Innovation, technology & operations

Utility Week Live 2020

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Utility Week Live 2020

Building a net-zero network for north Scotland

Innovation, technology & operations

Building a net-zero network for north Scotland

As owner of the electricity transmission network in the north of Scotland, SSEN Transmission has a critical role to play in the transition to net zero - by building the transmission infrastructure required to connect renewable electricity generation, and transporting that clean electricity to areas of demand, writes Bless Kuri, head of transmission system planning and investment.

2020  vision: Siemens’ outlook on the next 12 months

Gas

2020 vision: Siemens’ outlook on the next 12 months

Will 2020 be a turning point on the road to net-zero? Energy systems specialist Siemens, headed by GB chief executive Carl Ennis, looks ahead to advances in generation, off-grid networks, electric vehicle uptake and corporate transparency.

More excavation searches  benefit asset owners

Gas

More excavation searches benefit asset owners

Richard Broome, managing director at LSBUD (Linesearch BeforeUdig), an online asset search facility, discusses its recent report, "Digging Up Britain 2019" and its findings on safe excavation work in the utilities industry.

Local authorities are advancing the pace on net-zero

Heat

Local authorities are advancing the pace on net-zero

Many local authorities want to over-achieve on the government's 2050 ambitions, but how can network operators work in partnership with them to achieve an early net-zero? Womble Bond Dickinson's Charles Robson, partner, and Andrew Hirst, managing associate, set out some ideas.

Is flexibility expertise tomorrow’s export opportunity?

Innovation, technology & operations

Is flexibility expertise tomorrow’s export opportunity?

Flexibility is a goal in its own right, but for DNOs and energy companies in the UK, there is also a potential opportunity to export their expertise on flexible systems overseas, in particular to North America, says Hari Subramaniam at Canadian software provider Opus One Solutions

Time to get motoring on EV infrastructure

Innovation, technology & operations

Time to get motoring on EV infrastructure

SSEN's managing director Colin Nicol discusses the importance of a £7.5 million EV partnership between the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland, SSEN and SP Energy Networks.

How Cadent is building a low-carbon future for the UK

Innovation, technology & operations

How Cadent is building a low-carbon future for the UK

Ed Syson, chief safety and strategy officer at Cadent, gives his reaction to the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) recommendations to move beyond an 80 per cent target and deliver net zero emissions by 2050.

Unlocking the energy transition

Innovation, technology & operations

Unlocking the energy transition

Electricity storage can be transformational for the UK's homes and businesses, but there is work to do to unlock its potential, writes Simon Innis.

Heat loss headaches

Heat

Heat loss headaches

Defining heat losses as percentages misses the point of network optimisation. Casey Cole explains why.

Preparing the Power System for 2030

Power

Preparing the Power System for 2030

The Future Power System Architecture project is working to understand how the system should move forward to meet these changes in demand by 2030. Eric Brown provides a brief overview of the next stages of the programme.

Delivering demand response

Innovation, technology & operations

Delivering demand response

Battery storage is the perfect technology to enable widespread use of demand response and a stable power grid argues Simon Daniel.

Innovating for skills

Innovation, technology & operations

Innovating for skills

A novel approach to developing and accrediting apprenticeship standards for utilities has made innovation in workforce renewal a business as usual activity argues Nick Ellins.

Enhanced Frequency Response – investing in the future of energy

Innovation, technology & operations

Enhanced Frequency Response – investing in the future of energy

Now the contracts for National Grid's new enhanced frequency response service have been handed out, the hard graft of delivering the projects can begin.

The future of innovation funding

Innovation, technology & operations

The future of innovation funding

As uncertainty hangs over the future of network innovation pots, Denise Massey calls for a change in industry culture to ensure progress is maintained.

Industry must break step to cross the bridge

Innovation, technology & operations

Industry must break step to cross the bridge

The challenge of energy system transformation will require market participant to adopt new gaits says John Parsons.

Electric vehicles: who should pay?

Innovation, technology & operations

Electric vehicles: who should pay?

Stewart Reid discusses the options for recovering the costs of network reinforcement needed for electric vehicles, and the unintended consequences of doing so.

Transforming lone working

Innovation, technology & operations

Transforming lone working

A new application of wearable tech has radical implications for lone worker health and safety says David Goldsby, digital innovation manager, National Grid Labs.

Social media could create a brighter future for networks

Innovation, technology & operations

Social media could create a brighter future for networks

Tools like Twitter and Facebook are not just new-fangled communications channels, says Freddie Tilbrook. They are an important element in the growth of collective consumer power - which will increasingly impact on network operations.

Tie-up renewables with energy storage

Innovation, technology & operations

Tie-up renewables with energy storage

Britain must adopt energy storage to cut payback times for domestic generation from renewables, argues Stephen Irish.

Heat networks: where is innovation needed?

Heat

Heat networks: where is innovation needed?

Unlocking innovation in the UK heat sector means; being more joined up as an industry, settling asset ownership confusion and ensuring experts are responsible for delivering network efficiencies, argues Casey Cole.

Innovation, technology & operations

Time to get down to business and build the world’s new power system

The COP21 climate summit has created renewed momentum for international collaboration to combat climate change.Now everyone needs to play their part says Eddie O'Connor