Italian hydro utility highlights big data benefits

Italy’s largest multi-utility company is using real-time asset monitoring software to boost efficiencies.

A2A is the country’s second largest producer of energy, with a mix that includes thermal, hydro, solar, cogeneration and waste to energy.

The company’s IT Production Manager, Emanuele Andrico, told a conference this week that utilising data has transformed its day-to-day operations.Italian hydro utility A2A highlights OSIsoft big data benefits

“We can drill down information in a single portal. Technology helps us every day and supports us everywhere.”

The technology in question is called PI and was developed by California-headquartered software company OSIsoft. Speaking at OSIsoft’s EMEA Users Conference in London, Andrico said the challenge for A2A’s control centre had been how to collect and manage data from hydropower plants that were 500 km away and only monitored locally.

“The problem was how to calculate real-time KPIs [key performance indicators],” he explained.

Utilising OSIsoft’s technology, A2A implemented a complete Hydro Portal to provide all the necessary data, KPIs and alerts to all hydropower plant personnel.

The Hydro Plant portal collects data from fields using standard interfaces, asset framework models and analytics and web reporting.

Now, said Andrico: “We can see the status of all our plants without any limits”.

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