Season 1 Episode 5: Jessica Steinemann on Open Data to Accelerate Innovation in the Energy Sector

This week on the Hypercube podcast, we sit down with Jessica Steinemann, Senior Data Scientist at Energy Systems Catapult (ESC), to talk about open source energy data.

Part of Innovate UK, Energy Systems Catapult is a big player in helping businesses in the energy sector make the most of the data they can access to accelerate the journey to Net Zero.


In this episode, we covered:

  • The role of open data and data science in driving innovation and decision-making in the energy sector.
  • Real examples of successful Net Zero initiatives supported by ESC.
  • The practical and privacy challenges of gathering energy data.
  • The need for greater diversity in the sector.
  • How future innovation will impact data science in the energy space.

The weekly Hypercube podcast sits down with leaders in the energy and utilities sectors to explore how data analytics can help businesses make smarter decisions and accelerate business growth.


[00:56] Jessica gives an overview of Energy Systems Catapult and her role within the organisation.

[2:16] Host Adam asks what stage ESC gets involved with businesses, with Jessica walking through the different businesses they work with and ESC’s role in early-stage research.

[4:19] Jessica emphasises the importance of Open Data and the reasons for this in the energy sector.

[6:18] Jessica talks about how ESC has worked on successful open-source data projects, giving LEAP as an example, which helps local authorities find the most effective route to Net Zero.

[09:33] Jessica speaks about the impact and challenges of open data in the sector.

[14:23] Adam and Jessica discuss the issues around data quality and reliability in the energy space, focusing on compatibility and standardisation.

[17:25] Jessica and Adam talk through the challenges around commercialization using open data.

[19:24] Jessica highlights the different difficulties of accessing both consumer and business energy data.

[24:37] Jessica discusses how data scientists can make use of less granular data effectively.

[26:49] Jessica talks about the lack of diversity in the energy sector and the need to change this to develop solutions for a wider variety of people.

[28:00] Jessica shares her predictions for the industry, including increasing incentives to share data, generative AI, and building data literacy.


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