Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Smart Grid Technologies, 2013

Published: 30 July 2013

ID: G00251109

Analyst(s): Zarko Sumic


The smart grid is a vision of the future electricity delivery infrastructure that improves network resilience, empowering consumers and addressing sustainability concerns. Smart grid is an incubator for a spectrum of technologies, which demand utility CIOs' and IT leaders' close attention.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off The Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Energy Efficiency Gamification
    • Vehicle-to-Grid
    • IMC-Enabled Hybrid Transaction/Analytical Processing
    • Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging
    • Meter Data Analytics
  • At the Peak
    • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
    • UAS for Business
    • Networking IT and OT
    • Consumer Energy Storage
    • Home Energy Management/Consumer Energy Management
    • Big Data in Energy and Utilities
    • Smart Appliances
    • Social Media for Utilities
    • Complex-Event Processing
    • Consumption Benchmarking
    • Business Process Management for Utilities
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Home-Area Network
    • Microgrids
    • Advanced Distribution Management Systems
    • Combined Heat and Power
    • Distributed Generation
    • Operational Technology Security
    • Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles/Electric Vehicles
    • Customer Gateways
    • Phasor Measurement Units
    • Advanced Metering Infrastructure
    • Demand Response
    • CIM-Driven Integration Standards
    • Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems
    • Broadband Over Power Lines
    • Energy Storage (Grid Support)
    • Advanced Distribution Protection and Restoration Devices
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Intelligent Electronic Devices
    • Meter Data Management
    • Energy Storage (UPS/Power Quality)
    • RF Networks for Utility Field Applications
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Process Data Historians
    • Event-Driven Architecture
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

Recommended Reading

©2020 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.