Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Smart Grid Technologies, 2016

Published: 18 July 2016

ID: G00289857

Analyst(s): Zarko Sumic


The smart grid is a vision of a future energy delivery infrastructure, a steppingstone to utility sector digital transformation that will improve network resilience and empower consumers. It is an incubator for a spectrum of technologies that demands the attention of utility CIOs.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Blockchain
    • Energy-Sharing Platform
    • Transactive Energy
    • Distributed Energy Resource Management System
    • In-Process HTAP
    • Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging
    • Vehicle-to-Grid
    • Virtual Personal Assistants
    • Drones (Commercial UAVs)
  • At the Peak
    • Energy Efficiency Gamification
    • Event Stream Processing
    • Internet of Things
    • Meter Data Analytics
    • Big Data
    • Consumer Energy Storage
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Home Energy Management
    • Open SCADA
    • Consumer Smart Appliances
    • Consumption Analytics
    • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
    • Combined Heat and Power
    • Microgrids
    • Social CRM
    • Advanced Distribution Management Systems
    • Electric Vehicles
    • Industrial Operational Intelligence
    • Distributed Generation
    • Advanced Metering Infrastructure
    • Customer Gateways
    • Phasor Measurement Units
    • Demand-Response Management Systems
    • Broadband Over Power Line
  • Climbing the Slope
    • CIM Integration Standards
    • Energy Storage (Grid Scale)
    • Advanced Distribution Protection and Restoration Devices
    • Meter Data Management
    • Substation Intelligent Electronic Devices
    • RF Networks for Utility Field Applications
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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