The power industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by rising energy demand, renewable integration, and the need for grid stability and resilience, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. In the last three years alone, there have been over 656,000 patents filed and granted in the power industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Cloud in power: power distribution network simulationBuy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 70,000 patents to analyze innovation intensity for the power industry, there are 40+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Power distribution network simulation is a key innovation area in cloud

Power distribution network simulation is a technique used to help in the engineering of flow of electricity. It is primarily used to control and monitor power supply, detect faults, and calculate power flow. In addition to the management and planning of the power system, modelling of the generation, transmission, and distribution systems are also included. The simulation is performed to forecast how the power system will behave under various circumstances, which helps to improve and optimize the system’s functionality.

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 160+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established power companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of power distribution network simulation.

Key players in power distribution network simulation – a disruptive innovation in the power 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 power distribution network simulation

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
State Grid Corporation of China 924 Unlock Company Profile
China Southern Power Grid Co Ltd 288 Unlock Company Profile
NARI Technology Co Ltd 69 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Information and Telecommunication Co Ltd 63 Unlock Company Profile
NARI Group Corp 39 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Shanghai Municipal Electric Power Company 36 Unlock Company Profile
General Electric Co 35 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens AG 31 Unlock Company Profile
LS Electric Co Ltd 30 Unlock Company Profile
ABB Ltd 29 Unlock Company Profile
Schneider Electric SE 27 Unlock Company Profile
Uni-President Enterprises Corp 26 Unlock Company Profile
Clean Power Research LLC 25 Unlock Company Profile
China General Nuclear Power Corp 17 Unlock Company Profile
International Business Machines Corp 15 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi Ltd 15 Unlock Company Profile
Beijing Kedong Electric Control System Co., Ltd. 14 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid NARI Nanjing Control System Co Ltd 14 Unlock Company Profile
Korea Electric Power Corp 11 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Jibei Electric Power Co Ltd 11 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Hebei Electric Power Supply Co Ltd 11 Unlock Company Profile
Hangzhou Power Supply Company State Grid Zhejiang Electric Power Co Ltd 10 Unlock Company Profile
Shoreline AS 9 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric Corp 8 Unlock Company Profile
Vestas Wind Systems AS 8 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba Corp 7 Unlock Company Profile
Huaneng Group Technology Innovation Center Co Ltd 7 Unlock Company Profile
Nanjing Nanrui Group Company 7 Unlock Company Profile
WaveTech Global Inc. 7 Unlock Company Profile
China Huaneng Group Co Ltd 7 Unlock Company Profile
Nanjing Nari-Relays Engineering Technology Co., Ltd. 7 Unlock Company Profile
Qingdao Power Supply Company Of State Grid Shandong Electric Power Company 6 Unlock Company Profile
Nari Relays Electric Co Ltd 6 Unlock Company Profile
Jiangsu Fangtian Power Technology Co Ltd 6 Unlock Company Profile
Shanghai Electric Group Corp 6 Unlock Company Profile
Global Foundries Inc 6 Unlock Company Profile
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology 5 Unlock Company Profile
EDSA Micro Corporation 5 Unlock Company Profile
ConocoPhillips 5 Unlock Company Profile
SAP SE 5 Unlock Company Profile
IMEC, VZW 5 Unlock Company Profile
Nanjing Nari Information Communication Technology Co Ltd 5 Unlock Company Profile
Shenzhen Power Supply Bureau Co 5 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Energy Saving Service Ltd 4 Unlock Company Profile
China Energy Engineering Group Co Ltd 4 Unlock Company Profile
Rothermere Continuation Limited 4 Unlock Company Profile
Foshan Power Supply Bureau Guangdong Power Grid Corporation 4 Unlock Company Profile
Zhuhai Power Supply Bureau Guangdong Power Grid Co Ltd 4 Unlock Company Profile
X Development LLC 4 Unlock Company Profile
Xuji Electric Co Ltd 4 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) is one of the leading patent filers in power distribution network simulation. The company’s core business includes the construction and operation of power grids. SGCC focuses on research and development of ultra-high-voltage (UHV) transmission and smart grid technologies. It owns proprietary intellectual property rights and promotes the export of technology and related equipment. It also operates large-scale commercial UHV projects. SGCC supplies power to municipalities, provinces, and autonomous regions, servicing most of the territory in China. Some other key patent filers in this space include China Southern Power Grid, NARI Technology, and State Grid Information and Telecommunication.

In terms of application diversity, Shoreline leads the pack, while ConocoPhillips and Zhao Yong Enterprise stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Shoreline held the top position, followed by Mitsubishi Electric and LS Electric.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the power industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Cloud Computing in Power.

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