Innovation is about doing things differently to benefit customers and our environment. By embracing innovation, we can find the most up-to-date tools and techniques to keep gas flowing safely, reliably and with minimal distruption to customers.
We take tools and ideas from initial concept through feasibility testing, and all the way through to trials to ensure they are fit for purpose and can deliver real value to our customers.
Our innovation projects will ensure we are ready to take our customers into a low carbon energy future in a safe, secure and affordable way.
How we innovate
We work collaboratively with the other gas distribution networks on individual projects and share learning from all of our projects.
Working together helps customers benefit from the sharing of effective new ways of working and future technology.
We work in partnership with EIC to bring forward new innovations and technologies from small to medium enterprises from around the world that could potentially be applied to the gas network.
The Gas Network Innovation Strategy has been developed by all of the gas distribution networks and National Grid. It brings together all of the most important challenges and opportunities facing the GB gas transmission and distribution networks, and sets the foundations for how we innovate.
What we innovate for
Working with our partners across the industry, we innovate to tackle the following challenges:
Exploring how best to support the needs of consumers in vulnerable circumstances today and in the future, ensuring that everyone can experience the benefits of the energy transition and any adverse effects of change are minimised.
Net zero and the energy transition
Facilitating and accelerating the UK’s transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions before 2050.
Optimised assets and practices
Developing and implementing industry leading techniques for optimising assets and practices for energy networks.
Flexibility and commercial evolution
Developing and testing innovative solutions to increasing the flexibility, transparency and efficiency of the energy system, enabling information to be more open and networks to be more responsive to change.
Whole energy system
Enabling joined up and efficient approaches across multiple aspects of the energy system around planning, forecasting, design, construction, operation, maintenance and data.
Each year, we produce an Innovation Annual Summary to share with you our progress on existing projects, as well as the new and exciting projects we have launched that year. You can see our most recent Innovation Annual Summary documents below.
Innovation Annual Summary 2018/19
Innovation Annual Summary 2017/18
Innovation Annual Summary 2016/17