Voestalpine has been granted a patent for a battery carrier design that simplifies assembly and maintenance. The carrier includes a trough made of shaped sheet metal, support profiles, a detachable battery pack, and a lid that doubles as a heat exchanger. The innovative design enhances efficiency and ease of use. GlobalData’s report on Voestalpine gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Voestalpine, Tunnel Boring Machines was a key innovation area identified from patents. Voestalpine's grant share as of March 2024 was 69%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Battery carrier with heat exchanger lid for battery pack

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Voestalpine AG

The granted patent (Publication Number: US11951822B2) discloses a battery carrier designed to securely hold at least one battery pack or module in a vehicle. The carrier comprises a trough made from shaped sheet metal, support profiles affixed to the trough, and a detachable lid with a heat exchanger feature. The battery pack or module is detachably affixed to the support profiles, which are connected to a self-supporting frame structure affixed to the trough. The carrier is designed to suspend the battery pack or module at a distance from the trough bottom, ensuring efficient heat dissipation through the lid's flow channel for a liquid.

Furthermore, the patent includes various claims related to the construction and configuration of the battery carrier, such as the use of deep-drawn sheet steel for the trough, the arrangement of support profiles as cross-members and longitudinal members, and the presence of lateral members permanently connected to the trough sidewall. The design also includes features like top-hat-shaped or closed, hollow profiles for the support profiles, laterally protruding flanges on the battery pack or module for affixing to the support profiles, and a lid that braces the suspended battery pack or module with a prestressing force. Additionally, the patent mentions the application of the battery carrier in vehicles, where it can be positioned underneath the body floor pan with the lid oriented towards the body floor pan, as well as in traction batteries for vehicles.

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