CLOUD PLATFORM SUPPORTS MULTI-BRAND MAINTENANCE WITH READY-TO-USE ASSET DATA

SCADA MINDS has developed a platform that harvests data from wind turbines and wind farm assets from multiple brands. The platform transforms the data to a user friendly and reliable data foundation for action, business analytics, and reporting.

  • Shorter time to analytical knowledge. Easy access to unified structured data from multiple brands and asset types creates flexible workflows.
  • Shorter time to action. Alarms appear in the dashboard within few seconds.
  • Reduced costs. No technological or vendor specific limitations. It’s all cloud based.
Asset Integration Platform facts
  • 15%
    increase asset performance
  • 20%
    higher ROI
  • 200%
    reduction in product development time

In cooperation with a leading wind turbine operator, we have developed a cloud-based Asset Integration Platform (AIP) that contributes to optimized performance and maintenance of the company’s windfarms. The platform replaces a complex, hardware-based infrastructure with heavy data flows and makes it easier and quicker for the company to analyze and act on wind farm data. The platform supports the company’s ambitious growth plan and is the focal point of its digitization strategy.

 

CHALLENGE: LEGACY TECHNOLOGY WHICH IS HARD TO MAINTAIN AND SCALE

Our customer operates and maintains about 1500 multibrand wind farms and plans to increase its footprint heavily. Wind farm data is of vital importance to optimize the operation of the wind farms, but the data is difficult to work with as it stems from different data sources and data formats. The existing infrastructure dates back to when the company operated significantly fewer wind farms and has over time grown in many directions. Thus, it is a heavy and time-consuming process to draw value from data.

The company had two choices: Develop the existing infrastructure and invest in more specialists. Or investigate new solutions focusing on increased business value.

 

SOLUTION: READY-TO-USE DATA AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

In cooperation with our customer, we have developed a platform that integrates seamlessly with all types of turbines and sub stations. The idea behind the platform is to deliver ready-to-use data in a socket releasing users from the time-consuming task to distil and transform unstructured data into a useful basis for decision-making.

The platform enables the company to retrieve data from multiple asset types and multiple OEM brands and expose the data in a standardized, uniform way. All types of data are collected in the platform. The whole process from data collection to data presentation is handled in a seamless flow that can easily be extended with new types of data sources and more wind turbines as the company expands. The company expects a five-fold increase in data quantities over the next five years.

A user-friendly interface presents both live and historical data to different user profiles. The operation center has access to streamed live data on the wind farms actual performance, and the analysts can now plan service and maintenance based on historical data in the platform. Data is also used to increase business insights and to ensure a high degree of IT performance and compliance.

The platform is based on DevOps, Microsoft Azure Cloud, and best IT practices. These are future-proof technologies that do not limit the company. The platform can be scaled and adapted to match the customers present and future needs.

 

RESULT: INCREASED YIELD BY SHORTER TIME TO ACTION

The new platform makes it easier and quicker to extract value from the wind farm assets across brands and industry standards. The easier access to facts-based insight enables the company to more accurately and timely predict the need for service and maintenance as well as react more promptly to alarms. Alarms appear in the platform within seconds. Previously, it could take minutes before they reached the operation center. Quicker time to action is key to optimized operation of wind turbines and substations and will increase yield in future.

Besides these important gains, the company has also obtained increased visibility in its infrastructure and can clamp down on sources of error with precision. The previous complex environment has been replaced by a unified structure that scales flexibly. As a result, the company can operate with more agility which is crucial for its future expansion.