As a result of using HDP, Open Energi is helping organisations gain valuable insights by analysing real-time information based on data streamed from over 3,000 electricity consuming assets and meters around the UK. It does so by collecting, storing and analysing sensor data more efficiently and at a far greater scale than previously possible with its bespoke approach.
Additionally, HDP provides a single view of the electricity consumption and process information to enable swift reactions to changing conditions on the grid and identifying methods of generating extra revenue from existing assets, maximising energy savings and reducing CO2 emissions.
Open Energi also selected Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF) to increase the speed at which information can be analysed while improving data quality management and enrichment. HDF is solving many technical challenges for Open Energi such as when one component in the dataflow can’t keep up with the volumes it is receiving or how to prioritise which data to send at a given time.
HDF goes even further by more effectively querying data that lives on individual devices without them ever having to send the raw data back to the database.
As a result of its investment in Hortonworks Connected Data Platform, Open Energi’s has been able to integrate a very wide variety of datasets, including sensor data, historical weather data and wholesale electricity prices, without spending a large amount of time on development and integration work. By bringing the data together, the commercial team is able to clearly evaluate the potential value of future service offerings Open Energi may bring to market.
Furthermore, HDP allows Open Energi to archive data for roughly a fifth of the cost of its traditional SQL database while still retaining the ability to query the data.
Additional results thus far include:
Michael Bironneau, Technical Director at Open Energi, commented: “The demand for data collection and movement is growing every day as we connect to more equipment and help drive momentum behind smart grids. From day one, Hortonworks has been committed to helping us manage rapid change. Hortonworks enable us to manage the complexity involved with data aggregation whilst producing unrivaled results.”
Open Energi is a great example of how the ever growing rise of connected devices and the ability to unlock the data they generate is fueling architectural and business transformation. Looking ahead, Open Energi’s vision is to further develop its Dynamic Demand technology platform around smarter demand by incorporating the latest machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to orchestrate demand from industrial equipment, battery storage systems and co-generation. By combining HDP and IoT, Open Energi will make connections across disparate datasets at a far greater scale resulting in a previously unattainable level of insight into our use of energy as part of a system which is cleaner, cheaper and more secure.