Apr 27, 2021

TwinThread: be more competitive with Predictive Operations

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TwinThread
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We look into how implementing a Predictive Operations Platform will increase production efficiency and how using Digital Twins creates a competitive edge

The ability to react to problems fast is essential in production line processes.

Companies are looking to solve more complex problems in record times to produce the best possible outcomes.

The age of your factory or equipment should not inhibit your ability to make improvements and remain competitive within your industry.

TwinThread explains how companies can remain competitive in the digital age and how a Predictive Operations Platform works to achieve this.

Large scale problem solving

The ability to quickly solve individual problems is great, but to be capable of solving multiple issues at once will allow for a competitive advantage.

Digital Twins provide a cloud based digital representation of your physical production equipment, enabling the operator to quickly gain insight into key performance indicators.

By producing personalized history and operations insight for each production line, the Platform has the potential to manage thousands of them simultaneously.

“By using your data, Digital Twins, and our Predictive Operations technology in a fully digitized and automated process you can accelerate [continuous improvement] 100x over traditional methods,” TwinThread explains in their ‘3 Ways Predictive Operations Make You More Competitive’.

Continuous improvement

Gathering and storing a large amount of production data will form a baseline for the Platform to diagnose future production problems.

The long term role of the Predictive Operations Platform is to carry out the menial tasks of maintaining production efficiency, with no coding or data science expertise required by your engineers.

TwinThread explains the importance of fast implementation of the Platform to free up operators to innovate further.

“TwinThread’s Predictive Operations Platform prioritizes speed to value not just in words, but in actions. In less than an hour, you can transform your data into predictive models and proactive action.”

“Driving Continuous Improvement actions in an automated way, and at scale, is not only how you get ahead in today’s hyper competitive environment, it is also how you stay ahead,” says TwinThread.

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May 5, 2021

AES Corp seals 10-year carbon-free energy deal with Google

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Dominic Ellis
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AES Corporation will ensure energy powering Google's Virginia data centers will be '90% carbon free'

The AES Corporation has struck a 10-year supply contract with Google to provide near-carbon-free energy to power its Virginia-based data centers which will start later this year.

Claiming the first clean energy procurement deal in the world of its kind, AES will help ensure that the energy powering those data centers will be 90% carbon-free when measured on an hourly basis.

AES will become the sole supplier of the data centers' carbon-free energy needs on an annual basis, sourcing energy from a portfolio of wind, solar, hydro and battery storage resources to be developed or contracted by AES.

The agreement marks an important step in meeting Google's previously announced goal to run its business on 100% carbon-free energy on an hourly basis by 2030.

"Last year, Google set an ambitious sustainability goal of committing to 100% 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030. Today, we are proud that through our collaboration with Google, we are making 24/7 carbon-free energy a reality for their data centers in Virginia," said Andrés Gluski, AES President and CEO. "This first-of-its-kind solution, which we co-created with Google, will set a new sustainability standard for companies and organizations seeking to eliminate carbon from their energy supply."

"Not only is this partnership with AES an important step towards achieving Google's 24/7 carbon-free energy goal, it also lays a blueprint for other companies looking to decarbonize their own operations," says Michael Terrell, Director of Energy at Google. "Our hope is that this model can be replicated to accelerate the clean energy transition, both for companies and, eventually, for power grids." 

AES assembled the 500MW portfolio from a combination of AES' own renewable energy projects and those of third-party developers, which were selected, sized and contracted to meet Google's energy needs across a number of considerations, including cost efficiency, additionality and carbon-free energy profile.

The portfolio assembled by AES is expected to require approximately $600 million of investment and generate 1,200 jobs, both permanent and construction, in the host communities. These efforts will greatly simplify Google's energy procurement and management at a competitive price while decarbonizing Google's load and the broader PJM grid.

This supply agreement follows on the strategic alliance AES and Google formed in November 2019 to leverage Google Cloud technology to accelerate innovation in energy distribution and management and advance the adoption of clean energy. AES is pioneering greener, smarter energy innovations, with the goal of expanding the services available to large-scale corporate customers.

The Google.org Impact Challenge on Climate commits €10M to fund bold ideas that aim to use technology to accelerate Europe’s progress toward a greener, more resilient future. Selected organisations may receive up to €2M in funding and possible customised post-grant support from the Google for Startups Accelerator to help bring their ideas to life.

Last year it issued $5.75 billion in sustainability bonds to fund ongoing and new environmentally or socially responsible projects. To read its 2020 Environment report, click here.

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