The pride of Oxfordshire: Project LEO
Project LEO is one of the most wide-ranging and holistic smart grid trials ever conducted in the UK.
SGS software underpins network operator’s electricity control system
Software designed by Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) has been placed at the heart of UK Power Networks' new electricity network control system.
International award for UKPN
UK Power Networks has received international recognition for its work including the development of a smart grid.
The smart energy blind spot
Current operational telecoms systems are not fit for a distribution system operator future. Here are the key outcomes of a Network debate, hosted in association with Nokia and Joint Radio Company (JRC).
Enabling the smart grid
Stephen Harper, head of business development, commercial for SCISYS - discusses the transition of distribution network operators (DNOs) to distribution system operators (DSOs) and the smart grid.
Northern Powergrid investigates transformer heat recovery viability
Northern Powergrid has joined forces with Arup to help manage losses from its power network by investigating the reuse of heat generated by its transformers.
Staying safe and smart
Siemens energy management division head of cyber security Volker Distelrath talks to Greg Pitcher about digital networks, data analytics and the importance of simulating cyber-attacks to stay safe.
Technology & Operations
ENA seeking views on ‘internet of energy’ blueprint
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) is seeking views on its proposed blueprint for the foundations of Britain's 'internet of energy'.
The increasing threat of cyber-attacks
There is no doubt that cyber-attacks on energy companies and infrastructure have increased in scope and severity over the past decade. Ben Hargreaves provides an overview of this important subject area and looks at what can be done to keep energy networks secure.
UKPN to spend £12m on flexibility services
UK Power Networks is committing £12 million in funding for flexibility services across the South East and East of England.
UKPN to trial Faraday Grid technology
UK Power Networks (UKPN) will trial new smart grid technology from Faraday Grid that is designed to create a smart, flexible electricity system that increases the capacity to deliver more renewable energy at a lower cost to consumers.
Northern Powergrid starts £15m project to upgrade substation controllers
Northern Powergrid has embarked on a £15 million project to modernise more than 860 of its substation controllers - a move it says will enable the implementation of the smart grid.
Reliability is key
Mark Dunk, the Energy Networks Association's head of engineering, discusses the importance of protection, monitoring and control systems when it comes to maintaining electricity networks.
Flexitricity secures £20m in savings over a decade of smart grid operations
Flexitricity has generated more than £20 million in savings for UK businesses over 10 years of smart grid operations.
Providing a platform
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has entered into a partnership with leading software company, Open Utility, to learn from and participate in its revolutionary smart grid platform. Alec Peachey speaks to Steve Atkins (DSO transition Manager for SSEN) and James Johnston (CEO and cofounder of Open Utility) to find out more.
Preparing for a smart future
Greg Pitcher speaks to UK Power Networks smart grid development team to find out more about the company's transition to a smart grid.
Nokia and Strathclyde partner on power grid project
The University of Strathclyde has joined forces with Nokia to help utilities prepare power grids for emerging technologies through improved communications capabilities.
SSEN and Open Utility partner to trial smart grid platform
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has entered into a partnership with software company, Open Utility, to learn from and participate in its revolutionary smart grid platform.
UKPN reveals next steps toward a smart future
UK Power Networks', the UK's largest electricity distribution network, has revealed the next steps in its plans to transform its network into a smart, flexible grid.
Responding to network threats
The recent increase in sophisticated, targeted security threats by both external and inside attackers has increased the awareness and urgency of communication service providers, mission-critical network operators and utility network operators for implementing comprehensive security strategies. Nokia's Mauricio Subieta - cyber security for utilities program lead - speaks to Network.
Energy networks commit to £17bn smart grid opportunity
The development of a national smart grid could deliver £17 billion back to the economy by 2050.
Policy & Regulation
Academics call for a rethink on smart meters
Researchers claim current meters cannot help homeowners use energy more efficiently
A modern approach to network automation
Schneider Electric highlights key considerations for networks seeking to balance the demands of an evolving network with existing infrastructure
The automation age
How the growth of distributed generation is placing new demands on protection and control technologies
Stepping into the future with an adaptable grid
Flexibility and adaptability are key benefits of the new energy infrastructure, says Schneider Electric.
Making substations the cornerstone of your smart grid
Innovative smart grid solutions are helping utilities improve grid reliability and efficiency, while enhancing security of supply
IEC 61850 and the revolution in substation communications
In this CPD-accredited article, produced in association with Schneider Electric, Network looks at the latest developments in peer-to-peer communications for power networks.