Temperature Control Patents (Class 429/62)
  • Patent number: 10966746
    Abstract: A removable component configured for insertion into an internal compartment of a surgical instrument is provided including a housing defining first and second ends, a grasping member, and a biasing member. The grasping member is operably coupled to the housing at the second end thereof and is movable relative to the housing between a presented position, wherein at least a portion of the grasping member is spaced-apart from the second end of the housing, and a stored position, wherein the grasping member is approximated relative to the second end of the housing. The biasing member is disposed between the grasping member and the second end of the housing and is configured to bias the grasping member towards the presented position. Systems including a surgical instrument and such a removable component and methods of assembling a surgical instrument using the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Jason L. Craig, Scott N. Lacosta, Kenneth E. Netzel, Clifford D. Owens, James R. Fagan
  • Patent number: 10950909
    Abstract: A device temperature regulator is provided with a gas passage part that guides a gaseous working fluid evaporated in a device heat exchanger to a condenser, and a liquid passage part that guides a liquid working fluid condensed in the condenser to the device heat exchanger. The device temperature regulator is provided with a supply amount regulator that increases or decreases a supply amount of the liquid working fluid supplied to the device heat exchanger. The supply amount regulator decreases the supply amount of the liquid working fluid to the device heat exchanger such that a liquid surface is formed in a state where the gaseous working fluid is positioned at a lower side lower than a heat exchanging portion exchanging heat with a temperature regulation target device in the device heat exchanger, when a condition for keeping the temperature regulation target device at a temperature is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Miura, Takashi Yamanaka, Yasumitsu Omi, Yoshiki Kato, Masayuki Takeuchi, Takeshi Yoshinori
  • Patent number: 10933712
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cooling and heating system for a high-voltage battery of a vehicle, which includes: a radiator provided adjacent to a lower portion of a high-voltage battery module to radiate heat to outside air; an outside air cooling line configured such that cooling water circulates between the radiator and the high-voltage battery module, with a main valve being provided on the outside air cooling line; a bypass line configured such that a first end thereof branches from the main valve and a second end thereof is connected to the outside air cooling line to bypass the radiator, with a heat exchanger being provided on the bypass line; and a controller configured to control the high-voltage battery module to radiate heat through the radiator or to exchange heat with the heat exchanger by controlling the main valve when heat exchange of the high-voltage battery module is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Shin Lee, Man Ju Oh, So Yoon Park, Jae Woong Kim, So La Chung
  • Patent number: 10923788
    Abstract: Energy storage systems, battery cells, and batteries of the present technology may include a heat exchanger or fluid delivery structure that may transfer heat from a battery cell or cell block to a heat exchange fluid. The heat exchanger or fluid delivery structure may substantially maintain an interfacial temperature during a temperature increase from the battery cell or cell block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Ghyrn E. Loveness, Abraham B. Caulk, Edward P. Yankoski, Zhongying Shi, Kenneth S. Smith, Mujeeb I. Ijaz, Luke A. Wilhelm, Jonathan L. Hall
  • Patent number: 10923785
    Abstract: A charging station for an electricity charging station having an underground liquid cooling arrangement and a corresponding electricity charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Raoul Heyne, Florian Joslowski, Michael Kiefer, Thomas Speidel, Matthias Bohner
  • Patent number: 10910610
    Abstract: A power storage unit includes a plurality of power storage module groups connected in parallel, each having a plurality of power storage modules connected in series or in series and parallel. A plurality of temperature adjustment units is installed in each of the power storage module groups constituting the power storage unit, and cools or heats the power storage module groups. A management unit controls the plurality of temperature adjustment units corresponding to each of the power storage module groups to make resistances of the plurality of power storage module groups come close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazufumi Nishikawa, Takashi Iida
  • Patent number: 10899212
    Abstract: A vehicle power supply system includes: a plurality of battery modules; a high-voltage system equipment and a cooling circuit having a plurality of battery module cooling units for cooling the plurality of battery modules, and a high-voltage system equipment cooling unit for cooling the high-voltage system equipment. In the cooling circuit, the plurality of battery module cooling units are disposed in parallel, a branching portion is provided on an upstream side of the plurality of battery module cooling units, a merging portion is provided on a downstream side of the plurality of battery module cooling units, and the high-voltage system equipment cooling unit is provided on a downstream side of the merging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoko Ito, Dajiro Takizawa
  • Patent number: 10903477
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an output electrode plate and a battery module. The output electrode plate comprises a first metal plate. The first metal plate includes a first region and a second region in a first direction. The first region includes a first overcurrent portion and a second overcurrent portion in a second direction. The second region is connected to the first region. The first overcurrent portion is provided with a through hole which extends in a thickness direction thereof, and a projection of the through hole along the first direction does not exceed a projection of the second region along the first direction in the second direction, and the first metal plate is formed with a minimum overcurrent section at the through hole, such that the minimum overcurrent section is first fused when a current flowing through the first metal plate is greater than a preset current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Xin Zeng, Sien Chen, Kaiqin Yu, Wei Wang, Shoujiang Xu, Chunyan Feng
  • Patent number: 10897066
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery cell having an electrode assembly configured as a structure in which a cathode, an anode, and a separator interposed between the cathode and the anode, wherein a surface or both surfaces of respective electrode current collectors of the cathode and the anode are coated with an electrode mixture including an electrode active material, the cathode and the anode are provided with a first cathode terminal and a first anode terminal respectively serving as external input/output terminals of the battery cell, and at least one of the cathode and the anode is provided with a resistance measurement terminal at a position opposite to the external input/output terminal, for measuring a resistance of an electrode current collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Su-Hyun Kim, Su-Rim Lee, Song-Taek Oh
  • Patent number: 10882409
    Abstract: An onboard charging system includes an onboard battery, a vehicle-side coupling unit, a heat exchanger, a controller, and a charger. The onboard battery that is configured to be mounted on a vehicle and used to drive the vehicle. The vehicle-side coupling unit that is configured to make a charging current path to an outside-vehicle power feeding apparatus by being coupled to an apparatus-side coupling unit of the outside-vehicle power feeding apparatus. The heat exchanger that is provided in the vehicle-side coupling unit and configured to perform heat exchange between the vehicle-side coupling unit and the apparatus-side coupling unit. The controller that is configured to perform ON/OFF control of a function of the heat exchange performed by the heat exchanger. The charger that is configured to charge the onboard battery by using the charging current path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Nakaso, Akifumi Sugaya
  • Patent number: 10873113
    Abstract: Method for controlling the temperature of an electrochemical energy storage system (100), wherein the energy storage system (100) comprises at least two electrochemical energy stores (101, 102) and an air-conditioning apparatus (114) having an air-conditioning circuit (115) for air-conditioning the energy store (101, 102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Lautenschlaeger, Federico Brivio, Jens Koerner, Klaus-Juergen Schuler, Xuwen Li
  • Patent number: 10873073
    Abstract: Provided is positive electrode material for a highly safe lithium-ion secondary battery that can charge and discharge a large current while having long service life. Disclosed are composite particles comprising: at least one carbon material selected from the group consisting of (i) fibrous carbon material, (ii) chain-like carbon material, and (iii) carbon material produced by linking together fibrous carbon material and chain-like carbon material; and lithium-containing phosphate, wherein at least one fine pore originating from the at least one carbon material opens to outside the composite particle. Preferably, the composite particles are coated with carbon. The fibrous carbon material is preferably a carbon nanotube with an average fiber size of 5 to 200 nm. The chain-like carbon material is preferably carbon black produced by linking, like a chain, primary particles with an average particle size of 10 to 100 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignees: DENKA COMPANY LIMITED, SEI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Kawasaki, Nobuyuki Yoshino, Hiroshi Murata, Takehiko Sawai, Shinji Saito, Kazunori Urao
  • Patent number: 10868345
    Abstract: A battery module comprising at least one battery cell (2), in particular a lithium-ion battery cell, and a cooling plate (3) thermally conductively connected to the at least one battery cell (2), a thermal compensation layer (4) configured in order to increase the thermal conductivity between the at least one battery cell (2) and the cooling plate (3) furthermore being arranged between the at least one battery cell (2) and the cooling plate (3), wherein the thermal compensation layer (4) is formed from a base material (5), and furthermore comprises at least one bimetallic actuator (6), which has a conversion temperature above a temperature of 20° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Ruehle, Claus Gerald Pflueger, Jonas Seib, Torsten Koller
  • Patent number: 10862095
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery module, which includes a plurality of battery cells, each having an electrode lead; and a bus bar configured to electrically the electrode leads of the plurality of battery cells, the bus bar having a plurality of insert slits into which the electrode leads are inserted, and legs formed at both sides of each insert slit, wherein the legs located adjacent to each other with the insert slit being interposed therebetween are directly bonded to each other by a welding portion or connected to each other by a solder in a state of being pressed toward each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-Yong Park, Sang-Woo Ryu, Jeong-O Mun, Jung-Hoon Lee, Ho-June Chi
  • Patent number: 10854866
    Abstract: An electric power apparatus is disclosed for use in powering an electric vehicle with an exhaust channel. The electric power apparatus can include a battery housing and multiple cell tubes. The multiple cell tubes can support multiple battery cells within the multiple cell tubes so that individual of the multiple battery cells may be positioned within individual of the multiple cell tubes. The multiple cell tubes can be supported by the battery housing and direct combustion components from any fires in the multiple battery cells in a common direction. The multiple battery cells can each be self-contained and removable from the multiple cell tubes. The multiple battery cells can be electrically connected to power a motor that propels a vehicle housing, and the vehicle housing can support the battery housing and the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: H55 SA
    Inventors: Sébastien Demont, Franco Summermatter, Sébastien Luisier
  • Patent number: 10840497
    Abstract: A battery module (100) and a method for controlling charge and discharge are provided. The battery module (100) includes a battery body disposed in an outer housing, a heat conduction assembly (4) connected between the outer housing and the battery body in a heat conduction manner, a first heating member (5) for heating the battery body, a second heating member (6) for heating the heat conduction assembly (4), a temperature sensor (8) for detecting a temperature of the battery body and generating a temperature signal according to the detected temperature of the battery body, and a control assembly (7) for receiving the temperature signal and controlling the first heating member (5) and the second heating member (6) according to the temperature signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU XAIRCRAFT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dingfeng Xiao, Haijun Wen
  • Patent number: 10821801
    Abstract: The temperature control device for a vehicle, heats the interior of the vehicle and a battery, and an air conditioner for a vehicle having the same. The battery temperature control device includes a refrigerant circulation line having a compressor, an indoor heat exchanger, expansion means and an outdoor heat exchanger; a coolant circulation line which circulates a heater core mounted to heat the interior of the vehicle; and a coolant heat exchanger mounted to exchange heat between refrigerant circulating the refrigerant circulation line and coolant circulating the coolant circulation line, wherein a battery is arranged on the coolant circulation line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Hanon Systems
    Inventors: Doo Hoon Kim, Young Hum Han, Chul Hee Kim, Hyeon Gyu Kim, Joong Man Han, Kyung Ju An, Jung Won Cho
  • Patent number: 10818899
    Abstract: A battery separator comprises a co-extruded, microporous membrane having at least two layers made of extrudable polymers and having: a uniform thickness defined by a standard deviation of <0.80 microns (?m); or an interply adhesion as defined by a peel strength >60 grams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Celgard, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald W. Call, C. William Fulk, Jr., Lie Shi, Xiaomin Zhang, Khuy V. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10811745
    Abstract: A vehicle battery pack includes a plurality of battery stacks, a battery case, a partition, and an air passage. The plurality of battery stacks each include a plurality of battery cells. The battery case houses the plurality of battery stacks. The partition divides an internal space of the battery case into an upper space and a lower space and is made of a plurality of materials. At least part of the air passage is defined by the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Sekiya
  • Patent number: 10809747
    Abstract: A method for controlling thermal conductivity between two thermal masses includes thermally contacting a first conduction body with a heat source, thermally contacting a second conduction body with a heat sink, and thermally contacting the second conduction body with the first conduction body by moving the first conduction body between a first position and a second position with a thermal expansion component. The thermal expansion component moves the first conduction body between the first position and the second position at a predetermined temperature and heat is conducted from the heat source to the heat sink through the first and second conduction bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Michael J. Andres
  • Patent number: 10797356
    Abstract: A battery can include an anode-electrolyte-cathode stack and a phase-change material. The anode-electrolyte-cathode stack can include at least one anode, at least one cathode, and an electrolyte which more directly interacts with each of the at least one anode and the at least one cathode, wherein the at least one anode electrically interacts with the at least one cathode via the electrolyte. The phase-change material can change phase to actuate an interference with an electrochemistry of the anode-electrolyte-cathode stack proximate an area where a localized temperature exceeds a predefined phase change threshold, the interference with the electrochemistry, which decreases current generation within the anode-electrolyte-cathode stack, can be adapted to occur prior to reaching a temperature that can create a failure within the anode-electrolyte-cathode stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Martin R. Pais, Alberto R. Cavallaro, Hossein Maleki
  • Patent number: 10763467
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a battery module suitable for minimizing increase in overall volume due to increased capacity and simplifying the connection structure of the battery cells, by surrounding battery cells with a battery receiving unit and a battery cover as substitutes for cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Hyung-Kyu Kim, Sang-Yoon Jeong, Jun-Yeob Seong
  • Patent number: 10741891
    Abstract: A traction battery for a vehicle includes a plurality of cells stacked in an array and having a dielectric material surrounding at least a portion of each of the cells. The cells are spaced apart to define a plurality of pockets interleaved with the cells. A manifold is connected to the array and is configured to circulate liquid coolant to each of the pockets such that the coolant directly contacts the dielectric material of each of the cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Miller, Evan Mascianica, Josef Dollison, Jeremy Samborsky, Jason Sielaff
  • Patent number: 10734619
    Abstract: A battery device may include a battery frame, and a battery module disposed on the battery frame. The battery frame may include a base member, a slide base being disposed on an upper surface of the base member and being formed in a rectangular shape defined by a pair of first sides extending in a first direction and a pair of second sides extending in a second direction in a plan view, a plurality of metal springs being mounted on an upper surface of the slide base at intervals along the first direction of the slide base, and being extensible in a vertical direction, and a support plate being connected to upper sides of the plurality of springs and supporting the battery module on an upper surface of the support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Nakano, Kenta Asano
  • Patent number: 10727498
    Abstract: A redox flow electrode according to one aspect of the present invention is a redox flow battery electrode disposed between an ion exchange membrane and a bipolar plate, wherein the electrode includes a conductive sheet containing carbon nanotubes having an average fiber diameter of 1 ?m or less, and a porous sheet that is laminated to the conductive sheet and is formed from fibers having an average fiber diameter of greater than 1 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SHOWA DENKO K.K.
    Inventors: Keizo Iseki, Masatoshi Ichikawa, Gaku Oriji, Kenzo Hanawa
  • Patent number: 10727553
    Abstract: A method for self-sensing, activating, and regulating thermal management for a rack-mount backup battery unit (BBU) module is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventor: Tianyi Gao
  • Patent number: 10710637
    Abstract: An embodiment is directed to a battery module, including a plurality of battery cell groups that are connected in series with each other, each of the plurality of battery cell groups including a plurality of battery cells that are connected to each other in parallel, a first terminal component at a first terminal of the battery module, the first terminal corresponding to either a positive terminal of the battery module or a negative terminal of the battery module, and a first heat pipe positioned in proximity to the first terminal component and configured to transfer heat away from the first terminal component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TIVENI MERGECO, INC.
    Inventors: Heiner Fees, Andreas Track, Alexander Eichhorn, Ralf Maisch, Jörg Damaske
  • Patent number: 10704961
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a temperature measuring apparatus, an electrical assembly, and a battery pack. The temperature measuring apparatus comprises a heat transfer element, a temperature measuring device, and a wiring board. The heat transfer element is arranged for being in heat conductive contact with an object to be measured. The temperature measuring device is provided in contact with the heat transfer element and arranged to be spaced from the object to be measured. The temperature measuring device is arranged for detecting a temperature of the object to be measured and may output a temperature signal. The wiring board is electrically connected with the temperature measuring device to receive and transmit the temperature signal outputted by the temperature measuring device. The present disclosure only requires a heat conductive contact between the heat transfer element and the temperature measuring device of the temperature measuring apparatus, thereby facilitating assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., Tyco Electronics (SIP) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jifa Wang, Xiao Zhou
  • Patent number: 10700312
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a battery assembly include a first housing shell, a second housing shell, an insulator and battery components. The first housing shell has a first perimeter side wall, a first housing bottom, and a first contact area on the first housing bottom. The second housing shell has a second perimeter side wall, a second housing bottom, and a second contact area on the second housing bottom. The second housing shell is disposed in the first housing shell with the second contact area opposing the first contact area. The insulator is interposed between the first housing shell and the second housing shell to effect electrical insulation between the first housing shell and the second housing shell. The battery components include an anode electrode, a cathode electrode, and a separator interposed between the cathode electrode and the anode electrode. The separator contains an electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Christian S. Nielsen, John K. Day, Erik J. Hovland, Jody J. Klaassen, Prabhakar Tamirisa, Collette M. Vanelzen
  • Patent number: 10686318
    Abstract: A charger is provided with a housing comprising an intake port and an exhaust port. A battery interface is disposed on the housing and is configured to removably receive the battery pack. A charging circuit is disposed within the housing and is configured to supply charging power to a battery pack attached to the battery interface. A blower is provided for introducing air into the housing through the intake port and exhausting air from the housing through the exhaust port. The housing is configured to be mountable on a wall extending in a vertical direction. The exhaust port is located higher in the vertical direction than the intake port when the housing is mounted on the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideyuki Taga
  • Patent number: 10668832
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods of controlling of an energy storage unit are detailed herein. A cold plate can be thermally coupled with an energy storage unit for powering the electric vehicle. The cold plate can have a bottom layer. The bottom layer can have a channel spanning across a top surface of the bottom layer to circulate coolant to transfer heat away from the energy storage unit. The top layer can be flush with a bottom surface of the energy storage unit. The top layer can define openings each extending between the top surface and the bottom surface. The cold plate can have inserts sealing the openings. The inserts can have a melting temperature lower than a melting temperature of the top layer to expose at least one opening when heated the melting temperature to allow release of the coolant from the channel onto the energy storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: CHONGQING JINKANG NEW ENERGY VEHICLE CO., LTD., SF MOTORS, INC.
    Inventors: Nathalie Capati, Duanyang Wang, Jacob Heth, Binbin Chi
  • Patent number: 10661664
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery system, a battery pack, and methods of manufacturing the same are disclosed herein. The rechargeable battery system and/or battery pack can be for an electric vehicle. The rechargeable battery system and/or battery pack can include a plurality of battery cells arranged into one or more rows, a busbar, and a housing. The housing can include a plurality of receptacles that can engage with the plurality of battery cells to secure a relative position of the plurality of battery cells with respect to each other. The housing can define a cooling duct in thermal connection with the plurality of receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Thunder Power New Energy Vehicle Development Company Limited
    Inventor: Francesco Mastrandrea
  • Patent number: 10658637
    Abstract: A battery system includes at least one battery apparatus having at least one apparatus for increasing safety when using a degassing apparatus. The degassing apparatus is suitable for the controlled degassing of battery apparatuses. The battery apparatus and the apparatus are surrounded by a housing. The degassing apparatus is inserted into a wall of a housing. The apparatus generates a physical distance between the battery apparatus and the degassing apparatus such that a space is kept free between the battery apparatus and the degassing apparatus for discharging substances, which emerge from the battery apparatus, to an area surrounding the battery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Zielke, Michael Riefler
  • Patent number: 10651435
    Abstract: A top cover assembly for secondary battery, including: first and second electrode terminals; a top cover plate insulated from the first electrode terminal and electrically connected with the second electrode terminal; a contact piece attached to the top cover plate; and a thermo-deformable piece opposite to the contact piece, one end being electrically connected with the first electrode terminal, the other end being a free end; when a temperature at which the thermo-deformable piece deforms is not reached and internal pressure of the secondary battery exceeds a reference pressure, the contact piece deforms to be electrically connected with the thermo-deformable piece so that the first electrode terminal is electrically connected with the second electrode terminal, and when the temperature at which the thermo-deformable piece deforms is reached, the free end deforms away from the contact piece, and the thermo-deformable piece is kept insulated from the contact piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: CONTEMPORARY AMPEREX TECHNOLOGY CO., LIMITED
    Inventors: Baisong Chen, Peng Wang, Zhiyu Wang, Quankun Li, Taosheng Zhu
  • Patent number: 10615468
    Abstract: Battery cells are disposed apart from each other in a housing of a battery module included in a power storage device. In the battery module, a partition member is provided that divides a space in the housing into a high temperature region, which contains battery cells located centrally in a disposal direction of the battery cells, and a low temperature region, which contains battery cells located at end portions in the disposal direction of the battery cells. The cooling air flow supplied from a fan passes between the battery cells in the high temperature region, passes through ventilation holes provided in the partition members, enters the low temperature region, passes between the battery cells in the low temperature region, passes through a discharge hole, and flows outside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukihiro Yoshida, Yuruki Okada, Sho Shiraga, Tomoki Takegami, Toshihiro Wada
  • Patent number: 10604028
    Abstract: A desired departure temperature is determined for a battery, having a temperature, in a vehicle based at least in part on trip information associated with a trip. A temperature controlling system is used to bring the temperature of the battery towards the desired departure temperature, wherein the vehicle begins the trip with the battery at the desired departure temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: WISK AERO LLC
    Inventors: Thomas P. Muniz, Ke Zhang, John Melack
  • Patent number: 10608292
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a battery module including a battery cell stack configured to have a structure in which a plurality of battery cells is arranged such that the battery cells are adjacent to each other laterally, a pair of cell frames mounted to opposite ends of the battery cell stack, terminal plates for electrically connecting electrode terminals of the battery cells to each other, and a battery management system (BMS) mounted to one side surface of the battery cell stack in the state in which the BMS is directly connected to the terminal plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Seung Min Yang, Hyoung Chul Yoon, Chang Wook Park
  • Patent number: 10581251
    Abstract: A battery pack having an active thermal management system for use with a hybrid vehicle is provided. The active thermal management system is self-contained within a housing of the battery pack and includes a thermal channel configured to provide fluid communication between an interior of the housing and an exterior of the housing of the battery pack; a set of thermoelectric devices configured to transfer heat from battery cells of the battery pack to the thermal channel; an insulator arranged between the battery cells and the thermal channel; a device configured to control fluid flow via the thermal channel; and a controller configured to control the device to actively control heat transfer from the interior of the housing to the exterior of the housing of the battery pack to maintain the battery pack at a desired temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Gross, Dan Pannunzio, Steven L Clark, Roger Cortina
  • Patent number: 10581048
    Abstract: A non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery includes a positive electrode, a negative electrode, a first separator layer provided between the positive electrode and the negative electrode, the first separator layer facing the positive electrode, a second separator layer provided between the positive electrode and the negative electrode, the second separator layer facing the negative electrode, and a non-aqueous electrolyte held in the first separator layer and the second separator layer. The variable ? represents the porosity of the first separator layer, and the variable ? represents the porosity of the second separator layer, such that ??90% and the following expression is satisfied: 2??/??2.85.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kosuke Iwase
  • Patent number: 10573941
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a temperature management device is provided with a plurality of battery cells, power sensor(s) each of which detects the charge/discharge power of battery cell(s) at a prescribed time interval, a power representative value calculation section which calculates a power representative value of a time lapse data of the charge/discharge power(s) detected by the power sensor, temperature sensor(s) each of which detects the temperature of battery cell(s) at a prescribed time interval, a temperature representative value calculation section which calculates a temperature representative value of a time lapse data of temperature(s) detected by the temperature sensor, a radiation characteristic identification section which identifies a radiation characteristic from the temperature representative value and the power representative value, and an air conditioning setting calculation section which calculates an air conditioning setting for the battery cell(s) corresponding to the power representative value
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kenichi Fujiwara, Takahiro Yamamoto, Ryosuke Takeuchi, Masatake Sakuma, Tomohiro Toyosaki, Takenori Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10573940
    Abstract: A battery thermal management system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a battery assembly and a coolant subsystem that circulates coolant through the battery assembly. The battery assembly is heated by a first portion of the coolant from an engine if a temperature of the battery assembly is below a first temperature threshold and is cooled by a second portion of the coolant from a chiller if the temperature is above a second temperature threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jim William Dunham, Eric Emil Jackson, Paul Elia, Timothy Alan Mouch, Jagjit Romana, Chris P. Roxin, Charlie Qian, Stephen Pien
  • Patent number: 10556510
    Abstract: Provided are methods, systems and devices for thermodynamically evaluating electrochemical systems and components thereof, including electrochemical cells such as batteries. The present systems and methods are capable of monitoring selected electrochemical cell conditions, such as temperature, open circuit voltage and/or composition, and carrying out measurements of a number of cell parameters, including open circuit voltage, time and temperature, with accuracies large enough to allow for precise determination of thermodynamic state functions and materials properties relating to the composition, phase, states of charge, health and safety and electrochemical properties of electrodes and electrolytes in an electrochemical cell. Thermodynamic measurement systems of the present invention are highly versatile and provide information for predicting a wide range of performance attributes for virtually any electrochemical system having an electrode pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignees: California Institute of Technology, Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S.), Nanyang Technological University
    Inventor: Rachid Yazami
  • Patent number: 10547054
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided an active material. The active material includes a composite oxide having a monoclinic crystal structure and represented by a general formula of LiwNa2?xM1yTi6-zM2zO13+?. In the general formula, M1 is at least one metallic element selected from the group consisting of Mg, Sr, Ca, Ba, Cs and K. M2 is at least one metallic element selected from the group consisting of Zr, Sn, V, Nb, Ta, Mo, W, Fe, Co, Mn and Al. The subscript w is within a range of 0?w?6. The subscript x is within a range of 0?x<2. The subscript y is within a range of 0?y<2. The subscript z is within a range of 0<z?6. The subscript ? is within a range of ?0.1???0.1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Harada, Norio Takami
  • Patent number: 10535896
    Abstract: Provided is a solid electrolyte composition including nonspherical polymer particles; a dispersion medium; and an inorganic solid electrolyte, in which the nonspherical polymer particles is formed of a polymer having at least one of a specific functional group, an acidic group having an acid dissociation constant pKa of 14 or less, or a basic group having a conjugate acid pKa of 14 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Masaomi Makino, Hiroaki Mochizuki, Katsuhiko Meguro, Tomonori Mimura
  • Patent number: 10511059
    Abstract: A battery cell includes an electrode assembly having a negative electrode, positive electrode, and separator bathed in an alkaline electrolyte, a pouch encapsulating the electrode assembly, and first and second tabs respectively extending from the positive and negative electrodes through the pouch. The first tab has thereon a coating including acrylic paint and the second tab has thereon a coating including lacquer to discourage creepage of the alkaline electrolyte along the first and second tabs and out of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: ZAF Energy Systems, Incorporated
    Inventors: Adam Weisenstein, Allen Charkey, Melissa D. McIntyre, Blaine D. Latimer, Benjamin J. Washburn
  • Patent number: 10497994
    Abstract: A battery pack, which includes a pack case forming an appearance of the battery pack, at least one battery module provided in the pack case and having at least one battery cell therein, and a coolant circulator connected to the at least one battery module to circulate a coolant into the at least one battery module, at least a portion of the coolant circulator pressing the at least one battery module in the pack case, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Jong-Young Lee, Eun-Gyu Shin, Jung-Hoon Lee, Mi-Geum Choi, Jeong-O Mun, Yoon-Koo Lee, Hang-June Choi
  • Patent number: 10490783
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pouch-type secondary battery, which prevents a metal layer made of a lamination sheet from being exposed outwards, and a method for manufacturing the same. The pouch-type secondary battery includes a pouch-type battery case; an electrode assembly mounted in the battery case; electrode leads of a positive electrode and a negative electrode, configured to have one end connected to the electrode assembly and the other end protruding out of the battery case; and a sealing portion configured to bond an upper sheet and a lower sheet of the battery case, wherein a tape having a metal foil is bonded to increase a moisture penetration path toward a terminal of the sealing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong-Yoon Lim, Jung-Seok Choi
  • Patent number: 10461376
    Abstract: The invention provides a bus-bar assembly, a power battery over-load protection system and method, as well as a power battery assembly, wherein the bus-bar assembly comprises a first connection arm having one or more connection ends so as to be connected to an upstream battery cell; a second connection arm having one or more connection ends so as to be connected to a downstream battery cell; and a PTC unit connected between the first connection arm and the second connection arm. The bus-bar assembly, the over-load protection system, the power battery assembly and the vehicle or the like according to the invention has better safety and stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: NIO NEXTEV LIMITED
    Inventors: Yaping Jiang, Hui Qi, Jie Fang, Chong He
  • Patent number: 10454129
    Abstract: Secondary battery 1 includes: battery electrode assembly 5 that has a quadrangular planar shape, and includes a positive electrode and a negative electrode laminated with a separator interposed therebetween; and an exterior container that is formed of flexible films 7, and contains battery electrode assembly 5. The exterior container has recessed emboss portion 8 that contains battery electrode assembly 5 therein. Four corners 4a of an outer peripheral portion of battery electrode assembly 5 are either folded to be contained inside emboss portion 8, or inserted between flexible films 7 outside emboss portion 8. A length of at least one side among four sides forming the quadrangular planar shape of battery electrode assembly 5 is shorter than an inner dimension of emboss portion 8 in the direction in which the one side extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Envision AESC Energy Devices Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10434893
    Abstract: A vehicle electric power supply apparatus includes: a battery case; a battery that is arranged in the battery case; a first electric device that is arranged in the battery case and that is connected to at least the battery; and a battery cooling circuit that is configured to allow a refrigerant to flow through a pipe and cool at least the battery. A lower surface of the first electric device is lower than an upper surface of the battery and is positioned higher than a fluid level of the refrigerant in a state where the refrigerant that flows through the pipe is accumulated inside the battery case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Yamamoto, Masakazu Yoshii