New IRENA Database Offers Access to 2 Million Patents and 400 Standards for Renewable Technology

To facilitate the access to renewable energy patents and standards the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched a new online platform, the International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy platform (INSPIRE). INSPIRE helps users search through, locate and analyse 400 international standards and more than 2 million patents for renewable energy technology.

Thanks to collaboration with the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the INSPIRE platform has multiple functionalities, IRENA points out.

IRENA describes the benefits for users as follows.

The standards section enables users to search through a database of more than 400 internationally used standards and generate reports as needed. It also explains what standards are, how they can be used and why they are important for quality assurance, investor confidence and technology trading. The patents section contains information on over two million patent documents relating to carbon mitigation technologies from the world’s most comprehensive global patent statistics database, the EPO’s PATSTAT.

The combination of resources on INSPIRE will help users analyse various aspects of renewable energy policy and innovation. ….”

Source: IRENA

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