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Hype Cycle for Emerging Energy Technologies, 2013

Published: 19 July 2013

ID: G00251130

Analyst(s): Chet Geschickter


Emerging energy technologies disrupt core business processes within utilities. Utility CIOs can use this Hype Cycle to assess the impacts of these disruptive energy technologies on their IT and OT application portfolios, and plan how to respond.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
    • Adapting Systems and Processes for Mature Alternative Energy Technologies
    • The Slow Pace of Promising Energy Technologies
    • Tailoring the Hype Cycle to Your Circumstances
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Energy Harvesting
    • Vehicle-to-Grid
    • High-Temperature Superconductivity
    • Hydrogen Economy
  • At the Peak
    • Consumer Energy Storage
    • Energy Storage (Renewable Integration)
    • Carbon Capture and Sequestration
    • Thermal/Concentrating Solar Power
    • Wave Power
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Microgrids
    • Thermal Energy Storage
    • Combined Heat and Power
    • Distributed Generation
    • Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles/Electric Vehicles
    • Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle
    • Biomass Electricity Generation
    • Tidal Power
    • Geothermal Power Generation
    • Energy Storage (Grid Support)
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Fuel Cells
    • 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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