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ENIC will be hosting a virtual poster session for the first time ever in 2021. Poster stands will be available for you to visit throughout the event, where you can read and download information on some of the hottest innovation projects in the UK. And you can also drop into live video Q&As with the poster authors during our virtual poster sessions on Tuesday 12 October and Thursday 14 October.

In addition to the poster sessions, you can attend insightful and thought provoking keynote sessions and tracks dedicated to innovation in ElectricityGas, Whole Energy Systems and Special Sessions

The full agenda is here.

Virtual Posters:

Electricity

Cold Start: a future with a high uptake of EVs and electric heating

Romina Arefin, Innovation Engineer, UK Power Networks

Constellation: a world first smart substation project

Boris Yazadzhiyan, Innovation Project Lead, UK Power Networks

Harmonic Mitigation

Harmonic Mitigation is developing an algorithm that aims to utilise the available capacity that exists in photovoltaic (PV) inverters. This algorithm will reduce the network’s harmonic levels by operating as active filters (AFs) when the inverters are operating below their rated conditions. The project compromises of 4 work packages, a mixture of modelling, simulating and physical tests on an inverter in a lab based environment.

Jacob Lynch, Graduate Trainee Engineer, Western Power Distribution 

SEAM: Spatially Enabled Asset Management

Spatially Enabled Asset Management (SEAM) seeks to improve the quality of geospatial data, especially for our LV networks. Our Open Data strategy will make our data increasingly available to third parties, so identifying and fixing errors and missing values will improve the data usability for WPD and external users alike. SEAM has applied advanced analytical techniques to create two complementary models to help spot micro-disconnects, missing normal open points, customer-to–network mapping errors and incorrect asset attributes. This has been trialled with network data from the Barnstaple area and the performance of the models has been evaluated.

Jenny Woodruff, Innovation Engineer, Western Power Distribution

Enhanced LFDD

Exploring the use of the SuperTapp SG relays currently installed at a majority of ENW’s primary substations to provide a more granular low frequency demand disconnection service.

Ben Ingham, Innovation Project Manager, Electricity North West

Resilience as a Service

Sarah Rigby, Innovation Project Manager, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

Rob Middleton, Technology Business Manager, Costain

Dan Jerwood, Battery and Flexibility Project Lead, E.ON UK

The National HVDC Centre

Simon Marshall, Centre Manager, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

NIA project Reflect

Christos Kaloudas, DSO Modelling and Forecasting Lead, Electricity North West

Distributed ReStart

Peter Chandler, Project Lead, National Grid ESO

Cyber resilient electric substation technologies project

This research project aims to address potential cyber security issues relating to digital substation technology. This includes looking at new techniques and technologies to manage cyber security risks, improving the resilience of the systems and equipment, investigating various intrusion detection and prevention systems and recovery from cyber-attacks.

Thomas Charton, Senior Innovation Engineer, National Grid ET

Forward resilience measures snapshot

The Forward Resilience Measures project aims to develop new capabilities that will identify opportunities and improvements for National Grid Electricity Transmission, helping us meet future resilience needs and providing greater confidence that the UK has a resilient electricity transmission network.

Ben Kutcha, Innovation Engineer, National Grid ET

A Transition to Low Voltage Direct Current Networks

The LVDC Project aims to gain an understanding of how SPENs LVAC cables & network apparatus behave when energised with LVDC. This is being carried out via laboratory testing, including accelerated aging and fault tests.

Jack Haynes, Senior LCT Engineer NP&R\ Future Network, SP Energy Networks

SP Energy Networks’ Heating Portfolio

SP Energy Networks are currently running a number of projects to further the electrification of heat and integration of low-carbon heating technologies. This poster will showcase these projects and the innovations pioneered through them.

Watson Peat, Senior Innovation Engineer, SP Energy Networks

Northern Ireland Electricity Networks LV Active Network Management Scheme

NIE Networks’ LV Active Network Management (ANM) project evaluates ANM to overcome constraints and defer traditional network reinforcement. Kelvatek LV circuit breakers and switches are being utilised alongside intelligent autonomous control, which will manage the LV network configuration to maximise utilisation and mitigate network challenges.

ANM acts pre-emptively to prevent network overloads and can restore networks and customers automatically after a fault. The network is monitored in real-time via SCADA communications, combined with forecasting and modelling.

ANM allows consumers to be connected quickly and cheaply, facilitates DG, and manages LCTs on the network, all while reducing capital spend.

Cormac Bradley, Future Networks Engineer, Northern Ireland Electricity Networks

Jonathan Rodgers, Future Networks Manager, Kelvatek

Gas

Permanent leak repair clamps phase 2

This project aims to deliver a cost effective and permanent solution to repair leaks with a permanent solution on a High Pressure Pipeline.

Darren Cushen, Net Zero Project Manager - Hydrogen, Wales & West Utilities

WWU innovation challenges

Challenges that Wales & West Utilities are looking to tackle in GD2. This will include projects that are funded via NIA, other funding streams and also BAU innovation.

Geraint Herbert, Strategic Innovation Assistant and Kyle Lewis, Live Project Lead, Wales & West Utilities

Digitisation of SCO database

The aim of this project is to develop an end to end cloud based Safe Controls of Operations system to optimise the performance of network operations, to ensure control of network conflicts, allow real time visibility of in-flight and planned work status and provide an electronic permit to the work and isolation system. This project intends to develop this further by developing and implementing geospatial referencing for both permits and operatives, enabling digital conflict management, and developing an electronic permitry and isolation system, validated against NGN’s training and competency system.

Geoff Harle, Network Controller, Northern Gas Networks

Rob Graham, Chief Executive Officer, QEM Solutions

Easy Assist Emergency Control Valve (ECV)

Rebecca Payne, Innovation Project Manager, Cadent

Conrad Shields, Project Manager, Oxford Product Design

Duraseal

Rebecca Payne, Innovation Project Manager, Cadent

Bruce Hutt, Managing Director, ENDURATEC

NGGT business funded innovation

Graham Harvey, Pipelines Team Leader and Paul Ogden, Senior Engineer, National Grid Gas Transmission

Robotic Roadworks & Excavation System (RRES)

SGN’s NIC Robotic Roadwork Excavation Systems (RRES) project has developed a system that automates the excavation process in both rural and urban environments by combining cutting edge robotics, advanced custom tooling, and artificial intelligence. As RRES uses soft touch excavation technology, the project aims to open the market for expanding future inspection, maintenance, and repair operations. Following successful trials, we’ll look at how the system performed and what this means for utility owners.

Gordon McMillan, Innovation Project Officer, SGN

H100 Fife

H100 Fife is seeking to deliver a ‘first of a kind’ demonstration of a 100% hydrogen network, initially supplying 300 domestic customers in Fife. This NIC project will comprise of an end to end system, to include power generation, hydrogen production, storage, pressure reduction, odorisation, distribution and customer connections to serve domestic hydrogen meters and appliances. H100 Fife will construct a new PE hydrogen network to run in parallel to the existing natural gas network. This is a key feature of the project that offers the opportunity for customers to opt-in and be connected to the hydrogen network or remain with their existing natural gas supply. By promoting and maintaining customer choice, critical information on customer attitudes and interest towards hydrogen can be measured, providing evidence on public acceptance of hydrogen.

Dayna Seay, Energy Futures Project Officer, SGN