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What will it take to make energy network data fit to support the net zero carbon transition and ensure the right systems are in place to allow innovation to proliferate? The critical building blocks for future proofed energy data strategies are explored in this Utility Week Explains report.
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The government has signalled that it will make decisions on the future uses of hydrogen in the mid-2020s. At Utility Week’s Hydrogen Forum, experts deliberated what can be achieved over the next few years to prove the viability of the technology. Lucinda Dann reports.
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UW Innovate caught up with Yasmin Ali – energy innovation project manager at BEIS – to reflect on her 11 years in utilities ahead of her appearance at Utility Week’s Adapting for Net Zero Conference 2021.
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Thames Water’s head of data science Jethro Yates caught up with Utility Week Innovate off the back of wins at the UK IT Industry Awards for both data science and digital transformation projects of the year.
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A recent Utility Week Innovate webinar explored the experiences of two utilities trialling open banking to help address mounting challenges around affordability and debt. Here we explore key lessons and talking points.
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Following the publication of the government’s Net Zero Strategy, Steve Atkins, DSO transition lead on the Energy Network Association’s Open Networks programme, offers an overview of the project’s progress thus far.
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CEO and founder of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, Celia Greaves, believes the UK stands before a gaping ‘window of opportunity’ to take a global lead on fuel cells – despite ‘very little’ recent attention.
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The Energy Networks Association profiles some of the key projects underway across the country to accelerate the switch to electric vehicles.
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CEO and founder of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, Celia Greaves, believes the UK stands before a gaping ‘window of opportunity’ to take a global lead on fuel cells – despite ‘very little’ recent attention.
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Cadent Foundation director Julia Dwyer sets out a model for maximising the impact of innovation targeted at tackling fuel poverty. Partnership, flexibility and an ability to look beyond regulated needs codes are its key hallmarks.
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The challenge of scaling up the smart meter roll-out is shared across gas, water and electricity companies. As the panel debate and workshop at the Utility Week Live Summit discussed, smart meters prepare consumers for the changes to come on the net zero journey. But is there are also a case for using the energy sector's new dual band communications network for smart water meters too? Read on to hear more about delegates' views.
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The energy sector is seeing a rapid evolution of customer journeys and channels, with consumer expectations growing all the time. But are the energy market and the systems changing fast enough to meet these needs? This new white paper from Coeus Consulting considers some of the key challenges facing technology leaders across the energy sector and their wider significance.
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Local authorities are facing the dual pressures of boosting investment and decreasing emissions. However, these goals are not mutually exclusive. As part of our Countdown to COP series, SSE’s Stephen Stead looks at how forward-thinking councils are seeking to use the post-Covid economic recovery to modernise their energy infrastructure.
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Many pumping applications used throughout the water and wastewater industry are not yet benefitting from the use of variable speed drives (VSDs). One such application is drainage pumps, used in low level areas such as South Yorkshire and the Fens, which transfer water from dykes into rivers. The benefits go far beyond energy savings, as Blaise Ford of ABB value provider, IDS explains.
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Ruth Williams talks to sector leaders about the water’s industry’s progress towards its self-set target of being net zero by 2030 – and especially what can be done about process emissions.
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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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