Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries that are being researched with a view to make them into commodities by Sanoh Industrial Co., Ltd. were used in "ASIMO" the lightweight humanoid robot which was announced by its manufacturer, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., on the 20th of November and exhibited to the public at ROBODEX 2000.
ASIMO The Honda HUMANOID ROBOT
The battery pack used in the robot this time was formed from 32 D-cells with a capacity of 10Ah/cell connected in series to give 38.4V.
This battery pack was developed in order to achieve high capacity, high power and high heat resistance under strict temperature conditions in a tightly sealed space, and the same technology will go on to be used in other batteries for automobiles that Sanoh Industrial Co., Ltd. will continue to develop and make into commodities.
Sanoh Industrial Co., Ltd. had already completed its mass-production assembly line (250,000 cells per month per shift) for C-cells at the end of last year. The production and quality aspects are now being perfected to ready for the full-scale mass-production that is scheduled to start from the end of this fiscal year.