International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy (INSPIRE) offers information to users on the characteristics and use of patents and standards for the deployment of renewable energy technologies, facilitating dialogue between different stakeholders on these topics.


A standard is an agreed, repeatable, harmonised and documented way of doing something. Standards contain technical specifications or other precise criteria designed to be used consistently as a rule, guideline or definition. Learn More


Since 2012, IRENA has undertaken an ongoing review of the use and protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) – and patents in particular – in view of their importance as instruments that support technological innovation. Learn More

Quality Infrastructure

Implementing quality assurance mechanisms requires quality infrastructure (QI). IRENA's recent work on QI for renewable energy technologies (RETs) has focused on solar PV, solar water heaters, small wind turbines and guidelines for policy makers. Learn More