Innovations in the Power Industry—The Next Big Pairs of Things
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- Apr 23, 2021 6:45 pm GMTApr 27, 2021 6:53 pm GMT
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We are reminded that good things come in twos. In the power industry we can envision so many technology developments that have been implemented, shown reliable performance and remain relatively inexpensive. But when operated together the synergistic combination may be more impactful than each individually. They become game changers. There are four candidate pairs in front: Solar + storage. Electric vehicles + charging infrastructure. Decarbonization + demand side management. Artificial Intelligence + grid management.
Easier said than done, but will they be shown to be reliable, resilient, work under various circumstances and be inexpensive? If true we can expect to make significant advances toward combatting climate change in the next few decades. State and Federal policies play a large role for each pair to be successful; so forward-looking legislation are likely to be at least as important as the technologies. Even the success of one or two pairs will be impactful.