After more than 30 years in the utilities sector, UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR) CEO Steve Kaye reflects on the optimum conditions for innovation and the importance of shifting mindsets from new to renew.

By Stuart Stone

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Utility Week Innovate and industry experts from the likes of Thames, Northumbrian and Yorkshire Water dived into challenges posed by managing tens of million data points across vast networks with ever-changing technology as industry-wide CSO targets loom.
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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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Anglian Water is ahead of industry peers in seeking to tackle the tricky area of capital carbon. Setting up robust carbon models and integrating these into asset intervention decision making as well as design processes has been key to progress as attendees at a recent UW Innovate webinar learned.
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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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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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The Utility Week Awards are returning to London’s Grosvenor Hotel this December. See a full list of categories and find out how to enter here.
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The Utility Week Awards are returning to London’s Grosvenor Hotel this December. See a full list of categories and find out how to enter here.
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Over three quarters of senior utilities leaders have concerns that a lack of robust data about the sustainability of internal and supply chain operations will hamper delivery of net zero transition goals, according to new research conducted by Utility Week.
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Water companies from across the UK as well as supply partners, NGOs and academic groups have been awarded funding for 11 projects from the Ofwat Innovation Fund to tackle shared problems faced by the sector. See the full list as well as the thoughts of Ofwat's John Russell.
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Thames Water and Kingston Council are embarking on a project to capture heat from effluent at a wastewater treatment site and supply it to new housing estate via a district heating network. The network will eventually be expanded to serve public and commercial buildings in Kingston town centre.
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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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As part of a new, Ofwat-funded, water neutrality scheme, Affinity Water and a raft of project partners are floating both product and community-based innovations across three new residential developments.
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Utility Week Innovate caught up with Northumbrian Water’s head of innovation for a quickfire Q&A covering water sector creativity, collaboration and not believing the hype on day one of the firm’s 2021 Innovation Festival.
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Anglian Water is ahead of industry peers in seeking to tackle the tricky area of capital carbon. Setting up robust carbon models and integrating these into asset intervention decision making as well as design processes has been key to progress as attendees at a recent UW Innovate webinar learned.
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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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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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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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