Exploring digital technologies and data to support the new functions and business models required of a Net Zero energy system
Unlocking new value in digitalising the energy system
Big data, open or shared data, data science and AI offer significant opportunities within the energy sector. However, cyber security, data privacy and data protection are concurrent challenges that must be mitigated.
Energy Systems Catapult works with innovative businesses to access the data required to operate effectively and unlock new value in the sector, to enable a more intelligent, secure, interconnected, cost-effective, and consumer-centric system.
We collaborate on thought leadership with Government, regulators and industry – including leading the Energy Data Taskforce – to tackle some of the hardest challenges on the way to Net Zero.
- Digital & Data Systems – exploring how digital technologies and data can support the new functions and business models required for transition to a low-carbon energy system. Offering whole system expertise to help industry, government and innovators understand and balance the complex risks associated with data privacy, data protection and cyber security.
What we offer
Energy Systems Catapult offers whole system expertise to help innovators, industry and government digitalise the energy system.
Energy Digitalisation Taskforce
Focused on modernising the energy system to unlock flexibility, considering market design, digital architecture and governance.
Energy Data Review
A baseline reference data landscape for the GB energy sector – electricity and gas – with a data model and catalogue to guide innovators on opportunities and challenges.
Energy Data Taskforce
The Energy Data Taskforce was commissioned by UK Government, Ofgem and Innovate UK to develop an integrated data and digital strategy that helps unlock the opportunities of a modern, decarbonised and decentralised energy system.
Run by the Energy Systems Catapult and chaired by Laura Sandys, the EDTF delivered a strategy entitled ‘A Strategy for a Modern Digitalised Energy System’ centred around two key principles:
- Filling in the data gaps through requiring new and better-quality data
- Maximising its value by embedding the presumption that data is open.
EDTF was highly influential and led to significant impact across the energy sector, including the follow-up Energy Digitalisation Taskforce (see above).
“I would strongly recommend the Energy Data Taskforce report. To be honest, it was game changing.”
Randolph Brazier, Head of Innovation, ENA
Presumed Open Data challenge
Distribution network operator, Western Power Distribution, commissioned Energy Systems Catapult to help run their Presumed Open Data challenge to demonstrate value in increasing data accessibility.
WPD had a 6MWh/2.5MW battery connected to a primary distribution substation and a 5MW solar farm in Devon, southwest England.
The challenge was to design the week-ahead control of a storage device to support the distribution network to:
- Maximise the daily evening peak reduction
- Use as much solar photovoltaic energy as possible
- Temperature and irradiance (reanalysis) data from multiple grid points
- Challenge assessed over four weekly tasks plus one practice challenge
Outcomes of the 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”.
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