Emerging Technologies

James R. White, Shermco IndustriesColumns, Fall 2019 Columns, Tech Quiz

Wikipedia defines emerging technologies:

“Emerging technologies are technologies that are perceived as capable of changing the status quo. These technologies are generally new but include older technologies that are still controversial and relatively undeveloped in potential.”

In this issue, we look at some emerging technologies that are in use now or might be in the future. This Tech Quiz is different, as you will need to look up the references to answer the questions. Have fun!

1. Wind generation is a well-known technology, but according to Georgia Tech’s “12 Emerging Technologies May Help the Power Future,” not all states have wind generation facilities. Name three (in no particular order).

a. ________________

b. ________________

c. ________________

2. In a betavoltaic system being developed by Georgia Tech, what is used to produce electrical power?

a. Plutonium

b. Sunlight

c. Thermo-electro converter

d. Strontiom-90

3. According to Utility Dives’ “Top Ten Trends Transforming the Electric Power Sector,” which power facility fuel is being phased out?

a. Natural gas

b. Nuclear

c. Coal

d. Hydroelectric

4. Name four emerging technologies for generating power mentioned in Business Insider’s “17 Emerging Energy Technologies.”

a. ________________

b. ________________

c. ________________

d. ________________



James (Jim) R. White, Vice President of Training Services, has worked for Shermco Industries Inc. since 2001. He is a NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional and a NETA Level 4 Senior Technician. Jim is NETA’s principal member on NFPA Technical Committee NFPA 70E®, Electrical Safety in the Workplace®, NETA’s principal representative on National Electrical Code® Code-Making Panel (CMP) 13, and represents NETA on ASTM International Technical Committee F18, Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers. Jim is Shermco Industries’ principal member on NFPA Technical Committee for NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance and represents AWEA on the ANSI/ISEA Standard 203 Secondary Single-Use Flame Resistant Protective Clothing for Use Over Primary Flame Resistant Protective Clothing. An IEEE Senior Member, Jim received the IEEE/IAS/PCIC Electrical Safety Excellence Award in 2011 and NETA’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2013. Jim was Chairman of the IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop in 2008 and is currently Vice-Chair for the IEEE IAS/PCIC Safety Subcommittee.