Dec 10, 2014

How Big Data is Electrifying the Energy Sector

Green Tech
Adam Groff
3 min
Although flipping a switch to turn the lights on seems simple enough, there's actually a ton of data behind renewable energy. From expand...

Although flipping a switch to turn the lights on seems simple enough, there's actually a ton of data behind renewable energy.

From expanding power grids to smart meters, the energy sector is growing in big ways and big data is there for every step.

When it comes to the power of data, here are just a few ways big data is impacting the renewable energy sector nationwide:

Energy Insights

Turning the power of the sun and the wind into electricity is a sophisticated process that's largely based on location. Putting a solar panel in a region where the sun shines the majority of the year is key.

Likewise, installing a turbine in a location where wind gusts are more common is the goal of renewable energy companies.

With the help of big data, renewable energy companies can better predict the optimal locations for their equipment. By tracking sun exposure rates and variable wind pattern data from region to region, the renewable energy sector can gain valuable insights as to where energy resources are most advantageous.

Customer Outreach

When entire cities decide to take a renewable approach to their energy consumption, renewable energy companies can tap into nearby grids.

However, when it comes to small-scale outreach, finding consumers on an individual or neighborhood level is a bit more challenging.

Big data can help with small-scale customer outreach by tracking and processing current usage rates for neighborhoods and individual addresses.

By finding customers with energy profiles that could benefit from solar energy, renewable energy companies can pinpoint interested parties instead of canvassing thousands of uninterested individuals.

Grid Monitoring

The country's power grids are growing every day, which means the networking tools used to run them are growing as well.

As the following article shows, in terms of how to unlock big data's big potential, grid monitoring is creating a more efficient environment for both renewable and traditional energy companies.

With grid monitoring, power companies can track energy spikes and energy flow data by grid and by region. This allows the renewable energy sector to inform traditional power companies on power usage rates and vice versa.

From power failures to smart meter monitoring, big data is creating a more efficient and unified energy sector.

Big Data Energy Improvements

The renewable energy sector is continuously improving the technology behind green energy.

From designing more efficient wind and solar equipment to improving energy delivery methods, big data is helping renewable energy companies optimize their energy practices.

Big data provides an analytical approach to everything from equipment efficiency to future energy output rates to possible equipment failures. Data-based information like this gives renewable energy companies a real opportunity to improve.

Data Centers and Renewable Energy

Big data and the renewable energy sector is a win-win partnership, especially when it comes to data centers.

As data centers continue to pop up all across the country, renewable energy companies are stepping in to power these energy hungry data plants. In other words, the renewable energy sector is powering the data they themselves create.

From grid monitoring to customer outreach, it's plain to see that the big data mindset is helping to power the renewable energy sector like never before.

About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including the environment and technology.

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Jul 28, 2021

UK Nissan fleet owners receive commercial charging service

Dominic Ellis
3 min
V2G technology developed by DREEV can recharge an EV battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharge excess energy to sell back into the grid

UK fleet owners of Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 models can avail of a new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.

The service, designed to support the grid through low carbon energy consumption, is being provided by EDF, through Group subsidiary DREEV, in partnership with Nissan.

The V2G technology developed by DREEV, which is a joint venture between EDF and Nuvve, which specialises in V2G technology, allows for two-way energy flow; both recharging an EV’s battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharging excess energy to sell back into the grid. 

Fleet customers will save around £350 savings per charger each year, which equates to approximately 9,000 miles of driving charge per year.

EDF’s V2G business solution includes:

  • The supply and installation of a two-way connected compact 11kW charger capable of fully charging a Nissan LEAF, depending on the battery model, in 3 hours and 30 minutes - 50 per cent faster than a standard charger - with integrated DREEV technology.

  • A dedicated DREEV smart phone app, to define the vehicles’ driving energy requirements, track their state of charge in real time, and control charging at any time

Philip Valarino, Interim Head of EV Projects at EDF, said today’s announcement marks an important step on the UK’s journey towards electric mobility. "By combining the expertise and capabilities of EDF, Nissan and Dreev we have produced a solution that could transform the EV market as we look to help the UK in its journey to achieve Net Zero," he said. “Our hope is that forward-thinking businesses across the country will be persuaded to convert their traditional fleets to electric, providing them with both an environmental and economic advantage in an increasingly crowded market.”

Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director, NMGB, said Nissan has been a pioneer in 100% electric mobility since 2010, and the integration of electric vehicles into the company is at the heart of Nissan's vision for intelligent mobility.

He added the Nissan LEAF, with more than half a million units already sold worldwide - is the only model today to allow V2G two-way charging and offers economic opportunities for businesses "that no other electric vehicle does today". Click here for more information. 

US updates

FirstEnergy Corp, which aims to electrify 30% of its approximately 3,400 light duty and aerial fleet vehicles by 2030, has joined the Electric Highway Coalition. The group of electric companies, which has grown to 14 members, is committed to enabling long-distance EV travel through a network of EV fast-charging stations connecting major highway systems.  

The Edison Electric Institute estimates 18 million EVs will be on US roads by 2030. While many drivers recognize the benefits of driving an EV, some are concerned with the availability of charging stations during long road trips. Through their unified efforts, the members of the EHC are addressing this "range anxiety" and demonstrating to customers that EVs are a smart choice for traveling long distances as well as driving around town.

Volta Industries has installed new charging stations at Safeway in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Renton, Washington.

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