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Innovate with us

We work with companies of all sizes to deliver innovation that benefits our customers.

The UK Power Networks Innovation team leads projects ranging in value from £50,000 to more than £25 million.

We want to work with industry to research and trial ideas that can add value to our network and be translated into Business-As-Usual.

Our work focuses on three areas:

Future-Ready – a future-ready distribution business providing new services, which meet the needs of tomorrow’s customers

Efficient & Effective – the best DNO Group in delivering value through innovation and the benchmark for best practice

Net Zero Ready – consistently credited as an active facilitator of, and not an obstacle to, the low carbon transition

To find out more about the challenges we’re looking to overcome, download our Innovation Needs document

The UK Power Networks Innovation team leads projects ranging in value from £50,000 to more than £25 million. We want to work with industry to research and trial ideas that can add value to our network and be translated into business as usual.

Access support and send us your innovation ideas via the EIC (Energy Innovation Centre)

The EIC brings innovators and industry together.

We partner with the EIC to find and progress transformative ideas from SMEs and innovators. The EIC’s specialist team will guide you through the application process, share many helpful innovator resources, and if necessary advise on the best funding options for your ideas.

Visit the EIC’s dedicated innovator support page.

Support is free of charge and includes access to various resources like:

  • the ultimate guide to innovating with the energy networks
  • an interactive funding finder
  • a single industry calendar

Solutions can also be proposed in response to ‘calls for innovation’, or ideas with the potential to benefit our industry partners can be submitted any time. See the latest opportunities here.

We are also working with the EIC to remove barriers to innovation and have signed up to an Industry and Innovator Operating Charter. Get involved, share your experience of working with us or voice a concern.


Submit an idea

Simply fill in the form below, outlining the problem and how your proposal solves it. Once submitted we will assess your idea and if it is worth exploring further. We will keep you informed and let you know if we need any further information, and whether your idea has been successful in moving forward in our review process or not.

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