IoT for energy

Optimize the flow of grid information, improve asset performance, increase energy efficiency, and ensure a balanced supply and demand with the Internet of Things (IoT).

Drive innovation in energy with Azure IoT

Monitor the performance of grid assets and optimize distributed energy resources to alleviate pressure on the grid and contribute to a sustainable future.

IoT at work in energy

Optimize energy distribution while lowering your operational costs with Azure IoT. Review common uses for IoT in the energy sector and learn more about available solutions to boost efficiency in energy management.

Grid asset maintenance

Visualize your grid’s topology, gather data from grid assets, and define rules to trigger alerts. 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 with Azure IoT solution accelerator for remote monitoring and Azure Machine Learning.

Energy optimization 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 (DERs). Drive energy optimization with Azure Digital Twins, Azure Machine Learning, and Azure Stream Analytics.

E-mobility

Maintain and service electric vehicle (EV) charging points remotely that support various charging speeds and vehicle types. Make it easier to own and operate electric vehicles by incentivizing ownership and creating new visibility into energy usage. Support e-mobility initiatives with Azure EV solution with Azure Digital Twins, Azure IoT Central, and Azure Maps.

Emissions monitoring and reduction

Monitor emissions in near to real-time and make your emissions data more readily available. Work towards sustainability targets by enabling greenhouse gas and carbon accounting and reporting. Drive emissions reductions and clean energy adoption using Azure IoT Hub, Azure App Service, Power BI, Azure Blob Storage.

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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 prepopulated.

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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 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

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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

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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

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Allego

Schneider Electric makes remote asset management easier using predictive analytics.

"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

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Schneider Electric

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