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25th July 2019

Exploring Clean EnergyTech Innovation with Geovation and OS

Viv Alexander

Chris Parker, Geovation Co-founder and Evangelist and Luke Hampson, Geovation Partnership and Relationship Manager describe their latest outreach tour and why they have focussed this on using location-based data in the context of clean, affordable, and  sustainable energy.

Generating clean sustainable energy and enabling access to it is one of the world’s most critical challenges. This is why Clean Growth is promoted as a Grand Challenge within the Government’s Industrial Strategy; and since “everything happens somewhere”, location- and property-based data are important ingredients in transitioning to a clean, sustainable energy sector.

With this in mind, Geovation has been working with Ordnance Survey’s technical teams to deliver a series of Clean EnergyTech workshops and meetups at Geovation’s partner hubs in Bristol, Birmingham, Southampton and Manchester and at the Geovation Hub in London. Next week on 31st July, we complete the tour with our 6th and final event at Codebase in Edinburgh (the event is now SOLD OUT but you can add your name to the waiting list here as we may release more tickets).

This series saw us explore a new event format, by running a hands-on technical workshop followed directly afterwards by a meetup (which involved presentations, discussion and networking) on the Clean EnergyTech theme. Our workshop sessions have taught participants how to access and use API’s, including the OS Maps and OS Places API, along with other data sources, to provide analysis and insight into the “Clean Energy” opportunity. Exploring geographic datasets provided valuable insights into the Clean Energy theme and worked well as a warm-up for the meetup that was to follow.

Creating systemic and sustainable solutions to intractable problems such as GB transitioning to clean energy, requires cross-sector, open collaboration. In the 2-hour meetup sessions that we ran in partnership with Pineapple Sustainable Partnerships, we networked with participants and heard from speakers across the public, private, academic and third sectors interested in making better use of location and property data in realising the clean, sustainable energy opportunity and collaboratively developing a Clean EnergyTech Accelerator. These included: Clean Growth UK, Energy Systems Catapult, EV.Energy, National Grid SO, Pineapple Sustainable Partnerships, Schneider Electric, and SEAB Energy.

We have been inspired by entrepreneurs, start-ups and scaleups developing disruptive, sustainable solutions and business models, and creating new markets with new products and services.

Showing Erica Purvis at Bristol

Bristol, Engine Shed Meetup Summary

Erica Purvis is an engineer and design thinker with a previous background in consumer electronics and sustainable insights from Phillips. Erica described Pineapple Sustainable Partnerships’ mission to deliver insights and interactions between government, NGOs, industry enablers; corporates and large organisations; and innovators, SME’s and start-ups. The objective of those insights and interactions is to create positive impact, with profit, in addressing clean, affordable energy and climate change.

Ex-National Grid Group Strategy Manager, technologist and AI expert, Dr Nick Woolley, CEO and Co-Founder of Ev.Energy described their objective of building software to manage electric vehicle charging in partnership with energy suppliers that results in greener, cheaper, smarter electric vehicle charging.

Andy Dewis, Vice President, Energy and Sustainability at Schneider Electric, a global leader in energy management and automation, and one of the world’s most sustainable corporations, described Schneider Electric’s vision of a world “where we can achieve more whilst using less of our of common planet”. CEO, Jean-Pascal Tricoire “takes pride in helping our customers reduce their energy spend, and impact on the environment”.

Interesting and excited discussion ensued between all participants and particularly on the exciting developments around solar panel mapping in Bristol with David Saunders of Zero Carbon Bristol www.zerocarbonbristol.net/

We all left a lot better informed and certainly inspired!

Some feedback we have received so far:

“Thanks again for hosting a great event. Really nice to network with other delegates and with speakers and to involve myself with the hub community. Lots of positives to take away, and hopefully lots to contribute in the future.”

“Thanks for a great event; thoroughly enjoyed working on the examples provided and meeting others from industry”

“It was a really fascinating experience, and the amount of information and advice available in the workshop beforehand was really exceptional. Very interested in any future events.”

“I think the Clean EnergyTech Accelerator is a fantastic and timely initiative. I look forward to tracking its progress”

Subsequent blogs will summarise our workshops and meetups in Birmingham, London, Southampton and Manchester, ending at Codebase Edinburgh on 31st July.

Showing Andy Dewis at Bristo

Are you part of a startup in either PropTech or GeoTech looking for support? Find out more our Geovation Accelerator Programme here.