Seriously. The next article I open with some PhD turned business developer telling me how “next generation AI can optimize my operations,” I’m going to throw my keyboard across the room.. In fact, I’m going to instantly down vote any renewables article whose title contains one or more of the following phrases:
In today’s age of digital marketing, we’ve gotten to a point where a word itself means more than the actual definition or meaning behind it. You could literally take the bingo card above, randomly combine 4 or 5 of the words with proper conjunctions, prepositions, and adjectives, and post a new marketing article on LinkedIn about renewables data. Peer Review? Naw...not needed. Validation? Please... it’s AI, bro. We don’t need to validate.
Here, let's have a shot at it…
“Advanced Cloud-based Machine Learning Algorithms for Smart Detection of …..”
...or better yet...
“The role of IoT and Big Data in the optimization of …..”
I’m pretty sure I’ve read both of those articles. I can’t remember what they actually talked about, but I definitely recall they were both “smart” and “advanced”. What type of data did they talk about? Well, I’m not sure, but it was definitely “big”.
I want to read some real content. I want to read about the “what” and not the “how”. I don’t care how you determined that I had 12 bad power curves at my site, or 4 underperforming string inputs on my inverter. I don’t care if it was in Microsoft Excel or an 83,284 line Python TensorFlow script you wrote. I care about how much cash you saved my plant, how much time you saved my personnel, and if you can reproduce one or both savings to my entire fleet.
Now, let’s take a step back. I’m not doubting the power of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and some of the other physical methodologies I mention. I mean, gmail can practically write my email for me after one or two words. It’s nuts! These concepts do exist, and applied in the correctly defined narrow scopes, they absolutely do work. My point of contention is that our industry (renewables) has completely lost focus of the overall goal of data, and instead has fallen victim to the digital age of nonsense, hyperbole, and buzzwords. We’re probably not alone in that regard, but it’s time for us to admit it. We’ve been had.
Have we learned nothing from the adjunct failures of the handfuls of vapourware products that have penetrated the renewables space the past 4-5 years? I’ll leave names out, but I think you know who I’m talking about. It’s the company that presents 38 slides to you in a meeting without providing an actual live demonstration of a product; it’s the company with the flashy email promotions and $200,000 conference booths with zero defensible content on display.
Despite this, almost every large renewables owner or operator (let’s call them company A) has signed up for a contract or pilot with one of these “software” companies in the past 4 years (let’s call them company B). I’ll spare you the details, but here’s how the relationship unfolds:
- Operating company A gives software company B a bunch of data and a bunch of money.
- Company B tries to develop the software on-the-fly using company A’s data, given they didn't have a validated product at the outset.
- ...12 months go by…
- Company B presents a few Powerpoint slides to summarize their breakthrough conclusions, and asks for a 5 year contract
Meanwhile, Company A’s assets and employees sat around for another year with no viable time-savings or performance-gagining solutions to improve their day to day operations. Company B, on the other hand, collects the pilot check, places company A’s logo on their marketing slides, and posts another breakthrough LinkedIn article on how they optimized company A’s operations through advanced cloud-based machine learning algorithms. I have diagramed this process in Figure 1.
THIS IS NOT SOFTWARE! This is consultancy - and bad consultancy at that.
I guess that’s why I wanted to start writing these articles. Enough is enough. Let’s stop with the abstract articles, and conference panels of “experts” on “data in renewables”. What are we actually talking about? Data is a means to an end. What is the end for renewables operation? Well, let’s keep it simple.
- How many electrons am I producing
- How many electrons should I be producing
- Why am I not producing said electrons and how can I fix it
Branching from these 3 simple questions you can get into the detail of what real renewables software and analytics must answer. While I wont’ focus on those details today, we will in our upcoming articles and webinars.
***yes, that was a blatant marketing ploy to have you read our articles and attend our upcoming webinars. Stay tuned**
EnOS Bazefield selected by Invenergy Services to Deliver a New Data-Driven Owner’s Platform
Invenergy Services, the operations, asset management, and energy management affiliate of Invenergy, and Bazefield have partnered on a digital platform that will increase efficiency and improve customer experience for wind, solar, and storage asset owners, a global portfolio that is expected to top 25-gigawatts by 2025.
Stay consistent with your energy modeling throughout the lifecycle of your plant - Announcing our integration with PlantPredict
Understanding whether your investments in solar assets actually perform as planned is critical to managing overall energy yields and ensuring a return on investment. To make sure our customers always know whether their solar plants and assets are performing, we’re excited to announce that Bazefield Advanced Analytics now integrates with PlantPredict’s solar modeling software.
Bazefield receives ISO/IEC 27001 certification
With the recent cyber-attacks such as Solarwinds, Colonial Pipeline and JBS meats it is becoming apparent that all companies need to do more to protect customers and company information.
Bazefield is deeply committed to the security of our customers data therefore Bazefield decided to become ISO/IEC 27001 certified to demonstrate that we have identified risks, assessed implications, and put in place systematic controls to limit any damage to our organisation and to our customers data. With the ISO/IEC 27001 certification we have implemented a comprehensive set of standard requirements for our Information Security Management System (ISMS). These standards are designed to adopt a process that relies on establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, maintaining, and improving our ISMS.
German Trianel Onshore Windkraftwerke choose EnOS Bazefield as their Asset Management Software
Trianel Onshore Windkraftwerke GmbH & Co. KG (TOW) have contracted EnOS Bazefield as Asset Management Software for currently 37 wind and 15 solar sites in Germany with a total capacity for 601 MW onshore, which is currently under their operation for the Trianel Network. The system shall support digitization of their operations and asset management. The system shall be fully rolled out within Q4 this year.
From the Ground Up: Real Time Monitoring and Event Management
In our previous articles and video series, we covered the challenges organizations face during the implementation of operations management software, and the problems caused by improper data integration. Too often, organizations get wooed by fancy marketing, reports, and data visualizations, and fail to focus on the foundational issue behind it all: the robustness and methodology behind data integration. If you don’t start with integrating the correct data from the correct sources, your reports will never be right. That being said, let’s say you’ve solved the data integration problem (or you’ve just bought EnOS Bazefield, and you’re going to let us fix it for you).
Bazefield committed to net-zero emission by Installing solar at HQ
Bazefield has been helping clients reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to more than a million-ton through increased efficiency of their renewable generation’s plants. Bazefield has now taken it upon themselves to commit 100% to a net-zero emission future. In addition to Bazefield's already remarkable 98% green renewable energy supply, Bazefield's HQ's entire roof will be covered with solar panels that will produce an estimated 64,000 KWh a year. This output will power Bazefield's servers, charge employees’ electric cars and much more.
EnOS Bazefield selected by Oak Creek De Mexico as its Renewable Energy Operational management software
Oak Creek Energy (OCES) has been developing renewable energy projects since 1982. Based in San Diego, CA and with presence in USA, Mexico and Colombia, OCES and its subsidiary companies offer comprehensive guidance and solutions, including Development, Construction and Asset Management services for renewable energy projects.
User Adoption: Keys to Enterprise SaaS Value
Implementing new software can be as easy as downloading an app on your phone. What gives with Enterprise Software? Why does it seem like great software ideas die on the vine or get underutilized?
Of course, its easy to toss one of these diagrams up and call it a day. Have a solid product, know how to get the data you need to make it work. Maybe a couple of nice bubbles steps you need to go through before its saving your company millions if not billions, right?
Re: Help, My Report Is Broken
Asset Manager: My report’s wrong, can you fix it please?
Engineer: I see we missed a lot of data this month. IT, what is going on?
IT : Auto-Reply: I’ll be out of the office until further notice. Please
submit a ticket or call one of my 12 immediate managers for
Asset Manager: For the love of God, can someone just quickly pull the data for me.
This report is due to our investors by Friday.
Engineer: Sure, let me just…. ,.
SELECT * FROM
Some_ideal_clean_and_pristine.table_that_you_think_exists WHERE Data = Good
Go Long on Data
In our previous article (read here), I have to admit, I went on a little bit of a rant. 10 months straight working from home can make you a little cranky. My main thesis was that there has been an unfortunate trend in renewables to produce and market software that, to put it so bluntly, doesn’t actually do anything useful. As a result, organizations have prioritized accumulating software with lots of marketing promises and buzzwords over truly adopting software that actually works. In reddit-speak, it’s akin to YOLOing and buying 10,000 Dogecoins instead of one tried and true share of Tesla**
Fun? Definitely. Strategy for success? Probably not.*
*Disclaimer: Author owned interest in $12.84 of Dogecoin at the time this article was written*
Celebrating 30 GW of wind and solar managed by the Bazefield software
Bazefield continued its strong growth across the wind and solar industries in 2019, onboarding notable clients including SSE Renewables, Akuo Energy, SprngEnergy and several others. The market-leading product, Bazefield, now monitors 30 GW of assets across 25 countries in Europe, North America, South America and India. See more up to date news and read about some of our disclosed clients.
Bazefield introduces new gold standard for solar monitoring and analytics
Bazefield, the market leading renewable monitoring and analytics platform, with off-the-shelf support for wind power, solar, hydro, biomass, battery storage and other renewable technology sources, enhances its solar capabilities by embedding the gold standard EnSight, machine learning based solar advanced analytics package, into Bazefield as one single platform.
SSE Renewables choose Bazefield as their onshore wind control room solution
SSE Renewables have contracted Bazefield for control room solution for 21 onshore wind farms and 690 MW total installed capacity. The system shall support reset and restart of the turbines, including operator support based on predominant alarm detection. It is a prioritized, fast track project that will be operation by the end of Q1.
Bazefield selected by Akuo Energy as its Renewable Energy Operational management system
“Bazefield’s overall product approach, customer service and ability to integrate and easily access both turbine and substation data were key factors for choosing Bazefield as our Renewable Energy Operational data platform ”, says Regina Sweet, Director of Asset Management at Akuo.
"We are excited that Akuo has selected our system to support the important work in getting renewable energy assets to reach their full potential. We look forward to a long term and successful relationship" says Peter Hansen, Managing Director at Bazefield Americas.
Envision Digital’s first Bazefield project delivered to Algonquin Power
Surpassed 25 GW of wind and solar managed by the EnOS Bazefield software
Bazefield has had a very strong growth in the wind and solar domain. The market-leading product, EnOS Bazefield, currently manages 25 GW on installations across 25 countries. This includes sites in Europe, North- and South America and Asia.
The system is in use by a range of notable clients such as EDF Luminus, ReNew, Brookfield Renewables, ConEdison, Equinor, within a range of others clients. EnOS Bazefield is the state-of-the-art product when digitalizing renewable energy O&M.
ReNew Power contract secures successful entry for 3E and Bazefield in the Indian market
3E and Bazefield have collaborated with ReNew Power for digitalizing O&M for ReNew's 4,100 MW utility scale wind and solar energy portfolio.
Bazefield entered the very prosperous Indian renewable energy market in 2018.
EDF Luminus choose EnOS Bazefield as their new Wind Monitoring Tool
Bazefield has contracted notable EDF Luminus for implementing EnOS Bazefield as their new Wind Monitoring Tool for their for their 64-site wind power portfolio.
EDF Luminus is a major player in the Belgian market.
Portland General Electric Partners with EnOS Bazefield for Operational Management system
Adding Portland General Electric (PGE) into the EnOS Bazefield system, strengthening our position in the North America market. The contract with PGE is for Biglow Canyon and Tucannon River wind farms for a combined capacity of 717 MW. “We have added a lot of investment and efforts into the North American market with our new office in San Diego, and the Portland General Electric contract is important to secure our US position and growth”, says Peter Hansen, Head of Bazefield Americas.
3E and Bazefield is jointly delivering an operations management system to Luxemburg utility Enovos’ portfolio of more than 300 MW of wind, solar, hydro and biogas.
n order to streamline its operations, Enovos has tendered a software solution that allows performance optimization and reporting, document and contract management, integration in direct market and financial reporting processes. Bazefield and 3E has been selected as the most comprehensive software platform to provide this functionality for the 4 different renewable energy technologies under asset management.
René Jost, CEO of Enovos, says, “This is the best software solution on the market to meet up to our high requirements for integration. The support of the experts of 3E and Bazefield will allow us to integrate our business processes for optimized asset operation.”
Adding the 402 MW Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm in UK, Equinor now manages more than 700 MW offshore wind power in EnOS Bazefield
By already supporting the 317 MW large Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm and the Hywind floating turbine projects in Equinor, their portfolio of wind power managed in EnOS Bazefield now peaks over 700 MW offshore wind power with the added Dudgeon project.
Supporting other large offshore wind clients in UK, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium, more than 2,5 GW offshore wind power are managed in the EnOS Bazefield operations management system.
Strong US position
Portland General Electric adds 717 MW into the EnOS Bazefield system, securing Bazefield a strong position in the North America market. The contract with PGE is for Biglow Canyon and Tucannon River wind farms.
Advanced analytics tools and in-memory big data analytics platforms support in EnOS Bazefield
Besides the strong availability and performance analytics Apps in EnOS Bazefield, the powerful data engine in the system is a big data platform itself. With full data transparency, use of open interface standards, combined with the Software Development Kit (SDK) supporting open Application Programing Interfaces (APIs), a wide range of options for utilizing advanced analytics tools and in-memory big data analytics is supported. Our partners and clients have utilized a range of such advanced analytics and big data tools with EnOS Bazefield.
Bazefield will also start offering build in advanced wind farm analytics fully integrated with EnOS Bazefield as the big data platform. Contact us for more information around support for advanced analytics and in-memory big data analytics.
Bazefield opens North American office in San Diego
With Bazefield’ s growth in the North American market, it has become crucial to open an US entity to support and drive new growth says Bazefield CEO Sigurd Juvik, it has all along been part of the company’s global growth strategy to open up a US based office once we have customers onboard to support.
With the robustness and scalability of the EnOS Bazefield platform, we recognize strong product fit for the North American market, which in general include larger facilities and portfolios. We are offering an all-inclusive service to the North America market with turn-key delivery and a choice between an in-house installations or cloud services, which includes all project services, software operations, maintenance and 24/7 support.