Project Log: building connections

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03 Aug Project Log: building connections

As Project Lead, the Energy Innovation Centre’s Freddie Tilbrook is the man firmly at the helm of Futurewave, ensuring that we remain on course and that the relevant parties are on board as we navigate to each stop on the journey.

Four months into his role and Freddie’s ownership of the project is having a real impact on the pace at which it is evolving. To give you a flavour of what it’s like to be driving a living, breathing innovation project as it gains momentum, we’ll be checking in with Freddie regularly in a series of ‘Project Log’ posts and what better place to start than by taking a look back at this week …

This week kicked off in London where I was running a workshop with Fahrenheit-212 to drill down into the business model and finalise what the ‘Fund It’ part of the platform will look like. My next stop was to meet Jim Cardwell, head of regulation and strategy at Northern Powergrid in Castleford to talk about the Energy Innovation Centre and Futurewave – this was a helpful meeting and it was great to get Jim’s support on our projects.

Denise Massey and I headed to Manchester to take inspiration from how Radical has built the Co-operative Bank’s digital team and how this might look for Futurewave. We’re really grateful to both the teams at the Co-op and Radical for hosting us on the site visit which has provided us with some useful learning points.

The week ended on a positive note with official confirmation that two of the EIC’s distribution network operator (DNO) industry partners – SSE Power Distribution and SP Energy Networks – have agreed to join the core team at this point in phase 2. This is great news as it will help to give us another perspective during the development of the platform which, in turn, will help us make it stronger for the user – welcome to the team, guys!

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