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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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UK Power Networks has launched a new pilot project in partnership with five local authorities to fill electric charging blackspots in their areas. Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, Norwich City Council, Norfolk County Council and the London Borough of Redbridge will all work with UKPN to identify areas that have yet to install enough chargers or would benefit from improved air quality.
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Less than one per cent of megaprojects deliver the promised benefits on time and on budget. Download this report from Vision to learn why they go wrong, how you can fix them and why the fix works. The report also explores how these lessons can be applied to all capital projects of scale.
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Jan Ydens, head of product for Kiwi Power, discusses the company’s role in Western Power Distribution’s Flexible Power platform and the importance of simplicity in an increasingly complex energy market.
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Western Power Distribution (WPD) has launched a new research project to explore the feasibility of providing “on-the-go” wireless electric vehicle charging in the UK. The study, conducted in partnership with Coventry City Council, Coventry University, Toyota and Cenex, will assess the viability of installing inductive charging technology under road surfaces to supply power to vehicles whilst they are in motion.
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Richard Knight, director for strategy and technology at the Power Network Demonstration Centre (PNDC), part of the University of Strathclyde, unpacks the requirement to de-risk and validate new systems and technologies to facilitate whole energy systems.
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Deploying advanced communications to technologies that can deliver real customer value will be essential for network operators to ensure that more than £25 billion of spending under RIIO2 is invested wisely, says Dr Jon Hiscock, managing director of power technology specialist Fundamentals.
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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks has begun trialling a new technology that allows faster and more accurate assessments of wooden poles used for overhead power lines. The information gathered will be added to an internal online database that alerts crews when a replacement is necessary.
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Conor Maher-McWilliams, head of flexibility at Ovo’s smart technology arm Kaluza, discusses the company’s direct-to-car smart charging trial with Bosch, why some networks are easier to deal with than others, and how it is using artificial intelligence and machine learning to better understand flexibility in heating.  
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UK Power Networks has asked small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to express their future transport needs as it seeks to develop a strategy to assist them in making the switch to electric vehicles. The distribution network operator said it is keen to ensure that SMEs, which unlike larger firms may lack the time, resources or information to make the transition, are not left behind in getting the charging infrastructure they require.
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A new report from Utility Week, in association with MSA Safety io explores how cloud technology can help utilities maintain real time updates direct from workers' wearable gas detection devices, improving safety and boosting efficiency in compliance.
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