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System operator innovation

We are working with innovation partners to adapt to changes in the energy system. New energy technologies and more renewables mean that we need to operate the grid in new and different ways. Our strategy outlines innovation opportunities that we want to solve in partnership with you.

System operator (SO) innovation strategy

Three mega-trends are shaping the future energy system. These are changing supply and demand patterns, creating opportunities for new players and new markets, and presenting challenges to the way the grid is operated.

The SO’s innovation strategy breaks down these mega-trends into sector issues and addresses them with 16 innovation priorities (below). Read our innovation strategy here.

Developing DSOs & whole system operability
Improving short-term generation/supply & demand forecasting
Managing volatility in a low-inertia system
Leveraging analytics in a data-enabled future
Delivering enhanced cyber security
Enabling more non-synchronous connections
Supporting voltage and reactive power
Optimising constraint management
Reimagining system restoration
Creating markets for the future
Harnessing a digitised grid
Understanding long-term behavioural change in consumption and generation
Enabling changing gas flows
Enhancing visibility of DER
Unlocking flexibility
Embracing gas specification diversity

Work with us

We work with industry and academic partners to develop and deliver innovation projects. The SO’s Innovation Team is here to connect stakeholders with the right people inside National Grid. We develop innovation projects from concept to implementation, collaborating internally and with suppliers to get projects off the ground. The innovation cycle shows you how and when to get involved. See the How we Work document for full details here.

Or get in touch by emailing [email protected].



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