Irena’s headquarters in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

Irena’s headquarters in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

Irena launches extensive database

01 August 2015

The world’s largest collection of global renewable energy standards and patents can now be accessed on an online platform launched by the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena).

The International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy platform or Inspire helps users to trace 400 standards and more than 2 million patents.

“The Inspire platform provides a strategic window into the innovation and growth taking place in the renewable energy sector,” said Irena director general Adnan Z Amin. “It consolidates vast collections of renewable energy patents and standards, which can foster collaboration between innovators, spur improvement through product comparison and benchmarking and help identify partners, matching domestic energy needs to innovative energy solutions.”

Inspire is product of collaboration between Irena, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

It explains what standards are, how they can be used and why they are important for quality assurance, investor confidence and technology trading. The patents section houses the world’s most comprehensive global patent database for carbon mitigation technologies, the EPO’s PATSTAT (Patent Statistical Database), which contains nearly two million patent documents, an Irena statement said.

Irena held its fifth assembly session in Abu Dhabi last January

Irena held its fifth assembly session in Abu Dhabi last January

“The Inspire platform demonstrates the role of the global patent system as a support for innovation in renewable energy, encouraging research and development in technologies to serve modern energy needs while addressing climate change,” said EPO president Benôit Battistelli. “Inspire also showcases the role of patent information, which provides valuable high-level information to advise policy makers on the renewable energy sector.”

The combination of resources on Inspire will help users analyse various aspects of renewable energy policy and innovation. It can help indicate the effectiveness of policies to promote renewable energy innovation through the analysis of trends in patent activity, Irena said.

“Users can also perform metadata analysis of technology trends, comparing development within, or between, different technologies. For example, the number of patents filed for renewable energy technology has increased annually by more than 20 per cent in recent years, while the average increase for other technologies is around 6 per cent,” it said.

“By linking the technical information in IEC international standards to practical applications in renewable energy, Inspire will be a precious resource for energy regulators,” said IEC general secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk. “It will assist policy makers in finding relevant international standards faster and more efficiently. It will also help educate stakeholders about the strategic role of international standards and conformity assessment for the cost-efficient expansion of renewable energy generation.”

The agency’s global headquarters is located in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.

The headquarters building is an exceptional large-scale mixed-use structure with 32,000 sq m of commercial office space. Rooftop PV panels generate more than 340,000 kWh per year. As a strategic and prestigious business address, it will be home to anchor tenants from large global corporations to small and medium enterprises.

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