Patents by Inventor Nobuhiro Hirano

Nobuhiro Hirano 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).

  • Publication number: 20200251744
    Abstract: A non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery includes a positive electrode, a negative electrode, and a separator disposed between the positive electrode and the negative electrode. The separator has a multilayer structure in which a first filler layer containing phosphate particles, a porous resin substrate, and a second filler layer containing inorganic particles having higher heat resistance than the phosphate particles are stacked in this order from the negative electrode side. The first filler layer is disposed on the porous resin substrate in such a manner that the surface of the first filler layer faces the surface of the negative electrode. The phosphate particles have a BET specific surface area in the range of 5 m2/g or more and 100 m2/g or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiko Takada, Masanori Sugimori, Nobuhiro Hirano, Yuki Morikawa, Yasunori Baba, Katsunori Yanagida
  • Publication number: 20200243827
    Abstract: In a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery, a separator includes a substrate, a first filler layer disposed on one side of the substrate and containing phosphate salt particles, and a second filler layer disposed on the other side of the substrate and containing inorganic particles. The separator is disposed between a positive electrode and a negative electrode in such a manner that the side of the substrate which bears the first filler layer is directed to the positive electrode side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Morikawa, Masanori Sugimori, Yasunori Baba, Katsunori Yanagida, Nobuhiro Hirano
  • Publication number: 20200203695
    Abstract: In a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery, a separator includes a substrate, a first filler layer containing phosphate salt particles, and a second filler layer interposed between the substrate and the first filler layer and containing inorganic particles. The separator is disposed between a positive electrode and a negative electrode in such a manner that the first filler layer and the second filler layer are directed to the positive electrode side. Further, a resin layer is disposed between the positive electrode and the first filler layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunori Baba, Masanori Sugimori, Katsunori Yanagida, Nobuhiro Hirano
  • Publication number: 20200203693
    Abstract: A nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery includes a positive electrode, a negative electrode and a separator disposed between the positive electrode and the negative electrode, wherein the separator includes an inorganic filler layer which includes a first filler layer containing phosphate salt particles and a second filler layer disposed on the first filler layer and containing inorganic particles more heat resistant than the phosphate salt particles, and the BET specific surface area of the phosphate salt particles is in the range of not less than 5 m2/g and not more than 100 m2/g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Sugimori, Yasunori Baba, Katsunori Yanagida, Nobuhiro Hirano
  • Publication number: 20200152966
    Abstract: A positive electrode including a positive electrode current collector, an intermediate layer disposed on the positive electrode current collector and including a conductive agent and inorganic particles, and a positive electrode mixture layer disposed on the intermediate layer and including a positive electrode active material and a hydrogen phosphate salt represented by the general formula MaHbPO4 (wherein a satisfies 1?a?2, b satisfies 1?b?2, and M includes at least one element selected from alkali metals and alkaline earth metals), the positive electrode satisfying 0.5?X?3.0, 1.0?Y?7.0, and 0.07?X/Y?3.0 wherein X is the mass ratio (mass %) of the hydrogen phosphate salt relative to the total mass of the positive electrode active material and Y is the mass ratio (mass %) of the conductive agent relative to the total mass of the intermediate layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Ko, Yasunori Baba, Katsunori Yanagida, Nobuhiro Hirano, Fumiharu Niina
  • Publication number: 20190259984
    Abstract: A battery pack houses first and second cell units that are composed of a plurality of cells, and has a positive electrode power source terminal and a negative electrode power source terminal. This battery pack is provided with a series connector capable of connecting, in series, the first and second cell units and a parallel connector capable of connecting, in parallel, the first and second cell units, and is capable of switching between a parallel connection voltage and a series connection voltage. In the case of attachment to the high voltage electrical device body, the series connector becomes conductive and the parallel connector pair is cut off by the action of the series/parallel switching terminal. In the case of attachment to a low voltage electrical device body, the state is returned to an initial state, the series connector is cut off, and the parallel connector pair becomes conductive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomomasa NISHIKAWA, Takuya Teranishi, Naoto Wakatabe, Akira Matsushita, Masaru Hirano, Osamu Kawanobe, Nobuhiro TAKANO, Shinji Watanabe, Hiroyuki HANAWA, Takuhiro Murakami, SHOTA KANNO, Junpei Sato, Hikaru Tamura, Hayato Yamaguchi, Toshio Mizoguchi, Yasushi Nakano, Kazuhiko FUNABASHI, Masayuki Ogura, Yusuke FUNABIKI, Junichi Toukairin, Shota Takeuchi
  • Publication number: 20190260209
    Abstract: In order that the output voltage of a battery pack can be switched and the battery pack can be shared among different voltage electric appliances, this battery pack has a switching mechanism that switches outputting a low voltage by parallel connection of two cell units or outputting a high voltage by series connection of the two cell units, said two cell units each being composed of a plurality of cells connected in series, wherein the switching mechanism is configured from a change-over switch having an operation lever (452). The change-over switch is embedded in a battery pack (400), and an operator is able to manually switch outputting 18 V by setting the operation lever (452) at a first position or outputting 36 V by setting the operation lever (452) at a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomomasa NISHIKAWA, Masayuki OGURA, Masaru HIRANO, Takuhiro MURAKAMI, Nobuhiro TAKANO, Osamu KAWANOBE, Akira MATSUSHITA, Hayato YAMAGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20190259985
    Abstract: In an upper cell unit (2146) and a lower cell unit (2147) comprising five battery cells, positive electrode terminals (2162, 2172) are set apart and aligned vertically, and negative electrode terminals (2167, 2177) are set apart and aligned vertically. When an electrical device body is rated at 36V, device-side terminals are in contact only at the upper terminals (2162, 2167), and short circuiting of the lower terminals (2172, 2177) is effected using a short bar 2059. When the electrical device body is rated at 18V, the upper and lower terminals (2162 and 2172, 2167 and 2177) are simultaneously made to contact the device-side terminals, and the upper cell unit (2146) and the lower cell unit (2147) assume a parallel connected state. Thus, it is possible to automatically switch the output voltage when a battery pack is mounted according to the difference in terminal shape on the electrical device body side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki HANAWA, Tomomasa NISHIKAWA, SHOTA KANNO, Toshio Mizoguchi, Yasushi Nakano, Kazuhiko FUNABASHI, Takuya Teranishi, Naoto Wakatabe, Shinji Watanabe, Junpei Sato, Hikaru Tamura, Nobuhiro TAKANO, Osamu Kawanobe, Hayato Yamaguchi, Akira Matsushita, Masaru Hirano, Takuhiro Murakami, Masayuki Ogura, Yusuke Funabiki, Junichi Toukairin, Shota Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9985261
    Abstract: A separator according to the present disclosure includes cellulose fibers and fluororesin particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Hirano, Isao Fujiwara, Masaru Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9614249
    Abstract: A separator according to the present disclosure is a separator for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery that includes a porous layer that contains cellulose fibers and resin particles. The ratio of the amount of the resin particles to the total amount of the cellulose fibers and the resin particles increases with decreasing distance from one surface of the porous layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Isao Fujiwara, Nobuhiro Hirano, Masaru Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20160156008
    Abstract: A separator according to the present disclosure includes cellulose fibers and fluororesin particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventors: NOBUHIRO HIRANO, ISAO FUJIWARA, MASARU WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20160156009
    Abstract: A separator for a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery according to the present disclosure includes cellulose fibers and resin particles having substituents bonded by hydrogen bonds with the cellulose fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventors: NOBUHIRO HIRANO, ISAO FUJIWARA, MASARU WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20150380739
    Abstract: A negative electrode plate according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes a negative electrode collector and a negative electrode mixture layer disposed on the negative electrode collector. The negative electrode mixture layer contains a negative active material, a first binding material having a Tg of 10° C. to 60° C., and a second binding material having a Tg of 0° C. or less. When the negative electrode mixture layer is divided into two equal parts at the center in the thickness direction, a negative electrode mixture layer (a) is one half on the negative electrode collector side of the negative electrode mixture layer and contains the first binding material, and a negative electrode mixture layer (b) is the other half on the surface side of the negative electrode mixture layer and contains the second binding material. A and B satisfy a relationship: 0.04?B/(A+B)<0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: KOZO WATANABE, ISAO FUJIWARA, NOBUHIRO HIRANO
  • Publication number: 20150221918
    Abstract: A separator for non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery has a porous film mainly consisting of cellulose fiber, wherein the porous film has a maximum pore diameter of 0.2 ?m or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Applicant: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Hirano, Isao Fujiwara, Masaru Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20150118540
    Abstract: A separator according to the present disclosure is a separator for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery that includes a porous layer that contains cellulose fibers and resin particles. The ratio of the amount of the resin particles to the total amount of the cellulose fibers and the resin particles increases with decreasing distance from one surface of the porous layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: ISAO FUJIWARA, NOBUHIRO HIRANO, MASARU WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20150093625
    Abstract: A separator for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery includes a first layer containing thermoplastic fibers, and a second layer formed on at least one side of the first layer and containing cellulose fibers as a main component. The first layer includes a mixed portion in which the thermoplastic fibers and the cellulose fibers are mixed, the mixed portion being disposed at an interface with the second layer. A total weight per area of the cellulose fibers contained in the second layer and the mixed portion is more than 5 g/m2 and 20 g/m2 or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: NOBUHIRO HIRANO, ISAO FUJIWARA, MASARU WATANABE
  • Patent number: 8728665
    Abstract: A negative electrode for a lithium ion secondary battery includes a negative electrode core member and a negative electrode mixture layer adhering to the negative electrode core member. The negative electrode mixture layer includes active material particles, a cellulose ether compound, and rubber particles. The cellulose ether compound has a degree of etherification of 0.25 or more and 0.7 or less and an average degree of polymerization of 20 or more and 1200 or less. The negative electrode mixture layer contains remaining particles including a water-insoluble portion of the cellulose ether compound and having a mean particle size of 1 ?m or more and 75 ?m or less. The bonding strength between the active material particles is 98 N/cm2 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Taiki Satow, Shinji Kasamatsu, Nobuhiro Hirano, Masaya Ugaji
  • Publication number: 20120064415
    Abstract: A negative electrode for a lithium ion secondary battery includes a negative electrode core member and a negative electrode mixture layer adhering to the negative electrode core member. The negative electrode mixture layer includes active material particles, a cellulose ether compound, and rubber particles. The cellulose ether compound has a degree of etherification of 0.25 or more and 0.7 or less and an average degree of polymerization of 20 or more and 1200 or less. The negative electrode mixture layer contains remaining particles including a water-insoluble portion of the cellulose ether compound and having a mean particle size of 1 ?m or more and 75 ?m or less. The bonding strength between the active material particles is 98 N/cm2 or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Taiki Satow, Shinji Kasamatsu, Nobuhiro Hirano, Masaya Ugaji
  • Publication number: 20110281163
    Abstract: A negative electrode for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery includes a negative electrode core member and a negative electrode mixture layer adhering to the negative electrode core member. The negative electrode mixture layer includes graphite particles, a water-soluble polymer coating the surfaces of the graphite particles, and a binder bonding the graphite particles coated with the water-soluble polymer. The negative electrode mixture layer has a specific surface area of 2.2 to 3 m2/g, and the bonding strength between the graphite particles coated with the water-soluble polymer is 14 kgf/cm2 or more. A non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery including this electrode has good coulombic efficiency, since decomposition of the components of the non-aqueous electrolyte due to reaction between the graphite particles and the non-aqueous electrolyte is suppressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventors: Shinji Kasamatsu, Nobuhiro Hirano, Masaya Ugaji
  • Patent number: D674364
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Hirano