What is Open Energy building and delivering?

Open Energy is a service that makes it easy to search, access and securely share energy data. It covers both Open Data and commercial Shared Data where access requires control.

The Open Energy service comprises SearchAccess Control and is co-designed through an industry Forum.

Quick links

For more background on the UK SBRI MEDA competition, including our output reports and presentations, please see here https://energy.icebreakerone.org/background/

Brief slide summary of the initiative

Short video introduction to our government-funded work:

Read more about the market architecture for non-financial data sharing.

If you have any questions, please get in touch at openenergy@icebreakerone.org.

Who are we?

Icebreaker One, a non-partisan non-profit. It convenes domain experts from across industry to enable discovery of, and access to, energy data (whether commercially Shared Data or Open Data).

Its team includes a combination of experts in data governance, energy and systems, including the architects behind the Open Data Institute and the Open Banking Standard. It is focused on helping align everyone around data interoperability and helping to operationalise this to create an open marketplace for energy data, and shape the development of an Open Energy Standard.

About Open Energy

Energy generation and supply is core to everything we do. However, damage to the environment and changes in the ways energy is created and used means that all over the world £billions are being invested in modernising energy systems. 

What’s changing?

We used to generate all our electricity in the UK from a few big power stations. These fed into the national grid to make sure there was enough electricity for everyone, but not too much so that things don’t explode. This energy feeds homes and businesses, hospitals and schools.

We will have millions of things generating electricity (e.g. solar panels, wind turbines), so the job of getting it all balanced properly across our national grid gets really complicated. Some of these are in the sea (wind turbines) and some are in our homes (e.g. solar panels). 

At the same time, we are electrifying all of our transport (cars, buses, trains, trucks), so not only millions of homes and businesses that will use electricity but millions of vehicles too.  A big chunk of our national electricity will be driving around. 

It’s complicated

We need to make sure that the lights stay on and we need all the energy used to be green. This means millions of things talking to millions of other things to make sure that the energy flows in the right amount, at the right time, with the right people getting paid. It needs to be safe and reliable, affordable and simple.  

It’s all about the data

At the heart of this energy revolution is data. Data and software will be needed to build systems that can continuously automate balancing supply and demand. With millions of systems, our infrastructure will have to ‘self-heal’ (e.g. a hospital’s lights need to keep on even if it’s cloudy).

It’s all about open

To enable all these millions of systems to talk to each other (all the time), they will need to be open in different ways.  Some will need to be open to access and control by each other (but not by you!), others may need to be open to your street so that everyone can work out if they should put in another solar panel. We use ‘openness’ in this context to cover both openness to access and share (where payment or control may be needed), as well as open licensing (where things are free for anyone to access, use and share).  

It’s about you?

Over the coming years, we need a whole generation of people working on making sure that our energy systems work for everyone, and don’t destroy the planet. Is this you?

Why call it ‘Open Energy’?

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To learn more about our market-design approach for data sharing, please see: