EIC showcases the power of collaboration at LCNI

With one of the biggest events in the energy sector’s calendar taking place next week, the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) is busy making the final preparations to its programme of events at this year’s LCNI Conference.

Hosted at the ACC Liverpool, the LCNI event runs from 24th – 26th November and showcases the learning from electricity and gas network innovation projects. EIC will be based at stand H15 along with seven SMEs from its innovation community that are shaking up the industry with their novel technologies.

In addition to the main exhibition, EIC is also sponsoring the Smart Breakfast at LCNI. Organised by the IET and the UK-Israel Tech Hub, the networking event will discuss how energy businesses in the UK can benefit from Israeli innovation in the areas of operational efficiency, cyber-security, customer services and asset life extension. Delegates at the conference can join the Smart Breakfast on 24th November at 9am in room 3A at the ACC in Liverpool by signing up here.

EIC will be joined at its stand by a host of different SMEs that are working with UK gas distribution networks (GDNs) and distribution network operators (DNOs):


Piezotag develops Energy Harvest (EH) devices for when traditional means of delivering power via a direct supply or batteries is impractical or impossible.

EON Reality

EON Reality is a world leader in virtual and augmented reality based knowledge transfer and it offers a wide range of products from goggles and headsets to large screens and fixed and mobile booths, as well as the means of developing the suite of VR or AR software packages.

Sticky World

Greenwich-based SME, Sticky World, is to develop technology that helps individuals and organisations involve others in conversations about their plans, projects, ideas and decisions. The digital platform will allow the networks to open forums and discussions regarding their current works or future projects to gauge the attitude and acceptance of the wider community.

Pollywood Ltd

The core competencies of Pollywood are bio-resins and innovative wood products. The company is currently proposing a material that can be used to create alternative high-strength wooden power poles.


CNIguard delivers smart sensoring solutions, turnkey systems and consultancy services including vulnerability assessments, prevention & protection, response & recovery and total project management. Working with Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD), CNIguard has developed an Overhead Line Monitoring System (OHLMS). The device addresses the problem of high voltage conductor cables sagging within reach of the public or general infrastructure.


VONAQ specialises in designing handheld test solutions for the telecoms industry.  Through the EIC, VONAQ is now in talks with DNOs to develop a device that assess ultimate breaking strength (UBS) above and below ground of wooden electricity poles.

Smart Compliance

Working with three of the four UK GDNs, Smart Compliance designs, manufactures and sells intelligent carbon monoxide monitors that alert a nominated mobile phone when the deadly gas is detected. In a project facilitated by the EIC, the alarm is currently being trialled in 600 properties across the GDNs’ regions.

As well as exhibiting alongside ground-breaking SMEs, EIC will also be showcasing Project Futurewave on stand. Currently in development, Futurewave is a digital platform that has the potential to engage communities and to change the way they think and behave in relation to their energy.

Denise Massey, managing director at the Energy Innovation Centre, said: “The LCNI conference is a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge and discuss ideas on how we can all play a part in positively impacting the UK energy sector. It is also a great way for the companies from our innovation community to promote themselves to the industry.

“This is a particularly exciting year for us as we will be letting visitors get hands-on with the Futurewave prototype. We’re really looking forward to seeing the general reaction to it and getting feedback. LCNI presents a very timely opportunity for further user testing before we embark into phase 3 of the project.”

If you’re attending the LCNI conference, come and visit us at stand H15 and learn more about how these innovative SMEs are changing the future of the energy industry.