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World Intellectual Property Organization

Network member number:
N0004
Acronym:
WIPO
Address:
34, Chemin des Combattants 1211 Geneva 20 Switzerland
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Type of organisation:
Intergovernmental organisation

WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. It is a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 187 member states. WIPO’s mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. The mandate of the organization, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.

Organisation name (local):
Organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle
Acronym (local):
OMPI
Active in:
Worldwide

Contributions

  • Graded Index Lens as a Nontracking Solar Concentrator (AGILE)

    Type: 
    Product
    Technology:

    Stanford researchers have developed a novel non-tracking and low cost solar concentrator - Axially Graded Index LEns: AGILE - that has potential to change the economy of the solar cell industry. The AGILE concentrator enables cost-effective utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) installations by simplifying the design construction installation and most importantly; the maintenance of high-concentration (~1000 suns) concentrated solar PV systems.

  • Control System for Improved Efficiency of PEM Fuel Cells

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    A proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell is an electrochemical device that produces “clean” electricity from a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen with only water and heat as byproducts. Mismanagement of the heat generated in the cells drops performance and jeopardizes reliable and safe operations.In a classic system the coolant controls for a PEM fuel cell stack uses a feedback control that is based on the actual temperature value measured at the outlet of the coolant channel. This is known as a “bang-bang” or proportional-integral (PI) controller.

  • Fuel Cell System for Aircraft Propulsion

    Type: 
    Product

    Background: Aircraft thrust is traditionally come from a combustion engine (internal combustion or gas turbine) coupled to either a propeller or a nozzle to produce thrust. These systems deliver high performance but also have high emissions and low fuel efficiency. Some proposals have used fuel cells as propulsion devices by using the electricity a fuel cell produces to power an electric motor linked to a propeller. This system lowers emissions and increases fuel efficiencies but increases weight due to the substantial electric motors required for primary propulsive power.

  • PV and PVT solar panels Manufacturing

    Type: 
    Product
    Technology:

    Millennium Electric T.O.U. Ltd. is a manufacturer and world leader in the field of PV/PVT solar technologies. The company provides EPC service - Building operation and maintenance of Solar PV/PVT Power Stations and has installed 28MW worldwide. Millennium has a capacity of 300MW for manufacturing PV panels of high efficiency per year. Millennium has developed three unique PV technologies. 1. PVT collector which enables up to 30% more PV electrical production than usual PV system 2. MSS Co-Generation station - combines solar PVT with steam electricity coming from the PVT collectors 3.

  • Sub-Micron Electrolyte Thin Film for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    This patented electrolyte fabrication method is designed for deposition of low-cost ultra-thin metal oxide film on a porous substrate. The simple clean process prevents gas crossover and generates a low-resistance electrolyte that can operate temperature below 500oC. This electrolyte could be used to create a high efficiency solid oxide fuel cell. Applications: Solid oxide fuel cells - fabrication of ultra-thin film electrolyte.

  • Low Impact Development (LID) solutions system called Drainage Block

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    This invention is a Low Impact Development (LID) solutions system called Drainage Block that is effective for retention of rainfall on paved areas in average as well as in extreme conditions. The system is developed for roof runoff but the general idea can also be applied to delay runoff from roads parking lots and in small canals. The Drainage Block is very well applicable in a modular system. Modular application in large paved areas will create nearly endless possibilities to spread the runoff from rainstorm events.

  • Extended-Range Heat Transfer Fluid with Variable Composition for More Efficient Use of Solar Power in Steam Driven Power Plants

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:
    Technology:

    Solar power is a renewable energy resource that has generated a lot of interest as an alternative to fossil fuels. Unfortunately solar photovoltaic panels historically have been proven inefficient in converting sunlight into electrical energy. Recently interest has grown in generating solar power for use in steam driven power plants. This process involves collecting heat from the sun using thermal panels and using the heat to warm a fluid that is used to produce high-pressure superheated steam. The steam then can be used to power turbines in power plants.

  • Regioregular Copolymers of 3-alkoxythiophene and their Photovoltaic Application

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:
    Technology:

    The innovation involves the synthesis and characterization of optical and electrochemical properties of a regioregular copolymer poly (3-octylthiophene-25-diyl-co-3-decyloxythiophene-25-diyl) (POT-co-DOT) and an alternating regioregular copolymer poly{(99-dioctylfluorene)-27-diyl-alt-[47-bis(3-decyloxythien-2-yl)-213-benzothiadiazole]-55-diyl} (PF-co-DTB). The incorporation of 3-alkoxythiophene units onto the conjugated backbones enhances the electron-donating property of the polymer and lowers its bandgap.

  • Process to Recycle End of Life CdTe Modules and Manufacturing Scrap

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    This invention reports a novel method for recycling of thin film Cadmium Telluride photovoltaic modules at the end of their life and manufacturing scrap. This process allows for minimum glass fine generation requires little or no acid compared to other methods and generates a pure cadmium and tellurium product at recoveries in excess of 80 percent. In addition the process allows for the recovery of a clean soda-lime plate glass product.

  • Hydrogen sensors and switches and methods of fabrication

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:
    Technology:

    Chemical sensors and switches for detecting hydrogen and palladium nanostructures and polyphenol films H2 have gained interest as an alternative fuel source. Its storage and detection are important for fuel cell applications where safety concerns arise because it is explosive above 4% volume in air. UofL researchers have demonstrated the combination of Pd electrodeposition and polyphenol electropolymerization at microgap electrode arrays for controlled H2 sensing and switching behavior.

  • Hybrid Nanowire-Optical Fiber Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Based on a Stacked Ribbon and Interdigitated Electrode Configuration

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:
    Technology:

    This invention is directed to a solar cell that employs an optical fiber and semiconductor nanowires grown around the fiber. A p-n junction based design organic-inorganic heterojunction or a dye-sensitized structure is built at the surfaces of the nanowires. Light entering the fiber from a tip propagates through the fiber until it enters a nanowire where it reaches a photovoltaic element. Light entering the fiber cannot escape until it interacts with a photovoltaic element thereby increasing the solar conversion efficiency.

  • Solid State Solar Cell that Overcomes Limitations of Grätzel Cell

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:
    Technology:

    Northwestern researchers have developed a new solar cell that minimizes the limitations of conventional and current solar cells. This invention the product of an interdisciplinary collaboration between a chemist and a nanotechnology expert has a number of benefits including lowering production cost decreasing battery efficiency and increasing its durability. In particular their device solves a significant problem of the Grätzel cell which was previously considered the promising future of solar cells because it was both cost-efficient and environmentally friendly.

  • Light emitting devices using ternary compounds for light emitting from blue to ultraviolet spectrum range

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:
    Technology:

    Background: Ternary semiconducting compounds having a stoichiometry of 1:1:1 and an element combination selected from the set of I-II-V I-III-IV II-II-IV and I-I-VI; or having a stoichiometry of 3:1:2 and an element combination selected from the set of I-III-V; or having a stoichiometry of 2:1:1 and an element combination selected from the set of I-II-IV. For example Li3AlN2 (band gap 4.4eV) and LiMgN (band gap 3.2eV) are particularly suitable for wide band gap applications such as LED in the blue to ultraviolet spectrum and transparent electrodes.

  • Solar Cell Having Organic Nanowires

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:
    Technology:

    Stanford researchers are using nanowires (NWs) to raise the performance of organic solar cells. Organic solar cells' main weakness is their lack of efficiency compared to in-organic solar cells. Incorporating NWs into the polymer layer provides a more direct electron path to the electrode which reduces some of the cells' inefficiencies. Stanford's process however goes even further to improve the power conversion efficiency by aligning the NWs and increasing the carrier mobility of each NW.

  • Multiple Quantum Wells for Optical Spectral Concentrator and Optical Energy Transport

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:

    UC San Diego researchers have developed a method and device design for the spectral concentration of multi-wavelength light (e.g. solar energy ranging from far infrared to ultraviolet into light of wavelengths within a narrow spectral width) and subsequent transport of the concentrated output light. This wavelength conversion is enabled in the invention by a semiconductor photo-detecting device that incorporates multiple quantum wells. The spectrally concentrated output light is such that its constituent wavelengths are suitable for transmission over optical fiber.

  • Probe for semiconductor surface photocurrent measurement

    Type: 
    Product
    Objective:
    Technology:

    Photocurrent action spectra or external quantum efficiency (EQE) measurement of semiconductor thin films is an important parameter for solar cell development. Values higher than 80% photon to electron conversion efficiency over a broad range of wavelengths are necessary (but not sufficient) condition for the development of highly efficient solar cells. However this measurement is usually performed on the actual solar cells meaning the knowledge occurs once the final device is assembled which makes this important measurement burdensome and time consuming.