Patents by Inventor Makoto Inagaki

Makoto Inagaki 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: 10408352
    Abstract: A flow control valve comprising a valve seat provided with a valve hole and a seat surface, a valve element formed with a sealing surface corresponding to the seat surface, and a rotary shaft to which the valve element is integrally provided, the central axis of the rotary shaft being arranged eccentrically toward the radial direction of the valve hole from the central axis of the valve hole, and the sealing surface being arranged eccentrically toward the direction in which the central axis of the valve element extends from the central axis of the rotary shaft. The flow control valve has a valve element movement direction restriction member for stopping rotation of the valve element, and thereafter moving the valve element toward the valve seat while also relatively rotating the valve element about the eccentric axis eccentric from the central axis of the rotary shaft, relative to the rotary shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Makoto Fukui, Mamoru Yoshioka, Naruto Ito, Takashige Inagaki, Kasumi Mishima
  • Publication number: 20190257430
    Abstract: An eccentric valve has a drive mechanism, a drive force receiving part, a bearing for supporting a rotary shaft, and a return spring for generating a return spring force. During non-operation of the drive mechanism, the eccentric valve generates a separating-direction urging force to cause the rotary shaft to incline about the bearing serving as a fulcrum and urge the valve element in a direction away from the valve seal, the separating-direction urging force being a force caused by the return spring force. Either the valve element or the valve seat is provided with a sealing member to seal between the valve element and the valve seat during non-operation of the drive mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mamoru YOSHIOKA, Kasumi MISHIMA, Naruto ITO, Makoto FUKUI, Takashige INAGAKI, Sunao KITAMURA, Hiroshi MISUMI
  • Patent number: 10389295
    Abstract: An enclosure for a concentrator photovoltaic device according to the present disclosure includes a side wall having an upper end, a lower end, an inner surface, and an outer surface, the side wall being composed of a resin, the side wall being provided with an air hole extending through the inner and outer surfaces of the side wall, the air hole being inclined from the inner surface of the side wall to the outer surface of the side wall in a direction from the upper end of the side wall toward the lower end of the side wall. According to the present disclosure, power generation efficiency of a photovoltaic module can be further increased, and the photovoltaic module can be suppressed from being decreased in performance due to entrance of undesired matters to inside of the case, such as dusts, water droplets, and foreign matters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Saito, Takashi Iwasaki, Youichi Nagai, Yoshiya Abiko, Akihiko Kojima, Makoto Inagaki
  • Publication number: 20190233950
    Abstract: A hydrogen generation system according to one aspect of the present disclosure comprises: a concentrator photovoltaic module including: a casing including a frame, and a bottom plate provided at the lower end of the frame, and a concentrator photovoltaic element disposed on the bottom plate; a hydrogen generation apparatus configured to generate hydrogen by electrolyzing water with electric power supplied from the concentrator photovoltaic module; and a heat exhauster mechanism configured to raise the temperature of the water using heat generated in the concentrator photovoltaic module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Rui Mikami, Takashi Iwasaki, Makoto Inagaki, Youichi Nagai, Seiji Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20190237605
    Abstract: A concentrator photovoltaic module according to one embodiment of the present disclosure includes: a case; a substrate disposed on a bottom surface of the case and having a plurality of stacked wiring layers; and concentrator photovoltaic elements disposed on the substrate and connected to the wiring layers. The concentrator photovoltaic elements connected to different wiring layers are connected to each other in parallel. According to the concentrator photovoltaic module according to the one embodiment of the present disclosure, output voltage can be decreased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Kazumasa Toya, Makoto Inagaki, Youichi Nagai, Takashi Iwasaki, Kenji Saito, Rui Mikami
  • Patent number: 10337622
    Abstract: An eccentric valve has a drive mechanism, a drive force receiving part, a bearing for supporting a rotary shaft, and a return spring for generating a return spring force. During non-operation of the drive mechanism, the eccentric valve generates a separating-direction urging force to cause the rotary shaft to incline about the bearing serving as a fulcrum and urge the valve element in a direction away from the valve seat, the separating-direction urging force being a force caused by the return spring force. Either the valve element or the valve seat is provided with a sealing member to seal between the valve element and the valve seat during non-operation of the drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mamoru Yoshioka, Kasumi Mishima, Naruto Ito, Makoto Fukui, Takashige Inagaki, Sunao Kitamura, Hiroshi Misumi
  • Publication number: 20190143837
    Abstract: An automobile includes a fan configured to send cooling air, a fan driving apparatus, a first electronic control unit, and a second electronic control unit. The first electronic control unit is configured to output a first driving control signal to the fan driving apparatus when an ignition switch is turned off and a predetermined condition is established. The second electronic control unit is configured to determine whether or not the first driving control signal has been output by monitoring the signal line when the ignition switch is turned off. The second electronic control unit is configured to output a second driving control signal to the fan driving apparatus when determination is made that the first driving control signal has not been output to the fan driving apparatus from the first electronic control unit, the ignition switch is turned off, and the predetermined condition is established.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takehiro Inagaki, Makoto Kuze
  • Publication number: 20180212557
    Abstract: An enclosure for a concentrator photovoltaic device according to the present disclosure includes a side wall having an upper end, a lower end, an inner surface, and an outer surface, the side wall being composed of a resin, the side wall being provided with an air hole extending through the inner and outer surfaces of the side wall, the air hole being inclined from the inner surface of the side wall to the outer surface of the side wall in a direction from the upper end of the side wall toward the lower end of the side wall. According to the present disclosure, power generation efficiency of a photovoltaic module can be further increased, and the photovoltaic module can be suppressed from being decreased in performance due to entrance of undesired matters to inside of the case, such as dusts, water droplets, and foreign matters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Saito, Takashi Iwasaki, Youichi Nagai, Yoshiya Abiko, Akihiko Kojima, Makoto Inagaki
  • Publication number: 20180145198
    Abstract: This concentrator photovoltaic module 1M includes: a housing 11 having an open face 11a on one face thereof; a plurality of cells 21 provided in a form of an array on a bottom plate 14 of the housing 11; and a lens panel 13 being a concentrating member, being mounted on the housing 11 so as to cover the open face 11a, being disposed so as to face the bottom plate 14, and being composed of a plurality of Fresnel lenses 13f formed at positions corresponding to the cells 21 on respective optical axes of the Fresnel lenses 13f, the Fresnel lenses 13f each being a condenser lens for concentrating sunlight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Kenji Saito, Makoto Inagaki, Yoshiya Abiko, Kazumasa Toya
  • Patent number: 9960304
    Abstract: Provided is a solar cell for which accurate mutual alignment between a condenser lens and a power generating element corresponding thereto can be performed. In a solar cell 23, a plurality of grid electrodes 31 each formed in a linear shape are arrayed on a light receiving surface 23a along the width direction of the light receiving surface 23a. The plurality of grid electrodes 31 include a first center grid electrode 31a forming a cross portion 34 exhibiting a center-specific geometry caused by electrodes crossing each other at the center of the light receiving surface 23a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Inagaki, Kenji Saito, Yoshiya Abiko, Koji Mori, Takashi Iwasaki, Yoshiki Kuhara
  • Patent number: 9871157
    Abstract: Mutual alignment between a condenser lens and its power generating element can be performed easily and accurately. This method for producing a concentrator photovoltaic unit includes: a first step of emitting linear laser beams respectively toward incident positions 42 on an incident surface 13f1; and a second step of performing positional adjustment between a Fresnel lens 13f and a power generating element part 21, based on positional relationship between the power generating element part 21 and beam images respectively formed by the linear laser beams at a time when the beam images and the power generating element part 21 are seen along an optical axis S from the incident surface 13f1 side of the Fresnel lens 13f.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazumasa Toya, Takashi Iwasaki, Koji Mori, Makoto Inagaki, Rui Mikami, Yoshiki Kuhara
  • Patent number: 9831370
    Abstract: Provided is a solar cell for which accurate mutual alignment between a condenser lens and a power generating element corresponding thereto can be performed. In a solar cell 23, a plurality of grid electrodes 31 each formed in a linear shape are arrayed on a light receiving surface 23a along the width direction of the light receiving surface 23a. The plurality of grid electrodes 31 include a first center grid electrode 31a forming a cross portion 34 exhibiting a center-specific geometry caused by electrodes crossing each other at the center of the light receiving surface 23a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Inagaki, Kenji Saito, Yoshiya Abiko, Koji Mori, Takashi Iwasaki, Yoshiki Kuhara
  • Patent number: 9799787
    Abstract: Provided is a solar cell for which accurate mutual alignment between a condenser lens and a power generating element corresponding thereto can be performed. In a solar cell 23, a plurality of grid electrodes 31 each formed in a linear shape are arrayed on a light receiving surface 23a along the width direction of the light receiving surface 23a. The plurality of grid electrodes 31 include a first center grid electrode 31a forming a cross portion 34 exhibiting a center-specific geometry caused by electrodes crossing each other at the center of the light receiving surface 23a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Inagaki, Kenji Saito, Yoshiya Abiko, Koji Mori, Takashi Iwasaki, Yoshiki Kuhara
  • Publication number: 20170250650
    Abstract: Provided is a photovoltaic apparatus including: a power generation part including a plurality of power generating elements each generating power in accordance with an amount of received light, the power generation part having a light receiving surface and a back surface positioned on an opposite side to the light receiving surface; a function part provided separately from the power generation part and configured to provide functions regarding the photovoltaic apparatus; and a position changeable part provided between the power generation part and the function part and capable of changing positions of the power generation part and the function part, wherein the back surface of the power generation part faces the function part face, and the position changeable part is capable of changing the positions of the power generation part and the function part while maintaining a state where the back surface of the power generation part faces the function part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Takashi Iwasaki, Yoshiya Abiko, Youichi Nagai, Makoto Inagaki
  • Patent number: D803172
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Mori, Takashi Iwasaki, Kazumasa Toya, Kenji Saito, Yoshiya Abiko, Youichi Nagai, Makoto Inagaki, Rui Mikami
  • Patent number: D803803
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Mori, Takashi Iwasaki, Kazumasa Toya, Kenji Saito, Yoshiya Abiko, Youichi Nagai, Makoto Inagaki, Rui Mikami
  • Patent number: D805045
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Mori, Takashi Iwasaki, Kazumasa Toya, Kenji Saito, Yoshiya Abiko, Youichi Nagai, Makoto Inagaki, Rui Mikami
  • Patent number: D810707
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Mori, Takashi Iwasaki, Kazumasa Toya, Kenji Saito, Yoshiya Abiko, Youichi Nagai, Makoto Inagaki, Rui Mikami
  • Patent number: D812023
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Mori, Takashi Iwasaki, Kazumasa Toya, Kenji Saito, Yoshiya Abiko, Youichi Nagai, Makoto Inagaki, Rui Mikami
  • Patent number: D831594
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Mori, Takashi Iwasaki, Kazumasa Toya, Kenji Saito, Yoshiya Abiko, Youichi Nagai, Makoto Inagaki, Rui Mikami