EPO-IEA study on hydrogen patents for a clean energy future

Date : 10/01/2023 –  Source: European Patent Office (EPO) and International Energy Agency (IEA) – Lien

A global trend analysis of innovation along hydrogen value chains

Innovation in hydrogen is shifting towards low-emission solutions, with Europe and Japan in the lead and the United States losing ground, according to a new joint study of hydrogen technology patents by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The report uses global patent data to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of innovation in hydrogen technologies. It is the first study of its kind and covers the full range of technologies, from hydrogen supply to storage, distribution and transformation, as well as end-use applications.

The report « hydrogen patents for a clean energy future » finds that hydrogen production technologies accounted for the largest number of hydrogen patents overall in the 2011-2020 period, and that across all segments of the hydrogen value chain, low-emission innovations generated more than twice the number of international patents than established technologies.

The full report is available for download on the EPO website.

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