Features

An introduction to smart energy dynamics

Gas

An introduction to smart energy dynamics

Duncan Botting explains why we are seeing rising interest in whole system analysis of energy needs and a decline in top down control of sector development.

Power

Stacking storage value

Julian Jansen says the key to successful distributed storage businesses will be ‘value stacking’.

A magazine is born – welcome to Network!

Gas

A magazine is born – welcome to Network!

Network editor Jane Gray introduces the magazine's first issue.

Integration imperative: Q&A with Philip New

Power

Integration imperative: Q&A with Philip New

Cross-vector solutions are not an energy system nice to have says Catapult chief executive.

The DSO transition: an urgent matter

Heat

The DSO transition: an urgent matter

The need for distribution network operators to evolve is a present and urgent matter says ENA’s David Smith – not a problem to be shelved for the future.

Power

Make the future better by design

John Mathers explains why the energy industry sorely needs the skills of design engineers.

Re-imagining our power system architecture

Heat

Re-imagining our power system architecture

Dr Simon Harrison sets out why a clearer understanding of power system architecture is necessary for the future and how this is architecture is being defined.

Building the dream: energy systems integration

Gas

Building the dream: energy systems integration

Is it real life? Or just fantasy? Network explores the vision of a single energy system – why should we desire it and is it feasible to create?

RHI reform and diversifying low carbon heat technologies

Heat

RHI reform and diversifying low carbon heat technologies

Drastic reforms to the renewable heat incentive could cut off a budding low carbon heat industry in its prime, says Owain Mortimer. Instead, reforms should be finding ways to increase and diversify low carbon heat technology uptake.

Green gasses will help solve the energy trilemma

Gas

Green gasses will help solve the energy trilemma

There's no silver bullet for the transition to a low carbon economy but the UK's gas grid should be part of an arsenal of solutions, says Mike Foster

The NIC and NIA – innovation without barriers

Power

The NIC and NIA – innovation without barriers

The call from network operators to Ofgem on the future of innovation funding is loud and clear: it must continue. But they also acknowledge that the funding mechanisms need change to continue to be effective.

Grasp the UK microgrid opportunity

Heat

Grasp the UK microgrid opportunity

Microgrid's could and should play a critical role in the UK's future energy system, providing flexibility and resilience argues ABB's David Hughes.

Could hydrogen piggyback on natural gas infrastructure?

Gas

Could hydrogen piggyback on natural gas infrastructure?

The natural gas grid could provide the key to unlock the long talked-about potential of the hydrogen economy says Henri Winand.

Making rural heat networks happen

Gas

Making rural heat networks happen

What are the main viability factors which impact rural heat networks? Alistair Mumford explains.

David Rutherford, chief executive, Power Networks Demonstration Centre

Gas

David Rutherford, chief executive, Power Networks Demonstration Centre

Network leaders need to make some tough decisions about how bold they are going to be about embracing the opportunities of the future.

Are industry skills challenges insurmountable?

Heat

Are industry skills challenges insurmountable?

Energy networks are struggling to make an impact on their skills outlook despite strong investment in STEM engagement schemes. What needs to change to make a difference?

Electric vehicles: friend or foe?

Power

Electric vehicles: friend or foe?

Electric vehicle numbers are swelling and soon they’ll be mainstream. Is this a prospect DNOs should fear?