Posted: 22 September 2017
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Stage set for flagship competition

On 5 October, innovators across the UK’s gas industry will have a unique opportunity to shape the future of energy.

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Stage set for flagship competition

Stage set for flagship competition

There are four key strategic themes for 2018: The Efficiency Challenge, Asset Management, Future of the NTS (National Transmission System), Safety and Environmental Impact.

“Any business that gets involved will join a proud legacy of NIC success at National Grid"

National Grid.

Insight:

We’ll be able to reveal more when we officially launch our NIC plan on 5 October.

Source: National Grid Gas Transmission.

Add the date to your diary, because it marks the moment National Grid Gas Transmission (NGGT) will launch its call for entries for the 2018 Network Innovation Competition (NIC).

The NIC gives network companies like National Grid – along with its project partners – the opportunity to compete for funding to research, develop and demonstrate ground-breaking new ideas and technologies.

The Efficiency Challenge.

Any project proposed for the NIC needs to be large-scale, with the potential to bring significant financial and environmental benefits to the UK’s energy consumers.

With collaboration integral to the competition, NGGT will once again be eager to hear from existing partners and potential new innovators with fresh ideas that interlock with its key strategic themes for 2018. These are:

Asset Management.

The Efficiency Challenge – a hunt for new ideas and technology that help us deliver the work we do in a cheaper and quicker way, whilst maintaining the highest levels of safety.

Asset Management – finding and proving new methods to isolate, modify, repair, divert and decommission our ageing assets better.

Future of the NTS (National Transmission System).

Future of the NTS (National Transmission System) – what do we need to develop in order to create a more flexible network for tomorrow’s world?

Safety and Environmental Impact – how can we minimise our environmental footprint, protect our assets from third-party interference and improve the security of our network?

Safety and Environmental Impact.

Any business that gets involved will join a proud legacy of NIC success in NGGT. Among the key projects currently in development are GRAID (Gas Robotic Agile Inspection Device) and CLoCC (Customer Low Cost Connections). GRAID is developing a new robotic platform to analyse the condition of previously unreachable sections of the gas network, while CLoCC will minimise the time and cost involved for smaller and unconventional gas customers to connect to the NTS.

We’ll be able to reveal more when we officially launch our NIC plan on 5 October, so make sure you check back on Connecting to see how your business can take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.

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