Cadent has reflected on its RIIO-1 strategy in its Innovation Annual Summary, stating it has been able to achieve significant progress in collaborating with its innovation supply chain to use new ideas.
On 1 August, it published the report in which Jim Godefroy, Head of Innovation at Cadent, listed the highlights of its innovation strategy. This included the use of robotic technology, CISBOT, to reduce disruption in London. CISBOT has enabled Cadent to fix lengths of gas pipe in some of London’s most high profile locations, while drastically reducing its impact on local road users.
Other significant innovations include the Bonded Saddle, a device which gives quick and easy access to large diameter pipes, reducing time and disruption on-site when carrying out upgrades, which Cadent has seen through to completion.
It also noted that it has entered the second year of HyDeploy, its project to demonstrate the steps required to develop a hydrogen fuel network. Customer reaction so far has been very positive owed to inconvenience and disruption being kept to a minimum, with a blend of up to 20% hydrogen with natural gas set to be used in homes from September 2019.
In terms of key learnings from RIIO-1, Cadent said it needed to improve the speed of deploying innovations; a more robust measure of the benefits of innovation; a recognition of the importance of partnerships and collaboration; and the need to consider innovation in all forms. It is implementing a refreshed innovation strategy for RIIO-2. This will focus on six key themes: leading the response to climate change; carbon neutral operations; protecting supply and safety; automation/robotics to drive productivity and service; improving experience for all customers (including those in vulnerable situations); and smarter networks for the future.