Providing cutting-edge energy analytics

Pilio, ECI’s 1st spin-out company, is helping organisations and households save energy, money and carbon using the pioneering building energy science and innovation borne from research within the ECI's Lower Carbon Futures research group.

Energy researchers, Catherine Bottrill and Dr Russell Layberry, co-invented prototype residential and commercial building energy monitoring and management software applications - formerly known as iMeasure and sMeasure respectively. To provide highly valuable insights into building energy performance against local weather conditions, a major driver of energy consumption, the application seamlessly integrates Russell’s heating and cooling degree day dataset to calculate energy efficiency and predict consumption.

From the research Pilio has created an energy management software service that pairs energy data with weather, emission and benchmark data together with expert interpretation to give energy managers the intelligence they make decisions to effectively drive down energy consumption.

The Co-Founders

Catherine Bottrill is now full-time on Pilio as the Chief Executive Officer leading the company’s business development. She continues to retain strong links with ECI by supporting the ECI MSc programme and co-authoring papers with academics on energy management.

Russell Layberry leads the Environmental Monitoring and Analytics theme within the ECI’s Energy Group. His current focus is on the design and implementation of web-connected energy and environmental sensor systems. As Pilio’s Chief Science Officer Russell works closely with the Pilio team to advance its innovations into useful energy management products and services to solve Pilio clients’ energy challenges.

Pilio clients

Pilio is providing energy analytics to Scottish Power, Whitbread, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Royal Albert Hall, Lake District Park Authority and Howbery Business Park to name a few. Read more about their work for clients.

Accelerator support

Pilio were the first company to enter and spin-out from Oxford University’s Software Incubator and are currently part of the Climate-KIC Accelerator Programme, Europe’s main climate innovation initiative, where they have benefitted from funding, training and mentorship.


In 2014, Pilio was recognised as a shortlist finalist by the Ashden Awards and as the Imperial College Incubators Virtual Company of the Year. Pilio has been named as one of the nine most exciting energy management firms in 2015 by Independent Energy and Sustainability Analyst Firm, Verdantix.

Ongoing links with research and student training

Pilio is a partner on the WICKED research project, which is focused on Energy Management Solutions for the retail sector. In addition, Pilio has been collaborating with researchers from the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin to understand the motivations for why households use energy monitoring tools.

Pilio regularly work placements for undergraduate and graduate students to give them hands on experience of the clean technology entrepreneurship space. This summer Pilio is hosting two Oxford University mechanical engineering undergraduates.

Pilio has been named as one of the nine most exciting energy management firms in 2015.

Independent Energy and Sustainability Analyst Firm, Verdantix