Achieve a smart digital energy network with IIoT smartness

July 12, 2016

Brilliant machines, Predictive analytics, people at work, powered by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), these forces are transforming industry

What if you could predict events before they happened? By connecting your machines, gaining operational visibility and leveraging analytics, you can drive operations to their fullest potential and predict what will happen before it occurs.

IIoT causing a significant change in the utilities industry.

Energy companies are constantly looking for ways to differentiate themselves from competitors, improve the efficiency of their operations, and ultimately capture future market share. At the same time Utility companies are faced with the advent of renewable and distributed power generation, both of which demand a more flexible smart grid that can handle multiple energy sources  (like wind and solar) in a decentralized and bi-directional network.

With a global focus on energy efficiency, conservation of energy and water sources, and reduction of carbon emissions, the energy industry has good reasons to opt for intelligent assets, grids, meters, and appliances to enhance the interaction between assets, products, and people.

How IIoT is creating a fundamental shift in advanced energy production

IIoT is creating a fundamental shift in advanced energy production and distribution technology, management and services while leveraging existing investments in infrastructure and operations.

A deeper level of interoperability, connectivity, and automation through IIoT enables Energy companies and Utilities to be:

  • more agile
  • More flexible and efficient
  • Improve outage management
  • Enable automatic and remote fine-tuning
  • Transform energy data into new services
  • Prevent theft
  • Predict asset performance
  • Smoothly integrate all types of energy in a connected system.

A leading example of the Internet of Things in action in the energy industry

A newly intelligent, interconnected and interoperable grid can be seen as a Digital Energy Network: The smart grid is an energy generation, transmission and distribution network enhanced by digital control, monitoring and telecommunications capabilities. In addition to providing real-time, two-way flow of electrical power, it also enables automated, bidirectional flow of information. Smart Grid insight into both electricity flow and the infrastructure transporting it. To add intelligence to existing infrastructure, new digital equipment and devices are strategically deployed to complement existing equipment. This new layer of digital equipment connects all assets distributing computing intelligence throughout the infrastructure.

It enables electricity companies and grid system operators to:

  • Reduce capital expenditure– more precise match of supply and demand across the grid is possible. Utilities can meet peak demand without unnecessary generation capacity and can ensure the most efficient distribution paths,
  • Manage demand – Granular insight into consumption patterns combined with greater predictive ability allows more energy conservation initiatives to be implemented,
  • Increase renewable capacity – More onshore and offshore renewable generation can be incorporated into the energy mix.
  • Lower maintenance costs – Insight into the activity of various generation, transmission and distribution assets enables remote fault diagnosis, minimizes site visits, and enables more predictive maintenance for more efficient technical support

A new energy vision – Micro grids

Distributed generation and reduced cost of renewable energy, are defining a new energy vision in which micro grids already play a key role and serve as the perfect paradigm.

A micro grid is a group of interconnected loads, distributed generation assets and other energy resources that act as a single controllable entity. A micro grid can be either remote and off-grid or installed in densely populated areas and connected to the main grid .Because they rely on distributed energy generation, micro grids are more resilient to power outages than main electrical grid service.

Anglo African team can help you for your new energy vision to drive operations to the fullest potential, contact us on 2331636 or

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