Developing an integrated technology roadmapping process to meet regional technology planning needs: the e-bike pilot study

Kelly R. Cowan, Tugrul U. Daim, Steven Thomas Walsh

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Abstract

Smart grid is a promising class of new technologies offering many potential benefits for electric utility systems, including possibilities for smart appliances which can communicate with power systems and help to better match supply and demand. Additional services include the ability to better integrate growing supplies of renewable energy and perform a variety of value-added services on the grid. However, a number of challenges exist in order to achieving these benefits. Many utility systems have substantial regulatory structures that make business processes and technology innovation substantially different than in other industries. Due to complex histories regarding regulatory and deregulatory efforts, and due to what some economists consider natural monopoly characteristics in the industry, such regulatory structures are unlikely to change in the immediate future. Therefore, innovation within these industries, including the development of smart grid, will require an understanding of such regulatory and policy frameworks, development of appropriate business models, and adaptation of technologies to fit these emerging requirements. Technology Roadmapping may be a useful method of planning this type of future development within the smart grid sector, but such technology roadmaps would require a high level of integrated thinking regarding technology, business, and regulatory and policy considerations. This research provides an initial examination of the process for creating such a type of integrated technology roadmapping and assessment process. This research proposes to build upon previous research in the Pacific Northwest and create a more robust technology planning process that will allow key variables to be tested and different pathways to be explored.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of PICMET '14: Infrastructure and service integration; 2014 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering & Technology (PICMET), Kanazawa, Japan, 27-31 July 2014
EditorsDundar F. Kocaoglu, Timothy R. Anderson, Tugrul U. Daim, Dilek Cetindamar Kozanoglu, Kiyoshi Niwa, Gary Perman
Place of PublicationPortland, OR
PublisherPortland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology
Pages2938-2959
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)978-1-890843-30-4
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2014

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Keywords

  • METIS-309115
  • IR-94174

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    Cowan, K. R., Daim, T. U., & Walsh, S. T. (2014). Developing an integrated technology roadmapping process to meet regional technology planning needs: the e-bike pilot study. In D. F. Kocaoglu, T. R. Anderson, T. U. Daim, D. C. Kozanoglu, K. Niwa, & G. Perman (Eds.), Proceedings of PICMET '14: Infrastructure and service integration; 2014 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering & Technology (PICMET), Kanazawa, Japan, 27-31 July 2014 (pp. 2938-2959). Portland, OR: Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology.