Adjuncts In Combination With Or For Connection To An External Electrical Electric Current Carrying Member Of A Battery Other Than Terminal Protectors, E.g., Terminal Adapter, Caps, Lifters, Etc. And Connectors Per Se Patents (Class 429/121)
  • Patent number: 10916769
    Abstract: The present application relates to a cathode, an electrochemical device and an electronic device including the same. The cathode includes: a cathode current collector, a first cathode active material layer, a second cathode active material layer and an insulating layer; where the first cathode active material layer covers a first portion of a first surface of the cathode current collector, and the insulating layer covers a second portion of the first surface of the cathode current collector that is different from the first portion, where a first distance exists between the insulating layer and the first cathode active material layer in a longitudinal direction of the cathode current collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: NINGDE AMPEREX TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Xinru Su, Baozhang Li, Yisong Su, Zhiwen Xiao
  • Patent number: 10892459
    Abstract: A battery includes a first power generation element, a first outer cover body which encloses the first power generation element, and a first planar electrode having, as principal surfaces, a first connecting surface and a first protruding surface opposite the first connecting surface. The first connecting surface is electrically connected to the first power generation element. The first outer cover body includes a first covering portion provided with a first opening. The first protruding surface protrudes from the first opening toward an outside of the first covering portion. The first covering portion is joined to at least one of the first planar electrode and the first power generation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Honda
  • Patent number: 10892460
    Abstract: A wiring module having a second protector is provided with a rear-side first latching portion and a front-side first latching portion that are elastically deformable. A cover is provided with a rear-side restraining portion and a front-side restraining portion. The rear-side restraining portion is disposed within a deflection space for the rear-side first latching portion, and restrains elastic deformation of the rear-side first latching portion. The front-side restraining portion is disposed within a deflection space for the front-side first latching portion, and restrains elastic deformation of the front-side first latching portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Fukushima, Osamu Nakayama, Katsushi Miyazaki, Seishi Kimura
  • Patent number: 10879506
    Abstract: A battery mounting structure and an electronic device having the same is provided. The electronic device includes a housing including a first plate that faces a first direction, a second plate that faces a second direction opposite to the first direction, and a side member that surrounds a space between the first and second plates, a printed circuit board (PCB) disposed in the space of the housing, a battery that at least partially faces the PCB, a bracket that surrounds at least one face of the battery, and an elastic structure disposed between the battery and the bracket and located on an edge region of the battery. The elastic structure may include an elastic member, a first adhesive member disposed on a first face of the elastic member that faces the first direction, and a second adhesive member disposed on a second face that faces the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ki-Won Kim, Hun-Young Ryu, Young-Joon Choi
  • Patent number: 10862231
    Abstract: An automotive battery clamp that attaches to the terminals of a battery includes: a clamp housing; two terminal contacts extending from the clamp housing and in contact with the battery terminals; either electrical contact pads secured in two electrical contact openings in a surface of the clamp housing or electrical prongs secured in the clamp housing; two conductive lines inside the clamp housing, each conductive line electrically connecting a terminal contact with either an electrical contact pad or an electrical prong; whereby a source of charging current can be applied to the automotive battery terminals via either the electrical contact openings or the electrical prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Cytherean Mandelbrot LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Stecewycz
  • Patent number: 10840496
    Abstract: A bus bar module includes a plurality of bus bars, each of which connects adjacent electrodes in a plurality of batteries so as to connect the plurality of batteries in series, the plurality of batteries being arranged such that the electrodes thereof are aligned in a straight line, a terminal connected to each of the bus bars; and a casing that accommodates the plurality of bus bars and the plurality of terminals. The casing includes a routing groove configured to route an electric wire in the arrangement direction, the electric wire being to be connected to the terminal. The routing groove includes an absorbing portion formed to be swollen such that a groove width dimension of a part thereof is made larger than a groove width dimension of the other part thereof, whereby the absorbing portion absorbs an extra length portion of the electric wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Ogasawara, Shinichi Yanagihara
  • Patent number: 10840485
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a composite end plate and a battery module. The composite end plate comprises a first rigid plate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to each other in a thickness direction of the first rigid plate, and comprising a first end portion, a first intermediate portion and a second end portion continuously distributed in a length direction of the first rigid plate; and a second rigid plate comprising a first free end, a second intermediate portion and a second free end continuously distributed in the length direction, wherein the first rigid plate and the second rigid plate are made of different materials, the second intermediate portion is disposed opposite to the first surface, the first free end is connected to the first end portion, and the second free end is connected to the second end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventor: Shubing You
  • Patent number: 10826043
    Abstract: Provided is a cell connection unit for a battery module. The cell connection unit includes: a substrate accommodating electrode terminals of the battery module; an electronic unit; a connector connected to the electronic unit; and an electronic circuit electrically connecting at least one of the electrode terminals of the battery module to the electronic unit via the connector. The connector includes a fixed electrical connector and a plurality of fixation connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Christoph Schmiedhofer
  • Patent number: 10818895
    Abstract: A bus bar module includes a plurality of bus bars in which a plurality of battery cells of a battery assembly electrically connect to each other, a plurality of electric wires electrically connected to the plurality of bus bars, and an electric wire routing structure that accommodates the plurality of electric wires. The electric wire routing structure includes a plurality of electric wire routing grooves formed in an upwardly opening gutter shape and disposed along an overlapping direction of the plurality of battery cells, and a plurality of lids connected to first side walls of the plurality of electric wire routing grooves via hinges so as to be rotatable and covering the plurality of electric wire routing grooves so as to block groove openings of the plurality of electric wire routing grooves, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takao Shoji, Shinichi Yanagihara, Motoo Nojima
  • Patent number: 10797321
    Abstract: Provided herein is a method of manufacturing a nanoscale coated network, which includes providing nanofibers, capable of forming a network in the presence of a liquid vehicle and providing a nanoscale solid substance in the presence of the liquid vehicle. The method may also include forming a network of the nanofibers and the nanoscale solid substance and redistributing at least a portion of the nanoscale solid substance within the network to produce a network of nanofibers coated with the nanoscale solid substance. Also provided herein is a nanoscale coated network with an active material coating that is redistributed to cover and electrochemically isolate the network from materials outside the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Wellstat BioCatalysis, LLC
    Inventor: Evgeniya Freydina
  • Patent number: 10797283
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a battery module, which comprises a battery group, two end plates and two side plates. Each end plate has X direction groove portions respectively formed to two ends of the end plate in the X direction. Each side plate has: a body portion positioned at one of the two ends of the battery group in the X direction; and inserting portions respectively extending from two ends of the body portion in the Y direction toward the X direction. The inserting portions of each side plate are respectively inserted into the corresponding X direction groove portions of the end plates to limit relative movement between each side plate and the end plates in the Y direction to make each side plate and the end plates fixed and connected. Strength of the battery module is improved and the possibility in connection failure of the battery module is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: CONTEMPORARY AMPEREX TECHNOLOGY CO., LIMITED
    Inventors: Bangying Zhu, Feng Yu
  • Patent number: 10784486
    Abstract: A tapered busbar for an energy storage device is provided. The tapered busbar is configured to interconnect with a first row of series-connected energy storage cells in a battery module at a first end of the busbar. As the busbar tapers from a first cross-sectional area at the first end to a larger second cross-sectional area at a second opposite end, the busbar is configured to interconnect with sequentially additional electrically-parallel rows of series-connected energy storage cells. The tapered cross-sectional area of the busbar provides a substantially uniform current density at any point along the length of the busbar regardless of the number of rows of energy storage cells connected before or after the point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander J. Smith, Austin L. Newman
  • Patent number: 10756313
    Abstract: A power storage device includes a positive electrode part including a first metallic foil layer and a positive electrode active material layer partially laminated on one surface of the first metallic foil layer, a negative electrode part including a second metallic foil layer and a negative electrode active material layer partially laminated on one surface of the second metallic foil layer, and a separator arranged between the positive electrode part and the negative electrode part. The positive electrode active material layer is arranged between the first metallic foil layer and the separator, and the negative electrode active material layer is arranged between the second metallic foil layer and the separator. The peripheral regions of the one surfaces of the first and second metallic foil layers in which the positive and negative electrode active material layers are not formed are joined via a peripheral sealing layer containing a thermoplastic resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SHOWA DENKO PACKAGING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Minamitani, Yuji Minamibori, Kensuke Nagata, Shunsuke Saito
  • Patent number: 10756527
    Abstract: A protector is configured to protect a belt-like flexible board where a wiring pattern is provided. The protector includes a first accommodation portion configured to accommodate the flexible board so as to be slidable in a length direction of the flexible board, a second accommodation portion configured to accommodate the flexible board in a position different from the first accommodation portion in the length direction, and a bendable coupling portion that connects between the first accommodation portion and the second accommodation portion. The coupling portion is structured so that under a condition where the coupling portion is curved, deformation of the flexible board in a direction away from the coupling portion is allowed when the flexible board is slid in the length direction with respect to the first accommodation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Ichikawa, Kimitoshi Makino, Makoto Kobayashi, Tomoji Yasuda, Masahiro Takamatsu
  • Patent number: 10741887
    Abstract: A fixing structure of voltage detection terminal includes a voltage detection terminal and a resin case having insulation property. The voltage detection terminal includes a flat plate portion, a busbar connection portion that bends from an upper end of the flat plate portion in an extending direction perpendicular to an up-down direction, and a crimping portion connected to an end portion of an electrical wire. The resin case includes a terminal accommodating portion accommodating the voltage detection terminal. The busbar connection portion is bonded to a plane surface of a busbar in the up-down direction to overlap with the busbar. The terminal accommodating portion includes projections that block movement in the extending direction of the flat plate portion in the terminal accommodating portion, and a latch projection that blocks movement in the up-down direction of the voltage detection terminal in the terminal accommodating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuya Tomobe, Naoto Inoue
  • Patent number: 10720628
    Abstract: Provided is a battery module including a battery cell laminate and a cooling pin. The battery cell laminate includes a plurality of battery cells are arranged adjacent to each other, each of the battery cells having a structure in which an electrode assembly is sealed together with an electrolytic solution, within a battery case. The cooling pin is interposed between the battery cells, the cooling pin having a plate-shaped structure and including a plurality of fixing protrusions that are locally inserted into an outer surface of the battery case of the battery cell that faces the cooling pin and fixed in position with respect to the battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Suk Cho, Dae Sik Choi
  • Patent number: 10700359
    Abstract: Provided herein is a battery and an electrode. The battery may include two electrodes; and an electrolyte, wherein at least one electrode further includes: a nano-scale coated network, which includes one or more first carbon nanotubes electrically connected to one or more second carbon nanotubes to form a nano-scale network, wherein at least one of the one or more second carbon nanotubes is in electrical contact with another of the one or more second carbon nanotubes. The battery may further include an active material coating distributed to cover portions of the one or more first carbon nanotubes and portions of the one or more second carbon nanotubes, wherein a plurality of the one or more second carbon nanotubes are in electrical communication with other second carbon nanotubes under the active material coating. Also provided herein is a method of making a battery and an electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Wellstat BioCatalysis, LLC
    Inventor: Evgeniya Freydina
  • Patent number: 10680220
    Abstract: A battery vent cap gang includes a plurality of vent caps. A primary member is operably coupled to each of the plurality of vent caps. A first translation member is operably coupled to a first one of the plurality of vent caps and spaced from the primary member in a first direction. A second translation member is operably coupled to a second one of the plurality of the vent caps and spaced from the primary member in a second direction. An actuator is operably coupled to the primary member, the first translation member, and the second translation member to cause substantially simultaneous rotational movement of the plurality of vent caps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: DOYLE MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventor: Michael A. Doyle
  • Patent number: 10673052
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery module includes a plurality of unit cells adjacent to each other in a first direction, each unit cell including an electrode assembly in a case, a cap plate sealing an opening of the case, and an electrode terminal electrically connected to the electrode assembly through the cap plate, a bus bar electrically connecting electrode terminals of unit cells adjacent in the first direction, a module frame accommodating the plurality of unit cells, the module frame including at least two sidewalls spaced apart from each other in the first direction to restrict opposite sides of the first direction, and a bottom supporting the at least two side walls, a restricting member fixed to a top of the module frame, the restricting member being spaced apart from the bottom of the module frame along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction to restrict the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dukjung Kim
  • Patent number: 10658645
    Abstract: A busbar module includes a busbar holding plate and a busbar cover attached to the busbar holding plate. The busbar holding plate includes a busbar holding face and a bearing including a hole and a wall to define the hole. The busbar cover includes protrusions protruding toward each other in the axial direction at positions corresponding to the hole. The protrusions are opposed to each other with a gap less than a dimension of the hole in the axial direction. The protrusions are disposed in the hole to rotate the busbar cover about the protrusions between a covering position and an uncovering position. The busbar cover is flexible to deform such that the gap expands to allow the wall to pass through the gap during attachment of the bulbar cover to the busbar holding plate and restores its original shape when passing of the wall through the gap is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD., ENVISION AESC JAPAN LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Nakayama, Tetsuya Fujita, Yasuhiro Yanagihara, Kodai Nagano, Manato Itabashi
  • Patent number: 10647206
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery module, which includes a plurality of battery cells stacked on one another and respectively having electrode leads protruding on at least one side thereof, and a bus bar assembly configured to electrically connect the electrode leads of the plurality of battery cells and having at least one lead slot through which electrode leads of two battery cells adjacent to each other pass in common.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Tae-Geun Kim, Jin-Woo Park, Bok-Gun Lee, Jeong-Woon Lee
  • Patent number: 10651457
    Abstract: A battery module includes a first rechargeable battery and a second rechargeable battery electrically coupled in series to each other, the first rechargeable battery and the second rechargeable battery each including a first electrode and a second electrode, and the first rechargeable battery and second rechargeable battery each including a short circuit member that deforms when an internal pressure of the respective one of the first rechargeable battery and second rechargeable battery exceeds a predetermined pressure, and a fuse member including a first pad electrically coupled to the second electrode of the second rechargeable battery, a second pad overlapping the short-circuit member of the second rechargeable battery, and a plurality of fuses formed between the first pad and the second pad, wherein widths of the fuses are smaller than widths of the first and second pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-Won Byun, Jeong-Won Oh, Sang-Kyoon Park
  • Patent number: 10651516
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a battery module that includes a housing having a first opening configured to receive one or more battery cells and an electrical component, a housing cover configured to be disposed over the first opening to enclose the one or more battery cells and the electrical component in the housing, a signal connector disposed within the housing and electrically coupled to the electrical component, where the signal connector is configured to be actuated from a first position to a second position, and a vent port in alignment with the signal connector such that the signal connector is accessible to a push device passing through the vent port to facilitate directing the signal connector into the second position and toward a second opening of the housing cover when the housing cover is disposed over the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Clarios Advanced Solutions GmbH
    Inventors: Helge Brenner, Markus Hoh, Ralf Joswig, Martin Wiegmann
  • Patent number: 10644299
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery module, which includes a battery cell assembly having at least one battery cell, a module case configured to accommodate the battery cell assembly, and a module connector mounted at the module case, wherein the module connector includes a connector pin electrically connected to the battery cell assembly at the inside of the module case so as to be connected to an external connector at the outside of the module case, a connector housing mounted to an outer surface of the module case to surround the connector pin, and a sealing member provided between the connector housing and the module case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Jung-Hoon Lee, Jeong-O Mun, Eun-Gyu Shin, Yoon-Koo Lee, Jong-Young Lee, Byoung-Cheon Jeong, Mi-Geum Choi, Torsten Karcher, Andreas Track
  • Patent number: 10608230
    Abstract: An external connection busbar holding module includes: a first external connection busbar includes a bolt-fastening portion that is bent orthogonal to one end, and to which an external connection component is to be bolted, the bolt-fastening portion being provided at another end; and an external connection busbar protector that holds the first external connection busbar. The external connection busbar protector includes a positioning portion into which the bolt-fastening portion is inserted, and that positions the first external connection busbar. The positioning portion includes an entrance portion having a predetermined clearance relative to the bolt-fastening portion, and a clearance reduction portion that reduces the predetermined clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Nakayama, Tetsuya Fujita, Katsushi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10566586
    Abstract: Leaktight box for alkaline electrolyte battery, comprising an assembly of metal plates, where: a first and a second plate overlap in a zone of overlap and are assembled with rivets each comprising a head, a stem and a bulb; the stem of the rivets is deformed in such a way as to occupy in a leaktight manner substantially all of the volume of said holes of the first and second plates; preferably an elastomer seal comprising a material chosen from among a butyl rubber, an ethylene-propylene-diene terpolymer and a nitrile rubber, where said seal is disposed in continuity with the overlap zone in continuous contact with the first and the second plate in such a way as to complete the leaktightness of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SAFT
    Inventors: Philippe Vasti, Xavier Tridon
  • Patent number: 10559805
    Abstract: A battery for an electric vehicle includes first and second pairs of modules in electrical communication with each other. The first pair of modules includes a first module and a second module. The second module is in electrical and thermal communication with the first module via a first plurality of outer bus bars. The second pair of modules includes a third module and a fourth module. The fourth module is in electrical and thermal communication with the third module via a second plurality of outer bus bars. The first and second pairs of modules are coupled to each other via a first inner connecting bus bar and a second inner connecting bus bar proximate to a center region of each of the second and third modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Caleb Jones, Chih-cheng Hsu, Charles Hua
  • Patent number: 10553999
    Abstract: A connection module includes a busbar holding module including insulating protectors and an external connection busbar holder disposed above the busbar holding module. The insulating protectors include fixing portions joined to fixed portions provided in the power storage elements or another member to secure the external connection busbar holder. The external connection busbar holder includes a first external connection busbar and a second external connection busbar to which external connection members are bolted and engaging portions that engage with the fixing portions. Each of the fixing portions includes a fixing-reinforcement portion that is displaced to fill the clearance between the fixing portion and the fixed portion in response to engagement with the engaging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Fukushima, Osamu Nakayama, Katsushi Miyazaki, Seishi Kimura
  • Patent number: 10511000
    Abstract: A battery pack includes a battery with an electrode terminal connected to a lead tab, a metal holder to accommodate the battery, and an insulating holder spacing apart the metal holder from the battery, the insulating holder including a coupling part coupled with the metal holder, and the lead tab being connected to electrode terminal through an opening in the insulating holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Man Sik Cho
  • Patent number: 10498095
    Abstract: A connection module includes a negative electrode external connection busbar to which an external connection component is to be bolt-fastened; a positive electrode external connection busbar to which an external connection component is to be bolt-fastened; and an insulating protector configured to hold the external connection busbars in an insulated manner. The insulating protector includes a support plate portion including a support plate surface that faces and extends along an outer surface of a frame outer wall for accommodating an electricity storage element group in a state in which the connection module is attached to the electricity storage element group, at least the support plate surface being configured to abut against an outer surface of the frame outer wall so as to support the insulating protector when the external connection components are bolt-fastened to the first external connection busbar and the second external connection busbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Fukushima, Osamu Nakayama, Katsushi Miyazaki, Tetsuya Fujita
  • Patent number: 10483592
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a lithium ion battery cell. A non-aqueous liquid electrolyte solution is placed in contact with particles of a lithium ion-exchanged zeolite material for a time sufficient to remove water molecules from the liquid electrolyte solution. Thereafter, the liquid electrolyte solution may be introduced into an electrochemical cell assembly and hermetically sealed within a cell casing to form a lithium ion battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Xingcheng Xiao, Mark W. Verbrugge, Mei Cai, Sherman H. Zeng
  • Patent number: 10483705
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an electrical connector and an electrical connection assembly. The electrical connector has a first connector, a second connector, and a retainer. The first connector has a first connecting portion and a first protruding end portion that are integrally connected with each other. The second connector has a second connecting portion and a second protruding end portion that are integrally connected with each other. The second connector and the first connector are independently formed elements, respectively. The retainer is integrally interconnected with the first connector and the second connector. The second connecting portion is electrically connected with the first connecting portion. The first protruding end portion is arranged to protrude from the retainer to electrically connect a first mating connector. The second protruding end portion is arranged to protrude from the retainer to electrically connect a second mating connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Tyco Electronics Technology (SIP) Ltd.
    Inventors: Jifa Wang, Xiao Zhou
  • Patent number: 10446828
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described herein for an electrode assembly for a battery and a method of making the electrode assembly. The electrode assembly comprises an active material layer having a recess formed therein at an outer surface of the active material layer, the recess extending from a side facet of the active material layer toward an interior portion of the active material layer; a current collector layer supported on and in electrical contact with the outer surface of the active material layer; and a tab element supported partially within the recess and in electrical contact with at least one of the active material layer and the current collector layer, the tab element being adapted to provide an electrical connection for the electrode assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: David Gerard Rich, Taha Shabbir Husain Sutarwala
  • Patent number: 10446989
    Abstract: A fuse module including an battery clamp, a fuse assembly including a mounting block, a bus bar on a first side of the mounting block in contact with the battery clamp, fuse terminals on a second side of the mounting block connected to the bus bar by fusible elements, and a terminal post extending through one of the fuse terminals for facilitating electrical connection to a first electrical component, the fuse module further including a mounting cradle holding the fuse assembly and the battery clamp, the mounting cradle including a mounting post extending through the battery clamp, the bus bar, the mounting block, and one of the fuse terminals for facilitating connection to a second electrical component and for securing the fuse module components together, wherein the mounting post is surrounded by a tubular sleeve extending between the bus bar and the fuse terminal through which the mounting post extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: LITTELFUSE, INC.
    Inventors: Julio Urrea, Gary Bold, Hector Perez
  • Patent number: 10403923
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to a battery having a folded architecture that has one or more blocks of cells folded onto one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SimpliPhi Power, Incorporated
    Inventors: Stuart B. Lennox, Timothy M. Bowhall, Sr., Benjamin H. Widmer
  • Patent number: 10388957
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a lithium ion battery electrode. The lithium ion battery electrode comprises a current collector and at least one electrode material layers stacked on the current collector. Each of the at least one electrode material layers comprises an electrode active material layer, a conductive agent, an adhesive material, and a carbon nanotube layered structure. The conductive agent and the adhesive material are dispersed in the electrode active material layer. The carbon nanotube layered structure is located on the electrode active material layer, and at least part of the carbon nanotube layered structure is embedded in the electrode active material layer. The electrode active material layer is located between the current collector and the carbon nanotube layered structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ling-Jia Yan, Jia-Ping Wang, Kai-Li Jiang, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 10389072
    Abstract: A connection module includes a busbar holding module including insulating protectors and an external connection busbar holder disposed above the busbar holding module. The insulating protectors include fixing portions joined to fixed portions provided in the power storage elements or another member to secure the external connection busbar holder. The external connection busbar holder includes a first external connection busbar and a second external connection busbar to which external connection members are bolted and engaging portions that engage with the fixing portions. Each of the fixing portions includes a fixing-reinforcement portion that is displaced to fill the clearance between the fixing portion and the fixed portion in response to engagement with the engaging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Fukushima, Osamu Nakayama, Katsushi Miyazaki, Seishi Kimura
  • Patent number: 10381620
    Abstract: A battery unit mounted on a vehicle, includes: a battery; a first electric junction box electrically connected to the battery; a second electric junction box electrically connected to the battery; and a case accommodating the battery, the first electric junction box, and the second electric junction box. The battery, the first electric junction box, and the second electric junction box are arranged in this order in a vehicle width direction. The first electric junction box is disposed along a side surface of one side of the battery in the vehicle width direction. The second electric junction box is held by a bracket which is inclined upward or downward, as the second electric junction box is separated from the first electric junction box in the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Takahashi, Ryo Fujii, Suguru Umetsu, Atsushi Mizutani, Eiji Koike
  • Patent number: 10374208
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery includes an electrode assembly including a first electrode and a second electrode, a case for accommodating the electrode assembly, a cap plate in an opening of the case to seal the case, and electrode terminals electrically coupled to the electrode assembly, each electrode terminal having a rivet terminal extending through a terminal hole in the cap plate, a first end of the rivet terminal being electrically coupled to the electrode assembly, and a second end of the rivet terminal protruding out of the cap plate and including a protruding portion, and a conductive terminal coupled to the protruding portion of the rivet terminal, the conductive terminal and the protruding portion of the rivet terminal including different metals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae-Wook Lee
  • Patent number: 10374211
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to the field of batteries and battery modules, and more specifically, relates to a system and method for manufacturing terminal assemblies for lithium-ion battery modules. A disclosed battery module includes a terminal block assembly that is secured to a polymer housing of the battery module. The terminal block assembly includes a terminal post having a post portion and a base portion that extends outward from a central axis of the post portion. The terminal block assembly also includes a bus bar coupled to the base portion of the terminal post without welding, wherein the bus bar includes a trough disposed near the terminal post. The terminal block assembly further includes a polymer portion overmolding at least the trough of the bus bar to form a drainage channel near the terminal post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CPS Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Richard M. DeKeuster, Robert J. Mack, John P. Dinkelman
  • Patent number: 10310199
    Abstract: Provided are an optical module and a transmission equipment in which a decrease in yield due to brazing or soldering is suppressed. Provided is an optical module including a semiconductor optical element, a stem, and a wiring substrate. The stem includes one or more lead terminals. The wiring substrate includes one or more openings through which the one or more lead terminals, respectively, pass. The stem has a placing surface on which the wiring substrate is placed, and two protrusion portions that are arranged on both external sides, respectively, of the wiring substrate. The wiring substrate further includes a ground conductor layer being positioned on a rear surface and two ground conductor patterns that are arranged on regions, respectively, that are in the vicinity of the two protrusion portions, of a front surface, and are electrically connected to the ground conductor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Oclaro Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Daisuke Noguchi, Kazuhiro Komatsu
  • Patent number: 10297813
    Abstract: An electrode member includes a substrate portion formed of a metal thin plate, a connection portion connected to the electrode terminal of a cell, and a fuse for electrically connecting the substrate portion to the connection portion. In the plane orthogonal to the longitudinal direction of the cell, the length of the fuse is greater than the width of the connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Takano, Daisuke Kishii
  • Patent number: 10290851
    Abstract: Provided is an energy storage apparatus which includes: a plurality of energy storage devices which respectively have an external terminal and are arranged in a row in a first direction; an adjacent member disposed between the energy storage devices disposed adjacently to each other in the first direction; and a bus bar which connects the external terminals of the energy storage devices disposed on both sides of the adjacent member to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eiji Yuasa, Kentaro Shibuya
  • Patent number: 10290850
    Abstract: Provided is a battery module including a bus bar and a plurality of battery packs electrically connected to each other by the bus bar, wherein each of the battery packs includes a case in which a first guide for guiding an assembly position of the bus bar is formed, and the first guide extends in a first direction around a terminal. According to one or more embodiments, there is provided a battery module including a guide for guiding an assembly position of a bus bar in a structure of binding together a plurality of battery packs using the bus bar, thereby facilitating binding the battery packs together and preventing faulty binding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Daepyo Lee
  • Patent number: 10269522
    Abstract: A fuse unit includes: a fusible link which is connected to a battery terminal and of which a fuse is fused when overcurrent flows therein; and a holding mechanism including a base portion that is interposed between a post-standing surface and the battery terminal in a state in which the battery terminal is fastened to a battery post provided on the post-standing surface of a battery housing, and a holding portion that is connected to the base portion and holds the fusible link on the post-standing surface. Accordingly, a load acting on the battery post can be suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: YAZAKI CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Kitano, Takahiro Shiohama, Shinya Onoda, Masanobu Suzuki, Shigeru Kimura, Yukinori Koie
  • Patent number: 10263231
    Abstract: A vent cap gang includes a plurality of vent caps to be received in respective vent ports formed in a battery cover. Each of the vent caps includes a cylindrical body having first pin located at an axial center thereof and a second pin offset from the axial center. A plurality of elongate members is operably coupled to each of the vent caps by the first and second pins. An actuator is operably coupled to the elongate members and at least one of the vent caps to cause simultaneous rotational movement of the vent caps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: DOYLE MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventor: Michael A. Doyle
  • Patent number: 10259109
    Abstract: A locking terminal clamp cable assembly including a pair of locking pliers, an adapter screw threaded into the locking pliers and including a threaded bore, an adjuster screw threaded into the threaded bore and configured to adjust the locking pliers, a cable lug having a ring portion positioned between the adapter screw and a jam nut, and a cable connected to the cable lug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Genesis 12, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Vertanen
  • Patent number: 10256452
    Abstract: A cell contacting system for an electro-chemical device includes a plurality of electro-chemical cells and a current line system, wherein the cell contacting system includes a signal line system having signal lines for connecting a respective signal source to a signal line termination or to a monitoring device of the cell contacting system and a carrier element which carries the signal line system. The cell contacting system further includes at least one signal-line-system-side positioning element which is fixed to a signal line of the signal line system and at least one carrier-element-side positioning element which is fixed at least temporarily to the carrier element, wherein the signal-line-system-side positioning element is connected to the carrier-element-side positioning element at least temporarily in such a way that the signal-line-system-side positioning element is positioned in a desired position relative to a cell connector or a current termination of the current line system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ElringKlinger AG
    Inventors: Ruben Roemer, Udo Hoenle, Stefan Kazmaier, Wolfgang Fritz
  • Patent number: 10254175
    Abstract: A temperature detection module includes a thermistor configured to detect the temperature of an electric cell, a thermistor electrical wire drawn from the thermistor, a thermistor holding portion configured to hold the thermistor movably in a direction in which the thermistor comes into contact with and separates from the electric cell in a form in which the thermistor is biased to move toward the electric cell, and an electrical wire routing path in which the thermistor electrical wire is routed in one direction. The electrical wire routing path is provided with a holding means for holding a midpoint of the thermistor electrical wire that is drawn from the thermistor and routed along the electrical wire routing path in a form in which a drawing end of the thermistor electrical wire is provided with an excess length portion having a predetermined length in order to allow movement of the thermistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Shimoda, Shinichi Takase, Nobuyuki Matsumura, Yoshinori Ito, Hideo Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10211431
    Abstract: There is disclosed an electric battery assembly comprising: a plurality of electric batteries arranged in an array, an interconnection for connecting batteries in the array to provide a common power output; a plurality of shock absorbent housings, wherein each electric battery is provided within a shock-absorbent housing. The shock absorbent housing may have the form of a blister, which may be flexible and which may be filled with a shock-mitigating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: BAE Systems plc
    Inventor: Mohammed-Asif Akhmad