World’s leading Renewable Energy Solutions provider unlocks data to power
intelligent actions using Azure platform

About the Client

Our client is one of the world’s leading renewable energy solutions provider. It has provided solutions of installed capacity of more than 17,000 MW worldwide. Founded in 1995, the client operates from 18 countries across 6 continents with a support network of around 8500 employees. It delivers best-in-class products and services, providing end-to-end solutions around wind energy projects. The company’s vision is to enable sustainable economic, social and ecological development to power a greener tomorrow.

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Azure based robust, scalable data management platform helps the client manage and streamline their wind farm operations efficiently, thereby enabling quick & intelligent actions to minimize asset failures and prevent operational errors in future. The platform handles any kind of structured and unstructured data, allowing faster storage, retrieval and data representation.

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Business Need

Wind Farms generate humongous volumes of structured and unstructured WTG data, which is stored in various systems such as SCADA, SAP, File System, etc., For instance, SCADA data provides parameters such as condition, health, controlling, and performance of each turbine. These parameters obtained from SCADA data helps in understanding power output, operational performance, health and maintenance condition of each turbine. Depending on such variety of parameters, WTG can raise an alarm in case of any error, which includes mechanical part failure, generator malfunction, gear box failure, etc.

Upon receiving an alarm, the Wind farm operations team needs to fetch data related to faulty Wind turbine, location, material stock availability, relevant technical repair instructions etc., to understand and address the error immediately. As the information is stored in multiple systems, it was difficult for the site engineer to fetch and act instantly. Also, to collect and verify the ‘Preventive Maintenance’ & ‘Non-Compliance’ reports involved high latency, huge time and efforts.

Due to unavailability of meaningful & intelligent data instantly, the decision to mitigate the risk after receiving a warning sometimes went haywire. To invest efforts in gathering the unstructured & structured data, organizing it and then utilizing it to support the decision science was a big problem. Thus, the client wanted an intelligent, high-performance data management platform that would allow storing and ingestion of different kinds of data i.e., structured and unstructured data. The platform would help site engineers in faster decision making through data driven intelligence. It would equip site engineers with data intelligence of multidimensional insights in a single unified dashboard view.

Technology Solution

Our Energy & Utility industry expertise helped create a scalable & robust data platform that powers intelligent actions. Using pivotal Microsoft technology, Azure PaaS, the team at Saviant has architected a strong database schema to store the growing volume and variety of WTG data.

Azure Data Lake Store was leveraged to store structured or unstructured data such as SQL, NoSQL, Images, Videos, and Documents. Due to this powerful architectural approach, the client can store any kind & any type of data including massive datasets like genomic & seismic datasets, high-resolution video, medical data, and documents. Azure Storage & Processing tools like Azure functions, stream Analytics and Apps Service, helped extract intelligence quickly for immediate actions related to Wind Turbine Generators.

Azure Web Apps was leveraged for the responsive MVC web portal development, where site engineers can log in and view WT details. These include last 24hrs Alarm & Warning Status from SCADA system, Material Status from SAP system, relevant Technical Repair Instructions docs from File system and previous Preventive Maintenance (PM) & Non-compliance (NC) report status with photographs from SAP. Upon occurrence of any event, site engineers can fetch ‘PM NC Reports’, ‘WTG Photographs’, ‘Technical Repair Instructions’ using intelligent data platform and check the availability of necessary material needed. This data driven intelligence in the form of Analytical dashboard helps engineers take necessary corrective actions related to Wind Turbine. This solution was delivered as a proof of concept to the client. This solution stands as a proof of concept that any kind and any type of petabytes of data can be managed for faster data intelligence using Azure platform.

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Saviant at a glance

Saviant is the preferred Data Analytics & Intelligent Solutions partner for leading Asset-intensive and Field-force driven Enterprises across industries like Energy, Utilities, Logistics & Construction. We are the trusted Technology Advisors and Implementation Partners for their strategic initiatives around Data Analytics, IoT, Cloud & Mobility. Our teams enable intelligent actions & accelerated business outcomes for our customers across the globe, by defining their Technology Roadmap & Implementation Strategies.
Saviant is a Microsoft Gold Partner for Cloud Platform, Data Platform, Data Analytics, Application Development & Xamarin Premier Consulting Partner.

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