Utonomy has developed innovative technology to automatically optimise the pressure in gas distribution networks. This is currently done manually and doesn’t take account of large seasonal and daily variations in demand. As leakage from the network is directly proportional to pressure, optimisation of pressure leads to a significant reduction in leakage. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, so it is critically important to keep leakage to a minimum. The Utonomy solution also reduces operating costs and the cost of lost gas giving gas network operators an ROI of less than two years.

Utonomy was founed in May 2015 by Adam Kingdon, who was previously CEO and Founder of i2O Water, a leading specialist in pressure optimisation in water networks, whose revenues he grew to £6m (€7.8m). Senior managers also have experience in telecom software and market development for smart meters for energy and water. The company further consists of hardware and software engineers developing the Active Grid Management.