Clean Technology 2008
VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH, DE
nanotechnology, energy, market potential, innovation
In respect of narrowing fossil energy resources and potential side effects of climate warming carbon dioxide emissions it becomes obvious that for a sustained longterm economical prosperity a fundamental renewal of the energy sector will be necessary. Nanotechnology as a cross section and key technology has the potential to significantly contribute to technological breakthroughs in the energy sector. This includes short term incremental steps for a more efficient exploitation, handling and usage of conventional as well as regenerative energies and in the long term completely new approaches for energy generation such as imitating natural processes like photosynthesis. The paper will summarize the results of a recent study on the technological and economical potential of nanotechnologies in the energy sector and give an overview on technological developments and recent market trends.