SAP enables turning wind power into energy in an efficient manner

May 16, 2018
Sphinx IT SAP solutions utilities industry

Wind power becomes electricity by conducting the air flow through wind turbines. This mechanically powers generators for electricity. Due to the fact that this alternative to fuel burning is viewed as “plentiful, renewable, widely distributed, clean”, and “produces no greenhouse gas emissions during operation, consumes no water, and uses little land”, it became an important part of the energy industry throughout the 20th century.

Here is the global status of wind power for 2017.

The GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council) estimated in April 2018 that “The annual market will return to growth in 2019 and 2020, breaching the 60 GW barrier once again and continue to grow, albeit at a slower pace, in the beginning of the new decade”.

Wind power and Industrial & Commercial IoT

Wind farms are a familiar sight nowadays in many regions of the world. As you may see from this Forbes article “IoT-enabled solution sends details on the equipment and environmental conditions”, making the activity of power producers more accurate and efficient.
Instead of humans guessing, calculating or anticipating various details and parameters, real time data coming from sensors allows the live wind turbines’ fine tuning.

Wind turbine monitoring is an activity a lot of companies specialize in, and it involves a multitude of sensors, a powerful software solution and equally powerful analytics capabilities, required in interpreting the data.

Instances of SAP solutions that serve the wind power industry

One of the SAP-powered solutions aimed at this field of activity allows companies to “accurately predict, report and meet power generation over the next 24 hours”. Using technologies such as SAP HANA, Docker, MQTT and ML, the solution generates useful alerts, which the technicians put to use.

Yet another SAP solution streamlines the wind turbines installation and setup process and reduces costs – using the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS. The same solution is available in a detailed text presentation here.

You may also check this video material presenting an SAP application to be used by a wind turbine operator. You will notice how Benjamin Wesson, SAP’s Internet of Things product owner at the time (2013), mentions how wind turbines, because they are “incredibly sophisticated and constantly changing the way they interact with the environment and with each other, based on variable conditions” are in fact “the ultimate IoT use cases”.

The video shows the app screens as they are available to turbine operators, and their capabilities (such as weather conditions, or alerts).

Here, SAP illustrates yet another wind power solution that uses SAP Leonardo.

You may see a video demonstration of SAP Leonardo’s capabilities to let operators analyze a wind turbine and use virtual sensors to diagnose problems. Since this solution is integrated with the backend of SAP S/4HANA, users are able to check the inventory for parts, as well as schedule a technician to fix the issues.

SAP provides for the emerging trends in the energy sector

As Henry Bailey, the Global VP & Head of Utilities Industry Business Unit at SAP mentioned in a 2017 interview, the company takes into consideration the emerging trends from the renewables’ sector and invests in meeting the related challenges.

“The bottom line is digital offers the ability to foster innovation, develop new revenue opportunities, and address the challenges faced by today’s utilities industry”.
(Henry Bailey for DigitalistMag in February 2018)

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