Industry insight

Taking a whole-system approach

Technology & Operations

Taking a whole-system approach

Pete Massey, founder and director of Upcurve Limited, discusses the benefits of taking a whole-system approach.

The evolving utility landscape

Power

The evolving utility landscape

After years of comparative stability and predictability, power utilities' traditional business models are experiencing significant shift and disruption. Cisco's Andrew Longyear outlines why this requires a fresh approach to security, from protecting networks to safeguarding critical national infrastructure.

Quality apprenticeships for networks

Gas

Quality apprenticeships for networks

Dr Jacqueline Hall, associate director of the Energy & Utilities Independent Assessment Service (EUIAS), discusses the importance of assessing apprentices working in the sector.

Energy and transport integration

Gas

Energy and transport integration

Faye Banks (director of energy) and Phil Proctor (associate director - smart grid technologies) from Costain discuss meeting climate change targets through the integration of energy and transport sectors.

Deploying energy storage solutions

Technology & Operations

Deploying energy storage solutions

The UK will hopefully see the addition of around 500 megawatts of operational battery storage within the next 12 months. If the regulatory regime in the UK is upgraded to allow for the growth in deployment of storage technologies, it is anticipated that up to 12GW of battery storage will be deployed by the end of 2021. Here, Omexom discuss the work its doing in this area.

Developing a transport-energy plan

Power

Developing a transport-energy plan

Faye Banks, director of energy at Costain, discusses integrating transport and energy networks to meet decarbonisation targets.

Deploying energy storage solutions

Technology & Operations

Deploying energy storage solutions

The UK will hopefully see the addition of around 500 megawatts of operational battery storage within the next 12 months. If the regulatory regime in the UK is upgraded to allow for the growth in deployment of storage technologies, it is anticipated that up to 12GW of battery storage will be deployed by the end of 2021.

Providing real-time condition information

Gas

Providing real-time condition information

Elimpus Ltd has installed several of Vaisala's online transformer monitoring solutions on behalf of Scottish Power, a leading British energy provider, to provide real-time condition information.

Asset management strategies are changing

Technology & Operations

Asset management strategies are changing

Utilities have long used a cycle-based maintenance approach to asset management, including activities such as inspections, refurbishments and replacements. This industry insight from Nokia looks at how their approach is changing.

Active network management from LV to HV

Power

Active network management from LV to HV

ZIV Automation continues to push the boundaries of network management solutions.

Powerful analysis of digital substations

Power

Powerful analysis of digital substations

Due to the increasing implementation of the IEC 61850 standard for communication between Intelligent Electronic Devices (IED) in operational substations, the world of protection engineering is evolving. Ali Abdulla, application specialist at OMICRON elaborates on this.

Locating faults

Power

Locating faults

Jonathan Hopkins, sales director EMEA at S&C Electric Company, highlights the importance of locating faults on cable sections of both mixed and underground circuits.

ZIV opens new factory in Newcastle

Power

ZIV opens new factory in Newcastle

ZIV has moved its premises from Jarrow (Newcastle) to new and larger facilities in Gateshead (Newcastle).

Flexibility is key

Customers

Flexibility is key

As networks seek to respond to changing operational demands and the ongoing drive for efficiency, flexibility is key.

Looking after your assets

Technology & Operations

Looking after your assets

As UK network companies start to develop optimised business plans for RIIO2, Pete Massey, founder and director of Upcurve Limited, looks at how French transmission system operator RTE adopted a new and holistic way of thinking to drive its asset management strategies.

Tidal forces of change

Gas

Tidal forces of change

Jeffrey Casey, UK director of business development at Burns & McDonnell, examines the four D's that are creating utility disruption and offers some ideas to stop utilities from being left behind.

Analytics a key building block for utility IoT solution

Power

Analytics a key building block for utility IoT solution

Nokia discuss the Internet of Things (IoT).

Using mGuard in the energy industry

Customers

Using mGuard in the energy industry

Nigel Dawbarn, market segment manager - industry management and automation at Phoenix Contact, discusses the importance of secure connections for industrial control systems.

Steve Vick International introduces SMARTester

Gas

Steve Vick International introduces SMARTester

Steve Vick International, in partnership with Wales & West Utilities, has developed SMARTester - a fully integrated wireless pressure testing system for smart metering, upstream and downstream of the meter.

Mobile workforce management: How to achieve a 20% increase  in productivity

Power

Mobile workforce management: How to achieve a 20% increase in productivity

David Murray, CEO at Kirona shares his insight as to how some of the leading multi-utility infrastructure and services providers are increasing productivity of their mobile workforce by an average of 20 per cent, whilst also improving customer service.

ZIV keeps innovating towards full grid intelligence

Technology & Operations

ZIV keeps innovating towards full grid intelligence

ZIV Automation discuss the importance of advanced monitoring of low and medium voltage distribution networks.

Power sector performance still hampered  by transformer monitoring inefficiencies

Gas

Power sector performance still hampered by transformer monitoring inefficiencies

Vaisala discuss the importance of DGA monitoring.

Breaking the trade-off: sustained outages vs short interruptions

Power

Breaking the trade-off: sustained outages vs short interruptions

Christopher McCarthy (managing director - EMEA) at S&C Electric Company discusses dealing with outages.

What path is your grid data taking?

Power

What path is your grid data taking?

Nokia discuss the subject of smart telecommunication technologies.

Get ahead of the IoT device management challenge

Power

Get ahead of the IoT device management challenge

Nokia discuss the subject of smart infrastructure and connected assets.

How harnessing data can make your connected assets work for you

Power

How harnessing data can make your connected assets work for you

Frazer-Nash Consultancy discuss the importance of data.

Short-interruption incentives aid renewable generation

Power

Short-interruption incentives aid renewable generation

Christopher McCarthy (managing director-EMEA) and Christopher Watts (regulatory affairs director), at S&C Electric Company, discuss the reasons why short-interruption incentives would aid renewable generation.

OMICRON opens new service and training centre

People & Skills

OMICRON opens new service and training centre

In response to the ever-progressive technological challenges that the power industry faces, OMICRON - a global company which provides innovative products for the testing and monitoring of assets - has purpose-built a new service and training centre in the Midlands. Area sales manager David Brazier explains the need for this investment.

The case for a role-based approach to DSO

Customers

The case for a role-based approach to DSO

Dr Vincent Thornley, technology director at Fundamentals, looks at how distribution network operators are continuing their transition to distribution system operators.

Decentralisation – unlocking the key to the future network

Power

Decentralisation – unlocking the key to the future network

Powerstar discuss the reasons why decentralisation is key to unlocking the future network.

Going digital: the hidden wealth of grids

Heat

Going digital: the hidden wealth of grids

Bernard Magee, head of strategy and marketing for power networks at Siemens Energy Management, discusses the benefits of digitalisation when it comes to sharing data.