BaxEnergy achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification

If It’s Worth Doing Then It’s Worth Doing It Well

Acireale/Italy, March 2018: BaxEnergy achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification

Some things are hard to explain in words but are recognized at a glance when faced. Quality is one of those things. Most dictionaries define “quality” as the degree of excellence of something and the yardstick against which similar elements are measured, in all aspects of life and business.

Quality is not something that exists in force of a pompous announcement. If quality exists, then it’s there and everyone can see it. Maybe words and articles might barely describe quality, but a standard certification process exists, all over the world, to define what companies should expect and offer in terms of quality. As emphatic as it may sound, in this world out of quality often just means out of business. Since 1947, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) develops a variety of industrial and commercial standards. In particular, the ISO 9000 family of standards provides guidance for quality management and sets a series of requirements for companies and organizations which want to constantly improve their services and products.  Adherence to any of the ISO standards requires a certification which is issued by a third-party company.

In 2012, BaxEnergy met the requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 standard and recently the company upgraded its internal Quality Management System (QMS) to the newest ISO 9001:2015. TÜV Italia, a premiere certification body, performed the auditing on the BaxEnergy’s QMS and it resulted compliant with the latest international standard.

What Is ISO 9001:2015, Exactly?

ISO 9001:2015 is the standard aimed at providing a formal, business-oriented definition of “quality”. Centered on seven core principles, the standard outlines the areas to focus on the way to improving the company’s performance. In no particular order, the list of foundational principles includes customer and improvement focus, unity of purpose throughout the company, competent people in the most appropriate role, an evidence-based decisioning model and care of relationships with partners and suppliers.

An organization willing to be certified needs to establish, implement and maintain a set of internal practices inspired to the standard’s principles. This document is the QMS. The certification body validates the QMS and ensures that its rules and practices match the actual internal organization and processes. The issued certificate is a written assurance that the products or services the company provides meet the inspiring principles of quality as ISO has formalized them.

Not a secondary point, an ISO 9001:2015 certification is not forever. It holds validity for three years and includes periodic checks once per year.

Why Should You Be ISO 9001:2015 Certified?

In some business scenarios, being ISO 9001:2015 certified is a strict requirement and weighs as a necessity on the company. More in general, though, the ISO 9001:2015 certification is a great opportunity for the company to check whether its products and services meet the expectations of the customers and how they can be further improved.

In other words, any ISO 9001:2015 certified company is a better company.

About BaxEnergy

BaxEnergy is dedicated to deliver innovative turnkey solutions to renewable energy players for complete visualization, data analysis and optimization covering the entire Asset Management process of their power plants. The aim of the company is to make renewable energy easier, more efficient, affordable and secure, contributing to build a greener world for the benefit of present and future generations. BaxEnergy was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, with offices in Italy, Portugal and South Africa. For additional information about the company and service offers, please visit: www.baxenergy.com

Contact us:

e-Mail: info@baxenergy.com

Tel.: +49 (0) 30 5863267 20


Renewable Energy

Green Software Is Still Green — but Ripening

Unless you lived in a cave for the past year, you should know about “Despacito,” the Luis Fonsi’s incredibly popular song. If not, don’t worry, I’ll tell you the story. The story is that the official video of the song is currently the most viewed video in the history of YouTube, slated to hit 5 billion views in March 2018. We tend to dematerialize whatever content we consume through the Internet and sometimes we even find hard to believe that concrete elements of everyday life exist behind it.

So, for example, how much energy was burned to play that video 5 billion times?

Downloaded on a PC, the video sums up to 60MB and is unanimously reckoned that 1MB of data transferred over the Internet requires around 8 watt to travel from end to end. 8 watt by 60MB by 5 billion downloads makes an interesting 2.4 GWh.

Therefore, the world burned 2.4 GWh of energy because of Despacito. How much is it?

According to Terna—the Italian electricity system operator—2.4 GWh is the energy that the regions of Molise and Valle d’Aosta together requested from the grid in the entire course of 2016. Therefore, energy-wise, playing Despacito for 5 billion times is the same as providing energy for a year to a community of 500,000 people in the 8th biggest economy.

What does it mean “green software”?

Web dictionaries describe “green software” as software developed to have minimal impact to the environment. Impact may originate from:

  • The cost of writing software
  • The cost of running written software

The former point applies to any companies that doing any business consumes electricity and connectivity. Ideally, any company should be advocating and operating carbon neutrality which means reducing energy consumption and consuming energy from renewable sources. This may come easier if you’re Google, as you may read at  https://environment.google, but it’s definitely possible even if you’re a far smaller company like BaxEnergy.

At BaxEnergy every work station is equipped with sensors to monitor consumption of electricity and occupancy. Temperature, lighting and quality of the air are also under constant control. The roof is covered by solar panels and supplies part of the energy consumed to write software. Even the food served in the cafeteria is produced on a strict on-demand basis. At BaxEnergy software is written in a workplace that is as sustainable and environment-friendly as we could make it.

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In the past two decades, hardware resources have become significantly cheaper to the point of growing at least one generation of software developers oblivious to any concerns of saving memory, bandwidth, storage or CPU. As developers, we have found easier to rely on the promises of smart hardware capable of reducing energy consumption running in low power modes. The bad news is that such hardware improvements are much less effective than they look at first. As of today, a smart powered device can run to consume only 50% of energy with 50% of load, but when it runs at full power it consumes more than twice as much energy as it takes at 50%.

The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter how much the hardware improves, truly green software will only come with energy-efficient software.

The way ahead to green software is paved with good intentions and the ultimate goal is saving—everything and as much as possible.

  • Saving CPU cycles through better algorithms
  • Balancing local storage and bandwidth
  • Using less memory and less hardware resources
  • Using virtualization and serverless architectures

In particular, virtualization and serverless solutions are more than welcome in a green software perspective for the ability to scale down power consumption.

Spot solutions are organically emerging in the entire spectrum of the software industry but a comprehensive approach and software environment consciousness is, at most, behind the line of the horizon. Green software is still a green fruit but it is getting ripe quickly.

Sounds like bad news?

Well, it depends on how you look at it. The horizon seems to be far away but, in the end, you can always see it!


Milano Digital Week

A Week in Digital for IoT People

Last week, BaxEnergy and WiSNAM attended Milano Digital Week hosted in the heart of the new Microsoft House. “In the end, the things we do seem too far away from the perception of common people” said Vincenzo Carbone, Business Success Officer at BaxEnergy, summarizing the experience. “We had the chance to meet dads who just deployed kids to an Xbox and talk to moms helping children with digital whiteboards. More importantly, we had the chance to talk to them about energy and environment in a convivial and breezy way.”

BaxEnergy and WiSNAM equipped the Microsoft Tech Center with proprietary sensors to monitor room occupancy and a number of environmental parameters such as noise, lighting, temperature and carbon-dioxide. Nicolò Savalli, CEO of WiSNAM, was proud of the feedback. “It was gratifying for us” he said “to see amusement in the face of people when they looked at the numbers detected by our sensors and even more when they experimented the degree of control that IoT solutions can provide in everyday life.”

An old saying claims that any technology is a successful technology only when its advantages are within the reach of everybody. Of all the today’s buzzwords—IoT, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Virtual and Mixed reality—just IoT is at the moment the closest to its final destination. Wisnam, with its solutions for smart building and smart living, and BaxEnergy, with its solutions for energy applications, are both comfortably seating in the forefront of change.

About WiSNAM

WiSNAM has more than 10 years of extensive experience in electronic measures and sensor networks for the Industry and in measuring systems for particle accelerators, as well as significant collaborations with The Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFS). WiSNAM takes care of all the phases of design and development of large-scale industrial-grade data processing solutions which include both software and hardware design. For additional information about the company and service offers, please visit: www.wisnam.com

About BaxEnergy

BaxEnergy is dedicated to deliver innovative turnkey solutions to renewable energy players for complete visualization, data analysis and optimization covering the entire Asset Management process of their power plants. The aim of the company is to make renewable energy easier, more efficient, affordable and secure, contributing to build a greener world for the benefit of present and future generations. BaxEnergy was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, with offices in Italy, Portugal and South Africa. For additional information about the company and service offers, please visit: www.baxenergy.com

Contact us:

e-Mail: info@baxenergy.com

Tel.: +49 (0) 30 5863267 20


Power Forecasting and Energy Trading

Predict the Unpredictable: Power Forecasting and Energy Trading

It’s no longer the heritage of wizards and witches, persecuted because they flaunted obscure magical powers of future predictions. Forecasting mattered at that time and it is a must today, permeating any market and digital fields, any political, economic and social transformation, and even our own choices and daily actions.

Everybody aims to know what is going to happen in their lives, the day after, in the next weeks, in the next future. Everyone would like to be able to see straight to stay always one step ahead of the crowd. And in business, even more than in life, the ability to anticipate facts and trends is the primary key to success. Prediction is no less than crucial in the energy market and in the domain of renewables.

The global demand of energy is affected by many factors; some easy to predict, some not. Demographic changes, as well as a downturn in the economy or a marked growth, may significantly alter the numbers of energy demand in the long run. However, the unstoppable—and, in many respects, beneficial—growth of the renewable energy makes power forecasting an even harder problem to solve in the near terms or, more precisely, on a daily basis. Precise prediction of how much power will be forced into the grid at any given moment is critical to take energy companies towards a better and more profitable processes.

Accurate weather forecasts are the foundation of power forecasting but grid operators, electricity traders and renewable power plants operators can rely today on a variety of other information, often integrated in an asset management platform.

Role of Weather Forecasts

Power forecasting is about estimating the amount of energy that will be produced and transferred to the grid in the nearest future. The overall power derived from renewable sources is highly variable because subject to natural processes such as storms and sunshine. The quantity of energy in the grid, especially renewable energy, is volatile over time but, to some extent, predictable.

In addition to canonical weather forecasts, the industry can count on mid- and long-term weather analysis for any site, region and country. It’s not just the rise of renewables that has made weather forecasts of interest to the energy sector. In the past, for example, grid operators used weather forecasts to properly secure infrastructures and defend them in case of storms and extreme conditions. With always more power supply coming from decentralised and heterogeneous sources, and from any kind of devices, maintaining the balance between demand and offer is a laborious task that requires great expertise and computing power. The smallest changes, or the smallest piece of missing information, can lead to notorious butterfly effect. Weather forecasts, however, are just one of the key ingredients of power forecast.

Other important elements for accurate prediction are:

  • Availability of live data about the current power generation
  • Device metadata, including the device’s generation capacity
  • Historical data about weather and actual production recorded

In a nutshell, accurate prediction can help electricity traders make a profit from buying and selling power at a competitive price in the market.

Why Power Forecasting Is Beneficial:
  • Saves costs for direct marketers
  • Helps energy traders and regional power providers to calculate power production and energy pricing
  • Enables plant operators to estimate power production and schedule maintenance work
  • Timely identification of risks and faults
  • Overview of a wide variety of factors that influence power production
  • A predictive model ensures a monitored battery storage

Predict the Unpredictable: Power Forecasting and Energy Trading

A significant energy transition is underway, and many factors will shape the renewable energy future. The improvement of the prediction systems’ performance is one of the priorities in the renewable energy field for the coming years. 2018 promises to be a year characterised by innovation and disruptive technologies across the major energy sectors, from fossil fuels to renewables. Electricity load and price forecasts have become the engine of the energy companies’ decision-making processes. In big data scenarios, power forecasting’s flexible and reliable solutions become essential to manage and optimize all the information, making a profitable trading that consistently beats the market.

Technology will also be vital to improve living standards while addressing climate risks. Research & Development is going on to reshape the energy playing field. Global energy demand will continue to rise through 2040, growing prosperity for an increasing population worldwide.


Simone Massaro CEO and Dino Esposito

New Energy at BaxEnergy

How a Book Can Show You the Way…

It was more or less fifteen years ago, and it was one of those typical cloudy and rainy days in rural Massachusetts. At the time, Simone Massaro, now CEO of BaxEnergy, was only a freshly hired junior developer who could barely speak the English sufficient to survive in a foreign country.
“I still have that day fixed in my mind…” he explained, genuinely pleased, to his development team “On top of a pile of books to read, I spot for the first time the name of Dino Esposìto on the front cover of a huge black tome of over 1Kg, entitled “Programming ASP.NET”.
Simone kept his head bent over the tome for the next few months and found a new position at the end of the tunnel. “This fellow second- or third-generation Italian Dino Esposito” he thought “in a way stepped my career up and, well, raised my potential.”

Dino Esposito was not a second- or third-generation American book writer.
Born in a beach-front small town on the East coast of Italy, Dino grew up professionally as the epitome of the “real” programmer, the one used to painfully go through blood and sweat while writing good code.
Whoever worked in the IT World since the mid-1990s could not miss the name of Dino Esposito printed on some programming books. His career is marked by memorable pages on popular publications such as the Microsoft Systems Journal (MSJ), Microsoft Interactive developer (MIND) and, more recently, MSDN Magazine.
Since 2003 Dino has been the energetic voice of Microsoft Press to Web developers and the author of many popular books and courses on web development and software architecture. Whenever asked the reason why he decided to write about software development, he answers “I write because I love writing. And I write about software development because …It was love at first click!”.
Today Dino Esposito and Simone Massaro joined forces again. This time, however, it was because of a mutual decision, not simply a twist of the fate. But how did that happen?

BaxEnergy warmly welcomes Dino Esposito as Corporate Digital Strategist

“In our business” Simone Massaro, BaxEnergy CEO, explained “the most difficult thing is keeping the direction straight and constantly gain a clear picture of what you want to do. Not just you must be able to anticipate and exceed customers’ expectations but also to communicate goals and results to a wide audience not limited to engineers.” Therefore, BaxEnergy started looking for someone with the potential to raise the company’s potential all-round. “It had to be someone” Massaro continued “with rock-solid software skills, a top-notch architect and also someone with a strong reputation in the industry, and a great communicator.” It definitely looks like a profile that could be quite hard to find, but Massaro actually set the bar even higher. “We wanted a brand ambassador as well as a digital leader. And a fun person too.” And maybe even someone as volcanic as the Etna that shines out of the BaxEnergy’s headquarters in beautiful Sicily. “We have him now” Massaro confirmed. “Welcome Dino!”

Dino Esposito started working in the software industry at a time where the JPEG format didn’t even exist but despite all the team he was part of built something that today we would call iCloud or Google Photos. In 2018 Dino celebrates 25 years of career lived fearlessly on the cutting edge of technical writing, professional training and visionary consulting.

“Simply put” Dino said, “I want to help BaxEnergy exploring new territories in the core business as well as in software architecture and digital communication. BaxEnergy does lovely things, really lovely, but there’s no reason why those things couldn’t be improved further and communicated in an engaging and effective way. I’m here to turn the company’s potential into actual, vital energy.”

Sounds like a plan! Let the show begin then!

Dino Esposito, a software architect with a long experience on the Microsoft technology stack and a best-selling author with over 20 books and 500 articles published and 10000+ hours of training, is set to join BaxEnergy with the role of Digital Strategist.

Besides having a great technical background, Dino is able to abstract complex processes and software features in simple metaphors that turn into one-to-one conversations with the reader. Dino, as out of the box personality with a rich developer past, will drive the company efforts in software development, brand awareness and digital communication, bringing additional value to our company.


BaxEnergy achieved certification ISO/IEC 27001:2017

Security is a Matter of Success

Acireale/Italy, February 2018: How BaxEnergy achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2017 certification

Energy Studio Pro® continues to remain the safest choice for building utility-grade monitoring and control rooms. In a move to further increase the level of security of its products, BaxEnergy recently certified the entire development lifecycle to be compliant with security requirements of latest international standards.
“Security is our top priority for 2018 and with a constantly growing number of cyber-attacks and security threats out there, well, we could not wait any further” Dr. Massaro, BaxEnergy CEO, declared.
BaxEnergy made the choice of the highest quality possible since the very beginning and complied with the ISO 9001 back in 2011. “Now with the ISO/IEC 27001:2017 certification, we raised the security bar even higher and bullet-proofed the entire set of development processes” Ms. Purrazzo, CIO of BaxEnergy, said.

The more digital technologies are employed to match demand and actual consumption of energy, the more they put the entire energy sector at risk of cyber-attacks. Threats can have many faces—information theft, service disruption, environmental damage, blackouts—and given the current tight interconnections of smart grids and gas pipeline, no part of the world is really exempt from such risks.
Compliance with the ISO/IEC 27001:2017 standard indicates that a company implements an effective Information Security Management System (ISMS). An ISMS is the comprehensive set of internal processes used to manage sensitive information in order to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of data. In other words, a company compliant with ISO/IEC 27001:2017 is a company that worked intensively to implement all metrics required by the international standards and subsequently every day manages data and builds products according to the latest and strictest security standards.

Success Stories in Security

On February 28, GitHub – the largest code repository service, literally the place where thousands of individual developers as well as corporates store and share their code – experienced the strongest ever recorded denial-of-service attack. A denial-of-service attack aims at bombarding the target site with so many requests and so much traffic that it can’t handle, and in the end collapses. Taking down a web site like GitHub is a serious outage that would affect any companies in the world dealing with code. Those companies would be prevented from saving, restoring or versioning their work. Because of the mission-critical service it provides, GitHub is quite an attractive target for attackers. Well-aware of this, over time the company developed and implemented a set of measures to fend off and even detect such attacks.
The world of cyber-security is populated by the ghosts of way too many sad stories about successful hackers, but the GitHub story of the 28th of February 2018, instead, is different.
In spite of an attack that incredibly peaked at 1350 GB per second, GitHub was down for no more than ten minutes. While ten minutes are still a lot of time for a mission-critical service, it is only a blink of the eye compared to what could have happened. Consider, for example, that only in 2015 a similar attack, a lot more lightweight, took GitHub down for five days.

What does it mean?

It means that any money spent taking care of the internal management processes, document workflows, network infrastructure and development practices is much more money saved off of possible cyber-attacks. Having an effective ISMS in place is a deterrent but may not actually discourage attackers from trying. At the same time, an effective ISMS in place will soon discourage attackers from insisting once they bang their head against the wall of high-quality security practices.
ISO/IEC 27001:2017 is the most up-to-date set of security metrics for companies to look at to be able to be as quick as GitHub to react and further discourage attacks.

What Is ISO/IEC 27001:2017, Exactly?

Getting the ISO/IEC 27001:2017 certification demonstrates the strong commitment of a company to be rigorous about information security at every level. At the foundation of the standard lies the following set of achievements, globally known as an ISMS.

  • The company has developed a repeatable procedure for analysing threats and vulnerabilities within the company and its products as far as information security is concerned.
  • The company has implemented a set of tools and practices to address any identified security risks. This includes secure software development practices as well as safe document management workflows and secured communications within the company and outside of it.
  • The company has internal policies for performing a threat analysis periodically so that new measures can be taken and the level of security can be maintained high on an ongoing basis.

Compliance with the internationally-recognized ISO/IEC 27001:2017 standard is assessed by an independent third-party audit company and overall ascertains that company’s security management program is overarching and follows all known leading practices.
For BaxEnergy customers, our achievement of the ISO/IEC 27001:2017 certification means even more assurance about the overall quality of our products and the breadth and strength of our security practices.

How We Did It

Designing and building an ISMS, as necessary for the certification, is never easy. In our case, it required the full commitment of the entire Information Technology team. The team went thoroughly through the list of requirements and did any due risk assessment analysis adapted to the needs of the company and the services it provides.

BaxEnergy achieved highest security standard certification ISO/IEC 27001:2017
The team also checked and adapted, where necessary, security controls for the entire information system. Controls ranged from internal security policies to asset management, from access control to operation and communication security, and also cryptography, suppliers’ relationships, data security accident treatment, business continuity management and more.
In particular, the feedback from the audit team was very positive regarding our data center, the efficiency of the internal fibre-based network and the tools in place to strengthen information security, such as deep logging, intrusion detection and data leakage systems.

BaxEnergy achieved highest security standard certification ISO/IEC 27001:2017

After the certification, not just Energy Studio Pro® is stronger than ever but also our Business Value Monitoring (BVM) service. In a monitoring room equipped with state-of-the-art SCADA systems, BVM allows to supervise and control 24/7 portfolios of geographically distributed assets. Now everybody knows that BVM ensures the quality and reliability of mission-critical services.
BVM, however, is only the first step in the direction of data quality monitoring. We have plans, in fact, to expand in the near future our offering of advanced instruments for cyber security and threat detection.

Achieving the ISO/IEC is a great result for BaxEnergy and a spectacular start of the year. As Dr. Massaro said, security is the BaxEnergy’s top priority for 2018, but many other top priorities are in the list for 2018.
Monumental thanks go to the IT team, MIS, Quality & Control and HR departments for joining forces. A vibrant wave of energy is shaking the company and this achievement just makes it stronger.

About BaxEnergy

BaxEnergy is dedicated to deliver innovative turnkey solutions to renewable energy players for complete visualization, data analysis and optimization covering the entire Asset Management process of their power plants. The aim of the company is to make renewable energy easier, more efficient, affordable and secure, contributing to build a greener world for the benefit of present and future generations. BaxEnergy was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, with offices in Italy, Portugal and South Africa. For additional information about the company and service offers, please visit: www.baxenergy.com

Contact us:

e-Mail: info@baxenergy.com

Tel.: +49 (0) 30 5863267 20


BaxEnergy CEO, Mr. Simone Massaro and Mr. Luigi Di Maio

Leading Institutions Visit BaxEnergy

Acireale/Catania, February 2018: The Vice-President of the Italian Deputies’ Chamber, Mr. Luigi Di Maio met BaxEnergy and the dynamic reality of Free Mind Foundry

BaxEnergy and Free Mind Foundry (FMF), the hub where ideas become reality, are raising significant attention and interest across the institutional, academic and social environments, both at local and national level.

Innovation and collaboration go hand in hand in this technological campus, which is populated with many digital companies specialized in different fields of cutting-edge technologies, both software & hardware, IoT & Big Data, renewable energy management, computer graphics & gaming, cloud computing and machine learning.

After only six months from its opening, Free Mind Foundry has already hosted important events, conferences and workshops addressing the largest public, from kids and young talents to start-uppers, entrepreneurs and managers. But, above all, the innovation hub has become a synergic place that fosters dialogue and initiatives among everyone embraces the digital transformation and wants to build a new sustainable economy for our country.

Mr. Luigi Di Maio met BaxEnergy and Free Mind Foundry
BaxEnergy CEO, Mr. Simone Massaro and Mr. Luigi Di Maio

In the recent weeks, many academic members have visited the innovation hub, such as the Dean of Catania University, researchers and professors, moved by the aim to implementing new educational and development programs that enable a stronger university-industry interaction. Stimulating technological curiosity, entrepreneurial mind-sets, transversal skills and creativity are the core of the collaboration born between Free Mind Foundry and the academic world.

Relevant Italian political institutions have paid attention to the positive changes driven by FMF, such as the Chamber of Commerce and the National Labour Commission that consider the campus as a valuable bridge between the new challenges of the Industry 4.0 and technological developments.

Also, the Vice-President of the Italian Deputies’ Chamber, Mr. Luigi Di Maio has met the dynamic reality of Free Mind Foundry. During his visit at the Innovation Hub, he has highlighted the importance to support this kind of campus with accelerator programmes that help entrepreneurs to develop and grow their ideas and projects. As remarked by Mr. Di Maio, this is possible by cultivating a culture of collaboration between innovators, academics and institutions so to create a solid network that spreads knowledge, delivers tangible results and drives future growth.

“We are delighted to receive such growing attention and interest at many institutional levels. In a future that is clearly digital, our innovation hub will continue to work side-by-side with public and private actors in collaborative innovation journeys in order to identify and anticipate game-changing solutions, market and technology trends, along with crucial partnership with Schools and Universities to widespread such a culture and technicalities to face new competencies’ demand”, proudly affirms Dr. Eng. Simone Massaro, Co-founder of Free Mind Foundry and CEO of BaxEnergy.

About Free Mind Foundry

Free Mind Foundry is an inspiring place where Community, Collaboration, Sustainability and Innovation come together and young, talented and passionate people join forces to make new ideas come true. Graduates, start-uppers, academics, entrepreneurs and managers stand side-by-side, exchange their vision of the future, anticipating new trends in the Industry and seizing opportunities for new businesses. For additional information about the innovation hub and service offers, please visit: https://www.freemindfoundry.com

About BaxEnergy

BaxEnergy is dedicated to deliver innovative turnkey solutions to renewable energy players for complete visualization, data analysis and optimization of their power plants. The aim of the company is to make renewable energy easier, more efficient, affordable and secure, contributing to build a greener world for the benefit of present and future generations. BaxEnergy was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, with offices in Italy, Portugal and South Africa. For additional information about the company and service offers, please visit: www.baxenergy.com

Contact us:

e-Mail: info [at] baxenergy.com

Tel.: +49 (0) 30 5863267 20


Hydro Power Plant

Hydroelectric Power Generation White Paper

A comprehensive walkthrough of Hydroelectrical Power Generation


Hydropower is the most mature, reliable and cost-effective renewable power generation technology available. Contemporary hydro turbines are so innovative that they are able to convert more than 90% of available energy into electricity. This is way better when compared to the best fossil fuel facility, which is only 50% efficient (IRENA, 2012).

Being hydroelectric power plants very complex systems, this whitepaper aims to provide useful guidelines to efficiently analyze and optimize data.

The first two sections give a deep walkthrough about hydropower plants’ components, schema and most common turbine technologies. They also provide some best practices to properly standardize the key data point to be collected and analyzed from each power plant. By doing so, asset managers will be able to easily view efficiencies and compare normalized results across all asset portfolio.

Lastly, the third section points out the main benefits that Energy Studio Pro®, the next-gen asset management platform, deliver to power plant’ operators enabling them to achieve the best outcomes in terms of energy production, asset performance, data reliability and the overall return of investments.

To learn more about hydropower plants' operations and management, download the white paper.


Gated content - Hydroelectric Power Generation White Paper

South Africa Solar Power plant

AssetStack® enables the digital transformation of maintenance workflows

 How Enel Green Power South Africa increases asset management reliability and efficiency

AssetStack® helps Enel Green Power RSA improving asset management

Based in Johannesburg, Enel Green Power RSA (Republic of South Africa) is the Enel Group’s subsidiary committed to the development and management of electricity generation from renewable sources in South Africa. With a mixed portfolio of solar and wind power plants, the Company is helping the Country to better shape the new trajectory towards circular economy and sustainable growth. Since 2016, BaxEnergy provides EGP RSA its turnkey solutions for improving power plants management, increasing performance and operating assets in a cost-effective way.

The Challenge

Maintenance is an inevitable and essential part of asset lifecycle. Smart and lean maintenance planning improves asset efficiency, reliability and safety, positively impacting the bottom-line. The main challenge of Enel Green Power RSA was exactly in this direction: streamlining and digitizing daily maintenance workflows for Tom Burke photovoltaic power plants. Company’s need was to turn from a fragmented asset management system based on SAP®, Excel and papers to a fully digital asset management platform able to interconnect assets, processes and people across the entire enterprise. The existing maintenance process was very complex and time consuming with high possibility of errors and omissions. Field operators used to manually fill checklists on paper sheets as well as a manual compilation on SAP® forms was made by the supervisor. Therefore, with such fragmented process, it was quite hard performing accurate asset monitoring and data analysing by the management, without a full overview of asset status and the automate calculation of custom KPIs.

The solution

Since the very beginning of the project, BaxEnergy has adopted an agile and user-centric design methodology, tailoring made AssetStack® management solution via continuous software delivery and collaborative workshops with the people involved in the project.

We started first from a deep analysis of customer’s needs, passing then to configure our platform following users and project expectation step by step.

AssetStack® helps Enel Green Power RSA improving asset managementOur aim was to create efficient value streams through synergies between development, operations and end-users. This involved continuous planning, testing and integration as well as continuous evolution of both the project and the software based to customer feedback,

explains Mr. Lorenzo Vetrano, Key Account Manager at BaxEnergy. He continues saying:

They are all lightweight processes and highly adaptable, especially compared to traditional waterfall methodology. The fundamental aspect is that all operations focus on user behaviour, context and reactions to the use of the product, enhancing the customer’s feelings of ownership in the solution developed.

Thanks to this methodology combined with AssetStack® powerful capability and flexibility, BaxEnergy has been able to fully satisfy EGP RSA’s expectation, enabling smart and digital maintenance workflows, maintenance plan, pre-existing checklists as well as corrective maintenance.

The Result

Enel Green Power RSA is now implementing an effective asset management strategy, handling structured and unstructured information in seamless processes and focusing on what really brings value to the business. If most operations were previously paper-based, now through AssetStack®, all assets are connected, data is gathered in one unique platform and information is easily accessible and sharable among all operators that can better collaborate with each other. Accordingly:

    • The maintenance planner can easily define the maintenance plan in a user-friendly way via web enabled tools, creating the maintenance activity groups and browsing the existing ones.
    • The Supervisor can quickly access planned tickets and activities, view the details and proceed with work scheduling, activating tickets and assigning them to the plant personnel.
    • Field operators have a complete overview of the activities to perform and better set priorities and planning other actions. Additionally, they can execute the daily activity through the dedicated AssetStack® web application that allows: i) checklist synchronization both online and offline to overcome the lack of connection on the field; ii) the capability to add comments, notes and to export all data to SAP® by Excel file; iii) the possibility to take and upload pictures of on-field interventions.

Thanks to the integration of AssetStack® with Energy Studio Pro® monitoring platform, EGP RSA is taking advantage of many other strategic features among which the possibility to open tickets directly from the GIS interface; to receive custom alarm notifications as soon as inefficiencies are identified, and to easily build accurate reports based on advanced KPIs calculations. All in all, Enel Green Power RSA has achieved higher asset management reliability and efficiency, optimising processes, building a strategic knowledge base and capturing best practices for any future maintenance operations.

AssetStack® helps Enel Green Power RSA improving asset management

 

 


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Big Data Management

The importance of gaining control

The popular term Big Data indicates the capacity of generating, collecting, processing, analysing and comparing a huge quantity of heterogeneous data.

Actually, the process of gathering information and storing it has been adopted and implemented for decades. Doug Laney, who is a renowned industry analyst of our time, studied throught different big data use cases, how to measure, manage and monetize information, giving a vision of analytics strategy and information innovation that is closer to our modern trend. Mr. Laney is considered a pioneer in the fields of data warehousing and “infonomics” (short for “information economics”).
What is important to note is that big data isn’t just about the vast amount of data, but there is much more. There are other essential factors such as data complexity and variability that represent a critical part of the analytical process. Big Data also includes all the technologies and methods of information analysis. This information will allow whatever business to determine how data can be better monitored and processed, reducing time and standard operating costs, discovering new ways to optimize data and ROI.

Big data will maintain a pivotal role in the next future. It impacts every kind of sector, from renewable energy management, IoT and smart building to all kinds of online technology platforms and on-demand services. The Data Scientist is the most sought-after profile right now.

Data is everything and everywhere. Very often, this is translated into the magic acronym IoT (Internet of Things), which thriving on real-time data, is the parallel trend in the digital transformation process. IoT connects insights to transform industries.

Big Data Management: the importance of gaining control

The Next‐Gen Asset Management Platform

BaxEnergy has combined extensive domain expertise with the latest cutting‐edge technologies available in the market to develop Energy Studio Pro®, the only independent turnkey solution for visualizing, analysing and optimizing power plant’s data and operations across multiple technologies and manufacturers. Thanks to Energy Studio Pro®, you will be able to operate your power plants more efficiently, accessing data anytime, anywhere. A secure mobile access will enable your team to react immediately to faults and troubleshoot issues remotely, and also will allow you to monitor and measure the true performance of our technical team and service providers.

Big Data Management: the importance of gaining control

A Turn-Key Solution for all your Data

Contrary to many other systems offered in the market, BaxEnergy offers a complete turn‐key solution, tailor‐made to fit your unique power plant architecture and encompass many options such as utilizing the OEMs data interface, or building an independent data acquisition network with dedicated hardware and software in the power plant. Our flexible data acquisition architecture can provide an unprecedented amount of information from each individual device in the power plant, including wind turbines, inverters, string monitors, meters, meteor stations, substations, switchgears, transformers, video cameras, sensors and much more.

Big Data Management: the importance of gaining control

One system for all technologies and all manufacturers

Energy Studio Pro® (ESP) is the only true turnkey solution available in the market that is capable to unifying under one roof all renewable energy technologies and OEMs. With ESP you can access from a single interface:

  • Wind farms and wind turbines
  • Solar inverters and string monitors
  • Geo-thermal generation units
  • Hydro-electrical generators, dams and all related machinery
  • Meteorological stations including wind met mast, pyranometers, solarimeter, lidars, etc.
  • Substations, grid analysers and metering units (usually named as BoP – Balance of Plant)
  • PLCs and RTUs
  • Cogeneration power plants and gas turbines
  • Biogas and biomass power plants

Big Data Management: the importance of gaining control

Additionally, the system presents a unified data model that is capable to harmonize and show data from all devices configured (whatever they are), making data access smooth and transparent to the operators. This means in example that you can use a unique system to monitor and access all the data originating in example from Vestas, Nordex, Siemens, Senvion, Enercon and many other wind turbines, all together seamlessly, along with other devices such as photovoltaic inverters, RTUs, hydro turbines, etc. This constitutes a tremendous saving in terms of time required for switching from one system to the other and time required to uniform information and make use of it. Operators no longer need to learn procedures from retrieving data from multiple systems, importing them somewhere else and they can truly focus on doing their job.

Gain full control of your own data

When the operation and maintenance of the windfarms is entrusted to an external service contractor, or directly to the OEM of the wind turbines with a so called ‘global service’ agreement, the owner of the power plant has little or no tools to measure production, downtime and losses. The customer does not have any fast and reliable way to calculate the contractual KPIs and verify them. Without trusted data it is not possible to operate a power plant.

With Energy Studio Pro® it is possible to gain complete control of the OEM data implementing an independent data acquisition chain that constantly synchronizes the remote data available in the power plant with a central database. All data is synchronized automatically and is made available in real-time within the Energy Studio Pro® dashboard. Furthermore, the entire data can be easily extracted and utilized through an ODBC (Open DataBase Connectivity) for any type of verification and calculation.
ESP provides easy-to-use automated tools which allow to quickly calculate the most common KPIs (including, but not limited to production, availability, efficiency), as well as to prepare advanced reports with ease.

Access data from anywhere at any time

With Energy Studio Pro® it is truly possible to embrace a mobile approach to operations. The entire data of the power plants are instantaneously available through the web browser, smart phone and tablet (operating systems supported include Windows, iOS and Android).
The operation and maintenance team will be able to access production data, reports and KPI calculations directly on their phones. The technicians and the operators will be instantaneously notified of any critical fault, and will have the opportunity to connect to the system and check the data live, monitoring what technicians are doing on-site without moving from their office. With Energy Studio Pro® it is truly possible to enable a mobile workforce, increasing visibility on information and reducing reaction time.

Thanks to ESP our customers and partners are able to run their power plants more efficiently, minimize their energy losses and increase the overall yields, maximizing the return on investment.

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Big Data Management: the importance of gaining control