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Hype Cycle for Emerging Energy Technologies, 2011

Published: 26 July 2011

ID: G00213752

Analyst(s): Keith Harrison

Summary

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

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