EIC and Cadent seek bright ideas for dementia sufferers

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EIC and Cadent seek bright ideas for dementia sufferers

The Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) is teaming up with gas network Cadent and the Alzheimer's Society to host a workshop around new innovations in the utilities sector to improve the quality of life and safety of people living with dementia in the UK.

Labour outlines fast track to zero carbon energy by 2030

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Labour outlines fast track to zero carbon energy by 2030

The Labour Party has unveiled a report setting out an accelerated plan to fully eliminate carbon emissions from the UK's energy system by 2030, including goals of installing 8 million heat pumps and insulating 27 million homes.

‘Liquid air’ battery tech firm scales up to 50MW plant

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‘Liquid air’ battery tech firm scales up to 50MW plant

Highview Power, the company promoting "liquid air" as a storage medium for surplus electrical energy, last week announced plans to construct the first commercial scale battery facility using the technology, at a decommissioned thermal power station in the north of England.

SSEN to purge greenhouse gas from circuit breakers

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SSEN to purge greenhouse gas from circuit breakers

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Transmission has declared its intention to phase out the greenhouse gas sulphur hexafluoride (SF₆) - used to insulate circuit breakers in substations - by replacing it with a climate-friendly alternative air and vacuum system.

Safeguarding staff from mental health hazards at work

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Safeguarding staff from mental health hazards at work

Promoting physical safety has become critically important across the sector, with many organisations priding themselves on a zero-tolerance approach to hazards in the workplace, writes Nadine Buddoo.

Hydrogen to fuel north west homes and businesses by 2024

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Hydrogen to fuel north west homes and businesses by 2024

The north west is ready to blend hydrogen into the gas grid and pipe it into homes and businesses as early as 2024, according to a 17 October briefing by HyNet, a consortium geared to delivering hydrogen from natural gas.

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Utility Week Customer Summit

With customers at the heart of the utility industry's rapid and disruptive transformation, the future success of energy and water companies alike depends on their ability to successfully combine robust service provision with innovative ways to connect with customers. The 2020 Utility Week Customer Summit provides the only dedicated meeting place for forward-thinking customer professionals across the UK's utilities.

UK needs ‘Olympic’ delivery body to drive shift to net zero heating, says think tank

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UK needs ‘Olympic’ delivery body to drive shift to net zero heating, says think tank

MPs and members of the public are equally in the dark over the urgency of decarbonising the heat network, raising the need to establish a powerful new body to coordinate the complex task, according to a report by cross-party think tank Policy Connect.

“We need to retrain boiler engineers in low carbon heat skills”

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“We need to retrain boiler engineers in low carbon heat skills”

With heat decarbonisation rising up the agenda, the UK needs a new programme to re-skill gas boiler engineers and plumbers in decarbonised heat technology, says Network Awards 2020 judge Lily Frencham of the Association for Decentralised Energy.

H21 project highlights potential of hydrogen

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H21 project highlights potential of hydrogen

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said that hydrogen is a credible option to help decarbonise the UK energy system. Network editor Alec Peachey examines the progress being made and some of the challenges that remain.

Clean energy overtakes fossil fuel power in Q3

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Clean energy overtakes fossil fuel power in Q3

Electricity produced from wind, solar, biomass or hydro power exceeded electricity generated from fossil fuel sources in the third quarter of 2019, according to an analysis of government and industry data by climate change website Carbon Brief. 

How materials science will underpin the future energy network

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How materials science will underpin the future energy network

What are the materials that will serve as the backbone for electrical energy storage, renewable energy generation, gas and the grid itself in the future, and how might they underpin the future of the energy network? Four academics from Newcastle University and Durham University discuss the role of materials science in developing new network capacity.

Lights and heating will stay on after Brexit, National Grid says

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Lights and heating will stay on after Brexit, National Grid says

National Grid's latest Systems Outlook Report offers reassurance that the domestic gas and electricity networks will have enough supply to meet winter demand even if Dutch and Belgian gas interconnectors were cut off on "day one" of a no deal exit.

Network Awards 2020: setting the standard

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Network Awards 2020: setting the standard

Following a successful inaugural year in 2019, the Network Awards will return on 17th March 2020, shining a light on the good work taking place across the UK's energy networks, their supply chains and stakeholders.

Decarbonisation progress slowing, Ofgem report shows

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Decarbonisation progress slowing, Ofgem report shows

Ofgem has launched its annual State of the Market report, which shows that the UK continues to be a global leader in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, although progress is slowing.

Network Awards 2020

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Network Awards 2020

Bringing together the UK's gas, power and heat networks and the surrounding supply chain to celebrate achievements across the industry.

Innovators recognised at UK Energy Innovation Awards 2019

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Innovators recognised at UK Energy Innovation Awards 2019

A number of innovators that are playing a role in supporting the UK to meet its net zero targets for greenhouse gas emission by 2050 were recognised at the UK Energy Innovation Awards last week.

WPD maintains place at top of stakeholder engagement table

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WPD maintains place at top of stakeholder engagement table

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has strengthened its place at the top of the industry table for stakeholder engagement and customer vulnerability in the annual Ofgem incentive.

Innovator Support Portal to provide international support for SMEs

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Innovator Support Portal to provide international support for SMEs

The Energy Systems Catapult has launched a new Innovator Support Portal - providing SMEs with an online gateway to investors and international opportunities.

Drone trials hailed a success

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Drone trials hailed a success

A project, exploring how drone technology can be used to inspect network infrastructure, has completed the the first stage of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight trials in segregated airspace.

Ideas sought for £90m annual innovation competition

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Ideas sought for £90m annual innovation competition

Up to £90 million of funding will be up for grabs in the upcoming Network Innovation Competition, with the Energy Networks Association (ENA) issuing a call for ideas.

Meeting demand

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Meeting demand

This section features regular interviews with small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to highlight the work they're doing with networks and the types of technologies that are driving innovation forward. This month, Dr Matthew Trewhella - managing director of Kensa Contracting - is the focus.

Challenging the networks

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Challenging the networks

As part of the RIIO2 price controls set out by Ofgem, network operators are required to set up independently chaired customer engagement groups (CEGs). As part of our Utility of the Future campaign, Network caught up with the chairs of four of these groups to find out more about their role and how they challenge the networks.

Understanding interconnectors

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Understanding interconnectors

With post-Brexit energy trading arrangements still unresolved and Europe's connectivity lagging expectations, Fieldfisher energy experts David Haverbeke, Lis Blunsdon and Yohanna Weber, discuss why more attention needs to be focused on critical power infrastructure.

Network Awards 2020 open for entries

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Network Awards 2020 open for entries

Following a successful inaugural year in 2019, the Network Awards will return on 17th March 2020, shining a light once more on the good work taking place across the UK's energy networks, their supply chains and stakeholders.

Solving the EV charging jigsaw

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Solving the EV charging jigsaw

As DNOs present Ofgem with their electric vehicle (EV) readiness documents, illustrating how the transport revolution can be effectively managed, Patrick Erwin, policy and markets director at Northern Powergrid, outlines key policies that would ensure a fair, and properly managed transition.

Blackout report highlights need for review of security of supply standards

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Blackout report highlights need for review of security of supply standards

National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has suggested that there should be a review of the security and quality of supply standards (SQSS) to determine whether it is appropriate to provide higher levels of resilience in the UK's electricity system following last month's blackout.

£70m investment in rapid charging points

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£70m investment in rapid charging points

The government is investing £70 million to create 3,000 new rapid charging points for electric vehicles across the UK.

Net-zero at heart of upcoming conference

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Net-zero at heart of upcoming conference

The subject of net-zero will be at the heart of this month's Network Asset Performance Conference in Birmingham with industry experts providing their views on how to deliver the asset base for the net-zero challenge.

Unlocking asset infrastructure

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Unlocking asset infrastructure

The UK's energy networks are under mounting pressure to accommodate new and increasing demands. From regulatory restrictions and the uptake of distributed generation to the increase in electric vehicles and renewable energy solutions, the challenges for existing asset infrastructure are varied and complex. Nadine Buddoo reports.

Circuit breaker testing with OMICRON

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Circuit breaker testing with OMICRON

Orlando de Leon, application sales engineer at OMICRON, explains the benefits and new method of testing circuit breakers in Gas Insulated Switchgears (GIS).