Saturday, January 10, 2015

Toyota releases 5,600 fuel cell related patents available for use royalty-free to boost hydrogen economy.

By Emma Hutchings
CES 2015: Toyota Pushes For A Hydrogen Future

CES 2015: Toyota Pushes For A Hydrogen Future

The automaker is making over 5,600 fuel cell related patents available for use royalty-free.
Toyota  has announced at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show that it is making thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents available royalty-free. These patents include the industry leading fuel cell technology used in the new Toyota Mirai.
Approximately 5,680 fuel cell related patents are held globally, with around 1,970 related to fuel cell stacks, 290 associated with high-pressure hydrogen tanks, 3,350 related to fuel cell system software control, and 70 patents about hydrogen production and supply.
This initiative has a number of positive implications, such as sparking the development and introduction of innovative fuel cell technologies around the world. It is the first time that Toyota has made its patents available free of charge and reflects the company’s support for developing a hydrogen-based society.
toyota hydrogen future
The hydrogen fuel cell patents will be made available to automakers who will produce and sell fuel cell vehicles, along with fuel cell parts suppliers and energy companies who establish and operate fueling stations. Companies working to develop and introduce fuel cell busses and industrial equipment are also covered. Parts suppliers and companies looking to adapt fuel cell technology outside of the transportation sector can also submit requests, which will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Companies interested in Toyota’s fuel cell-related patents will negotiate individual contracts with the company. Bob Carter, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations at Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc., said:
“At Toyota, we believe that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen. The first generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, launched between 2015 and 2020, will be critical, requiring a concerted effort and unconventional collaboration between automakers, government regulators, academia and energy providers. By eliminating traditional corporate boundaries, we can speed the development of new technologies and move into the future of mobility more quickly, effectively and economically.”
You can watch theoretical physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku discuss a hydrogen future and see Toyota’s announcement at CES 2015 in the video below:

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