Ofgem launches Modernising Energy Data Applications (MEDApps) competition to help deliver net zero local energy systems


We are working with Innovate UK on their newly launched ‘Modernising Energy Data Applications’ (MEDApps) innovation funding competition. The aim of the competition is to develop data applications that address the challenges faced by organisations and individuals to deliver net zero local energy systems.

The data-driven applications must facilitate progress towards net zero local energy systems whilst improving people’s lives, by combining energy data with data from other sectors. The outputs should benefit the users of local energy systems and provide scalable commercial opportunities to the funded organisation.

MEDApps is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by Innovate UK, which is a part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The competition is sponsored by BEIS and Ofgem and is part of our wider cross-departmental programme Modernising Energy Data.

This competition builds on the competition we launched together last year, called Modernising Energy Data Access (MEDA).

How to apply

The competition will award a share of £750,000 for phase 1 and closes for entry on 18th November 2020 at 11:00am.

You can find details and how to apply on the event website. You can also watch the launch event briefing webinar.

The LEDI project

The Local Energy Data Innovation (LEDI) project carried out research that has informed the MEDApps competition. LEDI was led by Regen on behalf of UKRI and the Energy Systems Catapult. This project explored how open data enables greater innovation in local energy systems. The work was carried out from July to September 2020.

Regen identified ways in which data can be used to better:

  • provide advice for people who are considering home energy investments
  • support developers of renewable generation to identify where to build
  • provide services that facilitate bill reductions for vulnerable members of society
  • address constraint management on the energy network
  • select heating assets for new building developments
  • respond to energy supply and demand needs by using energy more flexibly.


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