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3rd July 2020
Underground drones help maintain power supplies

We’re getting used to seeing them fly high in the sky, and now high-tech drones are also delving deep underground to help maintain power supplies.  UK Power Networks, which runs power supplies for 8.3 million homes and businesses across London the East and South East, has invested in cutting-edge ‘inspectors’ in collaboration with global energy and water knowledge enterprise Enzen.

12th June 2020
Tech trial for seamless smart home project

A new tech trial is creating the UK’s automated home energy systems, proving people can save money, cut carbon emissions and use less energy at the same time.

9th June 2020
UK Power Networks launches EV ‘Charge Challenge’

Data specialists are being challenged to predict future electric vehicle uptake, in a new innovation competition by UK Power Networks. The distribution network operator’s ‘Charge Challenge’ calls for anyone, from any background, to use its open data combined with any other open source channels to predict when and where the next generation of electric vehicle charge points should be located.

Alternative Energy
8th June 2020
Councils could save millions on road to net zero

Local authorities could save thousands of pounds on each electric vehicle charger they install for public use, after UK Power Networks launched free advice surgeries for the road to net zero.

Artificial Intelligence
5th June 2020
AI project set to shorten storm power cuts

An artificial intelligence system designed to predict the impact of a storm on the electricity network  in order to shorten storm power cuts is to be trialled across the East and South East starting this winter. UK Power Networks’ ‘Storm Resilience’ project will use a machine learning algorithm to help control room staff decide where to send engineers, so they are ready to respond as storms hit.

Artificial Intelligence
13th May 2020
AI gives green light to smart traffic lights

Seven towns across Kent and East Sussex have benefited so far from new smart traffic lights which reduce waiting times for drivers. The new system was successfully trialled by electricity firm UK Power Networks in Maidstone last summer and is now being used regularly across the South East.

8th April 2020
App to help tackle social isolation during COVID-19

Electricity engineers out on the road are doing their bit to help customers cope with social isolation, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 3,000 UK Power Networks’ employees who are key workers to keep the power flowing, now have a new app which helps them support customers feeling socially isolated.

20th March 2020
Motorists ‘back smart charging markets’ study reveals

The majority of motorists would be happy to use smart charging for their electric vehicle outside of peak times new research by UK Power Networks has found.

2nd October 2019
Technology powers 45,000 homes with renewable energy

An innovative device which has freed up 95MW of additional network capacity, enough to power 45,000 homes, has been successfully proven in the UK. In just a year, UK Power Networks’ LoadShare trial has already saved customers eight million pounds, and enabled enough renewable power to run 45,000 homes to safely connect to a previously constrained point in the local electricity network.

20th June 2018
Solar power trial shines in renewable energy awards

A study to find out how to harness more of the renewable energy generated by solar cells on people’s homes has been honoured at the British Renewable Energy Association Awards.

29th March 2018
The next steps toward a smart future for everyone

UK Power Networks has revealed the next steps in its plans to transform its network into a smart, flexible grid. A new report: ‘What our stakeholders said’, summarises how the responses to the network’s 2017 Future Smart consultation, will inform its 2018/2019 Distribution System Operator (DSO) plans to support ‘a smart grid for all’ and deliver better outcomes for customers.

24th January 2018
UK Power Networks to trial EV to grid projects

UK Power Networks is part of a consortium that has won £11m government funding for four electric vehicle demonstration projects as part of a series of Vehicle to Grid (V2G) innovation bids. Vehicle to Grid technology enables energy stored in an electric vehicle’s battery to be fed back into the electricity network at times of peak demand.

30th November 2017
360° photography helps keep the lights on this winter

In order to help keep power supplies resilient, technology inspired by Google Street View is being used to undertake inspections of remote overhead power lines. Britain’s largest electricity distributor, UK Power Networks, is testing a 360° photographic approach to safety inspections in the South East and East of England, capturing panoramic views of power lines to analyse from a computer back at base.

27th September 2017
Boosting power capacity through innovation

Distribution network operator, UK Power Networks, has announced a trial that will save connections customers millions of pounds, and free up about 95MW of additional capacity for renewable energy to feed into local electricity networks. Load Share is an innovation project that is testing an alternative to costly and time-consuming reinforcement to help the network serve the continued expansion of low carbon energy in east Essex.

18th August 2017
UK Power Networks boosts flexible renewable energy

UK Power Networks is calling on energy resources to offer their services to support the distribution network during periods of high electricity demand. Until now, such contracts were used to support the national power system, and rarely on the local network.

19th July 2017
EV guide helps fleet operators get into gear

One of the UK’s largest electricity distributors, UK Power Networks, has published a guide to help businesses electrify their commercial fleets. Launched at the LoCITY roadshow on 12th July, the guide gives fleet operators useful tips and information about the options available to connect to the electricity network. It also advises fleet operators to contact experts at UK Power Networks when they start their journey to invest in electric ve...

5th July 2017
Major project launched to boost electricity generation in UK

In order to enable more electricity generation across the South East of England, UK Power Networks and National Grid are launching an innovative new service. The region has one of the most dynamic electricity networks in Europe. Significant amounts of renewable energy generation, a nuclear power station and interconnecting cables to Europe make management of the electricity flows a complex challenge for the transmission and distribution...

13th February 2017
Converting street lights into EV charging points

As a first for central London, streetlights connected to UK Power Networks electricity network in Kensington and Chelsea have been converted into charge points for electric vehicles. The trial by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, UK Power Networks and Ubitricity started with the conversion of the first three Kensington street lights into Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points.

5th December 2016
Leading the way to a low-carbon future

Playing a major role in the transition towards a low-carbon economy, a trial of the largest grid-scale battery in Britain has proven it can potentially transform the energy grid. The ‘big battery’, designed and run by UK Power Networks and based in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, stores energy when demand is low and releases it at peak times.

17th December 2014
UK's Smarter Network Storage facility to be trialled

Amber Rudd MP, Department of Energy and Climate Change, has welcomed the start of trials at the largest electricity storage facility of its type in Europe. After extensive testing of the giant battery, known as the Smarter Network Storage facility in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, it will now be trialled for two years by UK Power Networks, which distributes electricity in South East England.

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