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A Day in the Life of… A Data Scientist at Connected Energy

In our new series, we’re introducing various members of the team at Connected Energy to give an insight into the people who produce our battery energy solutions.

24/01/2024

First is Jochem van Kempen, Lead Data Scientist at Connected Energy, who has been a part of our Newcastle-upon-Tyne office for two years.

His route to Connected Energy is one of the many examples within our diverse team of a journey that didn’t necessarily seem like he was heading toward data science for a battery energy storage company…

Jochem said: “I studied Biology and then went on to do a Masters program and PhD in Neuroscience, after that, I worked as a researcher for a few years, before deciding academia wasn’t for me.

“I was keen to find a role where I could develop myself in an industry I believe in, eventually leading me to join Connected Energy.

“Although it sounds like an unconventional career path, statistical methods and data science techniques combined with domain knowledge in neuroscience translated well to battery data analysis.”

Newly promoted Jochem is our Lead Data Scientist in an ever-expanding team, under our Head of Data Science, Frazer Wagg, and his role largely focuses on developing our understanding of batteries by reading and gaining insights from the data our systems produce to continually increasing our system’s safety and optimising their use by developing and deploying machine learning/artificial intelligence models.

A big fan of the outdoors, Jochem’s passion for hiking, camping and an array of sports including surfing and squash, means that making a positive change by utilising second life EV battery is important to him.

I want my work to be meaningful and second life battery energy storage does this by reusing materials and facilitating making the grid more carbon neutral.

Jochem van Kempen, Lead Data Scientist, Connected Energy

On a day-to-day basis our data science team’s data interpretation and modelling skills allow them to not only monitor and investigate our systems’ performance for our product development, but also to provide key insights for our customers too.

Jochem adds: “We generate custom reports to highlight energy consumption and efficiency on a monthly basis, and this detail is always tailored to customer preferences, ranging from basic charge and discharge efficiency to custom detailed insights into battery performance and health, as required.”

A key achievement in his role so far is the development of an anomaly detection model using a deep neural network.

Jochem explains: “This model detects deviations in telemetry data that are difficult for humans to isolate and automatically triggers alerts to the data team, adding an additional layer of security to our already robust safety measures.”

If you’d like to learn about the suitability of battery energy storage using our second life EV batteries, we’d love for you to get in touch regarding our feasibility studies. The feasibility studies are conducted by the Data Science team from our Newcastle head office, using real data and human insights to produce a realistic image of whether BESS could benefit your site.

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