Why Building the Smart Grid will be a Long-Term Project

Why Building the Smart Grid will be a Long-Term Project
Posted: 1 May 2011
Authors:
Wanda Reder and George W. Arnold
Primary Committee:
IEEE Smart Grid Newsletters
Pages: 3

Medium-term prospects for the smart grid will be among the key technology topics addressed next month at the IEEE's Technology Time Machine conference in Hong Kong. The purpose of the small and, frankly, elite meeting is to assemble people who are betting their corporate and national futures on when critical technologies will mature and take off. To judge from preliminary assessments laid out in a white paper prepared for the conference, some technogies, such as cloud computing, already are at a hockey-stick inflection point, while others, such as the so-called "Internet of Things," will reach that point in perhaps ten years' time. With the smart grid, due to immense technical challenges and acute engineering shortages, the inflection point may be closer to two decades away.

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