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16 November 2016 | The Brewery, London, UK


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Power Award Winner 2016


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Intelligently meshing LV networks using power electronic soft open points

Soft Open Points are a smart solution to overcome the challenges inherent in meshing LV networks. The innovative use of power electronics enables capacity sharing, voltage control and power factor support. If rolled out across the UK, intelligent meshing could unlock potential savings of over £110 million to electricity bill-payers.

UK Power Networks

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The judging panel commented:

“The Soft Open Point (S.O.P.) has been successfully deployed at 24 points on a distribution network and has shown the potential to bring societal and economic benefits by not having to install new assets and increasing transformer asset life.”


Also shortlisted:


FITNESS concept for the UK’s first fully integrated digital substation

ABB, GE Grid Solutions, Synaptec, The University of Manchester and SP Energy Networks are collaborating to show how digital communications over fibre can replace copper connections to protect, monitor and control substations in power transmission networks. Benefits are reduced investment, risk and environmental impact and greater flexibility, controllability and availability.

ABB, SP Energy Networks and GE Grid Solutions

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Kinewell Layout Optimisation of Cable (KLOC) software for offshore wind

The KLOC software optimises the geographic electrical connections that link offshore wind turbines to a substation with subsea cables, collecting the power before sending it to shore. It is estimated to save up to £30m per GW of installed capacity through more economically efficient cable placement and reduced electrical losses.

Kinewell Energy

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Monitoring to provide a pre-ignition solution to electrical fires

The simple objective was to find a solution to the problem of fires which occur within electrical installations and equipment. Our innovation is a heat detection system for electrical connections and components which permanently monitor in order to provide very early warning of overheat conditions and prevent potential fires.


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Applying grid management technology dynamic demand to a regulated industry

DD balances demand on the national grid by turning equipment on and off to increase and decrease load on the national grid. United Utilities is the first to apply DD within a highly regulated industry that has to maintain wastewater treatment and clean water supply within tight tolerances.

United Utilities

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Power information


Category scope

Entries to the IET Power Innovation Award category are welcomed from all organisations: universities, clients, consulting engineers, contractors, suppliers and component manufacturers.

The Power Award category welcomes innovations where development has reached the stage where its potential has been clearly identified.

Entries can range from research concepts and ideas to technical issues and industrial applications, and are encouraged from, but not limited to, the themes and topics in the following areas:



  • Conventional generation
  • Carbon
  • Nuclear
  • Hydro power
  • Gas
  • Steam
  • Renewables


Transmission and distribution

  • HV transmission
  • AC and DC
  • Operation
  • Management
  • Reliability
  • Integrated systems
  • Regional and national distribution
  • Industrial distribution



  • Instrumentation
  • Control
  • Management
  • Recording
  • Inspection
  • Monitoring
  • Smart meters