Toyota has made thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents available royalty free – in a move that will hopefully spur the development of innovative fuel cell technologies across the globe.
The big announcement was made at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas – Toyota will invite royalty-free use of around 5,680 fuel cell related patents held around the world including critical technologies which have been developed for the new Toyota Mirai.
This list includes approximately 1,970 patents related to fuel cell stacks, 290 associated with high-pressure hydrogen tanks, 3,350 related to fuel cell system software control and 70 patents related to hydrogen production and supply.
Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations at Toyota Motor Sales, USA, commented, “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”.
Adding, “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.”
Toyota has a proud history of encouraging collaboration on its intellectual properties with this announcement marking the first time that the Japanese marque has made its patents available completely free of charge – further emphasising the automotive manufactures continued support for developing a hydrogen-based society.
This latest Toyota initiative builds on past commitments including substantial financial support for the development of a hydrogen fuelling infrastructure in California and the north eastern United States.
Back in May 2014 – Toyota announced it was funding FirstElement Fuels to support their operations and maintenance of 19 hydrogen fuelling stations across California.
Whilst in November of last year they announced a collaboration with Air Liguide to develop and supply a phased network of 12 state-of-the-art hydrogen stations in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.