Severn Trent calls for help in cracking data to release energy savings

Severn Trent is publishing its energy usage data to provide interested groups with an “opportunity to look for ways the water and waste company could make energy savings in the future.”

The company is inviting businesses, local universities and others to attend a data hackathon at its Coventry base on 18 -19 June. It has welcomed teams of up to four people. And prizes will be available for the best solutions, and insight into the data. Severn Trent generates 38% of the energy it uses from renewable energy – mainly through anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge and food waste as well as through solar, hydro and wind turbines. But it said it is eager to find new savings.

Energy manager for Severn Trent, Howard Perry, said “We’ve invested large amounts in developing renewable energy technology but we know there’s more to be done.

“That’s why we’re making this data public and are inviting leading data experts to help us. This is all about getting a fresh pair of eyes on the way we use energy to see what innovations we can take advantage of to make us even more efficient.” The data will be released two weeks in advance of the hackathon to all who’ve registered and details of the location and timings of the hackathon will be sent out “in due course.” To register interest in a place at the hackathon email your name, affiliation, team and email address to EnergyEnquiries@severntrent.co.uk.