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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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The Energy Networks Association has revised its innovation strategies for the electricity and gas sectors and released a new one covering the energy system as a whole. Utility Week talks to key figures behind the documents about the strategy gaps they were aiming to fill.
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In a pre-corona world, Network spoke to Peter Chandler, project lead for the ground-breaking Distributed ReStart project about the challenges it will face as it embarks on live trials this summer
Analysis
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.
Opinion
We spoke to Steven Read, trainee programmes manager at UK Power Networks, about how apprenticeships will be crucial to developing the smart infrastructure of the future.
Interviews
More consumers and more connections. More solar panels, more heat pumps - and lots more electric vehicles (EVs). The relentless drive to decarbonisation is making it harder for energy operators to analyse and respond to complex, unpredictable load patterns on their distribution networks, writes Kelvatek.
Opinion
The Ground Source Heat Pump Association begins 2020 with a new look and a new confidence that - with heat pumps emerging as a favoured option in the government's Future Homes consultation - the sector is about to come into its own.
Interviews
SP Energy Networks' Future Networks Manager, Professor James Yu, received an MBE in the New Year's Honours List. We caught up with him to discuss challenges, past, present and future.
Interviews
A high-efficiency waste gasification demonstrator project funded by the Energy Technologies Institute is producing electricity for the grid, but its sponsoring organisation was wound up at the end of December. Before closing day, ETI project manager Paul Winstanley told Elaine Knutt about what the ETI/Kew Technology Sustainable Energy Centre has achieved, and possible future milestones.
Interviews
Graham Wright, chairman of the Heat Pump Association, on the important role heat pumps could play in the low carbon heat mix, and the need to increase the rate of installations to meet net-zero.
Opinion
Matti Rautkivi, director of strategy and business development at Wärtsilä Energy Business, explains why the Finnish company is backing several innovators in the field of hydrogen-based fuels - and why the UK government should do so as well.
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