Energy Live Expo

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Energy Live Expo is taking place on October 31st. As always it will look at all the major energy issues of our time in particular the disruption taking place in the energy sector with new technologies, storage and of course policy changes as we enter our transition period of Brexit.

Open Energi will be speaking in the Innovation Hub, sharing our views on the future of energy tech and the opportunities for businesses to cut costs, create revenue and reduce carbon through energy optimisation and demand flexibility.

Date: 31st October 2018

Location: QEII Centre, Westminster, London

Speaker: David Hill, Commercial Director

Further information is available from the event website.

EV Infrastructure Summit – 29.11.18

EV Infrastructure Summit

Taking place on the 29th November, the EV Infrastructure Summit will focus on the opportunities and challenges involved in establishing a UK-wide charging infrastructure as part of the transition to zero emission vehicles.

The day will feature presentations and debates from leading industry experts and government representatives on the key topics involved in the roll-out of the required charging infrastructure.

Open Energi’s Commercial Director, David Hill, is joining a panel discussion on “Making EV’s a positive win for the energy system: opportunities and challenges”.

Date: 29th November 2018

Location: CCT Venues – Docklands, London

Speaker: David Hill, Commercial Director

Session: 12.40pm – “Making EV’s a positive win for the energy system: opportunities and challenges”

Further information is available from the event website.

Smart Energy Summit: Industry. Buildings. Cities. – 26/27.03.19

electricity pylons

Held in Moscow, the 3rd Smart Energy Summit: Industry. Buildings. Cities. is designed to unite the largest energy, industrial enterprises and leading world experts in the field of innovative, digital and Internet solutions for the energy sector to explore new models of generation, distribution, management and accumulation of energy. The 2019 programme includes:

  1.  Internet of Energy: Distributed generation, Smart grids and microgrid, Energy storage systems, Digital platforms, Big data analysis, New markets.
  2. Smart Energy Experience & Practice: Energy of industrial enterprises, Energy of buildings and infrastructure facilities, Energy of cities and regions.
  3. Energy Tech Hub: Startup expo, Pitch session, Hackathon.

Open Energi is delighted to be participating in the event. Our Commercial Director David Hill will be discussing new business models for battery storage and presenting practical examples of projects from the UK.

Date: 26-27th March 2019

Location: Moscow

Speaker: David Hill, Commercial Director

Further information is available from the event website.

Database & Systems Administrator

Dynamic Demand 2.0

About Us

Headquartered in London with global ambitions, Open Energi is an energy tech company applying artificial intelligence and data-driven insight to radically reduce the cost of delivering and consuming power.

Our advanced technology platform connects, aggregates and optimises distributed energy assets in real-time, maximising value for end users and providing invisible demand flexibility when and where it is most needed to create a more sustainable energy future.

We’re breaking new ground in demand-side management, working with leading businesses, suppliers, developers and world-renowned technology partners to deliver innovative solutions that put our customers in control of how, when and from where they consume electricity.

If you would enjoy the challenge of deploying a ground-breaking technology into an emerging market and want to work for an innovative company where you have complete belief in the product and service you represent, we might be just the place for you.

Database & Systems administrator – the role

The role of Database & Systems administrator involves working within Open Energi’s technical team to manage and ensure the integrity of our database and systems infrastructure.

  • Manage, develop and support databases, process and systems
  • Implement monitoring and automate routine maintenance tasks
  • Design and evolve database architecture to support application development
  • Help define best practice at Open Energi for cloud application deployment and management
  • Minimise the risk of database/system failures
  • Support the data science team in developing data movement or transformation processes

Knowledge & Skills

The successful candidate will be expected to manage both our legacy environment (SQL 2008R2, Windows Server 2008) and support our software team with development of our new system (Azure-based, with both Azure SQL DB/Warehouse and Linux VMs).

Must

  • Have experience with Microsoft SQL Server 2008+ administration
  • Have very good knowledge of T-SQL
  • Be familiar with at least one scripting language (eg. Python)
  • Have knowledge of Windows server administration
  • Have a proactive attitude and an inquisitive nature
  • Be willing to learn new technologies and languages

Desirable

  • Experience with data transformation and manipulation automation, possibly using a tool like SSIS
  • Basic familiarity with Linux server administration
  • Exposure to cloud computing, preferably Microsoft Azure
  • Familiarity with git version control
  • Familiarity with configuration management tools like Terraform or Ansible

To apply

Please send a covering letter and CV to recruitment@openenergi.com. Due to the quantity of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to give specific feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Project Manager

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About Us

Headquartered in London with global ambitions, Open Energi is an energy tech company applying artificial intelligence and data-driven insight to radically reduce the cost of delivering and consuming power.

Our advanced technology platform connects, aggregates and optimises distributed energy assets in real-time, maximising value for end users and providing invisible demand flexibility when and where it is most needed to create a more sustainable energy future.

We’re breaking new ground in demand-side management, working with leading businesses, suppliers, developers and world-renowned technology partners to deliver innovative solutions that put our customers in control of how, when and from where they consume electricity.

If you would enjoy the challenge of deploying a ground-breaking technology into an emerging market and want to work for an innovative company where you have complete belief in the product and service you represent, we might be just the place for you.

Project Manager Role

The role of Project Manager involves working with colleagues across Open Energi’s various departments to provide project management structure and governance for both internal and external projects. Experience and track record of implementing successful multi-site and multi-project delivery, working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential.

The successful candidate will be based at our London Head Office, with some travel throughout the UK. A desire to be part of our flexible, rapidly expanding and challenging organisation is highly sought, and excellent remuneration benefits will be provided for the right candidate. The position would suit an experienced project manager with Prince2 qualifications and knowledge/skills in ICA or instrumentation projects to help drive the company forward.

Project Manager – Core Functions

  • Direct and manage project development and implementation from concept to disposal
  • Define project scope, goals and deliverables that support corporate business goals in collaboration with senior management and stakeholders
  • Define project success criteria and manage delivery to meet these criteria
  • Manage day-to-day aspects of the projects and scope, including change control
  • Minimize OE’s exposure and risk on projects
  • Ensure project documents are complete, current, and stored appropriately
  • Estimate and plan availability of resources and participants necessary to achieve project goals and assign individual responsibilities, in agreement with the Open Energi Engineering Manager
  • Conduct project Wash-up Meetings and create a Lessons Learned/Recommendations report in order to identify successful and unsuccessful project elements
  • Provide input to tenders, contracts and tender-bid analysis as required

Project Manager – Other Duties

  • Take care of your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by what you do (or do not do);
  • Carry out assigned tasks and duties in a safe manner, in accordance with instructions, and comply with safety rules/procedures, regulations and codes of practice
  • Co-operate with others on health and safety, and not interfere with or misuse anything provided for your health, safety or welfare
  • Follow the training you have received when using any work items your employer has given you
  • Report any accident, hazard, near-miss, dangerous occurrence or dangerous condition to your line manager and/or raise the appropriate Hazard/Near Miss Report
  • Plan, create and execute full-scale project plans and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements
  • Identify and manage project dependencies and critical path
  • Track project milestones and deliverables.
  • Ensure project documents are complete, current, and stored appropriately.
  • Facilitate team and client meetings effectively and hold regular status meetings with project team.
  • Effectively communicate relevant project information and exceptions to management team.
  • Provide fortnightly status reports to the programme manager.
  • Resolve and/or escalate issues in a timely fashion.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement and make constructive suggestions for change

Project Manager – Skills

  • Project Finance Management including the development, submission and maintenance of budget proposals, capex & opex cost models, cash flow and cost-to-completion projections
  • Production of Capital funding documentation
  • High awareness of construction/installation site safety management.

Project Manager – Knowledge & Soft Skills

  • Prince2 qualified or similar
  • Knowledge of ICA/electrical instrumentation projects
  • Possession of a good understanding in the areas such as control systems, software product development and multi-site rollouts
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills
  • Effectively communicate project expectations to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion.
  • Keep track of lessons learned and share those lessons with team members.
  • Manage client expectations and day-to-day client interaction.
  • Develop lasting relationships with client personnel that foster client ties.
  • Continually seek opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and deepen client relationships.
  • Suggest areas for improvement in internal processes along with possible solutions.
  • Comply with and help to enforce governance, standard policies and procedures.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ demonstrable work experience in a middle/senior project management capacity, including all aspects of product development and project execution.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office suite and project management software, such as MS Project.

Desirable

  • Certifications in MSP, APM, qualified desirable but not essential

Remuneration and Benefits

  • Competitive salary with discretionary bonus
  • Car allowance
  • Pension
  • Based in Open Energi’s London office
  • Career development opportunities

Working hours

  • Hours of Work: 09.00 to 17.00, Monday to Friday, 37.5hrs/week

To apply

Please send a covering letter and CV to recruitment@openenergi.com. Due to the quantity of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to give specific feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Business Development Manager

Oxford Brookes campus

About Us

Headquartered in London with global ambitions, Open Energi is an energy tech company applying artificial intelligence and data-driven insight to radically reduce the cost of delivering and consuming power.

Our advanced technology platform connects, aggregates and optimises distributed energy assets in real-time, maximising value for end users and providing invisible demand flexibility when and where it is most needed to create a more sustainable energy future.

We’re breaking new ground in demand-side management, working with leading businesses, suppliers, developers and world-renowned technology partners to deliver innovative solutions that put our customers in control of how, when and from where they consume electricity.

If you would enjoy the challenge of deploying a ground-breaking technology into an emerging market and want to work for an innovative company where you have complete belief in the product and service you represent, we might be just the place for you.

The Role

We are looking for an experienced Business Development Manager to join our growing team. You will be reporting to our Commercial Director. The role will involve leading and managing sales campaigns to support the acquisition of corporate customers. The successful candidate must focus on the creation of best practice across all aspects of sales management to include:

  • Develop and execute sales and marketing campaigns to meet company targets
  • Define the sales cycle from a strategic and tactical perspective detailing the customer acquisition and implementation process
  • Facilitate “right first time” customer qualification to improve workflow / handover and ultimately shorten the sales cycle through lean and efficient processes
  • Achieve / exceed business targets, expressed in terms of number of won accounts including revenue and margin
  • Influence and shape the customer’s energy strategy via board level interactions developing strategic partnerships
  • Create business opportunity for Open Energi across all customer asset bases by understanding the corporate usage profiles and how best to utilise group assets to deliver mutual value
  • Be accountable for all sales performance measures including pipeline development, appointment ratios, conversion measures and management of the sales CRM system
  • Ability to develop bespoke sales propositions to meet complex customer requirements
  • Adopt a strategic selling approach, which considers technical and economic buying influences to be active at influencer, recommender and decision maker levels
  • Utilise the Open Energi sales qualification model and CRM system to maximise effective account wins
  • Develop an in depth understanding of the business drivers and requirements including technical, economic and environmental influencers in key vertical segments

Requirements

We’re looking for someone with:

  • At least 5 years’ work experience in a similar role
  • Proven experience and success in direct sales, generating new business in a business-to-business or Public Sector corporate market
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain an effective network of contacts and build relationships at all levels of the customer / prospect organisation
  • High level of literacy, written communication and analytical skills
  • High level of numeracy & commercial judgement
  • Self-starter with effective problem-solving abilities, especially for unstructured tasks
  • Interest or expertise in the energy market
  • Enthusiasm for new technologies and their potential impact
  • Commercial and financial knowledge
  • Excellent communication skills, capable of clearly articulating data to a wide audience

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject, achieving at least a 2:1
  • Post-graduate education (such as a Masters’) is desirable, but not essential

Remuneration and Benefits

  • Competitive salary with discretionary bonus
  • Based in Open Energi’s London office
  • Career development opportunities

To apply

Please send a covering letter and CV to recruitment@openenergi.com. Due to the quantity of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to give specific feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Commercial Analyst

Dynamic Demand 2.0

About Us

Headquartered in London with global ambitions, Open Energi is an energy tech company applying artificial intelligence and data-driven insight to radically reduce the cost of delivering and consuming power.

Our advanced technology platform connects, aggregates and optimises distributed energy assets in real-time, maximising value for end users and providing invisible demand flexibility when and where it is most needed to create a more sustainable energy future.

We’re breaking new ground in demand-side management, working with leading businesses, suppliers, developers and world-renowned technology partners to deliver innovative solutions that put our customers in control of how, when and from where they consume electricity.

If you would enjoy the challenge of deploying a ground-breaking technology into an emerging market and want to work for an innovative company where you have complete belief in the product and service you represent, we might be just the place for you.

The Role

We are looking for a Commercial Analyst to join our growing team. You’ll be reporting to our Commercial Manager and working closely alongside our Data Science and Technology teams to help inform business strategy and ensure our market leading solutions stay ahead of the curve. It’s a start-up environment, so you will be working on multiple tasks and must be comfortable working across teams and projects.

The role will include:

  • Commercial analysis and support
    • Working with data scientists on performance reporting
    • Internal reporting for investors and Finance team
    • Using models and other quantitative methods to support the Commercial team as required
    • Risk and scenario analysis
    • Market research and analysis of UK & international demand response markets
    • Researching new services and assessing their commercial value
    • Business case development and commercial agreements
  • Policy, sales & marketing support
    • Techno-economic modelling
    • Researching emerging technologies relevant to the business (e.g. energy storage)
    • Policy analysis and briefing of business on key industry and regulatory issues

Requirements

We’re looking for someone with:

  • At least 2 years’ work experience in a similar role
  • Strong quantitative background
  • High level of literacy, written communication and analytical skills
  • High level of numeracy & commercial judgement
  • Strong Excel modelling skills
  • Self-starter with effective problem-solving abilities, especially for unstructured tasks
  • A critical thinker with intellectual curiosity and thoughtful opinions
  • Interest or expertise in the energy market
  • Enthusiasm for new technologies and their potential impact
  • Commercial and financial knowledge
  • Excellent communication skills, capable of clearly articulating data to a wide audience

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject, achieving at least a 2:1
  • Post-graduate education (such as a Masters’) is desirable, but not essential

 Remuneration and Benefits

  • Competitive salary with discretionary bonus
  • Based in Open Energi’s London office
  • Career development opportunities

 To apply

Please send a covering letter and CV to recruitment@openenergi.com. Due to the quantity of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to give specific feedback on unsuccessful applications.

How Artificial Intelligence is shaping the future of energy

Artificial Intelligence can unlock demand side flexibility for end users

Across the globe, energy systems are changing, creating unprecedented challenges for the organisations tasked with ensuring the lights stay on. In the UK, large fossil fuelled power stations are being replaced by increasing levels of widely distributed wind and solar generation. This renewable power is clean and free at the point of use but it cannot always be relied upon. To date National Grid has managed this intermittency by keeping polluting power stations online to make up the difference but Artificial Intelligence offers an alternative approach.

What’s needed is a smart grid which can integrate renewable energy efficiently at scale without having to keep polluting power stations online to manage intermittency. This requires energy storage to act as a buffer, reducing demand when supply is too low or increasing it when it is too high. Most people associate energy storage with batteries, but the cheapest and cleanest type of energy storage comes from flexibility in our demand for energy.

This demand-side flexibility takes advantage of thermal or pumped energy stored in everyday equipment and processes, from an office air-con unit, supermarket fridge or industrial furnace through to water pumped and stored in a local reservoir. The electricity consumption patterns of these types of devices are not necessarily time-critical. Provided they operate within certain parameters – such as room temperature or water levels – they can be flexible about when they use energy.

This means that when electricity demand outstrips supply, instead of ramping up a fossil fuelled power station, certain types of equipment can defer their electricity use temporarily. And if the wind blows and too much electricity is being supplied instead of paying wind farms to turn off we can ask equipment to use more now instead of later.

Making our demand for electricity “intelligent” in this way means we can provide vital capacity when and where it is most needed and pave the way for a cleaner, more affordable, and more secure energy system. The key lies in unlocking and using demand-side flexibility so that consumers are a) not impacted and b) appropriately rewarded.

At Open Energi, we’ve been exploring how artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques can be leveraged to orchestrate massive amounts of demand-side flexibility – from industrial equipment, co-generation and battery storage systems – towards the one goal of creating a smarter grid.

We have spent the last 6 years working with some of the UK’s leading companies to manage their flexible demand in real-time and help balance electricity supply and demand UK-wide.  In this time, we have connected to over 3,500 assets at over 350 sites, operating invisibly deep with business processes, to enable equipment to switch on and off in response to fluctuations in supply and demand.

Already, we are well on the way to realising a smarter grid, but to unlock the full potential of demand-side flexibility, we need to adopt a portfolio level approach. Artifical intelligence and machine learning techniques are making this possible, enabling us to look across multiple assets on a customer site, and given all the operational parameters in place, make intelligent, real-time decisions to maximise their total flexibility and deliver the greatest value at any given moment in time.

For example, a supermarket may have solar panels on its roof and a battery installed on site, as well as flexibility inherent in its air-con and refrigeration systems. Using artificial intelligence and machine learning means we can find creative ways to reschedule the power consumption of many assets in synchrony, helping National Grid to balance the system while minimising the cost of consuming that power for energy users.

Lack of data is often an obstacle to progress but we collect between 10,000 and 25,000 messages per second relating to 30 different data points and perform tens of millions of switches per year. This data is forming the basis of a model which can look at a sequence of actions leading to the rescheduling of power consumption and make grid-scale predictions saying “this is what it would cost to take these actions”. The bleeding edge in deep reinforcement learning shows how, even with very large scale problems like this one, there are optimisation techniques we can use to minimise this cost beyond what traditional models would offer.

Artificial Intelligence model learning to control the electricity consumption of a portfolio of assets

Graph of AI model

More rapid progress could be made across the industry if energy companies made more anonymised half-hourly power data available. It would enable companies working on smart grid technologies to validate these ideas quickly and cheaply. In the same vein, it would be a major breakthrough for balancing electricity supply and demand if energy companies made available APIs for reporting and accessing flexibility; it would allow companies like Open Energi to unlock enormous amounts of demand-side flexibility and put it to good use balancing not just the grid but also helping to optimise the market positions of those same energy companies.

In the UK alone, we estimate there is 6 gigawatts of demand-side flexibility which can be shifted during the evening peak without affecting end users. Put into context, this is equivalent to roughly 10% of peak winter demand and larger than the expected output of the planned Hinkley Point C – the UK’s first new nuclear power station in generations.  Artificial Intelligence can help us to unlock this demand-side flexibility and build an electricity system fit for the future; one which cuts consumer bills, integrates renewable energy efficiently, and secures our energy supplies for generations to come.

Michael Bironneau is Technical Director at Open Energi. He graduated from Loughborough University in 2014 with a PhD in Mathematics and has been writing software since the age of 10.