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IoT – Transforming Energy Industry

Energy management in industries has traditionally been carried out by in-house engineers and managers by direct supervision of machine’s running status, and local meters. With the advent of Industry 4.0, data is the champion of a plethora of new techniques for energy monitoring and management. Armed with data, it is possible to make decisions that are statistically backed up. The goal of energy management system is to reduce costs and increase resource utilization.

IoT (Internet of Things) has sparked a lot of possibilities by blending heterogeneous devices and establishing communication between them. The most important features are inter-connectivity and interoperability.

The primary objective of IoT is to monitor the data and collect it. An analysis can later be performed on the data, to study the trends and patterns. Isolating a system and studying it, helps arrive at a suitable solution pertaining to a particular device/ machine. A monitoring system can also

● Flag any faults in real time and indicate what energy-saving techniques will solve the problem.
● Provide performance indicators relating to specific areas of energy consumption, intensity of energy usage, which can help establish energy targets.

IoT increases visibility of energy usage within a company (or industry), when the technology is realized using API and networking.

For example, if a rubber hose factory houses 30 machines ( like braiders, extruders, pressure tester, flex and static impulse tester and many more) in a 12 acre land, it becomes increasingly difficult to monitor the electricity utility usage and track production. However, with IoT, it is possible to remotely monitor, control and assess the health of the machines with the help of an energy meter. By using a wireless internet connection or an IoT SIM card, the machine’s energy consumption (like current, voltage, real and apparent power drawn and power factor maintained by the machine) can be measured and this data can be sent to a cloud platform / server, and accessed via an API. With data available in the hands of the user, data analytics tools can be applied to gain actionable insights for cost savings and various other energy saving measures.

Apart from electricity monitoring , IoT is used in process management, increase efficiency of systems, and preventing disasters in a workplace. For example, an IoT-enabled system helps increase the efficiency of a coal power plant and reduce greenhouse gases by optimizing fuel combustion and adjusting the process to the specifics of the fuel being burned, i.e. automatically regulating the oxygen flow in the boiler. Drones can be used to monitor a wide area and check for leaks or any glitches, and help isolate the system till the problem is solved. The data is communicated to a central control system. Machine learning techniques can be applied, which later can cater to problems with similar symptoms.

A lot of up and coming start-ups offer Energy Monitoring System that perform the described operations, like Energyly, Wattics, MeterTrack, GraphiteTech and many more. Energy Management System (EMS) has become an integral part of an organization today as energy costs are a big percentage in the company’s expenses. Sustainability and climate change are the current hot topics, with a burst of activism observed even from children like Greta Thunberg. Energy optimization is on everyone’s mind and it is time to start adapting to the changing climate of the industry.


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