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Northumbrian Water will combine the advantages of digital and face-to-face platforms for inspiration and problem solving at its fifth Festival of Innovation. The company’s CIO Nigel Watson tells UW Innovate how the mix will allow the company to build on the impressive legacy of its first four events.
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UW Innovate speaks with network leaders from United Utilities to shed light on the water company’s breakthroughs in the use of artificial intelligence to proactively monitor and maintain its 78,000km wastewater network.
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When last year's ambitious Routemap to net zero was published by Water UK in collaboration with Mott MacDonald and Ricardo, the sector was frank that it did not have the answers to all the challenges to be faced by 2030. As part of our Countdown to COP coverage, Maria Manidaki, net zero technical lead at Mott MacDonald, talks to Utility Week about the technical hurdles that remain on the water sector’s journey to net zero.
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Decarbonisation is under the spotlight more than ever before with the water sector's net zero 2030 deadline fast approaching. The industry target was ambitious enough but one company has broken ranks and says it wants to be there by 2027. As part of Utility Week’s Countdown to COP coverage, Ruth Williams speaks to Northumbrian Water’s chief executive Heidi Mottram about why the company set itself the earlier goal.
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Ovo Energy wants to be in the vanguard of delivering new technologies and services to enable net zero. However, the company’s chief financial officer Bill Castell insists that first the energy retail market must be stabilised, to give both investors and consumers confidence. As part of Utility Week’s Countdown to COP campaign, he speaks to James Wallin.
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Bristol Water is an early adopter of a new satellite-based safety monitoring system to protect its 15 dams. But how exactly does the Damsat system work, and what can it achieve? Chris Goff, technical director of HR Wallingford, the engineering group behind it, answers UW Innovate’s questions.
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Steve Holliday, National Grid’s former chief executive and now chair of Cityfibre, urges more joined-up thinking between telecommunications and energy companies to meet net-zero targets. He also gives his view on the future for National Grid and the lack of policy to incentivise storage. Denise Chevin reports
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A network of EV charging stations is taking shape, but what if this technology is joined by a rival methodology, wireless charge-as-you-drive? Researchers are already laying test strips in roadways, and Western Power Distribution is examining the implications for its networks. UW Innovate spoke to WPD innovation manager Yiango Mavrocostanti.
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As the official campaign for the smart meter rollout, Smart Energy GB is spearheading the movement to promote the devices among domestic and small business consumers. But how do you engage millions of sceptical consumers? Utility Week speaks to chief executive Dan Brooke who explains there are many lessons to be learned from the way the Leave campaign mobilised mass support during the 2016 referendum.
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CCW carried out a Gogglebox style study of kitchen sink habits that revealed people have no clue about the way or the amount of water they use. Mike Keil, director of policy research and campaigning at CCW talks to Utility Week about what the work showed about water meters and how to communicate efficiency messages.
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