September 2000

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Experts predict top energy innovations

"We're on the cusp of some major, fundamental changes in energy," say analysts at Battelle and the national laboratories it manages. Forecasts made by a panel of energy experts identify the most econo..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

"We're on the cusp of some major, fundamental changes in energy," say analysts at Battelle and the national laboratories it manages. Forecasts made by a panel of energy experts identify the most economically impactful energy innovations by the year 2010. Among them: A shifting energy industry structure: Deregulation of natural gas and electric utilities will continue. Oil companies will become energy companies, competing in both the mobile and stationary energy markets. Hybrid vehicles will make progress in the next 10 years; full transition may require decades. Smart energy management systems will play vital roles in efficiency of pipelines, refineries, power plants and transmission

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