Southern Company’s R&D organization provides innovative energy solutions and creates value for customers in the evolving energy landscape. Our research is facilitating the transition to a net zero future by exploring a full spectrum of solutions such as more cost-effective and efficient carbon capture, high-potential advanced nuclear technologies, and next-generation power delivery and end-use innovations like Smart Neighborhoods®. In addition to these examples, elaborated below, read more about Southern Company’s commitment to innovation here.
Southern Company has undertaken a systematic, comprehensive review of its R&D plan, including the identification of long-term objectives and aspirations and development of a refined strategy roadmap. Our roadmap comprises four phases:
Develop a sustainable energy future
Provide delivery, storage and distributed generating solutions
Support expanding customer needs
Advance the existing generating fleet
Within each phase of the R&D roadmap, we have identified areas of focus to combine our long-term strategic vision with our near-term strategic objectives. This allows us to look deeply at the difficult transformational technologies needed to facilitate the transition to carbon-free energy, beyond merely incremental shifts.