March 9, 2020 — Industry Trends

Key Takeaways from Wind & Solar Operations 2020 in Munich

I was pleasantly surprised that there were so few conversations about the coronavirus. Instead, people were talking about how to run wind and solar plants.

Jonas Corné
CEO, Greenbyte

I was pleasantly surprised that there were so few conversations about the coronavirus. Instead, people were talking about how to run wind and solar plants.

We recently introduced our Greenbyte Triangle to more clearly articulate where we think the industry is moving towards, so I will frame the takeaways using the Greenbyte Triangle as the framework.

On a broad basis, the wind industry is in the Visualize and Combine Data Layer. There are certain niche applications that go into Advanced Analytics and even Recommendations. But the big struggle now is how to combine disparate data sources that can form the basis for analysis across information silos. These sources include site data, production forecasts, financial data, asset register.

In solar the struggle is somewhere between Get Data and Trust Data. I get the sense that many asset owners have been disappointed over the last few years expecting to see the promise of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning materialize sooner. There is still a long way to go. The data upon which analysis can be built needs to be reliable and trustworthy and then the insights delivered from the AI/ML models need to be integrated into workflows so that actions can be taken to drive the outcomes owners are seeking.

The most interesting question for me in the solar space right now is how the industry as a whole will come to a state in which data can be trusted. I don’t believe that most owners will invest in better onsite hardware for existing assets, instead, they will expect to solve the data issue using software and other data sources such as satellite data. New asset owners on the other hand, should really make sure to invest in decent hardware. Here, owners need to make it very clear for EPC’s that a baseline of data is to be expected so that EPC’s can make this a priority. And the cost of decent hardware/data infrastructure on-site is a rounding error compared to panels, inverters, trackers, etc.

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