Scotland leads the pack in renewable digital energy technology
source of those energy contracts. Customers can log on and actually see where their energy is being matched by local wind turbines and solar farms.”
To Johnston digital isn’t about just accelerating technology, but fuelling the drive towards an energy transition.
He said: “[Our] service can plug into smart meter data from both the consumption side and the generation side. We have matching algorithms which, on behalf of the customer, match them every half hour with available generation. The service stacks it up so if there’s not enough energy being generated by their local windfarm then they get it from the next one slightly farther away.
“We’re a mission driven company and our objective is to live in a world that has cheap, clean and abundant energy. The part that we play in that is, we’re a software company, so we’ve developed a software platform that can really unlock this vision.”
ITP Energised is another Scottish company doing exciting things within the renewables sector. Started in 2013 and with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol and London it has fostered affiliations with other enterprising digital companies such as Power Down and OnGen.
As a organisation, ITP Energised provide all the environmental and technical advisory services that businesses and developers require while also providing additional services such as asset management to many wind and solar farms.
Director Andrew Bright said: “From day one we were set up as a low-carbon, clean energy company. Our first client was a windfarm developer and we did environmental planning support for those windfarms. We started out as a purely renewables company but we’ve diversified our client base so we’re not exposed to one market over another.
“We deliver our services through a number of different digital resources and digital platforms. A lot of the asset management services we have use third party proprietary software to access operational data, basically monitoring those windfarms and solar farms on a realtime bias to do our performance monitoring.”
Bright is also founding director and shareholder in OnGen, a digital business designed to carry out commercial and technical assessments of proposed renewable energy systems and who ITP Energised provide consulting services to.
With the reported growth in home energy systems across Europe, the marketplace in business and smart systems for the home in the UK is only beginning to show promise.
Using the most advanced digital data and technology, OnGen are looking ahead and have asked themselves the question: What will the future of the renewable marketplace look like?
For Bright that answer begins with access to information.
He said: “Basically, using the OnGen system, I can look at your house [or business] and tell you which renewable energy system would work best or whether it would work at all for that premises.
“With the current OnGen platform we can do that across wind, roofmounted solar, ground-mounted solar, biomass heating, biomass CHP, gas CHP and we’re currently working with Heriot Watt University through the energy technology partnership to develop the necessary algorithms to deploy battery storage on to the platform. It’s about on-site generation and utilising that energy within the facility itself and therefore reducing the need for subsidy.”