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 cloud computing, 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 Internet of Things in power: cloud-enabled power gridsBuy 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.

Cloud-enabled power grids is a key innovation area in Internet of Things

Power grid systems that have been integrated with cloud computing technologies to improve their management, monitoring, and control are referred to as cloud-enabled power grids. This entails processing, analyzing, and storing huge amounts of data gathered from numerous devices and sensors within the power grid using cloud servers and data centers. Power grid operators can enhance energy efficiency, optimize grid performance, support advanced applications such as demand response and grid integration of renewable energy sources, and enable real-time monitoring and control by utilizing the scalability, flexibility, and computational power of the cloud.

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 140+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established power companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of cloud-enabled power grids.

Key players in cloud-enabled power grids – 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 cloud-enabled power grids

Company Total patents (2021 - 2023) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
State Grid Corporation of China 246 Unlock Company Profile
China Southern Power Grid Co Ltd 97 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 63 Unlock Company Profile
Shell plc 37 Unlock Company Profile
Emerging Automotive, LLC 29 Unlock Company Profile
Alphabet Inc 27 Unlock Company Profile
ista International GmbH 24 Unlock Company Profile
EnerSys 24 Unlock Company Profile
Equinix Inc 20 Unlock Company Profile
NARI Technology Co Ltd 20 Unlock Company Profile
Causam Energy, Inc. 20 Unlock Company Profile
General Electric Co 18 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Information and Telecommunication Co Ltd 18 Unlock Company Profile
Masco Corp 17 Unlock Company Profile
Itron Inc 17 Unlock Company Profile
NARI Group Corp 15 Unlock Company Profile
Diehl Metering Systems GmbH 15 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric Corp 14 Unlock Company Profile
Accenture Plc 13 Unlock Company Profile
Kymco Motors 13 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba Corp 13 Unlock Company Profile
Copper Labs Inc 12 Unlock Company Profile
International Business Machines Corp 10 Unlock Company Profile
China General Nuclear Power Corp 10 Unlock Company Profile
Kyocera Corp 9 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid NARI Nanjing Control System Co Ltd 9 Unlock Company Profile
Xuji Electric Co Ltd 8 Unlock Company Profile
Korea Electric Power Corp 8 Unlock Company Profile
Mercedes-Benz Group AG 8 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor Co 8 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi Ltd 8 Unlock Company Profile
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham 7 Unlock Company Profile
Stark Software International Ltd 7 Unlock Company Profile
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation 7 Unlock Company Profile
Hubbell Inc 7 Unlock Company Profile
Xuji Group Corporation 7 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor Co Ltd 7 Unlock Company Profile
Nouvenn Corp 7 Unlock Company Profile
OK amba 6 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Hebei Electric Power Supply Co Ltd 6 Unlock Company Profile
Allure Energy, Inc. 5 Unlock Company Profile
Doosan Corp 5 Unlock Company Profile
XJ Electric Co., Ltd 5 Unlock Company Profile
CyberPower Systems Inc 5 Unlock Company Profile
LG Corp 5 Unlock Company Profile
Beijing Smartchip Microelectronics Technology Co Ltd 5 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Shanghai Municipal Electric Power Company 5 Unlock Company Profile
Electro Industries/GaugeTech 5 Unlock Company Profile
Neutron Holdings Inc 5 Unlock Company Profile
Shift Energy Inc. 4 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) is one of the leading patent filers in cloud-enabled power grids. The company’s core business includes the construction and operation of power grids. It focuses on research and development of ultra-high-voltage (UHV) transmission and smart grid technologies. SGCC 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 the space include China Southern Power Grid, Samsung Group, and Shell.

In terms of application diversity, EnerSys, and Causam Energy are the key patent filers. By means of geographic reach, Shell held the top position, followed by Samsung Group and Alphabet.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the power industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Internet of Things in Power (2021).

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