These solutions make it possible to monitor the generation, storage and consumption of energy from various sources (electricity, gas, batteries, micro-generation plants, etc.) and to break down energy usage into very detailed streams for a wide variety of end-uses. These types of solutions facilitate an in-depth understanding of energy use and generation, together with the ability to apply optimisation strategies, as well as to ensure an improved asset lifespan and operational efficiency.
These solutions bring together the end-uses, the storage capacity and the generation units of large companies or third parties, by integrating a wide variety of protocols in near real-time through the IoT Gateway/Edge component, fully orchestrated with IoT platforms. This enables continuous governance of any Edge functionality in the on-premises environment, thus ensuring an in-depth understanding of power use and generation, together with the ability to apply optimisation strategies.
The decarbonisation of the global economy requires a radical change in the transport sector, which will need to manage a significant penetration of electric vehicles. IoT platforms are the perfect solution for enabling the continuous interaction between drivers, service providers and charging unit infrastructure. These platforms also ensure close integration between the most popular charging unit infrastructures and integration APIs, which allow electric vehicle applications to interact seamlessly with any type of charging unit. IoT platforms also enable integration with software solutions provided by third parties for electric mobility planning, car-sharing and charging platforms.
The new requirements defined by the Authorities for the measurement of electricity, gas and water are projecting traditional measurement processes and applications into the IoT context. The new service levels to respect and the opportunity to control supply points with the aim of optimising the network and detecting fraud, require a continuous improvement in the ability to collect and store data, with the potential application of powerful ML/AI algorithms. Smart Metering solutions are crucial to achieving these goals, since they require the deployment of IoT Gateway/Edge components close to the network, together with IoT and Data Platforms to collect data and apply the necessary algorithms. Thanks to their implementation, it thus becomes possible to enable the collection of reliable measurement data, while respecting the Authorities’ requirements.
The increasing adoption of micro-generation plants, electric vehicles and storage units, together with the growing unpredictability of energy flows, require the ability to monitor and optimise the operation of LV and MV networks. The growing capacity to enhance the monitoring of operational parameters and to automate their operation through the adoption of precise strategies, necessitates the deployment of IoT Gateway/Edge components in LV substations and IoT platforms for the collection and application of powerful algorithms, enabling Smart Grid solutions. Thanks to this approach, it becomes possible to adapt network operations in real time, based on continuously variable operating conditions, energy flows and market prices.
Solutions for monitoring and optimising renewable energy production enable the collection of data on power generation and on the operation of renewable plants that integrate Scada systems, meters, inverters, sensors and data from drone inspections. All this, within a single, standardised data platform that provides a unique, centralised view of operations, in turn enabling the application of an extensive set of benchmarking, forecasting and optimisation analyses. These solutions require the integration of a wide range of protocols through the IoT Gateway/Edge component, fully orchestrated with IoT platforms in order to govern continuously any Edge functionality to be implemented in the on-premises environment.
The ability to carry out inspections at lower costs by using drones is of growing interest to asset owners and O&M operators. These new applications make it possible to collect videos and images remotely, starting from generation plants, transmission and distribution lines and pipelines, using automated flights and ensuring full integration with Asset Management and Plant Operation systems. The ability to implement IoT-orchestrated Edge components enables real-time video/image analysis and anomaly detection.
The so-called energy communities are gaining momentum, with the aim of sharing the costs and benefits of the new energy paradigm. In this context, it becomes possible to apply energy aggregation and flexibility solutions, thus enabling each individual participant in the energy community to monitor overall energy generation and to compare with other participants based on their specific energy preferences, while also taking into consideration new capacities such as storage, flexibility and more.