The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by renewable energy integration, energy management in microgrids, grid resilience, and stability, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), smart inverters, energy management systems (EMS), and machine learning (ML). 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 Energy storage in automotive: adaptive energy storage. 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.

Adaptive energy storage is a key innovation area in energy storage

Adaptive energy storage refers to the utilization of energy storage devices that can dynamically adjust their operations based on various factors such as energy pricing, demand, and load characteristics. These devices are designed to optimize energy control solutions by leveraging networked energy-related devices, flexible pricing schemes, and synergy between different components. Adaptive energy storage systems aim to automate and provide cost-effective management of energy consumption.

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 adaptive energy storage.

Key players in adaptive energy storage – 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 adaptive energy storage

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Toyota Motor 18 Unlock Company Profile
IHI 8 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 4 Unlock Company Profile
Oracle 8 Unlock Company Profile
Hexagon 3 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 3 Unlock Company Profile
Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies 3 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Corporation of China 78 Unlock Company Profile
Kozo Keikaku Engineering 6 Unlock Company Profile
Ormat Technologies 11 Unlock Company Profile
General Electric 11 Unlock Company Profile
V2Green 8 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 4 Unlock Company Profile
China Southern Power Grid 20 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 15 Unlock Company Profile
Generac 5 Unlock Company Profile
Sacramento Municipal Utility District 7 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 4 Unlock Company Profile
Nitto Denko 11 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 9 Unlock Company Profile
Generac Power Systems 6 Unlock Company Profile
LG 8 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 3 Unlock Company Profile
Accenture 28 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 12 Unlock Company Profile
Clean Power Research 4 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 11 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 3 Unlock Company Profile
NEC 7 Unlock Company Profile
Twenty First Century Utilities 10 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid NARI Nanjing Control System 3 Unlock Company Profile
Jiangsu Electric Power 4 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Shanghai Municipal Electric Power 6 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Corporation of China 17 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

State Grid Corporation of China is one of the leading patent filers in adaptive energy storage. The company implements advanced ML and AI algorithms to analyze historical and real-time data, optimizing energy storage system operation based on usage patterns, weather forecasts, and grid conditions. State Grid Corporation of China’s integration of predictive analytics tools that forecast energy demand and generation patterns allows the adaptive energy storage system to proactively adjust its operation to meet anticipated needs. Some other key patent filers in this space are Accenture and China Southern Power.

In terms of application diversity, NEC leads the pack, while General Motors and Hexagon stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Mitsubishi Electric held the top position, followed by Accenture and Mitsubishi.

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.