We work with a wide range of partners from equipment manufacturers, National Grid and energy suppliers through to academia. Establishing and nurturing these relationships is key to Upside’s success.
We are currently building a small-scale pilot with funding from Innovate UK and DECC. Our partners on this project include Sharp, Siemens, Select Innovations, Tempus Energy and the University of Manchester.
We have also commenced discussions with National Grid to set up a larger-scale pilot of our service in 2016. This will see us partnering with several additional major industry players.
We have identified revenue streams from grid operators, distribution network operators and energy suppliers that we can “stack” onto our virtual energy store. This is what makes energy storage economic even at current battery prices.
Managing these revenue streams requires novel algorithms for grid state prediction and portfolio management. That’s why we have developed collaborative R&D partnerships with universities including Manchester, Oxford, Heriot Watt and Queen Mary University London. They are helping us develop these algorithms, via a unique open innovation model.
Open Innovation Collaboration Portal
Working with our partners, we have created the Upside Energy Open Innovation Collaboration Portal. This online resource is designed for university research students to collaborate with Upside Energy in developing applications (APs) to help us manage our ‘virtual energy store’.
We have created a host of resources about the Upside system so innovation can start right away. We have a catalogue of accessible data, a well designed RESTful API and a sandbox environment to help them start creating with us.
We are interested in how universities and their students can help us manage the energy store in a smarter way. There is no limit to what might add value to our cloud service, so if you are a social scientist, geologist, physicist, or statistician we are interested to hear your ideas.
To find out more please and to request access to our Collaboration Portal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.