Breadth of UK Energy Innovation Awards shortlist reflects the transforming energy system

The Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) is pleased to reveal the shortlist for the much anticipated UK Energy Innovation Awards 2016.

Now in its sixth year, the awards celebrate the best new technologies and innovations that are having a positive impact on the UK energy industry and benefitting energy customers.

This year the standard of entries was exceptionally high and the best smart grid innovation category saw its highest number of entries to date, reflecting the shift in the industry. A panel of senior figures from the industry met to review all of the submissions for the ten categories and agree on the final shortlist which includes 58 innovative technologies, projects and firms from across the electricity, gas and offshore renewables sectors.

EIC’s managing director, Denise Massey, who chaired the judging panel comments: “The scope and quality of the shortlisted entries to this year’s awards reflects the shift in the industry towards new technologies, new business models and new ways of working.

The Best Smart Grid Innovation award has proven to be one of this year’s most popular categories, with the high number of entries being driven by mainstream adoption of this technology by the industry.”

The winners of the UK Energy Innovation Awards 2016 will be announced at a black tie awards ceremony in Manchester on April 28th 2016.

The official sponsors for the UK Energy Innovation Awards 2016 are: Wales & West Utilities, UKTI North West, Northern Gas Networks, Energy Systems Catapult, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution, Power Networks Demonstration Centre and Kelvatek.  The awards are being supported by media partner, Utility Week.

The full list of shortlisted companies is:

Best electricity network improvement


Best gas network improvement


Best innovation implemented or adopted by a contractor


Best innovation contributing to quality & reliability of gas or electricity supply


Best international trade


Best offshore renewables innovation


Best safety innovation


Environmental impact


Best smart grid innovation


Best university technology