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Energy storage container with vortex separator

A vortex separator includes: a housing having a cylindrical chamber therein; an inlet through a mantle of the cylindrical chamber, the inlet positioned at a proximal end of the housing; a pipe that enters the housing at the proximal end and extends axially through the cylindrical chamber toward a distal end of the housing which is closed; an outlet through the mantle, the outlet positioned at the distal end; and a catch basin at the outlet.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Semiconductor device with stacked terminals

A semiconductor device includes: a housing; a substrate inside the housing; first and second semiconductor circuits on the substrate; and first and second planar terminals electrically connected to the first and second semiconductor circuits, respectively, the first and second planar terminals stacked on top of each other, wherein each of the first and second planar terminals extends away from the housing.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Embedded optics in modular assemblies

An enhanced multi object potting fixture for exposure to a curing modality that sets an adhesive includes a fixture housing supporting a plurality of objects, the fixture housing having a wall defining a plurality of bonding wells with each the bonding well receiving a first portion of one of the objects, each the bonding well including an aperture in the wall proximate the first portion wherein each bonding well includes a target zone for selective cure of the adhesive to inhibit the adhesive from exiting the aperture; and a fixture enhancement structure integrated into the wall concentrating the curing modality in each the target zone.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Cell manufacturing using liquid-based thermal system

A method of manufacturing cells includes: assembling cells that include at least electrodes and electrolyte contained in a housing; after assembly, storing the cells in contact with a liquid-based thermal system; circulating liquid in the liquid-based thermal system at least while the cells are in contact with the liquid-based thermal system, the liquid having a first temperature; after storing the cells at the first temperature, and while the cells have at least a partial charge, performing a first open circuit voltage (ocv) test on the cells; after the first ocv test, storing the cells at a second temperature lower than the first temperature; after storing the cells at the second temperature, performing a second ocv test on the cells; and for each of the cells, discarding or keeping the cell based at least in part on the first and second ocv tests.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Extrusion piece with insert of dissimilar material

A profile piece includes: an extruded piece of a first material having a mouth portion along at least part of its length; and an insert of a second material different than the first material, the insert attached to the extruded piece by the mouth portion, wherein the insert is configured for welding the profile piece to a component of a third material different than the first material.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Cooling of charging cable

A charging system for an electric vehicle includes: a power supply; a cable having first and second ends, the first end attached to the power supply, the cable comprising a charging conductor and a cooling conduit, each of which extends from the first end to the second end; and a connector attached to the second end of the cable, the connector having a form factor corresponding to a charge port of the electric vehicle; wherein the cooling conduit is adapted to convey a fluid that cools the charging conductor.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Response to detection of an overdischarge event in a series connected battery element

A computer-implemented method to respond to an exceptional charge event including an overdischarge in an energy storage system having a plurality of series-connected battery elements. The method includes monitoring, using the microprocessor, the energy storage system for a charge imbalance using a first detection modality; initiating a reduction of said charge imbalance using a first response modality; monitoring, using the microprocessor, the energy storage system for the overdischarge of a particular one battery element of the plurality of battery elements using a second detection modality different from said first detection modality; and initiating a response to said exceptional charge event using a second response modality different from said first response modality, said response decreasing a risk associated with said overdischarge.. ... Tesla Motors Inc

Self-activated draining system

A method of managing leakage of liquid inside a battery system comprises: containing leaking liquid in a non-liquid sensitive region of the battery system so as to protect internal electrical components of the battery system from coming in contact with the leaking liquid; and in direct response to the leakage, expunging the leaking liquid from the battery system. A drain device includes: a body with a port therethrough, the body configured to be positioned in a wall of a container; means for opening the port in response to a first liquid contacting the drain device on an inside of the container; and means for resisting ingress into the container by a second liquid that contacts the drain device on an outside of the container.. ... Tesla Motors Inc

Welding and soldering of transistor leads

In a method of manufacturing an electronic device a transistor having respective input, output and control leads extending parallel to each other is positioned; first and second busbar layers are placed relative to the transistor so that a first tab extending from the first opening aligns with and contacts one of the input and output leads, and so that a second tab extending from the second opening aligns with and contacts another one of the input and output leads; the first tab and one of the input and output leads are welded; a circuit board is placed parallel to the busbar layers so that the control lead and the first and second tabs extend through corresponding openings in the circuit board; and the control lead and the at least one of the first and second tabs are soldered to one or more circuits on the circuit board.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Busbar locating component

A busbar locating component includes: one or more first attachments configured for attaching a busbar layer to the busbar locating component; one or more bays each configured to contain and position an assembly of transistors essentially perpendicular to the busbar layer for connection; and a plurality of slots, each slot configured to contain and position a busbar relative to the busbar layer for connection.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Geometry of rotor end ring and stator end turns

A method of making an ac induction motor includes: providing a rotor and a stator for the ac induction motor; determining, for different geometries of an end ring of the rotor, a location of a first centroid of current density in the end ring; determining, for end turns of the stator, a location of a second centroid of current density in the end turns; selecting a geometry for at least the endring of the rotor so that an axial distance between the first centroid of current density and the second centroid of current density is minimized; and assembling the ac induction motor, wherein the end turns and the end ring have the selected geometries.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Cantilever stator

An electric motor includes: a housing having a first rotor bearing and a stator support surface; a cantilever stator that includes a lamination stack, a first side of the lamination stack abutting the stator support surface and a second side of the lamination stack abutting a stator endbell that has a second rotor bearing, wherein the cantilever stator is held by way of tie rods attaching the stator endbell to the housing; and a rotor in the cantilever stator, the rotor held by the first and second rotor bearings.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Planar capacitor terminals

An electronic component includes: a laminate busbar structure comprising at least two busbar layers separated by an insulating layer; a transistor connected to the laminate busbar structure on a first side thereof; and a capacitor that is mounted on the first side of the laminate busbar structure and is positioned further away from the laminate busbar structure than the transistor, the capacitor having respective planar terminals parallel to each other and perpendicular to the laminate busbar structure, each of the planar terminals comprising a rectangular member with one side thereof connected to the capacitor and an opposite end connected to a corresponding one of the busbar layers.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Inter-protocol charging adapter

An inter-protocol charging adapter for equipment to be charged via a bus includes: first connectors corresponding to a first charging protocol that requires the bus to be energized before the equipment closes onto the bus; second connectors corresponding to a second charging protocol that does not energize the bus before the equipment closes onto the bus; and a boost converter coupled to the bus and to at least one of the second connectors, wherein the boost converter uses energy from the second connector to energize the bus before the equipment closes onto the bus.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

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Wire break detection in redundant communications

A system and method for low-cost, fault tolerant, emi robust data communications, particularly for an ev environment.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

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