A unique opportunity will end on 28 February 2018: the ability for businesses to apply to be part of the OpenLV project, and be the first to have access to live, open electricity data.

Businesses are currently invited to engage with the OpenLV project with ideas about how they could use data from local electricity networks to help with one of their own projects, or for wider benefit.

OpenLV, a Network Innovation Competition project led by Western Power Distribution and EA Technology, has already received a high level of interest from businesses that have ideas about how they could use such data.

Currently, electricity network operators have limited information about power flows on local electricity networks. This can act as a barrier to the installation and operation of, for example, electric vehicle charge points or distributed generation devices. The LV-CAP™ platform, provided by OpenLV, will open up information about the capacity of local electricity networks and allow third parties to develop their own apps using the data provided by the project.

The real-time data about the capacity of local electricity networks that OpenLV is expected to provide can assist with the installation of the growing numbers of home electric vehicle chargers, as well as public charge points. In addition, the data will be useful to a wide range of other sectors, including renewable energy developers, property developers, facilities managers, smart city planners and operators of private energy networks, as well as the electricity industry itself.

Any business, including technology companies, organisations involved in the energy industry, or app developers – as well as academics – are welcome to apply to take part in the project. An invitation-only workshop for companies who are interested in OpenLV is being held on 13 February in Bristol.

Organisations or individuals with ideas that could be developed as part of OpenLV should visit www.openlv.net or contact the OpenLV team on OpenLV@eatechnology.com to discuss the project in more detail.

To watch a short video that explains the OpenLV project visit: www.openlv.net/resources