Engineering Innovation

Engineering innovation

From AI to exceptional engineering, discover the latest developments shaping the future of energy. 

Cable laying in Norway for the National Grid and Statnett North Sea Link (NSL) interconnector

First-of-its-kind engineering feat amidst the fjords

Building the world’s longest undersea cable, to allow the UK to share zero carbon energy with Norway, has brought some challenges. Read more about how we engineered smart solutions to deal with tough terrain and fishing lakes.

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Interconnector cables being pulled across a beach - used for the National Grid article 'Connecting electricity systems for a greener Britain'

Connecting electricity systems for a greener Britain

National Grid’s Nick Sides explains how the company’s interconnectors – undersea cables that allow us to exchange energy with neighbouring countries – are contributing to creating a greener Britain.

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Photo of Jack Kelly - used for the National Grid story 'Jack Kelly: using Artificial Intelligence to   address climate change'

Jack Kelly: using Artificial Intelligence to address climate change

Data Scientist Jack Kelly, 39, applies his deep expertise in Artificial Intelligence to predict electricity demand and renewable energy supply, and in turn cut carbon emissions. After studying to post-doctoral level and following a job at Google Deepmind, he now splits his time between working at National Grid and non-profit business Open Climate Fix.

Sunset on Solar

ESO: How we’re helping smaller generators to change their settings

Graham Stein, Network Operability Manager at National Grid ESO, explains why we’re helping smaller generators to change their settings as part of the Loss of Mains Change programme.

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Electricity pylons against sunset for National Grid Partners investing in SparkCognition

Exploring AI in cybersecurity: National Grid Partners invests in SparkCognition

The industrial and business world is increasingly realising the benefits Artificial Intelligence (AI) can bring. AI has the power to analyse complex data, deliver actionable insights, increase the production value of assets and protect against cyber threats.

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Boring machine 'Mary' on a truck

Tunnel boring machine 'Mary' helps break record under the Humber

National Grid’s replacement River Humber Pipeline is almost 5km in length, construction of the pipeline – which will sit within a tunnel under the riverbed – will be a significant feat of engineering. Central to the task has been a giant tunnel boring machine affectionately known as ‘Mary’.

Sunset over solar panels for ESO article

ESO: Solar power that never sleeps

Find out how solar power helped to keep the lights on even at night as part of a pioneering trial in East Sussex.

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Grain ship docked in harbour

Grain LNG sets record for European gas send out

Grain LNG, Europe’s largest LNG terminal has exported a record breaking amount of gas in a single day.

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