Modernising Energy Data Access – Use Cases

Published: 13 August 2021

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 versus where we need to be – to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The Modernising Energy Data Access (MEDA) competition was set up by Innovate UK and the Modernising Energy Data group to help develop the concept of a Common Data Architecture (CDA) for the Energy Sector.

Within the alpha phase of MEDA, Energy Systems Catapult worked alongside Siemens to produce an Insights Arena, where organisations could help to contribute towards creating rich data use cases sources to provide insight into some of the most common data needs within the energy sector, including Renewable Energy Implementation, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and Smart Energy Management which were viewed and engaged with by thousands of stakeholders throughout the GB energy sector and beyond.

Within this beta phase, we have continued to work on this as a shared resource, adding in new use cases and insights based on Stakeholder engagement, both within MEDA and wider projects.

Key points

In this phase of MEDA, Energy Systems Catapult have worked to add to these use cases, covering some of the common requirements through the MEDApps competition winners and also through engagements with wider initiatives. The Use Cases are stored on the Energy Data User Needs page include, amongst others:

  • Operating a Local Flexibility Market
  • Heat-as-a-Service
  • Optimal Operation and Location Planning for Wind Turbines
  • Optimised Retrofit for Net Zero Housing

One of the most useful insights gathered from this exercise was that many of the projects knew which data that they needed to fulfil a use case, and often where to get that data from, but it was the access methods that made the data difficult to use. Many innovators favour simple access methods that cost less time and money to identify and convert the data into a usable format. We have captured the data format methods within the use case but have also further explored this in the Data Interfaces activity of this stage of MEDA.

We have also been actively communicating with the Open Energy project into the ways in which datasets can be better accessed, through increased searchability and easy to interpret interfaces and how these features will readily have incorporated into the Common Data Architecture solution.