NIC winners announced

NIC winners announced

The winners of Ofgem's annual Network Innovation Competition (NIC) have been announced.

Each year network companies compete for funding for the development and demonstration of new technologies, operating and commercial arrangements which have the potential to benefit consumers.

Ofgem is providing up to £57.5 million to seven projects this year.

The seven winning projects are:

  • Examining whether gas networks in Great Britain can safely transport gas that is 100% hydrogen (Northern Gas Networks).
  • Using advanced robotics to cut costs and lower the environmental impact of carrying out street works (SGN).
  • Using automation technology to squeeze more capacity out of local electricity networks so that more consumers can be connected without expensive grid reinforcement (UK Power Networks).
  • Developing new ways of supporting flexibility markets forecasting of when flexibility services are needed on local electricity networks (Western Power Distribution).
  • Trialling a local market for providing flexibility services using systems which have been developed in Europe (SP Energy Networks).
  • Testing whether advanced transformers can be used by low carbon generators to release more capacity on lower voltage networks (SP Energy Networks).
  • Developing and trialling markets for the provision of flexibility services on electricity distribution networks (Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks).

See Ofgem's decision document for more details about the projects and the NIC. 


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