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Frequently asked questions

Use of the Battery Research Platform Forms of Support Provision of Support Fees Other
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Use of the Battery Research Platform

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- What does public disclosure of results involve?
- Once you cease receiving support from the Platform or at the end of the fiscal year, you must submit a report (on a single page of A4) on your use of the Platform. This report will be made available to the public.
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- Can I still use the Platform if I do not wish the results to be made available to the public?
- Yes. Please consult us first via the Contact Us page.
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- Can students submit a topic application?
- No. Only lead researchers and those with responsibility for a topic may be a topic applicant.
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- Is support restricted to topic applicants? Or can research partners of the applicant also receive equivalent support?
- Researchers involved in the topic may receive support. Please register as a user and link the topic applicant’s My Code to your account.
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- I would like to accompany the applicant into the facility; do I need to complete some kind of procedure for this?
- Please register as a user. When booking the use of the equipment, the user must note in the Comments field the names of anyone who will be accompanied into the facility. Please note that a fee will apply for use of the super-dry room. (This room must be reserved separately)
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- How long will it take for me to be notified of the outcome of the topic review?
- The review takes about a week at most.
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- Is there a limit on the period for which a single topic application can receive support?
- There is no limit, as long as it is within the same fiscal year. However, support ends at the end of the fiscal year.
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- I would like to receive support for the same topic in the following fiscal year; do I still need to submit another topic application?
- Yes. Topic applications are accepted on a single fiscal year basis, so even if your project is an ongoing one, you will still need to submit an application for each individual fiscal year.
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- Where should I go on the day of my reservation?
- After completing the procedures at the guard post, please come to the secretariat at E209 in the NanoGREEN Building.
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Forms of Support

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- I would like some support in using the equipment; what should I do?
- First apply for the technical support option, so that you can try operating the equipment with the help of an assistant (training is included); if the assistant determines that you have no problem in operating the equipment, you will be granted a license. Even if you have experience in using the equipment, you will be expected to undergo some level of training.
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- Can students use the equipment singlehandedly?
- Yes, as long as they have been granted a license.
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- Can I choose the form of support separately on each occasion, even within the same topic?
- Yes. However, users cannot make reservations unless they have been approved for the independent use option, so you will need to coordinate the schedule with the secretariat or assistant.
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- What is the difference between technical support and technical surrogate?
- Under the technical support option, users operate the equipment and prepare samples themselves, with the guidance and assistance of one of our assistants. Training in the operation of the equipment is also included. Under the technical surrogate option, one of our assistants operates the equipment and prepares the samples as requested by the user, as a general rule.
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Provision of Support

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- When can the facilities and equipment be used?
- As a general rule, they are open from 09:00 to 17:00 on weekdays. In principle, they cannot be used on weekends, national holidays, at night, early in the morning, during the summer and winter breaks, during planned blackouts, and on other dates specified by the facility manager. However, these restrictions may be waived at the discretion of the facility manager.
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- Do users have to provide their own consumables?
- There is no need to provide chemicals and other items commonly used by most users. Items such as clean room suits are available, so please feel free to make use of them.
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- May I bring in my own chemicals, consumables, equipment, etc?
- You may specify any items to be brought in at the time of booking the equipment. You may not bring in anything that has not been authorized.
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- What should I do if there are problems with the equipment during my test?
- Please talk to the nearest assistant first. If there is nobody available, please dial 4941 on the PHS phone in the laboratory to contact the secretariat.
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- Do I have to pay a repair charge if the equipment experiences problems that require it to be repaired?
- If responsibility for the problem lies with the user, due to their negligence or a deliberate act, etc., they will be charged for the repair, but there is no need to pay for repairs necessitated by problems arising within the equipment’s normal scope of operation.
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Fees

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- How much will it cost?
- Please refer to the Usage Fees page of the website.
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- How does the billing system work?
- Use of each item of equipment is billed by the hour, based on the time it was booked for. Please note that usage time is calculated on the basis of the length of time of the booking, not the length of time for which it was actually used, so users should take care not to make any unnecessary bookings. If you go over the time for which you have booked the equipment, you will also be charged for the overrun time.
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- Is any real-time information available about the usage fees incurred to date?
- If you log in to the equipment management system, you can check the usage fees incurred to date via the Topic Application/Support History page.
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- When do I have to pay the fees?
- Fees must be paid quarterly (billing by actual use). Under billing by actual use, the bill for actual use is issued the month after the end of the quarter in which the use occurred. In the case of the January to March quarter, which is the end of the fiscal year, users may be billed in the April of the next fiscal year on the basis of actual use, or may prepay in January on the basis of the usage applied for. Click here for further details and please contact the secretariat if there is anything about which you are unclear.
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- I would like to continue with the topic, but due to the conditions of my budget, I would like to be billed a set fee; is this possible?
- No, as a general rule. You will be billed for the charges actually incurred in each quarter.
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- If I am receiving support for multiple topics, can I be billed for them all together?
- No, as a general rule. One bill will be issued per topic.
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Other

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- What is My Code?
- This is a number issued to identify topic applicants. My Code numbers are also issued to users who have not submitted a topic application.
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- What is an associated My Code?
- This enables users who have not submitted a topic application themselves to book equipment and obtain support when working on topics submitted by a topic applicant. Please enter the topic applicant’s My Code in the “Associated My Code” field. Please note that multiple registrations are not permitted.
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