Competition to deliver net zero local energy systems launches

Ofgem has joined forces with Innovate UK on a competition aimed at tackling challenges faced by organisations and individuals to deliver net zero local energy systems.

On 2 November, it announced that it was working with Innovate UK on the newly launched, Modernising Energy Data Applications (MEDApps) innovation funding competition. It aims to develop data-driven applications that facilitate progress towards net zero local energy systems while improving people’s lives by combining energy data with data from other sectors. The outputs, it was noted, should benefit the users of local energy systems and provide scalable commercial opportunities to the funded organisation.

The competition will award a share of £750,000 for phase one, with it closing for entries on 18 November 2020 at 11AM.

Ofgem noted the Local Energy Data Innovation (LEDI) project, led by Regen on behalf of UKRI and the Energy Systems Catapult carried out research that has informed the MEDApps competition. It sought to explore how open data enables greater innovation in local energy systems, identifying ways in which data can be used for the better. These include providing advice for people who are considering home energy improvements, supporting developers of renewable generation to identify where to build, and addressing constraint management on the energy network.