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Trailblazer could disarm a ticking time bomb

People and skills

Trailblazer could disarm a ticking time bomb

The first apprentices have now graduated from the power network craftsperson trailblazer apprenticeship which could make a major contribution to addressing the power sector’s skills gaps, says Chris Degg.

Transforming lone working

Innovation, technology & operations

Transforming lone working

A new application of wearable tech has radical implications for lone worker health and safety says David Goldsby, digital innovation manager, National Grid Labs.

A non-STEM affinity with Greg Clark

Policy & Regulation

A non-STEM affinity with Greg Clark

EA Technology's Gill Noweell is relieved to find a fellow non-science, engineering, maths or technology expert join the world of energy.

Social media could create a brighter future for networks

Innovation, technology & operations

Social media could create a brighter future for networks

Tools like Twitter and Facebook are not just new-fangled communications channels, says Freddie Tilbrook. They are an important element in the growth of collective consumer power - which will increasingly impact on network operations.

Brexit and customer satisfaction

Strategy & Management

Brexit and customer satisfaction

Utilities with international ownership need to ensure they maintain focus on understanding local customer preferences throughout the UK-EU break-up, says Jo Causon.

Tie-up renewables with energy storage

Innovation, technology & operations

Tie-up renewables with energy storage

Britain must adopt energy storage to cut payback times for domestic generation from renewables, argues Stephen Irish.

Brexit won’t stop the rise of EVs

Policy & Regulation

Brexit won’t stop the rise of EVs

Rumours suggest that automotive manufacturer may be cancelling UK investment plans following the EU membership referendum result, but don’t believe that this will slow the rise of electrical vehicles says Gill Nowell.

Heat networks: where is innovation needed?

Heat

Heat networks: where is innovation needed?

Unlocking innovation in the UK heat sector means; being more joined up as an industry, settling asset ownership confusion and ensuring experts are responsible for delivering network efficiencies, argues Casey Cole.

UK power engineering capability eroding

People and skills

UK power engineering capability eroding

A dip in network infrastructure procurement has the potential for serious ramifications in the industry skills base says Alastair Dawson.

Data: maximising value, minimising risk

Strategy & Management

Data: maximising value, minimising risk

Guru System's Casey Cole explains how to maximise value from data while minimising the associated risks of sharing.

Don’t care, wont care

Strategy & Management

Don’t care, wont care

Should consumers care about the shape of the future energy system and should they have a bigger hand in designing its evolution?

Heat networks and the trilemma

Heat

Heat networks and the trilemma

Responding to the trilemma is about more than just keeping the lights on argues Gareth Jones. Heat should play a much bigger role in our thinking about the future of energy.

Heat networks bottleneck

Heat

Heat networks bottleneck

Substandard training for heat network engineering in the UK is stopping the burgeoning sector from realising its potential, says Ian Manders.

Innovation, technology & operations

Time to get down to business and build the world’s new power system

The COP21 climate summit has created renewed momentum for international collaboration to combat climate change.Now everyone needs to play their part says Eddie O'Connor

Wake up to the cold economy

Research and Development

Wake up to the cold economy

As new research highlights the significance of cooling to UK and global decarbonisation targets, Nick Winser explains his new found interest in this overlooked energy vector.