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Hype Cycle for Digital Grid Transformation Technologies, 2020

Published: 12 August 2020

ID: G00448215

Analyst(s): Zarko Sumic


Sustainability challenges and grid edge disruption are driving structural changes in energy systems, requiring a digital grid that will support new business models. This Hype Cycle provides utility CIOs insights into critical technologies for digital grid transformation during the energy transition.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Artificial General Intelligence
    • Smart Dust
    • Transactive Energy
  • At the Peak
    • Energy-Sharing Platforms
    • Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging
    • Edge Computing
    • Vehicle-to-Grid
    • Blockchain in Utilities
    • Edge AI
    • Distributed Energy Resource Management System
    • Digital Business Technology Platform
    • Energy Efficiency Gamification
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Digital Twin
    • Big Data
    • IoT in Utilities
    • Meter Data Analytics
    • Combined Heat and Power
    • Consumer Energy Storage
    • Consumer Smart Appliances
    • Home Energy Management
    • Microgrids
    • Advanced Distribution Management Systems
    • Customer Gateways
    • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
    • Distributed Generation
    • Broadband Over Power Line
    • Industrial Operational Intelligence
    • Electric Vehicles
  • Climbing the Slope
    • IT/OT Integration
    • Advanced Metering Infrastructure
    • Phasor Measurement Units
    • Demand-Response Management Systems
    • CIM Integration Standards
    • API Economy
    • Substation Intelligent Electronic Devices
    • Advanced Distribution Protection and Restoration Devices
    • Energy Storage (Grid Scale)
    • Meter Data Management
  • Entering the Plateau
    • RF Networks for Utility Field Applications
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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