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Network operators have announced plans to build a “proof-of-concept” digital map of the energy system, including network assets, generators, and energy intensive users. The Energy Networks Association will work with Ordnance Survey and 1Spatial to pull together data from electricity and gas networks into an integrated map covering the entirety of Great Britain.
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Arenko has claimed using battery storage to provide reserve could save consumers as much £195 million per year after National Grid Electricity System Operator published the results from a trial last year. Utility Week speaks to the company's chief executive, Rupert Newland.
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UK Power Networks and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks have begun a trial of a new technology designed to spot network faults before they lead to power cuts. The system monitors voltage and current on electricity circuits and matches any abnormal waveforms with a library to identify the most likely causes.
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With expanding AI capabilities, industries such as the energy, rail and telecommunications are witnessing growth in the adoption of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones). The increase in drone usage has already begun challenging the conventional methods of inspection and maintenance of assets. More importantly, it is showing the value of using innovation to overcome traditional challenges.
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Key to the UK's success in reaching its decarbonisation targets will be fostering innovation, developing the skills needed to deliver on these ambitions, and collaboration across the energy sector, writes Emma Ford, head of gas construction at National Grid.
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With the changing landscape of power generation, higher customer demand, and increasing fault currents, DNOs need to prepare for the grid of tomorrow and improve reliability by utilising innovative solutions, says Jonathan Hopkins, sales director at S&C Electric.
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Can the massive network infrastructure investment needed for net zero be delivered without creating adverse impacts on public engagement or the environment? In a new report, Utility Week and Hitachi ABB Powergrids, explore the challenge.
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With expanding AI capabilities, industries such as the energy, rail and telecommunications are witnessing growth in the adoption of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones). The increase in drone usage has already begun challenging the conventional methods of inspection and maintenance of assets. More importantly, it is showing the value of using innovation to overcome traditional challenges.
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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks' latest tender brings the total amount of flexibility services procured to date for the distribution network operator (DNO) to almost 447MW.
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Two semi-detached homes containing appliances fuelled entirely by hydrogen, the first of their kind in the UK, are to be built in Low Thornley, Gateshead. The project is being run by Northern Gas Networks and Cadent, both of which have input £250,000 of funding. It will also be part-funded by the government’s £25 million Hy4Heat Innovation programme.
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Key to the UK's success in reaching its decarbonisation targets will be fostering innovation, developing the skills needed to deliver on these ambitions, and collaboration across the energy sector, writes Emma Ford, head of gas construction at National Grid.
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Wales and West Utilities and UK Power Networks have begun trialling a new hybrid heating system in seven homes in Wales, London and the south and east of England. The system combines a gas boiler, an electric air-source heat pump and smart control software into a single unit that can be hung on the walls of customers’ homes in place of a conventional gas boiler and switch between using gas and electricity based on their relative cost and carbon emissions.
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With the changing landscape of power generation, higher customer demand, and increasing fault currents, DNOs need to prepare for the grid of tomorrow and improve reliability by utilising innovative solutions, says Jonathan Hopkins, sales director at S&C Electric.
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Western Power Distribution (WPD) has announced its intention to spend nearly £6 billion across its three license areas in the Midlands, the South West and South Wales as part of the first draft of its business plan for the RIIO ED2 price control starting in April 2023. The distribution network operator said the publication follows two years of engagement with more than 4,500 stakeholders, including customers, local authorities, charities and other energy companies.
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The engineering standards for the electricity system should “start off with customers” rather than being “written by industry people for industry use”, the chair of a review panel has argued. Simon Harrison is the group strategic development director for Mott Macdonald and recently chaired an independent panel convened by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategic (BEIS) and Ofgem to review engineering standards for electricity, which published its findings in December.
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