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Power crew’s flying visit lifts museum
Power crew’s flying visit lifts museum

14 June 2022: Fifty staff from UK Power Networks Services donated their time to a speedy makeover of the memorial garden, outdoor seating areas, visitor pathway and service courtyard of the Army Flying Museum in Hampshire.

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Sustainability

Enabling Port of Felixstowe to take major step  towards Net Zero
Enabling Port of Felixstowe to take major step towards Net Zero

6 June 2022: UK Power Networks Services has won a contract to take the UK’s largest container port, and one of the largest in Europe, a step closer to Net Zero.

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Industries

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

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UK Power Networks Services wins £40 million Piccadilly line power upgrade
UK Power Networks Services wins £40 million Piccadilly line power upgrade

21 July 2022: UK Power Networks Services will complete electrical infrastructure upgrades to allow a new fleet of trains to operate on the Piccadilly line and improve reliability and service frequency.

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ICP network connections

We’re a Independent Connections Provider with extensive high voltage engineering experience, delivering high-quality connections across the UK.

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Delivering a resilient and sustainable electricity supply for the UK’s data centres
Delivering a resilient and sustainable electricity supply for the UK’s data centres

Antony White, Client Delivery Manager ICP, discusses the challenges that data centres face meeting capacity requirements, ensuring a resilient energy supply and balancing sustainability pressures.

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Guide to EVs part four: Challenges to consider

UKPNS Guide To Evs

Technologies are maturing and becoming cost effective for an increasing number of use-cases, however, there are still a number of risks and challenges for EV fleet transition.

Vehicle and infrastructure technologies are maturing and have become cost effective for an increasing number of use-cases. However, there are still a number of risks and challenges for fleets to consider as they transition to EVs.

What are the key risks, growing pains and challenges to consider?

With the sector just entering mass-market adoption, risks and challenges can be expected:

  • Government subsidy risk: As seen in the solar PV sector, dependency on government subsidy can leave businesses vulnerable when these temporary subsidies are removed. Longer-term strategies for EV fleet development should be based on real-costs of vehicles.
  • Manufacturer plans: Emissions regulations and public opinion following the diesel emissions testing scandal have pushed manufacturers to accelerate EV development. This has resulted in rapid and healthy competition. However, this innovation costs money and vehicle manufacturers are investing heavily as a result. This is only sustainable if costs of production decrease and vehicles become affordable and practical for the mass-market.
  • Charging infrastructure roaming: Simple and open access to all public charge-points is essential for mass-market adoption. This can either be through roaming agreements, or universal adoption of contactless payments in charge-points. This will drive competition to reduce cost to serve and improve reliability.
  • Integrating into business as usual: For fleets, the challenges of integrating EVs into existing business practices can be significant. This may require retraining of drivers and facilities staff, as well as the need for charging infrastructure mentioned previously.

Partnerships are essential for this transition as expertise in automotive, fleet management, technology, energy and infrastructure are all required to manage the transition and minimise the risks and challenges involved.

 

Authored by Jonathan Bassett, Technology and Innovation Consultant

Read part three here

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