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Hype Cycle for Emerging Energy Technologies, 2014

Published: 30 July 2014

ID: G00263673

Analyst(s): Chet Geschickter


Emerging energy technologies provide a path to a sustainable energy future; however, they disrupt core business processes within utilities. 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
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Energy Harvesting
    • Vehicle-to-Grid
    • High-Temperature Superconductivity
    • Hydrogen Economy
  • At the Peak
    • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles
    • Consumer Energy Storage
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Energy Storage (Renewable Integration)
    • Nanomaterial Supercapacitors
    • Wave Power
    • Carbon Capture and Sequestration
    • Combined Heat and Power
    • Microgrids
    • Thermal Energy Storage
    • Distributed Generation
    • Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles/Electric Vehicles
    • Biomass Electricity Generation
    • Thermal/Concentrating Solar Power
    • Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle
    • Tidal Power
    • Microinverters
    • Geothermal Power Generation
    • Fuel Cells
    • Energy Storage (Grid Support)
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Energy Storage (UPS/Power Quality)
    • Photovoltaic Generation
    • Renewable Energy PPA
    • PV Monitoring Services
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Wind Generation
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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