TVA continues to evaluate emerging nuclear technologies, including small modular reactors, as part of technology innovation efforts aimed at developing the energy system of the future.
TVA is embracing electric transportation, creating smart charging stations, finding uses for depleted auto batteries and developing technologies to encourage the potential for electricity to replace petroleum as the fuel of choice for drivers.
Storage technologies act as a buffer between electricity demand and supply, and are the key to unlocking the full potential of solar energy, electric transportation and other emerging technologies. TVA is working to make batteries more technologically and economically practical.
Solar technology is rapidly evolving, and TVA is exploring ways to incorporate more solar energy in its own portfolio, while developing products and programs to help homeowners and businesses partner with TVA and local power companies to produce solar power together.
Microgrids are localized grids that can operate independently, thereby improving the resiliency of an isolated area. Microgrids allow for continuous operation amid grid disturbance. They can be also be useful in the integration of distributed energy resources.
TVA joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory and EPRI to put energy efficiency measures to the test in three real homes: one typical house built to code, one retrofit with energy efficiency measures, one built from the ground up with energy efficiency in mind.