Energy Seminar Week 1 HT24: Using Data and AI to Deliver a Fully Sustainable Global Energy System

Lucy Yu, CEO at Centre for Net Zero

  • Start  Tuesday 16 Jan 2024 5:00pm
  • Finish    Tuesday 16 Jan 2024 6:30pm
  • Venue  Dyson Perrins Building
  • Postcode OX1 3AN
Lucy Yu, CEO at Octopus Energy Centre for Net Zero

Summary: As more of our energy is generated from variable renewable sources and key sectors such as transport and heat electrify further, our future energy system will undergo fundamental transformation. The most important and yet least well understood changes concern the demand side.

Established in 2021 by the global innovator Octopus Energy Group, Centre for Net Zero (CNZ) conducts independent, AI and data-driven research and modelling to understand these transformations and advance the global energy systems modelling landscape.

It is pioneering the use of large scale, global randomised control trials to obtain real world evidence from Octopus Energy’s global customer base, and the generation and validation of synthetic smart meter demand data for research, using modern generative AI techniques.

Lucy’s presentation will outline CNZ’s research covering demand flexibility from domestic customers; CNZ’s ‘Faraday’ model for synthetic demand data; baselining household energy consumption in an intelligent demand driven world; and CNZ’s early work to develop and deploy supporting policy tools designed to accelerate the global energy transition.

Speaker: Lucy Yu is CEO at Centre for Net Zero, Octopus Energy’s AI and data-driven research unit, leading research to make a fully sustainable global energy system a reality. She has two decades of experience building and scaling tech ventures and developing tech policy and regulation for governments around the world. She has led operations, commercial, policy and research functions for several high-growth, globally-renowned tech start-ups including two unicorns. Her work has focused on sustainability and renewable energy; future mobility and the built environment; artificial intelligence; open data and open source; and regulating emerging technologies.

She is a non-executive board member at Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport and place leadership; and at E3G, a leading global think tank for environmental influence. She is a trained scientist and holds a degree from Imperial College specialising in computational and physical chemistry.

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