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Technology Profile: Solar

Updated Time: 15 Nov 2018

There are a total of 1,077,426 individual patents related to solar technology globally. Based on the countries of patent applications, the key markets are the United States, China, and the European Patent Office. The top companies who own patents concerning solar technology are Samsung, Sharp and Panasonic.

364,890 Active Patents

860,891 Grants

931,802 Applications

A majority of patent applications concerning solar technology have been filed and granted in the last 20 years. There are currently 364,890 active patents related to solar technology.

Key Technologies

Top 10 technology areas that solar technology related patents fall into, with the size of the box corresponding to the number of patents.

Influential Patents

The ranking below shows the top 5 patents for solar technology that have been cited most frequently by other patents. It indicates which patents are more prolific and have had their technology built upon by others.

Geographic Prominence

The geographic map below shows the breakdown of patents related to solar technology across different jurisdictions. It indicates the markets where the technology is being commercialised.


Patent Owners

The graph below shows the top companies and individuals and the number of patents they own related to solar technology.

Research Funding

The chart below shows the number of projects and level of research funding related to solar technology over the past 5 years.

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