Azure IoT for energy

Optimise energy distribution while lowering your operational costs

Drive innovation in energy with IoT energy management

Take pressure off the grid and work toward a sustainable future. Monitor and enhance the performance of grid assets and optimise distributed energy resources while lowering your operational costs with Azure IoT. Improve energy efficiency, the flow of grid data, and the balance of supply and demand.

Seamless

Reduce the time to market for your IoT energy solutions with energy-specific app templates, a growing selection of certified devices and the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of IoT services.

Smart

Bring together the intelligent edge with the intelligent cloud with Azure IoT – to deliver energy data in an interoperable format, enabling insights backed by advanced analytics, AI and new models of interactivity with mixed reality.

Secure

Help secure and manage IoT energy solutions with Microsoft and partners – bringing decades of industry experience and a robust portfolio of IoT capabilities. From the edge to the cloud, monitor and manage your solution’s end-to-end security with Azure Sphere and Azure Security Center for IoT. Azure IoT for energy helps you make sure that your critical data is secure and privacy is protected.

Research: IoT Signals for power and utilities

Microsoft has committed to investing USD 5 billion in IoT research and the intelligent edge – adding new services and features to Azure IoT for industries such as energy, but also driving business strategy and executive leadership discussions to define success in the age of intelligence. Learn key takeaways for your business in the report, IoT Signals for energy.

Common energy IoT use cases

Explore common uses for IoT in the energy sector and learn more about solutions to boost efficiency in IoT energy management.

Grid asset maintenance

Visualise your grid's topology, gather data from grid assets and define rules to trigger alerts. Then use these insights to predict maintenance and provide more safety oversight. Prevent failures and avoid critical downtime by monitoring the performance and condition of your equipment.

Energy optimisation and load balancing

Balance energy supply and demand to alleviate pressure on the grid and prevent serious power outages. Avoid costly infrastructure upgrades and gain flexibility by using distributed energy resources to drive energy optimisation.

E-mobility

Remotely maintain and service electric vehicle (EV) charging points that support various charging speeds and vehicle types. Make it easier to own and operate electric vehicles by incentivising ownership and creating new visibility into energy usage.

Emissions monitoring

Monitor emissions in near real time and make your emissions data more readily available. Work towards sustainability targets and clean energy adoption by enabling greenhouse gas and carbon accounting and reporting.

Find the right IoT approach for your energy solution

Build

Accelerate development with a managed app platform

Get started with building apps using Azure IoT Central, a managed app platform that helps you to build apps quickly by reducing the number of decisions you need to make to achieve results. Most of the elements of your solution are already coded and managed, so you can focus on adding industry knowledge and rapidly scaling and connecting devices.

Build from the ground up with platform services

Get the robust building blocks for highly customised and flexible IoT applications with Azure platform services. Explore options to create and code your own IoT solution, add and connect devices, and ingest, store and analyse your data with Azure IoT Hub and Azure Digital Twins.

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Find a partner

Whether you’re building with Azure IoT services or on an IoT platform such as Azure IoT Central, work with one of our certified partners to ensure the best experience, from developing a proof of concept to deploying at scale.

Microsoft is recognised as a leader in the IDC MarketScapes for both Manufacturing and Energy IIoT Platform 2019 vendor assessments.

This demo is an example of how Schneider-Electric is transforming the lives of millions of people in Nigeria by providing reliable, sustainable and affordable energy with solutions built on Azure IoT.

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Global dashboard of solar panels

IoT enables Schneider, an energy company to remotely monitor and manage solar panels through a global infrastructure Dashboard. The user can view locations across Nigeria and see KPI's across the entire region, monitoring the overall health and performance of the solar solution. Alerts and escalated issues are sorted by severity. At the top of this list is a medical clinic showing a critical warning.

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An alert signals an issue at a remote location

At the site level, we can see schematics of the facility. All assets are tracked for health and performance metrics against their expected and forecast benchmarks. The dashboard indicates that there are critical issues with the batteries and the solar panels. The forecast analysis shows that the current trend could lead to a potential outage, putting patients at risk.

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Site issue analysis

The first alert shows that the solar panels are not charging at their optimal capacity due to sand and debris on the panels. If this trend continues, they won't be able to keep up with demand. We can also see that the batteries are starting to overheat due to a lack of ventilation around the batteries, which will greatly reduce battery service life.

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Create site notification

User can "Send notification" so that the site managers can address the issues. The system automatically creates a notification with all the relevant information pre-populated.

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Notification sent

The recommended action is to clean the solar panels and ensure adequate ventilation for the batteries. The user confirms these instructions and sends them to the site manager for immediate action.

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Firmware updates are needed

We can also see that some firmware and settings updates are needed by equipment on site. With the click of a button, we can keep these assets up to date and avoid having to send technicians to the remote sites.

Energy leaders are doing great things with the IoT

Norwegian utility, Agder Energi, harnesses data and collaborates with customers to make its existing grid more efficient.

"At Agder Energi we want to use technology to make the power grid more efficient, more predictable and more flexible. We will go from energy generators to energy partners, with a more active role for our customers."

Tom Nysted, CEO, Agder Energi
Agder Energi

E.ON develops a highly secure connected home solution by combining data from electrical devices in the home on a single platform.

"By teaming up with Microsoft and leveraging Azure Sphere, we can leverage the opportunity and power of IoT and AI in a highly secure, trusted and scalable way."

Alex Cirlan, Head of Global Domain – HEM and Software, E.ON
E.ON

Allego implements an intelligent electric vehicle charging solution with Azure IoT.

"Azure Digital Twins optimization has added intelligence to our EV platform. Without this optimization capability, it would be difficult to deliver a smart and flexible charging solution. We are enthusiastic about using these capabilities as we continue to evolve and improve EV platform for our customers."

Marc Diks, CIO, Allego
Allego

Vattenfall develops 24/7 green energy solution

"The IoT Central app platform has expedited our product development, providing fast and seamless device connectivity and device management, and built-in data storage, rule creation, and dashboarding for our operators."

Sebastian Waldenström, Head of Vattenfall’s IoT and Energy Management
Vattenfall

Energy leader makes remote asset management easier

"Traditionally, machine learning is something that has only run in the cloud…Now, we have the flexibility to run it in the cloud or at the edge—wherever we need it to be."

Matt Boujonnier, Analytics Application Architect, Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric

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