Having Specified Venting, Feeding Or Circulation Structure (other Than Feeding Or Filling For Activating Deferred Action-type Battery) Patents (Class 429/72)
  • Patent number: 11165109
    Abstract: In a cooling structure for a battery pack, a case bottom wall of a first battery case is divided into left and right case bottom walls. A first cooling medium jacket includes left and right first cooling medium jackets formed respectively in the left and right case bottom walls. Left ends of the left first cooling medium jacket and second cooling medium jacket are made to communicate with each other via a left cooling medium passage. Right ends of the right first cooling medium jacket and second cooling medium jacket are made to communicate with each other via a right cooling medium passage. Accordingly, it is possible to simplify the structure of a cooling medium passage for supplying cooling medium to a cooling medium jacket of battery cases on two levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kanae Ohkuma
  • Patent number: 11165085
    Abstract: Flow batteries can be constructed by combining multiple electrochemical unit cells together with one another in a cell stack. High-throughput processes for fabricating electrochemical unit cells can include providing materials from rolled sources for forming a soft goods assembly and a hard goods assembly, supplying the materials to a production line, and forming an electrochemical unit cell having a bipolar plate disposed on opposite sides of a separator. The electrochemical unit cells can have configurations such that bipolar plates are shared between adjacent electrochemical unit cells in a cell stack, or such that bipolar plates between adjacent electrochemical unit cells are abutted together with one another in a cell stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis Warrington, Thomas H. Madden, Srivatsava Puranam
  • Patent number: 11165118
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a battery system includes: a system frame configured to include a pair of first frame beams that extend in a first direction and a pair of second frame beams that extend in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and that are connected to the first frame beams; a plurality of traverses spaced apart in the first direction and coupled to the pair of first frame beams; and a plurality of battery modules respectively coupled to at least one of the traverses and each including a plurality of battery cells arranged in the second direction, wherein the pair of first frame beams includes a plurality of coolant supply lines, and at least one of the traverses is connected to the coolant supply lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ralph Wuensche, Oliver Stojanovic, Horst Krieger, Nikolaus Hochgatterer, Werner Amreich
  • Patent number: 11127841
    Abstract: Confined epitaxial regions for semiconductor devices and methods of fabricating semiconductor devices having confined epitaxial regions are described. For example, a semiconductor structure includes a plurality of parallel semiconductor fins disposed above and continuous with a semiconductor substrate. An isolation structure is disposed above the semiconductor substrate and adjacent to lower portions of each of the plurality of parallel semiconductor fins. An upper portion of each of the plurality of parallel semiconductor fins protrudes above an uppermost surface of the isolation structure. Epitaxial source and drain regions are disposed in each of the plurality of parallel semiconductor fins adjacent to a channel region in the upper portion of the semiconductor fin. The epitaxial source and drain regions do not extend laterally over the isolation structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Szuya S. Liao, Michael L. Hattendorf, Tahir Ghani
  • Patent number: 11121440
    Abstract: Provided is an electricity storage device having a high volumetric energy density and high reliability. The electricity storage device includes: an electrode assembly including first and second electrode plates and a separator interposed therebetween; an exterior housing that houses the electrode assembly; a lid that covers an opening of the exterior housing; and electrode terminals that are electrically connected to the electrode assembly and partially protrude from the lid to the outside. The lid has a liquid injection hole for injecting an electrolytic solution into the exterior housing. A tubular member extending from the lid toward the electrode assembly is provided between the outer surface of the lid and the electrode assembly so as to surround an opening of the liquid injection hole. A covering member connected to the tubular member and interposed between the liquid injection hole and the electrode assembly is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takabayashi, Hiroyuki Yamada
  • Patent number: 11081739
    Abstract: A battery pack has an enclosure that contains a plurality of batteries and conductors and that resists the flow of fluid between an interior of the enclosure and an exterior of the enclosure. An exit vent formed in the enclosure at a first location allows exhaust gas to flow from the interior of the enclosure to the exterior of the enclosure. A fill port formed in the enclosure at a second location, in an impermeable state, prevent ingress of fluid from an exterior of the enclosure to an interior of the disclosure. The fill port, in a permeable state achieved by receipt of a perforation tool there through, permits ingress of a sufficient amount of a thermal-control liquid into the enclosure through the fill port to terminate a runaway thermal event in the battery pack. A fill port coupler having a passageway and an externally accessible port may be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventor: Weston A. Hermann
  • Patent number: 11069937
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an enclosing element for enclosing and electrically contacting a stacked arrangement of a plurality of electrical storage cells; an enclosing module comprising a first and a second enclosing element which is spatially separated from said first enclosing element; and a storage module comprising a stacked arrangement of a plurality of electrical storage cells. The present disclosure also provides a load disconnector as well as an arrangement for supplying electrical energy comprising the storage module and the load disconnector. The present disclosure further provides a trough for holding storage modules, and a transport vehicle containing said storage module, said arrangement for supplying electrical energy, said load disconnector or said trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Colibri Energy GmbH
    Inventors: Lorenz Mueller, Patrick Heine
  • Patent number: 11056747
    Abstract: A battery module includes: a box having an inner cavity; at least two battery unit array structures, each of the at least two battery unit array structures including a plurality of battery units arranged along a length direction; and at least two support components, each of the at least two support components being fixed to a side of one of the at least two battery unit array structures in a height direction. The at least two battery unit array structures are arranged along a width direction and correspond to the at least two support components in one-to-one correspondence. The battery unit array structures and the components are disposed in the inner cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: CONTEMPORARY AMPEREX TECHNOLOGY CO., LIMITED
    Inventors: Yuepan Hou, Kaijie You, Xingdi Chen, Yu Tang, Ziyuan Li, Jun Ma
  • Patent number: 10985425
    Abstract: A flow battery includes: a first liquid containing a first nonaqueous solvent; a first electrode that is at least partly immersed in the first liquid; a second electrode which is a counter electrode to the first electrode; and a separator isolating the first electrode from the second electrode. The separator contains a lithium ion conductor. The lithium ion conductor contains a compound including main chains. At least one main chain of the main chains includes one or more aromatic rings and is cross-linked to at least another main chain of the main chains. At least one aromatic ring of the one or more aromatic rings includes one or more sulfo groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinji Ando
  • Patent number: 10978764
    Abstract: A battery air dryer for drying air within a battery housing of an electric vehicle battery has a support structure for dryer material. The support structure has a first fixing element coupling with a first coupling element of the battery housing and a second fixing element coupling with a second coupling element of the battery housing. The first and second fixing elements are arranged on different sides of the support structure such that a first distance between the first fixing element and a reference plane differs from a second distance between the second fixing element and the reference plane. The reference plane is a plane cutting the support structure horizontally when the battery air dryer is mounted in the battery housing in a designated orientation. Only the first fixing element or only the second fixing element is arranged in a first fixing plane parallel to the reference plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Bauditsch, Basil Paul Kallumgal
  • Patent number: 10971715
    Abstract: A current interrupt mechanism includes a partition wall defining a second space that is independent from a first space, and the partition wall includes a current path portion serving as a current path of a sealed battery. The current interrupt mechanism interrupts the current path in response to an internal pressure of the second space that is higher than a predetermined pressure. One conductive path passes through the current path of the current interrupt mechanism, and is in contact with the second electrolyte solution enclosed in the second space. Another conductive path includes a potential application line that is wired to the second electrolyte solution enclosed in the second space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takayoshi Doi, Joji Yoshimura, Toru Sugiyama, Akinori Eda
  • Patent number: 10897067
    Abstract: A cooling structure for a vehicle battery includes a battery module, a heat transfer sheet, a cooling water circulation pipe line, and a cooling-water storage chamber. In the battery module, battery cells are arranged in one direction. The heat transfer sheet is fixed to a lower surface of the battery module. The cooling water circulation pipe line faces the lower surface of the battery module with being in contact with the heat transfer sheet. The cooling-water storage chamber is of a non-circulation type and disposed below the battery module while in contact with a lower surface of the cooling water circulation pipe line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Sekiya, Hatsuhisa Ueda, Minori Niwa, Kenji Inakoshi
  • Patent number: 10873064
    Abstract: An energy storage apparatus includes: a main part; a conductive opposedly facing member disposed to opposedly face the main part; and an insulating member disposed between the main part and the opposedly facing member. The opposedly facing member includes an opposedly facing portion a part of which overlaps with the main part. The opposedly facing portion includes an end surface which overlaps with the main part, the end surface facing upwardly. The insulating member includes: a covering portion covering a surface of the opposedly facing portion directed toward a main part; and a seal portion extending from the covering portion toward the main part. The covering portion includes an end portion disposed at a position which agrees with the end surface or at a position outside the end surface in a direction orthogonal to the end surface. The seal portion extends from the end portion toward the main part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignees: BLUE ENERGY CO., LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Nishimura, Kenta Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 10868347
    Abstract: A battery module includes a plurality of secondary battery cells; one or more cooling tubes formed of a metal material; and a cooling plate formed of casted aluminum, the cooling plate being cast around the one or more cooling tubes, the one or more cooling tubes being molded within the cooling plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., LTD
    Inventor: Matthias Pucher
  • Patent number: 10804558
    Abstract: Non-aqueous redox flow battery (RFB) comprising: a positive compartment in which a positive electrode is positioned and in which a positive non-aqueous liquid electrolyte is caused to flow; a negative compartment in which a negative electrode is positioned and in which a negative non-aqueous liquid electrolyte is caused to flow; an ion-exchange membrane positioned between the positive compartment and the negative compartment in which: said positive non-aqueous liquid electrolyte comprises a solution of copper triflate or tetrafluoroborate complexes [Cu(I) or Cu(II)] in at least one organic solvent; said negative non-aqueous liquid electrolyte comprises a solution of at least one benzothiadiazole or a derivative thereof in at least one organic solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Eni S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alessandra Tacca, Andrea Pellegrino
  • Patent number: 10797298
    Abstract: A battery has an electrode body which has an outer periphery and includes positive and negative electrodes with a separator disposed there between in a stacking direction. The battery further include an exterior body having a shape other than a substantially rectangular parallelepiped or cuboidal shape. The electrode body and an electrolytic solution are housed in the exterior body. The exterior body has at least first, second and third inner surfaces with the first and third inner surfaces being located on opposite sides of the second inner surface. The second inner surface is larger in area than the first and second inner surfaces. A liquid injection port is located in the exterior body and extends through the second inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya Ishihama, Yasuhiro Matsuzaki, Tatsuo Niino, Takuya Horie
  • Patent number: 10770703
    Abstract: A battery module includes: a cell stack which is constituted by stacking a plurality of cells, and includes a first surface, a second surface, a third surface, a fourth surface, a fifth surface, and a sixth surface; a pair of end plates which are disposed on the first surface and the second surface of the cell stack; and a pair of connection frames which connect the pair of end plates. The pair of end plates each includes: a plurality of column portions; a plurality of beam portions; and hollow portions formed by the column portions and the beam portions. The pair of the end plates each has a uniform width in a stacking direction. In at least one beam portion of the plurality of beam portions, a width of a central portion is greater than a width of both end portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Sakurai
  • Patent number: 10763559
    Abstract: An object is especially to provide a metal-air battery that ensures a high output and continuance of the output over a long period of time as compared with a conventional one. A metal-air battery in the present invention includes a case, air electrodes disposed on both sides of the case, and a plurality of metal electrodes disposed inwardly separately from the air electrodes. The metal electrodes are opposed to one another via a space (S). The metal-air battery of the present invention can inhibit the reaction product from depositing between the air electrode and the metal electrode. A degree of freedom of a distance between the air electrode and the metal electrode is high. As described above, the high output and the continuance of the output over a long period of time are ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIKURA RUBBER LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Takahashi, Tsutomu Narita, Yoshiharu Nakajima, Hiroshi Sakama
  • Patent number: 10629967
    Abstract: A battery module having a cooling structure with a minimized size while providing high cooling efficiency is provided. The battery module includes a front plate and a rear plate that are arranged at a front side and a rear side of a battery pack in which a plurality of battery cells is stacked and a heat-dissipating member that is arranged under the battery pack and absorbs heat generated by the battery pack. Additionally, side plates are arranged at lateral ends of the front plate and the rear plate, arranged to be in contact with respective lateral ends of the heat-dissipating member, and include a cooling channel through which a coolant circulates to cool the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jeong Hun Seo, Jun Seok Choi, Yong Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 10622690
    Abstract: Provided is a method for generating an electrical current. The method includes: introducing water between the anode and at least one cathode of an electrochemical cell, to form an electrolyte; anaerobically oxidizing aluminum or an aluminum alloy; and electrochemically reducing water at the at least one cathode. When the cell is in operation, the hydroxyaluminate (Al(OH)4?) in the electrolyte reaches a concentration maximum and thereafter a concentration minimum. The concentration maximum is above 125% of the saturation concentration and below 2000% of the saturation concentration. The concentration minimum is below 125% of the saturation concentration and above 50% of the saturation concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Ian Salmon McKay, Ruaridh R. Macdonald, Thomas B. Milnes
  • Patent number: 10611234
    Abstract: An example battery assembly includes, among other things, at least one thermal exchange device. Each thermal exchange device has a plurality of liquid coolant channels, a first side that supports at least one battery array, and a second side. A plurality of fins extend from the second side. A skid plate is adjacent the plurality of fins to establish a plurality of air coolant channels between the second side and the skid plate. An example thermal management method includes moving air through a plurality of air coolant channels established between a skid plate and at least one thermal exchange device. The thermal exchange device supports at least one battery array. The thermal exchange device includes a plurality of liquid coolant channels that communicate a liquid coolant to exchange thermal energy with the at least one battery array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Jeffeory Berels, John Wayne Jaranson, Anthony Ligi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10454124
    Abstract: Embodiments of an aqueous electrolyte comprising a base and a phenazine derivative are disclosed. Redox flow batteries including the aqueous electrolyte are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Xiaoliang Wei, Wei Wang, Aaron M. Hollas, Vincent L. Sprenkle, Zimin Nie, Bin Li
  • Patent number: 10424805
    Abstract: The present invention provides a redox flow battery comprising a negative electrode (also referred to herein as an “anode”) immersed in a first liquid electrolyte (also referred to herein as a “negative electrolyte” or “anolyte”), a positive electrode (also referred to herein as a “cathode”) immersed in a second liquid electrolyte (also referred to herein as a “positive electrolyte” or “catholyte”), and a cation-permeable separator (e.g., a membrane or other cation-permeable material) partitioning the negative electrode/anolyte from the positive electrode/catholyte. The redox reactant of the catholyte comprises a compound of Formula (I) as described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: UCHICAGO ARGONNE, LLC
    Inventors: Jingjing Zhang, Lu Zhang, Ilya A. Shkrob
  • Patent number: 10381680
    Abstract: The present invention provides: i) a lithium-sulfur battery in which solid sulfur is introduced into an electrolytic region between a positive electrode and a negative electrode; ii) a lithium-sulfur battery comprising a middle layer containing elemental sulfur (S8) or lithium sulfide (Li2S) in an electrolytic region between a positive electrode and a negative electrode; and iii) a lithium-sulfur battery having a separator supporting sulfur particles or lithium sulfide particles between a positive electrode and a negative electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: J-INNOTECH CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yong Ju Jung, Jeong Yoon Koh
  • Patent number: 10381674
    Abstract: Flow batteries can be constructed by combining multiple electrochemical unit cells together with one another in a cell stack. High-throughput processes for fabricating electrochemical unit cells can include providing materials from rolled sources for forming a soft goods assembly and a hard goods assembly, supplying the materials to a production line, and forming an electrochemical unit cell having a bipolar plate disposed on opposite sides of a separator. The electrochemical unit cells can have configurations such that bipolar plates are shared between adjacent electrochemical unit cells in a cell stack, or such that bipolar plates between adjacent electrochemical unit cells are abutted together with one another in a cell stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis Warrington, Thomas H. Madden, Srivatsava Puranam
  • Patent number: 10276847
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery pack including unit cells each including a rechargeable battery, barriers coupled to each other at an outer circumference of the unit cells and each located between respective ones of the unit cells, and a pack housing that accommodates the unit cells and the barriers, and that is coupled to the barriers by tight-fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung-Ho Cho, Byung-Don Kwon, Ji-Soon Lim
  • Patent number: 10236544
    Abstract: A battery pack assembly interleaves pouch cells with thin flexible heater elements to provide for distributed low-power heating with reduced thermal resistance between the heater elements and the cells. The heater elements may include terminals for direct attachment to pouch cell electrodes and to each other to facilitate power distribution among the heater elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Edward F. Bulgajewski, Uwe Stapf
  • Patent number: 10014544
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a redox flow battery, and is to provide a redox flow battery having high battery potential and high energy efficiency and providing a stable charge-discharge performance. The present invention provides a redox flow battery including: a stack arranged to separate a negative electrode unit and a positive electrode unit with respect to a separator; pumps configured to supply electrolytes including polythiophene to the stack; and tanks storing the polythiophene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF ENERGY RESEARCH
    Inventors: Junghoon Yang, Jaedeok Jeon, Joonmok Shim, Kyounghee Shin, Changsoo Jin, Bumsuk Lee, Myungseok Jeon, Kyunam Jung, Sunhwa Yeon
  • Patent number: 9991480
    Abstract: A rechargeable battery, including an electrode assembly performing charging and discharging; a case containing the electrode assembly and an electrolyte solution; cap plate coupled to an opening of the case to seal the opening and containing more electrolyte solution in a receiving groove on an inner surface thereof; and an insulation case coupled to the receiving groove by a protrusion and located between the electrode assembly and the cap plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-Il Seong, Kyong-Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 9991490
    Abstract: An electrode structure for use in an energy storage device, the electrode structure comprising a population of electrodes, a population of counter-electrodes and an electrically insulating material layer separating members of the electrode population from members of the counter-electrode population, each member of the electrode population having a longitudinal axis AE that is surrounded by the electrically insulating separator layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: ENOVIX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Murali Ramasubramanian, Michael Armstrong, Brian E. Brusca, Vladimir Dioumaev, Gunther A. Koblmiller, Ashok Lahiri, Laurie J. Lauchlan, Harrold J. Rust, III, Nirav S. Shah, Robert M. Spotnitz, James D. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 9941555
    Abstract: A perforation tool for a battery enclosure system of a vehicle battery pack, comprising: an engaging tip configured to mechanically breach a thermal-control-agent-retaining enclosure of a traction battery pack including a plurality of interconnected batteries with the enclosure reinforced for mechanical protection of the batteries when installed in an electric vehicle; a port for receiving a thermal-control agent having a pressure in a range of about 5-100 psi; and a housing, coupled to the tip and to the port, wherein the tip includes an aperture and wherein the housing includes a channel communicating the port to the aperture wherein the pressurized thermal-control agent is produced at the tip at about the pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventor: Weston A. Hermann
  • Patent number: 9819048
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of manufacturing a secondary battery wherein an electrode assembly impregnated with an electrolytic solution is embedded in a battery case, wherein interfacial contact properties (i.e. wetting) of the electrode assembly and the electrolytic solution are improved through a process including: (a) impregnating an electrode assembly having a separator interposed between a cathode and an anode with an electrolytic solution; and (b) applying vibration having a frequency of 20 to 100 kHz to an electrolytic solution with which the electrode assembly is impregnated. A secondary battery manufactured according to the method may have improved ionic conductivity, electronic conductivity and the like and, as such, may have improved electrochemical performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikyung Chung, Soojin Kim, Sung-Kyun Chang, In Sung Uhm, Won Seok Chang
  • Patent number: 9799932
    Abstract: A battery system includes a first battery module, a second battery module, a supply line, a return line, and a film heater. The supply and return lines are configured to circulate a heat transfer medium in response to a first temperature condition, and the film heat is configured to heat the first battery module and the second battery module in response to a second temperature condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Harold J. Haskins, Theodore James Miller, Xiao Guang Yang, Patrick Daniel Maguire, OuJung Kwon, James Matthew Marcicki
  • Patent number: 9690965
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a scanner with a replaceable bezel and desiccant cartridge. One embodiment takes the form of a scanner that includes a device housing. The scanner also includes a data-acquisition module within the device housing. The scanner also includes a detachable rear bezel affixed to the device housing. The scanner also includes a desiccant cartridge removably attached to the interior wall of the detachable rear bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yanmin Mao, Iheng Tsai, Zhiming Zhang, Konstantinos D. Tsiopanos
  • Patent number: 9653746
    Abstract: A manifold for a redox flow battery capable of effectively suppressing a shunt current has a supply flow pathway and an exhaust flow pathway respectively formed at a left side and a right side of an anode or cathode electrode electrolyte reaction unit so as to include a U-shaped curved portion, and the U-shaped curved portion is formed to be positioned on the upper part of the top or the lower part of the bottom of the first electrode electrolyte reaction unit. When the manifold is applied to a redox flow battery, the supply flow pathway and the exhaust flow pathway having the U-shaped curved portion are formed on the upper part of the top or the lower part of the bottom of the electrode electrolyte reaction unit to prevent an electrolyte existing in the inside of a stack and a pipe from passing through the U-shaped curved portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF ENERGY RESEARCH
    Inventors: Chang-Soo Jin, Jae-Deok Jeon, Bum-Suk Lee, Joonmok Shim, Kyoung-Hee Shin, Sea-Couk Park, Myung Seok Jeon, Kyu-Nam Jung, Sun-Hwa Yeon, Sukeun Yoon
  • Patent number: 9627666
    Abstract: An exemplary battery pack filtering device includes, among other things, a frame that provides at least one passageway to communicate air through the frame to an interior of a battery pack, a desiccant held by the frame, and a membrane configured to block liquid from communicating through the at least one passageway to the interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Steven Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9564615
    Abstract: A pouch type battery and a method of using the pouch type battery that includes an electrode assembly that includes a first electrode plate, a second electrode plate, and a separator interposed between the first and second electrode plates, and a pouch case that includes the electrode assembly and an electrolyte, wherein the pouch case includes an additional electrolyte inlet that protrudes from the pouch case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang-Bum Ahn
  • Patent number: 9509022
    Abstract: An electric storage device includes a case having a cuboid shape and including a terminal surface having an electrode terminal, a bottom surface opposite to the terminal surface, a long side surface, and a short side surface. The device also includes an electric storage element formed by winding positive and negative plates being laminated via a separator, the electric storage element being housed in the case and being away from an inner surface of the long side surface, the electric storage element being in electrical connection with the electrode terminal, and a heat transfer member in contact with an outer surface of the long side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GS Yuasa International Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tasai, Seiji Nemoto
  • Patent number: 9300012
    Abstract: Provided is a solid electrolyte secondary battery with a greater capacity than previous solid electrolyte secondary batteries. Furthermore, the disclosed solid electrolyte secondary battery can obtain a high power output and improve battery function while ensuring a large capacity. The solid electrolyte secondary battery is provided with a cathode chamber, a cathode active material container that is provided independently and stores some cathode active material, and a channel medium that is provided between the two and through which the active material passes. The cathode active material is transferred by the channel medium and heterogeneity, when the active material is discharged, can be curbed. By providing a transfer medium, which transfers the cathode active material, the cathode active material can be forcibly transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ohkawa
  • Patent number: 9287536
    Abstract: Described are mechanically robust, thermally managed battery module constructions including a battery case, a reinforcing divider in the case, and battery cells housed by the reinforcing divider. The reinforcing divider defines a plurality of thermal transfer elements externalized of the battery case. A shock dampening material can be provided between the reinforcing divider and the battery case to facilitate a mechanical, shock-dampened, reinforcing integration of the divider and case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: John E. Waters
  • Patent number: 9281702
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electric storage unit group, a charger, an electronic device, an electric vehicle, a method for charging the electric storage unit, a method for discharging the electric storage unit group, a method for supplying and receiving power, and a method for determining a charging/discharging route in the electric storage unit group, which can provide a method for charging the electric storage unit group in which a plurality of electric storage units are connected in a desired form. The method for charging the electric storage unit group is a method for charging a rechargeable battery cell in an electric storage unit group in which a plurality of electric storage units having rechargeable battery cells are linearly or reticulately connected. At an upstream side of the electric storage unit group, the electric storage unit group is connected to a power supply for charging the electric storage units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shin Hotta
  • Patent number: 9269983
    Abstract: An electrolyte system for a flow battery has an anolyte including [Fe(CN)6]3? and [Fe(CN)6]4? and a catholyte including Fe2+ and Fe3+.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: The University of Kentucky Research Foundation
    Inventors: Stephen M. Lipka, Christopher R. Swartz
  • Patent number: 9219267
    Abstract: A secondary battery including: an electrode assembly including a first electrode plate that includes an uncoated portion, a second electrode plate that includes an uncoated portion, and a separator that is interposed therebetween, wherein the first and second electrode plates and the separator are wound so that the uncoated portion of the first electrode plate and the uncoated portion of the second electrode plate are arranged in different directions; a groove formed in at least one of the uncoated portions of the first and second electrode plates; and a current collector including a lead tab that is bent passing the groove in such a way that a portion of the lead tab contacts a side surface of at least one first uncoated portions and another portion of the lead tab contacts another side surface of the at least one uncoated portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seok-Gyun Woo
  • Patent number: 9118061
    Abstract: A battery, including a housing defining an interior space, the housing including a safety vent, the safety vent having a concave shape such that a central portion of the safety vent protrudes toward the space, a region of the safety vent that protrudes farthest toward the space being about midway between peripheral edges of the safety vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignees: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., ROBERT BOSCH GmbH
    Inventors: Yongsam Kim, Sangwon Byun, Byungkyu Aiin
  • Publication number: 20150140376
    Abstract: The invention relates to an article comprising; a) one or more stacks of battery plates comprising one or more bipolar plates; b) located between each plate is a separator and a liquid electrolyte; further comprising one of more of the features: 1) c) the one or more stacks of battery plates having a plurality of channels passing transversely though the portion of the plates having the cathode and/or the anode deposited thereon; and d) i) one or more seals about the periphery of the channels which prevent the leakage of the liquid electrolyte into the channels, and/or posts located in one or more of the channels having on each end an overlapping portion that covers the channel and sealing surface on the outside of the monopolar plates adjacent to the holes for the transverse channels and applies pressure on the sealing surface of the monopolar plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Edward O. Shaffer, II, Donald Hobday
  • Publication number: 20150135939
    Abstract: A battery pack protection system is provided for use with an electric vehicle in which the battery pack is mounted under the car. The system utilizes a plurality of deformable cooling conduits located between the lower surface of the batteries within the battery pack and the lower battery pack enclosure panel. The cooling conduits are configured to deform and absorb impact energy when an object, such as road debris, strikes the lower surface of the lower battery pack enclosure panel. Further protection may be achieved by positioning a ballistic shield, alone or with a layer of compressible material, under the bottom surface of the battery pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: ATIEVA, INC.
    Inventor: Peter Dore Rawlinson
  • Publication number: 20150135940
    Abstract: A battery pack protection system is provided for use with an electric vehicle in which the battery pack is mounted under the car. The system utilizes a plurality of deformable cooling conduits located between the lower surface of each of the batteries and the lower battery pack enclosure panel, with a thermal insulator interposed between the conduits and the lower enclosure panel. A layer of thermally conductive material may be included which is interposed between the cooling conduits and the thermal insulator and in contact with a lower surface of each of the cooling conduits. The cooling conduits are configured to deform and absorb impact energy when an object, such as road debris, strikes the lower surface of the lower battery pack enclosure panel. Further protection may be achieved by positioning a ballistic shield, alone or with a layer of compressible material, under the bottom surface of the battery pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: ATIEVA, INC.
    Inventor: Peter Dore Rawlinson
  • Publication number: 20150140371
    Abstract: A curved container for electrochemical battery cells manufactured with an open side into which the battery cells are placed along with a resilient structure such that when the lid is placed on the container and attached/sealed, the battery cells are sealed in the container and preloaded against the large top and bottom surfaces of the container. Electrical contacts feed through one edge of the container to enable the electrical power generated by the cells to be safely accessed, and the cells can be safely charged without external atmospheric leaks into the container, or gases generated during battery use to escape. The containers can be stacked on edge next to each other as a stack but without the need to compress the stack to maintain battery cell compression, which enables a container to be easily replaced without having to dissemble the stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Alexander H. SLOCUM
  • Publication number: 20150140377
    Abstract: Battery structures are formed such that the use of wires and soldering is eliminated or reduced. The battery plates can be infused down their anode and the cathode edges with an electrically conductive epoxy or sealant that connects said plates to each other and takes the place of traditional copper wires. Additional connection channels, including those in the top structure, can be filled with electrically conductive materials to replace wires and make the necessary connections. The battery structures can be configured to create a dual voltage battery. The insertion of the battery plates is easily configured within the assembly process to achieve a variety of in-series or in-parallel connections thus varying the voltage and amperage to achieve a desired output, all within the same enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Steve Waterford, Thomas R. Zwaska
  • Patent number: 9028989
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes a water vapor transfer unit and a fluid flow distribution feature, the water vapor transfer unit including a first plate having a plurality of first flow channels for receiving a flow of a first fluid therein, and a second plate having a plurality of second flow channels for receiving a flow of a second fluid therein. The fluid flow distribution feature is configured to control at least one of a volume of flow of the first fluid through the first flow channels and a volume of flow of the second fluid through the second flow channels, wherein at least one of a flow distribution of the first fluid across the first plate and a flow distribution of the second fluid across the second plate is varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yan Zhang, Steven R. Falta, Steven D. Burch, Glenn W. Skala