined. In accordance with a determination that the ratio exceeds a threshold step-down ratio, a battery charge voltage is stepped down. The rechargeable battery is charged to a step-down voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Michael Jonathon Chen, William Alan Saperstein, James Robert Lim, David Wang
  • Patent number: 11879947
    Abstract: A battery management device according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes: a plurality of slave controllers including at least one sensing port connected to at least one battery cell provided to a plurality of battery modules through a sensing line to sense a voltage of each connected battery cell and at least one ID allocation port for receiving the voltage from the sensing line when being connected to the sensing line, the plurality of slave controllers being configured to be connected to at least one corresponding battery module among the battery modules; and a master controller connected to the plurality of slave controllers, respectively, to receive voltage information about the voltage applied to the ID allocation port from the slave controller and allocate a regular ID to each of the plurality of slave controllers based on the received voltage information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: LG ENERGY SOLUTION, LTD.
    Inventor: Jun-Cheol Park
  • Patent number: 11880513
    Abstract: Systems and methods for motion mode management include a computer-assisted device having an input control, a repositionable structure, and a controller coupled to the input control and the repositionable structure. The controller is configured to detect motion of the input control for controlling motion of the repositionable structure and in response to determining that the motion of the input control is likely to be confused with a first portion of a motion of the input control for indicating that a mode of operation of the computer-assisted device is to be changed, temporarily disable mode switching in response to motion of the input control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Saleh Tabandeh, Caroline A. Edwards, Angel Jeremy Perez Rosillo
  • Patent number: 11881573
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a battery pack, and more particularly, to a battery pack, the temperature of which is maintained within a certain range by a heating component or a heat dissipating component attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: LG ENERGY SOLUTION, LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Myong An, Seog Jin Yoon
  • Patent number: 11874322
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device for simulating a battery of a device-under-test (DUT), comprising a battery simulation unit adapted to fit into a battery reception unit of the DUT; and a controller configured to control the battery simulation unit to simulate electrical characteristics of a battery; wherein the battery simulation unit is configured to supply electrical power to the DUT or drain electrical power from the DUT based to the simulated electrical characteristics. The device further comprises a temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature at or in the battery simulation unit; and a heater unit configured to heat the battery simulation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Bernhard Sterzbach
  • Patent number: 11865587
    Abstract: Discussed is a battery cell sorting apparatus including a battery cell pickup member configured to move a battery cell to a desired position; and a guide member configured to guide the battery cell pickup member in a first direction, wherein the battery cell pickup member includes: a pickup body portion, a magnet located at a lower surface of the pickup body portion, the magnet being configured to lift the battery cell, and a voltage measurement unit located at a lower surface of the magnet, the voltage measurement unit being configured to measure a voltage of the battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: LG ENERGY SOLUTION, LTD.
    Inventor: Jin Woo Ku
  • Patent number: 11870255
    Abstract: A method, system, and device for managing off-grid power supply are provided. The method includes acquiring data from one or more loads. The one or more loads are connected to the off-grid power supply. The method further includes modeling the one or more loads based on the acquired data, estimating a state of charge of an energy storage device (ESD) associated with the off-grid power supply, and determining an operational status of each of the one or more loads. The operational status is based on at least the state of charge of the ESD and a category of each of the one or more loads. Each load is controlled based on the operational status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignees: TOTAL SOLAR INTERNATIONAL, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Wente Zeng, Jiahong Yan, Ning Lu, Fuhong Xie
  • Patent number: 11860232
    Abstract: A battery monitoring module may be arranged in such a way as to receive a sensor signal from a light sensor configured to detect light within a battery module. The battery monitoring module may determine, using processing circuitry, a light characteristic within the battery module based on the sensor signal. The battery monitoring module may determine, using processing circuitry, a battery condition of the battery module based on the light characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Emil Yu-ming Chao, Charles Ed Chang
  • Patent number: 11862767
    Abstract: The invention relates to an energy storage module. The energy storage module includes a plurality of energy storage cells, where each of the plurality of energy storage cells is connected electrically. The energy storage module further includes a housing having a portion that receives the plurality of energy storage cells, a measurement line integrated into the housing, and a barrier layer arranged between the housing and the plurality of energy storage cells. The barrier layer is at least in the portion of the housing and is impermeable to gases and liquids. An energy storage system and a method for continuously producing energy storage modules are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: CLARIOS ADVANCED SOLUTIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Helge Brenner, Ralf Joswig, Markus Hoh
  • Patent number: 11860130
    Abstract: A vehicle can comprise a battery cell, a monitoring device, and a controller. The monitoring device can comprise an ultrasound source and an ultrasound sensor. The ultrasound source can direct ultrasound at the battery cell, and the ultrasound sensor can detect ultrasound transmitted through or reflected from at least a portion of an interior of the battery cell. The ultrasound sensor can generate one or more signals responsive to the detected ultrasound. The controller can process the one or more signals from the ultrasound sensor and can output an indication of an internal state of the first battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK
    Inventors: Bhanu Sood, Michael G. Pecht, Michael D. Osterman
  • Patent number: 11850966
    Abstract: A system for estimating a charging time of a vehicle battery includes: a measuring device configured to measure a temperature and a voltage of the battery; an electrical behavior predictor configured to predict, when a charging current according to the measured temperature and voltage of the battery is applied to the battery, at least one of a terminal voltage of the battery after an amount of unit time has changed, a state of charge (SOC), or an amount of heat generated; a thermal behavior predictor configured to predict, when the charging current is applied to the battery, the temperature of the battery after the amount of unit time has changed over time of the battery and coolant using the amount of heat generated predicted by the electrical behavior predictor; and a controller configured to determine an estimated charging time of the vehicle based on at least one of the predicted terminal voltage, the SOC, the amount of heat generated, or the temperature of the battery after the amount of unit time has ch
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jaeshin Yi
  • Patent number: 11846677
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for monitoring a Battery Backup Unit (BBU) (312), a server (301), and a readable storage medium (330) are provided. The method includes following steps: monitoring a voltage and a ampere-hour of the BBU (312) (S101); when the voltage is static and the variation of the ampere-hour is greater than a variation threshold value, determining a current moving window point by a remaining power percentage curve corresponding to the BBU (312) (S102); determining a current moving window by a previous moving window point and the current moving window point (S103); and calculating a remaining capacity of the BBU (312) by the current moving window (S104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: INSPUR SUZHOU INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Minggang Sun
  • Patent number: 11846683
    Abstract: An internal short-circuit cell detection method includes detecting a voltage and current of each of a plurality of battery cells, updating in real time G and H parameter values by using an adaptive filter, calculating a G parameter representative value, and calculating an H parameter representative value, and determining whether a short circuit occurs in each of the plurality of battery cells, based on the G and H parameter value of each of the plurality of battery cells, the G parameter representative value, and the H parameter representative value. The G parameter is a parameter indicating a sensitivity of a voltage to a change in current of each of the plurality of battery cells, and the H parameter is a parameter indicating an effective potential determined by a local equilibrium potential distribution and a resistance distribution in each of the plurality of battery cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jake Kim, Yongjun Hwang, Giheon Kim, Christober Rayappan, Sungwook Paek, Byeonghui Lim
  • Patent number: 11846678
    Abstract: A method and a system for validating a temperature sensor integrated into a battery system are disclosed. In one aspect, the method includes determining an internal resistance of at least one battery cell in thermal contact with the temperature sensor and determining a state of charge (SOC) of the at least one battery cell. The method also includes determining at least one reference temperature from a lookup table (LUT) or a functional relationship connecting the internal resistance, the SOC, and a temperature of a reference battery cell. The method further includes comparing the at least one reference temperature with at least one temperature measurement of the temperature sensor to determine a difference therebetween. The method additionally includes validating the temperature sensor based on whether the difference exceeds a preconfigured threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Adrian Schiffer, Peter Parz
  • Patent number: 11843096
    Abstract: Provided is a configuration that can detect the internal resistance of a power storage unit. An internal resistance detection device includes a DC-DC converter that is configured to raise the output voltage to a target voltage by performing constant current operation in which the charging current is output at a target charging current, and, when the output voltage reaches the target voltage, to control power such that the charging current is lowered by performing constant voltage operation in which the output voltage is fixed at the target voltage. A control unit detects the internal resistance of a power storage unit based on a target charging current Ichg during constant current operation by the DC-DC converter, a drop time, which is the time that passes from when constant voltage operation starts to when the charging current drops to a predetermined current value, and a capacity of the power storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuuki Sugisawa
  • Patent number: 11843097
    Abstract: A cell management module for a power supply module including a plurality of power cells includes at least one cell-sensing circuit and a current measurement circuit connected to the at least one cell-sensing circuit. The at least one cell-sensing circuit includes a transformer having a first winding and a second winding inductively coupled to the first winding. A first sub-circuit of the cell-sensing circuit includes the first winding of the transformer and is operable to selectively pulse a first signal through the first winding. A second sub-circuit of the cell-sensing circuit includes the second winding of the transformer and one of the power cells of the power supply module. The current measurement circuit is connected to the first sub-circuit of the at least one cell-sensing circuit and infers a voltage of the power cell based on a measured current of the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Falls, Scott Kochan, Alwin Lutz, Brian Moran, Jeff Taberski
  • Patent number: 11841402
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a battery state estimation device capable of accurately estimating a deterioration state of an entire battery system in consideration of an SOH distribution of battery cells. The battery state estimation device according to the present invention estimates an SOH of a battery cell by using a correspondence between a time derivative of an output voltage during a pause period of the battery cell and a battery temperature, and estimates a deterioration state of an entire battery system by using the SOHs of a plurality of battery cells (see FIG. 1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Emha Bayu Miftahullatif, Toru Kouno
  • Patent number: 11835587
    Abstract: A method for determining a full-charge capacity of a battery pack includes: obtaining first state of charge values of cells at a first state of charge correction moment; calculating a net cumulative charge capacity from the first state of charge correction moment to a full-charge moment; obtaining a voltage-capacity curve of a fully charged cell from start of a charge termination phase to the full-charge moment; obtaining a second voltage of a not fully charged cell at the full-charge moment; obtaining a capacity difference between the not fully charged cell at the full-charge moment and the not fully charged cell at the first full-charge voltage; calculating a state of charge difference; calculating a second state of charge value of the not fully charged cell at the full-charge moment; obtaining state of charge variations; calculating full-charge capacities; and obtaining a full-charge capacity based on the calculated full-charge capacities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: CONTEMPORARY AMPEREX TECHNOLOGY CO., LIMITED
    Inventors: Mingshu Du, Shuai Gao, Shuting Sun
  • Patent number: 11837703
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for state-of-health models for lithium-silicon batteries. State-of-health (SOH) of a lithium-ion cell may be assessed, with the assessing including calculating the state-of-health (SOH) using an enhanced state-of-health (SOH) model, with the enhanced state-of-health (SOH) model using input data other than data provided directly by the lithium-ion cell. The input data includes at least data acquired during operation of the lithium-ion cell and/or data acquired during manufacturing and initialization of the lithium-ion cell or electrodes of the lithium-ion cell. The lithium-ion cell may be a silicon-dominant cell including a silicon-dominant anode with silicon >50% of active material of the anode, and the enhanced state-of-health (SOH) model may be configured based on one or more characteristics unique to silicon-dominant cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: ENEVATE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Samuel Keene, Benjamin Yong Park
  • Patent number: 11838867
    Abstract: A battery-powered infusion pump for delivery of insulin or other medicament may collect and store data related to the pump. The infusion pump can communicate some or all of the stored data to another device, and control the timing and amount of data communicated in order to conserve battery life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventor: Geoffrey A Kruse
  • Patent number: 11830988
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for state-of-health balanced battery management system. State-of-health (SOH) of one or more lithium-ion cells may be assessed, and based on the assessing of state-of-health (SOH), the one or more lithium-ion cells may be controlled. The controlling may include setting or modifying one or more operating parameters of at least one lithium-ion cell, and the controlling may be configured to equilibrate the state-of-health (SOH) of the one or more lithium-ion cells or to modify a state-of-health (SOH) of at least one lithium-ion cell so that the one or more lithium-ion cells have a uniform state-of-health (SOH).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: ENEVATE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Samuel Keene, Benjamin Yong Park
  • Patent number: 11824553
    Abstract: A unity-gain buffer circuit structure, used to receive an input voltage and output an output voltage, includes a first operational amplifier and a second operational amplifier. The first operational amplifier includes a first positive input, a first output and a first negative input. The second operational amplifier, coupled electrically with the first operational amplifier, includes a second positive input, a second output and a second negative input. The second positive input is used to receive the output voltage. The second output, coupled with first negative input, is used to output a second output voltage. The second negative input, coupled with the second output, is used to receive the second output voltage. After the first negative input receives the second output voltage, an offset voltage between the output voltage outputted from the first operational amplifier and the input voltage received by the first operational amplifier is close to 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: ADVANCED ANALOG TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Kun-Hsu Lee, Wen Jung Su
  • Patent number: 11815559
    Abstract: An apparatus for diagnosing a battery cell according to an embodiment may include a voltage measurer that measures a voltage of each battery cell of a battery module in a state of an open circuit voltage of a battery, a memory that stores the measured voltage at predetermined time intervals, and an abnormality detector that compares a current measured voltage with a measured voltage before a preset time for each battery cell and determines that an abnormality has occurred in a first battery cell among the battery cells when a difference between the current measured voltage of the at least one battery cell and the measured voltage of the at least one battery cell before the preset time exceeds a reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: LG ENERGY SOLUTION, LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Yul Yoon, Dong Keun Kwon, Hyun Chul Lee, Seung Hyun Kim, An Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 11803219
    Abstract: A power converter circuit included in a computer system may include a phase circuit and a sample circuit. The phase circuit compares a voltage level of the regulated power supply node to a reference voltage to generate a demand current that is used to adjust the voltage level of the regulated power supply node. The phase circuit also digitizes the demand current and stores the resultant bit stream in a memory circuit. The sample circuit generates timestamp information that points to particular storage locations in the memory circuit that correspond to trigger events, allowing the operation of the power converter circuit to be analyzed during different circumstances as well as to adjust operating parameters of the power converter circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Searles, Fabio Gozzini, Sanjay Pant, Inder M. Sodhi
  • Patent number: 11801178
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus, such as a bed, recliner, cot, stretcher, operating table, or the like, includes battery-powered circuitry whose functions are reduced, but not eliminated, as the battery charge level falls below a threshold. Electrical power may be cut off to one or more components of the battery-powered circuitry while still providing battery-supplied electrical power to the other components of the circuitry. A user interface provides battery status data, including a replacement status of a rechargeable battery, and allows a user to select different formats for displaying battery status data. Such formats include displays of battery charge level information not only in manners specific to the battery, but also in manners relative to the patient support apparatus, such as displays of how many, or how much of, one or more functions the patient support apparatus is able to perform based on the battery's current charge level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Douglas Furman, Daniel Vincent Brosnan, Lavanya Vytla
  • Patent number: 11804622
    Abstract: The cost of hardware and the cost of calculation are reduced in the case where a plurality of assembled batteries are used. The amount of change in the voltage of each battery constituting an assembled battery is sequentially measured with a voltage monitor and abnormality is detected from the correlation between the amounts of changes in the voltages of batteries at the same period. Furthermore, abnormality is detected on the basis of the amounts of changes up to the previous step. Inference is made by a reference parameter acquisition system using an IIR filter or an FIR filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kei Takahashi, Toshiyuki Isa, Ryo Yamauchi, Koji Kusunoki
  • Patent number: 11799139
    Abstract: A method for generating smoke in a cell pack by which a very small amount of smoke can be generated from a specific single unit cell among unit cells constituting the cell pack. The method causes smoke generation in a cell pack in which unit cells are connected and which includes a positive electrode output terminal for electrically connecting the positive electrode terminal of the unit cell and an external device, and a negative electrode output terminal for electrically connecting the negative electrode terminal of the unit cell and an external device. By attaching a heating means to the negative electrode output terminal, the electrode body of a specific single unit cell is heated through the negative electrode output terminal to which the heating means is attached. As a result, it is possible to cause the generation of a small amount of smoke from the specific single unit cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takayuki Hojo, Akira Kiyama
  • Patent number: 11796605
    Abstract: A device and method for diagnosing an increase in resistance of a lead unit of a battery cell, including a first voltage measurement step in which when a battery pack is in an open circuit voltage state, a voltage is measured for each unit cell of the battery pack, a second voltage measurement step in which, when the battery pack is in a charging or discharging state, a voltage is measured for each unit cell according to a predetermined current flowing through the battery pack, and a step for comparing, for each unit cell, a voltage measured in the first voltage measurement step and a voltage measured in the second voltage measurement step, and detecting whether the unit cell is abnormal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Inventor: Won Gon Kim
  • Patent number: 11799306
    Abstract: The application relates to battery internal resistance detection device and method for power conversion device. The detection device includes a data acquisition module for acquiring a battery voltage and a battery current to obtain a DC voltage, an AC voltage, a DC current and an AC current, a first calculation module for receiving the AC current and the AC voltage at a certain instant to output a first internal resistance value and a battery capacitance, a second calculation module for receiving a plurality of DC currents and a plurality of DC voltages at multiple instants and the battery capacitance to output a second internal resistance value, and a selection module for receiving the first and second internal resistance value and selecting one of the first and second internal resistance value as battery internal resistance value. The application improves detection accuracy of battery internal resistance by combining DC and AC algorithms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingxuan Dong, Changyong Wang, Aibin Qiu
  • Patent number: 11784508
    Abstract: Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems and related methods that may be used to supply power to two-way, portable radios are described. The UPS system provides full UPS functionality and a constant output voltage independent of a battery voltage and battery State of Charge (SOC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Inventor: Yves Destenaves
  • Patent number: 11784504
    Abstract: A method for determining parameters of a simplified model of an energy storage system, including an energy storage device and a conversion device, the system being modelled by a complex model including models of the energy storage and conversion devices; the complex model receiving a setpoint power Pac_sp and a state of charge SOCp at input and providing the state of charge SOC of the storage device and the power Pac at the output of the storage device at output; the method including implementing simulations of the energy storage system using the complex model; calculating (a) a table of the variation in the state of charge of the system as a function of the setpoint power and of a state of charge, (b) a table of maximum power as a function of the state of charge; (c) a table of minimum power as a function of the state of charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Kangkana Bharadwaj, Franck Al Shakarchi, Franck Bourry
  • Patent number: 11762026
    Abstract: A battery monitoring apparatus is used in a battery assembly equipped with a plurality of batteries connected in series with each other. A plurality of measuring lines are mounted on a given layer of a multi-layer substrate and work to measure electrical potentials developed at terminals of the batteries, respectively. The measuring lines are classified into measuring line groups in order of electrical potential from lowest to highest. A plurality of solid patterns are arranged on one of layers of the multi-layer substrate other than the given layer and provided one for each of the measuring line groups. The solid patterns overlap the measuring line groups in planar view in a stacking direction of the multi-layer substrate. The solid patterns are arranged away from each other. The higher electrical potentials of the measuring line groups are, the higher electrical potentials of the corresponding solid patterns are.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiki Kojima, Masakazu Kouda, Hayato Mizoguchi
  • Patent number: 11762032
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a diagnosis method of a battery is provided. In the diagnosis method, a similarity to a measurement result of a voltage of the battery is calculated in regard to each of a plurality of voltage arithmetic data calculated by setting an internal state in mutually different states in a voltage model of the battery. In the diagnosis method, a deterioration state of the battery is determined based on the similarity calculated in regard to each of the voltage arithmetic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Nobukatsu Sugiyama, Yumi Fujita, Tomokazu Morita
  • Patent number: 11754636
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for estimating the state of health (SOH) of an electrochemical element, comprising: initiating a charging or discharging operation of the electrochemical element; measuring values representing deformations of the electrochemical element while the charging or discharging operation is being performed, the deformation values measured forming a deformations image signal according to the quantity of electricity passing through the electrochemical element over time; comparing the deformations image signal and a reference image signal, one or more differences obtained by the comparison characterising an estimation of the ageing of the electrochemical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: SAFT
    Inventors: Sébastien Laurent, Gérard Barrailh, Nathalie Legrand, Emilie Buisson, Rémi Didelon
  • Patent number: 11754629
    Abstract: An active isolation detection method may be used with an electrical system having a battery pack connected to a high-voltage bus. The bus has positive and negative bus rails, each having a respective rail-to-ground voltage. The method may include connecting variable resistance element to the high-voltage bus, and determining input information indicative electrical characteristics of the battery pack, the high-voltage bus, and/or a charging station. The method includes varying a bias resistance of the high-voltage bus, via control of the variable resistance element, e.g., via duty cycle control of a binary switch in series with a bias resistor, to produce a varied bias resistance based on the input information. A target voltage shift is achieved on the high-voltage bus as a target level of change in one of the rail-to-ground voltages. An isolation resistance of the electrical system is determined via the controller using the varied bias resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yue Fan, Shifang Li, Russell K. Steele, James E. Tarchinski
  • Patent number: 11747404
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of detecting a thermal runaway of a battery for an electric vehicle are provided. The apparatus includes a plurality of battery cells that are connected in series through a high voltage (HV) line and a battery module including the plurality of battery cells. A plurality of main sensing lines are electrically connected to the HV line between the plurality of battery cells to measure voltages of respective battery cells. A plurality of auxiliary sensing lines are respectively connected to an HV line as an input line of the battery module and to an HV line as an output line of the battery module to measure a voltage of the battery module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Hyunchang Kang
  • Patent number: 11747402
    Abstract: An automotive battery draw monitor for monitoring the parasitic draw on an automotive battery. The invention uses a shunt and a multi-meter to measure the voltage drop between the negative battery terminal and the negative battery cable. The invention is contained within a housing and powered via a power cable that connects the multi-meter to the positive terminal of the battery. The invention is grounded using a ground wire connected to the shunt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Inventor: Austin N. Watts
  • Patent number: 11733311
    Abstract: A method of screening a battery for failure mechanisms is provided. The method may include activating an electrochemical cell. Within 5 minutes to two hours of activating the cell, the open circuit voltage of the cell is measured over a period of time to determine a voltage versus time function. The cell is then screened for the presence of a failure mechanism by checking the voltage versus time function for a failure criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Davis, Xiaofei Jiang, Joseph Beauvais
  • Patent number: 11733308
    Abstract: A deterioration state estimation system of a secondary battery includes: a state variable measurement unit which measures a state variable including an output current and an output voltage of the secondary battery in operation at each prescribed timing; a preprocessing unit which outputs input data calculated on the basis of the measured state variable; and a deterioration state estimation unit which estimates a deterioration state of the secondary battery in operation through a trained deterioration state model using the input data, wherein the preprocessing unit includes a state variable processing unit which sets a unit amount of charge/discharge and a most recent section closest to a current time and one or more previous sections before the most recent section as a desired section based on the unit amount of charge/discharge used for calculating the input data, calculates, as section data, an amount of voltage change based on the state variable for each set section, includes the calculated section data in
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shigeru Namiki
  • Patent number: 11728498
    Abstract: The systems, devices, and methods described herein relate to heating and cooling automotive fuel cells. A proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller may be used to control the temperature of fluid in the fuel cells. The PID may be configured to calculate and control the saturation limits of the I-term of the PID controller to reduce integral wind-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared M. Farnsworth, Daniel C. Folick