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Emerging technologies spark energy revolution

Innovation is happening more rapidly than expected – and it will vastly improve energy efficiency in the next few years

The world is approaching a tipping point in the development of technologies that could generate leaps in energy productivity on a scale not seen since the Industrial Revolution, McKinsey, a consultancy, predicts. Many of the technologies that could prove disruptive in the very near future are familiar – including unconventional gas, solar power, lighting from light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and electric vehicles. Other less well-known emerging technologies that could affect energy productivity shortly after 2020 include grid-scale storage, digital power conversion, compressor-less air-conditioning and electrochromic windows (known as smart glass), clean coal, as well as biofuels and electrofue

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