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Reference Number NIA_WWU_025
Title Project Futurewave - Phase 2 (Digital Prototype)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 75%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 25%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 25%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 75%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 25%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Cadent Gas
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 June 2015
End Date 01 December 2015
Duration 6 months
Total Grant Value £961,978
Industrial Sectors Technical Consultancy
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Scottish and Southern Energy plc (0.001%)
Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (0.001%)
Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.001%)
Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.001%)
Project Contact , SGN (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_WWU_025
Objectives To define the parameters of the digital platform, develop a digital prototype (with supporting commercial rationale) and test it with users across the 3 journeys (source it, build it, fund it) to assess its suitability for moving on to the next phase of the project. Success for this Phase 2 is to allow the Energy Innovation Centre and the Gas Distribution Networks to make the decision as to whether to move forward with Phase 03 of the project. This will be achieved through "proof of concept" via a user tested minimum viable product prototype that provides confidence that: There is demand for this type of collaboration platform across all user-types identified in the first stage of this phase The prototype demonstrates that data can be collected and harnessed in meaningful and productive ways Qualitative findings from end-user testing demonstrates that users find real value and ease-of-use in the platform The investment case demonstrates that the platform can be self-sustaining, through funding / revenue modelsThere is agreement that the platform can be delivered by the EIC efficiently and effectively
Abstract Energy customers in the UK have limited options for how they generate, access and consume energy, as well as the price they pay. There is also very little scope to flex supply across the energy distribution networks at a local level (i. e. switch off parts of the networks) which in turn makes it difficult to reduce generation capacity and make significant carbon reductions at a national level. Moreover, the cost of energy and access to different sources in rural areas is adding to the issue of fuel poverty. Additionally, concerns around the Energy Trilemma, are relatively unsophisticated when it comes to understanding the energy market - and the potential of gas within it. Any model to resolve these issues has to help inform consumers about the value of gas and help place it on the social agenda. Phase 01 of Project Futurewave was a feasibility study leading to the development of a collaborative approach for the Gas Networks to collectively identify, design and develop future pilot projects that deliver valuable proof of concepts for the industry. This led to the concept of a digital platform to facilitate a collaborative approach. Background to the digital platform: With the heightened pressures on the energy industry to demonstrate value to its customers, there is a renewed focus on satisfying their needs. GDNs cannot meet the challenge alone. By understanding their pain points and their challenges, the energy industry is aligning to seek opportunities to redeploy its assets and resources to create dynamic solutions for customers. Today’s UK energy sector is made up of disconnected players and networks, who actually need one another, leaving an unaddressed gap - between customer needs and their solutions, between technologies and markets, between capital and projects. The digital platform activates the creation, design and development of new customer centric energy initiatives with a new level of efficiency and speed. The platform is designed to close three unaddressed gaps in the energy market and give stakeholders a new way to engage. Phase 2 seeks to develop and validate a prototype of the digital platform to inform the decision to continue with the Development, phase 3, of the project. This Phase 2 of work is focused around conceptualising, designing and developing the digital Platform and each one of its three digital tools into a fully dimensioned product and business proposition that are ready for sharing with key stakeholders and end users. It will be focused on creating confidence in the solution by creating a digital prototype to test the experience and tools, supported by a commercial rationale and investment case for the platform including financial, strategic and operational requirements, risk assessment, and organisational design.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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