About us

We provide energy solutions which optimise existing assets. We integrate new technologies to deliver improved performance and commercial benefits.

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UK Power Networks Services to help deliver Greater Manchester’s greener future

19 September 2019: We are delivering projects to renew and upgrade Manchester Metrolink’s electrical infrastructure.

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Industries

Our clients include some of the highest profile public and private sector organisations with critical infrastructure in complex environments.

Our industries
Manchester Airport

We relocated a substation from the middle of the aircraft taxiway to enable the airport’s expansion programme. The substation powers associated airfield ground lighting and airport communications.

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Solutions

We deliver safe, reliable and innovative bespoke energy solutions enabling our clients to concentrate on their core business.

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How can I achieve my sustainability ambitions?

The UK has committed to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. It has set an ambitious legal target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

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Careers

Employing world-class engineers and professionals, we pride ourselves on the expertise of our people to deliver for our clients

Careers
The power of diversity and inclusion

Embracing diversity and inclusion as a strategic imperative is critical for any organisation that strives for high performance.

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Driving towards an all-electric future

The electric vehicle transition is gathering pace, and the question has turned from if to when uptake will reach a tipping point.

Our clients are seeing the transition of their fleet to EVs as an opportunity to develop their reputation and corporate social responsibility, support the reduction of vehicle running costs and meet their business sustainability targets. The UK EV and charging infrastructure market has strong government support with a new £400m fund, as well as £100m in extra funding to support the current grants for hybrid and electric.

Electric vehicle implementation has now become one of the core sustainability strategies for the majority of organisations.

Whether businesses are switching to pure-electric, range-extended electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, an important consideration is the development of both the electricity network and EV charging infrastructure to support their transition ambitions.

Businesses typically need to consider the use of on-street, offstreet, en-route, depot, or destination charging infrastructure as part of any transition strategy. The development of charging infrastructure on site could be cost prohibitive if not considered early in the EV transition planning process.

In developing charging infrastructure at a site, understanding the projected EV load, existing connection capacity, energy costs and security, and phasing of the infrastructure investment are key considerations. This is essential, especially given that a fleet of 20 3.5 tonne electric vans can double the annual energy demand of an average small depot.

 

These challenges can be overcome through:

  • Active network management to minimise network reinforcement
  • Energy storage and on-site generation to reduce costs
  • A staged infrastructure investment approach
  • The change in capital and operational expenditure mix, and an appropriate funding mechanism
  • Opportunities for income from the aggregation of assets – for example, V2G
  • Long-term maintenance and asset management of the asset

The benefits of this multi-faceted approach is that businesses can build the infrastructure now and easily adjust their strategy as further innovation opportunities emerge, the EV and charging infrastructure market matures, and their business requirements change.

When working with our clients, we encourage taking a long-term approach to optimise and integrate charging infrastructure and ultimately deliver commercial, sustainability and fleet ambitions.

With the right EV Infrastructure strategy, commercial and public sector enterprises can gain competitive advantage, lock in value and achieve their low emission transport ambitions with close to zero-marginal cost.

 

Authored by Kieran Coughlan, Head of Asset Management

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