3-4 November 2020 ACC Liverpool

2016 Sponsors & Supporters



Electricity North West owns, operates and maintains the North West’s electricity distribution network, connecting 2.4 million homes and businesses to the national grid. It’s our job to deliver a safe, reliable supply of electricity to more than 5 million people in the region through our network of overhead lines, underground cables and substations.

Part of our role as network operator is to plan for the future and improve how we manage our network with new research, innovation and technology so we can provide an affordable and sustainable service for our customers. We are preparing for the low carbon future by developing new flexible contracts to benefit our customers and by developing smart grid technologies to enable us to intelligently manage our network to meet future demand in the best way possible.





As a global specialist in energy management and automation with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Non-residential & Residential Buildings, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Utilities & Infrastructure and Data Centres & Networks. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group's 170,000 employees achieved revenues of 25 billion euros in 2014, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.





KELVATEK is an international company with a combination of engineering design, technical support and sales offices worldwide.

The company has many sectors, including industry-leading R&D, state-of-the-art test facilities, in-house manufacturing and quality control, dedicated customer technical support and sales. Our regular customer base includes all the electricity distribution companies in UK and Ireland, the vast majority in the US and many more in Europe.

The team in KELVATEK has developed cutting-edge technology in the power sector for more than 35 years. This pedigree includes innovations in areas such as SAPIENT 24/7 support and monitoring, 11kV digital fault recorders; digital circuit breaker testing; LV fault location; transformer monitoring and much more. This unique combination of experience, dedication and in-house knowledge means that KELVATEK has the vision, strength and customer focus to bring industry-changing products to life.






For over 50 years the University of Manchester has provided world-leading research and education in energy networks. There are over 30 academics working on energy networks on projects supported by the UK Research Councils, the EU and industry. The University has been a partner on many LCNF, NIA and NIC projects including C2C, Smart Street, My Electric Avenue, Visor and FITNESS. The University is home to the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Power Networks. The research areas covered are diverse and include Low Carbon Future Energy Systems, Power Systems Analysis, Operation and Control, Local and Wide Area Monitoring, Protection and Control, Smart Grids and Cities, HVDC, Energy Storage, Power Electronics, High Voltage Engineering and Power System Plant.

Our academic capabilities are supported by a leading set of facilities including the largest HV facility of UK Universities (with a 2MV impulse generator, a 800kV AC cascade resonance test set, a 600kV DC test set and a 300kV AC test set). A six rack RTDS system provides advanced capability for hardware in the loop simulation while a fully programmable AC grid-connected energy storage system (240kVA 180kWh) connected to a the campus power system allows the control of energy storage hardware to be considered as well as emulating loads/sources on the LV network. The reconfigurable DC power networks facility (540V, 100kW) provides a platform to investigate the integration of smart grids with multiple power sources, loads, and energy storage.

The University offers a Distance Learning MSc in Electrical Power Systems Engineering that provides advanced training to those working in the power systems sector. Based on our long running MSc course, this new programme allows supports utilities in expanding and developing their workforce.

Further information can be found at www.eee.manchester.ac.uk/our-research/research-groups/eeps

More information on power conversion can be found at http://www.eee.manchester.ac.uk/our-research/research-groups/pc/





Network’s sister publication is the UK’s utilities leading business media brand, Utility Week and provides a much needed resource for engineers in the UK’s gas, power and heat networks at a time of transformation across the nation’s energy systems. Published monthly, across both print and digital platforms and with a website offering news, blogs and opinions on key developments in the energy networks landscape, Network’s editorial focus is on innovation across the energy networks. Network highlights potential technological and competitive game changers and disrupters. 






Utility Week offers access to the people running utilities. With hard hitting interviews with government ministers, CEOS and regulators, the magazine provides unrivalled insight into what matters to the people running the UK’s utilities. With regulator contributors ranging from leading CEOS to the workers on the front line, they provide a platform for dialogue within the industry, and between the industry and its partners.






We manage the network that distributes natural and green gas to 5.8 million homes and businesses across Scotland and the south of England. With our dedicated team of 3,800 people, we aim to keep our customers safe and warm by leading the way in energy delivery.

Each year we replace and upgrade around 1,100km of pipeline, connect 16,500 new customers and respond to 275,000 emergency calls to our 24 hour emergency service, ensuring we’re at the forefront of energy delivery, engineering innovation and sustainability. Innovation is key and helps us ensure we go on adding value to our customers.






CGI is a global business with 68,000 professionals in 40 countries across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe who provides end-to-end IT and business process services that facilitate the ongoing evolution of our clients’ businesses. CGI is a pioneer of innovative technology in the utilities sector with 3,000 consultants worldwide. In the UK, CGI works in partnership with network operators to deliver Britain’s low carbon future by supporting a number of innovation projects. We recognise the benefits smart grids can deliver in ensuring our energy infrastructure remains safe, reliable and economic whilst enabling the progressive adoption of low carbon technologies to meet our energy needs sustainably.

Email: enquiry.uk@cgi.com

Web: http://www.cgi-group.co.uk/





Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is an employee-owned company that delivers innovative planning, permitting, design, procurement and construction solutions that provide measurable value for our clients throughout North America and the world. We safely execute complex electric and gas transmission, distribution, telecommunication and advanced technology projects and programs. Burns & McDonnell maintains a keen focus on long-term client partnerships, and we are committed to client, project and stakeholder success. 






Impact Utilities specialise in customer engagement. Our experienced and talented team are experts in the areas of customer research, affordability, stakeholder and community engagement, segmentation, smart grids, communication effectiveness and brand health. 

We assess the impact of innovative future smart grid technology and networks, test customer acceptance of new propositions, improve customer satisfaction and service levels and measure behaviour change.

Impact Utilities utilises its understanding of the utilities sector, customer behaviour and advanced statistical techniques to translate research insights into business actions and outcomes.