The Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) works in partnership with the UK Electricity and Gas Distribution Network Operators to identify and support businesses in developing and commercializing products for the energy sector.
The latest in a series of Calls for Innovation seeks potential solutions to a problem area identified by a gas distribution network (GDN) partner with support of other network partners focussing on ‘Remotely Operated Gas Pilot Controller’.
A large percentage of the low pressure (LP) distribution network consists of cast iron pipes which are prone to leakage at high pressure. GDN’s currently use clock controlled district governors to regulate the pressure of the distribution network to limit the volume of leakage.
As manufacturers no longer support the production of clock controller replacement parts, there is a need for a replacement control system that will allow operatives to remotely change the pressure at the district governors.
Through this call it is envisaged a new solution to replace the current governor control system with a remotely accessible device may be identified.
The new solution must not redesign current governors and must be easily accessible through multiple platforms by both control staff as well as on-site technicians.
It is recommended that applicants should have previous experience working with gas distribution networks and have a strong understanding of gas governors.
Read the full details of this innovation call here.
The network operators are open to ideas and approaches to solve this challenge. Potential solutions can range from one single idea to several innovations that complement each other.
To register initial interest and request an expression of interest form please call the Energy Innovation Centre on 0151 348 8040 or alternatively enter your details online and quote the reference number GDN-18-07.
Please note, specific EOI forms are created for each individual Call for Innovation and the matching form will be required to progress any submissions.
The closure date for registering initial interest is 12th October 2018. Please note office open hours are between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.