DOE releases its 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) release of the Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR) was held September 10, 2015 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The QTR 2015 builds upon the first QTR in 2011 focusing on the role of technology in the energy sector.

The first QTR defined a framework for understanding and discussing energy system challenges, established a set of priorities for the Department, and explained to stakeholders the roles of DOE and the national laboratories, the broader government, the private sector, academia, and innovation in energy transformation.

The 2015 QTR describes the current energy landscape, the potential for improvement in systems and technologies, and a wide-ranging set of related research, development, demonstration, and deployment opportunities.

The QTR 2015 also complements the work of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), which examined the energy infrastructure and government-wide energy policy. The report was in response to an initiative created by President Obama via a Presidential Memorandum wherein he directed several U.S. Federal agencies to report their findings to DOE’s identified priority areas. As part of the final report, the IEEE Task Force provided feedback to the DOE which incorporated the IEEE comments including further detail to the specific priority issues outlined by the DOE and added an executive summary along with a set of presentation slides. Access the full version of the final QER report submitted by the IEEE Joint Task Force and the presentations highlighting the report’s six core topics.

Four overarching themes emerged from the QTR and associated technology assessments:

  • The convergence of energy systems across sectors
  • Diversification within energy supplies and services
  • Confluence of R&D, computational tools, and analysis of complex systems
  • Energy efficiency

To read the QTR 2015 in full and for more information: