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Hitachi Vantara's Director of Industrial DataOps Software Explains How Utilities Can Harness the Power of Data Using Their Lumada IIoT Data Ops Platform and Products

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Steven Garbecht

Director – Industrial DataOps Software

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Steven’s Bio:

Value-added thought leader, driving sales and market growth in Digital Transformation, Industrial Internet of Things and Operations Technology software, solutions and services that drive financial growth. Adept at customer strategy, messaging, and engagement, managing and nurturing talent, delivering sales and market growth, forming strategic partnerships, and successfully implementing and overseeing complex projects.

Well-versed in IIoT, cloud, SaaS, Edge, ML, AI, DataOps, connectivity, Industry 4.0, visualization, robotics, workflow, predictive maintenance, prescriptive analytics, safety, quality, supply chain, automation & control, PLM, MES, APM, ERP, and databases serving manufacturing, oil & gas, energy, facilities, OEM, and transportation.

Product and Solutions Marketing: Drive demand generation and market awareness across all aspects of messaging, content creation, demos, trade shows, sales training, web experience, content library, campaign execution, contractor management, analyst relations, editorials and PR.

Outbound Product Management: Drive new product introductions. Develop and implement processes to make new products successful in the market and increase time to revenue through multiple channels.

Lumada means to illuminate data. At the heart of the data storage capabilities we have at Hitachi Vantara is data management. We really are known for our data storage products, meaning we can store a lot of different types of data structures. Our software can manage the data stored on the cloud and the Edge.

The IT data systems could include grid systems, manufacturing sensor systems, automation systems, data distribution, and control systems. These systems could also include business systems such as SAP, Oracle databases, national databases, or any kind of data that can be pulled in. Before we go in and send the OT and IT data to the IIoT Core, we can perform many different operations on it. We can clean it, curate it, or tag it with additional information. We can then make it available through self-service to people, provide reports on it, dashboards, analytics, and more. We can also set it up for machine learning and AI, curate those datasets, and put a workflow together. We can take raw data, validate it, create data sets for training models, and then take care of all that in the pipeline.

Finally, we can also make some package solutions. We make applications that can do remote inspection management. We can take structured video and picture data and help give insights into them, thereby identifying various problems, for example, fault detection for substations related to various issues that can visually be identified. For this we use Hitachi Image Based Inspection, Smart Spaces Video Insights, as well as Manufacturing Insights for other scenarios, enabling and ensuring quality, safety, and sustainability, which can be monitored and managed. We have Asset Performance Management, Enterprise Asset Management, and Field Service Management applications too. We can leverage that data for actual processes.

Hitachi Vantara is just one set of software. We have a plethora of other software that can do very specific things for utilities.

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“NERC originated from the 65′ Blackout event in New York and other areas. They first formed as a council called the North American Reliability Council. Initially, they only gave suggestions and good practice tips for the electrical groups for years. Later, a policy act at FERC gave NERC the power to police. Then NERC became the North American Reliability Corporation, the arms that go out and review and audit the various entities to ensure they are compliant.”

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About a fifth of the world’s total electricity comes from hydropower, and it is employed by more than 60 countries around the world. In 2020, the hydropower installed capacity reached 1330 GW, and it is anticipated to install approximately 1520 GW by 2027, at a compound annual growth rate of 1.93 percent during the forecast period of 2022–2027. Also, new technology trends are expected to increase hydropower generation and provide great opportunities for the hydro market in the next few years. To see Certrec’s market research on the largest U.S. hydro plants, ranked by installed capacity, click here.

March Poll Insights

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Last month we asked our audience: which renewable industry do you think will have the highest installed capacity in the U.S. by 2030? Overall, 35.6 percent voted wind energy while 35.6 also voted hydro energy. Solar was the least voted answer at 28.7 percent.

Capacity is defined as the maximum power output. This measurement helps utilities project how large of an electricity load a generator can handle. Currently, hydro has the highest energy source capacity in total. Research reveals, however, that solar energy is leading the way in capacity expansion, with a 19 percent increase. This is 6 percent higher than wind and 17 percent higher than hydro. If trends hold, solar energy could easily have the highest capacity by 2030.

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