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.

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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

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Nippon Steel 29 Unlock Company Profile
Parjointco 21 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 46 Unlock Company Profile
Johnson Controls International 64 Unlock Company Profile
Alpha-En 12 Unlock Company Profile
Umicore 55 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung SDI 19 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 61 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 21 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 34 Unlock Company Profile
Leclanche 20 Unlock Company Profile
Murata Manufacturing 397 Unlock Company Profile
PolyPlus Battery 11 Unlock Company Profile
Toyobo 11 Unlock Company Profile
GS Yuasa 20 Unlock Company Profile
Gentherm 12 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 28 Unlock Company Profile
Asahi Kasei 22 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 13 Unlock Company Profile
Proterra 25 Unlock Company Profile
NOV 11 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 20 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 236 Unlock Company Profile
Resonac 13 Unlock Company Profile
LG 724 Unlock Company Profile
Brookfield 86 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsui Mining & Smelting 38 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 120 Unlock Company Profile
Hydro-Quebec 24 Unlock Company Profile
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory 141 Unlock Company Profile
Ambri 14 Unlock Company Profile
MANN+HUMMEL International 12 Unlock Company Profile
Kabushi Kaisha Limited Energy Kenkyusho 12 Unlock Company Profile
Dyson 16 Unlock Company Profile

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.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Automotive.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.