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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Guru System's Casey Cole explains how to maximise value from data while minimising the associated risks.
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
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
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.
Decarbonising transport: accelerating towards net-zero
With a net-zero emissions target for 2050 in place, the race to decarbonise transport is on. This partnership study from Network, in association with Costain, considers the challenges for energy networks in supporting the transition, from load management to collaboration with key stakeholders.
Turning asset data into intelligent action
Asset and service data is one of the most critical and valuable data sets collected, aggregated and analysed in an organisation. ServiceMax is shining a light on why it is one of the most neglected and untapped sources of actionable insights.
Network Awards winners report
The winners of the inaugural Network Awards were unveiled at a gala evening at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. You can read the full details of the evening in the winners report which is available to download.