For Plural Cells Patents (Class 429/99)
  • Patent number: 11228185
    Abstract: Provided is a modular, scalable and decentralized high voltage battery system that employs signaling and communications between a plurality of battery modules of the system without a central battery management controller. Via signaling mechanisms, each battery module of the plurality of battery modules of the system can perform precharging, discharging, charging, and safety functions in a manner that is extensible regardless of a number of battery modules in the system in series and in parallel and in a manner that does not require significant operator intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: SAFT AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Keith Hensley
  • Patent number: 11214154
    Abstract: The invention relates to a battery support for an electric motor vehicle, having a tray for holding batteries, with a base and a peripheral side wall and a cover, wherein the cover is formed as a hood and the peripheral side wall is formed by a peripheral frame composed of hollow profiles, wherein the frame is coupled to a base, wherein the hood, in the closed state, is mounted on the hollow profile, and a cooling system is formed below the base, and in that a protective base is arranged below the base, in particular below the cooling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Rabe, Peter Summerauer, Thomas Guenther, Christian Handing
  • Patent number: 11217862
    Abstract: An energy storage system includes a module housing and multiple battery cells with insulating material and discharge directing material positioned inside the module housing. Each of the battery cells has a first end and a second end. Further, each of the battery cells has a positive terminal and a negative terminal. The energy storage system includes a first interconnect and a second interconnect positioned over the battery cells. Multiple first cell connectors connect the positive terminals of the battery cells to the first interconnect. Multiple second cell connectors connect the negative terminals of the battery cells to the second interconnect. A top plate having an interior side and an exterior side is positioned over the first interconnect and the second interconnect. The top plate includes one or more weak areas with reduced integrity positioned above one or more battery cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Augusto E. Barton, Robert Clinton Lane, Nathan Khalil Chidiac, Julian Christian Carl, Hugh Burnett Ross, William B. Stockton, Nicholas Paul Manov
  • Patent number: 11217837
    Abstract: An apparatus including a plurality of lithium-ion cells, a cell support structure having a plurality of chambers, each of the plurality of chambers has at least one open end and is configured to support a respective lithium-ion cell, a housing in which the cell support structure is received, and a thermal dissipation member disposed between the cell support and the housing, wherein the plurality of lithium-ion cells are thermally coupled to the thermal dissipation member through a respective open end of a respective chamber, and the thermal dissipation member is thermally coupled to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gregory R. Day, Dwaine K. Coates, Stephanie D. Babiak, David E. Hall
  • Patent number: 11211673
    Abstract: An insulating protector attached to one side of a unit cell group includes: two bus bar housing portions, in each of which a plurality of bus bars for connecting adjacent electrode terminals are aligned and housed, and are respectively provided at positions near two lateral side edge portions of the insulating protector extending in a direction in which the bus bars are aligned; and two wire routing grooves that are provided on an inner side of each bus bar housing portion, and in which detection wires drawn from unit cells are routed so as to detect the state of the unit cells. A bus bar cover for covering the closer one of the bus bar housing portions and a wire cover for covering the wire routing groove on the inner side of the closer bus bar housing portion are provided on each lateral side edge portion of the insulating protector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shimizu, Hitoshi Takeda, Ryouya Okamoto, Tomoki Idota
  • Patent number: 11167631
    Abstract: An assembly module for tubular electric accumulators is disclosed. The assembly module comprises support elements made of insulating material, having arrangements of openings for receiving and holding a group of accumulators in a parallel configuration. Sheets of electrically conductive material extend on surfaces of the support elements. The sheets are welded to the respective terminals of the accumulators and form electrical contact surfaces with the accumulators. Similar assembly modules are arranged in series with complementary arrangements of fastening elements between the adjacent support elements of the modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: HYDRO-QUÉBEC
    Inventors: Samuel Lavoie, Ghislain Lambert, Karim Zaghib
  • Patent number: 11152671
    Abstract: A battery module includes a battery cell stack having a plurality of stacked battery cells and a plurality of bus bars respectively coupled to electrode leads provided at the plurality of battery cells. Each bus bar includes a frame on which the electrode lead of the battery cell is placed and a conductive member coupled to the frame and electrically coupled to the electrode lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Ho-June Chi, Dal-Mo Kang, Jeong-O Mun, Jin-Yong Park, Jung-Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 11114720
    Abstract: A cylindrical battery housing case has a plurality of cylindrical battery housing chambers each housing one cylindrical battery, and a plurality of elongated resilient members each having a protrusion for holding a cylindrical portion of the cylindrical battery is formed in a cantilevered manner inside notches in a side wall of each of the cylindrical battery housing chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ikeda, Yoshiaki Ichikawa, Hirotaka Mukasa, Taishi Sakai
  • Patent number: 11108112
    Abstract: A battery housing for an electric-motor-driven vehicle comprising a tub part. The tub part has a bottom, side walls formed thereon, and an assembly flange which protrudes outward from the side walls. The assembly flange of at least one side wall reaches the maximum width thereof only in some sections. In contrast, the assembly flange has only a reduced width in the other sections. In addition, the battery housing comprises at least two tub parts, which are brought into engagement by means of the assembly flanges thereof facing each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: KIRCHHOFF AUTOMOTIVE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Günther, Volker Tölle
  • Patent number: 11108097
    Abstract: A battery cell, specifically a lithium-ion battery cell, having a prismatic battery cell housing (6), in which the electrochemical components of the battery cell (2) are accommodated, and further comprising a thermal equalization element (8), which is configured for the enhancement of thermal conductivity, which is arranged on a smallest lateral surface (64) of the battery cell housing (6), such that a region (9) of the smallest lateral surface (64) which is not covered by the thermal equalization element (8) at least partially encloses said thermal equalization element (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Eduard Reimer, Martin Koehne
  • Patent number: 11101078
    Abstract: An energy storage apparatus includes an energy storage device, an outer covering, an end plate which is disposed on a side of the energy storage device, and a binding member which is mounted on the end plate and applies a binding force to the energy storage device. The end plate includes a region where the binding member is mounted, another region which differs from the region and has a higher rigidity than the region, a first plate member which includes the region, and a second plate member which includes a part of the another region. The first plate member is disposed between the energy storage device and the second plate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventor: Masamitsu Tononishi
  • Patent number: 11101677
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and associated systems for charging exchangeable energy storage devices positioned in a device-exchange station. The method includes, for example, (1) receiving demand information; (2) determining a charging plan for the device-exchange station at least partially based on a state-of-charge (SoC) of each of the exchangeable energy storage devices positioned in the device-exchange station, the demand information, and an available power of the device-exchange station; (3) generating a charging command for each of the exchangeable energy storage devices based on the charging rule for each of the exchangeable energy storage devices; and (4) transmitting the charging commands to the device-exchange station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Gogoro Inc.
    Inventors: I-Fen Shih, Yun-Chun Lai, Sheng-Chin Chuang, Daniel Vickery, Hok-Sum Horace Luke
  • Patent number: 11101527
    Abstract: A method for assembling a battery module including a unified connection array with a flexible connector is described. The flexible connector can include a plurality of pads that are secured to a central spine. The flexible connector may be a single piece connector. The flexible connector can include monitors that are mounted to the flexible connector to gather data regarding battery cells of the battery module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Artisan Vehicle Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Huff, Michael E. Kasaba, Kyle Hickey
  • Patent number: 11094986
    Abstract: A power storage unit 1 in which a power storage element is housed in a metal case and which is to be attached to a vehicle via a metal bracket includes a holder that holds the power storage element within the metal case, a bracket receiving portion that is provided in the holder and is to be engaged with the bracket and transmit the load of the holder and the power storage element to the bracket, and a connection piece that is provided in the metal case and is to come into contact with the bracket and electrically connect the metal case to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Sumida
  • Patent number: 11050113
    Abstract: Described herein is a system and method for securing a battery in an enclosure with some degree of flexibility between the components to adjust for variations in size of the components. A battery holder assembly comprises a first housing component, a second housing component, and a battery. The first component includes a battery receptacle, comprising a plurality of flexible arms to surround a battery. The second component comprises a plurality of crush ribs having a solid support, that will wedge in-between the second housing component wall and the flexible arms, and that have a specially designed protrusion that is “crushable.” The flexible arms, which are in contact with the battery are wide enough to spread out the force, so as not to damage the battery, while the crush ribs will dig only into the plastic to arrest the battery's vibration while compensating for the remaining tolerance or variation between components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: FLEXTRONICS AP, LLC.
    Inventors: Darren Van Roon, Gary Warren, Steven Steane
  • Patent number: 11043712
    Abstract: A carrier includes a body, at least one first positioning structure and at least one second positioning structure. The body has a first side wall, a second side wall and a plurality of inserting grooves, and the inserting grooves are arranged side by side and located between the first side wall and the second side wall. The first positioning structure is disposed at the first side wall, and the second positioning structure is disposed at the second side wall. A geometric profile of the first positioning structure along a direction perpendicular to the first side wall is conformal with a geometric profile of the second positioning structure along a direction perpendicular to the second side wall. A battery assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Chin-Yin Yang, Min-Yen Chen, Chia-Min Su
  • Patent number: 11031653
    Abstract: Various battery packs are presented for use with twenty volt (20 V) power tools. In some embodiments, one or more lithium-ion battery cells of the battery packs are received by a handle of the power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: TRANSFORM SR BRANDS LLC
    Inventors: Brian Todd Reese, Cody Lyle Mayer, David S. Pozgay
  • Patent number: 11031647
    Abstract: Provided a battery module manufacturing apparatus configured to insert a battery assembly into a module housing. The battery module manufacturing apparatus, which inserts a battery assembly including a plurality of secondary batteries into a module housing, includes: a protective film supply unit configured to supply a protective film so as to cover an outer surface of the battery assembly or to retrieve the protective film from the outer surface of the battery assembly; and a protective film transfer unit configured to move in an insertion direction in which the battery assembly is inserted into the module housing and a direction opposite to the insertion direction in a state of holding a part of the supplied protective film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventor: Choon-Kwon Kang
  • Patent number: 11024920
    Abstract: A Battery module includes a plurality of cylindrical batteries and battery a holder holding the cylindrical batteries arranged in at least one row. The battery holder includes a first side wall part, a second side wall part, and a low thermal-conductive member disposed between the side wall parts. The low thermal-conductive member includes a first partition walls interposed between respective the cylindrical batteries and the first side wall part, and the second partition walls interposed between the respective cylindrical batteries and the second side wall part. The first and the second partition walls are alternately arrayed along the row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keisuke Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11011791
    Abstract: A method for producing an electrically driveable vehicle which has a sealed space for accommodating a high-voltage (HV) energy storage. A body structure delimits the space for accommodating the HV energy storage at least in an upward direction and which sealingly closes off the space at least in the upward direction and which has attachment points for the direct or indirect connection of at least one energy storage module. At least one energy storage module is connected to the body structure. A space for accommodating the HV energy storage is open at least in partial regions. An installation protection structure delimits the space for accommodating the HV energy storage in the downward direction and which sealingly closes off the space at least in the downward direction. The body structure is connected to the installation protection structure, whereby the space for accommodating the HV energy storage is sealingly closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Philipp Kellner, Jens Bohlien
  • Patent number: 11011790
    Abstract: An exemplary battery assembly includes, among other things, battery cells distributed along an axis and disposed on a base. A bracket extends axially along a side of the battery cells. A plate extends from a first side to an opposing, second side of the battery cells. A retention flange of the plate is held between the bracket and the base. An exemplary method of retaining includes holding battery cells relative to a base using a bracket extending along a side of the array, and positioning a retention flange of a plate between the bracket and the base. A primary portion of the plate is disposed along an axial end of the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Juil Yum, Kimberley King, Rajaram Subramanian, Saravanan Paramasivam, David J. Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 10998589
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a battery pack and an electric vehicle. The battery pack includes a casing wherein the battery is placed, a cooling plate located below the casing in a height direction, and a bracket assembly located below the cooling plate in a height direction and fixedly connected to the casing, the bracket assembly is used for direct contact with a mounting plate of the electric vehicle. When the battery pack of the present disclosure is used in an electric vehicle, since the bracket assembly separates the cooling plate from the mounting plate of the electric vehicle, the cooling plate does not need to directly exchange heat with the mounting plate, thereby reducing the influence of the temperature of the mounting plate on the cooling plate, and increasing the cooling or heating efficiency of the cooling plate to the battery inside the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Xingdi Chen, Peng Wang, Linggang Zhou
  • Patent number: 10992155
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and associated systems for charging exchangeable energy storage devices positioned in a device-exchange station. The method includes, for example, (1) receiving demand information; (2) determining a charging plan for the device-exchange station at least partially based on a state-of-charge (SoC) of each of the exchangeable energy storage devices positioned in the device-exchange station, the demand information, and a charging threshold for each of the exchangeable energy storage devices positioned in the device-exchange station; (3) generating a charging command for each of the exchangeable energy storage devices based on the charging rule for each of the exchangeable energy storage devices; and (4) transmitting the charging commands to the device-exchange station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Gogoro Inc.
    Inventors: I-Fen Shih, Yun-Chun Lai, Sheng-Chin Chuang, Daniel Vickery, Hok-Sum Horace Luke
  • Patent number: 10985398
    Abstract: A battery unit includes two bases, two locking components, a plurality of battery cells and two electrode pieces. The two bases fixed to each other through the two locking components. The battery cells and the two electrode pieces are accommodated in the two bases. Two opposite ends of each battery cell respectively abut against the two electrode pieces. Each base has an engaging protrusion and an engaging groove. A battery set is also provided. The battery set is composed by the plurality of battery units and the battery units are electrically connected with each other through at least one electrical connecting component. One of the battery units is engaged with the engaging groove of the other one of battery units through the engaging protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Shao-Chi Chuang, Wen-Pin Chang, Pu-De Ciou, Wen-Shu Lee
  • Patent number: 10985422
    Abstract: A battery housing for a vehicle driven by an electric motor comprises a tray part with a bottom and side walls formed thereon, for receiving at least one battery module. The side walls of the tray part are respectively interconnected by a curved edge section. Said battery housing is characterized in that each curved edge section of the tray part is connected to at least one of the side walls connected thereby, with a connecting wall section curved in the opposite direction to the curved edge section being connected between the respective curved edge sections and side walls, and the side walls as well as each curved edge section and each curved connecting wall section are at a distance from the, or the plurality of, battery module(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: KIRCHHOFF AUTOMOTIVE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Günther, Stefan Brandl
  • Patent number: 10985421
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a battery module including: at least one cell; and a frame assembly including a lower plate configured to support a lower end surface of the cell, a side plate extending perpendicularly from any opposite edge ends of the lower plate and placed adjacent to an outermost side of the cell, and an upper plate coupled to an upper end of the side plate to cover an upper portion of the cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-Uk Ryu, Dal-Mo Kang, Ji-Su Yoon
  • Patent number: 10978743
    Abstract: A system and method for optimizing electrochemical cells including electrodes employing coordination compounds by mediating water content within a desired water content profile that includes sufficient coordinated water and reduces non-coordinated water below a desired target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Natron Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Heather Dawn Deshazer, Grace Marjorie Yee, Daniel Friebel, Ali Firouzi, Colin Deane Wessells
  • Patent number: 10978754
    Abstract: A battery-pack storage structure includes: a battery-case upper part configured to store a battery stack; a battery-case lower part; and a cooling air path through which cooling air for cooling the battery stack flows. The battery-case upper part is disposed on the battery-case lower part, and a bottom-part cooling air path, through which the cooling air flows, is formed between a bottom surface of the battery-case upper part and a bottom surface of the battery-case lower part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shunsuke Ikeda, Yutaka Yokoyama, Kota Saito
  • Patent number: 10967489
    Abstract: A power tool communication system including an external device including a first controller configured to transmit, via wireless communication to a power tool, configuration data including a work light duration parameter value and a work light brightness parameter value. The power tool includes a housing, a brushless direct current (DC) motor, a trigger, a work light, a wireless communication circuit configured to wirelessly communicate with the external device to receive the configuration data, and a second controller configured to control a work light duration of the work light based on the work light duration parameter value, and control a work light brightness of the work light based on the work light brightness parameter value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew J. Mergener, Burtrom Lee Stampfl, Michael Monteleone, Cole A. Conrad, Stephen Matson, Robert R. Hollis
  • Patent number: 10950884
    Abstract: A manufacturing process flow and accompanying methods for assembling a battery module are designed to increase efficiency, reduce a footprint of the manufacturing process, reduce manufacturing time, allow for increased flexibility, and reduce costs. The process flow takes advantage of robotic functionality to combine multiple manufacturing and quality assurance operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Faraday & Future Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Harold Offutt, Hrayr Torosyan
  • Patent number: 10938004
    Abstract: A displacement adjustment member provided in a battery module disclosed herein has at least a first elastic body and a second elastic body capable of undergoing elastic deformation in the stacking direction of unit cells. The first elastic body is made of an elastic body in which an elastic deformation extent, with respect to a predetermined load, is relatively larger than that of the second elastic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Seigo Fujishima
  • Patent number: 10938013
    Abstract: Provided is a battery module. The battery module includes: a bus bar including first and second portions electrically connected respectively to different battery packs; and a bus bar cover covering the bus bar to insulate the bus bar, wherein the bus bar cover includes first and second portions covering the first and second portions of the bus bar and a hinge portion providing pivotable connection between the first and second portions. Accordingly, sufficient insulation may be secured for the bus bar electrically connecting different battery packs, and malfunction and safety accidents caused by the short circuit of the bus bar through which a high-voltage charge/discharge current flows may be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Doosung Jeon
  • Patent number: 10933726
    Abstract: The disclosure comprises a battery holder for receiving at least one electric battery in a vehicle that includes a hollow chamber profile with a hollow chamber that is defined by a base wall and a cover wall, where the electric battery is configured for placement on the cover wall. The battery holder also includes a heat exchanger structure configured for tempering the electric battery, where the heat exchanger structure is formed within a cover wall section of the cover wall and includes at least one hollow channel that intersperses the cover wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Handing, Tobias Duepmeier, Frank Rabe, Konstantin Tatarinov, Martin Pohl, Edvin List Clausen
  • Patent number: 10916744
    Abstract: A battery block includes a plurality of cylindrical batteries, a battery holder having a plurality of accommodating parts into which axial one end portions of the cylindrical batteries are inserted, and a pair of terminal plates that connect the cylindrical batteries in parallel. Each of the accommodating parts includes the partition wall formed along an outer peripheral surface of cylindrical battery, an extending portion that extends on the first end surface so as to surround a part of the first end surface on which the safety valve is disposed and is formed integrally with the partition wall, and an opening that exposes the part of the first end surface on which the safety valve is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Nakasawa, Takeshi Enomoto, Takashi Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10886507
    Abstract: A separating member for separating a plurality of battery cells is provided, which includes a plurality of first walls and a plurality of second walls having a thickness larger than a thickness of the first walls. The separating member is expandable from a collapsed state to an expanded state. The separating member has a plate configuration in the collapsed state and has a honeycomb structure in the expanded state. The plurality of first walls and the plurality of second walls jointly define a plurality of cell units of the honeycomb structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel Christopher Wynn, Charles Ed Chang, Emil Yu-ming Chao
  • Patent number: 10843577
    Abstract: A battery case for a vehicle driven by an electric motor, said battery case comprising a tray part (1, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3) which has a base (2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3) onto which side walls (3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3) having a mounting flange (4) are molded, and comprising a frame structure (5, 5.1, 5.2) which surrounds the tray part (1, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3) on the outer side thereof and has a hollow chamber (11, 11.1, 11.2). The side walls (3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3) of the tray part (1, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3) are at the same time part of the frame structure (5, 5.1, 5.2) and separate the tray interior from the hollow chamber (11, 11.1, 11.2) of the frame structure (5, 5.1, 5.2). The side walls (3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3) with their mounting flange (4) are part of the frame structure (5, 5.1, 5.2) and the frame structure (5, 5.1, 5.2) has at least two additional frame members (6, 8, 3.1, 4.1, 13, 3.2, 4.2, 13.1) connected to the tray part (1, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3) for completing the frame structure (5, 5.1, 5.2), of which a first frame member (6, 3.1, 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: KIRCHHOFF AUTOMOTIVE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Günther, Marco Töller, Stefan Brandl, Alexander Schauerte
  • Patent number: 10826034
    Abstract: A battery pack includes an enclosure assembly, a battery assembly housed within the enclosure assembly, a mounting structure secured to the enclosure assembly, and a mounting clamp that includes a first section mounted to the mounting structure and a second section contacting the battery assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Micah Joel Smith, Yongcai Wang, George Albert Garfinkel
  • Patent number: 10822039
    Abstract: An assembly for a vehicle to provide load distribution between the body of the vehicle and a battery contained in the vehicle includes a pair of body rockers, the body rockers being spaced apart and being substantially parallel to each other, a plurality of body cross bars that extend between the pair of body rockers, the plurality of body cross bars being spaced apart, substantially parallel to each other, and substantially perpendicular to the body rockers, and a plurality of battery cross bars that extend between the pair of body rockers, the plurality of battery cross bars being spaced apart, substantially parallel to each other, and substantially perpendicular to the body rockers, portions of the battery being located between adjacent battery cross bars. The plurality of battery cross bars, the plurality of body cross bars and the body rockers are configured to delay initiation of rocker plastic deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Shannon, Terry A. Swartzell, Thomas M. Siberski, Andrew W. White
  • Patent number: 10806180
    Abstract: A control unit for an electronic vapor provision system includes a battery for providing electrical power to a heater which is used to produce vapor. The battery is a lithium iron phosphate battery. The battery provides an output voltage which remains at an approximately constant voltage level as the battery is discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Nicoventures Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Kenny Otiaba
  • Patent number: 10804512
    Abstract: This disclosure details battery assemblies for electrified vehicles. An exemplary battery assembly may employ one or more compression limiters that maintain the integrity and positioning of a plurality of battery arrays housed inside the battery assembly. The compression limiters may include a body and an attachment head near an end of the body. The attachment head is configured to engage a portion of a support structure of a battery array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Saravanan Paramasivam, Rajaram Subramanian, Dave Moschet, Tom M. Gunther, Kanchana Perumalla
  • Patent number: 10797365
    Abstract: The invention relates to a battery module having a multiplicity of battery cells (4), wherein the battery module (1) has a housing (2) with an interior space (3) in which the multiplicity of battery cells (4) is accommodated, wherein a housing wall (5, 6) of the housing (2) has a multiplicity of projections (7) facing toward the interior space (3) of the housing (2), wherein in each case two adjacent projections (7) delimit a flow channel (8) designed for a flow of temperature-control fluid, wherein the multiplicity of battery cells (4) makes direct contact in each case with the multiplicity of projections (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Claus Gerald Pflueger, Mario Kustosch, Markus Schmitt
  • Patent number: 10790487
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery pack, which includes at least one battery module and a pack case for packaging the at least one battery module, and the battery pack includes a case base configured to support the at least one battery module, a case body coupled to the case base to accommodate the at least one battery module, and a case cover coupled to the case body to cover the case body, wherein the case base and the case body are sealed to each other and the case body and the case cover are sealed to each other, respectively, by means of a sealant member along a rim thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Hyeon-Kyu Kim, Bum-Hyun Lee, Jae-Ki Lee, Yeo-Joo Choi
  • Patent number: 10790489
    Abstract: A multi-core lithium ion battery includes a sealed enclosure and a support member disposed within the sealed enclosure. The sealed enclosure may be fabricated with a clamshell configuration. The sealed enclosure may further include at least two support members housed within individual compartments, separated by shared wall(s). The support member(s) includes a plurality of cavities and a plurality of lithium ion core members which are disposed within the plurality of cavities. The battery may further include a plurality of cavity liners, each of which is positioned between a corresponding one of the lithium ion core members and a surface of a corresponding one of the cavities. The hermetically sealed enclosure may be formed using a clamshell configuration. Structures may be included in proximity to or in contact with the lithium ion core members to control gas/fluid flow therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Cadenza Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Maria Christina Lampe-Onnerud, Tord Per Jens Onnerud, Jay Jie Shi, Michael Suba, Joshua Liposky
  • Patent number: 10790530
    Abstract: The battery cell for a flow battery includes a cell frame including a frame including a through-window and a manifold serving as an electrolyte flow path, and a bipolar plate blocking the through-window; a positive electrode disposed on one surface side of the bipolar plate; and a negative electrode disposed on another surface side of the bipolar plate. In this battery cell, in the frame, a thickness of a portion in which the manifold is formed is defined as Ft; in the bipolar plate, a thickness of a portion blocking the through-window is defined as Bt; in the positive electrode, a thickness of a portion facing the bipolar plate is defined as Pt; in the negative electrode, a thickness of a portion facing the bipolar plate is defined as Nt; and these thicknesses satisfy Ft?4 mm, Bt?Ft?3.0 mm, Pt?1.5 mm, and Nt?1.5 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Kanno, Katsuya Yamanishi, Takefumi Ito, Masahiro Kuwabara, Kiyoaki Moriuchi, Hideyuki Yamaguchi, Hayato Fujita, Kousuke Shiraki, Kiyoaki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10770701
    Abstract: A battery pack structure of a vehicle, may include a cell module assembly formed by stacking a plurality of cell modules, end plates coupled to both side end portions of the cell module assembly, and support plates coupled to the top and the bottom of the cell module assembly and both side end portions of the end plates to bring the cell modules in contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Min Wook Kim, Beom Joo Kwon, Yoon Cheol Jeon
  • Patent number: 10770693
    Abstract: An apparatus (101, 101B, 101C, 101D, 101E), an electrical system (706), a vehicle (701) and a method (800) are disclosed. The apparatus (101) comprises a plurality of battery cells (102), each of the battery cells (102) comprising a layer of positive electrode material (103), a layer of electrolyte material (104) and a layer of negative electrode material (105). The apparatus also comprises a container means for containing battery cells (106, 106B, 106D, 6E) formed of an electrically conductive material and having a plurality of cavities (107). Each of the cavities contains at least a respective one of the battery cells (102), and the container means (106, 106B, 106D, 106E) is in direct contact with at least one of the positive electrode material (103) and the electrolyte material (104) of each battery cell (102) or alternatively at least one of the negative electrode material (105) and the electrolyte material (104) of each battery cell (102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventor: Stephen Nicholls
  • Patent number: 10727461
    Abstract: A cell module for a battery of a motor vehicle has a plurality of battery cells for storing electrical energy and a module frame which includes at least two pressure elements, between which the battery cells are arranged, and at least one tension rod which is loaded in tension. The tension rod is formed from a material and by which the pressure elements are clamped against each other via the battery cells. As a result, the battery cells are compressed, wherein the pressure plates are clamped against each other by the tension rod in such a manner that a yield strength or the 0.2% yield limit of the material of the tension rod is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Tuncay Idikurt, Robert Lustig, Philip Kotter, Alexander Muck
  • Patent number: 10703188
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a floor panel; and a battery pack mounted under the floor panel. The battery pack includes: a plurality of cell stacks; a housing case including a bottom portion and configured to house the plurality of cell stacks; and a plurality of support members provided on the bottom portion and spaced apart from one another. When a front region, a central region and a rear region are defined in a bottom view of the housing case, a ratio of a total area where the support member is provided in the central region to an area of the central region is higher than a ratio of a total area where the support member is provided in the rear region to an area of the rear region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirotaka Watanabe, Shigeyuki Inoue, Toshio Uchiyama, Satoshi Inukai
  • Patent number: 10693201
    Abstract: A thermal management system for the at least one energy cell. The thermal management system includes a cold plate cell holder comprising at least one energy cell reservoir structured to retain the energy cell(s) and surround at least a first portion of a surface of the energy cell(s), and to thermally cool the energy cell(s). The system additionally includes a bus bar header to which one or more bus bar can be physically and thermally connected, and at least one oscillating heat pipe (OHP) cover disposable around a second portion of the surface of the energy cell(s). The OHP cover(s) is/are thermally and mechanically connectable to the cold plate cell holder when disposed around the energy cell(s). The OHP cover(s) is/are structured and operable to thermally cool the energy cell(s) via heat absorption from the second portion of the surface of the energy cell(s) when disposed around the energy cell(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: ThermAvant Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher D. Smoot, Joe Boswell, Corey A. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10680218
    Abstract: A battery fold structure of an electronic device includes a device proper and at least one battery. The device proper has battery compartments and movable structures corresponding in position thereto, respectively. Each movable structure is movable relative to the device proper. At least one blocker is fixedly disposed at each movable structure. At least one bidirectional blocking element is fixedly disposed on the battery. The bidirectional blocking element has a first blocking portion and a second blocking portion. When the battery is received in one of the battery compartments, the first blocking portion of the bidirectional blocking element fixedly disposed on the battery is blocked by the blockers. When the battery is received in the other battery compartment, the second blocking portion of the bidirectional blocking element fixedly disposed on the battery is blocked by the blockers. Two batteries are mounted inside two battery compartments interchangeably and unlocked simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kun-Cheng Lee