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Batteries 2016, 2(3), 21; doi:10.3390/batteries2030021

Reviews on the Japanese Patent Applications Regarding Nickel/Metal Hydride Batteries

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BASF/Battery Materials—Ovonic, 2983 Waterview Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, USA
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Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
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Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
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Academic Editor: Andreas Jossen
Received: 3 May 2016 / Revised: 9 June 2016 / Accepted: 20 June 2016 / Published: 30 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries)
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Abstract

The Japanese Patent Applications filed on the topic of nickel/metal hydride (Ni/MH) batteries have been reviewed. Patent applications filed by the top nine battery manufacturers (Matsushita, Sanyo, Hitachi Maxell, Yuasa, Toshiba, FDK, Furukawa, Japan Storage, and Shin-kobe), five component suppliers (Tanaka, Mitsui, Santoku, Japan Metals & Chemicals Co. (JMC), and Shin-Etsu), and three research institutes (Industrial Research Institute (ISI), Agency of Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), and Toyota R & D) were chosen as the main subjects for this review, based on their production volume and contribution to the field. By reviewing these patent applications, we can have a clear picture of the technology development in the Japanese battery industry. These patent applications also provide insights, know-how, and future directions for engineers and scientists working in the rechargeable battery field. View Full-Text
Keywords: metal hydride (MH); nickel/metal hydride (Ni/MH) battery; nickel hydroxide; electrode fabrication; Japan patent application metal hydride (MH); nickel/metal hydride (Ni/MH) battery; nickel hydroxide; electrode fabrication; Japan patent application
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Ouchi, T.; Young, K.-H.; Moghe, D. Reviews on the Japanese Patent Applications Regarding Nickel/Metal Hydride Batteries. Batteries 2016, 2, 21.

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