The future’s bright, the future’s hydrogen
The future of gas distribution networks is looking bright with both hydrogen and shale gas offering viable alternatives to natural gas.
Innovate to transform: The network innovation allowance
Jamie McWilliam explains the importance of drawing key themes from across the network innovation allowance.
Data: maximising value, minimising risk
Guru System's Casey Cole explains how to maximise value from data while minimising the associated risks.
Join the dots: a talk with the NIC’s Philip Graham
Jane Gray speaks with National Infrastructure Commission chief executive Philip Graham about his plan for electricity system transformation and its links to national infrastructure needs.
Storage will deliver sub-second flexibility
ABB's Colin green extols the virtues of battery energy storage systems for maintaining grid stability.
EVs – no longer the butt of petrol-head jokes
Stewart Reid says we've passed a tipping point for uptake of electric vehicles.
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.
Stacking storage value
Julian Jansen says the key to successful distributed storage businesses will be ‘value stacking’.
A magazine is born – welcome to Network!
Network editor Jane Gray introduces the magazine's first issue.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
What are the main viability factors which impact rural heat networks? Alistair Mumford explains.
Electric vehicles: friend or foe?
Electric vehicle numbers are swelling and soon they’ll be mainstream. Is this a prospect DNOs should fear?
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?
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?