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This item is part of the Special Issue - 2020-03 - Innovation in Power, click here for more

In March, Energy Central is featuring stories all about the state of Innovation in the Electric Power Industry.

While utilities have long been considered a stagnant and inertia-filled business, the past decade has arguably seen more change and evolution than has ever come along before. Leaders in the world of utilities are no longer just the ones who can keep the ship afloat. Instead, they're the ones charting the path into new territory. 

Given how wide and varied the topic of innovation in utilities can be, we're turning to all of our community group members and asking you to submit your stories around the innovation trends that you are seeing today.  If approved, your stories will be shared in our next Special Issue "Innovation in the Electric Power Industry" scheduled to deploy on March 26th

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Be part of this exciting issue and participate today:  

This issue will be one of a kind.  In addition to approved submissions, we will be featuring interviews with selected Leaders in Innovation.  These interviews will be with a few out of many from a nomination and selection process that took place during January and February this year.

Industry Thought Leaders

We're looking for perspective from experts about the current state of innovation in utilities and where the future of innovation can potentially go. Reach out and submit an article on topics such as (but not limited to) the following: 

  • What utilities are demonstrating the right type of leadership when it comes to innovation
  • Technologies that are being underutilized today but might change the entire sector in the coming years
  • Programmatic solutions that can improve how utilities and customers interact with each other
  • A prediction of where innovation may take generation and delivery of power in the future
  • Warnings about what might be missed if decision-makers at utilities don't quickly and thoroughly take advantage of opportunities for innovation
  • And anything else about how you view the state of innovation today and tomorrow in the electric power sector!

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This special issue will be a fantastic opportunity to reach all corners of the Energy Central community, as it touches on all areas of importance. If you're interested in becoming a content sponsor for this issue, you can contact your client representative (or for sponsorship opportunities or download our media guide now for more information. Reference page 18 for Special Issues. 

To Participate

Send your submissions to with the subject "Innovation 2020." If you are not sure about your topic, send an abstract first, and we'll be happy to provide feedback.

The due date for submissions is March 20th, 2020. 

I look forward to reading your insights and sharing them with the community!

Audra C Drazga
VP of the Power Industry Network


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Sid Abma on Feb 21, 2020

Hi Audra

From what I read this Innovation 2020 submission is not about how to make  the Power Generating Industry more Energy Efficient. How to reduce CO2 and other particulate emissions from the fossil fuel fired power plants. How to reduce electricity generating power plants heat input from the combusted exhaust into the atmosphere. How to capture the water from the combusted exhaust for community use. How to increase a coal fired power plants energy efficiency by 14%.

This is just a few things we have been working at.

Sid Abma

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Matt Chester on Feb 21, 2020

Sid-- we're looking for all the ways in which industry thought leaders are advancing innovation in the power sector, which would include (but not be limited to) the push to make generation more efficient and less carbon intensive!

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charles okriwoso on Mar 18, 2020

Is electricity an innovation?

Electricity has helped us stay healthier, work more efficiently and live life around the clock. ... As a result, innovations in electric power have made the industry cleaner and more efficient throughout its history, and made electric service available to millions of homes.

What are the major categories of electrical power system?

The electrical power system consists of three major components: generation, a high voltage transmission grid, and a distribution system.

What is the latest technology in electrical engineering?

High Efficiency Photovoltaic Cells: One of the enduring challenges of modern electrical engineering is to find an implementation of photovoltaic technology that is efficient, effective under varying operating conditions and highly resistant to damage - while not being cost prohibitive.

Recent Inventions in the Electrical Engineering Industry

Electrical engineers are at the forefront of some of today's most important innovations. Whether working for the private sector, government, or major research institutes, electrical engineers are always pushing the boundaries of the possible. Recently, they've contributed to huge strides in energy efficiency, mobile technology, accessibility, transportation, telecommunication, and much more. Let's take a look at some of the most exciting new ideas in the field.

High Efficiency Photovoltaic Cells:
One of the enduring challenges of modern electrical engineering is to find an implementation of photovoltaic technology that is efficient, effective under varying operating conditions and highly resistant to damage - while not being cost prohibitive. Different engineering approaches have been used to raise collection and distribution efficiency, through perovskite-based cells, which have recently captured the most attention at major research facilities. 

Green Energy Electrical Power Converter:
Once you collect energy, converting it for use in the electrical system is an essential next step. A new power converter developer in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas will now make it easier for users of renewable energy to shunt excess energy into the power grid. This has the potential to make rooftop solar initiatives much easier and to further incentivize homeowners to pursue energy efficient technology. 

Smart Electrical Grids:
As energy systems become more complex and energy sources become more diverse, smart grids are growing in importance worldwide. Smart grids integrate innovative electrical technology at multiple levels to improve flow control, detect malfunctions, and automate service delivery. With end-to-end communication between power plants, distribution sites, and the end user's electrical point-of-presence, it becomes possible to raise efficiency and reduce costs.

Virtual Reality:
Virtual reality draws on multiple disciplines, but in terms of providing a sensory experience that maps effectively to 'real-life,' electrical engineering is crucial. The earliest VR technologies consisted of a headset with gloves as an input device, rendering the user mostly stationary. Positional tracking is now making VR more interactive, but the market has yet to develop a solution using a complete array of sensors. 

Eye Tracking Technology:
As many consumers develop an adversarial relationship to conventional digital advertising, eye tracking becomes more essential not only to deliver commercial messages, but to better understand what information is of greatest interest. As it has matured, eye tracking technology has grown into an important frontier in accessibility for the disabled, allowing technology access through eye movement. Sensitive electronic sensors are the basis of virtually all eye tracking. 

Wireless Wearable Tech:
The idea of the 'Personal Area Network' has been around in computing science for a long time, but it's only now becoming a practical reality. Devices now can operate on a smaller scale than ever and interface seamlessly with the wider environment. Wearable devices have been developed to authenticate access to vehicles and machinery, improve reading comprehension while engaged in exercise, and provide communications information without the use of a phone. Very well Electrical innovations is superb and what more interm of new Technology that will make it simpler.

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