The Electric Power Research Institute is an independent and non-profit group that conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery, and use of electricity for the benefit of the public.
Recently the institute published a list of Innovative Power System Technologies, and I have chosen what I think are the top 12 related to electrical/electronics innovations in the following slideshow. Please click on the image below to start the slideshow, and give us your comments and any other top solutions that you think should be included in the top 12. (All images, except where otherwise noted, are courtesy of EPRI)
EPRI’s next-generation heat pump design is in prototype testing in 2014. The device combines new air flow, vapor compression, and frost management technologies using state-of-the-art pumps, fans, and electronic controls.
Designers are predicting a 50% electric efficiency improvement and a major improvement in demand response (DR), defined by the Department of Energy as “a tariff or program established to motivate changes in electric use by end-use customers in response to changes in the price of electricity over time, or to give incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high market prices or when grid reliability is jeopardized.”
These devices can be used in temperatures as low as -18°C (0°F). This device is expected to lead to replacement of existing fossil fuel-fired systems for heating, thereby reducing carbon emissions.