QTR 2015 describes the current energy landscape, the potential for improvement in systems and technologies, and a wide-ranging set of related RDD&D opportunities. Energy technologies are assessed with respect to their potential security implications, economic and environmental impact, and engineering feasibility (costs, benefits, and theoretical limits), and technological maturity.
Each of the six sectors of our energy system described in this report (grid, power, buildings, manufacturing, fuels and transportation) includes ample opportunity to advance technology at the component, device, and system levels. Just as importantly, the QTR identifies crosscutting technologies and disciplines that impact multiple sectors.
These include a confluence of computational and empirical capabilities that is ushering in a new era of “systems by design” in materials, chemistry, biology, and engineered systems throughout the economy. Nowhere is this more true than in the domain of energy, where our expanding knowledge of the physical world is intrinsically linked to the development of technologies and systems at multiple scales.
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