Top Energy Innovations By 2010

A panel of energy experts from Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio, and various national laboratories owned by the U.S. Department of Energy has come up with the "top ten most economically impactful energy innovations by the year 2010." They are: From Pure Power, Spring 2001


A panel of energy experts from Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio, and various national laboratories owned by the U.S. Department of Energy has come up with the "top ten most economically impactful energy innovations by the year 2010." They are:

  1. Shifting energy infrastructure. "The convergence of the electric, gas, telecommunications and water industries likely will result in one-stop shopping," says Henry Cialone, vice president and general manager of energy products at Battelle.

  2. Hybrid vehicles. Cars that use power from batteries as well as internal combustion engines will eventually include five-passenger sedans capable of 80 miles per hour.

  3. Smart energy management systems. Computers, the Internet and other technologies "will play vital roles in efficiency of energy production and distribution systems such as pipelines, refineries, power plants and transmission lines."

  4. Distributed generation. Power may be generated locally for neighborhoods, individual residences and businesses using microturbines, internal combustion engines and fuel cells. Natural gas use will increase.

  5. Fuel cells. "These systems will provide power at competitive rates while drastically reducing the impact of power generation on the environment," said Don McConnell, associate laboratory director of energy science and technology at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Wash.

  6. Gas-to-liquid conversion. This will permit more flexible use and storage of fuels. The obvious example is conversion of natural gas to diesel fuel.

  7. Advanced batteries. Next-generation batteries will be based on lithium-polymer technology and have three times as much energy capability as those now on the market.

  8. Energy farms. Advances in DNA engineering will result in bio-engineered crops for fuels.

  9. Solar energy. Recent advances in solar-cell efficiency will make widespread terrestrial application a reality, according to Bobi Garrett of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo.

  10. Methane hydrate crystal mining. Geologists have discovered rich deposits of frozen natural-gas crystals on the ocean bottom. "Tapping this reserve would be a quantum leap in our ability to provide energy for the future," said Gary Brawley, program manager in the equipment development and mechanical systems department at Battelle.

From Pure Power, Spring 2001

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Learn how to create value with re-use; gain productivity with lean automation and connectivity, and optimize panel design and construction.
Go deep: Automation tackles offshore oil challenges; Ethernet advice; Wireless robotics; Product exclusives; Digital edition exclusives
Lost in the gray scale? How to get effective HMIs; Best practices: Integrate old and new wireless systems; Smart software, networks; Service provider certifications
Fixing PID: Part 2: Tweaking controller strategy; Machine safety networks; Salary survey and career advice; Smart I/O architecture; Product exclusives
The Ask Control Engineering blog covers all aspects of automation, including motors, drives, sensors, motion control, machine control, and embedded systems.
Look at the basics of industrial wireless technologies, wireless concepts, wireless standards, and wireless best practices with Daniel E. Capano of Diversified Technical Services Inc.
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
This is a blog from the trenches – written by engineers who are implementing and upgrading control systems every day across every industry.
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Control Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.