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Hype Cycle for Emerging Energy Technologies, 2011

Published: 26 July 2011

ID: G00213752

Analyst(s): Keith Harrison


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


  • 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

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