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Total number of patents in renewable energy technologies

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What you should know about this indicator

The number of patents filed for the last few years may be subject to a time lag; processing times of patent applications vary and some patents submitted over this period may not yet be recorded in the statistics.

Source
IRENA - INSPIRE Platform (2022) – with major processing by Our World in Data
Last updated
December 12, 2023
Next expected update
December 2024
Date range
2000–2021
Unit
patents

Sources and processing

This data is based on the following sources

Data on renewable energy patents. Data for the most recent years are not complete due to a lag between the filing date and the time at which the patents are officially published. Further information can be found on IRENA INSPIRE.

Retrieved on
December 12, 2023
Citation
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International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) INSPIRE Platform (2022). Available at: www.irena.org/INSPIRE
Data are based on EPO PATSTAT 2022 Spring edition and on the Climate Change Mitigation Technologies (Y02) classification.

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“Data Page: Total number of patents in renewable energy technologies”, part of the following publication: Hannah Ritchie, Pablo Rosado and Max Roser (2023) - “Energy”. Data adapted from International Renewable Energy Agency. Retrieved from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/patents-for-renewables-by-country [online resource]
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IRENA - INSPIRE Platform (2022) – with major processing by Our World in Data

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IRENA - INSPIRE Platform (2022) – with major processing by Our World in Data. “Total number of patents in renewable energy technologies” [dataset]. International Renewable Energy Agency, “Renewable Energy Patents” [original data]. Retrieved July 14, 2024 from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/patents-for-renewables-by-country