Energeo: Harnessing the power of geospatial data to deploy low carbon

Energeo harness the power of geospatial big data, alongside advances in machine learning to deliver intelligence that identifies the most beneficial locations to deploy low carbon technologies, reducing the costs and timescales associated with traditional manual methods.

The firm was selected by Energy Systems Catapult’s Energy Launchpad to receive specialist business support to accelerate them on their path to growth, drawing on their range of advanced capabilities as well as those of their wide network of partners.

The Innovation

Energeo uses geospatial technology (such as satellite imagery) and analytical techniques (e.g. machine learning) to automatically identify the most beneficial locations to deploy low carbon technologies.

This location-based intelligence is used as a form of ‘digital surveying’ that reduces the costs and timescales associated with traditional manual methods.

The company has a software-as-a-service offering, the Energy Project Identification Platform (EPIP). This browser-based platform enables end users to visualise, contextualise and interrogate this data within an intuitive interface, and enables the modelling of future low carbon deployment scenarios to determine the potential impact on low voltage grid infrastructure.

With access to the correct data, the innovation allows stakeholders to:

  • Rapidly identify opportunities to deploy low carbon technology, aggregate projects or co-locate technologies
  • Work out the potential energy generation from renewable/sustainable energy
  • Estimate the potential carbon emissions reduction from wide-scale low carbon technology deployment
  • Forecast the potential return power flow from low carbon technologies to assess impact at local grid level.

The Challenge

The Birmingham-based innovator had opened dialogue with around 40 of over 220 local authorities in the UK that identified they had “declared a climate emergency”.

Energeo also opened early stage discussions with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UKPN, Sovereign Housing, CENEX and others on providing data and software to support their low carbon technology planning.

Taken together these shows the potential scalability in the UK public sector alone.

Energeo was keen to fully understand how and where its products and services could create new value. They are looking for support in identifying the right market fit for their business, and also in determining any necessary changes in their products, services, approach and messaging to break into this sector.

Figure 1: Screenshot of Energeo’s EPIP software package

Figure 1: Screenshot of Energeo’s EPIP software package

The Solution

Energy Systems Catapult is home to the Energy Launchpad that draws on our capabilities and assets, along with those of our partners. The Energy Launchpad provides innovators with tailored incubation and acceleration support to help address systemic barriers, de-risk innovation, help businesses scale and secure investment.

Energy Launchpad’s Accelerator programme offers scale-up support for selected high-impact potential SMEs. Support includes those areas outlined in incubation but in more depth, as well as help to access demonstration environments such as our Living Lab, engagement with potential corporate clients and investors, and links to international opportunities.

Energy Launchpad – Accelerator

Energy Systems Catapult and its partners delivered:

Mike Battersby, CMO, Energeo

“(We have) greater preparedness for attracting investment and business development and business model proposition. Preparing the pitch and just getting the pitch refined and prepared. Our pitches are very detailed now and we wouldn't have the data and information that we have now without the support from the Catapult.”

The Impact

Energy Systems Catapult’s support has helped Energeo to:

  • Accelerate their Technology Readiness Level from TRL 3/4 at the start of the Energy Launchpad acceleration programme to TRL 7/8.
  • Utilise the market research as a launchpad to “get the connections that [they] wouldn’t otherwise and do it quickly!”

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