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Ausgrid, Scottish and SSEN Distribution and the Enel Group have collaborated with the University of Oxford to launch a global knowledge-sharing platform connecting electricity networks and community energy groups across the world. It will be launched at COP26 on 2 November, 2021.
  • October 29, 2021
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Oil giant bp has acquired UK-based digital energy business Open Energi. The company’s digital platform uses real-time data to optimise the performance of energy assets. Open Energi will join the bp Launchpad portfolio, seeking opportunities to further scale the business globally and build on its strong commercial growth over recent years. bp will also explore how Open Energi can work internationally across its trading and shipping business and low-carbon portfolio.
  • August 27, 2021
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PowerX, a Japanese company founded to spearhead innovation in offshore power development has announced the launch of its new product: a maritime vessel to carry electricity from offshore wind farms onshore. The company will also design and build a massive battery payload that will be integrated with the shipʼs controls to transport offshore wind power to shore.
  • August 25, 2021
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United Energy, an Australian electricity distributor will spearhead the country’s largest rollout of community-based batteries supporting highly targeted and localized needs later this year. The initiative will target United Energy’s network across Melbourne’s east, south east and the Mornington Peninsula. When complete, the fleet of batteries will be able to store the electricity needed to support 3,000 homes as part of an $11 million investment in new energy technology.
  • August 23, 2021
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Centrica, the UK’s largest supplier of zero-carbon electricity has signed a strategic partnership agreement with ENSEK, the leading global retail energy software-as-a-service provider, which will see it transfer over 7 million domestic and small business energy supply customers based in the UK to ENSEK’s digital platform.
  • August 21, 2021
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The UK’s National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has announced that it will collaborate with Open Climate Fix (OCF), a non-profit startup co-founded by former DeepMind researcher Jack Kelly to use AI to improve the efficiency with which the grid forecasts solar generation. The new innovation project will see the ESO work with Kelly and his team to develop a first-of-its-kind solar ‘nowcasting’ service for its national control room.
  • August 21, 2021
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