Insight into Major Vendors' Patent Deployment in Plant Factory Technologies in 2013

 Published On: Jan, 2014 |    No of Pages: 34 |  Published By: Market Intelligence center | Format: PDF   |   Request Free Sample

Plant factory is an emerging industry that requires system integration across various fields in the ICT and agricultural industries, including air conditioning, clean rooms, insulation materials, LED lights, environmental control, sensor systems, Internet of Things, sterilization technologies, electrical equipment, hydroponic equipment, and cloud computing systems. It has drawn many technology companies, such as Panasonic, Fujitsu, CCS, Cree, Osram, Philips, Lumination, Foxconn, Delta Electronics, Everlight, and Wang Yong Hydroponics. This report profiles the pros and cons of different plant factory types and key technologies identified by using patent mining techniques, with major vendors' latest patent deployment and tracking highlights provided.

1. Definition of Plant Factories

2. Types of Plant Factories

3. Pros and Cons of Different Plant Factory Lighting Sources
3.1 Natural Sunlight
3.2 Total Artificial Lighting
3.3 Mix of Natural Sunlight and Artificial Lighting

4. Patent Mining of Plant Factory Technologies
4.1 Patent Search Procedure
4.1.1 Selecting a Patent Database
4.1.2 Identifying Search Keywords
4.1.3 Data Selection
4.1.4 Data Analysis
4.2 Results of Patent Mining
4.2.1 Text Mining
4.2.2 Data Mining
4.2.3 Relative R&D Strength

5. Major Vendors' Development
5.1 CCS Inc.
5.1.1 Product Development
5.1.2 Patent Deployment
5.2 Fairy Plant Technology
5.2.1 Product Development
5.2.2 Patent Deployment
5.3 Showa Denko
5.3.1 Product Development
5.3.2 Patent Deployment
5.4 Panasonic
5.4.1 Product Developmen
5.4.2 Patent Deployment
5.5 Fujitsu
5.5.1 Product Development
5.5.2 Patent Deployment

6. Tracking and Observing Highlights
6.1 Market Aspect
6.2 Industry Aspect
6.3 Technology Aspect
Appendix

List of Topics
Overview of plant factory types and the advantages and disadvantages regarding the lighting sources they use

Analysis of plant factory technologies with patent mining techniques, which comprises of text and data mining

Highlights of major vendors' patent deployment, with the use of Herfindahl- Hirschman Index to calculate the Originality Index and Generality Index of each patent

Tracking and observing highlights are provided from the perspectives of market, industry, and technology, giving vendors a more complete picture of the latest development and future direction of the plant factory industry

Companies and organizations analyzed or mentioned in the report include:

AC LED Lighting, CCS, Inc., Chiba University, Chiplus Semiconductor Corp., Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd., Cree Inc., Delta Electronics Inc., Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd., Fairy Plant Technology, Fountainhead LLC, Foxconn, Fujitsu, Hirose Co., Ltd., Iroquois Master Fund Ltd., Japan Tobacco Inc., Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Lumination LLC, Mirai, Mitsui Fudosan, Nanobiolight Company, Nice Garden, OMS Investments Inc., Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH, Pacific Construction Co., Panasonic Corp., Philips, Rockwool International A/S, Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Showa Denko K.K., Solidlite Corp., University of Iowa, Vegetables Plant, Wang Yong Hydroponics, Yamaguchi University

List of Figures
Figure 1 Lettuces in a Plant Factory
Figure 2 Three Types of Plant Factory Lighting Source
Figure 3 Example of a Natural Sunlight Plant Factory
Figure 4 Example of a Total Artificial Lighting Plant Factory
Figure 5 Facilities in a Total Artificial Lighting Plant Factory
Figure 6 Example of a Plant Factory using Mix of Natural Sunlight and Artificial Lighting
Figure 7 Plant Factory Technologies Patent Search Flow
Figure 8 III's Patent Mining Platform
Figure 9 Correlation between Top 5 Plant Factory Technologies by Patent Number
Figure 10 Number of Plant Factory Patents by Assignee's Nationality
Figure 11 Plant Factory Patents by Sector Share
Figure 12 Plant Factory Patents by Field Share
Figure 13 CCS' Plant Factory Products
Figure 14 Fairy Plant Technology's Plant Factory Products
Figure 15 Showa Denko's Plant Factory Products
Figure 16 Panasonic's Plant Factory Products
Figure 17 Fujitsu's Plant Factory Products

List of Tables
Table 1 Comparison of Different Plant Factory Lighting Sources
Table 2 Key Technology Types Identified Through Patent Mining
Table 3 Top 10 Assignees in the Field of Plant Growth Technologies
Table 4 Top 10 Assignees in the Field of LED Artificial Lighting Technologies
Table 5 Matrix Analysis of CCS' Patents
Table 6 Matrix Analysis of Fairy Plant Technology's Patents
Table 7 Matrix Analysis of Showa Denko's Patents
Table 8 Matrix Analysis of Panasonic's Patents
Table 9 Matrix Analysis of Fujitsu's Patents
Table 10 Major Vendors in the Plant Factory Industry
Table 11 Costs and Revenue Sources of Different of Plant Factory Types
Table 12 Price Comparison between Vegetables Grown in Plant Factories and on Conventional Farmlands
Table 13 Optimal Ratio of Multi-Wavelength LED Light for Various Vegetables
Table 14 Overview of Japanese Vendors' Patents Related to Plant Factory Technologies 

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