Network November 2019

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Jonathan Brearley, incoming chief executive, Ofgem Bernard Magee, head of strategy and marketing for power networks, Siemens John Scott, independent consultant Peter Kocen, senior press & public affairs manager, Energy Networks Association Louise Kingham OBE, chief executive, Energy Institute (EI) Chris Clarke, energy strategy director, Wales & West Utilities David Richardson, innovation lead for energy systems, Innovate UK Anthony Bivens, head of networks, BEAMA Sul Alli, director of safety, strategy and support services, UK Power Networks Roger Hey, future networks manager, Western Power Distribution Maxine Frerk, director, Grid Edge Policy Darren Jones technology manager – power grids division, ABB Ben Graff, head of T2 stakeholder engagement - National Grid Ranjit Blythe, director of communications and external affairs (interim), Cadent EDITORIAL BOARD Peter Jones, technical manager, Energy Research Partnership. THE C ONVERSATION 8 Hydrogen for heat The government funded Hy4Heat project is currently mid-way through its four year programme. Steve Sutton, of the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, looks at its progress so far. 9 Decarbonising the UK energy sector Costain's Gerard Shore on how hydrogen could transform the UK energy market.. 10 Making climate change local Local authorities' UK100 organisation is attempting to achieve what the C40 delivered for global cities. Hywel Lloyd and Polly Billington describe its agenda, and aspirations for the RIIO-2 settlement. NOVEMBER ISSUE 37/2019 THE APPLICATION 24 A battery of battery solutions As fl exibility becomes today's reality, thoughts turn to the electrical power storage technologies needed for tomorrow's grid. Nadine Buddoo looks at the options. 25 Flexibility platforms Elexon's chief executive Mark Bygraves on plans to extend "fl exibility" with a new trading platform 27 Developing leaders for a low-carbon future Heat network consultancy FairHeat was facing a skills shortage, until it decided to directly train the heat engineers of the future, says associate Tom Naughton. NETWORK / 4 / NOVEMBER 2019 14 THE CONVERSATION GREEN NETWORKS GET UP SPEED Tom Grimwood reports from this year's Network Asset Performance Conference , where SSEN's Richard Hartshorn (pictured below) discussed the networks' EV preparedness. 25/27 THE APPLICATION NETWORK AWARDS 2020 As the deadline for submissions approaches, we speak to two members of the judging panel to glean tips for this year's entrants. 30 THE FUTURE GETTING POWER BACK IN A BLACK START SCENARIO Once, coal-fi red power stations such as the Drax site (below) provided a Black Start fall back. Now the National Grid ESO is developing the capability to use distributed energy resources (DERs) to re-start the grid, as our interviewee Peter Chandler explains. 11 Wanted: genuine level playing fi elds Tim Crook, a senior project manager at community energy info hub Regen, says that community energy companies are in danger of left behind in a "fl exible" marketplace that isn't fl exing to meet their aspirations grid if the internet breaks down. 16 The future starts here – Meet nine winners of this year's Energy Innovation Centre Awards, with the new ideas set to shape the future of network operations

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