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Modernising Energy Data Applications (Phase 1)

Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Project Size:
Up to £150,000


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.

This is phase 1 of a 2-phase competition.  Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2.

A separate application as well as expert panel interview will be required for applicants for the phase 2 competition.


Projects are expected to start by 1 March 2021, end by 31 May 2021 and can last up to 3 months.

To lead a project, you must:

  • Be an organisation of any size
  • Work alone or with other organisations as subcontractors
  • Build upon the phase 2 work of the Modernising Energy Data Access (MEDA) competition winners

Contracts will be awarded only to the lead applicant. However, if you can justify subcontracting components of the work, you can employ specialist consultants, advisers or partnering organisations. This work will still be the responsibility of the lead applicant.

Innovate UK encourage partnerships with academic institutions or research organisations, that facilitate applied development of emerging data and digital techniques including, but not limited to:

  • Machine learning techniques
  • Simulation environments
  • Edge computing


The aim of this competition is to demonstrate that applications which combine data from multiple sectors can:

  • Help individuals and organisations deliver net zero local energy systems
  • Improve people’s lives, and
  • Create business opportunities

You must build upon work with Modernising Energy Data Access (MEDA) competition winners.

Your application should demonstrate how the open source software solutions developed under the MEDA competition can facilitate better access and interoperability of energy data for innovators, by building upon the approaches developed through the MEDA projects.

Projects must:

  • Demonstrate that by combining energy data with data from other sectors, solutions can be built that help accelerate the move towards net zero local energy systems that meet the needs of their users.
  • Address the real world need of a user (organisation or persons) within a local energy system
  • Meaningfully utilise one or more data sources from a sector other than the energy sector.

Sectors could include other infrastructure sectors such as (but not limited to):

  • Telecommunications
  • Water
  • Transport, or
  • Waste

and non-infrastructure sectors such as (but not limited to):

  • Agriculture
  • Social care
  • Health

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