Hybrid vehicle battery creator Ovshinsky, 89, dies

October 19, 2012 • Business

FILE – This Aug. 23, 2002 file photo shows Stanford Ovshinsky, center, co-founder of Energy Conversion Devices Inc. with his wife Iris, right, appeared with U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham at a news conference at the company’s offices in Rochester Hills, Mich., on Aug. 23, 2002. Stan Ovshinsky, 89, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at his home in Bloomfield Hills from complications of prostate cancer. (AP Photo/Kathleen Wayt, file)

DETROIT (AP) — Stan Ovshinsky, the self-taught inventor who developed the nickel-metal hydride battery used in the hybrid vehicle industry, has died at his home in suburban Detroit after a fight with cancer. He was 89.

Ovshinsky, who ran Energy Conversion Devices, a car battery development company, also created a machine that produced 9-mile-long sheets of thin solar Login to read more

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