Smart grid

DEFINITION: Networks that monitor and manage the transport of electricity from all generation sources to meet the varying electricity demands of end users. Experts believe that smart grids can play a significant role in enabling nearly all clean energy technologies, including renewables, electric vehicles and energy efficiency.

See also: Decentralised energy

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Network companies will “rapidly increase the use of competitive markets”

Power networks pledge to deliver £17bn of smart grid benefits

Electricity network operators will today (6 December) pledge to deliver £17 billion of energy system benefits by 2050 through the creation of a smarter, more flexible power grid.

As part of the Government’s commitment to energy innovation, it unveiled an £84m fund for artificial intelligence and robotics

UK Government backs 'virtual power plant' platform and robotics research

Battery developers Moixa has secured government funding to expand its flexible energy platform that transforms third-party batteries and electric vehicles (EVs) into "virtual power plants", while the UK Government has also unveiled an £84m fund for robotics and energy innovation.

According to the company, Project SIM could actively measure inertia round the clock for the entire UK grid

National Grid measures real-time system inertia for the first time

For the first time ever, the National Grid has successfully measured and monitored continuous grid stability across an entire network, in a move that could reduce end-customer costs and carbon emissions in the UK.

Ofgem figures show that innovation by energy networks has already enabled close to £1bn of cost savings that will be delivered between now and 2023

UK networks to fuse innovation plans for low-carbon technologies

The UK's energy network firms have teamed up to develop joint proposals to create "exciting opportunities" for smart technologies such as hydrogen and battery storage.

The consultation will explore how the UK can create a smart electricity grid that enables new markets and opportunities for distributed energy technologies

Britain gears up for smart energy transition with new consultation

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) is seeking views on how best to create new markets to enable distributed energy resources - including solar panels, batteries and electric vehicles - to provide services to the power grid.

It is estimated that distributed energy could save customers more than £1.6bn a year

UK Power Networks outlines smart energy vision

The UK's largest electricity distributor has today (17 July) unveiled its intention to become a Distribution System Operator (DSO) as part of its vision to help deliver a smart, flexible energy system.

The microgrid provides WEB Aruba with real-time optimisation capabilities to forecast and cater for growing electricity demands on the island

Caribbean island turns to microgrids in quest to become fossil-fuel free

The island of Aruba is a step closer to becoming fossil-fuel free, after a new deal was signed to integrate an advanced microgrid into the operations of the island's main utilities provider to balance growing demand for electricity with increased renewable energy generation.

sustainability and energy management experts from manufacturing firms across the country came together to discuss the potential solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the sector

Sustainable manufacturing roundtable: Turning challenges into opportunities

Sustainability and energy management experts from some of the world's biggest businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and British Gas, to explore the role of the manufacturing sector in shaping the future of energy.

If successful, the smart grid could negate the need to buy anymore conventional operates for the building

UPS to trial electric vehicle 'smart grid' in London

EXCLUSIVE: Delivery firm UPS is moving onto the "next stage" of the electric vehicle (EV) deployment challenge to trial decentralised power generation and onsite storage systems at its London operating base.

Three in five businesses claimed they would switch energy supplier in the event of a cyber breach

Two-thirds of UK businesses 'significantly concerned' over energy-related cyber risks

Energy suppliers have been urged prioritise privacy and transparency and seek third-party assistance in an effort to strengthen cyber security during a period of disruptive technological growth, after a survey revealed that UK businesses would switch suppliers after a cyber breach.