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EIC forms partnerships with Anglian and Yorkshire

The Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) has announced partnerships with Anglian Water and Yorkshire Water.

The new partnerships will accelerate the delivery of innovative projects and provide both companies with support in their commitment to creating long-term value for their customers, respective regional economies and the communities they serve.

The EIC’s operations director, Matthieu Michel, said: "We are excited to be collaborating with these forward-thinking organisations who are equally committed to creating a sustainable and resilient water system. 

"Our global network of innovators will bring huge value to the operations of both companies with their specialist skills and ability to think outside of the box, and our expert team have already begun work on finding innovative solutions for both Anglian and Yorkshire Water."

Innovation is recognised as a critical enabler in addressing the challenges faced by the water industry and collaboration with the EIC will allow for an increased depth and pace of innovation, leading to positive steps towards achieving a sustainable future.

Michael Taylor, innovation integration manager at Anglian Water, said: “Our collaboration with the EIC complements our wider innovation strategy. We believe that expanding our network of engaged innovators to include those from the energy sector will bring fresh thinking and new ideas – helping us to address challenges within the water industry.”

Richard Kershaw, innovation programme manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “The innovation team at Yorkshire Water are delighted to be working with the EIC to identify and evaluate new innovative opportunities and solutions to operational challenges. Working with the EIC and their global community will help improve the service we deliver to customers, and in doing so, help us to deliver on our '5 Big Goals'.

"Innovation is a top priority for Yorkshire Water and the Innovation investment programme is delivering a wide range of projects which will realise long-term benefits for customers, the environment and the regional economy.”

The EIC has strong existing partnerships with eight gas, electricity and water networks and said it expects the opportunity for cross-sector collaboration to prove equally beneficial for those companies.

Ian Cameron, head of innovation at UK Power Networks, said: “The EIC’s newest partnerships will not only help us realise the full potential of cross sector collaboration through the sharing of best practice, they will further support the development and commercialisation of technologies that will have applications and benefits across many sectors. We look forward to generating new collaborative approaches and generating shared value as we move closer to a sustainable future.”

The search for innovative solutions has already begun for both Anglian and Yorkshire, and the coming weeks will see the launch of several challenges to the global Innovation community. The first is looking for a low-cost sewer monitoring device for small diameter pipes.

Author: Robin Hackett, editor, WWT
Topic: Innovation
Tags: Anglian Water , Yorkshire Water , Innovation

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