Toyota Industries Corporation today announced that it has joined WIPO GREEN as a partner, and listed 208 patents in the WIPO GREEN database. WIPO GREEN is the marketplace for sustainable technology administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) of United Nations, in order to promote environmentally friendly innovation and the diffusion of green technologies.
WIPO GREEN matches green technology providers with technology seekers through its online database of green technologies (patents, products, know-how, etc.) listed by participating organizations, and promotes utilization of green technologies. Currently, more than 3,600 technologies are listed in the database, and more than 600 matches have been made since the program launched in 2013.
Toyota Industries will "contribute to making the earth a better place to live, enrich lifestyles, and promote a compassionate society" as set in its Vision 2030. We believe it is one of the most important challenges of our company management that we contribute to environmental conservation across all of our business activities. By participating in WIPO GREEN as a partner, we hope our patents to be used globally and help reduce environmental impact.
As a WIPO GREEN partner, Toyota Industries has contributed 208 patents from three categories below, to the database.
1. PG (Plastic Glazing) 89 patents
A lightweight material that replaces glass and weighs about 50% less. In addition to having the same surface quality and high durability as glass, our PG has succeeded in large-scale molding, and is used for vehicle roofs.
2. CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) 84 patents
A lightweight material that replaces iron and aluminum, but is almost 1/5 lighter than iron. Our CFRP impregnates resin into carbon-fiber woven by our original three-dimensional loom, achieves high durability, and used in vehicle crash boxes.
3. Solar heat collection tube, 35 patents
A key component of a concentrating solar thermal power generation system that collects sunlight with a reflector and extracts high-temperature heat. Our solar heat collection tubes have a selective absorption film that efficiently absorbs sunlight, contributing to the extracting of thermal energy of 400°C or higher.
Toyota Industries will continue to add green technology patents to the database, expanding the business fields covered.
Toyota Industries will develop technologies that solves environmental problems, and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.