Technology & Operations

Council’s ‘pioneer’ subsidy free solar farm goes live

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Council’s ‘pioneer’ subsidy free solar farm goes live

Renewable energy company Gridserve has completed and handed over a subsidy free 34.7 MW solar farm in York to Warrington Borough Council, a project that it says is the UK's most advanced solar farm to date.

Lithium-ion batteries in spotlight over cobalt claim

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Lithium-ion batteries in spotlight over cobalt claim

A lawsuit brought by the families of 14 child miners killed or injured in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo has put the spotlight on the sustainability and ethics of mining cobalt, a mineral widely used in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries.

Pumping up affordable  low carbon power

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Pumping up affordable low carbon power

Graham Wright, chairman of the Heat Pump Association, on the important role heat pumps could play in the low carbon heat mix, and the need to increase the rate of installations to meet net-zero.

Why hydrogen-based fuels will be a net-zero essential

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Why hydrogen-based fuels will be a net-zero essential

Matti Rautkivi, director of strategy and business development at Wärtsilä Energy Business, explains why the Finnish company is backing several innovators in the field of hydrogen-based fuels - and why the UK government should do so as well.

WPD sets out digital strategy for zero carbon

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WPD sets out digital strategy for zero carbon

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has published a new digitalisation commitment describing how it will make innovative use of new technologies and an "open data" policy to deliver lower carbon energy solutions for customers.

Worry-free DGA monitor commissioning from Vaisala

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Worry-free DGA monitor commissioning from Vaisala

At Vaisala, as well as supplying world-class measurement equipment for monitoring transformer oil, we are also here to make sure our customers can get the most out of their monitoring equipment, and help take the stress out of getting it up and running.

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.