Technology Foresight

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Technologies are changing rapidly, and they affect the conventional utility business models. Technology Foresight (TF) Project was initiated in 2016. It aims at leveraging the existing capabilities and experiences of IERE members to find some commonalities and joint work.

Identification of the key areas of technology development thorough the project can benefit all IERE members.

The TF2020 project selected Top 5 critical and Top 15 emergency technologies and summarized the outline. Also it extracted 5 Fringe (black swan) technologies that potentially will cause major disruptions to the way we build and operate our energy systems.


IERE central office sent questionnaires on Technology Foresight Activities (Report of Technology Foresight 2020) to all members in June, 2017. Evaluation for TF2020 activities, next steps for long range and building a collaborative relationship and the possibility of in-depth research on selected fringe technologies by young engineers/researchers of members were asked among members. IERE central office shares the answers for the questionnaire.

IERE central office hopes it will help the strategy building of your R&D in business.

Key Technologies in "Technology Foresight 2020"

Top 5 critical technologies Top 15 emergency technologies Top 5 fringe technologies
  • Prosumer technologies
  • Energy storage devices
  • Big data applications
  • Renewable and distributed generation
  • Climate modeling
  • Electric hybrid & fuel cell vehicles
  • Smart grid
  • Li-ion Batteries
  • Internet of things (IoT)
  • Wireless sensors
  • Water recovery and reuse
  • Water resources planning
  • Off-shore wind
  • Grid and Home Cybersecurity
  • Smart X
  • Carbon capture, utilization & storage (CCUS)
  • Virtual power plant (VPP)
  • Hydrogen energy storage
  • Hybrid energy systems
  • Nuclear power - Gen III +
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • DC Grid
  • Artificial Photosynthesis
  • Advanced PV
  • Advanced Nuclear