Industry insight

Accelerate IoT opportunities

Innovation

Accelerate IoT opportunities

Joseph Melone, knowledge exchange associate at the University of Strathclyde’s Power Network Demonstration Centre (PNDC), discusses their readiness to support the exploration of the Internet-of-Things.

The move to data-driven vegetation management

Power

The move to data-driven vegetation management

Storms Ciara and Dennis are now recent memories, but they do serve as a reminder for our electricity networks that creating infrastructure resilience is not a do-once activity, especially for vegetation management

Paying for net zero –

Gas

Paying for net zero –

The UK's 2050 net zero emissions commitment has added urgency to calls for a review of the allocation of decarbonisation costs. Jane Gray reports on a recent Network debate event, hosted in association with National Grid.

Widening the pool for energy flexibility services

Power

Widening the pool for energy flexibility services

The UK's distribution networks need to get smarter in order to balance supply and demand, writes John Hayling of AMT-Sybex.

Worry-free DGA monitor commissioning from Vaisala

Gas

Worry-free DGA monitor commissioning from Vaisala

At Vaisala, as well as supplying world-class measurement equipment for monitoring transformer oil, we are also here to make sure our customers can get the most out of their monitoring equipment, and help take the stress out of getting it up and running.

A collaborative approach to delivering DSOs

Heat

A collaborative approach to delivering DSOs

Han Xu, research and design engineer at the University of Strathclyde's Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC), on its unique capabilities to support the need for a flexible network.

Chinese university develops state-of-the-art software tool for Integrated Energy System planning

Gas

Chinese university develops state-of-the-art software tool for Integrated Energy System planning

New cloud-based software for Integrated Energy System (IES) planning and analysis has been developed by researchers at Southeast University (SEU) in China, led by Dr Suyang Zhou and Professor Wei Gu.

Free UW seminar: Improving digital experiences for vulnerable customers

People & Skills

Free UW seminar: Improving digital experiences for vulnerable customers

Overcoming the challenges of delivering excellence in digital services to priority service customers will be the topic of a new Utility Week webinar.

Networks specialist joins free UW asset data webinar

Customers

Networks specialist joins free UW asset data webinar

Dan Wilson, asset data manager and Network Management System Data Lead at Electricity North West, will join the line up on Utility Week's forthcoming webinar on using AI technology to improve asset data.

Innovation into BAU: three steps to success

Technology & Operations

Innovation into BAU: three steps to success

It's always satisfying to see energy network operators' innovation projects turn - eventually - into 'business as usual'(BAU) and embedded in the everyday operation of the business, says Kelvatek's Jonathan Rodgers.

RIIO-ED2: a unique opportunity for change?

Power

RIIO-ED2: a unique opportunity for change?

Christopher Watts, director for regulatory affairs at S&C Electric Company, discusses RIIO-ED2 and how the role of networks is changing.

Safeguarding staff from mental health hazards at work

Gas

Safeguarding staff from mental health hazards at work

Promoting physical safety has become critically important across the sector, with many organisations priding themselves on a zero-tolerance approach to hazards in the workplace, writes Nadine Buddoo.

Rolling out the Pollywood pole

Power

Rolling out the Pollywood pole

Quentin Kopp, chairman of Pollywood, discusses a new way to make electricity poles using 85% less wood.

Testing substation circuit breakers safely

Technology & Operations

Testing substation circuit breakers safely

Damon Mount, UK and Southern Africa sales manager at Megger, discusses safety and accuracy when testing circuit breakers.

Using big data to reduce vegetation risk

Power

Using big data to reduce vegetation risk

Shane Brunker, chief technology officer at NM Group, discusses the importance of vegetation management and how it can be used to improve network operators' storm resilience.

The first line of defence for MV systems

Technology & Operations

The first line of defence for MV systems

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

Circuit breaker testing with OMICRON

Gas

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).

Using asset replacement to improve power reliability

Power

Using asset replacement to improve power reliability

Jonathan Hopkins, EMEA sales director at S&C Electric Company, discusses the importance of replacing ageing assets.

Tapping into a problem: 25 years of Fundamentals UK

Power

Tapping into a problem: 25 years of Fundamentals UK

Fundamentals Ltd is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an amazing team of people and a thriving business. This article gives an overview of how the electrical engineering company has gone from 'garage to greatness' and transformed voltage control for distribution networks.

New IEC protection standards for all

Technology & Operations

New IEC protection standards for all

Megger's Andrea Bonetti discusses the importance of the new International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards and how they apply to everyone who works with relay protection systems.

Evolving substations of the future

Technology & Operations

Evolving substations of the future

The transition towards a digital architecture in distribution substations delivers a lower lifecycle cost, but can be challenging to implement. How do we tackle this challenge head-on whilst ensuring that substations remain secure and reliable? Dr Ibrahim Abdulhadi, digital substations lead at the PNDC shares his thoughts.

Power

Data is key to delivering smarter DSOs

Phil Dingle, marketing director at Lucy Electric, discusses using data to deliver benefits for network operators.

An effective way to reduce cable failures

Power

An effective way to reduce cable failures

Tony Walker, applications engineer for HV cable diagnostics and fault location at Megger, discusses the benefits of partial discharge (PD) testing.

Total tapchanger solutions

Power

Total tapchanger solutions

Dr Jonathan Hiscock, managing director of Fundamentals Ltd, explains why tapchanger servicing is so important.

The future of utility quality assurance

Gas

The future of utility quality assurance

With the growing investment in domestic and commercial developments alongside the daily replacement and repair of our network assets, quality installation procedures and conformance to industry standards has never been more important for the future performance of our infrastructure. Mark Pereira, marketing manager at ControlPoint, discusses.

Keeping assets safe

Gas

Keeping assets safe

Security of critical infrastructure has hit the headlines recently, with increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks targeting the drive to digitalise our systems. Jeopardising the functionality of these assets can materially impact economic security, public health and safety. Cara MacGregor, head of strategy at Lagoni Engineering, discusses the work it's doing in this area.

Presenting a united front

Gas

Presenting a united front

This year's Utility Week Live conference sees the unveiling of the gas network industry's flagship stand - the first ever Gas Innovation Showcase (GIS). With customers at the heart of the innovations being displayed and discussed, it promises to excite and engage a wide audience.

Reliability is key

Customers

Reliability is key

Christopher Watts, director of regulatory affairs at S&C Electric Company, on why rapid change is affecting electricity distribution networks.

Shape the future: Achieve a digital utility network

Technology & Operations

Shape the future: Achieve a digital utility network

A new report from Leica Geosystems designed to help utilities organisations gain visibility of their assets is now available to download.

Utility asset management: it’s time for a rethink

Power

Utility asset management: it’s time for a rethink

Fugro's game-changing Virtual World Asset Management (VWAM) platform is transforming how power infrastructure owners monitor the environmental context and condition of their assets. Robert Hoddenbach, global director power, explains.

Simplifying partial discharge testing

Customers

Simplifying partial discharge testing

OMICRON's Andreas Cobet introduces MONTESO 200, a revolutionary new device designed to simplify the challenging area of partial discharge testing.