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Modernising Energy Data Access

Data is the single biggest enabler of a decarbonised, decentralised and digitised energy future. It’s the tool that will bridge the gap between where we are now vs. where we need to be to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050.

In June 2019, the Energy Systems Catapult published the Energy Data Taskforce: A Strategy for a Modern Digitalised Energy System report, which advocates for energy data, asset and infrastructure visibility. In this report, we outline the three relevant building blocks to support the realisation of this vision:

  • Asset Registration Strategy
  • Data Catalogue
  • Digital System Map

Collectively the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), energy regulator Ofgem and Innovate UK performed an initial analysis and endorsed the recommendation of enabling these building blocks in the form of a Common Data Architecture.

As part of the Prospering from the Energy Revolution programme under the Industrial Strategy, Innovate UK launched the Modernising Energy Data Access competition, designed to enable energy data to be open-sourced for the benefit of society.

The Energy Systems Catapult have been working on a variety of deliverables through the project lifecycle, initially working with Siemens to build on the requirements needed for an online data architecture and then being commissioned by Innovate UK to deliver on a further three deliverables.

MEDA Phase 1

In phase one we carried out a discovery piece into the ways in which various data stakeholders can connect, from the providers to the users, to explore the ways in which the Common Data Architecture solution can make this more cohesive. We held stakeholder workshops, including over 100 stakeholders to determine weighted prioritisation of functional user needs, systems and data requirements. From this we produced the following reports;

MEDA Phase 2

In phase two of the project, we furthered our research into the ways in which data could be more cohesively integrated into a Common Data Architecture. We continued to actively engage with the stakeholder community and share our workings, in order to gain feedback as we developed them. We produced three deliverables in this phase; an Energy Data Glossary of Terms, a deep dive into data licensing options and an Insights Arena. From this we produced the following reports;

MEDA Phase 3

In phase three we worked alongside Ice Breaker One, to further develop the ways in which data could be integrated into their beta Common Data Architecture solution. We continued with the MEDA Energy Glossary, developing it into a machine readable resource, to ensure that it provided longevity as a solution, and was universally accessible. We also continued to develop the Energy Data User Needs Arena, creating thirteen energy data use cases, as well as developing two MVP data interface solutions; LSOA Energy Consumption Dataset and Embedded Capacity Register. We also produced the following reports;

Harnessing Digital and Data

Utilising a range of services, tools and expertise, such as data science, algorithms and artificial intelligence or access existing consumer and technical data.

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