With just one week to go until Utility Week Live 2019, here at the EIC we are busy making preparations for our exciting Innovation Zone.

We welcome all innovators to come along and meet our fantastic team of gas, electricity and water engineers, to gain valuable insights into becoming a member of our innovation community; working with our partner energy networks and water companies; and getting involved with the latest innovative industry projects.

There will also be the opportunity to find out more about our Energy Innovation Awards 2019 - we will be on hand to answer any questions about the application process and the benefits of entering one of the most prestigious awards in the industry.

What’s more, our collaborative stand will be hosting ten SMEs from our innovation community, as they showcase their revolutionary ideas, which aim to aid the facilitation of a transition into a smarter, more flexible energy system.

Alongside the EIC Innovation Zone, there will be a brand new Electricity Zone joining the exhibition.

Headed by four major DNOs (Scottish & Southern Electricity Network, SP Energy Networks, UK Power Networks and Northern Power Grid) and National Grid Transmission, the Electricity Zone will focus on championing collaboration, and establishing a unified approach to driving transition and innovation in the sector.

We encourage any third-parties to visit the Electricity Zone to share new ideas with industry leaders and talk to the networks about how they can get involved in upcoming projects.

The EIC Innovation Zone will be located at stand F30, with the Electricity Zone positioned nearby at stand F7.

In other exciting news, The Big Energy Pitch will also be returning for Utility Week Live 2019.     

Back by popular demand, The Big Energy Pitch will give a selected group of SMEs the opportunity to demonstrate their new, ground-breaking technologies before a panel of industry experts and gain invaluable feedback on their innovations.

Judges this year include:   

  • Adrian Cronin, Research and Strategy Lead at Ervia;

  • Wayne Smith, Innovation Implementation Manager at Northern Gas Networks;

  • Paul Jordan, Business Leader, Innovator Support and International at Energy Systems Catapult;

  • Geraint Herbert, Innovation Network Assistant at Wales & West Utilities;

  • Kyle Lewis, Innovation Delivery Manager at Wales & West Utilities;  

  • Joe McNeil, NIA Programme Delivery Manager at Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks;

  • Ian Cameron, Head of Innovation at UK Power Networks.

The Big Energy Pitch will be held over the two days of the exhibition, with a winner being picked on each day.

We look forward to seeing you at UWL 2019 and discussing all things innovative!

For more information visit: www.utilityweeklive.co.uk

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