Engineering specialist’s game-changing technology receives top industry accolade

EA Technology, a world-leading company in power systems engineering consultancy and support, has achieved a top industry award this week (23 July 2020).  The Gamechanger Award was presented for a project the company has delivered with Northern Powergrid, to improve and accelerate the connection process within low voltage (LV) networks.

The Gamechanger Award was one of the categories in the Network Awards 2020, an awards ceremony aimed at the energy networks industry and its supply chain. EA Technology and Northern Powergrid were recognised for the ground-breaking work the companies had achieved with the delivery of their AutoDesign system.

As energy networks prepare for a radically different future, they are seeking new products and technologies that will help them meet changing customer needs efficiently and effectively. The Gamechanger Award recognises the new technology or product that is most likely to change the game for networks, with potential to create lasting benefits for the business, its customers and other stakeholders.

The judging was based on evidence of innovation, quantifiable results and proof of applicability across the industry. EA Technology’s AutoDesign is a revolutionary online software tool that simplifies the process of creating new electrical connections. Led by Northern Powergrid, the project aims to improve and accelerate the connection process, particularly to meet growing needs around installing electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints and servicing new housing developments.

EA Technology was responsible for the software development for AutoDesign, a free to use, web-based tool which provides customers with visibility of the LV network. It shows customers where new connections are possible and allows non-technical customers to design them, drawing the cable route through an easy-to-use interface.

Speaking about the award, EA Technology’s Technical Director, Dave A Roberts, said: “The development of AutoDesign was a fascinating project to work on with Northern Powergrid. AutoDesign simplifies a process which can take up to 10 days, by enabling users to quickly establish where capacity exists in the network and providing instant budget quotations for new connections in a matter of minutes. We felt strongly that it would be an industry gamechanger and receiving this award reinforces our belief.”

AutoDesign is live on Northern Powergrid’s public internet, and is being used to help manage increased demand for new connection requests, especially for EV chargepoints and housing developments, by allowing customers to self-serve for budget estimates. Accessible via any modern web browser, AutoDesign automatically performs the complex engineering calculations for the user.

As well as leading software development, EA Technology will continue to advance AutoDesign’s capabilities and provide ongoing maintenance and support, to ensure the tool remains functional and up-to-date.

For more information on EA Technology and AutoDesign, contact Helen Hanratty, Head of Marketing, on helen.hanratty@eatechnology.com

About AutoDesign, in summary:

• Shows customers the best locations to connect to Northern Powergrid’s existing LV cables and overhead network
• Allows customers to make informed decisions on the best places to connect
• Provides instant budget quotations for new LV connections
• Simplifies the connections process and improves customer experience.