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A start-up incubator has been launched to harness the skills of furloughed workers in the energy sector for low-carbon projects. Spinning Reserve, which has been created by Rosa Stewart, the head of external affairs for SSE Energy – now part of Ovo Group, aims to tackle negative issues of unemployment and seize an opportunity to upskill fledgling net zero projects.
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has announced a new downward flexibility service to help it cope with unusually low electricity demand over the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ESO said it expects to require up to 3GW of flexibility at a time and call on the service as often as one in every three days between May and August.
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The Covid-19 outbreak offers a unique opportunity for the sector to reappraise supply chain robustness, address the resilience of excessively leveraged balance sheets and prompt a discussion around the true value of essential workers, says Arenko’s James Mills
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Utility Week’s community of innovation and technology leaders were asked to summarise the key transformations utilities must achieve within the 2020s in order to sustain relevance and legitimacy in a changing world. Here’s what they said.
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5G is a hot topic in telecoms, but what can it do for utilities that existing technology cannot? And how can utilities exploit the opportunity that 5G brings? Alan Nunn of CGI explains.
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EIC managing director Denise Massey asks how we can shape the innovation required to decarbonise transport and logistics in utilities.
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EDF is seeking commercial partners to help develop two projects aimed at demonstrating the potential to use waste heat from nuclear generation to improve the efficiency of hydrogen production and the direct capture of carbon dioxide from atmosphere.  It hopes the pilots will prove the case for the construction of permanent large-scale facilities connected to its proposed Sizewell C nuclear plant in Suffolk, which would together form a new low-carbon energy hub.
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Ofwat has named Nesta as the lead organisation to deliver the water sector's innovation fund and competition. The foundation will be supported by Arup and Isle Utilities.
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Despite the rise of implementing innovation into business as usual, street works are still being carried out with the risk of prominent challenges. This has led to the recent rise in robotics within the construction industry, as implementing autonomous solutions can improve performance, enhance safety and efficiency among many other benefits.
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Asset-heavy utilities are equipping their remote workers with the technology, skills and support to transform their operational efficiency. Denise Chevin reports.
Analysis
Eight energy networks have joined forces to ask the innovation community for their help in shaping the future. The aim is to avoid multiple approaches and provide a single platform for innovators to feed into business plans.
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Green infrastructure investment must double from current levels, to £40 billion per annum over the next decade, to reach the UK’s decarbonisation target. This is the conclusion of research by PwC, which has also warned that half of the investment opportunities identified would currently be unable to access low-cost capital because they would be considered too high risk. It has called for government to urgently identify mechanisms to ensure this funding is forthcoming.
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Ofwat’s new £200 million fund for water sector innovation aims to trigger transformational change in the way the sector tackles it's grand challenges. But will it succeed? This was the question up for debate among industry leaders at a virtual round table, supported by CGI.
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The co-chairs of the Highway Authorities and Utilities Committee, Clive Bairsto and David Capon, discuss their five-year vision for street and road works across the UK.
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