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Alkaline and non-aqueous proton-conducting pouch-cell batteries

United States Patent

January 2, 2018
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Provided are sealed pouch-cell batteries that are alkaline batteries or non-aqueous proton-conducing batteries. A pouch cell includes a flexible housing such as is used for pouch cell construction where the housing is in the form of a pouch, a cathode comprising a cathode active material suitable for use in an alkaline battery, an anode comprising an anode active material suitable for use in an alkaline battery, an electrolyte that is optionally an alkaline or proton-conducting electrolyte, and wherein the pouch does not include or require a safety vent or other gas absorbing or releasing system as the anode active material and the cathode active material do not increase the internal atmospheric pressure any more than 2 psig during cycling. The batteries provided function contrary to the art recognized belief that such battery systems were impossible due to unacceptable gas production during cycling.
Young; Kwo-hsiung (Troy, MI), Nei; Jean (Southgate, MI), Meng; Tiejun (Novi, MI)
Ovonic Battery Company, Inc. (Rochester Hills, MI)
14/ 615,796
February 6, 2015
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SPONSORSHIP This invention was made with government support under contract no. DE-AR0000386, awarded by Advanced Research Projects Agency--Energy--U.S. Department of Energy under the robust affordable next generation EV-storage (RANGE) program. The government has certain rights in the invention.