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Digitalisation and New Business Models in Energy Sector


  • Sinan Küfeoglu

    (EPRG, CJBS, University of Cambridge)

  • Gaomin Liu

    (Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge)

  • Karim Amaya

    (EPRG, CJBS, University of Cambridge)

  • Michael G. Pollitt

    (EPRG, CJBS, University of Cambridge)


This paper reviews digitalisation in energy sector by looking at the business models of 40 interesting new start-up energy companies from around the world. These start-ups have been facilitated by the rise of distributed generation, much of it intermittent in nature. We review Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Blockchain applications in energy sector. We discuss the rise of prosumers and small-scale renewable generation, highlighting the role of Feed-in-Tariffs (FITs), the Distribution System Platform concept and the potential for Peer-to-Peer (P2P) trading. Our aim is to help energy regulators calibrate their support new business models.
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  • Sinan Küfeoglu & Gaomin Liu & Karim Amaya & Michael G. Pollitt, 2019. "Digitalisation and New Business Models in Energy Sector," Working Papers EPRG1920, Energy Policy Research Group, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.
  • Handle: RePEc:enp:wpaper:eprg1920

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    1. Khan, Agha Salman M. & Verzijlbergh, Remco A. & Sakinci, Ozgur Can & De Vries, Laurens J., 2018. "How do demand response and electrical energy storage affect (the need for) a capacity market?," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 214(C), pages 39-62.
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    Feed-in tariff; Distribution System Platform; Peer-to-Peer; Blockchain;
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    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities

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