Technology & Operations

AMT transformers to cut power losses in Northern Powergrid trial

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AMT transformers to cut power losses in Northern Powergrid trial

Northern Powergrid is trialling a new type of transformer that can dramatically reduce power losses, becoming the UK's first distribution network operator (DNO) to trial the equipment.

Vehicle-to-grid tech in homes could shrink bills by £300

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Vehicle-to-grid tech in homes could shrink bills by £300

The final report from a research project that looked at how much UK households could save if they stored and shared electricity in EV batteries has calculated that a figure of £300 a year is possible.

SSEN wins £9.5m for low-carbon emergency power study

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SSEN wins £9.5m for low-carbon emergency power study

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has secured over £9.5m of funding from Ofgem's Network Innovation Competition (NIC), for a project examining new solutions for network resilience in a low carbon world.

UKPN and Innovate UK map 66 routes to ‘V2G’ future

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UKPN and Innovate UK map 66 routes to ‘V2G’ future

A project led by UK Power Networks and Innovate UK has mapped 66 "vehicle-to-grid" energy storage trials around the world, including the UK, the US, Japan, Korea and Namibia.

Ofgem backs H21 hydrogen project with £6.8m grant

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Ofgem backs H21 hydrogen project with £6.8m grant

H21, the programme from the UK gas industry to work towards converting the network to carry 100% hydrogen, has been awarded £6.8m in Ofgem innovation funding to support a second phase of research and development.

Costain webinar highlights five ways to crack innovation

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Costain webinar highlights five ways to crack innovation

Optimising assets, reducing risk and maximising return on investment - the "to do list" of major companies in the energy and water sectors becomes ever longer.

Liverpool plugs in district heat for new science campus

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Liverpool plugs in district heat for new science campus

A combined heat and power (CHP) energy centre buried below a 14 storey car park in Liverpool is set to become a key source of low carbon energy for a £1bn new life science campus.

Consumers back hydrogen for heating but fear cost hikes

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Consumers back hydrogen for heating but fear cost hikes

The majority of the UK public would support hydrogen blending as a stop-gap to decarbonise domestic heating supply, but a potential increase in energy bills is a significant concern, the latest research from Newcastle University has revealed.

Chinese university develops state-of-the-art software tool for Integrated Energy System planning

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Chinese university develops state-of-the-art software tool for Integrated Energy System planning

New cloud-based software for Integrated Energy System (IES) planning and analysis has been developed by researchers at Southeast University (SEU) in China, led by Dr Suyang Zhou and Professor Wei Gu.

ENW buys electric diggers to dig the road to zero carbon

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ENW buys electric diggers to dig the road to zero carbon

Electricity North West is turning its streetworks operations a darker shade of green by purchasing two innovative JCB electric mini diggers, following a successful trial period.

Northern Powergrid goes Dutch in 100 MW auction

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Northern Powergrid goes Dutch in 100 MW auction

Distribution Network Operator (DNO) Northern Powergrid has announced plans for a flexibility auction - covering generation, storage and demand-side response - using an e-auction platform and a "dynamic purchasing" methodology.

Seven tower blocks replace gas with GSHP technology

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Seven tower blocks replace gas with GSHP technology

Residents in seven tower blocks in Sunderland will become green heat pioneers at the conclusion of a new project to install low carbon ground source heat pumps in 364 homes in place of gas boilers.

“The further you go from shore, the more HVDC stacks up”

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“The further you go from shore, the more HVDC stacks up”

Grant McKay, ABB's marketing and sales manager for HVDC in northern Europe, discusses ABB's recent UK first: a contract to use HVDC convertor technology to link two forthcoming 1.2 GW North Sea offshore wind farms to the mainland transmission network.

UKPN unveils flexibility tender across 115 sites

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UKPN unveils flexibility tender across 115 sites

UK Power Networks (UKPN) has launched what is believed to be the UK's largest ever tender for flexibility services and storage, highlighting 115 sites where renewables could boost network capacity and reduce costs for customers.

ABB to connect offshore wind with HVDC in UK first

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ABB to connect offshore wind with HVDC in UK first

ABB has been selected by energy companies SSE Renewables and Equinor to use its high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter systems to connect the world's largest offshore wind farms to the UK transmission network.

Siemens launches new IoT apps and protection relay

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Siemens launches new IoT apps and protection relay

Siemens is launching two new products at the European Utility Week show in Paris - a new suite of grid diagnostic apps that exploits Internet of Things (IoT) technology, and a new protection relay device, the Reyrolle 5.

‘Low cost’ substation monitor passes DNO field trials

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‘Low cost’ substation monitor passes DNO field trials

Western Power Distribution and 42 Technology, an innovation and product development consultancy, have announced the completion of six months of field trials for FuseOhm, a device that monitors performance parameters in electricity substations.

Networks specialist joins free UW asset data webinar

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Networks specialist joins free UW asset data webinar

Dan Wilson, asset data manager and Network Management System Data Lead at Electricity North West, will join the line up on Utility Week's forthcoming webinar on using AI technology to improve asset data.

First live trades on Cornwall’s local energy market platform

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First live trades on Cornwall’s local energy market platform

Centrica has announced a key milestone in its mission to build a cloud-enabled local energy market (LEM) for Cornwall, after both Western Power Distribution - in its role as a Distribution System Operator (DSO) - and the National Grid ESO procured flexibility through the online portal.

“Awards help us to understand the art of the possible”

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“Awards help us to understand the art of the possible”

Paul Jordan, business lead for the Innovator Support Platform at the Energy Systems Catapult, will be joining the Network Awards 2020 judging panel. We asked him how he sees the role of awards events amid the wider challenges the sector faces.

ESC launches modelling tool for 2050 scenario planning

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ESC launches modelling tool for 2050 scenario planning

The Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) has launched a new software modelling tool that can weigh up different scenarios on how national, regional and local energy networks in the UK can use storage and flexibility technologies to decarbonise at least cost.

Cadent to pipe bio-gas to HGV refuelling stations

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Cadent to pipe bio-gas to HGV refuelling stations

An alternative fuel company has announced plans to offer HGV fleet operators biomethane gas - piped through the gas network - as an alternative to diesel that can achieve net zero emissions.

The road to a low carbon future

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The road to a low carbon future

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks' (SSEN) EV readiness manager, Richard Hartshorn, discusses the distribution network operator's role in the transition to a low carbon world for drivers, tourists and consumers.

An alternative route to Black Start

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An alternative route to Black Start

Electricity interconnectors are increasingly adding flexibility to the high voltage network in Great Britain. But can their convertor capacity also offer a Black Start service to the grid? Oluwole Daniel Adeuyi and colleagues at the National HVDC Centre, operated by Scottish Hydro Electricity, discuss its recent scenario planning around an interconnector Black Start.

Humber plan for 2040 zero carbon cluster centres on Drax

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Humber plan for 2040 zero carbon cluster centres on Drax

Plans to develop a zero carbon "industrial cluster" in the Humber region based on a hydrogen production facility at Yorkshire's Drax plant plus carbon capture and storage (CCUS) under the North Sea have been outlined in a new report by the Zero Carbon Humber partnership.

Innovation into BAU: three steps to success

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Innovation into BAU: three steps to success

It's always satisfying to see energy network operators' innovation projects turn - eventually - into 'business as usual'(BAU) and embedded in the everyday operation of the business, says Kelvatek's Jonathan Rodgers.

Hydrogen boilers, CCUS and biogas critical to net-zero heat, says ENA report

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Hydrogen boilers, CCUS and biogas critical to net-zero heat, says ENA report

The government should mandate "hydrogen ready" boilers for new installations in domestic properties as part of a radical strategy to deliver a zero carbon heat network by 2050, concludes a major new report outlining a viable pathway for decarbonised heat in the UK.

£15m Cairngorms undergrounding project seeks public votes

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£15m Cairngorms undergrounding project seeks public votes

Residents and businesses living close to the Cairngorms National Park in north east Scotland are being invited to a public information event by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to find out more about undergrounding power lines in the park.

Council scales up battery storage site to reap income rewards

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Council scales up battery storage site to reap income rewards

A battery energy storage site operated by South Somerset District Council (SSDC) is set to expand to its maximum capacity by developing another 5MW to help produce and store more clean and renewable energy, providing support to the National Grid.

‘Liquid air’ battery tech firm scales up to 50MW plant

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‘Liquid air’ battery tech firm scales up to 50MW plant

Highview Power, the company promoting "liquid air" as a storage medium for surplus electrical energy, last week announced plans to construct the first commercial scale battery facility using the technology, at a decommissioned thermal power station in the north of England.

Dealing with a digitalised grid if the internet breaks down

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Dealing with a digitalised grid if the internet breaks down

What might happen to a digitalised grid if the internet breaks down? Phil Lawton, power systems practice manager at the Energy Systems Catapult, asks and answers a difficult question