Toyota Receives Highest Number of Clean Energy Patents; RE-volv Sets Up Crowd Funded Solar Project via Indiegogo - Energy Minute for January 10, 2013
Toyota has received the highest number of clean energy patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the third consecutive quarter. The Office granted a record 798 clean energy patents in the third quarter of 2012, the highest total on record since the Cleantech Group at Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti began tracking the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index. Toyota’s 71 patents were primarily in fuel cells at 45, with an assist from hybrid/electric vehicle patents at 25, and one solar patent. GE recorded 50 wind patents, five solar patents and one patent in each of the following: hybrid/electric vehicles, fuel cells and other clean energy. GM took the third place spot for the second consecutive quarter with fuel cells (29) followed by hybrid/electric vehicles (6). Honda trailed GM with 31 fuel cell patents and one hybrid/electric vehicle patent.
RE-volv, a nonprofit organization promoting renewable energy, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance community-based solar energy projects. The campaign, hosted on Indiegogo and accessible at www.solarseedfund.org, aims to finance the first community-based solar energy project, officially launching the revolving fund. Called the Solar Seed Fund, the fund gives people a way to help finance solar energy projects as part of a community effort to demonstrate the benefits of solar energy. The Fund uses donations to finance solar installations on community-serving organizations such as schools, universities, hospitals, and places of worship. RE-volv recoups the solar installation cost and earns a return on the investment through a 20-year solar lease agreement.
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