Hype Cycle for Emerging Energy Technologies, 2011



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Energy policy around the world demands the secure supply of low-emission energy. Developments in energy production, storage and distribution in line with policy requirements impact the operation and, consequently, the technology portfolio of energy merchants and utilities.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • What You Need to Know
      • Ensuring the Security of Energy Supply
      • Improving Energy Efficiency
      • Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Energy Supply and Consumption
    • The Hype Cycle
      • Position Changes
    • The Priority Matrix
    • Off the Hype Cycle
    • On the Rise
      • High-Temperature Superconductivity
      • Hydrogen Economy
    • At the Peak
      • Energy Storage — Renewable Support
      • Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles/Electric Vehicles
      • Carbon Capture and Sequestration
      • Microgrids
      • Thermal (or Concentrated) Solar Power
      • Wave Power
      • Distributed Generation
      • Combined Heat and Power
    • Sliding Into the Trough
      • Biomass Electricity Generation
      • Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle
      • Tidal Power
      • Geothermal Power Generation
      • Energy Storage (Grid Support)
      • Fuel Cells
    • Climbing the Slope
      • Energy Storage (UPS/Power Quality)
      • Photovoltaic Generation
    • Entering the Plateau
      • Wind Generation
      • Liquefied Natural Gas
    • Appendixes
      • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels
  • Recommended Reading
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