Read the featured case studies below to see how the EIC have facillitated innovation.
A versatile acoustic barrier that can be attached to site boundaries, reducing noise and allowing work to continue without complaint.
Open Grid Systems - Grid(i) View
A mobile application that allows damaged equipment to be quickly identified.
A robust, secure, easy to use magnetic portable work desk that can be fixed onto any magnetic surface.
Real Time Fault Level Monitor
Managing fault levels, the highest amount of current that could flow in an electrical system under short circuit conditions, one of the major challenges faced by Distribution Network Operators (DNOs).
The development of a sustainable, ultra-strong wood pole manufacturing technique that reduces material use by up to 85%.
A self-healing additive for fluid filled cables.
A solution which uses geospatial technology, harnessing local data to create traffic management plans that are compliant with the Department for Transport's 'Safety at street works and road works' code of practice and chapter 8 of 'Traffic Signs Manual'.
Above & Beyond
A collaborative project which intends to deliver the required safety cases, operational definitions and guidance to enable universal beyond visual line of sight drone operations.
Solution to pavement protection during maintenance and installation activities.
Ground Protection Boards
Damage caused to paths and verges during street works carried out of private land had been the source of many customer complaints. NGN required a solution that would protect paths and verges while street works are being carried out.
Northern Gas Networks & Synovate are undertaking a highly collaborative project, working with the EIC and a consortium of innovators, including TTP and University of Leeds, to develop ‘LeakVision’.
LeakVision is a detection sensor that will internally detect, locate and quantify pipe damage / deterioration. The project will provide an improved understanding of the leakage process through advanced thermal modelling techniques.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and UK Power Networks are working with Powerline Technologies to develop SYNAPS sensors, in a project facilitated by the EIC, to detect, classify and accurately locate transient faults before they cause recloser device operations and/or fuse failures.
Alternative Gas Pinpointing
Current methods to identify gas leaks under carriageways can cause high levels of shock through the operative’s arms and shoulders. The innovation will change how operatives work by making processes both safer and easier.
Zero Missing Phenomenon
This project proposes a technical method that will involve engaging consultants to investigate the ZMP and produce conclusions that can impact the future of transmission network design and operation.
Phased Array - Detecting Live Cables
The Challenge associated with the project was to develop a solution which minimises the risk of injury from hard-to-detect live cables, ideally consisting of electromagnetic sensors arranged in such a way that they can be applied to the detection of buried surfaces.