Patents Assigned to Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 9453885
    Abstract: A battery-state monitoring system capable of precisely and efficiently estimating the state and service life of a plurality of storage batteries charged with power generated by utilizing natural energy and constantly connected to an equipment is provided. The system includes a power supply control device that detects a current in each battery, an end device that measures temperature, voltage, and internal resistance of each battery, the internal resistance being measured by using two or more kinds of frequencies, and a prime monitoring device that acquires measurement data from the end device corresponding to each battery and issues an instruction related to an operation to the power supply control device and the end device. The prime monitoring device estimates degradation of each battery based on at least one of temperature, voltage, and internal resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ichiro Mukaitani, Takashi Kofuse, Mitsuyoshi Kanoh, Shinya Mizusugi, Yasuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9246150
    Abstract: A non-aqueous electrolyte battery in which formation of a flame retardant layer formed on the surface of an electrode or the like hardly affects the discharge characteristics is provided. A non-aqueous electrolyte battery 1 includes a positive electrode 3, a negative electrode 5, and a separator 7. A porous layer having ion permeability is formed using a flame retardant material on a surface of the positive electrode 3. The porous layer is formed by applying a hot melt, which is a fused flame retardant material made of a thermoplastic resin, to the surface of the positive electrode 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomonobu Tsujikawa, Masayasu Arakawa, Hiroo Nishiyama, Katsuhide Aichi
  • Patent number: 9240576
    Abstract: If a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery has a seal structure between a lid and an electrode terminal in which a seal member is compressed by fastening a nut, the nut may be loosened to make the amount of compression of the seal member insufficient to reduce the seal performance even if the nut is fastened enough to obtain an appropriate amount of compression of the seal member at the time of manufacture of the battery. A battery case has an opening, and houses an electrode group and an organic electrolyte. A lid is fastened to the battery case, and tightly seals the opening of the battery case. An electrode terminal is electrically connected to the electrode group. The lid and the electrode terminal face each other via an elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kugino, Yuichiro Mishiro, Murashi Shinto, Kenzou Ikeda, Akira Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9231270
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cylindrical lithium-ion secondary battery. The lithium-ion battery of the present invention has a structure in which the value of B/A is optimized, where the distance between an electrode pole to which strip-form lead pieces are welded, the lead pieces being formed intermittently in the winding direction, which is the longitudinal direction of the belt-like electrodes, and the inner wall of the battery can is represented by A, and the distance between the electrode pole and the wound electrode group is represented by B, in order to secure an exhaust passage for the gas generated upon occurrence of an abnormality in the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Yoshiura, Yuichiro Mishiro
  • Patent number: 9214701
    Abstract: Provided is a technique of achieving a longer-life lithium ion secondary battery. The lithium ion secondary battery includes a cathode including a cathode active material containing Mn, an anode including an anode active material containing graphite and non-aqueous electrolytic solution including electrolyte, and LiBF4 and LiPF6 are allowed to coexist in the non-aqueous electrolytic solution. Especially preferably LiPF6 is contained more than LiBF4 in the electrolytic solution. Preferably the electrolytic solution further includes iodide salt. As a result, an oxide of phosphor and boron is deposited on the cathode, thus preventing elution of Mn included in the cathode. The amount of these electrolytes is preferably in the decreasing order of phosphor, boron and then iodine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsunori Nishimura, Yoshiaki Kumashiro, Kazushige Kohno, Toshiyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9160002
    Abstract: In a valve-regulated lead-acid battery in which charging is performed intermittently on every short time and high rate discharging to a load is performed in a partial state of charge (PSOC), a valve-regulated lead-acid battery improved for the charge acceptance and the life characteristic under PSOC than usual is provided. A positive electrode plate having a specific surface area of an active material of 5.5 m2/g or more is used. A valve-regulated lead-acid battery is manufactured by using a negative electrode plate improved for the charge acceptance and the life performance by adding a carbonaceous electroconductive material and a formaldehyde condensate of bisphenols aminobenzene sulfonic acid to a negative electrode active material and setting the specific gravity of an electrolyte to 1.30 or more and 1.35 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: SHIN-KOBE ELECTRIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshio Shibahara, Satoru Takahashi, Yuuji Araki, Masanori Sakai, Satoshi Minoura
  • Patent number: 9159496
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an electrode group unit for lithium ion capacitor that allows reliable welding between a current collecting member and an electrode and that provides a welded portion with a low resistance is provided. A lithium ion capacitor is also provided. An unapplied portion 25 of a positive electrode 9 and an unapplied portion 33 of a negative electrode 11 are disposed to project outside of separators 13, 15 in directions opposite to each other. The resulting assembly is wound into a swirling shape in cross section about an axial core 7 to form an electrode group 5. A lithium metal support member 17 is disposed on the negative electrode 11 such that a layer in which the lithium metal support member 17 is wound is located in a radially middle region of the electrode group 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Uehara, Yukio Iida, Yoshimi Wakamatsu, Haruki Hoshi
  • Patent number: 9124135
    Abstract: While a control method is established which can maximize the lifetime of an storage battery based on a SOC capable of maximizing the lifetime of the storage battery under a temperature condition and a wind condition at an electricity generation site and on currently known ones of other operational conditions, a control system is constructed which can feedback to an actual wind power generation and storage battery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: SHIN-KOBE ELECTRIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiko Abe, Masahiro Watanabe, Yasuhiro Kobayashi, Toshiyuki Furukawa, Hisaaki Takabayashi, Yoshikazu Hirose
  • Patent number: 9112371
    Abstract: Provided are a refresh charging method and a refresh charging apparatus for an assembled battery constituted from lead-acid storage batteries, by which a necessary charging rate may be performed while shortening a charging period. In a constant voltage charging mode, n intermediate threshold values S1 to Sn which decrease stepwisely are set between a predetermined threshold value S0 and a lower-limit current value, and n additional timer periods T1 to Tn are set where n is an integer equal to or larger than one. Counting of the n additional timer periods T1 to Tn is respectively started when the charging current reaches the n intermediate threshold values S1 to Sn. A maximum timer period Tm and the n additional timer periods T1 to Tn are set to satisfy a relationship of Tm>T1> . . . >Tn. Charging is stopped when the counting of one of the maximum timer period Tm and the n additional timer periods T1 to Tn is completed before the lower-limit current value is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: SHIN-KOBE ELECTRIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Wakatabe, Shinichi Sano, Katsura Mitani
  • Publication number: 20150194659
    Abstract: A secondary battery in which the contact resistance is not increased even if the number of housed electrodes is increased is provided. Two screw holes 11d are formed in an opposed surface 11c of a terminal body portion 11b of a positive terminal 11 that faces the stacking direction. A projecting surface 11e is provided between the two screw holes 11d to project toward a positive pressing member 25 with respect to portions provided with the screw holes 11d. The projecting surface 11e projects toward the positive pressing member 25 by 0.2 mm with respect to the portions provided with the two screw holes 11d.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Applicant: Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kugino, Yuichiro Mishiro, Mitsumasa Nakano
  • Patent number: 9065098
    Abstract: A safety valve is disposed to cover at least a portion of the center line of the lid plate between the pair of terminals for the positive electrode and the negative electrode. The distance from the center line of the lid plate to end portions of the components to be energized on the safety valve side is equal to or less than the distance from the center line of the lid plate to the outermost circumference of the safety valve. The shadow area obtained by projecting an opening portion of the safety valve in operation onto the plane of the lid plate does not overlap with the respective shadow areas obtained by projecting the electrically connected components, such as the external output terminals for the positive electrode and the negative electrode, onto the plane of the lid plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Tanaka, Murashi Shinto, Keiji Hoshino, Hiroshi Kamei
  • Patent number: 8999572
    Abstract: Provided herein is a lead-acid battery for which the risk of breakage of a current collecting lug part of a plate while in use is eliminated by simple means. At least a positive plate group of the lead-acid battery includes: one or more plates each including a current collector having a current collecting portion formed by expanding or punching a lead alloy sheet manufactured by cold rolling, and one or more current collecting lug parts unitarily formed with the current collecting portion; and a strap formed by a cast-on strap casting method and coupled to the one or more current collecting lug parts. The current collecting lug part is formed with an elongated protrusion extending in a direction away from the current collecting portion. The elongated protrusion continuously extends in a direction toward the current collecting portion of the plate from inside the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Tsuji, Masatoshi Miyatsuka, Kazuya Sasaki, Naoki Tsuji, Kenichi Maeda, Yoshifumi Yamada
  • Patent number: 8962754
    Abstract: A nonaqueous electrolyte and a lithium ion battery with reduced temporal variations in battery characteristics from initial values are provided. A mixed solution is prepared by dissolving a lithium salt such as LiPF6 in a nonaqueous solvent such as ethylene carbonate. Allylboronate ester and siloxane are mixed with the mixed solution. The content of the allylboronate ester is 1 wt % or less. The content of the siloxane is 2 wt % or less. 2-Allyl-4,4,5,5-tetramethyl-1,3,2-dioxaborolane is used as the allylboronate ester. At least one kind selected from hexamethyldisiloxane and 1,3-divinyltetramethyldisiloxane is used as the siloxane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Haruna, Shingo Itoh
  • Publication number: 20150044534
    Abstract: A high-input and high-output battery having a large capacity while guaranteeing safety is provided. In a lithium ion battery having an electrode wound group in which a positive electrode, a negative electrode, and a separator are wound and an electrolytic solution provided in a battery container, a discharge capacity of the battery being 30 Ah or more, the positive electrode has a current collector and a positive electrode composite applied to both surfaces of the current collector, and the positive electrode composite has following configuration. The positive electrode composite contains a mixed active material of layered lithium nickel manganese cobalt composite oxide (NMC) and spinel lithium manganese oxide (sp-Mn), a density of the positive electrode composite is 2.4 g/cm3 or more and 2.7 g/cm3 or less, and a porosity of the active electrode composite is 29.5% or more and 40.0% or less. Furthermore, a weight ratio (NMC/sp-Mn) of the mixed active materials is set to 10/90 or more and 60/40 or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Kimura, Takefumi Okumura, Hiroo Nishiyama
  • Publication number: 20140370346
    Abstract: A high-input and high-output battery having a large capacity while guaranteeing safety is provided. In a lithium ion battery having an electrode wound group in which a positive electrode, a negative electrode, and a separator are wound and an electrolytic solution provided in a battery container, a discharge capacity of the battery being 30 Ah or more, the positive electrode has a current collector and a positive electrode composite applied to both surfaces of the current collector, and the positive electrode composite has following configuration. The positive electrode composite contains a mixed active material of layered lithium nickel manganese cobalt composite oxide (NMC) and spinel lithium manganese oxide (sp-Mn), a density of the positive electrode composite is 2.4 g/cm3 or more and 2.7 g/cm3 or less, and an application quantity of the positive electrode composite is 175 g/m2 or more and 250 g/m2 or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takefumi Okumura, Takayuki Kimura, Hiroo Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 8912756
    Abstract: A multi-series battery control system comprises a plurality of unit battery cell of which unit consists of multiple battery cells connected in series; a plurality of control IC comprising a control circuit for controlling the unit battery cell; a main controller that sends and receives signal to/from the control ICs via an insulation; means for sending an abnormality signal, which represents the existence or the absence of abnormality of the control ICs or the battery cells, to the main controller from the control ICs, responding to the first signal outputted from the main controller via the insulation; and means for searching contents of the abnormality in the control ICs or the battery cells and sending the abnormality contents signal based on the search, to the main controller from the control ICs, responding to the second signal outputted from the main controller via the insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiko Emori, Shigeyuki Yoshihara, Kazuyoshi Sasazawa, Tatsuo Horiba, Akihiko Kudo
  • Publication number: 20140363708
    Abstract: In a lithium ion battery provided with a cleavage valve that discharges gas in accordance with an internal pressure rise, and a discharge capacity X of the battery being 30 Ah or more and less than 100 Ah, a positive electrode composite contains a mixed active material of layered lithium nickel manganese cobalt composite oxide (NMC) and spinel lithium manganese oxide (sp-Mn). A density of the positive electrode composite is 2.4 to 2.7 g/cm3, an application quantity of the positive electrode composite is 175 to 250 g/cm2, and when a weight ratio (NMC/sp-Mn) is defined as Y, a relation of Y<?0.0062X+1.05 is satisfied. Also, a working pressure of the cleavage valve is 1.0 to 5.0 MPa when the discharge capacity X is 30 Ah or more and 40 Ah or less, and 1.0 to 4.0 MPa when X is more than 40 Ah and 80 Ah or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd,
    Inventors: Shingo Ito, Takefumi Okumura, Takayuki Kimura, Hiroo Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 8895192
    Abstract: A grid plate for a lead acid storage battery including a frame section having a pair of quadrangular contour shape, and longitudinal and lateral grid strands forming a frame section grid. The longitudinal and lateral grid strands have thick strands of smaller thickness than the frame section, and thin strands of smaller width and thickness than the thick strands. Strands adjacent to the thick strands are thin strands, and space allows flow of active material to sides of the thick strands. Ends of the thick strands in the thickness direction are positioned further inward from end faces of the frame section in the thickness direction, and the end portions of one end side of the thin strands in the thickness direction are positioned offset to one end side of the thick strands in the thickness direction, and active material is packed into the reverse surface side of the grid plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Wakatabe, Katsura Mitani, Shinichi Sano, Yoshikazu Hirose, Ichiro Shimoura
  • Patent number: 8896273
    Abstract: Lower order control devices control plural battery cells configuring plural battery modules. An input terminal of the low order control device in the highest potential, an output terminal of the low order control device in the lowest potential, and a high order control device are connected by isolating units, photocouplers. Diodes which prevent a discharge current of the battery cells in the battery modules are disposed between the output terminal of the low order control device and the battery cells in the battery module on the low potential side. Terminals related to input/output of a signal are electrically connected without isolating among the plural low order control devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Miyazaki, Akihiko Emori, Akihiko Kudo, Tsuyoshi Kai
  • Publication number: 20140340042
    Abstract: A multi-series battery control system comprises a plurality of unit battery cell of which unit consists of multiple battery cells connected in series; a plurality of control IC comprising a control circuit for controlling the unit battery cell; a main controller that sends and receives signal to/from the control ICs via an insulation; means for sending an abnormality signal, which represents the existence or the absence of abnormality of the control ICs or the battery cells, to the main controller from the control ICs, responding to the first signal outputted from the main controller via the insulation; and means for searching contents of the abnormality in the control ICs or the battery cells and sending the abnormality contents signal based on the search, to the main controller from the control ICs, responding to the second signal outputted from the main controller via the insulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiko EMORI, Shigeyuki YOSHIHARA, Kazuyoshi SASAZAWA, Tatsuo HORIBA, Akihiko KUDO