News and events
We run innovation events to explore new ideas, develop innovation projects, and share our work. Here you will find details of past and upcoming events.
The SO innovation team organises and participates in events throughout the year to create a space for ideation, collaborative project development, and to share the outcomes of our innovation work.
30-31 October 2019 - Low Carbon Networks Innovation Conference and Exhibition, Glasgow
Come and hear how we are contributing towards a secure, sustainable and affordable electricity system.
27-28 November 2019 - Open Innovation Event in Birmingham
We want to partner with academic, industry and other innovators to develop projects that address our innovation priorities in electricity. Significant funding is available for successful applications.
Power Responsive Flexibility Forum
The Crystal, London
The SO Innovation team presented an overview of their process, as well as informing attendees of the upcoming refresh of the SO Innovation Strategy, the various sources of funding available, and how to get involved with innovative ideas.
Power Potential dissemination event
The Crystal, London
The Power Potential project is a joint initiative with National Grid ESO and UK Power Networks, which aims to create a new reactive power market for distributed energy resources and generate additional capacity on the network. Power Potential could save energy consumers over £400m by 2050 and generate up to an additional 4 GW in the south-east region of the UK. This is the first project in the world to trial this!
The project hosted its first industry dissemination event and it was a great success! The November event, which took place in London, highlighted the latest updates from the commercial and technical workstream of the innovation project, as well as other topical subjects within the energy industry.
|26 October 2018, 11.00 – 12.00|
SO Innovation Strategy Refresh for 2019/20
During this webinar, we will provide an overview of our current SO Innovation Strategy, how we arrived at our innovation priorities for 2018/19, and why we are refreshing them for 2019/20. Your input and feedback is critical to ensure we are delivering the right outcomes from our innovation activities. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!
|16-17 October 2018|
Low Carbon Networks Innovation (LCNI) Conference
International Centre, St Quentin Gate, Telford
LCNI brings together experts from across the energy sector to showcase the latest electricity and gas network innovation projects and technology crucial in supporting the sector’s transition to a low carbon energy future. The Electricity System Operator will showcase its latest achievements and invite you to visit our stand to check them out and learn more about innovating with us.
|28 June 2018|
Energy Networks Association dissemination event
ENA offices, 4 More London Riverside, London
National Grid System Operator will present findings from some of its innovation projects at ENA’s dissemination event, focused on new technologies and commercial evolution.
|22-23 May 2018|
Utility Week Live
National Exhibition Centre, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham
Visit the SO Innovation team at Stand E49.Learn about our innovation priorities and find out how to collaborate with us. Also check out a virtual reality experience that brings to life concepts like energy system balancing, system inertia and reactive power.
|23 March 2018|
Open Innovation Day
Open Innovation Day gave industry and academia an opportunity to co-create innovation projects with experts within National Grid System Operator.
The Innovation team held a competitive open call, reviewed over 120 applications and selected the most promising innovation ideas to be worked up into projects. Eight groups from industry and academia were invited to Open Innovation Day, an intensive one-day project development event, and five of them were selected to further develop project ideas and ultimately apply for NIA funding.
|5-6 March 2018|
SO Hackathon:Hack the Demand Curve
Hack the Demand Curve brought together 40 people from across the SO to work on three challenges facing different parts of the business:
Three innovation projects are being taken forward that each address one of the challenges outlined above.
|26 January 2018|
Innovation Day: Open Data API
This Innovation Day explored how data sharing could improve transparency and be applied to yield consumer benefit.
|6-7 December, 2017|
Low Carbon Networks Innovation conference
LCNI brought together hundreds of industry experts to share their knowledge and experience as the industry prepares for a low-carbon future. National Grid SO launched a prototype Virtual Reality experience to test how well the technology brought technical concepts to life through interactive game-play. We also shared the midway project results two of our in-flight Network Innovation Competition (NIC) projects, namely the Enhanced Frequency Control Capability project and the Power Potential project.
31 July 2019
Electricity System Operator (ESO) - NIA Innovation Annual Summary 2018/19
The ESO has released its latest Innovation Annual Summary following collaboration with 34 partners on innovation projects last year (2018/19). The report offers a progress update on all the innovation projects completed or being undertaken by the ESO over the last 12 months.
System Operator Innovation Strategy
The first innovation strategy has been published for the System Operator, setting our innovation priorities for the next year for both electricity and gas. This strategy discusses how we have identified and prioritised these areas of focus and how our portfolio of projects is working to address them.
Innovating with the System Operator
This brief guide introduces the SO Innovation team and our new innovation process.
Electricity System Operator (ESO) - NIA Innovation Annual Summary 2017/18
The first NIA Annual Summary has been launched for the ESO, as a separate business within National Grid Group. This summary highlights key innovation activities undertaken by the ESO in 2017/18, using NIA funding to improve services and develop products which benefit the future energy system for our customers and the end consumer.