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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10181590
    Abstract: A battery system for use with outdoor power equipment includes a base including a positive terminal, a negative terminal, and a battery receptacle electrically coupled to the positive terminal and the negative terminal, wherein the positive terminal and the negative terminal are spaced apart by a distance substantially the same as a standard distance between terminals of a standard lead-acid battery, and a lithium-ion battery removably attached to the battery receptacle, wherein when attached, the lithium-ion battery is electrically coupled to the positive terminal and the negative terminal via the battery receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Richard J. Gilpatrick
  • Patent number: 10177578
    Abstract: A power distribution device for use with rechargeable batteries, such as power tool batteries or battery packs, that is capable of powering a number of accessory devices such as geographical positioning system devices, depth finders, phones and radios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Jason Cooke
  • Patent number: 10148044
    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: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Littelfuse, Inc.
    Inventors: Julio Urrea, Gary Bold, Hector Perez
  • Patent number: 10122117
    Abstract: An electrical connector and system for connecting to a terminal post. The electrical connector includes a housing body, a contact and a locking release member. The housing body includes a post receiving passage for receiving the terminal post therein. The contact is provided in the post receiving passage and is positioned about the circumference of the post receiving passage. The contact will make an electrical engagement with a terminal post inserted into the post receiving passage regardless of the orientation of the terminal post with respect to the contact. The electrical connector which prevents the improper mating of the connector to the post, prevents unwanted rotation of the connector, provides a visual indication that the proper connection is secured and provides a secondary lock to ensure that unwanted unmating of the connector does not occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keith Edwin Miller, John Anthony Fulponi, Lawrence Se-Jun Oh, John Louis McKibben, Dustin Carson Belack, Lynn Robert Sipe, Robert Mulfinger
  • Patent number: 10118504
    Abstract: A battery pack for an electric vehicle is disclosed. The battery pack includes an upper tray, a first busbar attached to the upper tray, a lower tray, and a second busbar attached to the lower tray. The battery pack also includes a plurality of battery cells arranged in the upper and lower trays, and a threaded fastener mechanically connecting the lower tray to the upper tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Thunder Power New Energy Vehicle Development Company Limited
    Inventors: Francesco Mastrandrea, Peter Tutzer
  • Patent number: 10103411
    Abstract: A battery pack includes a first battery, a second battery remotely separated from the first battery, components to be shared by the batteries, and a battery housing. The batteries and the components are contained within the battery housing. The batteries may be Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries having different voltages. The components to be shared by the batteries may include a battery module controller (BMC), a common I/O (COM), a cooling system, and protection mechanisms like fuses, transient voltage suppressors, and battery disconnection devices (JB/BDU). An electronic control unit remotely separated from the battery pack is configured to communicate with the battery module controller to control operation of the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Federico Giordano, Antoni Ferre Fabregas
  • Patent number: 10062882
    Abstract: A battery pack includes a battery pack housing and an array of pouch cells disposed in the pack housing. The battery pack also includes a force generating assembly disposed in the battery pack housing. The force generating assembly is configured to apply a force to the array of cells along a first direction corresponding to a row of cells, and a force to the array of cells along a second direction corresponding to a column of cells. The forces result in a weld-free, direct electrical connection being formed between a first pair of adjacent cells within a row, and the second force results in a weld-free, direct electrical connection being formed between a second pair of adjacent cells within a column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignees: Bosch Battery Systems LLC, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Schoenherr
  • Patent number: 10062900
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for producing a cathode foil of a lithium-containing battery, comprising: (i) provision of a dry, solvent-free composition which comprises polytetrafluoroethylene, an electrically conductive, electrochemically inactive carbon material and an electrochemically active cathode material, (ii) formation of at least partially fibrillated polytetrafluoroethylene by action of shear forces on the dry, solvent-free composition to give a fibrillated composition, (iii) forming of the fibrillated composition to give a cathode foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V
    Inventors: Jan Bruckner, Sebastian Tschocke, Holger Althues, Stefan Kaskel, Soren Thieme
  • Patent number: 10056599
    Abstract: A battery terminal includes a penetrating plate disposed to penetrate annular portions from one end portions of the annular portions to the other end portions of the annular portions with slits interposed therebetween; a fastening bolt supported by a threaded hole of the penetrating plate to be rotatable about an axial direction; and a spacer as a pressing force converting member disposed to come into contact with edge portions of the annular portions from an end portion side of the penetrating plate where the threaded hole is provided, and converts an axial-direction fastening force, which is generated between the fastening bolt and the threaded hole with the rotation of the fastening bolt about the axial direction, into a long-side-direction pressing force that presses the annular portions in a direction, in which intervals of the slits of the annular portions are reduced, of a long-side direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Kato, Takahiro Shiohama, Katsumi Sato, Takashi Yoshida, Hideto Yoshinaga
  • Patent number: 10050262
    Abstract: Provided is a negative electrode for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery, capable of improving the energy density and the cycle characteristics of the battery without lowering the initial charge/discharge efficiency of the battery. This negative electrode includes a negative electrode active material including a silicon oxide represented by SiOx and carbon material. A proportion of a mass of the silicon oxide relative to a total mass of the silicon oxide and the carbon material: y satisfies 0.03?y?0.3. A difference between a theoretical capacity density of the negative electrode active material and a charge capacity density of the negative electrode active material when a cutoff voltage is 5 mV relative to lithium metal: ?C (mAhg?1) satisfies L=?C/100 and 6y?L?12y+0.2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Suehiro, Taisuke Yamamoto, Tatsuki Hiraoka, Katsumi Kashiwagi
  • Patent number: 10026965
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the present invention provides a manufacturing method of an electrode structure for an energy storage device, the method including: forming a polymer substrate configured to have a first uneven pattern on a first surface; forming an electrode active material layer on the first uneven pattern in a state that an tensile force is applied to the polymer substrate; and forming a second uneven pattern on the polymer substrate and the electrode active material layer by removing the tensile force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF MACHINERY & MATERIALS
    Inventors: Hyung Cheoul Shim, Seung Min Hyun, Sunghwan Chang, Jeong Hwan Kim, Jun-ho Jeong
  • Patent number: 10008725
    Abstract: A metal-oxygen cell capable of improving cycle performance is provided. The metal-oxygen cell 1 includes a positive electrode 2 that contains an oxygen storage material and uses oxygen as an active material, a negative electrode 3 that uses a metal as an active material, and an electrolyte layer 4 sandwiched between the positive electrode 2 and the negative electrode 3 and containing an electrolyte solution, effecting cell reactions of the positive electrode 2 on a surface of the oxygen storage material. The positive electrode 2 contains a conductive polymer that is capable of suppressing permeation of oxygen and conducting metal ions and covers at least a part of the surface of the oxygen storage material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihisa Tanaka, Kiyoshi Tanaami, Bunichi Saito, Takuya Taniuchi, Hiroshi Sakai, Satoshi Nakada, Mao Hori, Tomohiro Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10003065
    Abstract: Provided is a method for manufacturing battery wiring module including: a coating step of coating one long side portion of an elongated flat plate conductor and outer peripheral portions of linear conductors disposed in parallel along the long side portion with a predetermined gap therebetween having a predetermined gap with respect to the long side portion by a first insulating resin portion; and a pressing step of separating the flat plate conductor at a predetermined gap in the longitudinal direction of the flat plate conductor and forming a plurality of busbar electrically connecting electrode terminals provided in at least two battery cells connected to each other in the same direction among the plurality of battery cells overlapping each other in the same direction, the electrode terminals being arranged in parallel in the same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Ichikawa, Hirotaka Mukasa, Hirokuni Koike
  • Patent number: 9997759
    Abstract: A battery wiring module is to be combined with a battery module including a plurality of battery cells stacked in a state of being alternatively reversed so that a positive electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal are adjoined between the adjacent battery cells. The battery wiring module is provided with a plurality of linear conductors which are arranged at an interval, a plurality of bus bars which are arranged at an interval along to at least one side of the plurality of linear conductors so that each of the plurality of bus bars electrically connects the positive electrode terminal and the negative electrode terminal adjacent to each other, and an insulation resin part including both a covering part for covering an outer periphery of the plurality of linear conductors and a bus bar connection part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Ichikawa, Hirotaka Mukasa
  • Patent number: 9985266
    Abstract: Example energy-storage implementations are provided. One example implementation involves a device that has a gap extending between a first side of the device and a second side opposite to the first side. The first side is to overlap a first cell and a second cell. The device includes a first contact to couple with the first cell and a second contact to couple with the second cell. The device also includes a flexure having a curved edge adjacent to the gap. The curved edge extends from a first end positioned to overlap with the first cell to a second end positioned to overlap with the second cell. A curvature of the curved edge flexibly changes in response to a motion of the first contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Dickinson Potter, Brian Todd Dellon
  • Patent number: 9985267
    Abstract: An assembly connecting a battery bus bar to battery cell terminals, with the bus bar provided with spring clips. The clips fit over the battery terminals and hold the bus bar and terminals in contact, with welding attaching the clip to the terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Tommy M. Gunther, Wei Long Qiu, Yunan Guo, Louis Paspal, Francisco Fernandez
  • Patent number: 9948044
    Abstract: Systems and methods for electrical connections between electrical components or flow paths are described. Systems can include a pin having a proximal end and a distal end, a proximal groove disposed between and spaced vertically from the proximal end and the distal end, and a distal groove disposed between and spaced vertically from the proximal groove and the distal end. A proximal garter spring can be disposed around the pin at least partially within the proximal groove, and a distal garter spring can be disposed around the pin at least partially within the distal groove. The proximal garter spring and distal garter spring can be configured to compress in order to mechanically and electrically couple a first electrical flow path and a second electrical flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTURE INC.
    Inventors: John Henry Harris, III, Kameron Fraige Saad Buckhout
  • Patent number: 9947485
    Abstract: An energy storage device includes an electrode made from an active material in which a plurality of channels have been etched. The channels are coated with an electrically functional substance selected from a conductor and an electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yang Liu, Priyanka Pande, Bum Ki Moon, Michael C. Graf, Donald S. Gardner, Nicolas Cirigliano, Shanthi Murali, Zhaohui Chen
  • Patent number: 9941502
    Abstract: A signal collection and power connection assembly of a power battery module, a power battery module and a vehicle are provided. The assembly includes a substrate, a power connection member fixed on the substrate, a power connection line formed by a first sheet-like conductor disposed on the substrate, a signal collection line formed by a second sheet-like conductor disposed on the substrate, and a signal collection member disposed on the substrate and coupled with the signal collection line. A terminal of the power connection line is coupled with the power connection member, and a terminal of the signal collection line is coupled with the power connection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: BYD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jia Lu, Qingbo Peng, Yan Zhu, Xuefeng Zhang, Wei Liu, Yan Huang, Zhipei Lu, Jianhua Zhu
  • Patent number: 9929446
    Abstract: A battery wiring module includes: connection members electrically connecting adjacent positive and negative electrodes in an electrode row of a battery assembly; voltage detection lines connecting the connection members and a control unit; and a holding member holding the connection members and the voltage detection lines, and including an electric wire arrangement part in which the voltage detection lines are arranged and which includes electric wire outlets. The batteries are divided into groups so as to correspond to the electric wire outlets, respectively, such that the voltage detection lines belonging to one of the groups are pulled out from the electric wire arrangement part toward the control unit through the corresponding one of the electric wire outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotaka Mukasa, Hirokuni Koike
  • Patent number: 9901115
    Abstract: A battery component comprises a casing pipe used for accommodating a battery and an end cover that is arranged on and covers an open end of the casing pipe, and also comprises a rotation mechanism used for connecting the casing pipe to the end cover. The end cover rotates around the center axis of the rotation mechanism to open or close the casing pipe. Using the rotation mechanism, the end cover can be directly rotated to open the casing pipe. When a connection structure on one side of the end cover facing the rotation mechanism fails, the end cover is not naturally opened, overcoming a defect that reserved space exists in an axial direction of the electronic cigarette when a fastening structure in an end cover flipping technology fails, making the end cover partially open, and thus power leakage hidden danger exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: HUIZHOU KIMREE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. SHENZHEN BRANCH
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 9905833
    Abstract: An energy storage apparatus includes: an energy storage device; a bus bar; and a lead line, wherein the bus bar includes a bus bar body which is in contact with the external terminal of the energy storage device and includes a portion to be connected where the lead line is connected to the bus bar, and other portion which is contiguously formed with the portion to be connected, and the bus bar body has a cut disposed between the portion to be connected and the other portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignees: GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yosuke Nishimura, Yoshimasa Toshioka, Masao Kawata
  • Patent number: 9837656
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery including a plurality of battery cells disposed in parallel; and a connection unit connected to ends of the plurality of battery cells such that each battery cell of the plurality of battery cells is rotatable with respect to an adjacent battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sang-Do Heo
  • Patent number: 9831502
    Abstract: An electrode includes a first free-standing carbon network, an active material deposited above the first free-standing carbon network, and a second free-standing carbon network covering the active material. The first and second carbon networks are a binder, a conductive additive and a current collector to the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: University of Southern California
    Inventors: Chongwu Zhou, Xin Fang, Mingyuan Ge, Jiepeng Rong
  • Patent number: 9831535
    Abstract: A power supply device in which bars BB extend in one direction and connect the terminals of the battery cells adjacent to each other. The lines (20) are electrically connectable to the bars BB. The tabs TB electrically connect the bars BB to the lines (20). The bar BB is formed of a clad plate formed of a first metal (3A) and a second metal (3B). The bar BB includes first and second holders (3a and 3b), and a tab holder. The first and second holders (3a and 3b) are arranged in the first and second metals, respectively, and hold the terminals at holding positions. The tab holder is arranged in the first metal (3A), and holds the tab TB at a holding position. The impedance between the first holder (3a) and the tab holder is substantially equal to the impedance between the tab holder and the second holder (3b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SANYO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshitomo Nishihara, Kazumi Ohkura, Tsuyoshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9819069
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are provided for multi-band antenna with a battery resonator. An antenna may include a ground plane, a front ground plane extension and a rear ground plane extension attached to the ground plane, a dielectric layer, an antenna layer, and a battery. The dielectric layer may include dielectric material placed over the front ground plane extension. The dielectric layer may be in between the antenna layer and the front ground plane extension. The antenna layer may include a high frequency antenna element and a low frequency antenna element attached to a transmission line. The battery may be placed in between and proximity coupled to the front ground plane extension and the rear ground plane extension. The front ground plane extension, rear ground plane extension, ground plane and battery may be proximity coupled to the low-frequency antenna element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Vadim Piskun
  • Patent number: 9818989
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery and a manufacturing method of the same are provided, which can aid in preventing an electric short from occurring between electrode plates by forming a cutting portion of each on the electrode plates in the shape of a curved surface or a bead having a uniform thickness and/or a diameter sufficient to prevent or substantially prevent the cutting portion from piercing a separator separating the electrode plates from each other. In a present embodiment, the electrode assembly includes an electrode plate having a current collector plate, a coating portion having an electrically active material coated on the current collector plate, a non-coating portion formed at an edge of the current collector plate and not coated with the electrically active material, a cutting portion inwardly formed from the non-coating portion, and a curved portion formed along the cutting portion in a thickness direction of the non-coating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gibong Cho, Wonshik Park, Dongwoo Kim, Kyuho Kim, Jungki Min, Soonhak Hwang, Seunghwan Lee, Kyungtaek Choi, Sangjin Maeng, Jinuk Hong
  • Patent number: 9793028
    Abstract: An insulating protector (15) includes a wire routing section (70), and the wire routing section (70) includes a placement wall (71) having a placement surface (76) on which voltage detection wires (23) are to be placed. The placement wall (71) is formed with a projecting section (77) projecting from the placement surface (76), and a wire mounting section (81) on which the voltage detection wires (23) are to be mounted via a flexible hinge (80) is formed on the tip of the projecting section (77). The voltage detection wires (23) are mounted on the wire mounting section (81) with the wire mounting section (81) oriented to extending in a direction along the placement surface (76). The wire mounting (81) is oriented to extend in a direction intersecting the placement surface (76) by bending the hinge (80) after the voltage detection wires (23) are mounted on the wire mounting section (81).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Nakayama, Mitsutoshi Morita, Tetsuya Fujita
  • Patent number: 9786968
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a battery module assembly including unit modules, each of which includes unit cells mounted to a cartridge in a state of being electrically connected to each other via bus bars, the battery module assembly including two or more sub-modules, each of which includes two or more unit modules vertically stacked from a ground to form a coolant flow channel at an interface therebetween, the sub-modules being arranged in a lateral direction in a state of being spaced apart from each other to provide the coolant flow channel, a base plate, on which the sub-modules are loaded, side cover plates mounted at sides of the sub-modules, each of the side cover plates having at least one coolant inlet port, through which a coolant is introduced, and a bracket for fixing ends of the sub-modules, the bracket having a coolant outlet port communicating with the coolant flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Bum Hyun Lee, Ji Young Choi, Jin-Kyu Shin
  • Patent number: 9774025
    Abstract: Two or more module batteries are arranged in an array and connected through wiring. The outer surface of a first side wall of a case faces in a first direction without facing the others of the two or more module batteries. Second and third side walls of the case are spaced from each other in a second direction. The first direction and the second direction are perpendicular to each other. Two or more string groups are arranged linearly in the second direction. The positive electrode current collecting part extends along the inner surface of the second side wall, the positive electrode extension part extends along the inner surface of the first side wall, and the positive electrode feedthrough part penetrates through the first side wall. The positive electrode current collecting part, the positive electrode extension part, the positive electrode feedthrough part, and the wiring are electrically connected to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventor: Koji Hoshino
  • Patent number: 9728363
    Abstract: A pre-fuse assembly designed to protect certain components within a vehicle electrical system against short circuits and to provide a user with easy access to a jump post for jump starting a dead battery. The pre-fuse assembly is a current-limiting electrical device that is mounted on top of the vehicle battery and includes fuses for limiting the current from the vehicle battery to a power distribution device and includes a horizontal jump post for providing easy access when jump starting a dead battery without increasing the overall height of the device. In one embodiment, the pre-fuse assembly includes a lower housing, an upper housing, a battery post connector, a master fuse, a fastener, a horizontal jump post and any number of other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian Carnick, Bennie James Malcom
  • Patent number: 9730341
    Abstract: A battery system includes a battery cover, a battery access panel removably connected to the battery cover, and a service disconnect switch. The service disconnect switch includes an electrical interlock switch. The service disconnect switch has a first position cooperating with the battery access panel to prevent removal of the access panel from the battery cover. In the first position, the service disconnect connects a traction battery to circuitry. The service disconnect also has a second position, the second position being displaced from the access panel and disconnecting the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Suriyaprakash Ayyangar Janarthanam, Saravanan Paramasivam, Patrick Daniel Maguire, John Peter Bilezikjian, Jason C. Marcath, Debbi Callicoat
  • Patent number: 9716262
    Abstract: A battery wiring module is manufactured by an arrangement process of arranging in parallel a long chain bus-bar which is configured by connecting a plurality of bus bars at chain parts, a covering process of covering both an outer periphery of plurality of linear conductors and a side edge of the chain bus-bar adjacent to the plurality of linear conductors with an insulation resin part integrally formed by extrusion molding, a breaking process of breaking the chain parts of the chain bus-bar in order to separate the plurality of bus bars, and a connection process of electrically connecting each of the plurality of linear conductors to a predetermined one of the bus bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Ichikawa, Hirotaka Mukasa
  • Patent number: 9667089
    Abstract: Provided is a compact secondary coil module that can be easily mounted in a terminal device side unit. The secondary coil module whose power for use in charging a storage battery by a contactless charging technique is supplied via a primary coil, includes the storage battery, a charging control circuit controlling charging of the storage battery, a tubular core made of magnetic material and covering an outer circumferential face of at least one of the storage battery and the charging control circuit, and a wire made of conductive material, the wire being connected to the charging control circuit and wound around the outer circumferential face of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Hosiden Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ema, Fumio Ohta, Eiji Sato