Intel® IoT Technologies Help Utilities Increase Distribution Grid Reliability and Efficiency
At DistribuTECH 2018, we showcased how Intel® IoT Technologies along with Intel partners’ products and solutions help:
- Increase service levels through improved grid reliability
- Lower operating cost using predictive maintenance
- Collect crucial information to aid short and long term planning
- Improve worker safety and increase productivity
Transforming Today’s Energy Landscape
Digital and industry disruptors are reshaping the energy industry. Companies are under greater pressure than ever before to gain efficiencies and implement new revenue-producing capabilities. Resource scarcity, price volatility, a human capital deficit, and increasing data volume are just some of the powerful forces creating new challenges. In response, many companies are putting advances in technology—such as digitized devices—to work for them. These technologies are enabling them to increase the accuracy and timeliness of exploration and drilling, improve the productivity and safety of utility service crews, bridge the knowledge gap created by retiring workers, and introduce new revenue opportunities—in short, to meet today’s challenges successfully.
Technology Trends at the Grid Edge
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The transition to the Energy Cloud—where energy markets become more distributed, clean, and intelligent—is speeding up. Utilities must adapt to this transformation to capture the value in new distributed energy resources (DER) and transactive energy markets. Until recently, the smart grid conversation was focused on hardware: smart grid technologies, smart meters, and in-home Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The industry is now shifting toward the next level of maturity on the technology adoption cycle: utilities have deployed smart meters; networks are digital; and utilities are experimenting with smart home technologies. The next challenge is how to extract value from the…
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Intel in Utilities
Utilities increasingly are expected to enable reliable, affordable, energy-efficient solutions for their customers while responding to new regulatory requirements. New technology-based solutions can help address these challenges. Field-appropriate mobile devices are improving operator efficiency, safety, and onboarding. And HPC, advanced analytics, and cloud computing tools are improving system management and interoperability. Perhaps most significantly, smart home/buildings solutions are opening up new services and revenue opportunities. These proactive, easy-to-deploy solutions are enabling new business models.
Mobile Field Workers
Equipping workers with field-appropriate mobile devices that let them collect, share, and access real-time information in the field helps companies to better capture and retain critical operating knowledge and generate valuable business insights to reach new levels of efficiency and agility. Wearables such as biometrics and environmental sensors can improve health and safety by alerting workers to health and environmental concerns.
Undertaking a mobile workforce transformation can help mitigate the effects of the workforce challenges confronting utilities today. Companies that provide their mobile workers with highly secure, powerful, flexible tools will be positioned to cut costs, deliver better service, and thrive in an evolving marketplace.
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Power Generation and T&D Solutions
Intel®-based Advanced Grid Management Solutions can help utilities solve some of the key disruptive issues facing their utility today, including better grid monitoring and controls to enable grid stability, optimizing regulation of unpredictable renewable resources and increase consumer satisfaction by reducing outages and ensuring a constant power supply, especially for commercial, and industrial environments with critical needs.
The conditions under which distribution grids operate are being radically modified by smart meters, distributed generation, inverse power flows, new digital prosumers, energy storage, and running the grid closer to its limits.
Behind the Meter Solutions
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Oil & Gas
Intel in Oil & Gas
To stay competitive, Oil & Gas companies must place operational efficiency front and center. Equipping field operators with rugged mobile devices allows them to collect, share, and access information in real time. This facilitates training and improves efficiency and safety. The data collected by these mobile tools and other devices at the edge provides better visibility for more proactive management of networks and assets. HPC and advanced analytics solutions help Oil & Gas companies maximize the value of the seismic, operational, and market data they collect. Together, these technology tools are enabling better planning, more accurate exploration, and optimized production.
Wellhead Monitoring Solutions
Advanced software and gateway solutions make it possible to store several years of extremely high fidelity data locally, at the wellhead, and then transfer it over low-bandwidth networks when needed. This reduces transmission costs while preserving high fidelity source data and enables analyses and predictive analytics that yield actionable intelligence for operational decision-making.
Solutions that allow companies to capture and manage more machine data, with better visibility, facilitate more proactive management of networks and assets for reduced equipment wear and maintenance expenses and fewer disruptions. Transmitting data seamlessly and securely between edge devices and the cloud enables oil companies to gain efficiency and optimize production while cutting costs.
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Mobile Oil & Gas Field Worker
Intel wearable technologies help ensure field workers have the information they need at their fingertips to make them safer and more efficient. Remote offices can also directly monitor and observe activities, allowing them to offer better support and more constructive advice.
Undertaking a mobile workforce transformation can help mitigate the effects of the workforce challenges confronting the oil and gas industry today. Increase worker agility (i.e., hands free) and safety. Solution providers can connect to the cloud, and thrive in an evolving marketplace.
Data Center Solutions
Advanced analytics and cloud computing have dramatically changed the way energy companies conduct business. HPC is now the backbone of discovery, research and innovation, giving energy customers pervasive access to data discovery, interactive visual exploration, and—when combined with advanced analytics—real-time business process data integration.
Cloud solutions provide the scalability and agility that energy companies need to optimize operations and respond quickly to changing market conditions. These technologies enable better planning, more accurate and timely exploration and discovery, and optimized production.
Intel® Scalable System Framework (Intel® SSF) is the high-efficiency, high-performance computing architecture you need to get the most out of exploration, production, and your HPC investments.
Internet of Things in Energy
Supported by a broad ecosystem, Intel®-based solutions monitor, measure, and control processes and assets, and via data analytics, increase operational visibility and enable new insights used to increase efficiency and improve decision making.
Intel is a premier provider of IoT technology building blocks that can be used by the electric utility, and oil & gas industry to develop edge device to cloud applications that collect both operational and non-operational data into a big data architecture serving the needs of grid operators, utility planners, and asset managers.
As utilities continue to embrace digital technologies on their analytics journeys, they need to have a thorough understanding of what overarching strategy is needed to institutionalize analytics into their organizations and business processes.
By 2030, Navigant Research projects that the future utility value chain will have transformed significantly. Many utilities have already embarked on their transformation journey, and the cycle of disruption appears to be accelerating.
It’s not an easy time for utility companies as they face falling revenues, rising infrastructure costs, and increasing risk outages. A new approach is required for operational technology based on IoT which enables an operational system that provides accurate information to support real-time decision making.
The use of IoT technologies helps to make digital oilfield implementations simpler, more effective, and economical. Intel’s digital oilfield solutions, combining IoT technologies and services, offer the increased flexibility, standardization, and innovation that the industry is demanding today.
IoT is bringing new capabilities that can transform the industrial workplace. Ruggedized tablets and wearable biometric and gas sensors are available today, with more technologies are on the horizon. These connected devices will enable a new generation of smart, energy workers who will have information at their fingertips.
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