Technology & Operations

Smarter Grid Solutions launches new energy resources management system

Gas

Smarter Grid Solutions launches new energy resources management system

Smarter Grid Solutions launches new energy resources management system to help accelerate the net zero transition

How is coronavirus affecting the networks’ at an operational level?

Gas

How is coronavirus affecting the networks’ at an operational level?

We spoke to ENA members about how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the networks' at an operational level

tRIIO uses BIM for Albert Court gas mains replacement

Gas

tRIIO uses BIM for Albert Court gas mains replacement

Gas engineering business tRIIO, a joint venture organisation owned by Morrison Utility Services and Skanska UK, has completed major gas mains replacement work on Albert Court

Utility Week Live 2020

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Utility Week Live 2020

Distributed ReStart project: live trials

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Distributed ReStart project: live trials

In a pre-corona world, Network spoke to Peter Chandler, project lead for the ground-breaking Distributed ReStart project about the challenges it will face as it embarks on live trials this summer

CNG opens Europe’s largest renewable biomethane refuelling station

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CNG opens Europe’s largest renewable biomethane refuelling station

CNG opens Europe’s largest renewable biomethane refuelling station, one of two new facilities offering a low-carbon alternative to diesel for HGVs.

Penso Power grows Europe’s largest battery storage scheme to 150MW

Power

Penso Power grows Europe’s largest battery storage scheme to 150MW

UK renewable energy and battery storage company, Penso Power, has secured land rights, planning permission and a grid connection offer to extend its 100MW Minety battery storage scheme in Wiltshire by a further 50MW.

Residential street fully fitted with EV charge points unveiled

Power

Residential street fully fitted with EV charge points unveiled

Sutherland Avenue, Westminster, is the UK’s first residential avenue fully converted to provide lamppost EV charge points.

The move to data-driven vegetation management

Power

The move to data-driven vegetation management

Storms Ciara and Dennis are now recent memories, but they do serve as a reminder for our electricity networks that creating infrastructure resilience is not a do-once activity, especially for vegetation management

Wales & West Utilities announced as partner in Milford Haven project

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Wales & West Utilities announced as partner in Milford Haven project

Wales & West Utilities has been announced as the latest partner with Pembrokeshire County Council to deliver the Milford Haven: Energy Kingdom project.

EIC seeks top SME innovators to showcase ‘game changing’ tech

Technology & Operations

EIC seeks top SME innovators to showcase ‘game changing’ tech

The EIC is seeking 10 innovative SMEs with cutting edge technologies or solutions to join them at this year's Utility Week Live.

Finding fault: bringing fresh intelligence to LV network management

Technology & Operations

Finding fault: bringing fresh intelligence to LV network management

More consumers and more connections. More solar panels, more heat pumps - and lots more electric vehicles (EVs). The relentless drive to decarbonisation is making it harder for energy operators to analyse and respond to complex, unpredictable load patterns on their distribution networks, writes Kelvatek.

Batteries to provide reactive power in world-first project

Power

Batteries to provide reactive power in world-first project

Batteries will be used to provide a reactive power service as part of a landmark trial in the South East of England.

Dunamis announces £8.9m in new utility infrastructure contracts

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Dunamis announces £8.9m in new utility infrastructure contracts

Fulcrum Group company, Dunamis, has secured a series of electrical and dual fuel infrastructure contracts, worth a combined £8.9million, for a mix of residential and industrial & commercial developments.

Get infrastructure right or risk failure of 5G rollout

Technology & Operations

Get infrastructure right or risk failure of 5G rollout

Speaking at the Future Networks conference in Birmingham, Burns & McDonnell MD, Jonathan Chapman, issued the warning in the wake of the UK government's decision to move forward with building the country's 5G network.

Orkney in new flex trial after £1.6m funding win

Technology & Operations

Orkney in new flex trial after £1.6m funding win

Technology company Electron is the lead partner in a project to develop a multi-product flexibility exchange that has won £1.6m in the Flex Competition run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Sumitomo backs Highview with £36m global partnership

Gas

Sumitomo backs Highview with £36m global partnership

British "liquid air" energy storage start-up Highview Power has announced a partnership with major Japanese conglomerate, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, that will accelerate the global roll-out of its cryogenic storage facilities.

Pivot Power signs Wärtsilä for pilot 50 MW battery sites

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Pivot Power signs Wärtsilä for pilot 50 MW battery sites

Pivot Power, the battery storage and electric vehicle charging specialist that became a subsidiary of EDF Renewables last November, has placed an order with technology group Wärtsilä to deliver 100 MW of battery storage in the UK.

Heat-as-service declared a hit in Living Labs trial

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Heat-as-service declared a hit in Living Labs trial

Boiler company Baxi and energy provider Bristol Energy have announced the successful completion of a trial to provide "heat-as-as-service", an innovation that could be an important component of the low carbon retrofit revolution.

Piclo secures £562k BEIS grant for energy ‘eBay’

Technology & Operations

Piclo secures £562k BEIS grant for energy ‘eBay’

Piclo, the digital company that has developed online trading platforms for energy flexibility, has secured £562,000 in funding from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to launch and trial a new type of online flexibility market.

Gas

Network of the future

Editor Alec Peachey outlines Network's central theme and provides a breakdown of the trends that will sit under it.

Switch2Energy and Cornwall Insight join Rewire-NW

Gas

Switch2Energy and Cornwall Insight join Rewire-NW

Rewire-NW, which is led by community energy and sustainability charity Pure Leapfrog, has won a share of £21m of funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) for 10 ground-breaking smart UK energy projects.

Vital Energi signs up for 18MW energy from waste plant

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Vital Energi signs up for 18MW energy from waste plant

Energy generation and supply specialist Vital Energi has signed a contract to develop a new energy from waste facility near Burton upon Trent, which will eventually generate 18MWe of electricity from non-recyclable Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF).

Tube plan among local energy projects scooping £21m from UKRI

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Tube plan among local energy projects scooping £21m from UKRI

The Department for Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has revealed 10 demonstration phase projects sharing £21m from UK Research and Innovation's (UKRI) Local Smart Energy Designs programme, including a scheme to recycle heat from London Underground tunnels.

Five hydrogen projects share £28m BEIS funding

Gas

Five hydrogen projects share £28m BEIS funding

Five projects geared to developing hydrogen as a low carbon fuel are to share £28m in government funding, as part of a £90m funding package aimed at cutting both domestic and industrial emissions.

SSEN starts EV switch after ‘new normal’ pledge

Technology & Operations

SSEN starts EV switch after ‘new normal’ pledge

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), part of the wider SSE Group, has taken delivery of the first electric vans to serve communities across Scotland.

Ransomware cyberattack shuts down US gas facility

Gas

Ransomware cyberattack shuts down US gas facility

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a federal agency of the US government, has warned energy asset operators in the US to fully secure their networks after a hacker was able to gain access to the operating system at a natural gas compression facility.

Electrifying the low carbon heat debate

Gas

Electrifying the low carbon heat debate

The Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA) begins 2020 with a new look and a new confidence that - with heat pumps emerging as a favoured option in the government's Future Homes consultation - the sector is about to come into its own.

Smart Energy in Orkney

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Smart Energy in Orkney

A visit to the Scottish isles of Orkney unveils an innovative smart energy system, writes Anna Stegman, technical liaison manager for the Energy Revolution Integration Service at the Energy Systems Catapult.

Alfen picks Moixa for ‘batteries on wheels’ EV trial

Technology & Operations

Alfen picks Moixa for ‘batteries on wheels’ EV trial

Moixa, the firm behind smart software for domestic battery and electric vehicle (EV) charging, and smart charge point specialist Alfen have launched a trial project that will see the latter's customers using Moixa's GridShare software to help reduce home energy bills.

Cadent adds BMW bikes to emergency response fleet

Gas

Cadent adds BMW bikes to emergency response fleet

Gas distribution network Cadent has invested in four new police-style patrol bikes for emergency engineers as part of its expanded rapid response fleet.