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Innovation Programme

Utility Week Live

Net Zero Living – understanding decarbonisation solutions

17 May 2023
Innovation Stage

Northern Gas Networks together with partners Northumbrian Water, Newcastle University and Northern Powergrid are excited to be launching the customer village this summer.    

The Customer Energy Village consists of three 1910’s terraced homes, two 1930s semi-detached houses, a 1950s bungalow, two flats from the 1970s and a detached home from the 1990s.   

These properties represent millions of UK homes and will help researchers understand which decarbonisation solutions are best suited to different housing stock. Each home will contain high levels of instrumentation with digital sensors recording data such as external / room-by-room internal temperatures, humidity, and heat loss.  All data will be centrally stored and used to assess performance of green technologies and shape future innovation.    

The village has been built with [£1.86m] funding and support from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership via the Getting Britain Building Fund.    

David Lynch, Strategy manager, Future Energy Transition, Northern Gas Networks 
Lewis Kirkwood – Innovation development manager, Northern Gas Networks 
Jessica Cook, Net zero programme manager, North of Tyne Combined Authority
Chris Jones – Research and development manager, Northumbrian Water Group 


David Lynch, Strategy manager, future energy transition - Northern Gas Networks
Lewis Kirkwood, Innovation department manager - Northern Gas Networks
Jessica Cook, Net zero programme manager - North of Tyne Combined Authority
Chris Jones, Research and development manager - Northumbrian Water Group


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