The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in non-aqueous electrolytes is driven by demand for higher energy density, longer-lasting, faster charging, and safer batteries, and growing importance of technologies such as solid-state electrolytes, high-performance computing, and artificial intelligence (AI). In the last three years alone, there have been over 1.7 million patents filed and granted in the automotive industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Batteries in automotive: non-aqueous electrolytes. Buy the report here.
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over one million patents to analyze innovation intensity for the automotive industry, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Non-aqueous electrolytes is a key innovation area in batteries
Non-aqueous electrolytes are solutions in which the solvent is an organic, non-aqueous liquid, typically with a high dielectric constant, that contains dissolved salts or other ionic compounds which can conduct electricity.
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of non-aqueous electrolytes.
Key players in non-aqueous electrolytes – a disruptive innovation in the automotive industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to non-aqueous electrolytes
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
LG is one of the leading patent filers in non-aqueous electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries. It has developed a new electrolyte combining lithium salts and organic solvents to enhance battery performance, safety, and cost efficiency, potentially leading to better batteries for electric vehicles, consumer electronics, and energy storage systems. Other key patent filers in this space include Murata Manufacturing and Sony Group Corp.
In terms of application diversity, GS Yuasa leads the pack, while Alpha-En and Mitsui Mining & Smelting stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Umicore held the top position, followed by Semiconductor Energy Laboratory and Alpha-En.
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