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Desalination Technologies and the Use of Alternative Energies for Desalination - Patent Landscape Report

Desalination Technologies and the Use of Alternative Energies for Desalination - Patent Landscape Report

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Access to clean water is a basic human need, but is also an important driver of social and economic development. One of the ways to improve water availability is through desalination, but most plants currently in operation worldwide use very energy intensive desalination methods. Desalination has therefore traditionally been considered too expensive. However, the use of renewable energies could provide a more affordable alternative, principally in developing and least developed countries.

This patent landscape report on desalination-related patents identified 4551 patent families (including utility models) that claim inventions related to desalination of water, and 921 families describing the combination of desalination technologies with the use of renewable energies. Based on this patent collection various patterns of patenting activity and innovation in the area of desalination are detected, with a separate focus on the use of renewable energies for desalination.
Access to clean water is a basic human need, but is also an important driver of social and economic development. One of the ways to improve water availability is through desalination, but most plants currently in operation worldwide use very energy intensive desalination methods. Desalination has therefore traditionally been considered too expensive. However, the use of renewable energies could provide a more affordable alternative, principally in developing and least developed countries.

This patent landscape report on desalination-related patents identified 4551 patent families (including utility models) that claim inventions related to desalination of water, and 921 families describing the combination of desalination technologies with the use of renewable energies. Based on this patent collection various patterns of patenting activity and innovation in the area of desalination are detected, with a separate focus on the use of renewable energies for desalination.

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Patent Landscape Report on
Desalination Technologiesand the Use of Alternative Energiesfor Desalination
NOVEMBER 2011PATENT LANDSCAPE REPORTS PROJECT
in cooperation with
 
Patent Landscape Report on DesalinationTechnologies and the Use of AlternativeEnergies for Desalination
A patent landscape report preparedfor theWorld Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)by CambridgeIP- Helena van der Vegt, Ilian Iliev, Quentin Tannock,Sarah Helm -
In cooperation with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)with participation of the Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health (GIWEH)
November 2011

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