Integration imperative: Q&A with Philip New
Cross-vector solutions are not an energy system nice to have says Catapult chief executive.
Make the future better by design
John Mathers explains why the energy industry sorely needs the skills of design engineers.
Re-imagining our power system architecture
Dr Simon Harrison sets out why a clearer understanding of power system architecture is necessary for the future and how this is architecture is being defined.
Building the dream: energy systems integration
Is it real life? Or just fantasy? Network explores the vision of a single energy system – why should we desire it and is it feasible to create?
Green gasses will help solve the energy trilemma
There's no silver bullet for the transition to a low carbon economy but the UK's gas grid should be part of an arsenal of solutions, says Mike Foster
SHET secures £500 million for major transmission link
Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission has secured a £500 million loan from the European Investment Bank to support the reinforcement of the transmission network in the north of Scotland.
DNOs could be given greater powers to free up network capacity
Distribution network operators (DNOs) could soon be given greater powers to withdraw a connection offer from a customer if their development is not progressing to meet certain ‘milestones’, in an effort to free up network capacity.
Scrap intellectual property rules, industry tells Ofgem
Network companies and third parties involved in the Network Innovation Competition (NIC) have called for more flexible rules on intellectual property (IP).
NIC is stifling real innovation, Ofgem told
The Network Innovation Competition (NIC) cannot fund true innovation because of its adverse attitude towards failure and the short time frame allowed to judge a project’s success, third parties involved in the scheme have said.
The NIC and NIA – innovation without barriers
The call from network operators to Ofgem on the future of innovation funding is loud and clear: it must continue. But they also acknowledge that the funding mechanisms need change to continue to be effective.
The revolution has started
Network innovation scheme are starting to give a tangible feeling of what smart grid operation will be like, says Siemens' Colin Henry
Grasp the UK microgrid opportunity
Microgrid's could and should play a critical role in the UK's future energy system, providing flexibility and resilience argues ABB's David Hughes.
Could hydrogen piggyback on natural gas infrastructure?
The natural gas grid could provide the key to unlock the long talked-about potential of the hydrogen economy says Henri Winand.
Systems advocate joins Catapult board
The Energy Systems Catapult has appointed an expert in whole energy system modelling to join its board, strengthening its expertise in energy systems integration.
Energy storage could cut bills by £50 by 2030, says Carbon Trust
Full utilisation of energy storage has the potential to cut household electricity bills by £50 a year through a system-wide saving of £2.4 billion, a new report by the Carbon Trust has claimed.
NIC calls for raft of regulatory changes
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has called for a raft of regulatory changes to create a level playing field that would allow energy storage and demand flexibility to ensure security in the UK’s future low-carbon energy system.
Making rural heat networks happen
What are the main viability factors which impact rural heat networks? Alistair Mumford explains.
Electric vehicles: friend or foe?
Electric vehicle numbers are swelling and soon they’ll be mainstream. Is this a prospect DNOs should fear?
Are industry skills challenges insurmountable?
Energy networks are struggling to make an impact on their skills outlook despite strong investment in STEM engagement schemes. What needs to change to make a difference?
David Rutherford, chief executive, Power Networks Demonstration Centre
Network leaders need to make some tough decisions about how bold they are going to be about embracing the opportunities of the future.
Power Networks Demonstration Centre: tried and tested technology
Network visited the Power Networks Demonstration Centre to find out about recent technologies to pass through its accelerated testing regimes.