Ofgem Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) Show & Tell webinars – Discovery Round 3

Join us! Hear from energy networks and their partners about their Ofgem Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) Discovery phase projects. Find out what they have learnt so far in addressing the Round 3 innovation challenges.

Event Details

3-5 June 2024, mornings and afternoons



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About the event

Making the changes we need in our energy system to achieve net zero is a major challenge and it is urgent! This is why the SIF was established in 2021, to drive innovation and transformation in energy networks.

These free to attend webinars include presentations from the Discovery phase projects funded in March 2024 under the SIF. Discovery projects represent the SIF feasibility study phase, they run for 2-3 months with funding of up to £150k.

Why should I attend?

This is a great opportunity to engage with the networks and their partners, ask questions about their projects; what have they learnt so far, what do they have planned next, is there an opportunity to be involved in the next phase?

During registration, you’ll be asked to select which session(s) you wish to attend, and you will receive joining instructions for each webinar separately.

Events in the series

  • 09:30-10:40 – Enabling future hydrogen pathways for industry

    This session will include presentations from:

    • Carbon and Hydrogen transportation to SAF production facilities: National Gas Transmission PLC
    • HyNTS Maritime: National Gas Transmission PLC
    • ALCHEM (Advanced Low Carbon Hydrogen and Energy Management): Wales and West Utilities Ltd
    • Look NortH2: National Gas Transmission PLC


    11:00-12:40 – Supporting networks to drive the decarbonisation of heat

    This session will include presentations from:

    • OptiHeat: UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd
    • CoolDown: Electricity North West Ltd
    • HeatNet: UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd
    • WASH (WAstewater Sourced Heat): UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd
    • FREE (Fuel Cell Renewable Energy Equity): Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Ltd


    14:00-15:50 Flexibility solutions for a responsive future network

    This session will include presentations from:

    • EquiFlex: Scottish Power Energy Networks Holdings Ltd
    • KnowMyFlex: UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd
    • CarbonFlex: UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd
    • Flex Direct: UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd
    • REACH (Rural Energy And Community Heat): National Grid Electricity Distribution (South West) PLC
    • MaxFlex: Southern Electric Power Distribution PLC
  • 10:00-12:05 – Advanced analysis to accelerate the clean energy transition and improve system visibility

    This session will include presentations from:

    • Data Mate: UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd
    • CLIP (Community Led Integrated Planning): UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd
    • Cross Vector Energy Hub: Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Ltd
    • Realistic modelling of power-to-gas operability: National Gas Transmission PLC
    • REVISE (Revisiting and Evaluating Environmental Inputs on Line Ratings): Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission PLC
    • LV Optimiser – LVOE: SP Energy Networks
    • Fractal Flow: Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Ltd


    14:00-16:20 – Energy storage solutions to reduce stress on generation resources and improve demand side flexibility

    This session will include presentations from:

    B-Linepack+: National Gas Transmission PLC

    Hydrogen Storage in Aquifers: Wales & West Utilities Ltd

    EMStor (Exploring Geological Hydrogen Storage Opportunities for the East Midlands): Cadent Gas Ltd

    SizeWise: UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd

    Balancer: UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd

    LDES NODE: Electricity North West Ltd

    PATCH (Production And long-Term Containment of Hydrides): Northern Gas Networks Ltd

  • 10:00-12:10 – Network resilience against the impacts of climate change, digital threats and system disruptions

    This session will include presentations from:

    • N4N (Nature4Networks): Southern Electric Power Distribution PLC
    • UN:LOCK – Unblocking Networks: Local Optimisation, Consumers and Knowledge: Southern Electric Power Distribution PLC
    • Gas Volume for Embedded Electrical Generation Modelling: Southern Gas Networks PLC
    • HIRE (Hybrid-Network Improvement & Reliability Enhancement): National Grid Electricity Transmission PLC
    • BluePrint – Building Industry Collaboration and Methodologies for Developing Offshore Wind Behind Constraint: Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission PLC
    • SYSMET (SYstem Strength Measurement and EvaluaTion): Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission PLC
    • Network Security in a Quantum Future: National Grid Electricity System Operator Ltd


    14:00-16:25 – Accelerating asset rollout through network planning and modelling techniques

    This session will include presentations from:

    • Road to Power: National Grid Electricity Distribution PLC
    • Probabilistic Pathways for Energy System Planning: National Grid Electricity System Operator Ltd
    • Wayl-ease: UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd
    • GridLink: Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Ltd
    • SeaChange: Southern Electric Power Distribution PLC
    • SANND (Scenario Analysis for Non-Domestic Network Decarbonisation): Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Ltd
    • RESM (Regional Energy Strategic Modelling): Northern Gas Networks Ltd
    • Electric Thames: UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd

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