Working alongside Gas Transmission and Electricity Transmission at the recent 2016 Low Carbon Networks & Innovation conference (LCNI), Gas Distribution (GDx) showcased innovation projects that will contribute to a future low carbon energy mix.
The LCNI conference provides networks, customers and stakeholders with an opportunity to discover and share the latest breakthroughs in innovation, and discuss how to tackle the challenges ahead.
The GDx innovation team led sessions on how gas will play an important role in the future energy picture. They were also on hand to talk to visitors about the range of projects in their three work areas: Future of Gas, Replacement Expenditure (REPEX) and Operational Expenditure (OPEX). Projects on display included:
Mobile virtual reality: helping operations benefit from experience
This new project is exploring the possibility of providing engineers with a library of virtual reality training platforms that can be accessed in a training environment or as a refreshment aid in the field.
The Sealback® system: minimising disruption to customers by the remote replacement of ‘live’ mains
GDx is continuously looking to improve the customer experience, by finding the most efficient ways to replace gas mains. The Sealback® system is a method of connecting to the parent main when inserting replacement polyethylene (PE) pipe, without excavating the main highway.
This would be especially valuable in high traffic or restricted areas, where excavation into a side road, rather than a main carriageway, could make a significant difference to the level of disruption.
Visit the ENA website to find out more about all of Gas Distribution’s live innovation projects.