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**
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*
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