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Solar Cooling - Patent Landscape Report

Solar Cooling - Patent Landscape Report

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This report provides a general overview of existing solar cooling technologies and potential fields of application. The definition of solar cooling was not limited to technologies using solar radiation for air-conditioning of buildings. Other applications, important for developing countries, such as cooling of water, refrigeration of sensitive goods, such as medicines, or desalination of seawater, were also included.
This report provides a general overview of existing solar cooling technologies and potential fields of application. The definition of solar cooling was not limited to technologies using solar radiation for air-conditioning of buildings. Other applications, important for developing countries, such as cooling of water, refrigeration of sensitive goods, such as medicines, or desalination of seawater, were also included.

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01/08/2016

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The statistical analysis showed that the average DWPI patent family size in the solar cooling field is
1.7, i.e. for numerous inventions, only one patent application was filed. The average family size is
considerably lower than in other fields of technology. A large portion of the patent documents were
filed by individuals.

The most active countries developing and applying for patent protection of solar cooling technologies
are the United States, Germany, China, Japan and France. In the United States, the most active
period regarding patent applications for solar cooling technologies was in the 1970s. In Germany
and Japan, solar cooling technologies have been steadily filed for patent protection over the last 40
years while in France, almost all patent applications were filed up to the early 1980s. Patent activity
of Chinese applicants has steeply increased in the last five years, clearly exceeding the patent
activity of other countries in this period.

The geographical distribution of published patent documents shows that most of the patent
documents were published for Europe, with North America being second and Asia third. Only a small
number of patent documents were published for Africa and South America.

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