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GS Yuasa International Ltd. | Date: 2017-01-04

Provided is an energy storage apparatus which includes a first energy storage device having a first terminal which is either a positive electrode terminal or a negative electrode terminal, wherein the energy storage apparatus further includes a terminal neighboring member which is disposed adjacently to the first terminal of the first energy storage device, and the terminal neighboring member includes: a first housing portion capable of housing a first conductive member which connects the first terminal and a second terminal which a second energy storage device different from the first energy storage device has to each other; and a first lead-out portion capable of leading out a second conductive member which connects the first terminal and a third terminal which a third energy storage device different from the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device has to each other from the first housing portion.


Patent
GS Yuasa International Ltd. | Date: 2017-02-01

Disclosed is an energy storage apparatus which includes: an energy storage device; an outer case which accommodates the energy storage device; a partition plate which is disposed between the energy storage device and a side wall of the outer case; and a discharge portion which is disposed on the outer case, the discharge portion having one or more openings through which a gas, which has passed through a flow passage formed between the partition plate and the side wall, is discharged from the outer case.


A performance deterioration detecting apparatus configured to detect a performance deterioration start state of an energy storage device. The performance deterioration start state is an initial state of deterioration in performance of the energy storage device. The apparatus includes a performance deterioration determiner configured to determine that the energy storage device is in the performance deterioration start state based on a displacement of peak position in a capacity-voltage property of the energy storage device with time. The capacity-voltage property indicates a relation between a capacity variation amount (dQ/dV) and a voltage (V).


Patent
GS Yuasa International Ltd. and Honda Corporation | Date: 2016-10-13

Provided is an energy storage apparatus includes: at least one energy storage device; and a spacer disposed adjacently to the energy storage device, the spacer being configured to form a ventilation passage which allows cooling air to pass therethrough between the spacer and the energy storage device, wherein the spacer has an opposedly facing portion which opposedly faces a spacer disposed adjacently to the spacer with the energy storage device sandwiched therebetween at a position which faces the ventilation passage and is disposed adjacently to the energy storage device in a flow direction of the cooling air in the ventilation passage, one opposedly facing portion of a pair of opposedly facing portions which opposedly faces each other of the spacers disposed on both sides of the energy storage device has an extending portion extending toward the other opposedly facing portion of the pair of opposedly facing portions, and the extending portion is brought into contact with the other opposedly facing portion.


A post-deterioration performance estimating apparatus wherein a post-deterioration performance value indicates performance of an energy storage device. The apparatus includes a post-deterioration performance estimator is configured to electronically estimate the post-deterioration performance value at a deterioration point using (1) a relation between a cumulative operating period and a resistance value, (2) a relation between the resistance value and energy storage capacity, and (3) the cumulative operating period at the deterioration point. Alternatively, the post-deterioration performance estimator is configured to electronically estimate the post-deterioration performance value at a deterioration point using (1) a relation between an equilibrial capacity decreased amount, (2) a kinetic capacity decreased amount, and (3) a cumulative operating period at the deterioration point.


An object of the present invention is to provide a positive active material for a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery which has a large discharge capacity and is superior in charge-discharge cycle performance, initial efficiency and high rate discharge performance, and a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery using the positive active material. The present invention pertains to a positive active material for a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery containing a lithium transition metal composite oxide which has a crystal structure of an -NaFeO_(2 )type, is represented by a compositional formula Li_(1+)Me_(1)O_(2 )(Me is a transition metal element including Co, Ni and Mn, >0), and has a molar ratio Li/Me of Li to the transition metal element Me of 1.2 to 1.6, wherein a molar ratio Co/Me of Co in the transition metal element Me is 0.02 to 0.23, a molar ratio Mn/Me of Mn in the transition metal element Me is 0.62 to 0.72, and the lithium transition metal composite oxide is observed as a single phase attributed to a space group R3-m on an X-ray diffraction chart when it is electrochemically oxidized up to a potential of 5.0 V (vs. Li/Li^(+)).


Patent
GS Yuasa International Ltd. and Honda Corporation | Date: 2016-11-15

An energy storage apparatus includes: a spacer; an energy storage device disposed adjacently to the spacer in a first direction and having an external terminal; and a cover member holding a bus bar connected to the external terminal and extending along the energy storage device, wherein the spacer has a first connecting portion to which the cover member is connected on an end portion thereof in a second direction, and the cover member has a second connecting portion which engages with the first connecting portion in a state where movement of the cover member in a direction away from the spacer in the second direction is restricted.


An energy storage system includes an energy storage device; a current cutoff unit configured to cut off current of the energy storage device; a communication connector to be connected with an external communication connector; a detection terminal provided to the communication connector; and a control unit configured to control the current cutoff unit based on a connection state of the detection terminal of the communication connector when the communication connector is connected with the external communication connector. In a method of monitoring an energy storage device mounted on a vehicle, when a communication connector including a detecting terminal is connected with an external communication connector of the vehicle, current between the energy storage device and the vehicle is cut off based on a connection state of the detection terminal.


Patent
GS Yuasa International Ltd. and Xiamen Tungsten Co. | Date: 2017-06-28

This invention provides a hydrogen storing alloy and a production method thereof. The hydrogen storing alloyhas a chemical composition of a general formulaR_((1-x))Mg_(x)Ni_(y), wherein R is one or more elements selected from rare earth elements comprising Y, x satisfies 0.05x0.3, and y satisfies 2.8y3.8. The ratio of the maximal peak intensity present in a range of 2=31-33 to the maximal peak intensity present in a range of 2=41-44 is 0.1 or less (including 0), as measured by X-ray diffraction in which a Cu-K ray is set as an X-ray source.


Patent
GS Yuasa International Ltd. | Date: 2017-03-16

A battery includes: a cylindrical battery case; and an electrode body disposed in the battery case, and including a positive plate, a negative plate, and a separator disposed between the positive plate and the negative plate. A spacer formed of a dense body and an electrolyte storage space storing an electrolyte are provided between the electrode body and the battery case on one end or both ends of the battery case in an axial direction of the electrode body.

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