Scot­land leads the pack in re­new­able dig­i­tal en­ergy tech­nol­ogy

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - ENERGY -

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.”

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