Innovation

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.

Cost of backing up solar is ‘negligible’

Power

Cost of backing up solar is ‘negligible’

The cost of backing up solar generation and integrating it into the energy system is “negligible”, a report commissioned by the Solar Trade Association has found.

Dogs to do leakage detection

Gas

Dogs to do leakage detection

The feasibility of using trained sniffer dogs to cut gas leak detection times and avoid unnecessary excavations is to be explored in a new study by Northern Gas Networks (NGN).

First vanadium flow battery cleared for final installation

Innovation

First vanadium flow battery cleared for final installation

The first large-scale containerised vanadium flow battery systems have been cleared for final installation and commissioning having passed the pre-testing phase at the Power Networks Demonstration Centre in Scotland.

New test centre to stimulate HVDC use

Power

New test centre to stimulate HVDC use

Work has started on a new technology centre situated in Cumbernauld that will test and de-risk the use of high voltage direct current (HVDC) on the electricity network in Great Britain.

Domestic storage will dominate by 2024

Power

Domestic storage will dominate by 2024

Behind-the-meter energy storage will overtake grid-scale storage as the largest market segment in 2021 as the result of a surge in storage capacity.

Mixed blessings: What does the rise of the EV mean for electricity networks?

Gas

Mixed blessings: What does the rise of the EV mean for electricity networks?

The future of transport will definitely include electric vehicles, but is the rise of the EV a blessing or a curse for electricity networks?

WPD to develop prototype to aid EV connections

Power

WPD to develop prototype to aid EV connections

Western Power Distribution is to develop a prototype device which will increase capacity on low voltage networks and optimise connections for electric vehicles, distributed generation and energy storage.

Energy management through waste heat to be explored

Heat

Energy management through waste heat to be explored

The potential for waste heat from air conditioning systems to reduce peak and overall load on the electricity distribution networks is to be explored in a new two-year study.

SHET to cut power failures through pole monitoring

Power

SHET to cut power failures through pole monitoring

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission is to use sensors to detect movement in poles supporting overhead power lines in order to avoid power outages in remote areas.

ETI to investigate implications of network integration

Gas

ETI to investigate implications of network integration

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is to investigate the implications for infrastructure of closer integration of the electricity, heat and transport networks in a new £300,000 project.

WPD embarks on smart grid telecoms study

Innovation

WPD embarks on smart grid telecoms study

Western Power Distribution has commissioned a global appraisal of smart grid telecoms solutions to identify key emerging technologies and best practices.

Heat Interface Units: efficiency and performance expectations

Heat

Heat Interface Units: efficiency and performance expectations

Heat Interface Units are integral elements in any heat network, but they are also often a source of inefficiency and confused expectations shows a project funded by the department of Energy and Climate Change.

WPD: DSR needs 70% deployment to avoid network reinforcement

Power

WPD: DSR needs 70% deployment to avoid network reinforcement

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has concluded that domestic energy storage and demand response technologies are not a primary route to defer network reinforcement costs from the findings of its £2.8 million SoLa Bristol project.

£15m competition to spur energy systems innovation

Innovation

£15m competition to spur energy systems innovation

Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network have begun seeking out potential participants for an innovation competition aimed at creating new infrastructure systems, including energy.

Energy Systems Catapult outlines five-year plan

Heat

Energy Systems Catapult outlines five-year plan

The Energy Systems Catapult has outlined its proposed five-year plan of work to help bring about a whole systems approach in the energy market.

Eon to test storage potential for commercial customers

Heat

Eon to test storage potential for commercial customers

Energy supplier Eon is to install a redT vanadium redox flow demonstration battery in Somerset as part of a research project to understand the potential benefits of storage to commercial customers.

The future’s bright, the future’s hydrogen

Gas

The future’s bright, the future’s hydrogen

The future of gas distribution networks is looking bright with both hydrogen and shale gas offering viable alternatives to natural gas.

Data: maximising value, minimising risk

Gas

Data: maximising value, minimising risk

Guru System's Casey Cole explains how to maximise value from data while minimising the associated risks.

STA: Support solar thermal for district heating

Heat

STA: Support solar thermal for district heating

Removal of solar thermal technology from the domestic and non-domestic renewable heat incentive will “kill off” a potentially important contributing technology to the district heating sector, the Solar Trade Association (STA) has warned.

Virtual energy storage startup get £500,000 seed funding

Gas

Virtual energy storage startup get £500,000 seed funding

UK start-up Upside has secured £545,000 from angel investors to expand its enterprise and bring its virtual energy storage proposition to market.

ETI launches hydrogen storage project

Gas

ETI launches hydrogen storage project

The Energy Technologies Institute has launched a new phase of an investigation into the use of UK salt caverns for the storage of hydrogen gas.