Solar and wind energy technologies see fivefold increases in annual patents, but researchers say policy support will be needed to keep the ball rolling.
The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index shows renewable energy patents granted in the third quarter of 2011 at record highs, with 599 patents granted in the U.S.
Dean Kamen, who invented the Segway, files a patent application for an inflatable wind turbine that would apparently serve as some sort of billboard.
While much of the wind-power world focuses on bigger gear, a Canadian manufacturer of small wind turbines wins a U.S. patent for its curved blade.
Aidan Dwyer, just 13 years old, wins a Young Naturalist Award for investigating the Fibonacci sequence and applying it ingenuously to solar-power collection.
GM, according to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index of US patents, received the lion’s share of clean energy related patents in 2010.
Green tech inventors can relax: The U.S. Patent Office is extending a set-to-expire program that speeds the review of clean-energy innovations.
mPhase Technologies said it has been granted a patent related to the technology behind its special flashlight that has a 20 year reserve battery shelf life that is activated by an external event.
It looks like Apple is dabbling in more green tech-focused patents, this time securing one which talks about solar panels integrated into portable devices. Is a solar-powered iPhone coming some day?