Emerging Platforms

Including areas of accelerated industry transformation and convergence, emerging platforms are ground zero for disruption across the energy sector. Combining accelerated technology innovation, business model evolution, and customer-centric solutions, emerging platforms will capture a growing percentage of energy investment and drive billions in near-term value creation.

Building to Grid

What happens when tens of billions of dollars’ worth of investment in behind-the-meter integrated energy assets across the global building stock interacts autonomously with the grid? From prosumers, to connected homes, and to building automation, the Building to Grid ecosystem describes the impact of greater control and automation over internal facility systems. This includes lighting, HVAC, plug loads and people movers, as well as the integration of distributed resources such as rooftop solar PV, energy storage, and EV charging infrastructure integrated into the building asset.

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Integrated DER

What happens when gigawatts of distributed energy resources (DER) renders a growing percentage of centralized generation obsolete? Integrated DER (iDER) describes the impact of coordinating and aggregating fleets of distributed resources with networking and communications technology to deliver dynamic, portfolio-based solutions that enable customer choice and flexibility.

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Internet of Energy

What happens when hundreds of billions of assets are connected across the energy sector? From smart meters to asset monitoring to connected vehicles, the Internet of Energy ecosystem leverages sensors, telecommunication infrastructure, and machine learning to provide a seamless digital foundation to connect multiple industries into a dynamic, interactive network of assets and services.

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Neural Grid

What happens when the largest machine in the world is able to anticipate outages, respond in real-time to prevent service interruption, and write algorithms to avoid future occurrences all without human intervention? The Neural Grid describes an ecosystem in which the transmission and distribution grid leverages artificial intelligence, connectivity, and sensing technologies to support ubiquitous automation, self-healing, seamless asset integration, customer engagement and involvement, and two-way value exchange. Moving beyond simply digitizing the grid via smart grid initiatives, the Neural Grid takes the largest machine in the world and gives a brain.

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Smart Cities

What happens when more than half the global population resettles in urban centers worldwide? The Smart Cities ecosystem encompasses initiatives aimed at integrating innovative technology solutions into a strategic approach to improve sustainability, citizen well-being, and economic development across these urban centers. The transformation of urban energy is a foundational element of the smart city, including the implementation of smart grids, a shift to renewable energy, community energy programs, new energy market structures, mobility solutions, and development of more resilient energy systems.

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Transactive Energy

What happens when billions of energy customers around the world are equipped with the resources and tools to sell excess energy directly to their neighbors? The Transactive Energy ecosystem describes a decentralized marketplace in which economic- or market-based infrastructure facilitates decisions and transactions involving the generation, distribution, and consumption of power. From distributed assets to connectivity to blockchain, Transactive Energy unlocks the potential for peer-to-peer transactions that rewrites the rules for how energy is valued, sold, and consumed.

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Transportation to Grid

What happens when the electrification of the global transportation fleet replaces a growing percentage of the billion internal combustion engines operating worldwide? The Transportation to Grid ecosystem sits at the nexus of two of the largest industries in the world: automotive and utilities. Representing one of the fastest sources of load growth for utilities, and with mobility services and autonomous vehicles redefining urban transportation systems, transportation to grid describes a multidimensional shift of value away from oil and gas and into the power and utilities industry.

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