The power industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by environmental protection, impact of greenhouse gas, and zero carbon emission initiatives, and growing importance of technologies such as solar-assisted membrane for purification, and cloud and IoT based smart architecture for desalination water treatment. In the last three years alone, there have been over 439,000 patents filed and granted in the power industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in Power: Sea water solar treatment.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 83,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the power industry, there are 90+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Sea water solar treatment is a key innovation area in power

Sea water solar treatment technology involves removal of salt from water through a specially designed solar still utilising solar energy to heat seawater and convert it into freshwater driving the desalination process.

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 10+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established power companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of sea water solar treatment.

Key players in sea water solar treatment – a disruptive innovation in the power industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Siemens is a leading patent filter. Its water processing unit is based on a Simatic PCS process control system that delivers superior plant availability and efficiency. The Al Khafji solar saline reverse osmosis desalination in Saudi Arabia employs the Simatic PCS 7 that enables a variable-speed drive to power the high-pressure pump and automatically adjust according to water temperature and salinity. The plant consists of a two-stage reverse osmosis process and derives its energy from a nearby solar power installation.

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

GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.