EIC Innovation Newsletter May 2019


Innovation call:

Live fitting of pipeline isolation valves

Currently, there is no readily available method to insert a Pipeline Isolation Valve (PIV) onto metallic mains under live conditions.

The challenge in this area is to install this equipment without interruption to customer supply in the following circumstances:

  • Where Installations require a method of isolation for use in an emergency, particularly prevalent for use on Multiple Occupancy Buildings (MOBs)
  • To avoid the replacement of steel Riser systems with polyethylene once disconnected from the parent supply

For full details of this innovation call and to register your interest click here.

Innovation need:

Sewer blockages and collapses

Water companies are seeking innovative methods to strengthen their pollution and sewer flooding reduction programmes. To overcome these challenges, all aspects of sewer blockages and collapses must be addressed, from prevention to more efficient detection and resolution.

For full details of this innovation need and to register your interest click here.

We are hiring!

We currently have a range of exciting opportunities to join our team here at the EIC.

We offer the opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment where each day brings new challenges. We look for motivated people, who are team players and strive for results, and we reward your efforts with an excellent remuneration and benefits package.

If you would like to join our team, check out our latest vacancies below:

See all of our current vacancies here.


Entries for the 2019 UK Energy Innovation Awards are now closed

After extending the deadline and receiving a flurry of last-minute entries, submissions for our 2019 UK Energy Innovation Awards are now closed.

We received a multitude of impressive entries and the competition for a place on this year’s shortlist is set to be fierce.

Introducing our judges

The judging process is now well underway and we are excited to announce our panel of judges for 2019.

From a diverse range of backgrounds, we have industry experts from Ofgem, IGEM and our energy network partners. Find out more about who will be judging our awards here.

Shortlisted entries will be announced on Friday 21 June 2019.

General sponsorship

Entries for the UK Energy Innovation Awards 2019 may be closed, however there’s still an opportunity to get involved!

If you would like to find out more about sponsoring the most prestigious event in the energy industry’s calendar, and the ticket packages we have available, click here.

The awards, which have been showcasing the industry’s latest and greatest since 2011, are greatly supported by the industry and continue to offer an unprecedented opportunity for industry and innovators to come together and celebrate the ideas and technologies that benefit customers, the environment, industry and the supply chain.

News & updates

Utility Week Live 2019

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our network partners and all of the SMEs that took part in our collaborative stand at Utility Week Live 2019.

The event was a resounding success, with both the Electricity Zone and the Innovation Zone seeing a fantastic footfall and facilitating valuable interactions between key industry players and up and coming innovators.

Congratulations to the winners of our Big Energy Pitch: Robert Sunderland from Digital Engineering, Alistair Roberts from iPower, and Hogne Fevang from eSmart Systems. All of the presenters that took part were very impressive, and the competition was tough – we got to see a variety of ground-breaking new technologies from our innovation community and the judges were highly impressed with the quality of innovations presented.

The EIC's new digital platform

With our new, enriched Interactive Hub, you will be able to promote innovation ideas and products, share projects, open-up discussions within the community and access innovator resources such as the Innovator Toolkit and the Funding Finder.

Explore the new platform at www.ukeic.com

Listening project recording sessions

We would like to thank the SMEs that took part in our recording session, on 30 May, for the next installation of the EIC Listening Project podcasts.

It was extremely insightful to hear your thoughts and opinions on the industry and to explore current industry topics from the point of view of the innovator - we are sure it will make for some very interesting episodes!

In the meantime, you can listen to the EIC Listening Project on iTunes and Spotify. Alternatively you can listen here.

After the Awards: Synaptec interview with Philip Orr

Synaptec won the EIC award for Best Offshore Renewables Innovation in 2017. As a very young company operating in a fairly conservative market, its team felt that entering the awards would be an important step forward in garnering credibility in its innovative technology.

Read their inspiring story here.

After the Awards: Synthotech Ltd interview with Simon Langdale

Synthotech won the UK Energy Innovation Award for Best Innovation Contributing to Customer Quality & Reliability of Gas Supply in 2017. Synthotech’s close collaboration with the innovation team at its gas distribution customer, Northern Gas Networks, led to the creation of an innovative solution that met a real business need.

Read their inspiring story here.


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