FlowBuilder upgrades will boost energy market innovation and collaboration

September 4, 2020

Following extensive works to improve and expand data transfer capabilities for the GB energy market, this month ElectraLink will be launching upgrades to FlowBuilder – the data transfer tool enabling users to design, test and share bespoke data flows.

The recent FlowBuilder upgrades will increase market accessibility for new entrants and promote innovation and collaboration among market participants. Users will also benefit from rapid registration and access to a range of industry-generated data flows templates.

Users will also be able to use FlowBuilder to define and create their own data sharing requirements (whether this is reports they have or want, or data flows they need defined) and publish these on ElectraLink’s website.

New features and updates include:

  • Self-service registration means new FlowBuilder users can register online and get immediate access to FlowBuilder
  • The online open portal will make FlowBuilder widely accessible and provides a sandbox-style environment for creating and testing industry flows,
  • Following feedback from Data Transfer Service (DTS) users, users can now manage gas flows on FlowBuilder, as well as electricity flows,
  • Users can now manage and create their own data sharing requirements in common formats,
  • Once you have created, amended, tested and received ElectraLink’s approval, you can publish bespoke data templates on our website for the industry to use,
  • A single structure of data requirements out of hundreds of variations to simplify the market and aid the rollout of digitalisation to energy market codes,
  • And a one-stop shop for data flows in the energy market which will deliver simplification meaning you will only need to visit one website to understand all data flow obligations across four data catalogues

Most excitingly, FlowBuilder users will soon be able to make use of a brand new, first-in-the-market data catalogue on the platform. Keep an eye on our website for more on this.

Existing features within the service will remain unaffected.

FlowBuilder was first launched in October 2018 and since then various market participants with a range of market roles have seen its full potential. You can find the most recent case study here.

For more information on the FlowBuilder updates, please contact our DTS team at helpdesk@electralink.co.uk.

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