A SCOTS tech firm has launched its bid to drive the country towards net zero emissions after a “hugely successful” pilot of its innovative technology.

Edinburgh-based OnGen rolled out its web-based software tool, the OnGen Expert, which models the energy performance of existing building assets and assesses the feasibility of installing renewable and low-carbon energy technology. It then produces energy reduction and financial models for investment purposes.

The company worked with North East Yorkshire and Humber Energy Hub to pilot the technology in more than 70 locations across 12 local and combined authority areas, supported by the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

OnGen’s service combines geospatial analysis with digital tools to assess the range of low carbon energy effectively and accurately.

As a result of the pilot, several areas within the region have identified the most viable sites for generating and delivering renewable energy.

The company was able to assess up to eight renewable and low-carbon on-site energy generation technologies using its intelligent tech.

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It was then able to determine if the technologies being used by the sites were financially viable, before indicating the best system size to deliver return on investment alongside a robust financial analysis.

OnGen’s co-founder and managing director, Chris Trigg, said: “We are delighted to have worked with the North East Yorkshire and Humberside Energy Hub to help uncover viable opportunities for so many local authorities. We’ve been able to deliver reduced greenhouse gas emissions sites and crucially reduce energy costs now and in the future.

“There is a massive opportunity to achieve substantive and sustainable cost savings by deploying renewables.

“If carbon reduction goes hand in hand with good economics, that is a fabulous outcome for consumers and the planet alike.”

Paul Taylor, manager of the North East Yorkshire and Humber Hub, added: “The outputs from the pilot have been a huge success, with public bodies identifying investable, decarbonisation schemes where they have not had the tools and expertise to do so before.

“The intelligence delivered from the OnGen Expert means that public money is being maximised in delivering carbon saving schemes and directed in areas that provide maximum financial return. This has allowed us to focus on the projects with the best chance of success.”

Taylor continued: “Through its sister platform OnEfficiency, OnGen can also assess which energy efficiency interventions could be deployed at a particular site.”

Following the success of the pilot scheme, OnGen is now working on the next phase of a national roll-out of the OnGen Expert.