Innovation

Shaping the FLEXIS vision

Gas

Shaping the FLEXIS vision

FLEXIS (Flexible Integrated Energy Systems) is a £24.5 million research operation designed to develop an energy systems research capability in Wales which will build on the world class capability that already exists in Welsh universities. FLEXIS principal investigator Phil Bowen looks at who is involved and what progress is being made.

Future Networks Conference

Gas

Future Networks Conference

The pace of change in the energy sector is accelerating and energy networks are charged with ensuring the systems used to power and heat the UK's homes keep pace.

Landmark energy partnership for Siemens and Keele University

Innovation

Landmark energy partnership for Siemens and Keele University

Siemens has been appointed by Keele University to turn the West Midlands-based University campus into Europe's biggest smart energy network demonstrator.

ADE welcomes CMA study into heat networks

Gas

ADE welcomes CMA study into heat networks

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) has welcomed the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) study into domestic heat networks.

UK Power Networks gets green light for trial to connect more EVs

Power

UK Power Networks gets green light for trial to connect more EVs

UK Power Networks is to trial a revolutionary way of managing spare electricity network capacity that could save customers £271 million by 2030 and cut more than 448,000 tonnes of carbon emissions by the same year.

Power-to-gas storage deployment study to be carried out

Gas

Power-to-gas storage deployment study to be carried out

Northern Gas Networks, the gas distributor for the North of England, has joined forces with ITM Power to carry out a study which will examine the potential deployment of large-scale power-to-gas energy storage.

Potential for using hydrogen to heat UK homes being explored

Gas

Potential for using hydrogen to heat UK homes being explored

The potential for using hydrogen to heat UK Homes is being explored by Arup and Kiwa Gastec as part of a UK government project.

Electricity distribution networks – a new model for a new age

Customers

Electricity distribution networks – a new model for a new age

Schneider Electric looks at how the distribution network operator (DNO) model is changing.

Open Utility bags funding for local flexibility trading platform

Customers

Open Utility bags funding for local flexibility trading platform

Open Utility has been awarded £412,500 by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to develop a new online trading platform for local flexibility.

Network distributors welcome taskforce findings

Gas

Network distributors welcome taskforce findings

Gas and electricity network distributors have welcomed the findings of the Northern Energy Taskforce strategy.

Research will assess the impact of utilities on society

Gas

Research will assess the impact of utilities on society

Research that explores the social impact of network interventions on local communities is set to be carried out.

Northern Powergrid to support new battery research

Power

Northern Powergrid to support new battery research

Northern Powergrid and Siemens are to work with academics at Newcastle University as part of the government's new £65 million battery research institute.

New energy research hubs move step closer to reality

Innovation

New energy research hubs move step closer to reality

Plans to create three new energy research hubs focused on bioenergy, networks and offshore renewables have moved a step closer to becoming a reality after bid leaders were chosen to draw up detailed proposals.

Mix it up

Gas

Mix it up

Cadent and Northern Gas Networks are pioneering the injection of hydrogen into the gas grid with the HyDeploy project. Here's the inside story.

Utility Week Awards

Innovation

Utility Week Awards

Utility Week's industry achievement awards are the highlight of the calendar. Once a year, we take the opportunity to recognise the companies and individuals forging the way ahead.

Utility Week Congress

Gas

Utility Week Congress

Now in its 5th year, the Utility Week Congress is the flagship event for water, gas and electricity industry leaders.

Networks deny RIIO has failed on innovation

Power

Networks deny RIIO has failed on innovation

The Energy Networks Association has hit back at claims that the RIIO framework has failed to encourage electricity distribution networks to become truly innovative.

UK Energy Innovation Awards   2017

Gas

UK Energy Innovation Awards 2017

Firmly established as a must-attend event for key players in the energy industry, the UK Energy Innovation Awards are back for 2017 and are once again searching for SME innovators with ground-breaking technologies that have the potential to help UK distribution networks address their major energy challenges.

Flexible Networks: Storage & DSR Conference

Gas

Flexible Networks: Storage & DSR Conference

As energy networks prepare to meet the demands of a flexible power system, Network, the UK's only dedicated media brand for engineers in gas, power and heat networks, is launching Flexible Networks: Storage & DSR - a unique conference exploring today's solutions to tomorrow's challenges.

Network Asset Performance Conference

Gas

Network Asset Performance Conference

With the next round of RIIO on the horizon and consumer and regulator expectations rising at a faster rate than ever before, it is a critical time for energy networks to enhance the performance of their assets.

Hydrogen gas grid for Leeds moves a step closer

Gas

Hydrogen gas grid for Leeds moves a step closer

Plans to convert the gas grid in Leeds to run entirely on hydrogen have moved a step closer to becoming reality after Northern Gas Networks opened an office in the city dedicated to the endeavor.

Cisco invests in UK smart grid future

Power

Cisco invests in UK smart grid future

Global technology giant Cisco has committed itself to accelerating UK smart grid innovation by becoming a tier 1 member of the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) at Strathclyde University.

EV trial offers free smart chargers

Power

EV trial offers free smart chargers

A project looking to ensure local electricity networks can cope with electric vehicle uptake is offering up to 700 participants a free, faster smart charger.

Flexibility needed ‘urgently’ to avoid spiralling renewable costs

Power

Flexibility needed ‘urgently’ to avoid spiralling renewable costs

The government needs to "act urgently" to deliver a more flexible power system and avoid "spiralling" costs from the integration of renewables, the UK Energy Research Centre has warned.

GDN CO charity fund aims to boost awareness of silent killer

Gas

GDN CO charity fund aims to boost awareness of silent killer

A new charitable fund designed to encourage new and innovative ideas around raising awareness of the risks, dangers and symptoms of CO has been launched by the four distribution network operators.

RedT sells Gen 2 storage machine to University of Strathclyde

Customers

RedT sells Gen 2 storage machine to University of Strathclyde

Energy storage technology company RedT has sold a Gen 2 energy storage machine to the University of Strathclyde.

RedT completes Gen 1 energy storage market seeding phase

Power

RedT completes Gen 1 energy storage market seeding phase

Energy storage technology company RedT has completed its Gen 1 market seeding phase, proving its 40kWh and 240kWh machines in the field.

Tomorrow’s energy storage

Gas

Tomorrow’s energy storage

Network looks at up and coming energy storage technologies.

Atkins to lead hydrogen storage scoping

Gas

Atkins to lead hydrogen storage scoping

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has appointed engineering consultancy Atkins to lead a study which will identify sites suitable for the storage of hydrogen gas in the UK.

SSEN launches consultation on EV charging

Power

SSEN launches consultation on EV charging

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has launched an industry consultation to inform the development of a standardised industry-wide agreement for the connection, charging and control of electric vehicles.

Progress on heating has ‘stalled’, CCC warns

Gas

Progress on heating has ‘stalled’, CCC warns

Progress towards the decarbonisation of heating has “stalled”, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned.