Technology & Operations

WPD maintains place at top of stakeholder engagement table

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WPD maintains place at top of stakeholder engagement table

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has strengthened its place at the top of the industry table for stakeholder engagement and customer vulnerability in the annual Ofgem incentive.

Device powers 45,000 homes with renewable energy

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Device powers 45,000 homes with renewable energy

A device, which has freed up 95MW of additional electricity network capacity - enough to power 45,000 homes - has been successfully proven in the UK.

Innovator Support Portal to provide international support for SMEs

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Innovator Support Portal to provide international support for SMEs

The Energy Systems Catapult has launched a new Innovator Support Portal - providing SMEs with an online gateway to investors and international opportunities.

EDF Energy enters asset optimisation deal

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EDF Energy enters asset optimisation deal

EDF Energy have entered an asset optimisation deal with energy investment specialists, Gresham House, which will see them optimise 20MW of battery storage and 4MW of generation assets owned by the Gresham House Energy Storage Fund plc.

EV smart charging providers pledge to open their networks

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EV smart charging providers pledge to open their networks

A group of electric vehicle (EV) smart charging solutions providers have pledged to open their networks for UK drivers through a "roaming partnership" by the end of this year.

Renationalisation would risk UK missing net-zero target, report claims

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Renationalisation would risk UK missing net-zero target, report claims

Labour's plans for renationalising energy networks would put at risk the UK's efforts of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, according to a new report.

Drone trials hailed a success

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Drone trials hailed a success

A project, exploring how drone technology can be used to inspect network infrastructure, has completed the the first stage of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight trials in segregated airspace.

Data sharing project will highlight underground cables

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Data sharing project will highlight underground cables

A project that is being led by UK Power Networks will produce an accurate picture of cables hidden under UK streets, and help reduce the risk of diggers damaging underground electricity cables.

UK Power Networks Services wins framework place

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UK Power Networks Services wins framework place

UK Power Networks Services has been accepted onto a framework that will deliver projects to renew and upgrade Manchester Metrolink's electrical infrastructure to help support Transport for Greater Manchester's (TfGM's) green transport strategy.

EDF signs new EV co-operation agreement with Nissan

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EDF signs new EV co-operation agreement with Nissan

EDF Group has signed an agreement with Nissan to accelerate the delivery of electric vehicles (EVs), specifically through smart charging solutions.

Engineering firm makes leadership pledge

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Engineering firm makes leadership pledge

Burns & McDonnell has pledged that a third of its senior leadership team will be female by 2023.

Ideas sought for £90m annual innovation competition

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Ideas sought for £90m annual innovation competition

Up to £90 million of funding will be up for grabs in the upcoming Network Innovation Competition, with the Energy Networks Association (ENA) issuing a call for ideas.

Green light for Orkney transmission link

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Green light for Orkney transmission link

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) plans for a new 220MW transmission link between the Orkney Islands and the mainland have been approved by Ofgem.

Meeting demand

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Meeting demand

This section features regular interviews with small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to highlight the work they're doing with networks and the types of technologies that are driving innovation forward. This month, Dr Matthew Trewhella - managing director of Kensa Contracting - is the focus.

The first line of defence for MV systems

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The first line of defence for MV systems

Tony Wills, application engineer at Megger, discusses the importance of using scanners to detect insulation faults.

Understanding interconnectors

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Understanding interconnectors

With post-Brexit energy trading arrangements still unresolved and Europe's connectivity lagging expectations, Fieldfisher energy experts David Haverbeke, Lis Blunsdon and Yohanna Weber, discuss why more attention needs to be focused on critical power infrastructure.

Network Awards 2020 open for entries

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Network Awards 2020 open for entries

Following a successful inaugural year in 2019, the Network Awards will return on 17th March 2020, shining a light once more on the good work taking place across the UK's energy networks, their supply chains and stakeholders.

UKPN boosts safety with introduction of location technology

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UKPN boosts safety with introduction of location technology

UK Power Networks is adopting new location technology which could save the lives of rural workers and landowners.

Solving the EV charging jigsaw

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Solving the EV charging jigsaw

As DNOs present Ofgem with their electric vehicle (EV) readiness documents, illustrating how the transport revolution can be effectively managed, Patrick Erwin, policy and markets director at Northern Powergrid, outlines key policies that would ensure a fair, and properly managed transition.

BEAMA members commit to net zero

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BEAMA members commit to net zero

A number of BEAMA's member companies have made a commitment to reduce their emissions to net zero by 2050.

Blackout report highlights need for review of security of supply standards

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Blackout report highlights need for review of security of supply standards

National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has suggested that there should be a review of the security and quality of supply standards (SQSS) to determine whether it is appropriate to provide higher levels of resilience in the UK's electricity system following last month's blackout.

£70m investment in rapid charging points

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£70m investment in rapid charging points

The government is investing £70 million to create 3,000 new rapid charging points for electric vehicles across the UK.

ESC calls on SMEs to apply for Innovation Support

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ESC calls on SMEs to apply for Innovation Support

The Energy Systems Catapult is inviting SMEs focused on 'digital platforms and data services' to apply for the third intake of their Innovator Support Platform to receive tailored business incubation and acceleration support.

Dealing with distributed energy

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Dealing with distributed energy

Active Network Management (ANM) has grown in sync with the rise of distributed energy over the last two decades. Dr Graham Ault, co-founder and executive director of Smarter Grid Solutions, provides an update on the current applications of ANM beyond flexible distributed generation (DG) connections and explores the current state of the ANM market in the UK.

Net-zero at heart of upcoming conference

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Net-zero at heart of upcoming conference

The subject of net-zero will be at the heart of this month's Network Asset Performance Conference in Birmingham with industry experts providing their views on how to deliver the asset base for the net-zero challenge.

Circuit breaker testing with OMICRON

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Circuit breaker testing with OMICRON

Orlando de Leon, application sales engineer at OMICRON, explains the benefits and new method of testing circuit breakers in Gas Insulated Switchgears (GIS).

Bristol aiming to become first zero-carbon smart city

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Bristol aiming to become first zero-carbon smart city

Bristol City Council has launched a global search to deliver up to £1 billion of investment to support its ambition to become the UK's first carbon neutral city by 2030.

Industry views on blackout

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Industry views on blackout

With National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) set to provide a final detailed report on last month's blackout to Ofgem today (6 September), a selection of industry experts provide analysis of what happened and lessons that need to be learnt.

Johnson quits as MP and BEIS minister

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Johnson quits as MP and BEIS minister

Jo Johnson, the younger brother of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is resigning as an MP and minister of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

New Energy Resilience Framework launched by Arup

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New Energy Resilience Framework launched by Arup

Arup has launched an Energy Resilience Framework which is designed to support those responsible for energy systems in evaluating their overall resilience to disruptors and to identify improvement measures.

Gas and electricity infrastructure well protected, report finds

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Gas and electricity infrastructure well protected, report finds

A record 62% of all UK excavation work is now preceded by a thorough search for underground assets, such as pipes and cables, according to a report by LSBUD (Linesearch BeforeUdig).