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Vodafone's head of innovation Danny Kelly tells Utility Week about its new software platform that he says will allow water companies to combine data from both new hardware and legacy assets to create smarter networks.
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South Staffs has secured government funding of £10 million under the Green Recovery Challenge that enabled it to upgrade its largest water treatment plant to a ceramic filtration system that will save around 1,000 tonnes carbon annually. The company plans to invest around £55 million upgrading two treatment works during AMP7.
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Portsmouth has begun a smart meter trial ahead of a wider rollout during AMP8. Water efficiency manager Lianne Riggs told Utility Week customers are less interested in saving money because bills are low but environmental messages do resonate.
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The judging panel for the main competition within Ofwat's innovation fund has been named with eight people chosen from industry, academia, R&D and beyond the water sector. The competition is designed to encourage innovative ideas, collaboration and sharing of risk to develop projects.
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Yorkshire Water, with the University of York, has begun work on a research hub to improve efficiency of wastewater treatment and extract value from sludge processing while working towards its 2030 net zero carbon ambitions
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Affinity Water will measure and report on its non-operational emissions from next year as it sets out plans to be carbon negative for scopes one two and three emissions by 2030. Nature-based solutions and developing a blue carbon finance framework are included in the plans.
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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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Anglian has begun a leakage detection trial on a live network to find and measure defects within its pipes. The trial is a UK-first for the novel detection system that uses sensors to measure variations in electricity passing through a non-metallic pipe wall.
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Work advances on London's super sewer as connections from the new Tideway are added to join with the existing sewer network. In preparation for the work, a chamber was flooded prior to tunnelling to maintain pressure with the surrounding river water.
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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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The long-awaited Water Centre of Excellence has come to life with the launch of Spring - an online hub for innovators, companies, academia and stakeholders to collaborate and share results of ongoing trials and projects. Spring will go fully live in December as a subsidiary of UKWIR
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Ofwat has approved 15 water resource schemes to progress on the next step to becoming a reality. The large-scale interregional plans see water being moved from areas with surplus to those in need of additional resources. These projects are being developed to be shovel-ready at the start of AMP8 in 2025
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Anglian Water broke ground last month on one of the largest infrastructure projects the water sector has ever seen, which seeks to connect the east of England north to south to transport water. More than 500km of pipe will move supplies from areas of surplus to some of the driest parts of the region. Anglian's chief executive, Peter Simpson, speaks to Utility Week about the landmark project.
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Initial results from a BEIS-funded trial to cut energy consumption in wastewater treatment processes has shown power savings of up to 84 per cent compared to a traditional centrifuge. The pilot is the first commercial-scale demonstration of the Volute technology in the UK
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Ben Aston, biodiversity specialist at Yorkshire Water, sheds light on the firm's joint investment in pollinator superhighways and their impact on managing its water catchments.
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The 2024 price controls can play a critical role in enabling wastewater companies to monitor and manage process emissions from wastewater treatment works, which Wessex Water's head of sustainability said cannot be delayed if the country is to meet its carbon targets.
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