The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by lightweight, long-lasting batteries and powerful solid-state batteries, and growing importance of technologies such as high energy density, flat voltage curves, and low self-discharge. In the last three years alone, there have been over 1.2 million patents filed and granted in the automotive industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Electric vehicles in Automotive: Zirconium electrode batteries. Buy the report here.
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 619,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the automotive industry, there are 290+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Zirconium electrode batteries is a key innovation area in electric vehicles
Zirconium‐based materials are emerging as potential candidates for developing the next generation of electric batteries. The first application of Zirconium sulphide (ZrS2) was as a potential lithium-ion battery electrode material. The electrochemical reactions of ZrS2 at various discharge depths were studied along with the structural changes of ZrS2 electrodes under various voltage windows. Reversible Li ion insertion and extraction was demonstrated by ZrS2 electrodes.
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 20+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of zirconium electrode batteries.
Key players in zirconium electrode batteries – a disruptive innovation in the automotive industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to zirconium electrode batteries
|Company||Total patents (2010 - 2021)||Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies|
|Panasonic||88||Unlock company profile|
|QuantumScape||71||Unlock company profile|
|Toshiba||41||Unlock company profile|
|Toyota Motor||36||Unlock company profile|
|Murata Manufacturing||30||Unlock company profile|
|Samsung Group||28||Unlock company profile|
|POSCO Holdings||24||Unlock company profile|
|LG||21||Unlock company profile|
|Daiichi Kigenso Kagaku Kogyo||19||Unlock company profile|
|Carl Zeiss Stiftung||17||Unlock company profile|
|BASF||15||Unlock company profile|
|AIST||14||Unlock company profile|
|Corning||14||Unlock company profile|
|NGK Insulators||14||Unlock company profile|
|Hydro-Quebec||11||Unlock company profile|
|Robert Bosch Stiftung||11||Unlock company profile|
|Seiko Epson||10||Unlock company profile|
|Sachem||10||Unlock company profile|
|Central Glass||10||Unlock company profile|
|Kaneka||6||Unlock company profile|
|NGK Spark Plug||6||Unlock company profile|
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Panasonic, with 88 patents, is one of the top companies to file for zirconium electrode batteries patents. The company focuses on identifying and assembling individual membrane electrodes that use hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity. Toyota, BASF, and LG are a few other notable patent filers in the same industry.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Electric Vehicles (EV).