Independent thought leadership and practical expertise that harnesses digital and data innovation to tackle the hardest challenges on the way to Net Zero

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Accelerating to Net Zero with digital and data innovation

As an independent convener we help innovators, industry, government and regulators to design the future energy system by providing evidence and insight that shapes digitalisation policy, regulations, business strategy and best practice.

We collaborate on innovative research and development that supports clean companies to flourish by tackling some of the hardest challenges to achieving Net Zero.

While digital innovators developing new products, services and business models draw on our practical, whole systems approach that offers affordable access to expert analysis, tools and testing labs.

Independent thought leadership and practical expertise that harnesses digital and data innovation to tackle the hardest challenges on the way to Net Zero.

Thought Leadership and Strategy

As an independent convener taking a whole systems approach, we help industry government and regulators to design the future energy system – including sector leadership of the Energy Data and Energy Digitalisation Taskforces.

Acting as a Digital Catalyst

We collaborate with innovative organisations to tackle some of the hardest and most critical challenges facing the energy transition, such as Artificial Intelligence for Energy, developing Digital Twins, and Modernising Energy Data.

Supporting Digital Innovators

Innovators developing new digital products, services and business models can test them directly with consumers in our Living Lab of over 500 connected homes to make low carbon better and more desirable than current offerings.

How we can help you...

Offering a range of expertise, tools and labs, such as data science, algorithms and artificial intelligence.

Case Studies

Open Data driving Innovation

Energy Systems Catapult led both the Energy Data Taskforce (EDTF) and subsequent Energy Digitalisation Taskforce (EDiT), both commissioned by the UK Government, Ofgem and Innovate UK to develop an integrated data and digital strategy to helps unlock the opportunities of a modern, decarbonised and decentralised energy system for the benefit of consumers.

Described as “game-changing” by the ENA, the taskforces engage with hundreds of organisations and kick-started over 50 digital and data projects within two years of beginning.

This included Energy Systems Catapult working with National Grid (formerly WPD) to help the network operator to improve internal data processes and release more data – resulting in the launch of their Connected Data Portal which now hosts almost 100 open datasets about National Grid’s network infrastructure and operations, including a number of live data sources.

To increase engagement with the newly published data, the Catapult helped to identify some key challenges that could be solved with data and engaged the innovator community through data challenge competitions.

Outcomes of the Presumed Open Data challenge included:

  • 365 Registrations for the kick-off event with individuals come from 72 different organisations/institutions, 15 different countries and 30 universities
  • 55 teams –  a total of 142 individuals – participated in a least one round
  • By the 5th round of tasks, 37 teams survived and and of those 65% outscored the benchmark with the Top 5 teams participating in a special “Value in Energy Data Seminar”
  • A number participants publishing their work in peer reviewed academic journals and highlighting our data challenge approach as a useful way to link academic talent with industry need.

How to work with us

We are not-for-profit, independent and technology-agnostic – building a trusted track record of delivering thought leadership, collaborative R&D and commercial commissions – so are uniquely placed to take on the challenges that others cannot tackle.

Collaborate with us: We work with partners from the public and private sectors to secure funding and collectively deliver the innovation projects and thought leadership that tackle the hardest challenges in the way to Net Zero.

Commission us: We offer independent support, evidence and insights – with technical, commercial and policy expertise – to identify and deliver Net Zero innovation priorities. Then actively support clients to develop actionable plans for implementation.

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