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
If you don’t get the last joke, it’s okay. I found it on twitter. Unfortunately, this conversation happens all too often in renewables. There’s nothing that stirs the pot more than a broken report on a Friday morning. Even the most well-rounded data-driven companies find themselves pounding the keyboard at one another over data issues.
Still, let’s psycho-analyze this exchange a little bit more.
- The asset manager seemingly feels powerless over a non-functional report and lacks the tools and training to fix the issue without an expert. There’s also a fundamental expectation of perfect data, which unfortunately doesn’t exist in actual operations
- Instead of spending his time fixing problems in the field, the engineer is forced to chase down data issues which he doesn’t have the tools or access to fix anyway (probably because he or she is stonewalled by IT)
Sorry to pile on IT again, but they’re just too easy of a target. In reality, this is a problem across all departments, not just IT. Business units need to better train IT personnel on the use cases of their data, while IT needs to be more flexible and stop using cybersecurity as a scapegoat for lack of progress and innovation.
Anyway, I digress. So how do we stop reports from breaking?
In simple terms, we need to build a house…. a data house (“data lake” is so 2017).
Here’s some simple steps to get started.
1. Lay the Foundation: The first step in knowing whether your report is right or wrong is knowing where the true source data resides, and how it was collected in the first place. The answer to these questions lies in the data integration layer, whose sole responsibility is to interconnect all raw sources of data into one easily accessible, corporate-wide database. Whatever you do here, try and limit the amount of pit stops your data makes along its journey. Far too often, we see situations where system A exposes the data to system B, which then transforms it, and pushes it to system C, which is then copied over to a production server D, and then into an excel workbook via macro once per day. In this case, you have 4 points of failure, and virtually zero ability to detect which system is responsible for your report not working correctly.
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Keep that same approach when centralizing your data.
2. Normalize your data: This is the “apples to apples” argument. Reporting across multiple sites is a waste of time unless you can do it consistently, with full transparency into the methods of how certain performance KPIs are generated. Unfortunately, no two power plants and SCADA systems are alike. Developing a generic data model that works and normalizes data, alarms, outages, and events across all technologies and asset types can take months, if not years. Before trying to take this on as an internal project, look to pre-built platforms on the market that already do this for you out-of-the-box
3. Modify your data: Perfection should not be the goal in steps 1 & 2, because it will never happen. There will always be communication outages, or situations where data is lost or reported inaccurately. Because of this, users will always require tools and software to modify the root causes of outages, correct inconsistencies, and manually add context to their data.
No amount of automation can tell an asset manager that they lost $20,000 this week because a squirrel electrocuted itself in the main transformer.
Unfortunately, instead of integrating these 3 pillars in a stable data architecture, organizations often overlook steps 1 & 2, and build something heavy on sizzle, but light on substance. End Result? The data house ends up looking more like a Christmas tree which blows over at the first sign of trouble.
Don’t be this guy. Spend the time and money up front to centralize and model your data correctly. Our first video series will tell you exactly how Bazefield can help achieve this for you.
by Brad Johnson, Lead Solution Architect, Bazefield
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*
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:
New gold standard solar monitoring and analytics offering and ground-breaking 2nd level SCADA solution for SSE Renewables
The gold standard for solar are helping our clients increase overall profitability of their renewable assets - Bazefield is closing in on 40 GW of installed solar and wind capacity with record breaking sales of our new gold standard solar monitoring and analytics solution to leading firms such as EDF Renewables, BayWa r.e., Excelsior Energy Capital, and others. In addition, Bazefield has reached agreement to provide second level SCADA solutions for SSE’s 4.7 GW portfolio of onshore and offshore wind assets.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year's annual user forum, BazeCamp, will be held virtually. Nevertheless we expect an all-time high with respect to the number of attending delegates. In lieu of getting together physically, this year’s BazeCamp user forum will feature a variety of highly topical webinars, solution demonstrations, and downloadable content, that Bazefield customers will be able to access easily from wherever they may be physically located.
SSE Renewables awarded Bazefield the second level SCADA contract for their 4.7 GW wind power portfolio sites. The contract includes control room solution for their current 57 on- and offshore wind farms and 4670 MW capacity. The system will support monitoring and control capabilities from their OT environment. Furthermore all users in the IT environment are going to use the system for visualizations, performance analytics, reporting and more.
EDF Renewables has selected Bazefield to support their 3rd party O&M operations across North America
EDF Renewables has selected Bazefield to support their 3rd party O&M operations across North America. By bringing a modern, technology-agnostic approach to solar data management with emphasis on performance analytics. The Bazefield platform are being used by EDF Renewables in their remote operations center and by project stakeholders to monitor plant performance and availability. EDFs technical services team also leverages Bazefield for data analysis, automated fault detection and reporting.
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, 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 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’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.
Bazefield have had a very strong growth in the wind and solar domain. The market-leading product, Bazefield, currently manages 25 GW on installations across 23 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. Bazefield is the state-of-the-art product when digitalizing renewable energy O&M.
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.
Bazefield has contracted notable EDF Luminus for implementing 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.
Adding Portland General Electric (PGE) into the 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 manage more than 700 MW offshore wind power in 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 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 Bazefield operations management system.
Portland General Electric adds 717 MW into the 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.
Besides the strong availability and performance analytics Apps in 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 Bazefield.
Bazefield will also start offering build in advanced wind farm analytics fully integrated with Bazefield as the big data platform. Contact us for more information around support for advanced analytics and in-memory big data analytics.
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 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.