Invenergy has teamed with NarrativeWave, an Irvine, Calif.-based provider of Internet of Things software, which will optimize Invenergy’s fleet of wind turbines and other renewable energy assets.
NarrativeWave’s software combines data with domain expertise to auto-generate actionable business insights and recommendations, providing real-time decisions on critical industrial assets. It provides a user-directed toolset that allows companies to increase productivity and succeed at self-operating – without the increased cost of software engineers and data scientists.
The three-year agreement follows a successful 60-day pilot, through which Invenergy proved two use cases. The first focused on reducing lost production, and the second focused on reducing unscheduled downtime.
Through these pilots, operators in the 24/7 Invenergy Control Center used NarrativeWave to fully automate time-consuming manual processes and accelerate return-to-service times on wind turbines – in some cases by more than 50%. For example, previously, when high generator bearing temperatures caused a turbine fault, a control room operator would log into a Web page and manually analyze a host of temperature, wind speed and power production variables to decipher the next course of action. With NarrativeWave, this process was fully automated, providing the operator a recommendation in seconds.
“NarrativeWave enables our operation engineers to easily build analytic models without having to be computer programmers, complementing their expertise and rapidly delivering new analytics for our growing wind and solar fleet,” says Jim Klus, manager of performance analytics at Invenergy.