In today's world, we face a multitude of energy-related issues both as a society and at an individual level. However, one issue that affects us all is climate change.
Climate change is driving innovation in clean energy. New technologies are being developed every day in the race to safeguard life on Earth and meet the climate targets set out in the European Green Deal, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.
Inventors are at the forefront of this endeavour. The technical information published in patents describes the most recent technical advances, and can support researchers and innovators with making the next inventive steps.
To date, EPO patent examiners and data analysts have compiled some 60 datasets to support scientists and engineers in accessing patent information containing some of the most advanced technical knowledge on clean energy. Areas covered include offshore wind energy, smart solar systems, the optimisation of energy storage technologies and solutions for carbon-intensive industries such as steel and cement production.
The platform is arranged into three broad themes and updated regularly:
Innovation in the field of clean energies mainly supports progress towards the following UN SDGs:
For a more comprehensive overview of green technologies, check out the EPO webpages Green Tech in focus.