Hydrogen patents: Europe leads with applications

Hydrogen patents: Europe leads with applications

AOn the way to climate neutrality, hydrogen counts as a beacon of hope. It can be used to store green energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which is still a rare occurrence. More and more corporations and young companies are working on ways to use hydrogen. This is reflected in the growing number of hydrogen patents: and Germany and Europe are ahead in the world with this.

The EU leads with a 28 percent share of hydrogen-related patents from the years 2011 to 2020 ahead of Japan with 24 percent, as the European Patent Office (EPO) together with the International Energy Agency (IEA) found out. The new study “Hydrogen Patents for a Future with Clean Energy” will be published on Tuesday and was previously available to the FAZ.

Patent Office President António Campinos sees this as an encouraging pattern of behavior for the change in the economy: The potential of hydrogen is essential for the European strategy for climate neutrality by 2050. “However, innovations in a large number of technologies are still urgently needed if hydrogen plays an important role in reducing the CO2emissions and tackling climate change,” he said.

Half of the international patent families in the years 2011 to 2020 refer to technologies to produce hydrogen: According to the patent office, this is increasingly happening with low-emission methods such as electrolysis, which can convert solar energy into hydrogen, for example. The inventions cover the entire value-added chain right through to end-use applications for automobiles, aviation, heating and steel production.

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