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#Utility #Startup engagement model- Things that will work!

This blog post is a follow up to the earlier one I did upon my return from the European Utility Week held last year in Amsterdam. Since then I have also been tracking some of the initiatives run by European Utilities in terms of startup engagement.

European Utilities (most if not all) have seem to got the formula right when it comes to engaging with startups (spotting opportunities). I think a lot of them have realised the importance of looking “outside” when it comes to acquiring new business line or developing something that helps them service their customers better.

Things that utilities in SE Asia and Asia Pacific region can learn?

  1. Open up– Instead of asking a startup what you can do for us, throw them a certain challenge or a problem statement. You know what to do when they accept the challenge and then go on to overcome that or solve the problem statement.
  2. Beyond barriers– Helps if a part of the organisation can go beyond barriers, think as if there is no box. Astounding that when utility professionals ( thats because of the available solutions) talk about customer engagement they often limit themselves to residential customers. For most utilities, consistent revenue stream would come from small, large and multi site businesses. If they can engage better with them or offer them suite of add on services, there is nothing like it. Startups are the perfect way to beta test that hypothesis, few top/difficult customers is all you need to get started.
  3. Embrace There are some ideas that can only be tested by trying, thinking too much on trying to justify the reason to do it, may not be beneficial. There is so much happening in the utility space that you never know what might as well work out better, there is always an edge if you have that “Ace” card. There are things that every company would do, there are things that you might want to launch as a market leader.

Would love to know your thoughts on the same?

Best Regards,

Umesh Bhutoria

CAN- Compressed Air Network Optimisation Algorithm! #EnergyAnalytics #EEHub

Compressed Air is one of the forms of energy that finds use in most industries, in some industries like Textiles it contributes to significant portion of the overall energy consumption.

Compressed Air Networks i.e. multiple number of compressors operating in tandem, offer potential for optimisation and improve energy productivity CFM/KW by around 5%-7% (in some cases going as high as ~12%)

Multiple factors must be looked at while considering optimising the generation and distribution of Compressed Air and the overall network.

CAN- Compressed Air Network Optimisation Algorithm

Our Algorithm works on theĀ operationalĀ data I.e. data from each of the compressor, operating behaviour and over a period suggests optimisation possibilities resulting in better utilisation of the network, correct operation settings, resulting in energy productivity gains.

Factors/Aspects considered by the algorithm:-

  1. Weather Conditions
  2. Set Points for each compressor
  3. Operational behaviour of each compressor under the influence of the network.
  4. Maintenance

Algorithm would be available on EE Hub, users could either purchase API calls or use the algorithm as DIY tool through our web based application EnView.