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Slideshow: The Top 12 Innovative Power System Technologies From EPRI

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)

The Heat Pump

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.

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.

9 comments on “Slideshow: The Top 12 Innovative Power System Technologies From EPRI

  1. goafrit2
    December 10, 2014

    >> 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

    If gas price continues to go south as we see in the last few weeks, we may enter a reverse mode. One hopes the improvement and innovation in the power management and general energy efficiency will not be derailed by cheaper fossil fuel.

  2. goafrit2
    December 10, 2014

    >> “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.”

     

    One will expect market forces and innovation to be the main factors that will drive this area at least from the investment side. I have always doubted price mechanism used to distort behavior especially when that is stimulated by government or its agencies. I saw people lost jobs in Europe when some of the government support programs in renewals expired. We always argue that help is needed at the beginning but the challenge is that when that help is taken away you will notice many have depended on it and cannot compete.

    But when Wall Street gets from money from near zero rates, it makes sense to also support technical comunity since Wall Street will keep reminding government that any rate increase will affect the economy. Maybe we need to find how to make these supports permanent in the tech community.

  3. Davidled
    December 10, 2014

    Government supports tech company and creates job in either short or long terms. Today, I have not seen any permanent job. As technology is being changed every day, it could be unpredictable to forecast the product in the market. Therefore, they continue to develop new technology in order to release new product.  

  4. etnapowers
    December 12, 2014

    “This device is expected to lead to replacement of existing fossil fuel-fired systems for heating, thereby reducing carbon emissions.”

     

    Steve, I think that the finality of the research of EPRI is very important. The energy production and management process that has a positive impact on the environment is the future of energy management and distribution infrastructures. The pollution generated by CO2 emissions must absolutely to be dramatically reduced and finally, canceled, because the smart electronics systems has the potential to do that and to guarantee a better environment where all of us could live a more healthy life.

  5. etnapowers
    December 12, 2014

    @DaeJ: I think that an expert of the technology rather than a specialist of a particular product type might have the chance to get a permanent job in this new field.

  6. etnapowers
    December 12, 2014

    “One hopes the improvement and innovation in the power management and general energy efficiency will not be derailed by cheaper fossil fuel.”

    @goafrit2: I think that this trend will not persist, on a long term basis we have to think that fossil fuel availability is not unlimited.

  7. samicksha
    December 12, 2014

    I read about another interesting update from EPRI, wherein the have collaboration with Japan's Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry that will focus on materials science, including the performance of materials in nuclear power plant environments and the development of materials better suited for nuclear plant components.

  8. etnapowers
    December 15, 2014

    @samicksha: the update that you mentioned is very interesting, I think that nuclear power plants have to operate in a totally safe mode for the environment and the people. Under this hypothesis the nuclear energy can be a clean source of power and reduce the carbon emissions, provided that the nuclear exhaust materials are safely managed and defused effectively.

  9. ue2014
    December 18, 2014

    @etnapowers – Totally agre with you. There is no argument that the pollution generated by CO2 emissions needs to be cacelled faslty due to the major damage it occurs to the society. In the mean time, we also should look at the negatives or areas concern on the other source also which we gonnal replace the exsisting one. 

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