The IGEM North East & Yorkshire Section returned to Harrogate Pavillions for its Annual Innovation Event to find out what the Internet of Things holds for the gas industry.
The event included presentations from keynote speakers Keith Owen, Head of Systems Development and Energy Strategy at Northern Gas Networks, and Dr David Dunn, CEO of Sunderland Software City.
Keith Owen started by discussing the realities of climate change and an overview of the UK gas industry’s research activities, including projects such as InTEGRel, H21, HyDeploy, HyNet, H100, and Hy4Heat.
The message is clear, said Keith: decarbonisation means more complexity. The shift from clean gas to green gas starts with the introduction of blended hydrogen into the gas networks, and progresses towards the transportation of hydrogen in converted networks.
Keith also discussed digital technologies, and the important role that artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, and the Internet of Things will have to play in progressing to efficient, green gas networks.
Dr David Dunn started his presentation by busting some myths, the first one being that technology is someone else’s job. In fact, we all have a responsibility to understand how technology can help our industry, without the need to be an expert. In addition, David discussed the process of data creation, wrangling, analysis, and visualisation and gave an overview of the benefits of augmented reality.
The keynote speakers were followed by a series of fantastic presentations from YPPC heat winner Andrew Wynne and the event sponsors.
The exhibition hall was full of examples of innovative products and projects from manufacturers and consultancies. The event was a showcase of the success of the UK gas industry over the last year, and served as an example of the ambitious plans to embrace innovation, and achieve CO₂ reduction targets in years to come.