Patents by Inventor Katsuya Yamanishi

Katsuya Yamanishi has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10938054
    Abstract: Provided is a method for operating a redox flow battery, the method including a step of mixing a predetermined volume of a positive electrolyte and a predetermined volume of a negative electrolyte at a predetermined period, in which the predetermined period is time x selected from a range of 320 hours or less, the predetermined volume is y % of a storage volume set for one of a positive electrolyte tank and a negative electrolyte tank, y is equal to or higher than a value represented by y=0.01%×x, when x is selected from a range of 30 hours or less, y is equal to or lower than a value represented by y=0.9%×x, and when x is selected from a range of more than 30 hours to 320 hours, y is 27.0% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Yamaguchi, Katsuya Yamanishi
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20200259198
    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: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: 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: 10665881
    Abstract: A redox flow battery system includes pumps, a pump control unit, an SQC measuring unit, and a terminal-voltage measuring unit. The pump control unit includes a reference-flow-rate acquiring unit which acquires a reference flow rate of the pumps corresponding to the state of charge of electrolytes; a terminal-voltage determination unit which determines whether or not a terminal voltage of a battery cell reaches the lower limit or the ripper limit of a predetermined voltage range; and a pump-flow-rate setting unit which sets the reference flow rate for the pumps in the case where the terminal voltage does not reach the upper or lower limit of the predetermined voltage range, and sets a flow rate obtained by adding a predetermined flow rate to the reference flow rate for the pumps in the ease where the terminal voltage reaches the upper or lower limit of the predetermined voltage range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Kumamoto, Kazuhiro Fujikawa, Katsuya Yamanishi
  • Publication number: 20200136162
    Abstract: A redox flow battery system includes a cell that performs charging and discharging between the cell and a power system, a tank that stores an electrolyte supplied to the cell, a circulation pump that circulates the electrolyte between the cell and the tank, a power converter disposed between the cell and the power system, and a charge/discharge control unit that controls an operation of the power converter to control charging and discharging of the cell. When the charge/discharge control unit detects power failure in the power system, the charge/discharge control unit controls the power converter such that power of the electrolyte remaining in the cell is supplied to the circulation pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuya YAMANISHI, Yasumitsu TSUTSUI, Takahiro KUMAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20200112044
    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: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Applicant: 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: 10566644
    Abstract: Provided are a battery cell that can be produced efficiently. A frame body of each cell frame of a battery cell includes an inner peripheral recessed portion formed by reducing a thickness of a peripheral portion that surrounds an entire perimeter of the penetrating window so that the peripheral portion has a smaller thickness than other portions of the frame body. A bipolar plate of the battery cell includes an outer peripheral engaging portion that engages with the inner peripheral recessed portion, the outer peripheral engaging portion being a portion having a particular width and extending throughout an entire outer periphery of the bipolar plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Yamaguchi, Katsuya Yamanishi, Takashi Kanno, Takefumi Ito, Masahiro Kuwabara, Kiyoaki Moriuchi, Kiyoaki Hayashi, Hayato Fujita, Kousuke Shiraki
  • Publication number: 20190198905
    Abstract: Provided is a method for operating a redox flow battery, the method including a step of mixing a predetermined volume of a positive electrolyte and a predetermined volume of a negative electrolyte at a predetermined period, in which the predetermined period is time x selected from a range of 320 hours or less, the predetermined volume is y % of a storage volume set for one of a positive electrolyte tank and a negative electrolyte tank, y is equal to or higher than a value represented by y=0.01%×x, when x is selected from a range of 30 hours or less, y is equal to or lower than a value represented by y=0.9%×x, and when x is selected from a range of more than 30 hours to 320 hours, y is 27.0% or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyuki YAMAGUCHI, Katsuya YAMANISHI
  • Publication number: 20190157699
    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: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Takashi KANNO, Katsuya YAMANISHI, Takefumi ITO, Masahiro KUWABARA, Kiyoaki MORIUCHI, Hideyuki YAMAGUCHI, Hayato FUJITA, Kousuke SHIRAKI, Kiyoaki HAYASHI
  • Patent number: 10230123
    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: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    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: 10211467
    Abstract: A cell frame for a redox flow battery comprises: a bipolar plate; and a frame body provided at an outer periphery of the bipolar plate, the frame body including a manifold which penetrates through front and back surfaces of the frame body and through which an electrolyte flows, and at least one slit being formed on the front surface of the frame body and forming a channel of the electrolyte between the manifold and the bipolar plate, a cross sectional shape of the slit, in a longitudinal direction of the slit, having a width w and a depth h, the width w and the depth h satisfying (A) w?3 mm and (B) 1/8<h/w<1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takefumi Ito, Takashi Kanno, Masahiro Kuwabara, Katsuya Yamanishi, Hideyuki Yamaguchi, Hayato Fujita, Kiyoaki Hayashi, Kousuke Shiraki, Kiyoaki Moriuchi
  • Patent number: 10158127
    Abstract: A cell frame for a redox flow battery comprises: a bipolar plate; and a frame body provided at an outer periphery of the bipolar plate, the frame body including a manifold which penetrates through front and back surfaces of the frame body and through which an electrolyte flows, and at least one slit being formed on the front surface of the frame body and forming a channel of the electrolyte between the manifold and the bipolar plate, a cross sectional shape of the slit, in a longitudinal direction of the slit, having a width w and a depth h, the width w and the depth h satisfying (A) w?3 mm and (B) 1/8<h/w<1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takefumi Ito, Takashi Kanno, Masahiro Kuwabara, Katsuya Yamanishi, Hideyuki Yamaguchi, Hayato Fujita, Kiyoaki Hayashi, Kousuke Shiraki, Kiyoaki Moriuchi
  • Publication number: 20180013156
    Abstract: A redox flow battery includes a cell stack formed by stacking a plurality of battery cells, a positive electrolyte circulation mechanism configured to circulate a positive electrolyte in the cell stack, and a negative electrolyte circulation mechanism configure l to circulate a negative electrolyte in the cell stack. The redox flow battery includes a pressure difference forming mechanism that makes one of a pressure loss in a positive pipeline included in the positive electrolyte circulation mechanism and a pressure loss in a negative pipeline included in the negative electrolyte circulation mechanism greater than the other so that, when the positive electrolyte and the negative electrolyte are circulated in the cell stack, a pressure difference state is created where there is a difference between the pressures of the positive and negative electrolytes acting on a separation membrane included in each battery cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Katsuya Yamanishi, Yasumitsu Tsutsui, Takahiro Kumamoto, Keiji Yano
  • Publication number: 20170352894
    Abstract: An electrolyte-circulating battery according to the present invention includes a cell frame including a bipolar plate in contact with an electrode that forms a battery cell, and a frame that surrounds a peripheral edge of the bipolar plate; and a sealing member that is disposed on the frame and that prevents an electrolyte supplied to the battery cell from leaking out of the frame. The frame has a seal groove in which the sealing member is fitted. The seal groove includes a narrow section that causes the sealing member to elastically deform to prevent the sealing member from becoming detached from the seal groove. The narrow section has a width that is uniform in a depth direction of the seal groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Kanno, Ryo Sato, Katsuya Yamanishi, Takefumi Ito
  • Publication number: 20170324108
    Abstract: Provided are a battery cell that can be produced efficiently. A frame body of each cell frame of a battery cell includes an inner peripheral recessed portion formed by reducing a thickness of a peripheral portion that surrounds an entire perimeter of the penetrating window so that the peripheral portion has a smaller thickness than other portions of the frame body. A bipolar plate of the battery cell includes an outer peripheral engaging portion that engages with the inner peripheral recessed portion, the outer peripheral engaging portion being a portion having a particular width and extending throughout an entire outer periphery of the bipolar plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Inventors: Hideyuki Yamaguchi, Katsuya Yamanishi, Takashi Kanno, Takefumi Ito, Masahiro Kuwabara, Kiyoaki Moriuchi, Kiyoaki Hayashi, Hayato Fujita, Kousuke Shiraki
  • Publication number: 20170237104
    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: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Takashi Kanno, Katsuya Yamanishi, Takefumi Ito, Masahiro Kuwabara, Kiyoaki Moriuchi, Hideyuki Yamaguchi, Hayato Fujita, Kousuke Shiraki, Kiyoaki Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20170110741
    Abstract: A cell frame for a redox flow battery comprises: a bipolar plate; and a frame body provided at an outer periphery of the bipolar plate, the frame body including a manifold which penetrates through front and back surfaces of the frame body and through which an electrolyte flows, and at least one slit being formed on the front surface of the frame body and forming a channel of the electrolyte between the manifold and the bipolar plate, a cross sectional shape of the slit, in a longitudinal direction of the slit, having a width w and a depth h, the width w and the depth h satisfying (A) w?3 mm and (B) 1/8<h/w<1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventors: Takefumi Ito, Takashi Kanno, Masahiro Kuwabara, Katsuya Yamanishi, Hideyuki Yamaguchi, Hayato Fujita, Kiyoaki Hayashi, Kousuke Shiraki, Kiyoaki Moriuchi
  • Publication number: 20170033391
    Abstract: A redox flow battery system includes pumps which circulate and supply electrolytes to a battery cell, a pump control unit which controls the flow rate of the pumps, an SOC measuring unit which measures the state of charge of the electrolytes, and a terminal-voltage measuring unit which measures a terminal voltage of the battery cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventors: Takahiro Kumamoto, Kazuhiro Fujikawa, Katsuya Yamanishi
  • Publication number: 20170012307
    Abstract: Provided are a redox flow battery system and a method for operating a redox flow battery that suppress overcharge and overdischarge of an electrolyte. A redox flow battery system includes a pump that supplies an electrolyte to a battery cell by circulation, a pump controller that controls a flow rate of the pump, and a measurement unit that measures at least two parameters selected from among an inlet-side state of charge of the electrolyte supplied to the battery cell, an outlet-side state of charge of the electrolyte drained from the battery cell, and a charge/discharge current input to/output from the battery cell. The pump controller includes a pump flow-rate computation unit that calculates a charge/discharge efficiency of the battery cell from the parameters measured by the measurement unit and, based on the charge/discharge efficiency, determines the flow rate of the pump so that the electrolyte drained from the battery cell is neither overcharged nor overdischarged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Takahiro Kumamoto, Katsuya Yamanishi, Kazuhiro Fujikawa
  • Patent number: D795180
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryo Sato, Katsuya Yamanishi, Takefumi Ito, Takashi Kanno