The Challenges

One of the world’s leading Renewable Energy solutions provider, our client delivers best-in-class products and services, providing end-to-end solutions around wind energy projects. 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, the company’s existing WTG application 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 on Cloud 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.

Azure Data Management platform & Business Intelligence solution

Azure Data Lake Store, Azure Storage & Processing Tools, Azure Stream Analytics, Azure SQL, And Azure Web Apps

Our Energy & Utility Industry expertise helped create a scalable & robust data platform that powers intelligent actions. Using pivotal Microsoft technology, Azure PaaS, our Azure consulting team has architected a strong database schema to store the growing volume and variety of WTG data. Due to this powerful architectural approach, the company can store any kind & any type of data including massive datasets like genomic & seismic datasets, high-resolution video, medical data, and documents.

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Building the high-end, scalable & secure solution

To build the robust Azure solution, our team leveraged Azure Data Lake Store to store structured or unstructured data such as SQL, NoSQL, Images, Videos, and Documents. And, Azure Storage & Processing tools like Azure functions, stream Analytics and Apps Service, helped to 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 dashboards helps engineers take necessary corrective actions related to Wind Turbine. This Azure solution delivered to the client ensures that any kind & any type of petabytes of data can be managed for faster data intelligence.

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Wind Turbines’ data can now be managed securely with Azure Data Management platform and site engineers can quickly address the issue upon the sudden occurrence of any failure event.

Result

Structured & unstructured

data management allowing faster storage, retrieval and data representation.

Quickly manage & streamline

Wind farm operations efficiently, thereby enabling intelligent actions.

Minimized asset failures

with data driven intelligence for predictive maintenance of WTGs.

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